Soar high in the skies this weekend at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival | WPMI

May 05, 2016

FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — The Tanger Outlets in Foley will be aglow Thursday night as more than 40 hot air balloons light up for the start of the 12th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival.

There is a balloon glow gets underway at 6 p.m., where you can meet the pilots. The festival begins Friday at 2 p.m, and again Saturday at 9 a.m.

via Soar high in the skies this weekend at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival | WPMI.

High school and collegiate track championships return to Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 05, 2016

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Local track fans are encouraged to cheer on rising star athletes this month at two track championships. The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Track Championship (4-5-6-7A boys and girls) is this weekend, May 5-7, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships is May 26-28. Both events will take place at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.

via High school and collegiate track championships return to Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

No compromise on BP settlement Bill puts major Baldwin County ro – FOX10 News | WALA

May 05, 2016

A Bill that passed the Alabama House last week would have sent $191 million dollars to south Alabama for road improvements.  In a Senate committee, a compromise could not be reached and no vote was taken Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  Representatives from other parts of the state wanted more of the money to go to other regions.  That means Mobile and Baldwin counties won’t soon be seeing road improvements that local legislators say they’re due.

via No compromise on BP settlement Bill puts major Baldwin County ro – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Alabama man charged for child porn after applying for pistol permit | AL.com

May 05, 2016

Baldwin County Sheriff’s arrested Devin Kent Pinckard, 49, for charges related to child pornography. Deputies located Pinckard after he applied for a gun permit at the Sheriff’s Office.

Pinckard was a suspect in a 2015 child pornography investigation, but investigators had a hard time tracking him down, as he works as a commercial trucker.

via Alabama man charged for child porn after applying for pistol permit | AL.com.

BP oil spill settlement bill dead in Senate committee – FOX10 News | WALA

May 04, 2016

A bill that would have sent part of the oil spill settlement money to the coast and would have provided money for Medicaid appears to be dead in a Senate committee.

During the Senate committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Arthur Orr (R – Senate District 3) introduced legislation that would have drastically lowered the amount of money going to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

via BP oil spill settlement bill dead in Senate committee – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Jobs, Expansion at UTC Aerospace in Foley

May 04, 2016

260 new high paying jobs as UTC Aerospace breaks ground on a new plant.

“It’ll add about 80 thousand square feet of factory space,”according to director of operations Duffy Randolph. “The total plant capacity over half a million square feet.”

It is the culmination of three years of work that began at the Paris Airshow. “We started dealing with the various agencies a couple of years ago evaluating options.”

via Jobs, Expansion at UTC Aerospace in Foley.

Baldwin official: Removal of wall around governor’s house ‘not about politics’ | AL.com

May 04, 2016

The Baldwin County Commission isn’t looking for a political opportunity “pile on” to Gov. Robert Bentley by insisting that the state remove a wall at the gubernatorial beach house, one of its members said Tuesday. Bentley, said Chris Elliott, “has a myriad of other problems he has to deal with.”

“This is about treating the governor of the state of Alabama just like we treat every other citizen,” said Elliott, who vocally opposes the wall that encroaches onto county right-of-way at the Fort Morgan peninsula, west of Gulf Shores.

via Baldwin official: Removal of wall around governor’s house ‘not about politics’ | AL.com.

Faulkner students get to rub elbows with ‘rock star’ chefs – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 03, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Culinary students from Faulkner State will get the chance to work alongside some of the top chefs in the country during the Southern Grace Dinners series at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina.

“They get to spend a day in the kitchen working right beside these chefs,” owner Johnny Fisher said. “If you’re going to culinary school these are the rock stars. For them it’s really cool seeing their faces. We’ve actually hired a couple of these students after the dinners and seeing what they are doing.”

via Faulkner students get to rub elbows with ‘rock star’ chefs – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Miss Sunny celebrates 50th anniversary promoting tourism in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 03, 2016

Miss Sunny turns 50 in Gulf Shores

GULF SHORES, AL – On Monday, April 25 Mayor Robert Craft proclaimed the first Saturday in June and the same annually hereafter to be “A Sunny Day” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Miss Sunny and her impact on tourism in Alabama.

via Miss Sunny celebrates 50th anniversary promoting tourism in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Inside LuLu’s kitchen as cookbook signing nears | WPMI

May 03, 2016

Delicious seafood recipes with a side of wit and wisdom! You can find it all in Lucy Buffett’s new cookbook “LuLu’s Kitchen, A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life.” This weekend you have the chance to get an autographed copy and meet the one and only Lucy Buffett at Costco in Mobile.

The book includes 120 recipes from Lucy’s childhood and restaurants. Get your hands on it between 1 and 3 Saturday at the Costco in Mobile.

via Inside LuLu’s kitchen as cookbook signing nears | WPMI.

Services announced for Gulf Shores grad Nathan Harris – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 03, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – Services have been announced for Gulf Shores High graduate Nathan Harris who was killed in a motorcycle accident on April 30.

A memorial service will be at Gulf Shores First Baptist Church on Thursday, May 5. There will be a visitation from 1-3 p.m. on the same day at the church.

via Services announced for Gulf Shores grad Nathan Harris – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Turtle, it’s what’s for dinner for Alabama’s bald eagles | AL.com

May 03, 2016

They say death comes from on high, and it is the truth, at least if you are a turtle.

For turtles, it turns out, are a favorite prey item for bald eagles. It makes for a survival of the fittest moment almost too horrible to imagine.

Picture yourself a turtle, sitting peacefully on a log, basking in the sun as turtles are wont to do. Then, out of nowhere, snatch! Your turtle self is suddenly borne up, legs clawing frantically at the air as you rise higher and higher, ever further from the safety of your watery home disappearing below.

via Turtle, it’s what’s for dinner for Alabama’s bald eagles | AL.com.

Family, coach mourn loss of local football star: “He was going t – FOX10 News | WALA

May 02, 2016

The family and former coach of Nathan Harris, the 19-year-old Troy University football player who died in a tragic motorcycle accident Saturday morning, are speaking out.

The exact details of the accident are still unclear, but family members tell us Harris’ motorcycle was hit by another car while he was turning into Council Lane off Fort Morgan Road.

via Family, coach mourn loss of local football star: “He was going t – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Former Gulf Shores quarterback killed in motorcycle crash remembered | WPMI

May 02, 2016

The Gulf Shores community is mourning the death of one of their former quarterbacks. Nathan Harris died in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning. Those who knew him spoke about his generous nature. Gulf Shores Principal Ernie Rosado says former Gulf Shores Quarterback Nathan Harris never met a stranger and made a point to be a friend to everyone.

via Former Gulf Shores quarterback killed in motorcycle crash remembered | WPMI.

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