Enna paid $6,500 to be sneaked into the country. Her smugglers robbed her of her remaining money and ditched her on the road, but she persevered and traveled by foot, bus and train on a hellish trip across the country to reunite with her sister, a fellow undocumented immigrant, in Foley, Alabama.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Scuba divers turned their hobby into community service Saturday morning in Gulf Shores. The project called Dive Against Debris was all in an effort to keep the beaches clean.
Some divers came from hundreds of miles away. There was a dive group from Illinois, for instance, that had been looking to do a unique clean-up dive. That led them to the Gulf Coast.
Their mission: to save wildlife.
Crews are ripping up asphalt and laying it back down on a one-mile stretch of the eastbound lanes of the main beach road in Orange Beach from Walmart to the Cotton Bayou Beach Access.
It’s all part of a 20 million dollar project that will replace left turns with U-turns.
WikiLeaks continues to release hacked emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, and Alabama Democrats aren’t exempt from the damage.
“I will NEVER support any candidate that supports [Alabama Democratic Party Executive Committee member Joe L. Reed] or his active efforts to segregate our party,” reads the message from an unnamed Baldwin County Democrat.
According to an October 1, 2015 email to Podesta from staunch Clinton supporters, all isn’t well within Alabama’s Democratic Party.
Downtown Mobile is in for a fright greater than even the best Halloween revelers could muster, as the district will play home to the set of a Stephen King novel’s film adaptation.
Executive Producer D. Scott Lumpkin, a Fairhope resident
Against a backdrop of military relics from past wars at the U.S. Air Force pavilion in Mobile Monday evening, Rep. Bradley Byrne promised a raucous group of veterans during a town hall meeting that he would work hard to solve problems within the VA and will attempt to impeach Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should she win the presidential election on Nov. 8.
“The problems within the VA having nothing to with funding,” said Byrne, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee. “The problem has been poor management.”
SILVER AWARD: George W. Skipper III, owner of Tacky Jacksin Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan; nominated by Yolanda Johnson vice chair of retail and business services for the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber.
According to Facebook posts, Summerlin was seen at the Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores on Oct. 15.
If anyone knows where Summerlin is, they are urged to contact Cpl. Doug Walley at Satsuma Police Department at 251-366-6757.
Gulf Shores, AL WKRGSchool officials continue to try and deal with the growth of the school population in Baldwin County. A recent news five investigation shows Baldwin County had the highest student growth in the state. I looked at every school system’s average daily membership or ADM in 2011 to the most recent data posted last year. Baldwin added more 2,000 students. That’s the most for any school system in Alabama.
You can expect food, music, and arts & crafts at this year’s National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores. The three-day event kicked off Thursday.
Hummingbird Ziplines is one of the vendors at the festival. They planned on having a booth, but those plans changed when Gulf State Park shut down their site. The owner told Local 15 News on October 4 that Gulf State Park officials shut him down without an explanation. Official told us the contract with Hummingbird Ziplines expired.
In addition to the multiple million dollar grants for the next two years, Alabama is leading the charge in other ways. Fortified new homes are being built at a nation-leading pace. Orange Beach is the only municipality in America where if you build your new structure to a Gold Fortified Certification, the city refunds the permit fees, which often run several thousand dollars, generally equaling out the small cost of fortification in the first place. Recently, the University of Alabama conducted an economic study of the monetary benefits of retrofitting homes to Bronze or Silver levels, and found that those homes had a resale value of more than 7% their counterparts, so the initial costs of retrofitting were more than offset with resale value and insurance savings.
For those who don’t live near the Alabama Gulf Coast, you might not be aware that Gov. Robert Bentley declared a Lionfish Awareness Day recently. The reason for the public declaration was to coincide with the Lions on the Line event that was held at the Flora-Bama Marina and Flora-Bama Ole River Bar & Grill, which sit astride the Florida-Alabama line, hence Lions on the Line.
If you were up early Wednesday morning, you might have caught a glimpse of a flashing light streaking across the sky.
It wasn’t a UFO or an optical illusion, however. According to NASA, what people were seeing was a meteor.
Known as one of the Gulf Coast’s most popular beach getaways, Orange Beach is lined with beautiful marinas and miles of coastal paradise. Naturally soaking up the beauty of its surroundings, Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina houses two completely different experiences under one roof—upscale and casual family dining—yet both still exude a very authentic vibe. We sat down with the duo to discuss everything from running two restaurants under one roof to their best childhood memories of cooking.
A young girl who disappeared from her Florida home on Saturday is believed to be with an Alabama man.
4-year-old Rebecca Ann Lewis is said to be in ‘extreme danger.’ An amber alert was issued yesterday for the child.
Controversy surrounding the closure of a profitable zip line at Gulf State Park has made headlines for more than a month. Could it now hang as a dark cloud over a proposed Alabama constitutional amendment aimed at protecting park system finances?
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - The driver of an 18-wheeler carrying milk cartons is in the hospital after a crash on the I-10 Bayway eastbound bridge sent his truck plunging into Mobile Bay.
The driver of an 18-wheeler carrying milk cartons is lucky to be alive after a crash sent him plummeting off I-10 bridge and into Mobile Bay.
With all the focus on Alabama’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) cracking down on sidewalk alcohol sales, it might have been easy to miss its stern warning about following alcohol regulations after what happened in Connecticut.
The construction of a Walmart Supercenter angered plenty of Fairhope residents less than a decade ago. A Hampton Inn, built downtown with a parking deck, also stirred friction. And a worker-housing development next to the high school sparked fierce resistance.
GULF SHORES – Tom Schlinkert has been looking for answers as to why the state doesn’t want to renew his contract for running ziplines in Gulf State Park.
“If they would just sit down and talk,” Schlinkert said. “They still won’t tell us why. There appears to be a reason they won’t tell us. I think it’s time these guys were upfront.”
More than two dozen linemen, superintendents and engineers from Baldwin EMC are getting ready to hit the road heading into the storm.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — A major road project at the beach which should make walking around a lot safer now has help at the state level.
ALDOT has taken over the repaving project in Gulf Shores, leaving more money to make it pedestrian-friendly.
Fairhope is the fastest growing city in the state of Alabama, and now it wants a time out. A new city government is on the way with a new mayor and three new City Council members, all who say a slow down is necessary so infrastructure can catch up.
With $65 million in new money thanks to the state’s BP settlement, the long-beleaguered U.S. 98 project in coastal Alabama has a new life, but officials are proceeding cautiously.
One of the nation’s largest environmental groups — bankrolled with $50 million from the heirs to the Walmart fortune — has spent millions of dollars pushing a wholesale change in how the U.S. manages its fisheries, an AL.com investigation reveals.
Critics blame the Environmental Defense Fund effort for hurting fishing communities on every coast, from Kake, Alaska, and Gloucester, Mass., to Bayou La Batre, Alabama.
The group has pushed a system that turns the right to catch a pound of fish into a private commodity that can be bought and sold like a share of stock on Wall Street. The government then gives these shares to individual commercial fishermen, granting them the right to catch that fish, or lease or sell the right to catch it to another fisherman.
Hurricane Matthew hasn’t taken aim at Alabama, but some in Alabama are taking aim at Matthew.
Projections suggest it’ll be Thursday night before the storm begins to graze the eastern coast of Florida. It’s unclear whether Matthew will skirt the coast as it sweeps along Georgia and the Carolinas or make landfall one or more times. The possibility has been raised that the storm might even loop out to sea and come back westward for a second strike.
With Labor Day far behind us and the holidays still in the seemingly distant future…where can we go for a last minute ‘fun in the sun’ vacation? Try Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama!
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Gulf State Park officials have officially shut down the “Zip Line” concession on Lake Shelby as of this week.
The owner says he still has a license to operate but is getting no where with the state. Tom Schlinkert says state officials are not being honest or forthcoming about what’s behind the shut down.
GULF SHORES – Tom Schlinkert has been looking for answers as to why the state doesn’t want to renew his contract for running ziplines in Gulf State Park.“
If they would just sit down and talk,” Schlinkert said. “They still won’t tell us why. There appears to be a reason they won’t tell us. I think it’s time these guys were upfront.”