Orange Beach addresses school funding questions – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 27, 2014

ORANGE BEACH — If a school system is voted in with a yes vote on a tax referendum on Sept. 23, the new system would not “opt out” of the state’s Education Foundation Program funding, a lawyer retained by the city said Tuesday. Jeremiah Mosley of Riley and Associates, a lobbying firm retained by Orange Beach, said that was never the case

via Orange Beach addresses school funding questions – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

More buildings? Higher taxes? Baldwin schools officials hold survey on coping with district’s growth | AL.com

August 27, 2014

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — The Baldwin County school system is conducting a random phone survey of parents to gather their ideas on how the district should cope with increasing enrollment. The survey will involve 500-600 calls to parents in the 30,000-student system, said Terry Wilhite, the school system’s spokesman.

via More buildings? Higher taxes? Baldwin schools officials hold survey on coping with district’s growth | AL.com.

Gulf Shores gallery to offer watercolor painting classes

August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Mary Lou Nicolai will begin a six-week course in watercolor at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery beginning Sept. 25 and ending Oct. 30. Her classes will be on Thursday nights from 5:30 until 8:30. Nicolai began taking art lessons at age 11 at the Adelee Wendel School of Art in Indianapolis. She later attended the John Herron Art Institute.

via Gulf Shores gallery to offer watercolor painting classes.

BCSO Drug Task Force investigation results in federal sentencing of 24 Baldwin residents – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 27, 2014

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — The Baldwin County Drug Task Force has concluded a three-year investigation involving methamphetamine manufacturing, trafficking and distribution. Twenty-four people were indicted and pled guilty to various federal drug crimes.  According to a press release issued Tuesday by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office investigations command, all of the defendants were prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Alabama

via BCSO Drug Task Force investigation results in federal sentencing of 24 Baldwin residents – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Daphne Business Owners Told They Have 10 Days to Vacate – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories

August 27, 2014

DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) – Business owners at the TKR Center across the street from the Eastern Shore Center received a certified letter Tuesday from Whitney Bank telling them the foreclosed building has been sold and they have 10 days to vacate the property. ”I can’t talk too much I’ll cry,” said Baby Talk Eastern Shore Owner Jerri Carlisle. Carlisle says it’s a devastating blow to her business, which she’s worked over the past year to build.

via Daphne Business Owners Told They Have 10 Days to Vacate – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories.

Orange Beach Police name victim in pedestrian death | FOX10 News – Mobile

August 26, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – Less than a week after a pedestrian was hit near the Tidewater Condos, Orange Beach Police said Kathy Jones was hit and killed just west of Live Bait. “Ms. Jones had recently been in the hospital for a blood clot in her leg. It’s possible that she was not moving as quickly across the road as one might that had not encountered that situation. That’s information that we’d gotten from the family,” Lt. Steve Brown said.


via Orange Beach Police name victim in pedestrian death | FOX10 News – Mobile.

Summer Season Coming to a Close

August 26, 2014

The calendar may not say it but the beaches are already starting show it. The summer season is coming to a close. A hand full of beach goers claim their spot on the sand for one of the last days of the summer season. ”We would rather be here than anywhere,” says Randy Carmichael from Birmingham. “This is my favorite place.”


via Summer Season Coming to a Close.

Class ring lost 10 years ago returned | FOX10 News – Mobile

August 26, 2014

Kristie Wheeles was hanging out with some friends on Orange Beach, one night, when she found something. “I just kind of felt down in the sand and found it,” Wheeles said. That was back in 2003; 10 years ago!  But somehow, the ring managed to stay put despite several major storms along the gulf coast.  It’s not been easy finding the owner either…even though Wheels knew his name.

via Class ring lost 10 years ago returned | FOX10 News – Mobile.

New dog beach park pursued at Gulf State Park; fundraiser set Sept. 20 | AL.com

August 26, 2014

GULF SHORES, Alabama – Gulf State Park officials are working toward opening a new lakeside dog park and a fundraising event is in the works. The park will host Paws in the Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Gulf State Park Lake Shelby Picnic Area, where the new dog-friendly area will be located, next to the Hummingbird Zipline, just off the beach highway.

via New dog beach park pursued at Gulf State Park; fundraiser set Sept. 20 | AL.com.

Woman gets probation for credit card thefts – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 26, 2014

A woman has been sentenced to five years probation for credit card theft in Foley. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced Friday that 34-year-old Stephanie Holliefield received that sentence, as well as the order to pay $2,406.96 in restitution. “Mrs. Hollifield pled guilty on May 15, 2014, to unlawfully using the credit cards she stole from the home of her employer,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

via Woman gets probation for credit card thefts – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Public meeting on Fairhope’s future is Thursday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 26, 2014

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — How do you see Fairhope in the next five years? What opportunities do you see for Fairhope in the next five years? What are some things that threaten to take away Fairhope’s charm? If these are questions that you want to explore with City leaders and others from our community, please plan to attend a meeting on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Fairhope Public Library.

via Public meeting on Fairhope’s future is Thursday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Are Illegal Immigrants Being Bused To Daphne?

August 26, 2014

The eyes of America have been glued to illegal immigration lately, with stories of immigrant children possibly being housed in Alabama and President Obama expected to grant executive amnesty to five million illegal immigrants by the end of the summer. That’s why News 5 viewers reacted the way they did when they sent us this picture of what they believed to be illegal immigrants being bused in to the Daphne civic center parking lot.


via Are Illegal Immigrants Being Bused To Daphne?.

Gulf fishing authority says red-snapper fix is easy | NOLA.com

August 25, 2014

The snapper stocks are stronger than they’ve ever been in history. Everybody who studies them and gets out on the water knows that. It’s primarily because of all the habitat that’s been created since the 1940s — all the oil platforms along the Louisiana and Texas coasts as well as the artificial reefs. In Alabama, for instance, we have 17,000 artificial reefs off our coast that probably hold 20 to 25 million pounds of snapper, so the stocks are stronger than they’ve ever been in history.

via Gulf fishing authority says red-snapper fix is easy | NOLA.com.

Months after Congressman Bonner left office, campaign fund continued to dole out cash | AL.com

August 24, 2014

Bonner, a Republican who was serving his sixth term in the House of Representatives, had more than $125,000 in his campaign account when he announced in May of last year that he would resign from office to take a job with the University of Alabama System. Afterward, the campaign slowly spent that money, spending cash on bills, plane trips, tickets and restaurant meals.

via Months after Congressman Bonner left office, campaign fund continued to dole out cash | AL.com.

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