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Illegal immigrant children may be sent to Alabama, Sen. Richard Shelby says | AL.com

June 04, 2016

Unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors may be sent to Alabama for temporary housing, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby and Gov. Robert Bentley said in separate statements late Friday afternoon.

Shelby — while vowing to fight the placement of those minors in the state — cited an announcement by the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Gov. Robert Bentley, in a statement Friday, said the children would be from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The Department of Health and Human Services will be in Alabama next week to evaluate the sites at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Silverhill and Orange Beach in Baldwin County.

via Illegal immigrant children may be sent to Alabama, Sen. Richard Shelby says | AL.com.

Tax districts could mean millions for island, Eastern Shore schools – LagniappeLagniappe

May 19, 2016

The movement toward increased funding for schools within the Baldwin County Public School System is marching forward as officials in both Fairhope and Gulf Shores weigh new special tax districts they hope would mean millions in additional dollars for schools in their feeder patterns.

As leaders eye the potential loss of the countywide penny tax in 2018 and see the school system’s loss of 1 mill of property tax funding on the ballot in March, those at the municipal and county levels see a great opportunity in special tax districts.

via Tax districts could mean millions for island, Eastern Shore schools – LagniappeLagniappe.

State Parks Plans Expanded, Improved Trails System | Outdoor Alabama

May 19, 2016

From a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk atop Alabama’s highest mountain at Cheaha State Park to heart-pumping hikes on one of the 52 miles of trails in Oak Mountain State Park, the Alabama State Parks trails system has a hike that can provide stress relief or produce a beneficial workout for your cardio system.

And that’s only going to get better with a renewed commitment to make that trails system the best it can be.

The first step happened when State Parks Director Greg Lein tapped Ken Thomas to become the State Parks Trails Coordinator.

via State Parks Plans Expanded, Improved Trails System | Outdoor Alabama.

Columbia Southern University set to present CSU Knights Run 5K | Benzinga

March 09, 2016

Columbia Southern University (CSU) will present the CSU Knights Run 5K on Saturday, May 7 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.

The run, the first of its kind for CSU, will take place on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail which is a paved path that winds through the Gulf State Park in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. The event kicks off at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. There will be refreshments, sponsor booths and an awards ceremony followed by an after-party at the Sportsplex.

via Columbia Southern University set to present CSU Knights Run 5K | Benzinga.

Sidewalk and access management project to begin next week in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 16, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – A City of Gulf Shores project and an Alabama Department of Transportation project are scheduled to begin the week of Jan. 18 on Alabama 59 in Gulf Shores.

The City of Gulf Shores and the Alabama Department of Transportation will complete work simultaneously in order to minimize any disruptions.

via Sidewalk and access management project to begin next week in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Bentley awards $1.6 million in grants for Alabama parks, trails | AL.com

December 12, 2015

Gulf Shores was awarded a $100,000 grant to widen the Fort Morgan Road Trail from eight to 10 feet to allow more diverse use. The 5.3-mile-long trail extends from the Peninsula residential golf community to Gulf State Park connecting it with 15 miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. The increase in width will accommodate walkers and joggers, and those with bicycles, wheelchairs or strollers.

via Bentley awards $1.6 million in grants for Alabama parks, trails | AL.com.

Peddle For A Cure returns with fall Orange Beach event – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

September 30, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – The City of Orange Beach Relay for Life Team is gearing up for another bicycle scavenger hunt on the Backcountry Trail.

The first hunt in May was so much fun that participants asked for another one in the fall. Peddle to the Treasure For A Cure, Bicycle Scavenger Hunt is being hailed as a family friendly ride on the Back Country Trails of Orange Beach.

via Peddle For A Cure returns with fall Orange Beach event – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Study shows southern Baldwin in need of service industry workers – FOX10 News | WALA

July 07, 2015

A study just released by the University of South Alabama Mitchell College of Business shows good news for those looking for a job in the service industry.  Not only are there plenty of jobs available, but they can also come with great pay.

Do you want a job, but just can’t seem to find one?  You might want to head to southern Baldwin County.  Not only are there jobs available right now, but the pay is good.  According to a study conducted by Doctor David Turnipseed of USAs Mitchell College of Business, that’s a trend that’s likely to continue at least through 2020.  Bob Higgins, chairman of the Coastal Resilience Coalition requested the study to assess the impact of labor demand on wages.

via Study shows southern Baldwin in need of service industry workers – FOX10 News | WALA.

Treehouse cabins, water taxis, new HQ: Ideas abound for $135 million Gulf State Park project | AL.com

June 16, 2015

Inspired by 2,500 survey responses, Gulf State Park – Alabama’s most popular state park – is showing off ideas for a Restoration Project that could bring new features and upgrades worth $135 million.

The latest showing came last week in Gulf Shores at the second of three open-house events. The final open house is set for July 23, likely at the park.

via Treehouse cabins, water taxis, new HQ: Ideas abound for $135 million Gulf State Park project | AL.com.

Walk-in camping now available on Backcountry Trail – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

June 06, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Off the beaten path, but not too far, is the new addition of camping to the Backcountry Trail on the Cotton Bayou Trail in Orange Beach.

“It’s just a cool little walk in the dunes,” Phillip West, coastal resources director for Orange Beach, said. “And this environment to me just looks like the southwestern U.S. You almost feel like you’re somewhere in Arizona, the stubby pines and everything.”

via Walk-in camping now available on Backcountry Trail – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Alabama State Parks Celebrates National Trails Day with Guided Hikes on June 6

May 29, 2015

Alabama State Parks will host several guided hikes in celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6. National Trails Day was created by the American Hiking Society to promote the importance of hiking trails in the U.S. The hikes will be led by park naturalists and volunteers and will take place at various state parks throughout the state. The hikes are free and no reservations are necessary. Park entrance fees are required where applicable.

via Alabama State Parks Celebrates National Trails Day with Guided Hikes on June 6.

Kasey Waychoff’s parents “grateful, relieved” after conviction – FOX10 News | WALA

May 20, 2015

The clinking of handcuffs was the only sound that came from Justin Lott as he was taken to jail Tuesday afternoon. Less than an hour before, a jury found him guilty of manslaughter and leaving the scene of the accident, which cost 19-year-old Kasey Waychoff her life.

“We are thankful. We are grateful. We are relieved. This jury, you could tell, that it, this case has taken a toll on anybody that’s been around it,” Baldwin County Assistant District Attorney Teresa Heinz said.

via Kasey Waychoff’s parents “grateful, relieved” after conviction – FOX10 News | WALA.

“Peddle to the Treasure” Bicycle Scavenger Hunt for Relay For Li – FOX10 News | WALA

April 29, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Get out and enjoy beautiful Orange Beach, get some exercise, and raise money for a great cause all with one event. “Peddle to the Treasure” Bicycle Scavenger Hunt is scheduled for this weekend! Here’s more from organizers:

“Peddle to the Treasure” is a fundraiser for Relay for Life. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 2 and is a new event. It is a bicycle scavenger hunt on the Back Country Trails of Orange Beach. Participants will be given a map and list of ‘treasures’ to find during the hunt. Some treasures will be pictures with certain things and others will be actual finds to bring back. This is not a race but an opportunity to get out on the beautiful trails and also raise money for a good cause.

FOX10 News | WALA

via “Peddle to the Treasure” Bicycle Scavenger Hunt for Relay For Li – FOX10 News | WALA.

15 State Parks Set to Close

April 17, 2015

Last year, first lady Diane Bentley helped celebrate what she called “Alabama’s hidden treasures” with a ride on the zip line at Gulf State Park.

That celebration seems short-lived as state park system director Greg Lein announces 15 of Alabama’s 22 state parks will have to close because of what he calls the chronic funding crisis of state government. “That includes closing some of these small rural parks that never operate in the black. There’s no way to make them operate in the black and so all we’re trying to do is staunch the bleeding.”

via 15 State Parks Set to Close.

Orange Beach Relay for Life to present Peddle for a Cure – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 17, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — The City of Orange Beach – Relay for Life Team is gearing up for a completely new event for its fund raising efforts. The 1st Annual Peddle to the Treasure – For A Cure, Bicycle Scavenger Hunt is being hailed as a family friendly ride on the Back Country Trails of Orange Beach.

via Orange Beach Relay for Life to present Peddle for a Cure – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

15 state parks could close in less than a month – FOX10 News | WALA

April 16, 2015

Just in time for summer vacation season, Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein told FOX10 News he’s regrettably putting 15 state parks on the chopping block.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will lose $11.4 million in funds by May 1st, if Governor Robert Bentley’s tax increase package proposal is not passed.

Of that $11.4 million, $10.4 million would be cut from the state park system.

FOX10 News | WALA

via 15 state parks could close in less than a month – FOX10 News | WALA.

BCSO pleased about recent crime statistics – FOX10 News | WALA

March 20, 2015

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office released its crime statistics for 2014 and compared the data from 2013. Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack said he is encouraged by the fact that crime has stayed relatively flat despite noticeable growth in the county.

“I felt real good about that because our call volume also increased. So while the number of calls went up, the number of criminal activity actually remained about the same,” Mack said.

via BCSO pleased about recent crime statistics – FOX10 News | WALA.

Gulf Coast region braces for arctic chill – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 07, 2015

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — There’s an old weather saying, “What happens in November, winter remembers.” A relatively mild December may have dulled memory of the record-setting cold across the Gulf Coast in the month of November (2014) but a January arctic blast will remind regional residents and visitors of winter’s presence.

via Gulf Coast region braces for arctic chill – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Baldwin residents can participate in Clean Sweep on Saturday, Jan. 10 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 07, 2015

BAY MINETTE, Ala. — The Baldwin County Commission approved its Solid Waste Department to hold Baldwin Clean Sweep 2015. All Baldwin County residents are encouraged to participate in Baldwin Clean Sweep 2015 and dispose of debris for free on Saturday, Jan. 10.

via Baldwin residents can participate in Clean Sweep on Saturday, Jan. 10 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Car giveaway eases Christmas pain | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com

December 22, 2014

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – Santa came a few days early for two Baldwin County families.  Because of the generous donations of some and the hard work of the folks at Advanced Transmission, two families in need got cars as Christmas presents. Friday, December 19, 2014 may have started out rainy and dreary, but that didn’t put a damper on a very special day at Advanced Transmission in Spanish Fort.


via Car giveaway eases Christmas pain | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.

Backcountry Trail lunch Friday to benefit Mary’s Shelter

December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL – (OBA) – On Dec. 19 a lunch on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail will be the site of a benefit for Mary’s Shelter. The lunch out on the trail is a way to thank the community for its support and to benefit Mary’s Shelter. It will include red beans and rice, hotdogs, sweets and sodas at $5 per person and proceeds will go to Mary’s Shelter.

via Backcountry Trail lunch Friday to benefit Mary’s Shelter.

Orange Beach looks to ink SEC soccer contract extension; sportsplex upgrades needed | AL.com

December 12, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – Sports tourism has generated an estimated $30 million in direct visitor spending on south Baldwin County this year alone, but it comes at a price. Orange Beach has hosted the Southeastern Conference Women’s Soccer Championships for the last decade and with the latest contract running out after 2015, the city is hoping that lighting upgrades at the sportsplex will be enough to keep the tournament on Alabama’s coast.

via Orange Beach looks to ink SEC soccer contract extension; sportsplex upgrades needed | AL.com.

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