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Papa Sal’s advances to top 8 in steak competition

By Scott Buttram CLAY -- Papa Sal's Italian Restaurant in Clay is one step closer to claiming the title of Alabama best steak after dispatching PJ’s Restaurant of Jasper in the round of 16. The title is currently held by the Bright Star in Bessemer, the 2013 winner. [caption id="attachment_15303" align="alignleft" width="300"] Papa Sal's in Clay is among the eight finalists for Alabama's best steak.Photo by ...

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Trussville optometrist re-elected to AOA board

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- Samuel D. Pierce, who is in private practice as an optometrist at Trussville Vision Care, has been re-elected to serve on the American Optometric Association’s Board of Trustees. The AOA represents approximately 36,000 doctors of optometry and other eye care professionals. Pierce was sworn into office in June in Philadelphia, Pa., during the association’s annual Optometry’s ...

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Alabama Power launches new grant program

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- The Alabama Power Foundation has launched a new grant program aimed at helping high school athletic programs break down barriers to student participation. The “Power To Play” grant program focuses on the importance of keeping students active in sports and will award $2,500 to 36 schools throughout the state to support their athletic programs. Research shows students who participa ...

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New Hewitt football coach to speak at luncheon

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- First-year Hewitt-Trussville head football coach Josh Floyd will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 21 Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Trussville Civic Center. The luncheon is $17 and reservations are required by noon Tuesday, Aug. 19. Registration is available at www.trussvillechamber.com. [caption id="attachment_ ...

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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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