2014 St. Clair County Health Fair The annual St. Clair County Health Fair will be held on Thursday, October 23rd from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Pell City Civic Center. Admission is FREE! Come by & meet J-P Dice, FOX 6 Meteorologist & colorectal cancer survivor. There will be free information, health screenings, entertainments, door prizes and much more. Click here for more information about how to participate and click here to download a registration form. For additional information please contact Lee Ann Clark, County Extension Coordinator, at the St. Clair County Extension office at (205) 338-9416.
Cottage Food Law Food Safety Course Offered The new law, which went into effect June 1, allows anyone to sell non-hazardous foods made in the home directly to consumers. Nonhazardous foods specified by the new law include cakes, cookies, dried herbs, jams and jellies. At Auburn University, Dr. Jean Weese, a food safety specialist who heads the Alabama Cooperative Extension System's food safety team, says that while these foods are not subject to inspection by the local public health department, the folks preparing these foods are required to attend a food safety course approved by the State Health Department.
A Cottage Food Law Food Safety Course will be offered on October 6th from 4-6 p.m. at the St. Clair County Extension office in Pell City, Cost is $25 per person. You may register online at www.aces.edu/foodsafety If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please contact Regional Extension Agent, Angela Treadaway, at the St. Clair County Extension office at (205) 338-9416.
The state of Alabama was selected to receive a $10,000 science sponsorship from National 4-H Council and HughesNet® to implement a "Tech Takeover Day.” St. Clair County 4-H was awarded $1,000 of this sponsorship to conduct a Tech Takeover Day which will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at the Bridge Builders Boys and Girls Club located in Pell City. Through hands on activities, twenty lucky youth will have fun learning about rocketry and robotics! Hats off to Chris Thomas, 4-H Agent Assistant, for applying for and being awarded this grant which will help educate our youth about rocketry and robotics!
On May 8, 2014, Cooperative Extension officially celebrated the signing of the Smith-Lever Act on this date in 1914. This founding legislation began 100 years of service to Americans in every county. Happy 100th Birthday, Cooperative Extension!
St. Clair County Veterans Outreach
Through a partnership with the St. Clair County Commission, the St. Clair County Extension office now has a Veterans Outreach program. It is led by Greg Jacobik, Agent Assistant. More than 7,300 veterans live in St. Clair County and the majority is not receiving all of the benefits available. The goal of this outreach is to meet the veterans and inform them of the benefits they are eligible for. If you are a veteran or know of a veteran in need of assistance, please contact Greg at the St. Clair County Extension office at (205) 338-9416. Also, please be sure to click on the link in bulleted list above, Veteran's Information, for more information about this new program and resources available.
If you are 45 years old or older and want to learn how
to use the computer and navigate the internet, please call peer coach, Njoni Roberson, at the St. Clair County Extension office at (205)
338-9416. The program is FREE.This program is made possible
through a continued partnership with the Middle Alabama Area Agency on
Aging and is a national community service initiative which is intended
to reduce the digital divide among older adults.
(Click on the AL EDEN logo to visit the Extension Disaster Education Network)
Home Gardening Information Available
Free Soil Sample Boxes available at the St. Clair County Extension Office. Cost to have analyzed is $7/per sample.
Master Gardener/Horticulture Hotline #1-877-252-4769 Call toll-free, choose menu #5 for our area. Available Monday-Thursday, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Contact an Expert. Regional Extension Agents Charles Pinkston and Sallie Lee are available to answer your home horticulture, home garden, and home
pest management questions. They can be reached by phone at (205)
338-9416 or by email.
Free publications available at the St. Clair
County Extension office, located on the lower level of the St. Clair
County Courthouse in Pell City, and on this website. Just click the Publications link at the top of this page and type in what you are searching for.
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About St. Clair County
St. Clair County was created in November of 1818 by the Alabama
Territorial Legislature. It was named for General Arthur St. Clair who
came to America from Scotland as an ensign in the British Navy. The
county seat was incorporated and given the name Ashville, to honor John
Ash. In 1836, a portion of St. Clair County was divided to establish
Cherokee and DeKalb counties. After the Civil War in 1866, a northeast
section of the county was used to create Etowah County.
Current population is 83,593 with 88.2 percent white, 8.6 percent black, and 2.1 percent
hispanic and other. The county has twenty-five educational outlets
which include eleven elementary schools, seven middle schools, seven
high schools, and one community college.
Beef cattle, hay, tomatoes, poultry and sod are major agricultural
crops. Major industries include Avondale Mills and Chandler Mountain