12/20/14 Saturday Live Music Line-up
ORANGE BEACH, AL — This is likely going to be a Christmas Kristi Brunick will never forget. Not because her husband, John, died just days before on Dec. 14 at age 64. It will be the kindness her neighbors and friends showed in John’s last hours. It’s been a year of illness for John from being on dialysis since the spring to a massive stroke that ultimately claimed his life.
ORANGE BEACH — Chris Sherrill, executive chef at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club and long time friend of John Brunick, is leading an effort to have a reef in the Gulf dedicated to his friend. The first four structures in Poseidon’s Playground, a new dive attraction about three miles off Orange Beach, were deployed on Dec. 17.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Friends and fellow musicians and family gathered at the Flora-Bama on Dec. 18 to celebrate the life of drummer Brock Barackman who died Dec. 14.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Fellow musicians, family and friends gathered at the Flora-Bama on Thursday night, Dec. 18, to celebrate the life of Brock Barackman. “When you leave this world and the words written about you by many people are ‘sweet’ and ‘kind,’ then you’ve lived a pretty good life,” performer Jason Justice told the crowd of 200 or so.
FOLEY, Alabama — A Foley couple faces capital murder charges following a brazen home burglary and arson, and shooting death of a 70-year-old man who police say was a friend of one of the assailants. Brandon Michael Bledsoe, 33, and Heather Elizabeth Raftery, 21, both of Foley, were arrested by Foley police on Thursday and charged with capital murder-arson and capital murder-burglary following the death of 70-year-old Tommy Burdette on Sunday night.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) With a goal of educating and engaging, Gulf Shores Police Department hosted their third ‘Tweet From The Beat’. Consider it a virtual ride along, with an ability to give us an inside look into the average day on the job of a police officer. This time, we rode along with Officer Josh Gulledge.
FOLEY, Ala. — The state of South Baldwin Education Foundation’s 2015 scholarship program is in question. During last week’s Foley City Council work session, Mayor John Koniar announced that the organization is requesting $6,900 from the city in order to fund its mission of awarding scholarships in the coming year.
BAY MINETTE, Ala. – After ousting County Administrator David Brewer in November, members of the Baldwin County Commission said they are satisfied with the job performance of interim administrator Ron Cink and they would like to see him continue on with the job.
ELBERTA, Ala. — The paving of Chestnut Street Extension will have to wait a little bit longer. That’s because during last week’s regular meeting, the Elberta Town Council postponed consideration of the project until January.
December 19, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The seniors at Day Break Senior Daycare have begun preparations for their big Christmas party. Participants and volunteers set up the tree and decorated it. Everyone had a great time. Day Break Senior Daycare provides a secure, loving environment where individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are encouraged to participate in playing games, craft projects, singing, exercising and social interaction
12/19/14 Friday Live Music Line-up
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Wednesday was the day Lila Harris has been anticipating like a child waiting for Christmas morning. Walter Marine’s crew took several concrete structures to an underground dive area to add to the many dive opportunities off of Alabama’s GulfCoast.
FOLEY, Ala. — Foley Police have announced an arrest for Capital Murder in connection with an elderly man’s death discovered in the aftermath of a fire at his Foley home Sunday. Foley Police Chief David Wilson announced an arrest in the Murder/Arson case that occurred at 105 Monteith Circle in Foley on the evening of December 14, 2014.
SPANISH FORT, Ala. – The Spanish Fort City Council met briefly Monday evening to welcome a new member and pass a pair of resolutions. Before starting on new business, the council welcomed William “Bill” Anthony Menas to the board following his swearing in by Baldwin County Probate Judge and former mayor of Foley Tim Russell. Menas was selected by the council to step in to the vacancy left by former councilman Dennis Dismukes, whose job forced him to relocate.
DAPHNE, Ala. – Bayside Academy announced Wednesday that it has found its next headmaster, Michael Papa, who will take the position on July 1 of 2015.Papa will replace outgoing head of school Peter Huestis, who left to take a similar position at Augusta Ga. Preparatory Day School. Ed Costello has served as the interim head of school in Huestis’ absence.
Of the nearly $2.6 million, $2.07 million will go to the Sports Cooperative District to purchase 62 acres for the sports fields, and $527,000 will go to the Entertainment Cooperative District to purchase 17 acres for the events center, Thompson said. Blue Collar Destinations LLC is the seller. The city’s projects are expected to be built alongside two hotels constructed by Blue Collar.
12/18/14 Thursday Live Music Line-up
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.
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.
FOLEY — Foley city leaders estimate that construction of the Centennial Plaza is near completion. During Monday’s City Council meeting, City Administrator Mike Thompson told the council that the project’s site manager expected to have his crew off the Heritage Park site by today.
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.
MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, Ala. — Cedar Street in Magnolia Springs will soon be paved at a 14-foot width. During Tuesday’s Council meeting, town leaders voted to approve the project. However, Mayor Ken Underwood cast the lone dissenting vote.
Youngsters will have one last chance to visit with Santa on Saturday, December 20 as Gulf Shores hosts Breakfast with Santa at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center.
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.
FOLEY, Alabama - It’s cool to be a farmer again! Just ask these students studying agriculture at Foley High. About 700 kids are taking ag electives, proof that farming is no longer just a job, but a potentially rewarding and lucrative career.
via Young Farmers Are The Future Of Agriculture Industry.
12/17/14 Wednesday Live Music Line-up
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.
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.
GULF STATE PARK, Ala. — The eagles have landed. For the third consecutive season a pair of bald eagles have returned to their winter nest at coastal Alabama’s Gulf State Park. The appearance was confirmed Monday by photographer and naturalist Roger Reetz, who tracked progress at the nest last year.