Former Orange Beach police officer indicted on charges of sexually abusing young girl | AL.com

March 06, 2015

A former Orange Beach police officer has been indicted by a Baldwin County grand jury on two counts of sexual abuse to a child under 12 years old, according to court records.

Timothy Gavin, 45, of Foley, is being held on $150,000 bail in the Baldwin County Jail for an alleged offense he was arrested on in August 2014. He resigned as a police officer shortly thereafter.

via Former Orange Beach police officer indicted on charges of sexually abusing young girl | AL.com.

Orange Beach Festival of Art, March 14 & 15 – FOX10 News | WALA

March 06, 2015

The Orange Beach Festival of Art is a juried fine arts event held every year at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach and the Waterfront Park. For 40 years, the Festival of Art has been our island’s first rite of spring. It is a celebration of visual, performing, musical and culinary arts. With more than 100 artists working in a dazzling variety of medias, festival-goers always have plenty to see, hear, touch, taste and experience.

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via Orange Beach Festival of Art, March 14 & 15 – FOX10 News | WALA.

In Foley, cat’s tragic demise claws at city’s conscience | AL.com

March 06, 2015

For two weeks, Diana Rohe scoured the area around her North Alston Street house in search of her 10-year-old cat, Kiki, who’d gone missing on Jan. 29.

At one point, Rohe offered a $1,000 reward for the safe return of her timid Maine Coon. She had rescued Kiki as a kitten and formed a loving bond with her.

But Kiki was already dead. She’d been caught in a trap set by Foley police at the request of one of Rohe’s neighbors, taken as a presumed feral cat to the Baldwin County animal shelter in Summerdale, then euthanized in the shelter’s gas chamber when her erratic behavior deemed her unadoptable.

via In Foley, cat's tragic demise claws at city's conscience | AL.com.

Around $150K taxpayer dollars spent on campaign to raise taxes – FOX10 News | WALA

March 06, 2015

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) – Baldwin County officials said they’ve spent over $156,000 in taxpayer money on a campaign to raise taxes to build and maintain schools in the area.

According to a report sent out Thursday, March 5, the bulk of the money has gone to “Community Engagement” and “Consulting,” totaling $77,000. FOX10 News has been following this story from the beginning, as Baldwin County seeks to build new schools.

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via Around $150K taxpayer dollars spent on campaign to raise taxes – FOX10 News | WALA.

‘Save the Tree Tunnel’ campaign continues with a call to a higher power | AL.com

March 06, 2015

With one victory to their credit, Maggie and Ryan Caver still have work to do and they are calling upon higher power for help.

The couple is looking to save a tree tunnel along John Bloch Road, which is close to where they live in rural southeastern Baldwin County.

Much like this week’s successful push to save a 75-year oak tree-lined tunnel on Archie Road, the Carver’s are continuing to post updates on Facebook and are keeping more than 4,400 followers informed on the latest twists and struggles in preserving multiple tree tunnels in locations where county officials want to pave dirt roads.

via ‘Save the Tree Tunnel’ campaign continues with a call to a higher power | AL.com.

Mobile man charged with enticing a child in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

March 06, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Police here made an arrest on Sunday at Bear Point Marina after a man from Mobile, Arthur Roy Zinck Jr., 62, was charged with three felony counts of enticing a child.Zinck was being held under a $15,100 bond for the three counts and for one count of public intoxication. He was released form the Baldwin County Correctional Facility at about 10 a.m. on Thursday.“A person approached three juvenile females that were down at Flippers at Bear Point Marina when they were out in that common area to the east side of the tiki bar,” Orange Beach Lt. Steve Brown said. “He approached them, invited them into his vehicle we believe to leave the area with them.”

via Mobile man charged with enticing a child in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Tribal Culture Comes to Gulf Shores – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

March 06, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) Now here’s something you don’t see in Gulf Shores everyday, but you will this weekend. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians will bring their music, dance and tribal dress to Gulf Shores’ new Waterway Village for the very first time as the city celebrate its Art Market at the site.

They’ll be surrounded with original works by more than 50 artists.

via Tribal Culture Comes to Gulf Shores – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Pleasure Island Voters Hear Tax Increase Pitch – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

March 06, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) With less than a month until voters head to the polls to decide on a 8 mil property tax increase, Baldwin County school system leaders finished up a series of summits.

On Thursday, the conversation was centered around Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

“We have a long road ahead of us, we have three weeks and a couple of days but we hope to be successful this, it’s vital not just for our school system, but Baldwin County,” said Superintendent Robbie Owen.

via Pleasure Island Voters Hear Tax Increase Pitch – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Baldwin County School Board Member defends use of tax dollars to – FOX10 News | WALA

March 05, 2015

As voting day gets closer for folks to decide on a proposed property tax increase that would benefit Baldwin County Schools, FOX10 is learning more about the school board’s use of taxpayer dollars to promote a ‘yes’ vote.

FOX10 News spoke with Baldwin County School Board Member, Angie Swiger, who represents District 5 – the schools of the Pleasure Island and Elberta areas.

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via Baldwin County School Board Member defends use of tax dollars to – FOX10 News | WALA.

Leasing begins on phase two of Blue Collar Country – FOX10 News | WALA

March 05, 2015

FOLEY, AL (WALA) - The much anticipated Blue Collar Country entertainment complex in Foley is moving ahead with phase two. Signs have gone up advertising the retail space for rent. This while work continues on phase one.

As work continues at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex which includes 16 multi-use fields, a large recreation center and hotels, Blue Collar Country is moving ahead, now putting up signs leasing into phase two. That includes 94 retail shops, six specialty restaurants and much more.

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via Leasing begins on phase two of Blue Collar Country – FOX10 News | WALA.

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metro area earns top-10 national ranking by Site Selection magazine | AL.com

March 05, 2015

The Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metropolitan area has been named a top-10 metro area by Site Selection magazine.

Atlanta-based Conway Data, publisher of Site Selection, ranked Baldwin County’s tri-city metro among other areas with a population of less than 200,000 in the magazine’s March 2015 online edition.

With nine companies either expanding or locating to one of the three cities in 2014, the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley was tied for fourth place in Site Selection’s ranking. Odessa, Texas topped the list with 18 projects.

via Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metro area earns top-10 national ranking by Site Selection magazine | AL.com.

Mobile, Baldwin sheriffs express concerns about prison reform legislation | AL.com

March 05, 2015

Sheriff’s in Baldwin and Mobile counties believe there is no imminent threat of a federal takeover of Alabama’s state prison system and urged lawmakers to slow down and examine a 125-page prison reform bill before voting on it.

The concerns, expressed by Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran and Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack, come as the Alabama Senate’s Judiciary Committee is scheduled Wednesday to hold a public hearing and possibly vote on the legislation introduced by state Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster.

via Mobile, Baldwin sheriffs express concerns about prison reform legislation | AL.com.

Daphne takes heat after BBQ competition organizer mistakenly bans American flags | AL.com

March 05, 2015

A weekend barbecue competition at Sam’s Club in Daphne fired up more than meat on Friday after organizers ordered participants to take down their American flags due to a misinterpretation of a city ordinance.

In a Facebook post Tuesday night, Mayor Dane Haygood said the city “came under fire this past weekend when it was labeled as an un-American City by a participant” at Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour.

“Unfortunately, the City of Daphne became the target of much ire on social media as city ordinances were cited as the source of the restrictions on flag display,” Haygood said. “Daphne has no such restrictions nor did city officials engage with event organizers or participants in regard to flags or restrictions on signage.”

via Daphne takes heat after BBQ competition organizer mistakenly bans American flags | AL.com.

‘Now leasing’: Foley’s Blue Collar Country entertainment complex on the rise | AL.com

March 05, 2015

Signs of progress are easy to see at the long-awaited Blue Collar Country entertainment complex in Foley.

Workers erected a few large “Now Leasing” signs in the past week at key points around the 520-acre development fronting the Foley Beach Express and Baldwin County 20.

One sign features images of a tethered hot air balloon emblazoned with a Blue Collar Country logo floating over a lake, hotel, shops, restaurants and the adjacent Foley Sports Tourism Complex. Another sign shows people strolling next to the lake lined with tables and umbrellas on one side and two-story French colonial-style structures on the other side.

via ‘Now leasing’: Foley’s Blue Collar Country entertainment complex on the rise | AL.com.

Mental illness issues surface in Barbara Grice’s defense following chaotic gun incident at Elberta Elementary School | AL.com

March 05, 2015

Mental illness precipitated a Foley woman’s actions last week when she walked into Elberta Elementary School with a loaded gun and threatened to kill her sister inside the cafeteria, her attorney said Wednesday.

Barbara Grice’s animated behavior since her Feb. 25 arrest is also indicative of someone who requires mental evaluation, attorney Chris Salter said. Family members have also cited, through social media, struggles that the 51-year-old woman has faced with mental health and substance abuse issues since the death of her husband in 2010.

via Mental illness issues surface in Barbara Grice’s defense following chaotic gun incident at Elberta Elementary School | AL.com.

Two arrested in drug charges in Gulf Shores headed to court March 6 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

March 05, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Two of four people arrested in Gulf Shores on Feb. 23 on drug charges will appear before a judge on March 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Robert Wes Owens, 44, of Summerdale, and William Brandon McLaughlin, 38, of Foley, will have court hearings according to Baldwin County jail records. The other two arrested, Marian Grace Sparkman, 55, of Gulf Shores, and Tyler Wade Deardorff, 20, of Summerdale, have not had dates set, according to jail records.

via Two arrested in drug charges in Gulf Shores headed to court March 6 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Health Warning: Stomach Bug Spreading in Mobile, Baldwin Counties – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

March 05, 2015

As health officials work to determine what caused hundreds of students in Satsuma to get sick, school officials in Mobile and Baldwin counties are working to stop the stomach bug from spreading.

Nurse Amy Nonnemaker at Griggs Elementary hasn’t received any reports of widespread absences within the Mobile County School System and she’s working to keep it that way. Students have been urged to ditch hand sanitizer and wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.

via Health Warning: Stomach Bug Spreading in Mobile, Baldwin Counties – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Law Enforcement Ready for Spring Break – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

March 05, 2015

ORANGE BEACH/GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) Spring break is in the air on Pleasure Island, and law enforcement officers have been gearing up for the upcoming hustle and bustle.

Although the area is known for the family friendly atmosphere, there is still a fair amount of college students that come down.

The first week of March brings the first wave of spring breakers to our beaches. For law enforcement, this is the calm before the storm.

“We are out there and we are watching and trying to keep everyone safe,” said Cpl. Richard Springsteen, with the Orange Beach Police Department.

via Law Enforcement Ready for Spring Break – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Stop the Insanity: BBQ pitmasters told to take down American flags | Fox News

March 04, 2015

It happened Feb. 27th at the Sam’s Club National BBQ Competition in Daphne, Ala., sponsored by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Jeff is the founder of “Give it to God” competition barbecue — a professional barbecue team that smokes meat and shares the love of Jesus. Both are noble missions.

Last Friday Jeff rolled into town with his barbecue trailer and promptly hoisted Old Glory. Not too long after, one of the organizers of the event told Jeff to take down the flag.

via Stop the Insanity: BBQ pitmasters told to take down American flags | Fox News.

Full Moon Paddles Coming Soon to Wind and Water Learning Center – FOX10 News | WALA

March 04, 2015

Join the Wind and Water Learning Center for the return of our Full Moon Paddles coming soon!

Meet at the Wind and Water Learning Center behind the Orange Beach Public Library (26267 Canal Rd. Orange Beach, AL) early in the evening (exact time TBD).

You must bring your own kayak, PFD, and white light (headlamps work best).

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via Full Moon Paddles Coming Soon to Wind and Water Learning Center – FOX10 News | WALA.

Waterway Village Art Market kicks off this weekend! – FOX10 News | WALA

March 04, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - The Waterway Village Art Market kicks off this weekend and goes on once a month through November in Gulf Shores. The event is free and children are encouraged to attend. This weekend’s event also has a special performance. Here’s more from the organizers:

March 7 will mark the beginning of a series of Art Markets to be held in the beautiful Waterway Village district of Gulf Shores, located on East 24th Avenue.

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via Waterway Village Art Market kicks off this weekend! – FOX10 News | WALA.

Alabama State Park fees increase across the board; director says changes were necessary | AL.com

March 04, 2015

Regular visitors to Alabama’s state parks might have gotten a bit of a surprise at the park gates Sunday, as entrance fees at all Alabama State Parks increased by $1, and the rates for concessions, campgrounds, lodging, and other park services went up by “an average of 10 percent,” according to Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein. The system also instituted a $3 transaction fee for each reservation at its lodging facilities.

via Alabama State Park fees increase across the board; director says changes were necessary | AL.com.

Elberta tree tunnel to be preserved – FOX10 News | WALA

March 04, 2015

ELBERTA, AL (WALA) – Thanks to a Facebook push to save an Elberta tree tunnel on Archie Road, Baldwin County commissioners and engineers have decided to change construction plans so they don’t have to remove the trees.

Baldwin County Engineer, Cal Markert says their new plan will cost another $15,000-$20,000. He says grant money will still cover all of the construction.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Elberta tree tunnel to be preserved – FOX10 News | WALA.

Foley High School student rape suspect out on bond – FOX10 News | WALA

March 04, 2015

FOLEY, AL (WALA) - Kalayah Holmes, 17, was released Tuesday on a $50,000 bond, according to Foley Police. The Foley High School student and football player was arrested on Friday on campus after police said he and another student raped a girl off campus.

According to sources, the crime was recorded on surveillance video.

FOX10 News | WALA
via Foley High School student rape suspect out on bond – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County School Board spending thousands of taxpayer dolla – FOX10 News | WALA

March 04, 2015

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - After the Baldwin County Board of Education admitted to using $3,000 of taxpayer money on certain promotional flyers, encouraging a ‘yes’ vote for a property tax increase, FOX10 decided to dig further into the school board’s use of taxpayer dollars for the campaign. Turns out, there’s a lot more going toward the promotion of a tax increase.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin County School Board spending thousands of taxpayer dolla – FOX10 News | WALA.

Foley Teen Accused of Rape, Out of Jail

March 04, 2015

Wearing an ankle monitor Kalayah Holmes bonded out of the Baldwin County Jail with a giant grin on his face.

He along with another teenager faces rape and sexual abuse charges.

His relatives didn’t want to talk to News Five but a concerned parent who says she was there the night of the alleged attack did.

“I think this is a railroad job, plain and simple.”

She wanted her identity protected because she’s afraid of retaliation. “The victim was there and she talked to them all for a few minutes. She was hugging the two accused and flirting with them.”

via Foley Teen Accused of Rape, Out of Jail.

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