3/2/15 Monday Live Music Line-up
ELBERTA, AL (WALA) – A group in Baldwin County is battling to keep a tunnel of trees alive on Archie Road in Elberta. They were told the trees would have to come down to make way for pavement.Dozens of trees line the side of the red dirt road, their branches winding together to form a canopy. If you stand there long enough you can hear the sound of birds flitting from branch to branch.
The developer of the hotel/retail center Amber Isle at 22753 Perdido Beach Blvd., in Orange Beach, has asked city officials to modify the plans to include a second hotel with 36 rooms and a small restaurant on the first level, according to city records. Construction is under way on a 63-room Hotel Indigo, a Ron Jon Surf Shop and Wing Shack restaurant on the 10-acre site across from the beach and adjacent to Gulf State Park.
The Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala. drew thousands of people on Saturday afternoon, many of whom didn’t seem to mind there wasn’t a whole lot of seafood to be had.
Rather, folks were drawn to the dozens of souped up Southern muscle machines for the car show portion of the one-day festival in the shadow of the Foley Beach Expressway. This year’s venue at The Wharf is a change from the old Orange Beach Sportsplex.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Neighbors in the historic area of Caswell, one of the first areas settled on the Bear Point peninsula, are breathing a sigh of relief.
Plans for an 18-lot subdivision, Magnolia Bluff, are no more.
DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) – Could a proposed state-wide tax increase hurt Baldwin County’s efforts to raise property taxes for schools? Supporters of the tax aren’t sure.
Voters will head to the polls this month to vote on a proposed 8-mil property tax increase in Baldwin County on March 31. “Build Baldwin Now” is campaigning to get voters to pass the referendum to fund $350 million in capital improvements for Baldwin County schools. Terry Burkle, the executive director of Baldwin County Education Coalition, said the increase will be minimal for the average family and the tax is an investment in local education.
3/1/15 Sunday Live Music Line-up
The 23rd Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show was held at the Wharf for the first time. Based on the number of folks attending the event and the number of food and craft booths it was a huge success.
GULF SHORES, AL — Holy Spirit Thrift Shop recently donated $3,000 to support Family Promise of Baldwin County.
Family Promise provides temporary shelter and case management services to help homeless families with children become self sufficient. One hundred percent of donations are used for families South Baldwin County communities.
Firefighters, cops and civilians came out for the annual Race to the top of the Tower Race at Turquoise Place in Orange Beach, Ala. on Friday night. The event draws first responders from Pensacola, Fla. to Gulf Shores, Ala. and beyond to raise money for the Special Olympics.
But not all in attendance were first responders. Charles Baranovich, 12, of Gulf Shores didn’t have a strategy to win but was ready in the lobby around 6 p.m. as he stretched. “Well, I don’t know what I’m going to do but I do know I’m just going to sprint as fast as I can.”
2/28/15 Saturday Live Music Line-up
GULF SHORES, AL – It may be a month or more before a cause of death or even a gender of the eagle found dead in Gulf State Park can be determined.
But Donnie Grace with enforcement of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is certain of one thing.
“All I know is there’s no lead in him, he’s not been shot,” Grace said. “That’s the only thing I can confirm.”
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said Friday he hopes that the state’s case against BP stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill can be tried by a jury in Montgomery, and that the spill contributed to Alabama’s budget woes.
Strange met with several coastal Alabama business leaders and local government officials in Gulf Shores Friday, updating them on the latest developments in the federal government’s civil case against BP for violations of the Clean Water Act, and Alabama’s lawsuit against BP for lost tax revenue and other damages incurred during the spill.
Homewood offensive coordinator Jamie Williams was officially approved as the new football coach at Gulf Shores High on Thursday night. The 40-year-old had a meet and greet with students, fans and media on Friday morning and is eager to get started in his new job.
Gulf Shores is one of 20 nominees in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice award for Best Coastal Small Town, and Alabama beach enthusiasts have until March 16 to cast their vote for Gulf Shores.
At the time of this post’s publication, Gulf Shores was in a distant third of the 20 nominees, behind Saugatuck, Mich. and Ogunquit, Maine, where we presume everyone is snowed in and has nothing better to do than vote in an online poll.
ROBERTSDALE, AL (WALA) - As law enforcement and first responders gathered in Robertsdale to debrief on the operation Wednesday to neutralize the threat of an active shooter at Elberta Elementary School, FOX10 News wanted to take a deeper look at the timeline of events.
1:26 p.m. Right near the end of the day, police got a call of “shots fired” at the school. Elberta Police Chief Stan DeVane, Assistant Chief Ryan Pelfry and two sheriff’s deputies arrived two minutes later and confirmed the woman they said was Barbara Grice.
Jimmy Buffett will be performing at The Wharf Amphitheater Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m., and Parrotheads were lined up in front of The Wharf box office four hours before the tickets went on sale Friday, February 27.
Tickets for Jimmy Buffett’s homecoming performance at The Wharf in Orange Beach on April 24 sold out in a hurry Friday morning.
Thousands hit the concert page on Ticketmaster.com at 10:00AM CST, with seats officially selling out by 11:30AM.
Daphne Police have identified the suspect they believe robbed a Dollar General on Tuesday.
Jami Makala Owens, 19, of Summerdale is wanted by police for robbery in the third degree.
There’s been a damper on the housing market. The number of people owning homes is at a 20 year low across the nation according to he U.S. Census Bureau.
Real-estate broker Don Jones with Bellator Real-estate and Development says he sees the shift. He’s been in the housing business for 20 years. “We’ve seen a trend over the last several years coming out of the economy meltdown in 2009. There was complete upheaval within the mortgage regulations and so they became tighter to make sure that didn’t happen again.” Jones says it’s both a buyers and sellers market, but several factors are keeping people from closing a deal.
A report of a suspicious odor at a Gulf Shores home near the Intracoastal Waterway Monday night led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab and the arrest of four individuals.
According to Gulf Shores police spokesman Cpl. Josh Coleman, the call came in about 7 p.m. in the 800 block of East Canal Drive. After officers spoke to the individuals at the residence, it was determined that they were “involved in illegal drug activity,” Coleman said in a news release.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — As if the health of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery has not been the subject of enough scrutiny and political wrangling in recent years, foreign poachers continue to threaten the ecological conservation of the valued species with illegal catches in U.S. waters.
GULF SHORES, Ala. — Police here arrested four people and charged all with manufacture of a controlled substance, and two with drug trafficking, according to Baldwin County jail records.
A drug trafficking charge, according to Alabama law, means an automatic bond of $1 million.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – When U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, speaks in Gulf Shores on Monday, there’ll be some from the OrangeBeach contingent there to give him an appreciative thank you.
According to Orange Beach city officials, Shelby added a rider to a bill in the Senate authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with dredging work in Perdido Pass. The pass is the lifeblood of the area’s charter fishing fleet.
GULF SHORES, AL — Gulf Shores is commissioning a study on adding a safer walkway on the Dr. W.C. Holmes bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.
In its continuing efforts to promote and enhance its new Waterway Village District on both sides of the waterway, the city of Gulf Shores is hiring an engineering firm to see if it is possible to create the new walkway.
Barbara Grice, the woman arrested Wednesday and charged with bringing a loaded gun to Elberta Elementary, was given a $1 million bond Friday. New information now reveals that there may have been a shot fired at the school.
Prosecutors would not elaborate on the evidence but say it is one reason federal officials are involved with the investigation.
On a video conference monitor from the jail in Bay Minette Barbara Grice appeared despondent, frequently leaning against the wall and covering her face. Grice’s attorney is now asking for a mental evaluation.
Escambia County – The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is concerned about the gang problem in the county.
Both the victim and suspect in a recent shooting death are said to have been affiliated with a local gang, called "Tres Up."
Deputies said Roy Fails shot and killed 23 year old Quayshond Dirden at the Forest Creek Apartments on Friday, February 20. They said the shooting was over a drug debt. But, family members dispute that claim.
The question on many people’s minds today, is who would walk into a school with a loaded gun and threaten anyone?
The suspect we now know is 51 year-old Barbara Grice and she’s had a run in with police before. Foley Police tell us she was arrested for reckless endangerment and DUI two years ago.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) – Thursday night the Baldwin County Board of Education met for their regularly scheduled meeting, but FOX10 News asked school officials about something that wasn’t discussed or on the agenda.
Superintendent Robbie Owen admits he gave the ‘OK’ for the school board to use taxpayer dollars to print thousands of flyers, pledge cards, and other promotional materials to promote a property tax increase that’s up for a vote on March 31.
ELBERTA, AL (WALA) – The woman who allegedly brought a loaded gun into a Baldwin County Elementary School was booked for attempted murder, according to information from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s office website.
Elberta Police Chief Stan DeVane said on Thursday that after Barbara Grice, 51, was let into the cafeteria, she went after her sister, who locked herself in the office.