Holy Spirit donates $3,000 to Family Promise – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

March 01, 2015

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.

via Holy Spirit donates $3,000 to Family Promise – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Firefighters, cops and civies race to Orange Beach roof condo for Special Olympics | AL.com

March 01, 2015

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.”

via Firefighters, cops and civies race to Orange Beach roof condo for Special Olympics | AL.com.

It could be a month or more before eagle’s cause of death confirmed – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 28, 2015

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.”

via It could be a month or more before eagle’s cause of death confirmed – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Alabama AG seeks jury trial vs. BP, says oil spill contributed to budget woes | AL.com

February 28, 2015

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.

via Alabama AG seeks jury trial vs. BP, says oil spill contributed to budget woes | AL.com.

Gulf Shores in the running for USA Today’s best coastal small town | AL.com

February 28, 2015

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.

via Gulf Shores in the running for USA Today’s best coastal small town | AL.com.

Law enforcement, first responders evaluate shooter scare at Elbe – FOX10 News | WALA

February 28, 2015

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.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Law enforcement, first responders evaluate shooter scare at Elbe – FOX10 News | WALA.

Homeownership at 20 Year Low Across Nation

February 28, 2015

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.

via Homeownership at 20 Year Low Across Nation.

Drug trafficking charges, $1 million bail result of meth lab bust in Gulf Shores | AL.com

February 28, 2015

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.

via Drug trafficking charges, $1 million bail result of meth lab bust in Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Coast Guard interdicts Mexican red snapper poachers in Gulf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 28, 2015

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.

via Coast Guard interdicts Mexican red snapper poachers in Gulf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Shelby action spurs Perdido Pass dredging effort – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 28, 2015

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.

Gulf Shores to study walkway over Alabama 59 bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 28, 2015

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.

DA: Shot May Have Been Fired in Elberta School Case – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

February 28, 2015

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.

via DA: Shot May Have Been Fired in Elberta School Case – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Escambia Co. Sheriff addresses gang problem – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

February 28, 2015

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.

via Escambia Co. Sheriff addresses gang problem – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

School board member speaks out against taxpayer funded flyers pr – FOX10 News | WALA

February 27, 2015

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 Elementary suspect now charged with attempted murder – FOX10 News | WALA

February 27, 2015

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 to study walkway over Alabama 59 bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 27, 2015

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.

What’s the best restaurant for romance in Gulf Shores? | AL.com

February 27, 2015

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.

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