The rush is over. The summer tourists season, gone and Alabama’s beaches almost empty.
This time of year there are more birds on the beach than people and that’s not necessarily a bad thing because the folks we talked to wouldn’t have it any other way.
via Beach Season Over, Or is it?.
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama — Terri Carter, the mayor of Repton, Ala., stood in front of the council this week sharing words of appreciation for the city’s support of a lawsuit that stopped the development of a mega-landfill near the small town. It took seven years but on Aug. 6, 2013, an Alabama judge ruled in favor of Repton, Citizens for a Clean Southwest Alabama and others that joined in the suit that challenged the Conecuh County Commission’s approval of Conecuh Woods LLC’s 5,100-acre landfill.
via ‘Courageous’ fight that stopped mega-landfill left Repton on hook for $639,000; fundraiser Nov. 15 in Orange Beach | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL — Three local charities, The Christian Service Center, Under His Wings, and the Alabama Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch in Summerdale, received the proceeds of the Gulf Shores Woman’s Club Charity Style Show and Luncheon at the GSWC meeting on Oct. 8. Each organization was presented a check for $2,300 by Kathleen Donaldson, GSWC President, and Karen Brown, co-chair of the GSWC Style Show.
via Three charities benefit from Gulf Shores Woman’s Club show – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment.
GULF SHORES, Alabama – Well, we asked you to choose Alabama’s Best Oyster recipe and you spoke with a loud and clear voice that leaves nothing to debate. You voted overwhelmingly for the Chargrilled Oysters with Artichoke Garlic Cream Sauce as your top choice. How overwhelmingly? Let’s just say that roughly 75 percent of you chose it as your favorite; in political parlance that’s a clear mandate or a landslide even.
via Chargrilled Oysters take top honors in search for Alabama’s Best Oyster Recipe | AL.com.
LILLIAN, Ala. — Baldwin County EMA reported a small plane crash near the Lillian community in eastern Baldwin Friday morning. The incident was called in around 8:30 a.m. Response crews arrived to find the pilot out of the aircraft and standing. EMA confirmed he was transported to a Pensacola hospital with unknown injuries.
via Small aircraft crashes near Lillian, pilot transported to hospital – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
DAPHNE, Ala. – The cities of Daphne and Fairhope have announced Veterans Day activities to honor military veterans starting on Nov. 8. Fairhope will host its annual Veterans Day parade in downtown Fairhope Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. Participants in the parade include local veterans, military vehicles, the Dogwood Trail Maids, boy and girl scout troops, the Fairhope High School marching band, the Daphne High Shool ROTC, the 1165th MP Company, the British Car Club and more.
via Fairhope, Daphne plan Veterans Day events – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL – Students in the Medical Academy at Gulf Shores High School have been taking a course with the help of Gulf Shores Fire and Rescue’s Lt. Ron West and other personnel. On Oct. 30 the students responded to a wreck simulation with four victims the students had to assess, treat and get ready for transport.
via Gulf Shores Career Academy EMS class has realistic simulation exercise – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Pleasure Island Tiki was the host for the Oct. 30 Locals Night and a big crowd turned out and dressed up for the Halloween party.
via Locals Night Halloween party at Pleasure Island Tiki – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) Most sports fans know the SEC has its biggest following in football. But what about other sports, women’s soccer for example? This year becoming a fan will be made easier as the new SEC television network sets up stage in Orange Beach. It’s about the exposure on television and the City of Orange Beach along with tourism officials say that exposure will be bigger than ever.
via SEC Soccer Fever in Orange Beach – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
Despite its opposition to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Amendment 40, better known as Sector Separation, the Alabama Marine Resources Division decided that discretion is the better part of valor at last week’s Council meeting in Mobile. Historically, the red snapper fishery in the Gulf has been divided into two segments, commercial and recreational. Amendment 40 will split the recreational sector into charter-for-hire vessels and private recreational anglers
via Gulf Council Votes to Split Recreational Snapper Fishermen | Outdoor Alabama.
FOLEY, Ala. — Foley Police are investigating a bomb threat made at Foley High School earlier this week. Foley Police Lt. David White said that Tuesday evening, FHS faculty and staff received the threat via email. “The email identified a current Foley High School student as the author of the emailed bomb threat,” he said.
via Bomb threat reported at Foley High School – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — “Gimme Three Steps,” “Saturday Night Special,” “Free Bird,” “Call Me the Breeze,” and let’s not forget about “Sweet Home Alabama.” Southern Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd will bring all those classic hits and more to the stage as the headlining act for the 13th annual Angel Ride and Concert this weekend at Oak Hollow Farms in Fairhope.
via Legendary rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd to headline Angel Ride concert this weekend – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. – The Fairhope Police Department is urging drivers to use caution heading into what is expected to be one of the busiest weekends of the year. In addition to the usual number of children trick-or-treating on Friday for Halloween, there will also be an increase in traffic for the regularly scheduled Fairhope High School football game at WC Majors Field.
via Fairhope Police urging caution ahead of busy weekend – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
SPANISH FORT, Ala. – The Blakeley Bluegrass Festival returns Saturday to Blakeley State Park at 9 a.m. Three bands will provide continuous music from 10 a.m. to mid-afternoon at the Washington Square site of the old ghost town now preserved by Blakeley State Park.
via Blakeley Bluegrass Festival returns Saturday to state park – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores, will host its final Art Market of the year on Saturday, November 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Meyer Park in Gulf Shores. Approximately 40 artists will be exhibiting their original works of art for the culmination of this well-attended event. Visitors can also enjoy live musical entertainment, children’s art activities and concessions.
via Gulf Shores, AL – Official Website.
MOBILE, Ala (WALA) – Apple’s CEO Tim Cook grew up in Robertsdale, Alabama a city in Baldwin County with a current population of about 5,000 people. Robertsdale’s Mayor Charles Murphy says he was aware of Cook’s sexual orientation year ago through an article. It didn’t bother Murphy until Cook came out of the closet.
via Apple CEO comes out, hometown mayor disagrees | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) Spanish Fort Police hope to make another arrest after two women lead officers on a chase down Highway 181. It happened Wednesday night when police attempted to stop a car with no lights. Chief David Edgar tells Local 15 News Dora Marie Loftin, 42, is one of those suspects.
via One Suspect ID’d, Police Search for 2nd Shoplifting Suspect – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
GULF SHORES, Ala. — The city of Gulf Shores has found a way to kill two birds with one stone – or in this case, save two birds. The first is to restore the historical building located at U.S. Highway 59 and Clubhouse Drive, and the second, to open a city store where items that represent the city’s brand, “Small Town, Big Beach,” will be available to the public and create a physical presence in the community.
via Gulf Shores remodeling building for city store – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment.
Alabamians are rightly proud of their oysters. And on Nov. 7-9, The Hangout in Gulf Shores has invited chefs from around the country to cook their best dish with local bivalves for the 7th annual Oyster Cook-Off.
via Gulf Shores oyster cook-off on Nov. 7-9 draws chefs from around the nation | NOLA.com.
MOBILE, Ala. – Starting next week the Alabama Department of Transportation will begin construction for a new ferry dock and improvements around the ferry boarding area on Dauphin Island. The new dock will be constructed just west of the current dock, adjacent to the existing snack bar and restroom facility.
via State to build new ferry dock on Dauphin Island – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
MOBILE, Ala. – A Texas man was sentenced in federal court to 70 months imprisonment for his role in driving a load of cocaine and heroin from Texas through Baldwin County in route to Florida. Jose Mauricio Lopez, 46, of Houston, was arrested in November 2013, charged with trafficking cocaine and trafficking heroin.
via Texas man gets 70-month sentence in trafficking case – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The Baldwin Bicycle Fest, in its second year under that same name, rides again with the le Tour de Foley and a number of bicycle-related events for enthusiasts of all ages at Foley Heritage Park on Nov. 1.
via Baldwin Bicycle Fest to ride Nov. 1 in Foley | AL.com.
LOXLEY, Ala. – Jan Shipp remembers her first day on the job. “I saw (owner Tommy Cain) come walking down the aisle,” she said, “this handsome man with his dark hair and mustache and I thought, ‘uh oh, I’m in trouble.’” Seriously, she says, over the years, she has come to view Cain and his family, very much like her family.
via Cain’s Piggly Wiggly Cost Plus celebrates 25 years in Loxley – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FOLEY, Alabama – A bomb threat made via email against Foley High School faculty and staff Tuesday night continues to be investigated by police. In a news release issued late Wednesday, Foley police Lt. David White said the email identified the sender as a current Foley High student who was questioned by investigators after police and fire personnel responded to the school to evacuate and secure it.
via Emailed bomb threat causes stir in Foley | AL.com.
FAIRHOPE, Alabama - The race for district judge in Baldwin County is getting interesting. Incumbent Judge Michelle Thomason faces challenger Ginger Poynter. Poynter is a Republican, but is running as an independent.
via Baldwin County District Judge Race Heats Up.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Consumers around the nation can’t be sure what kind of shrimp they’re buying if they simply look at the label or menu at supermarkets, grocers and restaurants, an advocacy group says. Oceana did a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various spots around the Gulf of Mexico.
via Survey: Shrimp in US rife with murky labeling | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) He grew up in Silverhill, remembers Highway 98 when it was a country road through Daphne and Fairhope, and now the educator is poised to become the next superintendent of schools in Baldwin County. But does Robbie Owen want the job? Robbie Owen was the first and only principal at Rockwell Elementary in Spanish Fort. It’s been his life for 18 years. Now, he’s the odds-on favorite to become the county’s new school superintendent.
via EXCLUSIVE: Robbie Owen on Baldwin Co. Supt. Job – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
(WPMI) Everything loves a live shrimp, speckle trout, red fish, flounder, everything loves them. However, we’re coming to a great time of the year when you don’t have to use live bait to catch the fish. Artificial shrimp comes in different sizes, colors and shapes. Some come with a heavy weight already on there, some don’t have much weight, and of course you have different color options to choose.
via Fishing the Coast: Using Live Shrimp – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.