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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.