Amid record-breaking revenue, Orange Beach plans to reel in debt, add new art center and focus on sidewalks | AL.com

November 20, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – The city continues to see record-breaking revenue with over $26 million expected this year, but officials aren’t sure how long that trend will last. With that mindset, the council set out to craft a conservative budget for 2015, focused on ramping up payments on debt service and maintaining essential services, according to Mayor Tony Kennon.

via Amid record-breaking revenue, Orange Beach plans to reel in debt, add new art center and focus on sidewalks | AL.com.

Gulf Shores includes recycling program in 2015 budget – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 20, 2014

GULF SHORES, AL — Encouraged by a recycling pilot program tested this summer, the city is poised to spend $1.2 million from the 2015 budget to make the initiative a permanent part of city services. Born out of a desire for cleaner beaches during the packed summer season, the recycling program is one of several budget highlights pointed out by Gulf Shores officials during a work session on Monday.

via Gulf Shores includes recycling program in 2015 budget – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

McPherson named BCHS Teacher of the Year – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People

November 20, 2014

For some, 13 may be an unlucky number; but nothing is unlucky about Chantelle Smith McPherson’s 13th year of teaching. This month, McPherson was selected by her peers at Teacher of the Year at Baldwin County High School. She is a native of north Baldwin County, growing up in Stockton and graduating in 1992 from the school is currently a teacher at.

via McPherson named BCHS Teacher of the Year – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People.

Eastern Shore residents stand behind proposed tax increase for schools | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com

November 20, 2014

DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – The Fairhope area has seen a significant growth over the years. The student population has shot up 21 percent in the last decade alone. This is why the Baldwin County School Board is rolling out initiatives around the county, like expansions to Fairhope Middle School and High School. The price tag: eight mills tacked onto the current property tax.


via Eastern Shore residents stand behind proposed tax increase for schools | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.

Fixing the pollution problem in Bayou Chico – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

November 20, 2014

Governor Rick Scott and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced they’re giving $11 million of the BP oil spill settlement to fund projects that will address pollution in Bayou Chico. The projects include adding a pond that will be more than two acres, an underground treatment unit to remove debris flowing into the bayou, and expanding a nearby creek.

via Fixing the pollution problem in Bayou Chico – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Saraland Requests Property Tax Increase – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

November 20, 2014

SARALAND, Ala. WPMI The Saraland City School System hopes a property tax increase will help ease growing pains in the school system. School leaders say enrollment has increased 86 percent since 2008. Voters will decide January 27th if they want to add a 7.5 mill ad valorem tax that’s allocated to the system.

via Saraland Requests Property Tax Increase – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Suspect used saw to cut off victim’s head, arms, legs | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com

November 19, 2014

FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) – Court documents claim that murder suspect William Minton used a power saw, similar to a jigsaw to dismember the body of his stepfather, Kenneth Hood. In complaints filed on November 12, Baldwin County Deputy Sergeant Michael Gaull says Minton killed Hood by striking him with an object, describing the action as blunt force trauma to the head.


via Suspect used saw to cut off victim’s head, arms, legs | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.

‘Block Pawty’ pet adoption event is Dec. 6 in Fairhope – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 19, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Ala. – With a “quality of life” theme, Country Place Senior Living in Fairhope has partnered with The Haven No-Kill Animal Shelter to host a “Block Pawty” Animal Adoption on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to the public with the goal of finding life-long loving homes for homeless pets as well as introducing some new and some well-known businesses to the public.


via ‘Block Pawty’ pet adoption event is Dec. 6 in Fairhope – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Barnwell armed robbery suspects in custody – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 19, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Ala. – Police arrested a pair of suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery at the Fish River Pride store at Highway 98 and Highway 181, which was robbed today at approximately 12:30 p.m. Monday. Units from the Baldwin County Sheriffs Office and the Fairhope Police Department responded to the scene and established a perimeter. A helicopter from the Alabama State Troopers was also on scene to assist.

via Barnwell armed robbery suspects in custody – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Merchant named Fairhope Employee of the Year – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 19, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Paul Merchant, Fairhope’s newest Employee of the Year, thinks he succeeds in his position as Horticultural Division Supervisor because he started at the bottom and worked his way up. “I was hired by the City 23 years ago and my first job was on the trash truck. I moved from that to mowing, and then to the landscape crew. There’s nothing I ask of my crew now that I haven’t done—or wouldn’t do.”

via Merchant named Fairhope Employee of the Year – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

An open letter from Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon

November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – The City of Orange Beach released the following via email to various media outlets on Monday, Nov. 17:

Dear Friends, It has been a couple of months since the referendum seeking a tax increase to fund an independent school system in Orange Beach. I have had some time to think about it and recognize how divisive this issue became for our community. This divide concerns me.

via An open letter from Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon.

Gulf Shores introduces first facility dog at a police department in Alabama – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 18, 2014

GULF SHORES, AL — Beginning this past week, the Gulf Shores Police Department began using a facility dog to enhance community-oriented policing mission and aid victims and witnesses of crime in reducing their stress and anxiety as they work through the criminal justice system. “Mason” is a 2-year old yellow Labrador golden retriever mix, fully trained by Canine Companions for Independence, to aid not only the disabled but to serve as a facility dog.

via Gulf Shores introduces first facility dog at a police department in Alabama – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Some snowbirds brave the cold to enjoy the beach | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com

November 18, 2014

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) – Around fall season, the Gulf Coast sees plenty of visitors from the northern parts of the country, looking for a place to escape from the ice and snow for a few days. However, Monday and the next few days won’t provide quite the complete relief for which they were hoping. “Well we thought that it would be hot weather here and we knew it would be cool in Canada. But we’ve been kind of shocked at how cool it really is here at the moment,” Margaret Hughes, a Canadian resident said.


via Some snowbirds brave the cold to enjoy the beach | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.

Key figure in incestous child-sex ring and aunt to missing Brittany Wood seeks judge’s review on matters before Dec. 8 trial | AL.com

November 18, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama – A Baldwin County judge wants to take time before deciding whether to grant a hearing into the suitability of a witness in a case against one of the key figures accused of being involved in a string of sex-related crimes against children.

via Key figure in incestous child-sex ring and aunt to missing Brittany Wood seeks judge’s review on matters before Dec. 8 trial | AL.com.

Authorities identify both men involved in robbery at Fish River Pride | AL.com

November 18, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Alabama – Authorities identified the two people suspected in robbing a rural Barnwell store, south of Fairhope, Monday. Jesse Bond, 20, and Nathaniel Shelton, 30, addresses both unknown, were arrested and booked on charge of a felony robbery, first-degree. They have been taken to the Baldwin County Jail.

via Authorities identify both men involved in robbery at Fish River Pride | AL.com.

Volunteer Fire Departments Need Manpower

November 18, 2014

SUMMERDALE, Alabama - 14 minutes. That’s how long it took for the Summerdale Volunteer Fire Department to respond to a massive house fire less than a mile from the station Friday night. When dispatchers couldn’t reach Summerdale, Foley was called to help and were on scene 12 minutes after the first 911 call.


via Volunteer Fire Departments Need Manpower.

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