Category Archives: Alabama

Alabama Gulf Coast a place to unload stress | News OK

July 24, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — What I loved most about my visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast was the morning I spent walking up and down the beach, the roar of the ocean waves soothing my soul.

A couple of hours later I was still basking in contentment as I sat outdoors at another spot on the long stretch of sand, feasting on mozzarella salad and whipped key lime pie.

via Alabama Gulf Coast a place to unload stress | News OK.

Police showered in love at a time of ‘deep challenges,’ criticism and declining recruits | AL.com

July 24, 2016

Since the tragic killing of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., police nationally have been showered with free meals, notes of appreciation, baskets filled with sweets, thank you notes, and fundraising drives.

And throughout Alabama, from Orange Beach to points north, police departments are illuminated in blue lights. The state Capitol has been bathed in blue this week in honor of police officers, as are the Retirement Systems of Alabama’s towers in Montgomery and Mobile.

via Police showered in love at a time of ‘deep challenges,’ criticism and declining recruits | AL.com.

Where are the challengers? Booming beach cities see few political races next month | AL.com

July 23, 2016

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.

via Where are the challengers? Booming beach cities see few political races next month | AL.com.

Why Daphne doesn’t plan on becoming the first Alabama city to eliminate sales taxes on groceries | AL.com

July 22, 2016

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.

via Why Daphne doesn’t plan on becoming the first Alabama city to eliminate sales taxes on groceries | AL.com.

Alabama state parks are a valuable asset – The Crimson White

July 21, 2016

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.

via Alabama state parks are a valuable asset – The Crimson White.

You can now relax on an Alabama beach — in New York City | AL.com

July 21, 2016

We all know that the Alabama Gulf Coast is home to some absolutely gorgeous beaches. And today, plenty of people in New York City are finding out the same thing.

The Alabama Tourism Department traveled to the Big Apple to show off Alabama’s beauty to a new audience. They set up an exhibit on Herald Square that allows passers-by to enjoy the state’s sandy view and relax a bit. (And yes, that’s sand from the Alabama coast.)

via You can now relax on an Alabama beach — in New York City | AL.com.

Renting dock space soothing the state’s tight budget – FOX10 News | WALA

July 19, 2016

If you’ve boated through Perdido Pass in Orange Beach the last couple of months, you may have noticed up to three luxurious yachts docked next to Alabama Marine Police Boats.

Many locals have been wondering where these yachts came from, and why they’re docked on property paid for by the taxpayers?

“They’re not a police boat, they’re just sitting over there,” said fisherman Chase Newton. ”Just curious, you know?”

FOX10 News Investigates found the answer.

via Renting dock space soothing the state’s tight budget – FOX10 News | WALA.

Big fish on the leaderboard at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo | AL.com

July 17, 2016

Day two of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo started with thunderstorms rolling in just after daybreak, sending dozens of boats scurrying back to the dock before the skies cleared.

When the fishermen started to filter back to the dock in the afternoon, the leaderboard began changing fast with dozens of huge fish, from grouper to tuna, and more fish released alive than ever before.

via Big fish on the leaderboard at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo | AL.com.

Attorney David Maloney has driver’s license suspended despite DUI dismissal | AL.com

July 17, 2016

David Maloney may have had his suspicion of DUI charge dismissed following a May arrest, but the Florida DUI attorney isn’t getting his driver’s license back.

WEAR-TV reported Maloney’s license was recently suspended for one year for refusing to submit to a field sobriety and Breathalyzer test after he was pulled over for speeding on May 8.

via Attorney David Maloney has driver’s license suspended despite DUI dismissal | AL.com.

Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit targets Gulf Coast restaurants including Biloxi, Mississippi’s Half Shell Oyster House | SunHerald

July 16, 2016

Hope Elly likes her seafood, but claims in lawsuits filed against Half Shell Oyster House in Biloxi, Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s in Gulf Shores and two other Alabama restaurants that, as a handicapped individual, she is being denied the same access available to able-bodied patrons.

Elly asks federal judges in each case to order that the restaurants be renovated to Americans with Disabilities Act standards. She also wants legal fees and expenses awarded to her law firm, the ADA Group of Montgomery, Ala.

The ADA Group has filed at least 38 lawsuits over handicapped accessibility, all but two of them in Alabama, court records show. This is the firm’s first foray into Mississippi.

via Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit targets Gulf Coast restaurants including Biloxi, Mississippi’s Half Shell Oyster House | SunHerald.

83rd Annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Weekend Gets Underway

July 16, 2016

The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo kicked off last week with the kids tournament. Starting today the main competition got underway. The Rodeo goes all the way through Sunday, with the main day/ big game coming on Sunday. In the mean time anglers will be able to try their hand at 30 different categories.

via 83rd Annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Weekend Gets Underway.

Why one Alabama city is taking a renewed look at eliminating sales taxes on groceries | AL.com

July 16, 2016

An $83 bill at Publix in Daphne will produce a shopping cart full of baby formula, breakfast items and meat. But it also comes with an obligation to state and local government in the form of a $7.20 sales tax.

In Daphne, the combined sales tax rate is 9-1/2 percent on almost all purchases, including food items. Compared to other states, many of which forgo taxing food bought at grocery stores, it’s a comparatively high tax.

via Why one Alabama city is taking a renewed look at eliminating sales taxes on groceries | AL.com.

Alabama sites no longer under consideration this year as housing for undocumented immigrants | AL.com

July 16, 2016

Alabama won’t be home to any temporary housing facilities for undocumented youths who enter the U.S. illegally for, at least, the remainder of 2016.

Three sites were under consideration as temporary housing facilities – two underutilized Naval Outlying air fields in Baldwin County and Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery.

The decision, which was made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, comes after a month of political wrangling in Baldwin County by county commissioners and federal lawmakers over the potential of utilizing the sites as temporary housing facilities.

via Alabama sites no longer under consideration this year as housing for undocumented immigrants | AL.com.

9 suspects arrested by task force in Baldwin County drug sting | AL.com

July 14, 2016

Law enforcement officials in Baldwin County say their community is safer now that nine suspects were arrested in a Wednesday morning drug sting.

The sting was executed by FBI Safe Streets, a task force led by federal agents in accordance with Baldwin County Sheriff’s, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security and police departments within the county.

via 9 suspects arrested by task force in Baldwin County drug sting | AL.com.

Suspect Loses Tongue In Police Chase Crash

July 12, 2016

Bad things can happen when you run from police.

On Friday, two fugitives in a stolen SUV found that out the hard way when they tried to run from sheriff’s deputies in Baldwin County.

Deputies on I-65 attempted to stop the SUV for a traffic violation, but the driver took off. As the SUV reaches speeds of 110 miles per hour, the driver tries to lose the deputy by pulling in front of another car and exiting the interstate. That manuever doesn’t work.

via Suspect Loses Tongue In Police Chase Crash.

Alabama deputy shoots dog while trying to serve civil document | AL.com

July 12, 2016

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting of a dog by an officer while serving civil documents to an individual on Friday (July 8) morning.

The BCSO says a deputy arrived at 16680 Camellia Road in the Silverhill area to serve a civil document, but upon his arrival realized the gate to the residence was secured close by a clip. The deputy reported that there was a horse inside the gated area so the deputy decided to call the individual listed on civil document.

via Alabama deputy shoots dog while trying to serve civil document | AL.com.

Ice dealer busted in Alabama after car chase ends in a wreck | AL.com

July 12, 2016

The Baldwin County Drug Task Force announced the arrest of 46 year-old George Adams an methamphetamine (ice) dealer in the Sunnydale, Alabama area on Monday (July 11).

The drug task force had been developing information over the past several weeks on Adams that indicated he had been selling ice in the area. On Thursday (July 8) the drug task force executed a search warrant at Adams home in the 300 block of Highway 59 North. When investigators arrived at the location Adams fled the residence and got into his vehicle.

via Ice dealer busted in Alabama after car chase ends in a wreck | AL.com.

Watch video of Alabama police chase, crash that throws suspect from car | AL.com

July 12, 2016

Between an I-65 chase involving two people wanted in another state, a crash and a child in distress, some Baldwin County sheriff’s deputies had a busy Friday morning.

According to information released Monday by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, the action began shortly after 10 a.m. Friday morning, when deputies working I-65 near Bay Minette attempted to stop a black Cadillac Escalade with no tag. The driver led deputies on a short chase before veering off at an exit and losing control. The Escalade “rolled several times.”

via Watch video of Alabama police chase, crash that throws suspect from car | AL.com.

How an illegal immigration issue is highlighting coastal Alabama’s hurricane evacuation concerns | AL.com

July 12, 2016

When it came to stepping away from Baldwin County as a possible location to house thousands of undocumented youths who entered the U.S. illegally, the federal government didn’t wince over politics.

Nor did it mention concerns about safety, or the stern message from county commissioners: You’re not welcome.

The major concern from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, cited in an email to County Commissioner Chris Elliott, was hurricanes.

via How an illegal immigration issue is highlighting coastal Alabama’s hurricane evacuation concerns | AL.com.

Kennon: Orange Beach traffic solutions closer – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Announcements

July 07, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL — Tony Kennon likes how the tenor of the conversation between Orange Beach officials and the Alabama Department of Transportation has seemed to change of late.

And he has a good idea why that might be.

“ALDOT is working with us like they’ve never worked with us before and I attribute that to one thing: the turnout of our citizens at town hall meetings,” Kennon said. “John Cooper, ALDOT director, was so impressed. There was 1,100 at one meeting, 700 at another meeting completely changed his way of thinking about the City of Orange Beach.

via Kennon: Orange Beach traffic solutions closer – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Announcements.

Bailey Kennon of Orange Beach talks about pageant experience – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 07, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL — It may appear when Miss Alabama is crowned there is only one winner at the annual pageant.

Bailey Kennon, competing in her first Miss Alabama pageant, says that wasn’t the case at all with her. Kennon qualified for the statewide contest by winning the Miss Coastal Alabama title in September.

via Bailey Kennon of Orange Beach talks about pageant experience – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Commission stands ground on immigrant relocation program – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 07, 2016

Baldwin County’s commissioners remained firm in their opposition to federal plans to possibly house unaccompanied immigrant children in Baldwin County this week, as they voted unanimously to send a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services outlining the reasons why the county would be ill suited for usage.

via Commission stands ground on immigrant relocation program – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Local hospitality contest Airbnb practices

July 07, 2016

On this rainy day, The Kate Shephard House owner Wendy James welcomed us with open arms — something she’s been in the business of doing for some time.

James and her partner purchased the midtown house in 2002 with the intent of transforming it into the bed-and-breakfast it is today. Running a business comes with its share of issues, and James has encountered many in her 13 years of running the B&B.

via Local hospitality contest Airbnb practices.

Alabama Senators Jeff Sessions, Richard Shelby urge halt to immigration facilities in Baldwin County | AL.com

July 07, 2016

U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, in a joint letter to three top federal officials, criticized the Obama Administration’s proposal to consider two Baldwin County Naval air fields as temporary facilities to house unaccompanied youths who enter the U.S. illegally.

via Alabama Senators Jeff Sessions, Richard Shelby urge halt to immigration facilities in Baldwin County | AL.com.

Judge rules lawsuit against Gulf State Park hotel due for dismissal | AL.com

July 06, 2016

A judge has ruled that the former commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has no standing to proceed with his lawsuit against Gov. Robert Bentley and others over the funding of the new hotel and other improvements at Gulf State Park.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs ruled today that Charles Grimsley lacks standing to proceed with the lawsuit because the money being used came from BP, and not taxpayers.

“Courts have refused to confer taxpayer standing upon citizens when the source of the funds was from the federal government or private entities,” Hobbs wrote.

via Judge rules lawsuit against Gulf State Park hotel due for dismissal | AL.com.

Baldwin Co. Commission continues opposition to house immigrant children | WEAR

July 06, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — The Baldwin County Commission is continuing its opposition to a proposed facility to house unaccompanied immigrant children at Wolf and Silver Hill Airfields.

On Tuesday, the commission voted to send a letter to Health and Human Services Director Sylvia Burwell stating the commissions concerns about the proposal.

via Baldwin Co. Commission continues opposition to house immigrant children | WEAR.

Record number of sea turtle nests on Alabama beaches? – FOX10 News | WALA

July 06, 2016

FOX10 News is committed to protecting the environment.

We are in the middle of sea turtle season on Alabama beaches and volunteers continue to find new nests.

From May through October, about 45 volunteers from the “Share the Beach” http://www.alabamaseaturtles.com/ volunteer group patrol Alabama beaches looking for nests.

via Record number of sea turtle nests on Alabama beaches? – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Baldwin County Leaders Continue Fight To Keep Illegals Out

July 06, 2016

SILVERHILL, AL- Roberts Bayou in the Josephine community is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Baldwin County.

Folks that live here believe a federal plan to house unaccompanied and undocumented teenagers from Latin America at a nearby Naval airfield will destroy their quality of life.

via Baldwin County Leaders Continue Fight To Keep Illegals Out.

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