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Superintendent to speak at Trussville luncheon

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill will be the featured speaker at the Jan. 16 Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Trussville Civic Center. Reservations are $17 and are needed by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 14. [caption id="attachment_814" align="alignleft" width="300"] Trussville City Schools Superinten ...

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Business briefs: Tortugas opening date set, pharmacy ribbon cutting

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Two Trussville businesses will hold ribbon cuttings next week. Tortugas Cafe plans to open for business Jan. 9 in the Trussville Plaza Shopping Center on Highway 11. A ribbon cutting will be at 10:30 a.m.  Owners Paul and Dawn Gagliano also have a Tortugas Cafe in Meadowbrook in the U.S. 280 corridor. The business features Chicago style pizza, thin crust pizza and other Italian e ...

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From Horrible to Beautiful

Splintered wood from tornado now displayed in Clay shop By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- Kim Steffey is a strong advocate of re-using materials. The owner of the newly opened McEnally’s Mercantile in Clay, Steffey has lived on a small farm between Argo and Clay for eight years. On Jan. 23, 2012, when an EF-3 tornado ripped through the northeastern Jefferson County area and caused significant damage in Clay, about 120 ...

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Former Food Network star speaks in Trussville

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Former “Food Network Star” cast member Martie Duncan spoke at the Trussville Rotary Club meeting Wednesday. Duncan was on Season 8 of the show. Duncan made it to the final four and when America voted for the winner, she finished as the runner-up. Originally from Roebuck, Duncan had no culinary training prior to auditing for the spot on the show. She found out about the auditions ...

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Bama softball coach talks memories, culture in Trussville

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- University of Alabama head softball coach Patrick Murphy spoke about memories he has in his position and the culture of the program at Thursday’s Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Murphy talked about having winning seasons every year since the team went 29-29 his first year. He told a story about meeting Joe Namath in a Tuscaloosa hotel when he first arrived as coach ...

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Clay-Chalkville senior named Trussville Rotary student of the month

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Trussville Rotary Daybreak Club has announced its recipient of the Don Haisten Student of the Month Award for December. The recipient was Loftin Hall, a senior at Clay-Chalkville High School. He received a gift card donated by Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. [caption id="attachment_10773" align="alignleft" width="300"] From left are Trussville Rotary Club member Ty Williams, Loftin Hall a ...

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Business briefs: McEnally’s Mercantile opens in Clay

By Gary Lloyd McEnally’s Mercantile, a hardware, home, garden, grocery, feed and supply store, opened its doors Monday morning in Clay. Located in the former Piggly Wiggly building on Old Springville Road, the store is inspired by owner Kim Steffey’s grandparents’ farm in Virginia. “I want to bring back the more wholesome and simpler way of living,” said Steffey, who has her own small farm between Clay and ...

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Former Food Network cast member to speak in Trussville

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Martie Duncan will speak at the Trussville Rotary Club meeting Wednesday at 7 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn at 3230 Edwards Lake Parkway in Trussville. Duncan was on Season 8 of “Food Network Star” last year. Representing the state of Alabama, Duncan competed on Alton Brown's team for her own Food Network show. [caption id="attachment_10687" align="alignleft" width="300"] Produce ...

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Trussville residents’ response to car tag renewal possibility at city hall: ‘Overwhelming’

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- One of the questions on a survey mailed to more than 8,000 Trussville addresses last month by Mayor Gene Melton asked if residents would renew vehicle tags at Trussville City Hall if allowed to do so. The response is quite telling. Of 1,048 responses to the question, 985 said they’d favor the renewal process at Trussville City Hall. Just 63 said they would not favor it. [caption ...

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Bama softball coach to speak at luncheon

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- University of Alabama head softball coach Patrick Murphy will be the featured speaker at the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon next Thursday at the Trussville Civic Center. Reservations are $17 each and are required by noon Tuesday, Dec. 17. Networking time begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. Murphy’s presentation will begin at approximately 12:30 ...

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