DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — The swimming advisory issued by the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) for the East End of Dauphin Island has been lifted. Recent water samples at this location indicate bacteria values are back below the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) threshold of 104 enterococcus organisms per 100 milliliters for marine water.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) operate the bacteriological water quality monitoring and notification program under a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s BEACH Act Program. This program involves the routine collection of water samples from a total of 25 coastal recreational sites in Mobile and Baldwin counties. In the summer months, samples are taken once or twice a week at the most highly used sites and biweekly at the other sites.
ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Life is a lot different for Cody Harris these days.
The Robertsdale native is settling down into life on a small farm near where he grew up.
“I get up early every morning, work all day, then go home at night,” he said, a far cry from practically growing up on the rodeo circuit, traveling the country competing in calf roping events.
DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — There are close to 3,000 homes in the Lake Forest Subdivision in Daphne. This subdivision is one Alabama’s largest and right at the center is “the lake.”
The process of restoring that lake is now underway. If you live in Lake Forest, you know the lake is the lifeline. If you don’t live in the neighborhood, it should matter too because what happens at the Lake Forest lake effects everything downstream, including Mobile Bay.
From reef to restaurant, we are seeing lionfish pop up on more restaurant menus in Northwest Florida. There’s a big push for divers to catch as many as possible because they are an invasive non-native species that are eating native fish.
Their presence is terrifying for local fisherman. Flora-Bama Yacht Club executive chef, Chris Sherrill said “I’m mortified at the battle we are losing to lionfish.”
That’s why he is trying to have it on his menu as often as possible.
Pensacola — The community continues to grieve the death of Blue Angels number six pilot, Marine Captain Jeff Kuss.
On Friday, during Gallery Night, residents gave back to his family through graffiti. Attorney Joe Zarzaur and his law firm held a fundraiser. They collected donations that would benefit the Kuss family.
GULF SHORES, AL — City employees came together for a recent project for the police department and the results were quite stunning.
Using mostly in-house talent from fire and police personnel, the Gulf Shores Police Department has a new recruiting video for perspective officers.
It’s a milestone not many get to celebrate. A Fairhope couple started their 71st year of marriage this week. They only dated for three months before tying the knot, and now seven decades later, they’re as happy as ever.
1946: World War Two had just ended and something really special was just beginning. Charles and Nell Ditto’s love affair-that’s still going strong.
It’s the kind of love that’s lasted seventy years…an anniversary they don’t make a card for. But Nell and Charles Ditto’s lifelong love story didn’t have a typical beginning.
We did some homework today to figure out exactly what that loud roar was Thursday night, heard across the Gulf Coast.
As we originally reported below from the Mobile Airport Authority, we were told the sound came from a V-22 Osprey, a propeller-powered military aircraft.
However after listening to surveillance camera footage and YouTube videos of military aircraft sounds, plus reading through witness comments, we’ve determined the sound came from fighter jets, similar to the one’s flown by the Blue Angels.
The Mobile Regional Airport’s twitter feed and phone lines got a lot of action Thursday (July 21) night. Reports of a loud boom being heard by Mobile residents as far away as the Eastern Shore flooded their timeline.
Mobile Regional Airport, Director of Marketing, Brian Belcher says a not so typical helicopter had to make a stop at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley due to weather concerns last night.
Orange Beach was sharply divided two years ago by a referendum asking for a property tax increase to support an independent school system.
Two years before that, in 2012 , a City Council race got ugly over accusations of ”character assassination” involving fliers linking a council candidate to a DUI.
And in city elections in 2008 and 2004, big-money spending was the norm as candidates jockeyed for position.
Such controversies won’t erupt this summer as the Aug. 23 municipal election draws near. No challengers have come forward to run for Orange Beach’s council seats or the mayoral job.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - It’s a little gem tucked away in Perdido, Alabama in North Baldwin County. If you make a trip to the area you must plan to make a stop at Perdido Vineyards! Not only will you be welcomed with open arms, but you’ll be welcomed with wine glasses! Here’s more:
In the late 1800’s, German and Italian immigrants, mostly, established vineyards and wineries in Alabama and world-class wines were produced in Alabama, up until Prohibition. The largest commercial operations was at Fruithurst , Alabama, with 8 wineries, thousands of acres of vineyards and orchards, resort hotels and gourmet restaurant. Prohibition wiped it out. In Baldwin County, the German community around Elberta-Lillian area had vineyards and 3 wineries.
FAIRHOPE,Ala. — The Weeks Bay Foundation’s fourth annual Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race will be held on July 23 at 9:00 a.m. at the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center. It is sure to be a great day on the water.
There are several competitive categories, including a Stand Up Paddle board Division and a Junior Division.
If you are not interested in competing, there will also be a relaxing Eco-Tour around the marsh edge of Weeks Bay.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Five members of the Police Honor Guard will travel to Baton Rouge to attend funerals for the three officers killed in the line of duty over the weekend. Some of those members just returned from Dallas, where they attended officer funerals there.
Cpl. Chad Lambert, along with four other members of the Gulf Shores Police Honor Guard, will be on the road once again come Friday morning.
FOLEY, AL (WALA) - A special program held in Baldwin County Thursday dealt with a frightening issue: young girls at risk for human trafficking.
The program at Foley High School was put on by a national non-profit group called Eye Heart World https://eyeheartworld.org/pages/the-cause to alert girls 12 to 18 about human trafficking.
Crystal Yarbrough, a project director for Eye Heart World https://www.facebook.com/EyeHeartWorld/, said, “The average age of entry into forced prostitution is 12 to 14.”
Another trip west. “Any loss of a police officer is tragic,” says Cliff Roberts with Orange Beach Police, “and we’re going to attend the funerals and show our respect.”
Just back from funerals in Dallas, officers from agencies across Baldwin County are heading to Louisiana.
Upcoming Baldwin County municipal elections include a newcomer with some name recognition in the Fairhope mayor’s race, a slate of unopposed incumbents in Orange Beach and little competition in Gulf Shores.
City and town clerks cautioned that the rosters aren’t completely finalized: Candidates who waited until shortly before the Tuesday afternoon deadline to declare their candidacies may still await a verification of their statements of economic interest by the state Ethics Commission. An updated guide to municipal races in Mobile and Baldwin Counties will be published by AL.com in coming days.
While grocery stores might be taxing shoppers too much in Alabama, the city of Daphne doesn’t plan to break any new ground when it comes to cutting it back on food taxes.
City officials said this week they will not pursue a cut to the city’s portion of the sales tax on grocery sales, which has been proposed twice in the past four years by mayoral candidate Tim Swanson.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Luna’s Eat and Drink and BuzzCatz Coffee and Sweets had ribbon cuttings with the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber on July 21 at the Cosmo’s Courtyard. These are the latest offerings from husband and wife team Brian and Jodi Harsany who also own Cosmo’s, Cobalt and Maggie’s Bottle and Tail.
More than just a slogan plastered on state highway signs, the phrase “Alabama the Beautiful” embodies a past and present State of Alabama that takes great pride in sharing its natural gifts with those who come to visit. From its coastal connection to its highest mountain top, Alabama contains some of the most scenic acreage in the country, and it is enriched with a history that long predates European contact. While a drive down one of the state’s scenic byways provides a glimpse into the state’s natural beauty, true access comes at any of Alabama’s twenty eight state parks, which provide for public use of many of this state’s most precious sites.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Dr. Bob Shipp stood in amazement last weekend at the 83rd annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) as he watched the frenetic activity on Dauphin Island.
Shipp, Professor Emeritus at the University of South Alabama’s Marine Sciences Department, never would have imagined the resilience of the Alabama Gulf Coast, its ecosystem and related recreational activities when he was sitting at Dauphin Island Sea Lab six years ago.
FOLEY— Foley High School will honor 11 former athletes during its annual Hall of Fame ceremony to be held Friday, Aug. 26 before the Foley Lions’ game vs. the Fairhope Pirates at Ivan Jones Stadium in Foley.
A reception hosted by the FHS Alumni Association will be held in the Foley Elementary School gym/auditorium on Oak Street next to Ivan Jones Stadium’s west end zone beginning at 5:15 before the ball game. All friends, family, classmates and well-wishers are invited to congratulate the inductees at this time.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Recent events in Baton Rouge Sunday sparked the latest action of police departments all across the country finding new, innovative ways to support each other.
In Baldwin County, departments will meet Wednesday to discuss implementing two-man patrols.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – For the first time in her 19 years as Orange Beach City Clerk Cathy Constantino there will be no election to manage.
The clock to qualify to run ran out July 19 at 5 p.m. and the only qualifiers were the six incumbents, Mayor Tony Kennon and the five seating council members Jeff Silvers in Place 4, Joni Blalock in Place 5, Jeff Boyd in Place 2, Jerry Johnson in Place 3 and Annette Mitchell in Place 1.
GULF SHORES – There was police recruiting video to review and some officers to praise for the arrest of a murder suspect.
But Mayor Robert Craft somewhat used those worthy presentations to get around to the main reason he wanted Chief Ed Delmore front and center at the July 11 Gulf Shores council meeting.
GULF SHORES, AL – Two men from out of town were arrested by Gulf Shores Police in the early hours of Sunday morning in connection with an armed robbery on the beach.
Bobby Lee Leshore II, 24, of Florence and Richard Aaron Perry, 18, of Tuscaloosa, were both arrested in the incident. On July 19 both were booked into the Baldwin County Correctional Facility in Bay Minette, both under $25,000 bonds.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Now all that’s needed is a little understanding.
As in a Memorandum of Understanding. And the understanding needs to come in a hurry. As in before Aug. 1.
But from the sounds of the discussion in the Orange Beach Council Chambers on Tuesday night an understanding might be hard to come by at all, much less before Aug. 1.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Orange Beach Elementary School registration for the Pre-K Application Process is still open and will run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.
Previously the last day to register was April 15, but the deadline has been extended to fill out the 18-student class.Eligible children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 2 2016.
Police chiefs from around Baldwin County had a meeting with Baldwin County Sheriff, Hoss Mack Wednesday, July 20, 2016. It was a specially called meeting to address recent violence against police. While there have been no reports of anyone acting out towards police here, law enforcement leaders are urging their officers to be cautious.