Reward grows to almost $25K for info on dolphin killer

December 18, 2014

After a private donation Tuesday, the reward is now at almost $25,000 for the person who shot and killed a bottlenose dolphin with a metal-tipped arrow in Orange Beach, Ala. The almost $25,000 reward is the most ever offered for a dolphin death in the southeast region of the United States, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials, and underscores the public’s outrage over what many are calling a brutal act on a protected and beloved species.

via Reward grows to almost $25K for info on dolphin killer.

Recovery Council Talks RESTORE Act Projects – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

December 18, 2014

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council released a draft outline of the process it will use to select projects that will receive funds from The RESTORE Act Fund. ”I’m hoping that we will look at some more local programs especially for the folks that were impacted the most by the oil spill,” said Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon.

 

via Recovery Council Talks RESTORE Act Projects – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Elberta Council members at odds over public works projects – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

December 18, 2014

The discussion began with Councilman Jim Hamby saying that earlier this year the equipment, which is designed to address large areas lawn mowers cannot reach, was purchased with the intention of it being used in September, after the mowing season, to clear debris along the southern portion of County Road 83. However, he said, that still has not come about.

via Elberta Council members at odds over public works projects – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Chinese goose found impaled with arrow in Fairhope recovering at wildlife rescue center | AL.com

December 18, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Alabama – A Chinese goose found impaled with an arrow this week at the city’s main public beach is on the mend at a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation facility in Foley. Janet Ripp, director of the Coastal Wildlife Rescue and Research Center, said the arrow just missed the goose’s heart.

via Chinese goose found impaled with arrow in Fairhope recovering at wildlife rescue center | AL.com.

City adds to reward for Alabama case of dolphin killed with hunting arrow – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

December 17, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. —  The City of Orange Beach Tuesday night approved a resolution authorizing a $3,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of a bottlenose dolphin found on Cotton Bayou in Orange Beach on December 6th. According to state law, $3,000 is the maximum reward that a municipality can offer.

via City adds to reward for Alabama case of dolphin killed with hunting arrow – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Orange Beach Buzzz: Yolanda on the Island – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Business

December 17, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — The buzz in Orange Beach is humming “Away in a Manger” as the City and neighborhoods Light Up Orange Beach for Christmas.  Get out and see the lights! Orange Beach Garden Club recognizes the following residential homes: The McKays on Palmetta Drive, the Whites on Pinewood Circle, The Garris’ on Spinaker.

via Orange Beach Buzzz: Yolanda on the Island – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Business.

Gulf Shores Utilities to dedicate new building on Dec. 18

December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Gulf Shores Utilities Board will celebrate the official grand opening of its new Administrative Offices and renovation of existing office building with an Open House on Thursday 1:30-4 p.m. at 1629 E. First Street, Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Board welcomes you to come meet our staff and tour our new and renovated facilities.

via Gulf Shores Utilities to dedicate new building on Dec. 18.

Robertsdale street expansion project to cost less than expected – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

December 17, 2014

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — Bids for a project to extend Wilters Street from Highway 59 to the Baldwin Beach Express came in lower than expected, city officials said Monday. The Robertsdale City Council voted to proceed with the project at its meeting on Monday, approving the apparent low bidder, John G. Walton Construction Co. Inc. at a cost of $1,517,298.78 with construction inspections of $148,543.37 for a total cost of $1,665,042.15.

via Robertsdale street expansion project to cost less than expected – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Bob Baumhower to open upscale restaurant in old Bienville Club spot | AL.com

December 17, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama – Plans are under way by Bob Baumhower to open a pair of restaurants in downtown Mobile in one of the city’s most iconic pieces of real estate. Baumhower, owner of a string of restaurants in Alabama, will open a high-end restaurant on the 34th floor of the RSA Bank Trust Building in the space once occupied what used to be the famous Bienville Club.

via Bob Baumhower to open upscale restaurant in old Bienville Club spot | AL.com.

Two Shot In Home Invasion

December 17, 2014

A Daphne man and his uncle were shot Monday night in an apparently home invasion robbery on Friendship Road outside Daphne.  John Hill was dragged from his bed around 10:00pm and ordered by three armed men, who had kicked the door in, to give them money.


via Two Shot In Home Invasion.

Backcountry Trail lunch Friday to benefit Mary’s Shelter

December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL – (OBA) – On Dec. 19 a lunch on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail will be the site of a benefit for Mary’s Shelter. The lunch out on the trail is a way to thank the community for its support and to benefit Mary’s Shelter. It will include red beans and rice, hotdogs, sweets and sodas at $5 per person and proceeds will go to Mary’s Shelter.

via Backcountry Trail lunch Friday to benefit Mary’s Shelter.

Push for Support of Baldwin Tax Increase – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

December 16, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) Baldwin County school officials held the first of several meetings to discuss a referendum vote with residents.  The meeting centered around the needs of the Fairhope feeder pattern. ”We are right on that edge when in about three years every one of these schools will have portables everywhere,” said Robbie Owen, Baldwin County School Superintendent.

via Push for Support of Baldwin Tax Increase – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Condo in Turquoise Place sells for $1.69 million

December 15, 2014

A Tennessee couple paid $1.69 million for a four-bedroom condominium unit in Turquoise Place on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach, according to Chad Mitchell of SeaMitchell Realty in Orange Beach, who represented the buyer. The upscale Gulf-front complex includes five pools, a lazy river, two fitness centers, a spa, and each condo unit has a private Jacuzzi hot tub on the balcony.

via Southern Light fiber-optics to fill 7 floors of RSA Trustmark; investors pay $1.1M for downtown Mobile Commerce Building | AL.com.

Murder victim’s friend: “I’m happy to know he didn’t get away with this”

December 15, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – Gina Walders, a friend and coworker of Melea Ponder-White, a Fairhope woman who was tragically found dead Thursday, December 11, that she is happy to see her friend’s alleged killer behind bars. “I’m happy to know that he didn’t get away with this,” said Walders. Ponder-White., 31, had been missing for nearly two weeks, when her body was found in her car on private property behind a locked gate.

via Murder victim’s friend: “I’m happy to know he didn’t get away with this”.

Robertsdale’s Irwin wins reserve world title at National Finals Rodeo – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

December 15, 2014

LAS VEGAS — It didn’t take steer wrestler Kyle Irwin long to reflect on his 2014 season. Just moments after making his final run at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Saturday, the Robertsdale cowboy knew he’d lived a magical season, including $88,000 earned over 10 December nights in Sin City.

via Robertsdale’s Irwin wins reserve world title at National Finals Rodeo – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Invasive species are threatening our ecosystem

December 15, 2014

Our beaches are economic engines generating millions of dollars in revenue from throngs of visitors seeking sun, relaxation and water recreation, and an eco-friendly experience they can’t find in Orlando. Our beaches and surrounding bodies of water define our Gulf Coast lifestyle, whether we’re anglers, kayakers, boaters, bird watchers or just beachgoers.

via Invasive species are threatening our ecosystem.

More H.S. Students Graduating in Alabama

December 15, 2014

High school graduation rates are up for the state of Alabama, rising from 80 percent to 86 percent according to State Education Officials. Here in Mobile County, the graduation rate for 2013 is 76 percent. Superintendent Martha Peek is hoping when the numbers for 2014 are finalized in January, that number will be even higher.

via More H.S. Students Graduating in Alabama.

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