ELBERTA, Ala. (WALA) -Flo Thompson could be anywhere on this sunny Friday afternoon, but for the eighth year in a row, she has set up her “Fancy Threads” cart at her normal spot: in lots 14 and 15. “We do the National Shrimp Festival, we do this one twice a year and we do the Loxley Strawberry Festival,” Thompson said.
via Elberta Sausage Festival Saturday, setup underway | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – A decade after its original approval, a 108-unit apartment complex with a revamped design received another green light from the City Council this week. First approved in 2004, the Wolf Bay Village planned unit development included a commercial shopping center fronting Canal Road, just west of Cosmo’s, and 27 four-plex buildings with 108 units backing up to the West Perdido Avenue neighborhood on its north side.
via Revamped 108-unit apartment complex sails through Orange Beach approval process | AL.com.
BIRMINGHAM – An environmental group filed suit Thursday to block a decision that would let Alabama use nearly $60 million in Gulf oil spill funds to build a beachfront convention center. The Gulf Restoration Network sued the Interior Department and other federal agencies in Washington claiming the money should go to restore wetlands and other parts of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, not construct a resort.
via Plan to use BP funds for convention center opposed.
MOBILE, Alabama — The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved an amendment splitting the red snapper recreational sector into two components. With the 10-7 vote, council members approved Amendment 40 – Sector Separation that for 2015 creates new for-hire and private components under the recreational sector umbrella.
via Gulf Council splits red snapper recreational sector; angler-rights group promising litigation | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, Ala. — National Shrimp Festival Fine Arts Chairmen Lee Kramer and Ron Arnold presented this year’s youth art winners with top awards on Wednesday. Alice Yu won top honors. On behalf of the Annual National Shrimp Festival and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, the Fine Arts competition presented Luba Goldman of Gulf Shores High School the 2nd place ribbon in the Youth for Art competition.
via Shrimp Fest honors young artists – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment.
BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A former Mobile police officer charged with manslaughter and DUI in a fatal accident no longer has to wear GPS and alcohol monitors and submit to random drug tests. Vicky Johnston, 53, of Satsuma, is charged in the July 5 death of Linda Rutherford, 65, of Calera.
via GPS monitoring, drug testing no longer required for former Mobile officer charged with manslaughter | AL.com.
FOLEY, Ala. — According to Foley Mayor John Koniar, progress on construction of the Blue Collar Country entertainment destination is proceeding slowly. Koniar gave that update Wednesday during his State of the City Address at the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lunch Series in Foley Civic Center.
via Foley mayor says Blue Collar project progressing slowly – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — Baldwin Youth Services held a ribbon cutting with the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday for the new school at the Janice W. Hendrickson Intervention Center in Robertsdale.
via Baldwin Youth Services opens classroom at Intervention Center in Robertsdale – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FAIRHOPE, Alabama – Just before 3 p.m. Thursday, a 49-year-old woman hit the gas pedal on her vehicle and slammed into the BB&T bank on Plantation Boulevard. Neither the driver, who is from Fairhope, nor anyone in the building were injured in the incident, according to Fairhope police spokesman Sgt. Craig Sawyer.
via Car hits bank in Fairhope; no injuries | AL.com.
As military action continues against the muslim terrorist group known as ISIS, in a library at Daphne High School a possible solution to the crisis from Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan.
via Jordan Prince in Daphne Talks ISIS.
WPMI An amendment splitting the red snapper recreational sector into two components was approved Thursday by the Gulf of Mexico Management Council. The council approved the amendment with a 10-7 vote.It would allow charter boat captains to have their own separate share of the annual catch.
via Red Snapper Sector Split Approved – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama — City officials are making good on promises to improve education despite a failed attempt at creating an independent school system through a referendum on Sept. 23. During Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor Tony Kennon said that he and Councilman Jerry Johnson met with Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft and Councilman Jason Dyken on Monday to talk about moving forward with a new joint high school and college campus on the Foley Beach Express.
via Orange Beach teaming up with Gulf Shores to support new high school campus with college ties | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – The beach chamber on Tuesday announced a December concert by R&B and soul singer Aaron Neville that will be part of this year’s Coastal Christmas holiday events schedule. Todd Edwards, who is heading up the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s holiday programs, said the event, “Christmas with Aaron Neville — A Coastal Christmas Concert,” will be Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
via Aaron Neville concert to kick off Alabama Coastal Christmas events in Orange Beach | AL.com.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) The Baldwin County School Board held a special meeting to officially approve the posting for a new superintendent. The position has now been posted.
via Baldwin County Schools Post Superintendent Job – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
Numerous lawsuits followed, and Bank of America in 2010 obtained a $10.2 million judgment against him in connection with a Gulf Shores, Alabama, development.
via Shaun Hayes arrested, sits in St. Louis County jail – St. Louis Business Journal.
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — On Oct. 18 St. John’s Episcopal Church hosted a benefit for Kena Spivey at the PZK Hall in Robertsdale. “We can’t say enough how appreciative we are for everything people have done for us,” said Kena’s mother Dawn Spivey. “From the littlest thing on up it has been enough to make what we’re going through more bearable.”
via Robertsdale church hosts benefit for young cancer patient – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. – It was a packed house on Thursday at the October meeting of the Baldwin County Association of Realtors in Robertsdale. Longtime BCAR Executive Vice President Martha Taylor received a standing ovation from the crowd in honor of her more than three-decade service to the association.
via Taylor honored for service to Baldwin County Association of Realtors; 2015 officers announced at meeting – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Jenny Hewett Smith’s transition from Cape Town, South Africa to Daphne was not just life changing, but eye opening. Her father was a preacher and pioneered churches. “He started churches, so when he planted one and it was up and functioning, we moved to another spot,” Smith says. “We moved around South Africa a lot.”
via South Africa to south Alabama – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People.
When a woman decides she has had enough of alcohol or drug addiction, she needs a support system to help her through the tough days of getting clean following initial detox. The Refuge in Robertsdale comes to the rescue. Formerly Saving Grace Home for Women, the newly reopened facility for women with addiction offers a comfortable, Christian-based environment where she can work out problems with caring, licensed counselors, program assistants 24/7 and volunteers.
via The Refuge for women – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People.
ELBERTA, Ala. — It’s time, once again, for the Elberta German Sausage Festival. The semi-annual event will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Elberta Town Park, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and County Road 83 in Elberta.
via Elberta German Sausage Festival coming up Saturday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) More than $2 million is now available for folks in Baldwin County affected by the floods that rocked the area back in April. The money is for homeowners but it will also go toward the county as a whole and municipalities within the county. Homeowners have to apply and get approved before they are reimbursed by FEMA. Most of those folks, some 52 homeowners, have already applied for other FEMA programs that were available right after the flood.
via $2.3M in FEMA Money Available for Baldwin County – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. WPMI A new resource is now available for kids who are in the foster system in our area. ”It’s so important for them not to be missing school and it needs to be a conducive environment because they are already somewhat traumatized when they come to us having been taken away from family,” said Sue Joy, director of the Baldwin Youth Center.
via School Opens at Baldwin Youth Center – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
Strawberry Fields forever. I recently got really excited about Freda Kelly coming to Alabama. Again. I didn’t even know she’d been here before or who she was until about six months ago. Now I can’t wait to meet her.
via Getting excited to see ‘Good Ol’ Freda’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – Firefighters don’t always have the luxury of waiting for an ambulance when they have a patient with a blocked airway. “Having a patent airway on our patients is just very important. This particular piece of equipment almost guarantees that you’ll get the intubation on the first try,” Suzanne Moeller, a trainer with the Orange Beach Fire Department, said.
via OBFD says new tech will help better save lives | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.
BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A former Mobile police officer who was arrested on a manslaughter charge last month wants a judge to lift three conditions of her release on bond because they are creating a hardship for her, according to a court motion. Vicky Johnston, 53, of Satsuma, was indicted in August in the July 5 death of of Linda Rutherford, 65, of Calera. Johnston was driving a Ford Mustang in the 500 block of East Boulevard in Gulf Shores when it hit Rutherford, who was trying to walk across the road, according to an accident report.
via Citing a hardship, former Mobile police officer charged with manslaughter wants judge to lift bond conditions | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — October always brings a buzz for cooler weather, beautiful water and renewal after a long hot Summer. The Commons shopping Center is abuzz with the new expanded location of Wildflowers Boutique and the first Local’s night of the Season.
via Orange Beach Buzzz – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Business.
When Pres. Obama was appointing all the Czars, one of Mike Reynold’s team leaders piped up at a meeting, saying, “With all the czars around, I guess you are going to be the Turtle Czar?” Everyone thought it was funny at the time, but the title stuck, and he is now known throughout the Island as the “Turtle Czar”.
via Capt Mark asks, “WHO’S ON THE ISLAND?” (Meet ‘Turtle Czar’ Mike Reynolds) – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Features.