Free homebuyer and credit seminar coming to college
by Shane Dunaway
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A quartet of Talladega College graduates, three of whom also graduated from Talladega High School, will host a free homebuyer and credit seminar at Swayne Hall from 3-6 p.m. April 26. The event will be open to all community members who wish to attend. The group, led by Talladega College Class of 2000 and THS Class of 1996 graduate Juel McGhee, works for Closing Deals, a real estate brokerage firm based in Atlanta with virtual offices in Alabama and Georgia. “We’re going to give them basic information on what it would take to own a home, how to fix their credit if they have any type of credit issues and how to keep their credit in check in the future,” McGhee said. “We’ll inform them about any available properties in the Talladega area that they would like to purchase.” McGhee noted the group would also explain the different types of grant programs available in the Talladega area and help the homeowners-to-be prepare themselves for a potential property purchase — a goal McGhee insists is closer than people realize. “My drive comes from the fact that I didn’t grow up in a house at all, and I always thought that homeownership was an unattainable goal for me,” McGhee said. “I just know that a lot of people down there don’t own because they just don’t know. They don’t where to start. They don’t know how. They don’t even know that it’s an attainable goal.” Leading the seminar gives McGhee an opportunity to provide information she insisted would help benefit the community. “It’s definitely important for me to actually give back because I know where I came from and I know I have a whole lot of information now that needs to be communicated over,” McGhee said. “Homeownership is a great financial decision, and I think that it will help the community. It’ll help people to actually own a piece of their neighborhood.” For more information about the seminar, contact McGhee at 312-806-3018. Contact Shane Dunaway at
Two city projects near completion
by Chris Norwood
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TALLADEGA - Two major projects in the city’s ongoing efforts to revitalize and upgrade water and sewer infrastructure are close to completion, according to City Manager Brian Muenger. “New water lines have been installed on Waites Road, Cowan Street and Higgins Street,” he said in a release. “Upgrades to these three streets include 4,700 feet of 8-inch PVC pipe, 11 new valve gates, 51 new residential water taps and nine new fire hydrants.” These jobs cost $283,950, and were done by Bedwell and Whorton Excavating LLC of Rainbow City. The other major project is a water line replacement on Coffee Street, which is on schedule to be complete by the end of May. “The Coffee Street updates include placement of 2,866 feet of 8-inch (high density polyethylene) pipe, 2,196 feet of 6-inch trenched pipe and the installation of 24 gate valves. The project also includes the installation of 66 residential water taps and 11 new fire hydrants. Because of the mature trees, curbs, gutters and sidewalks along Coffee Street, directional boring was used for installation of the water line to minimize residential impact,” according to the release. This project bid was won by Robert Granger Inc. for a cost of $579,356.27. Both projects have been ongoing for about six months. “These water line projects replaced undersized pipes, improving water pressure and fire protection to the neighborhoods,” Muenger said. “Connections were also made with existing lines to create a looped system resulting in improved water flow and enhanced service reliability. “Upgrading the water system requires a major financial investment, extensive planning and coordination between the city departments and utility companies servicing the area. The city must take a proactive role in addressing aging infrastructure throughout the city. Both of these projects have long been identified as needing improvement, and I am proud to see them nearing completion.” Both projects are being funded through a 2010 bond issue. Contact Chris Norwood at
Free beans and rice
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Saint Simon Peter Episcopal Church in Pell City will be giving away free beans and rice Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. until noon. The church is located at 3702 Mays Bend Road in Pell City.
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Bob Crisp/The Daily Home
Planning ahead for Easter Sunday
by June Winters
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Bob Crisp/The Daily Home
Bob Crisp/The Daily Home
It’s beginning to feel a lot like… Easter? B-r-r-r – instead of a pretty Easter dress and hat, it feels like overcoats and gloves this morning! Oh well, Mickey Ferguson says it’s going to be warmer by Sunday, and I always rely on Mickey when it comes to weather! Sunday is Easter and, as usual, we always expect family to visit. I always hope I can hide a few eggs and someone will bring some of our little ones to hunt them and eat cupcakes and chocolate bunnies. I tried to find some good side dishes this week that go well with the Easter ham, and I also looked for some that could be made in advance, leaving the cook to join the day’s festivities. The Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese just seems to really fill that need. It’s delicious, and the recipe makes a lot! Good news for the children! Also, it can be mixed the day before and plugged in early Sunday morning. The Broccoli Salad can be prepared ahead of time. I measure out everything, put the ingredients in separate plastic bags and store them in the refrigerator. The chopped broccoli goes in one bag, raisins in another, etc. I mix up the dressing, adding the chopped onion to those ingredients and store that separately – mixing all the ingredients together just before serving time. There are a lot of different recipes for broccoli salad, but this one I claim as “classic!” These miniature rolls are “out-of-this-world!” The recipe is in the cookbook, “Recipes from the Heart,” which was written by staff members of CardioVascular Associates. The recipe was submitted by a cardiologist, and he named them “Call the Cardiologist Biscuits.” It is recommended that these be served only on Easter and Christmas! There’s nothing on the table that says Easter like cupcakes decorated with jelly beans, Robin’s Eggs, fresh pansies or tiny silk flowers. The “eggs” are nestled in coconut tinted green with food coloring. A few tiny silk flowers can be snipped from various arrangements, or bought at Walmart. CROCK POT MAC and CHEESE 8 ounces elbow macaroni, (cooked and drained) 16 ounces med. sharp shredded Cheddar cheese (reserve 1 cup) 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk 1 & ½ cups sweet milk 2 eggs, beaten 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper Spray Crock Pot with cooking spray. Add cooked and drained macaroni to crock pot. Add all other ingredients, except reserved cheese, and stir well. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 & ½ to 3 hours, or until mixture is firm. Cover top with reserved cheese and turn off Crock Pot. BROCCOLI SALAD 2 heads (1 bunch) broccoli 1 cup raisins 1 cup sunflower seeds 1 small onion, chopped ½ cup bacon bits DRESSING: 1 cup mayonnaise ½ cup sugar 3 tablespoons cider vinegar Peel small stems on broccoli and chop heads and stems fine. Mix with sunflower seeds, raisins and bacon bits. In a medium bowl, mix chopped onion, mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Just before serving, pour dressing on broccoli mixture and stir well. “CALL THE CARDIOLOGIST” BISCUITS 2 cups self-rising flour 8 ounces sour cream 2 sticks butter, softened Blend butter and sour cream until smooth. Add flour and mix. Place into miniature muffin tins by the large teaspoonful. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly brown. (Not heart healthy, but delicious!) Have a good holiday weekend, and my wish for you today is that you enjoy this Easter, celebrating the true meaning of the holiday – our “Risen Christ!”