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Is Alabama’s best steak in Clay?

By Scott Buttram CLAY -- It's understandable if you didn't expect to find one of Alabama's best steaks at Papa Sal's Italian Restaurant in Clay. But consider yourself informed. The family-owned restaurant is one of four finalists in the central region, and one of the top 16 in the state when it comes to serving up steaks. Known for its mouth-watering Italian dishes for 29 years, Papa Sal's has been named to ...

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First day of tag renewal in Clay goes ‘extremely well’

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- City of Clay Administrative Assistant Andrea Self said the first day of car tag renewal at Clay City Hall on Monday went “extremely well.” Self said employees were a “little nervous” because it was the first day and there are always nerves with something new, regardless of training. “But most everyone who came in commented about how convenient it was to have tag renewals at city hall,” ...

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Revisiting credit scores, debt-to-income ratios

By Dave Parrish I realize that we’ve spoken about credit scores here before. However, with the post-crash lending standards, “good” credit or a “good” credit score doesn’t mean a buyer will be seen as credit worthy or eligible for the advertised low mortgage rates, currently as low as 3.875 percent on a 30-year fixed rate FHA loan (as of Aug. 1). Buyers typically focus solely on the credit score or the achi ...

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Business briefs: Rotary district governor speaks

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- Last week’s speaker for the Trussville Rotary Daybreak Club was Rotary District 6860 Governor Jerry Shepherd. This district has 53 club and 3,600 Rotarians. Rotary’s theme this year, “Light Up Rotary,” is inspired by Confucius, “Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”  Rotary International has supported the eradication of polio to the tune of about $170 milli ...

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P&Z recommends PUD amendment to council

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Planning and Zoning Board on Monday recommended an amendment to the city’s planned unit development ordinance to the Trussville City Council. There are a few changes from the original draft. The recommended draft calls for a minimum size of two acres for a downtown planned unit development and a minimum of four acres for a PUD within the transitional district.  The ...

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Trussville amends tax abatement for System Controls

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council last week approved a resolution amendment to the tax abatement for System Controls and Reed Hene Properties in the Trussville Industrial Park. The city originally approved of System Controls’ and Reed Hene Properties’ original application to local granting authority for the abatement of taxes Dec. 5, 2012. In January, the companies amended the applicat ...

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Trussville P&Z to consider joining tracts for future Deerfoot funeral home

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Planning and Zoning Board at its Monday, Aug. 11 meeting will consider recommending two tracts of land be joined for a future funeral home. A July 15 City of Trussville notice states that the meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Trussville City Hall. The notice states that Deerfoot Memorial wishes to join two tracts of land on Deerfoot Parkway together. The property that w ...

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Business briefs: Coupling solutions company comes to Trussville

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Fontaine Fifth Wheel Group has expanded to include Fontaine Coupling Solutions, a new company dedicated to the terminal tractor (yard truck) market. Terry Mennen, who has served as a vice president for Fontaine Fifth Wheel since 2007, has been named president of the new operating company, which is based in Trussville. Other Fontaine veterans on the management team include Rob ...

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Trussville Chamber hires event coordinator

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce last week announced that Bobbie Roper is its new event coordinator. Roper’s previous experience includes roles as benefits coordinator and analyst for large corporations such as HealthSouth and Bruno's, and also as an office manager for smaller firms. [caption id="attachment_14792" align="alignleft" width="300"] Bobbie Roperphoto by Di ...

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Trussville OKs moratorium on money brokers

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council on Tuesday approved of imposing a moratorium on the licensing of money brokers in the city. The moratorium is for 180 days. The moratorium isn’t applied to prevent the renewal of an existing business license. Trussville City Council President Buddy Choat said a moratorium has been in place “for some time” and needed to be renewed. [caption id="attachme ...

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