Another record summer season? Labor Day weekend bookings strong along Alabama Gulf Coast | AL.com

August 29, 2014

GULF SHORES, Alabama – While it’s too early to call the 2014 tourism season another record-breaker, all revenue arrows are pointing that way as Labor Day weekend brings the summer to a close. A new high for sales and lodging tax collections would mark the fourth straight for Alabama’s coast.

via Another record summer season? Labor Day weekend bookings strong along Alabama Gulf Coast | AL.com.

Woman’s club adds plane flight to fundraiser auction

August 29, 2014

August 29, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Trident Aircraft located at Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores has donated a “flightseeing” tour to the silent auction at the Gulf Shores Woman’s Club Charity Style Show and Luncheon. This is just one of many beguiling items to bid on. For example, two nights at the Caribe, golf at Craft Farms, a class with the brewmaster at McGuire’s Irish Pub in Pensacola and rides in the Christmas and Mardi Gras parades with the fire and police departments.

via Woman’s club adds plane flight to fundraiser auction.

Baldwin County Commission close to passing budget | FOX10 News – Mobile

August 29, 2014

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – After weeks of discussions and concessions from county departments, the Baldwin County Commission said Thursday, August 28 they have a balanced budget for next year. Commissioners said it’s meant sacrifices in some areas but good news for county workers. “It looks like today we are where we need to be to have a balanced budget,” said Baldwin County Commission Budget Chairman Chris Elliott.


via Baldwin County Commission close to passing budget | FOX10 News – Mobile.

Tourists in town for Labor Day weekend | FOX10 News – Mobile

August 29, 2014

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) – Families are flocking to the beaches for yet another big holiday weekend. This summer may reach record breaking numbers of travelers in coastal Alabama. The Magees came from Texas to enjoy Labor Day weekend. The whole family packed up their bags to see Ruth Schenaenberger and her husband in Gulf Shores.

Tourists in town for Labor Day weekend | FOX10 News – Mobile.

Campaign for New Catholic HS On Track – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories

August 29, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) It’s been six months since the kick off for the capital campaign for a new Catholic high school in Baldwin County. Visualize a $9.5 million high school with an enrollment of 600, and already more than half the money needed is promised. ”The end of October we really need to have the pledges in because in November we will go to the finance council,” said Mobile Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi.

via Campaign for New Catholic HS On Track – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories.

Orange Beach continues to argue its case for independent school system as hundreds turn out for meeting | AL.com

August 28, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – With an aim of defusing rumors, defending itself and updating the public on the latest information regarding the push for an independent school system, the city hosted a community meeting Tuesday that attracted a mix of residents for and against the proposed split. About 350 people turned out for the meeting at Orange Beach Event Center. Despite a few brief but heated moments between Mayor Tony Kennon and some opposition group members, the tone of the meeting was calm.

via Orange Beach continues to argue its case for independent school system as hundreds turn out for meeting | AL.com.

Alabama Red Snapper Reporting Results Released | Outdoor Alabama

August 28, 2014

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division (AMRD) today announced preliminary results of the Alabama Red Snapper Reporting Program. The program was implemented in May 2014 to better ascertain the number of recreationally caught red snapper landed in Alabama. Findings were presented to the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council earlier today during its meeting in Biloxi, Miss.

via Alabama Red Snapper Reporting Results Released | Outdoor Alabama.

Participate in art in nature, visual arts, theater at the Coastal Arts Center after school program | AL.com

August 28, 2014

For the last five years, the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach has offered the After School Arts Program (ASAP) to area students for a chance to learn an art skill in a fun way after the school day. With new classes, new age groups, fewer days and a chance to be in a play in the spring, the program has a lot to offer to those interested in a variety of art types this year.

via Participate in art in nature, visual arts, theater at the Coastal Arts Center after school program | AL.com.

Bulls on the Beach returning to Flora-Bama Sept. 11-13 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 28, 2014

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — The bulls are coming back for a second go-round at the legendary Flora-Bama as Bulls on the Beach returns Sept. 11-13. “We are very blessed to be returning to this great venue,” said Robertsdale native Cody Harris, event creator and one its organizers. “Not everybody can host and event like this and I think it’s a big deal that during their 50th anniversary celebration, the Flora-Bama will be part of giving away a gold buckle to the winner.”

via Bulls on the Beach returning to Flora-Bama Sept. 11-13 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Tour de Beach: Cyclists bike the beach to create world free of MS – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Gulf Coast Visitor Guide

August 28, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — More than 400 cyclists are expected to ride Sept. 20-21 in the 29th Annual Tour de Beach, a cycling event benefiting the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This two-day, fully supported ride takes cyclists along scenic beach roads and through communities that dot Mobile Bay with 25, 45, or 75-mile route options each day.

via Tour de Beach: Cyclists bike the beach to create world free of MS – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Gulf Coast Visitor Guide.

Hangout planning big weekend for Labor Day celebration

August 28, 2014

August 28, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL – Beach-goers and locals alike are invited to spend the last unofficial weekend of summer at The Hangout to participate in fun activities, win great prizes and listen to music. Activities and games to take place all weekend long include, whiffle ball tournament, watermelon eating contest, hula hoop contest, frozen t-shirt contest, water balloon toss, whipped cream pie contest, limbo and more!

via Hangout planning big weekend for Labor Day celebration.

‘Drive sober or get pulled over’ by Fairhope PD – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 28, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The Fairhope Police Department is participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) program entitled “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Using grant money made available through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), the Fairhope Police Department will use additional police patrols until the end of the Labor Day weekend.

via ‘Drive sober or get pulled over’ by Fairhope PD – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Stingrays in the Gulf are more common than you think: See the underwater footage | AL.com

August 28, 2014

PERDIDO KEY, Florida – “It could just be a stick,” I tell myself while floating on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico about 100 feet out from the shoreline of Perdido Key.  After all, I can only see a few inches of what appeared to be a black reed, no thicker than a coffee stirrer, protruding out from the sand in about four feet of water. I stay as motionless as possible in the gentle surf, trying to make heads or tails of the situation before I decide that I’m almost certainly looking at a tail.

via Stingrays in the Gulf are more common than you think: See the underwater footage | AL.com.

Victim says man stole hundreds then called to apologize | FOX10 News – Mobile

August 28, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A restaurant ministry which operates strictly on donations is missing approximately $1,400. Matt Armbruster, co-owner of Ransom Café, believes someone he was helping stole the money. On Monday, August 25, Armbruster said he was providing laundry services and showers along with food for people who needed it. That day, Armbruster said he was back and forth from his truck which was hooked to a 22-foot trailer and he didn’t think to lock it when he threw his backpack full of cash and checks inside.


via Victim says man stole hundreds then called to apologize | FOX10 News – Mobile.

Baldwin D.A’s Office Will Prosecute Case – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories

August 28, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WPMI) Baldwin County Judge Joseph Norton said he does not have the authority to disqualify District Attorney Hallie Dixon and her office from prosecuting a case. In a hearing Wednesday, Norton said even if allegations against Dixon for misusing her office were true he does not have the authority to bar her from prosecuting any case.

via Baldwin D.A’s Office Will Prosecute Case – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories.

Orange Beach addresses school funding questions – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 27, 2014

ORANGE BEACH — If a school system is voted in with a yes vote on a tax referendum on Sept. 23, the new system would not “opt out” of the state’s Education Foundation Program funding, a lawyer retained by the city said Tuesday. Jeremiah Mosley of Riley and Associates, a lobbying firm retained by Orange Beach, said that was never the case

via Orange Beach addresses school funding questions – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

More buildings? Higher taxes? Baldwin schools officials hold survey on coping with district’s growth | AL.com

August 27, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — The Baldwin County school system is conducting a random phone survey of parents to gather their ideas on how the district should cope with increasing enrollment. The survey will involve 500-600 calls to parents in the 30,000-student system, said Terry Wilhite, the school system’s spokesman.

via More buildings? Higher taxes? Baldwin schools officials hold survey on coping with district’s growth | AL.com.

Gulf Shores gallery to offer watercolor painting classes

August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Mary Lou Nicolai will begin a six-week course in watercolor at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery beginning Sept. 25 and ending Oct. 30. Her classes will be on Thursday nights from 5:30 until 8:30. Nicolai began taking art lessons at age 11 at the Adelee Wendel School of Art in Indianapolis. She later attended the John Herron Art Institute.

via Gulf Shores gallery to offer watercolor painting classes.

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