12/26/14 Friday Live Music Line-up
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — A magic sleigh didn’t bring Christmas cheer to some 30 servicemen and women from Naval Air Station Pensacola. It was delivered via bus as — in the Flora-Bama party bus.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) Dozens of men and women in uniform celebrated Christmas Day at the Florida-Alabama state line. ”This is actually amazing that they do this here, because to come here and get a home cooked meal and get some food from great people here that we got to talk to, it’s amazing it really is, it reminds you a little bit of home,” said Grant Bergman, who is in the Navy.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – It’s become a Gulf Coast tradition. Bring a dish or dessert to share and the Flora-Bama provides the ham and turkey for the Christmas Potluck dinner. Adding to the holiday cheer were 30 U.S. service members from Naval Air Station Pensacola who were special guests of the Flora-Bama.
December 26, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Things are already forming up for the Indiana Snowbird Club for 2015. The first official breakfast planned for the Indiana Snowbird Club will be Jan. 8, at Lulu’s. Lulu’s doors open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast being served at 8 or 8:15. Our very first program will be one that is almost a tradition for us — Herb Malone of the Convention and visitor’s Bureau will welcome the snowbird season back again and tell us of what’s been happening in the area since his last report a year ago.
My year of photographing and reporting from the beach began on Jan. 1 with the annual Polar Bear Dip on the Alabama-Florida line, which brought out hundreds to the not-so-chilly waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The bitter cold would come later in the same month on Jan. 29 when record low temperatures brought ice to the beach and surrounding roads.
12/25/14 Thursday Live Music Line-up
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – There was really nothing wrong with Craig and Carol Roberts’ fourth-floor unit in the Dolphin Key condominium building in Orange Beach when they purchased it earlier this year. But there was nothing special about it either, aside from the always-spectacular Gulf-front views.
GULF SHORES, Alabama – On this altar, a menorah stands next to a decorated Christmas tree. The stained-glass window behind it contains Christian and Jewish symbols – the Ten Commandments, the Star of David, a dove, the Chi Rho, the Alpha and Omega, an anchor and several crosses.
December 24, 2014 – Montgomery, AL – To borrow from an old song from the holidays that I was forced to endure for six years as a snaggle-toothed youngster, “All I want for Christmas are my two red snapper.” It’s obviously not going to happen in a couple of weeks, but there is hope the situation will look much better in the near future.
December 25, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Watercolor artist, Rich Willows, will offer a six-week course of classes at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery, 225 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores. His classes will be on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon beginning Jan. 8. The cost for this complete course is $130. A list of supplies is available at the GCAA Art Gallery or online at Gulf Coast Arts Alliance.
FOLEY, Alabama – The City Council is moving forward with plans to spend $4 million to double the size of the city’s baseball/softball complex off U.S. 98 to 10 fields. The budgeted plan calls for the construction of a new five-field complex next to the current Foley 5-plex, north of U.S. 98 between Baldwin County 65 and Hickory Street.
Fairhope, AL — (ReleaseWire) — 12/24/2014 — Prior to the end-of 2014, construction might start on two new condo projects on Baldwin Region’s shorelines — a 97-unit, 23-story building in Orange beach along with a 80-unit, 22-story building construction on Gulf Shores’ west seaside.
BAY MINETTE, Alabama — At its December meeting, the Baldwin County school board received an update on several capital improvements across the county. Here are highlights of the presentation by Frank Boatwright, coordinator of the school system’s facilities and maintenance department.
MOBILE Ala. (WPMI) Marquita Floyd and Darin Smith was arrested after police say they stole $4,000 worth of merchandise from Belk on the Eastern Shore Center. Police say they were one their second trip when they were caught.
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WPMI) – On this Christmas Eve, Santa as we all know is loading his sleigh with gifts and toys. But if it wasn’t for all the important letters to Santa he wouldn’t know what you wanted for Christmas. On Wednesday night we found one of Santa’s many elves who made sure those letters get to the right place on time.
12/24/14 Wednesday Live Music Line-up
SPANISH FORT, Ala. – The Spanish Fort City Council replaced one member last week as William Anthony Menas was sworn in to fill the vacancy left by the departure of former councilman Dennis Dismuke. The newest member of the council is a graduate of Robertsdale High School and has lived in the Spanish Fort area for more than 20 years.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. – The Fairhope City Council voted 3-0 to give Haymes Snedeker another term as the city’s municipal court judge last week. Snedeker has served as municipal court judge for 10 years. The council reappointed him to another two-year term on Monday.
FOLEY, Ala. — Dignitaries from the city of Foley and Alabama Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, along with students from Foley schools and archery enthusiasts braved inclement weather last week for the grand opening of the Foley Archery Park at Graham Creek Nature Preserve.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. – The City of Fairhope was awarded the Coastal Clean-up Award at the 2014 Alabama PALS Governor’s Award Program in Montgomery. The Governor’s Awards Program sponsored by the Alabama PALS (People Against a Littering State), are held to recognize those groups, individuals, and municipalities which make Alabama a cleaner state.
The City of Gulf Shores would like to make all residents aware of the following holiday curbside pickup schedule.
Coast Guard personnel based in Mobile and New Orleans conducted an epic rescue operation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Now a team of student filmmakers is on the verge of completing a project showing sides of that effort that have never been seen.
MOBILE, Alabama - Great news for a grieving family in North Carolina. They’re mother and father’s small dog has been found in Mobile. The dog disappeared after his owners were involved in a car accident on Interstate 65 back on Thursday, December 18.
via Missing North Carolina Dog Found In Mobile.
BAY MINETTE, Alabama - A Pine Grove man lost everything he owned in a fire Monday. Ray Pugh was working out in his front yard when he smelled smoke and then saw flames. His home was destroyed in a matter of minutes.
via Christmas Tragedy.
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The Alabama Department of Transportation is expected to release a summary of public comments on plans for the new Mobile River Bridge later this month. Those include comments made at the two public hearings in Mobile County and Baldwin Counties. Planners and civic leaders have looked toward a bridge in Charleston, South Carolina as a possible model for our bridge. It’s called the Ravenel, or Cooper River, Bridge. But, how did the Ravenel Bridge spur local development?
via Mobile River Bridge: Will it accelerate growth?.
The Alabama Department of Transportation is in the process of reviewing comments made at two public hearings in September regarding plans for a new bridge over the Mobile River.One unanswered question is: what’s the best way to fund it?
via Mobile River Bridge: Time for an infrastructure bank? | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.
12/23/14 Tuesday Live Music Line-up
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Wade Stevens has been in the Orange Beach area working for the fire department for 20 years or so and enjoys the variety of wildlife the island offers. “They call it Bear Point for a reason,” Stevens said. “From talking to the folks who have lived here for many, many decades there used to be bears seen here and bears struck out on the road.”
December 23, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) -The Dec. 9, 2014 story time at Orange Beach Public Library had a special visitor. Children that gathered for the program were surprised and pleased when bells begin to ring and the jolly old elf entered the room.