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.
via Woman Behind Elberta School Threat Has Criminal Record.
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.
via School board member speaks out against taxpayer funded flyers pr – FOX10 News | WALA.
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.
FOX10 News | WALA
via Elberta Elementary suspect now charged with attempted murder – FOX10 News | WALA.
GULF SHORES, AL – The Baldwin County School Board confirmed the hiring on Feb. 26 of Jamie Williams as the new head football coach for Gulf Shores High School.
Principal Ernie Rosado confirmed the hiring in a text to Gulf Coast Media on Feb. 26 after the school board meeting.
via Jamie Williams of Homewood hired as Gulf Shores football coach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL – Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site, has released its first annual hotel awards recognizing the top hotels for families.
The Beach Club, managed by Spectrum Resorts, in GulfShores was among those hotels to receive the honor of “Family Vacation Critic Favorite.”
via Beach Club wins award from family travel site – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
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.
via Gulf Shores to study walkway over Alabama 59 bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Sandy Roots Music Productions will be managing and producing the 2nd Annual Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout.
via Second annual Gulf Coast Songwriters Shootout moves to The Wharf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment.
South Alabama’s early-season Arbor Day celebrations return beginning this Saturday to communities across Baldwin County.
From its beginning in Nebraska on April 10, 1872, Arbor Day is celebrated at different times throughout the country depending on the planting season.
via Free trees! Baldwin County communities to celebrate Arbor Day | AL.com.
Before you know it, the sugar-white beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are going to be, once again, packed with tourists. During the day, they’re going to be doing all the kinds of things we working stiffs wish we could spend our days doing: slathering on sunscreen to lie in the sun, without a care in the world, watching their kids build sand castles, maybe going on a charter fishing trip or a parasailing adventure. Sigh. It must be nice.
via What’s the best restaurant for romance in Gulf Shores? | AL.com.
Considering the recent spate of winter weather that has blanketed the northern tier with snow and the area from its midsection south with lots of rain, southwest Alabama may be the only place where folks will have a reasonable expectation of catching fish without suffering hypothermia or being forced to fish coffee-color water.
via Reel Report: Despite adversity, fishing conditions look good for this time of year | AL.com.
In an effort to give the public a better opportunity to stay informed and to save city resources, the Orange Beach City Council voted this week to shift from meeting four times a month on Tuesdays to just twice a month.
Starting in March, the council will hold its committee of the whole meetings on the same day as regular meetings — the first and third Tuesday of each month. The council had held work sessions on the second and fourth Tuesday.
via Orange Beach council shifts monthly meeting schedule to encourage more public participation, save time | AL.com.
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.
via Shelby action spurs Perdido Pass dredging effort – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Architect Forrest Daniell has been involved in the Amber Isle planned unit development in Orange Beach for the better part of 10 years.Now, after years of fits and starts and changes in plans for this restaurant or that hotel, dirt is flying, tools are whirring and machinery is rumbling on a 10-acre plot on the far west end of the city’s limits.
via Work continues on project near Gulf State Park planned for hotels, restaurants – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Sugarcane Jane, the Alabama Gulf Coast-based duo, will release their new studio album, Dirt Road’s End – an album they conceived and co-produced with legendary Americana/Roots singer-songwriter Buzz Cason. The album will be released via Cason’s ArenA Recordings / eOne Entertainment on April 28.
Sugarcane Jane has amassed an extremely loyal following. Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford purvey what they proudly call “Organic Music at its Finest.” Rich, homegrown, and natural, their brand of Americana draws from a deep well of roots influences, interwoven with inflections of gospel, country, jazz, and rock. Both virtuosos in their own right, Anthony is a songwriter who plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, and a bass drum or stomp box (which he plays while strumming his six-string) and Savana Lee deftly dances between rhythm guitar, tambourine, and snare drum.
via Americana Duo Sugarcane Jane To Release New Studio Album DIRT ROAD’S END April 28 – Music News Nashville.
WASHINGTON - Two respected Gulf Congressmen have taken the lead on a letter addressed to the Secretary of Commerce ensuring NOAA acts swiftly on the distribution of Gulf recreational electronic data collection funding passed last year.
via Byrne, and Florida senator send letter in support of snapper – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ELBERTA, Alabama – The news of a possible shooting at Elberta Elementary School sent parents into a panic Wednesday.
Mothers and fathers rushed to the school the pick up their children. They were greeted to a campus on lock down.
via Parents Rush to School after Shots Fired Report.
ELBERTA, Alabama - UPDATE: -The woman in custody is Barbara Grice. Grice has been charged with carrying a gun on a school campus, making terrorist threats and burglary. Grice is being held without bond at the Baldwin County Corrections Center.
-School will be in session Thursday. Counselors will be available to talk to students and teachers about the incident.
-School officials will investigate why/how a school employee let Grice in a back door during the incident.
via Armed Woman Arrested at Elberta Elementary.
ELBERTA, AL (WALA) - It was a long day for law enforcement in Baldwin County as they responded to a call of “shots fired” at Elberta Elementary School.
With limited information for most of the day, it created a frightening situation for those who lived in the area as well.
FOX10 News | WALA
via Parents, neighbors react to active shooter scenario at Elberta E – FOX10 News | WALA.
Back in the southeastern U.S., beach season on the Gulf Coast kicks off when the college kids arrive in March. Callie Brabender, a junior at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, is driving with friends to Gulf Shores, Alabama. It’s their second year going there. “We plan on spending the entire week we are there simply relaxing on the beach and refueling from a heavy workload at school,” she said.
via Spring break: Escape winter for beaches, music festivals, more – Newsday.
A number of Domino’s Pizza stores across the Gulf Coast are looking to hire as many as 200 new employees. The company will host interviews on March 3, interviewing people who want to become drivers, pizza makers, assistant managers and general managers.
via Domino’s Pizza stores look to hire 200 in Coastal Alabama, Florida panhandle | AL.com.
When Mitchell Sims was hired as the new director of the Emergency Management Agency in Baldwin County, there was hope that the longtime Gulf Shores firefighter could stabilize a position that was lacking in longevity.
Three years later, Sims is being praised for leading an office that Baldwin County Commissioners believe is moving in the right direction.
via From public service to the pulpit: Baldwin County EMA director leaving post for Baptist pastor job | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL — Phillip West has seen three bald eagles die in Baldwin County in recent years, the latest found in Gulf State Park near Lake Shelby on Tuesday, Feb. 24.
Others of late were one that collided with a wire near Summerdale earlier this year and the other was in an aerial battle with another eagle in the vicinity of Canal Road near The Wharf in 2010 or 2011.
via Eagle is third found dead in county in recent years – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Lovers of Elvis’ music have a treat in store on Saturday, February 28, at 2:30 p.m., in the south campus auditorium of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church. Elvis will perform in the person of Shane Tucker of Foley, a popular Elvis tribute artist.
The concert will also feature the Promised Land Band. Special guests will include The Reed Sisters and an opening act by Orange Beach’s own Bailey Keenon.
Admission is $10 per person.
via GSUMC to host afternoon with Elvis « Atmore News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – A Birding 101 course will be taught in the grounds of the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m.-noon.
via Coastal Arts Center offering Birding 101 on Feb. 28 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
A year ago the “Reach the Beach” contest put the Mobile-based Underhill Family Orchestra on a stage at the Hangout Music Fest. The 2015 contest is now open, and once again it will give a local or regional group an opportunity to join the festival lineup.
via Want your band to play at the 2015 Hangout Music Fest? The ‘Reach the Beach’ contest is open | AL.com.
Orange Beach, a city known for its charter boats and recreational fishing, received some good news about Perdido Pass this month.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will soon begin dredging the city’s lone access to the Gulf of Mexico. Once all the equipment is in place, the project at Perdido Pass is expected to wrap up within four weeks.
via Orange Beach welcomes dredging project at Perdido Pass | AL.com.
Although Fairhope has offered curbside recycling for more than a quarter of a century, less than half of the city’s households take advantage of the service.
Out of some 6,600 residences, 3,081 homeowners took the time last year to separate paper, cardboard, cans, glass and plastic bottles for the city’s public works crews to pick up, according to Mayor Tim Kant.
via 8,500 tons of garbage weighing on Fairhope; officials look to revamp recycling program | AL.com.
Visitors to Fairhope, as well as other areas of Baldwin County, will have a new way to tour the area this year.
Glide the Gulf will soon offer guided tours on Segways around downtown Fairhope and tours are also available in Foley and Fort Morgan.
via Segway tours to begin rolling in Fairhope | AL.com.
BARNWELL, AL (WALA) - Hundreds of buses travel thousands of miles along the roads of Baldwin County every day, usually without issue. So the school board doesn’t tolerate it when one decides to go rogue.
“It upsets us too because we expect bus drivers to follow the rules and 99.9 percent of them do,” Terry Wilhite, spokesman for the school board, said.
FOX10 News | WALA
via BCPSS: Bus driver facing termination after ignoring driver proto – FOX10 News | WALA.