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Couples may be losing $250,000 in social security benefits

By David Guttery A typical American couple may be leaving up to $250,000 on the table in Social Security earnings because they do not know the best strategy for when to take benefits. Recent surveys conducted by Financial Engines, an independent investment adviser, have shown that 75 percent of the respondents taking an eight-question test about Social Security received a “C” grade or less when tested about ...

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Trussville approves balanced 2014-15 budget

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council last Tuesday approved a balanced budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The total amount of money budgeted by the city is $36.2 million for revenues and expenditures. “I think it’s a good budget,” Mayor Gene Melton said. [caption id="attachment_11308" align="alignleft" width="300"] Trussville City Hallphoto by Gary Lloyd[/caption] The budget projects $2 ...

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Pinson supports continued operation of Palmerdale post office

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Pinson City Council last week approved a resolution supporting the continued operation and services available of the Palmerdale branch of the United States Post Office. Times have been hard for rural post offices over the last couple years, with hours and services being cut. The resolution states that the demand of the Palmerdale post office will “certainly increase as commercial ...

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Home Depot data breach bigger than Target’s

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Home Depot announced Thursday that a breach at its United States and Canadian stores over a six-month period this year may have put 56 million payment cards at risk, according to The Washington Post. Home Depot also said for the first time that the malware that facilitated the breach of its payment terminals “has been eliminated from the company’s systems,” according to The Washi ...

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Wintzell’s no longer pursuing former Costa’s building in Trussville

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Wintzell’s Oyster House may still be coming to Trussville, but it won’t be located at the former Costa’s Barbecue restaurant building at 5893 Trussville Crossings Blvd. “The location we were pursuing did not work out because of the high cost to remodel and to convert to our concept,” Wintzell’s Oyster House President Bob Donlon said in an email. Donlon said the restaurant is stil ...

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Business briefs: Wintzell’s expects winter opening in Trussville

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Wintzell’s Oyster House now expects to open its Trussville location this winter, according to a post on the restaurant’s website. Wintzell’s will be located at 5893 Trussville Crossings Blvd., the former Costa’s Barbecue restaurant. The post on the website states to stay tuned for information on hiring and a grand opening. “We look forward to being a member of the Trussville comm ...

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Trussville begins budget discussion

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council began discussing its 2014-2015 fiscal year budget last week. The council heard from Trussville Public Library Director Emily Tish, Trussville Parks and Recreation Director David Vinson, Trussville Fire Chief Russell Ledbetter and Trussville Police Chief Don Sivley last Tuesday night. [caption id="attachment_11308" align="alignleft" width="300"] Trussvi ...

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Pinson to discuss trash collection contract

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Pinson City Council at its next meeting will discuss the possibility of a citywide trash collection contract. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Pinson City Hall. At the last meeting, a first reading was given to a request for proposals for a new trash collection contract. Mayor Hoyt Sanders said there will be discussion about it at this week’s meetin ...

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Brenda Ladun to speak to Trussville Chamber

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that its September luncheon speaker will be ABC 33/40 news anchor Brenda Ladun. Ladun anchors the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news on ABC 33/40. Her special “Matters of Faith” reports can be seen on the 10 p.m. news on Sundays and on Focus at 4 on Wednesdays. She has worked in Birmingham television for two decades and is a five-ti ...

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Trussville OKs amendment to PUD ordinance

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s planned unit development ordinance. The vote was delayed in August due to the addition of language in the ordinance. That was taken care of at last week’s meeting. The Trussville Planning and Zoning Board in July recommended the amendment to the council. The recommended draft called for a mini ...

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