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3 focuses for 2014 legislative session

By Slade Blackwell Over the past few months, I have studied bills to consider sponsoring in this next session and met with constituents to talk about issues and how we can solve them. I am working now to finalize bills and then will be heading to Montgomery at the beginning of January to start the 2014 Legislative Session. While there are many things I would like to see the legislature accomplish during the ...

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Trussville Rotary adds student of the month program

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Rotary Daybreak Club has initiated a new program to recognize outstanding achievement in local schools. The Don Haisten Student of the Month Award will recognize students from the Hewitt-Trussville and Clay-Chalkville schools. The first recipient was Rebekah Dennis, a junior from Hewitt-Trussville High School. Dennis received a gift card from Jim ‘n Nick’s Bar-B-Q. ...

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Business briefs: New openings in Trussville, Clay

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- New business openings were recently held in Trussville and Clay. In Trussville, the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce held ribbon cuttings at two new businesses. Champion Sports Medicine opened and had its ribbon cutting at The Shoppes at Deerfoot on U.S. Highway 11 on Nov. 12. On Nov. 19, the chamber held a ribbon cutting for Premier Payroll, located on Vann Road in Trussville ...

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Trussville chamber elects 2014 officers

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce last week elected its 2014 officers and new board members. June Mathews was elected president, Melissa Jones was president-elect, Eddie Seal was named past president and Shea Carroll was elected treasurer. Board members who will begin a three-year term in 2014 are Jeff Brumlow, Deana Carroll and Linda Burns. The November Customer Service Aw ...

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Clay-Pinson Chamber Christmas gala Dec. 3

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- The Clay-Pinson Chamber of Commerce’s “Save the Date Christmas Gala” is scheduled for Dec. 3. The gala, which benefits Angel Tree Ministries and the Jimmie Hale Mission, is at 6:30 p.m. at Grayson Valley Country Club. There will be dinner, music and a silent auction. [caption id="attachment_8197" align="alignleft" width="300"] The entrance to Grayson Valley Country Clubfile photo by Ga ...

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Giving thanks for American Dream, housing recovery

By Dave Parrish Of all holidays, Thanksgiving is perhaps the most American holiday. There can be no doubt that despite all of our challenges, we have much to be thankful for. Yes, even in these days where unemployment remains at a higher level than is healthy of our economy and is the cause of pain for so many of our neighbors, and in these days in which so many of our brothers and sisters are in faraway la ...

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Slade Blackwell holding ‘Coffee & Conversation’ in Trussville Tuesday

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Sen. Slade Blackwell, R-Mountain Brook, will host “Coffee & Conversation” at the Cracker Barrel in Trussville on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. “Coffee & Conversation” is a series of informal meetings for constituents to gather and talk with Blackwell about issues and ideas that are important to the area. [caption id="attachment_9094" align="alignleft" width="287"] Slade Blackwellf ...

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Redevelopment authority approves $147,000 for new grocer’s construction

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Trussville’s Downtown Redevelopment Authority on Thursday approved a resolution to pay $147,000 toward the next construction phase for a new grocery store on Main Street. Authority Chairman Jef Freeman said the resolution was approved after hearing from the construction manager and Josh Earnest of Retail Specialists, Inc. The approval is not for additional funds. The approval is ...

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New fitness center plans to open mid to late January

By Gary Lloyd 24e Fitness plans to open in mid to late January in a section of the former Food World building on Main Street in Trussville, according to Vice President of Operations Jack Robertson. Construction began on the 15,000-square-foot fitness center Oct. 1. The building will be completely renovated. “Since 2007 we have been looking for the right location in Trussville,” Robertson said.  “While it ha ...

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Trussville provides funds to Downtown Redevelopment Authority

By Gary Lloyd The Trussville City Council on Tuesday approved of providing the Downtown Redevelopment Authority $109,035.25 for broker lease commissions associated with leases for the new tenants of the former Food World building on Main Street. The broker lease commissions associated with the lease for Fresh Value Marketplace is $32,200 to Retail Specialists. [caption id="attachment_4241" align="alignleft" ...

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