Orange Beach continues to argue its case for independent school system as hundreds turn out for meeting | AL.com

August 28, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – With an aim of defusing rumors, defending itself and updating the public on the latest information regarding the push for an independent school system, the city hosted a community meeting Tuesday that attracted a mix of residents for and against the proposed split. About 350 people turned out for the meeting at Orange Beach Event Center. Despite a few brief but heated moments between Mayor Tony Kennon and some opposition group members, the tone of the meeting was calm.

via Orange Beach continues to argue its case for independent school system as hundreds turn out for meeting | AL.com.

Alabama Red Snapper Reporting Results Released | Outdoor Alabama

August 28, 2014

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division (AMRD) today announced preliminary results of the Alabama Red Snapper Reporting Program. The program was implemented in May 2014 to better ascertain the number of recreationally caught red snapper landed in Alabama. Findings were presented to the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council earlier today during its meeting in Biloxi, Miss.

via Alabama Red Snapper Reporting Results Released | Outdoor Alabama.

Participate in art in nature, visual arts, theater at the Coastal Arts Center after school program | AL.com

August 28, 2014

For the last five years, the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach has offered the After School Arts Program (ASAP) to area students for a chance to learn an art skill in a fun way after the school day. With new classes, new age groups, fewer days and a chance to be in a play in the spring, the program has a lot to offer to those interested in a variety of art types this year.

via Participate in art in nature, visual arts, theater at the Coastal Arts Center after school program | AL.com.

Bulls on the Beach returning to Flora-Bama Sept. 11-13 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 28, 2014

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — The bulls are coming back for a second go-round at the legendary Flora-Bama as Bulls on the Beach returns Sept. 11-13. “We are very blessed to be returning to this great venue,” said Robertsdale native Cody Harris, event creator and one its organizers. “Not everybody can host and event like this and I think it’s a big deal that during their 50th anniversary celebration, the Flora-Bama will be part of giving away a gold buckle to the winner.”

via Bulls on the Beach returning to Flora-Bama Sept. 11-13 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Tour de Beach: Cyclists bike the beach to create world free of MS – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Gulf Coast Visitor Guide

August 28, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — More than 400 cyclists are expected to ride Sept. 20-21 in the 29th Annual Tour de Beach, a cycling event benefiting the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This two-day, fully supported ride takes cyclists along scenic beach roads and through communities that dot Mobile Bay with 25, 45, or 75-mile route options each day.

via Tour de Beach: Cyclists bike the beach to create world free of MS – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Gulf Coast Visitor Guide.

Hangout planning big weekend for Labor Day celebration

August 28, 2014

August 28, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL – Beach-goers and locals alike are invited to spend the last unofficial weekend of summer at The Hangout to participate in fun activities, win great prizes and listen to music. Activities and games to take place all weekend long include, whiffle ball tournament, watermelon eating contest, hula hoop contest, frozen t-shirt contest, water balloon toss, whipped cream pie contest, limbo and more!

via Hangout planning big weekend for Labor Day celebration.

‘Drive sober or get pulled over’ by Fairhope PD – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 28, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The Fairhope Police Department is participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) program entitled “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Using grant money made available through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), the Fairhope Police Department will use additional police patrols until the end of the Labor Day weekend.

via ‘Drive sober or get pulled over’ by Fairhope PD – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Stingrays in the Gulf are more common than you think: See the underwater footage | AL.com

August 28, 2014

PERDIDO KEY, Florida – “It could just be a stick,” I tell myself while floating on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico about 100 feet out from the shoreline of Perdido Key.  After all, I can only see a few inches of what appeared to be a black reed, no thicker than a coffee stirrer, protruding out from the sand in about four feet of water. I stay as motionless as possible in the gentle surf, trying to make heads or tails of the situation before I decide that I’m almost certainly looking at a tail.

via Stingrays in the Gulf are more common than you think: See the underwater footage | AL.com.

Victim says man stole hundreds then called to apologize | FOX10 News – Mobile

August 28, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A restaurant ministry which operates strictly on donations is missing approximately $1,400. Matt Armbruster, co-owner of Ransom Café, believes someone he was helping stole the money. On Monday, August 25, Armbruster said he was providing laundry services and showers along with food for people who needed it. That day, Armbruster said he was back and forth from his truck which was hooked to a 22-foot trailer and he didn’t think to lock it when he threw his backpack full of cash and checks inside.


via Victim says man stole hundreds then called to apologize | FOX10 News – Mobile.

Baldwin D.A’s Office Will Prosecute Case – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories

August 28, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WPMI) Baldwin County Judge Joseph Norton said he does not have the authority to disqualify District Attorney Hallie Dixon and her office from prosecuting a case. In a hearing Wednesday, Norton said even if allegations against Dixon for misusing her office were true he does not have the authority to bar her from prosecuting any case.

via Baldwin D.A’s Office Will Prosecute Case – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories.

Orange Beach addresses school funding questions – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 27, 2014

ORANGE BEACH — If a school system is voted in with a yes vote on a tax referendum on Sept. 23, the new system would not “opt out” of the state’s Education Foundation Program funding, a lawyer retained by the city said Tuesday. Jeremiah Mosley of Riley and Associates, a lobbying firm retained by Orange Beach, said that was never the case

via Orange Beach addresses school funding questions – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

More buildings? Higher taxes? Baldwin schools officials hold survey on coping with district’s growth | AL.com

August 27, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — The Baldwin County school system is conducting a random phone survey of parents to gather their ideas on how the district should cope with increasing enrollment. The survey will involve 500-600 calls to parents in the 30,000-student system, said Terry Wilhite, the school system’s spokesman.

via More buildings? Higher taxes? Baldwin schools officials hold survey on coping with district’s growth | AL.com.

Gulf Shores gallery to offer watercolor painting classes

August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Mary Lou Nicolai will begin a six-week course in watercolor at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery beginning Sept. 25 and ending Oct. 30. Her classes will be on Thursday nights from 5:30 until 8:30. Nicolai began taking art lessons at age 11 at the Adelee Wendel School of Art in Indianapolis. She later attended the John Herron Art Institute.

via Gulf Shores gallery to offer watercolor painting classes.

BCSO Drug Task Force investigation results in federal sentencing of 24 Baldwin residents – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 27, 2014

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — The Baldwin County Drug Task Force has concluded a three-year investigation involving methamphetamine manufacturing, trafficking and distribution. Twenty-four people were indicted and pled guilty to various federal drug crimes.  According to a press release issued Tuesday by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office investigations command, all of the defendants were prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Alabama

via BCSO Drug Task Force investigation results in federal sentencing of 24 Baldwin residents – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Daphne Business Owners Told They Have 10 Days to Vacate – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories

August 27, 2014

DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) – Business owners at the TKR Center across the street from the Eastern Shore Center received a certified letter Tuesday from Whitney Bank telling them the foreclosed building has been sold and they have 10 days to vacate the property. ”I can’t talk too much I’ll cry,” said Baby Talk Eastern Shore Owner Jerri Carlisle. Carlisle says it’s a devastating blow to her business, which she’s worked over the past year to build.

via Daphne Business Owners Told They Have 10 Days to Vacate – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories.

Orange Beach Police name victim in pedestrian death | FOX10 News – Mobile

August 26, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – Less than a week after a pedestrian was hit near the Tidewater Condos, Orange Beach Police said Kathy Jones was hit and killed just west of Live Bait. “Ms. Jones had recently been in the hospital for a blood clot in her leg. It’s possible that she was not moving as quickly across the road as one might that had not encountered that situation. That’s information that we’d gotten from the family,” Lt. Steve Brown said.


via Orange Beach Police name victim in pedestrian death | FOX10 News – Mobile.

Summer Season Coming to a Close

August 26, 2014

The calendar may not say it but the beaches are already starting show it. The summer season is coming to a close. A hand full of beach goers claim their spot on the sand for one of the last days of the summer season. ”We would rather be here than anywhere,” says Randy Carmichael from Birmingham. “This is my favorite place.”


via Summer Season Coming to a Close.

Class ring lost 10 years ago returned | FOX10 News – Mobile

August 26, 2014

Kristie Wheeles was hanging out with some friends on Orange Beach, one night, when she found something. “I just kind of felt down in the sand and found it,” Wheeles said. That was back in 2003; 10 years ago!  But somehow, the ring managed to stay put despite several major storms along the gulf coast.  It’s not been easy finding the owner either…even though Wheels knew his name.

via Class ring lost 10 years ago returned | FOX10 News – Mobile.

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