Gulf State Park convention center challenged in lawsuit; Group calls project ‘shocking misuse of restoration funds’ | AL.com

October 25, 2014

GULF SHORES, Alabama – The Gulf Restoration Network, an environmental group based in New Orleans, has filed a law suit seeking to block the use of $58 million in Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery funds to construct a hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.  The group claims that the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process is intended to repair damage resulting from the 2010 oil spill, and that rebuilding a conference center destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 does not qualify.

via Gulf State Park convention center challenged in lawsuit; Group calls project ‘shocking misuse of restoration funds’ | AL.com.

Oliver North passes on Afghanistan to speak at Columbia Southern graduation in Orange Beach | AL.com

October 25, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – Faced with a choice between Afghanistan and Orange Beach, Lt. Col. Oliver North (USMC, ret.) chose the beach over the mountains.  North, now a best-selling author and host of the Fox News show “War Stories,” was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Columbia Southern University graduation ceremony, held Friday at the Orange Beach Event Center.

via Oliver North passes on Afghanistan to speak at Columbia Southern graduation in Orange Beach | AL.com.

Silverhill School to host walk for canine officer Marley – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

October 25, 2014

SILVERHILL, Ala. — Drugs were found at the Silverhill Council meeting Monday night. No arrests were made. In fact, the drugs were supplied by the Silverhill Police Department. The small amount of marijuana was part of a demonstration put on by Officer Jeff Michael and his canine partner Marley, a 4 ½-year-old Lab that was purchased by the town in July.

via Silverhill School to host walk for canine officer Marley – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Baldwin County Ebola Scare Actually Malaria

October 25, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Alabama - Matthew Murray says he’s lucky to be alive. Four weeks ago, Murray got violently ill after a missionary trip in East Africa. The British missionary started feeling bad while he was working here in Baldwin County on a fundraising project for One-By-One, a non-profit, faith-based organization that helps orphaned children in Kenya.

via Baldwin County Ebola Scare Actually Malaria.

Elberta Sausage Festival Saturday, setup underway | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com

October 25, 2014

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.

Revamped 108-unit apartment complex sails through Orange Beach approval process | AL.com

October 24, 2014

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.

Plan to use BP funds for convention center opposed

October 24, 2014

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.

Gulf Council splits red snapper recreational sector; angler-rights group promising litigation | AL.com

October 24, 2014

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.

Shrimp Fest honors young artists – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment

October 24, 2014

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.

GPS monitoring, drug testing no longer required for former Mobile officer charged with manslaughter | AL.com

October 24, 2014

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 mayor says Blue Collar project progressing slowly – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

October 24, 2014

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.

Orange Beach teaming up with Gulf Shores to support new high school campus with college ties | AL.com

October 22, 2014

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.

Aaron Neville concert to kick off Alabama Coastal Christmas events in Orange Beach | AL.com

October 22, 2014

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.

Robertsdale church hosts benefit for young cancer patient – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

October 22, 2014

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.

Taylor honored for service to Baldwin County Association of Realtors; 2015 officers announced at meeting – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

October 22, 2014

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.

The Refuge for women – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People

October 22, 2014

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.

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