ORANGE BEACH, AL – According to the September newsletter from the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, the old two-story building that housed a hotel before Canal Road was built will have to come down because of structural issues. ”Plans are being made for a new gallery facility which will honor the history of the old building, but feature a new, highly functional and beautiful art space,” Desiree Blackwell, director of the center wrote in the newsletter.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – There was a lot of tire flipping, dummy dragging and hose hoisting going on at Fire Station One in Orange Beach on Monday. That’s because the 18 firefighters from all over the state are right in the middle of a five-week course that will allow them to shed their “volunteer” status and take their job to another level.
via OBFD hosts volunteer to career fire fighter training.
ELBERTA, Alabama — When Doug Stewart is working, a 9mm handgun is in a holster at his waist. But Stewart, 59, isn’t a law enforcement officer or a security guard. The former Army sergeant spends about five hours a day at the restaurant he owns serving folks coffee, grits, omelets and his cook’s specialty — pecan french toast.
Nature has reclaimed a two mile stretch of beach property that once was home to the Gulf State Park Hotel and Convention Center. Ten years after Hurricane Ivan destroyed it there are still signs of what once was.
via New State Park Lodge Update.
September 29, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL — The membership of the Gulf Shores Garden Club presented a monetary donation to the Weeks Bay Reserve in support of the Weeks Bay Arboretum. The arboretum is a living museum that functions as a teaching classroom for students and the public.
FOLEY, Ala. — Hobby Lobby is set to open in the Forware City in two weeks. Officials from the national retail chain of craft and home décor stores have announced the Foley location will open its doors at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 13.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The City of Fairhope is the spot for several fun fall events in October, including the Coastal BirdFest Expo, 32nd Annual Grand Festival of Art, Fairhope FETE fashion week, Polo at the Point, downtown trick or treating, and the Rileigh & Raylee Angel Ride and Concert.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest kicks off Oct. 1 with an orientation and welcome reception at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center,followed by three days of bird tours around Mobile Bay and Baldwin County.
In preparation for launching a Pensacola Bay ferry service in May 2017, Gulf Islands National Seashore is inviting park users and the public to an open house to review its proposed plans for land-based services at Fort Pickens. The informal open house is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Naval Live Oak Seashore headquarters in Gulf Breeze at 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway.
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – The state of Mississippi has announced a weekends-only fall red snapper season. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Jamie Miller says in a news release that state waters will open to red snapper fishing every weekend in October and the first weekend in November.
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) The second of two public hearings on the proposed I-10 bridge was held Monday night at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center on the Causeway. The meeting started with several elected officials and project manager talking about the proposed bridge. Resident were also allowed to give their input on every aspect of the project.
I might be new to the Alabama Gulf Coast, but I’ve already discovered a few things in my first full year living here; like how each season brings a different visitor: Summer is the traditional high season, when tourists flock to our sugar-white sand beaches to soak up the sun. Winter is snowbird season, and the spring break crowd hits town in March. Fall is arguably the best season here—if not for almost zero humidity and close-to-perfect temperature, then for the food.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — On Oct. 7 Dean Mosher will kick off the 2014–2015 season of the Tuesday Book Review & Lecture series of the Fairhope Public Library with a review of The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama — The rain held off just long enough for The Wharf’s inaugural Uncorked, a wine and food tasting event along Main Street on Saturday night. A few hundred people came out for the culinary event including Katrina and Leon Frazier of Mobile, Ala. Katrina was enjoying a glass of red wine around 7 p.m.
FOLEY, Ala. — Baldwin County residents looking to enjoy Gospel and contemporary Christian music, fun and food should head to the Forward City Saturday for Gulf Coast Gospel Jubilee. The event is set for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Foley Sports Complex, located at 998 W Section Ave, Foley.
GULF SHORES — The membership of the Gulf Shores Garden Club presented a monetary donation to Ms. Leslie Gahagan, to support the Outdoor Classroom at the Graham Creek Nature Preserve. The Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom offers various creative and imaginative areas for children to play surrounded by the natural environment.
ELBERTA, Ala. —Just about all 260 seats in Elberta Town Hall were filled Thursday night as Elberta dignitaries and residents lobbied the Baldwin County Board of education to build an Elberta high school. According to Elberta Town Councilman Jim Hamby, who facilitated the evening’s program, the town hall meeting had three purposes.
MOBILE, Ala. — At 3:38 pm Saturday the Mobile office of NOAA/National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire coastal region of Alabama and western Florida.
FAIRHOPE, Alabama — Faulkner State Community College announced that the Fairhope Christian Church donated $3,500 to Faulkner State’s Adult Education Program. The funds will be used to establish the Fairhope Christian Church GED Scholarship Fund and will be used to offset the $120 fee currently charged to take the GED test.
State officials may call it a lodge and meeting space, but locals know it as the much-talked-about convention center and hotel to be built on 2 miles of beachfront at Gulf State Park. Gov. Robert Bentley has contracted with the University of Alabama to help get the project rolling. The university has asked for a request for proposals (RFP) to be submitted by Oct. 6 for a master plan for the project. RFPs for the lodge and meeting space are due Oct. 17. Along with an environmentally friendly designed hotel and conference center, the RFPs should include plans for a research and education center.
STOCKTON, Ala. – More than 500 took part in the 3rd annual Delta Dash, held at Lower Bryant Landing and through the woods of Stockton. The event is sponsored by The Young Professionals of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. The event included numerous obstacles including a log carry, mud pits, creek beds, steep (greased) inclines and much more.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – On a beautiful Saturday morning, a community came together in support of the American Heart Association’s 5K Walk. Fox10News Anchor Lenise Ligon was one of the participants and helps organize the event which raises money for heart disease research.
Gulf Shores police rifle through an SUV looking in every possible place for drugs. At least one person is arrested. The search a direct result of drug checkpoint advertised just before crossing the intracoastal bridge. ”I don’t understand what that was all about and there was nothing visible,” says Gary Chaison after passing the digital sign.
via Multiple Drug Arrests in Gulf Shores.
GULF SHORES, AL – Two Gulf Shores Police detectives were honored for work on two crimes rare to the city, armed robberies at two businesses roughly a month apart. On July 22 the Courtyard Marriot was hit by an armed robber at 1 a.m. and on Aug. 19 Island Drugs and Gifts was also robbed by a gunman at 11:36 a.m.
September 26, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – The University of South Alabama and the City of Gulf Shores have announced an agreement to offer USA courses at the Gulf Shores Cultural Center, paving the way for south Baldwin County students to earn an undergraduate degree from USA in Hospitality and Tourism Management. USA will begin offering the classes in January, when the University begins its 2015 spring semester.
September 27, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The membership of the Gulf Shores Garden Club presented a monetary donation to Ms. Leslie Gahagan, to support the Outdoor Classroom at the Graham Creek Nature Preserve. The Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom offers various creative and imaginative areas for children to play surrounded by the natural environment.
The 25th annual BCHBA Parade of Homes returns for two consecutive weekends, beginning Sept. 27th. Baldwin County Home Builders Association’s Parade of Homes is a tour of new homes throughout Baldwin County, featuring local builders and designers. The event takes place from 10 am to 5 pm at featured home locations across the county on Sept. 27 & 28 and Oct. 4 & 5.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation (FEEF) will host Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s touring production of As You Like It, for a one-night performance only. The Shakespeare production will take place on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in Fairhope High School’s Black Box Theatre.
DAPHNE, Alabama - An Eastern Shore landmark that served up good food and fun for decades has closed. Manci’s Antique Club in Daphne is no longer in business. Owner Arthur Manci is retiring.
via Manci’s Antique Club Closes.
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WALA) – The 2014 Baldwin County Fair is coming to a close on Saturday, September 27, 2014. This is the fair’s 64th consecutive year. Arnold Amusements brought a new midway this year with old favorites such as the Zipper and new rides such as Pharaoh’s Fury and Flying Bobs. There’s much more to the fair, than the rides, though.
via Last day of Baldwin County fair on Saturday | FOX10 News.