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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
FAIRHOPE, Alabama – As a father of four, a Catholic parishioner and public school principal, Joe Roh can see education from many angles. Roh, the new principal at Robertsdale High School, is also a supporter of the new Catholic high school planned for Baldwin County.
On June 11, 2014, Keisha Weeks experienced a nightmare no parent should have to endure. Her son, Caleb Thomas, and his brothers were at their grandparent’s house playing with BB guns. His brother accidentally shot Caleb with his BB gun above his right eye. The BB went through Caleb’s brain and is currently lodged in the left side.
FOLEY, Ala. — Baldwin residents looking to start celebrating Halloween a little early should head to the streets of downtown Foley Thursday this week. That’s because the annual Foley Uptown Halloween Party is slated for 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday in the city’s historic downtown district.
SUMMERDALE, Alabama — Twenty-three local teachers and school faculty members, including one from Orange Beach Elementary, will be introducing innovative projects in their classrooms thanks to a little help from Operation Round Up. These individuals were recently named the recipients of the Star Light Awards for 2014.
MOBILE, Ala. – If you are heading to the Eastern Shore later this morning, make sure you plan to take the Wallace Tunnel and the I-10 Bayway. The Eastbound lanes of the Causeway will be closed today as crews film “Bus 657″.
Car tags, roughly a quarter of a million of them are bought every year in Baldwin County. While they can be expensive according to Julie Jones, “I pay for mine, $127.” An additional 30 dollar fee could be on her next renewal notice. “I wouldn’t like that.”
via Baldwin County Plan to Fund Road Projects.
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) This week the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will take up a controversial red snapper management measure. Known as Amendment 40, it would allow for charter captains to break away from the recreational sector. This would also divide the amount of fish each can reel in roughly in half.
October 20, 2014 — ORANGE BEACH, AL (OBA) — Sirens of the Sea Mardi Gras Krewe enjoyed a complete sell out of the 12th annual fall fundraiser – The Pirate Island Drawdown.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Attorney General Luther Strange today announced the winners of the 2014 Alabama Safe Schools Awards of Excellence which included Orange Beach Elementary from District 1.
DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA)- Every minute someone attempts to take their own life in this country, 38,000 succeed each year. Several hundred people came together in Daphne Sunday to bring awareness to the problem and raise money for an organization that’s trying to make a difference.
via Suicide prevention walk held in Daphne | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.
Santa Rosa County Commission will discuss ways to prevent a non-native fish from taking over a protected reef off Navarre Beach . The reef is about 300 yards off Navarre Beach State Park. The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary, a group that places artificial snorkeling and diving reefs at Navarre Beach, wants County Commissioners approve a new policy that would allow snorkelers to harvest lionfish on the reef.
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater. Search crews did locate his boat with his belongings on board 50-miles south of St. Marks, Florida, Sunday. Missing is George Taylor, 60, from Tallahassee, Florida, who was reportedly sailing his 27-foot Catalina sailboat from St. Marks to Carrabelle Florida.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) – Campaign workers with Baldwin Co. Catholic High School are in the final phases of fundraising and could break ground as early as March 2015. Officials updated the community on the progress at an event on Sunday, and also handed out red and gray pom-poms of the school’s official colors. The proposed planning has been in progress for nearly three years with organizers stating they needed $9.5 million to make the school a reality.