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April 9, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Perdido Beach Resort luxury beachfront hotel, will celebrate Easter by hosting its traditional annual Easter Brunch Buffet on Sunday, April 20 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
This year’s grand buffet will feature such delectable Easter fare as grilled pork loin with honey thyme glaze, chicken coq au vin, blackened spiced red fish with lemon caper jus, custom pasta station and a carving station featuring succulent steamship round with horseradish cream sauce.
April 8, 2014 — MontgomerY, AL — Katie Nettles of Gulf Shores Elementary and Susanne Mahone of Daphne High School have emerged as one of the “Sweet 16” from a pool of more than 150 outstanding educators from across the state who submitted applications for the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program.
Nettles earlier this year was named as the Gulf Shores Elementary Teacher of the year and followed that up by being named the Baldwin County Elementary Teacher of the year. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious award programs for teachers.
Nettles one of eight teachers in the elementary category and there are eight more in secondary education. The field will soon be narrowed down to the “Final Four,” and the 2014-2015 Teacher of Year will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education on May 14 at 6 p.m. at the RSA Plaza Terrace.
Mahone was the Baldwin County selection for secondary Teacher of the Year.
“Alabama continues to be represented with some of the most outstanding educators in the nation,” State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice said. “Their dedication to education, commitment to learning and compassion are reflected in the accomplishments of their students. We are proud to have teachers of this caliber working in our schools.”
April 7, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Hangout Music Festival is pleased to announce its daily schedule for three exciting days of music happening May 16-18 on the sugar-white beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Some of the top talent in music today will be featured on six stages including the Hangout Stage, the Chevrolet Stage, the Palladia Stage, the Boom Boom Tent, the Red Bull Sound Select Stage, and the BMI Stage.
The Black Keys (in their only US festival of 2014) will headline Friday night and The Killers will close out Saturday. On Sunday, fans will be treated to two headline performances: Jack Johnson will perform a magical set on the Chevrolet Stage at sunset and Outkast will immediately follow on the Hangout Stage to close out the weekend.
April 7, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Hangout Music Festival is excited to announce the 2014 lineup of mouth-watering culinary additions to this year's festival. More than 35,000 fans will have a chance to enjoy and sample fresh seafood from some of the best restaurants in the region, all of which will feature Alabama Gulf Seafood from the state's 53 miles of coastline.
Last year, the Hangout Fest served more than 3,000 pounds of fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood, including fresh Gulf shrimp, crab and oysters. In the third year of this partnership, 2014 brings a newly designed outdoor courtyard featuring Acme Oyster House, The Hungry Owl and Wintzell's Oyster House. Additionally, fans will be also able to enjoy music from the BMI stage, located inside the courtyard. Not a music moment missed!
April 6, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Alabama Department of Transportation contractors will begin working to install the second casing pipe at Lee Callaway Bridge at 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning. This work will involve a lane closure during the morning hours on Monday and is expected to be reopened by noon.
All condos and houses located on the south side of West Beach Boulevard between 13th Street and Little Lagoon Pass will be temporarily impacted into Monday evening as the casing pipe will be laying along the shoulder of the road.
April 6, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - It’s obvious to Chris Blankenship, Director of the Alabama Marine Resources Division, that recreational fishing surveys conducted by the federal government are unable to provide accurate data on the red snapper catch off Alabama.
That is why Blankenship has asked the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board to approve a regulation that would establish a system for anglers who catch red snapper off Alabama to report their catches to Marine Resources.
April 5, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Brittney Reeves has been named the Gulf Shores Middle School Teacher of the Year for the 2013-14 school year.
She graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2011 with a BA in Secondary Language Arts Education and began her teaching career at Gulf Shores Middle School in 2012.
Currently she teaches eighth grade language arts, newspaper, and yearbook. This is her second year of teaching.
“I could not imagine doing anything else,” she said. “Waking up every day knowing you enjoy what you do is a wonderful feeling.
“It is such an honor to be recognized as Teacher of the Year for GSMS. I became a teacher because I desire to inspire, promote, and encourage the upcoming generations. They are the future, and each and every child deserves to have someone believe in them and help them reach their goals.”
April 4, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Katie Nettles, Baldwin County’s Elementary teacher of the year as well as Gulf Shores Elementary’s Teacher of the Year, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama.
She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies with an emphasis in Technology in Schools from the University of Missouri.
Katie started her teaching career nine years ago in Mobile County and moved back to her home in Baldwin County after just one year. She has taught a number of different grades from second to fifth, but found her home in fourth grade. She adores fourth graders for their independence, love of learning, desire to please, and their great senses of humor.
She enjoys challenging her students with real-world problems and keeping her classroom fun and inspiring. She spends a lot of her time in the classroom building relationships, teaching her students tolerance, and making them feel safe and loved.
Her philosophy of teaching can be summed up by a quote from Aristotle, “Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.”
After getting eMINTS trained, she found her passion for infusing technology into her instruction. She has also used her eMINTS training to share ideas and train other teachers, both in her county and also across the nation through regional and national teaching conferences.
April 3, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the largest waterlife outfitter exclusively offering gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water, announced that the grand opening celebration of its new, expansive store in Orange Beach, Alabama will take place from Friday-Sunday, April 4-6. Located at 24369 Canal Road (one mile east of The Wharf resort), the festivities begin each day at 8 a.m. with special in-store events, a boat show with Gulf Shores Power Sports, electronics demos, door-buster deals, giveaways and raffles. Mayor Tony Kennon is scheduled to attend the ribbon-cutting that kicks off the weekend celebration on Friday, April 4 at 9 a.m.
April 3, 2014 – Perdido Key, FL (PKF) – The wine and food pairings are set and people can enjoy great dining along with live music and more than a dozen artists April 4-5 at the Perdido Key Wine & Art Festival the new Visitor Information Center at 15500 Perdido Key Drive.
The featured artist for “Taste of Perdido” is Margaret Biggs, a painter of iconic beach scenes. Other artists will display jewelry, sculptures, paintings, photography, wooden bowls and more.
The gathering begins with a VIP event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 4, which, according to the website, is sold out. The dishes are far from ordinary -- prime rib sliders, lionfish sashimi and seafood chowder, among others.
Gulf Shores, Al (GSA) — The 43rd Annual National Shrimp Festival official poster has been selected. This year’s winning poster was created and designed by Bob Towson of Pace, Florida. Towson, an airbrush and oil painting artist, is a past winner of the Gulf Coast Arts Festival and the Pensacola Jazz Festival poster contests.
The winning poster was voted on by the Shrimp Festival Committee last month. The committee is made up of over 100 volunteers who help coordinate and organize the festival.
It’s important to select a winning poster in advance to help advertise, promote, and brand the upcoming festival. Over 30 different artists submitted entries. Posters came from Ohio, Mississippi, Florida, Connecticut, and of course Alabama.
“I know there’s a lot of good art in this kind of competition and this illustration will be marketed quite extensively along the coast. It’s humbling and it feels great to win this prestigious poster competition,” Towson said.
“The use of colors, lettering, and sun makes the poster fun to look at,” said Matt Mogan, Chairman of the Annual National Shrimp Festival. “It represents good times on the beach at Shrimp Festival. Who doesn’t like that?” he said.
April 2, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast® at the Erie Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores on May 9 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Pictured with the Chick-Fil-A cow are Columbia Southern representatives Robert Mayes, Chantell Cooley and Dr. Jon Crispin. Columbia Southern is the local title sponsor of the event.)
March 31, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Roaring engines, warm sun on their backs and cool wind in their faces motorcycle riders are heading to Gulf Shores for a fun-filled weekend ride on the Gulf Coast.
March 30, 2014 - Fairhope, AL - The Baldwin County Home Builders Association and its Associate Council is offering scholarships for area students Qualifying students must be enrolled in construction-related studies at a technical school or college.
To date, the Association has awarded $56,000 in scholarships to help students in Baldwin County prepare for careers in the home building industry. The scholarship Committee will be charged with the administration of the scholarships, which will be awarded in accordance with its guidelines and upon the committee’s approval.