With a crucial vote on renewing taxes weeks away, Baldwin County school officials turned to a familiar ally for support: teachers.
Most of the district’s 2,220 teachers gathered in a field house at Foley High School on Friday afternoon to help galvanize community support ahead of the upcoming ballot measure.
Baldwin County voters will be asked on March 1 to approve tax renewals totaling 4 mills after the renewals were rejected last spring, a decision that could cost schools as much as $16 million a year. A mill amounts to a dollar in tax for every $10,000 of assessed property value.
via Ahead of tax vote, Baldwin County turns to its teachers | AL.com.
The Baldwin County Education Coalition is hosting an education summit this weekend about the upcoming school tax referendum.
The keynote speaker will be Jamie Vollmer, who is a public education advocate and the author of “Schools Cannot Do It Alone.”
via Education summit Friday in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.
An anonymous complaint was filed last year claiming Swiger used her position on the school board for personal gain by coercing school employees to use her family real estate business.
Swiger says after an exhaustive investigation and numerous interviews the accusations in the anonymous complaint could not be substantiated by any evidence. The case was closed February 3rd.
via Ethics Commission Clears Baldwin School Board Member.
Baldwin County School board member Angie Swiger, whose real estate dealings with Gulf Shores school officials drew an ethics complaint, is saying that she was cleared of the charges.
via Baldwin County school board member: ‘My name has been cleared’ | AL.com.
Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft hopes a revitalized Gulf State Park and rebuilt lodge will not only rehabilitate the coastal environment, but also show visitors a side of the state he says many outsiders don’t know exists.
“Some people don’t even know Alabama has a beach,” Craft said. “I think there’s kind of a negative perception of Alabama out there in some circles. This project will attract people to our coastal cities and we will get to show them the Alabama we all know and love. I think the biggest benefit of the project is that it will improve the state’s image, person by person.”
via Master plan unveiled for Gulf State Park enhancements – LagniappeLagniappe.
There is still so much unknown about what happened Monday night, but if there is one thing that’s clear it is that the we lost two incredible individuals.
“They’re both important volunteers in the community, both wanting to do something for their communities,” said Gilbert Wright a fellow pilot with the Civil Air Patrol.
via Friends Remember Pilots Killed in Cessna Crash.
Voters in Baldwin County will be asked to say “yes” or “no” to two property tax renewals. This time around the school board is conducting a “quiet” campaign.
We’ll all be going to the polls and you may have presidential candidates in mind, but folks in Baldwin County will also be asked to vote on school taxes again! “We’ve got to have these renewals we’re talking a loss in the ball park of 16 million dollars,” said School Board President Shannon Cauley.
via Baldwin Voters To Vote on Property Tax Again – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
A Robertsdale High School special education teacher who robbed one pharmacy and burglarized another in his late 20s is facing new misdemeanor marijuana charges.
Keith Michael Grace, 44, turned himself in on Jan. 11 for marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department said.
via Baldwin County teacher who robbed, burglarized pharmacies facing pot charges | AL.com.
When it comes to campaign cash, the rematch for South Alabama’s congressional seat isn’t shaping up like much of a contest.
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, far outpaced Republican challenger Dean Young in fundraising from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, according to federal elections documents, and was able to secure a recent endorsement from the National Rifle Association.
via Bradley Byrne outpacing rival Dean Young in campaign fundraising | AL.com.
Since his reelection in 2014, state Sen. Trip Pittman has insisted he won’t seek another term, but I’m not sure I believed him until now.
“I’ve gone beyond term limits with this,” he said this week.
Pittman, it turns out, isn’t merely interested in ending his own career. He wants to abolish the whole upper house. This week the Baldwin County lawmaker is proposing an amendment to the Alabama Constitution of 1901 that would abolish the Alabama Senate.
via Alabama senator proposes disbanding Alabama Senate | AL.com.
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, AL – Two members of Civil Air Patrol’s Alabama Wing died Monday, Feb. 1, when their single-engine plane crashed near Mobile while they were returning from a 170-mile compassion flight to southern Louisiana.
The pilot, Maj. David R. Mauritson, 67, of Fairhope, joined CAP in September 1991. Second Lt. Phil J. Dryden, 66, of Gulf Shores, a CAP member since November, served as mission scanner for the flight. The two were members of the Mobile Composite Squadron.
via Men who died in Mobile plane crash had Baldwin ties – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Kinky Friedman is hot stuff, and nobody sounds more surprised by this than Kinky Friedman.All he did was wait thirty-some years between studio albums, during which time his legend grew. Having achieved notoriety as the Jewish-Texan songwriter behind such deliberately provocative gems as “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore,” he went on to make headlines as an author and as a Lone Star gubernatorial candidate, under the memorable slogan “Why the hell not?”
via Kinky Friedman: Joints with Willie, broken rules helped shape album | AL.com.
BAY MINETTE, AL (WALA) - The recent, three hour school bus joy ride by three juveniles in Pensacola is still fresh on the minds of many. How they were able to steel the bus has been a concern for not only the director of the school where the bus was stolen, but for school officials in Alabama as well.
via Baldwin Co. schools superintendent reacts to kids stealing schoo – FOX10 News | WALA.
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BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - The fate of a major funding source for the Baldwin County School System will be left in the hands of voters in exactly one month from now, but the Board of Education isn’t campaigning for a “yes” vote.
This time last year, you probably saw signs that said “Build Baldwin Now” across the county.
via BCBE not campaigning this year for tax renewal referendum – FOX10 News | WALA.
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POINT CLEAR, AL- Two job fairs will be held in Baldwin County next week as companies in the hospitality industry gear up for the busy spring and summer tourist season.
The Grand Hotel Marriott in Point Clear is holding a two-day job fair Feb 12th and 13th. 134 full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs are up for grabs.
via Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs!.
When it comes to search and rescue—search and rescue aren’t the hard parts–it’s something else. James Phillips says many times finding people and funding can be hard. He’s been a member for a long time. They have eight boats at NBSSR. He just wishes they had more people to help.
via North Baldwin Sheriff’s S&R Looking for Help.
The Coast Guard rescued nine people over the course of two separate incidents in the Gulf of Mexico, Saturday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile were notified that a 36-foot recreational fishing vessel with five people aboard was taking on water 47 miles south of Dauphin Island at 12:08 p.m. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island 45-foot Response Boat –Medium and crew and a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed wing aircraft crew to assist.
via Coast Guard rescues 9 in Gulf of Mexico | Coast Guard News.
Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission are planning a tour next month that will stop in 14 cities — including Mobile and Pensacola.
They’re calling it an “inspection train,” and the trip will allow Amtrak leaders and elected officials to examine the condition of the tracks and bridges as they consider a restoration of service between New Orleans and Orlando.
via Amtrak plans ‘inspection train’ as it considers Gulf Coast servi – FOX10 News | WALA.
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School advocates are asking voters to restore property taxes that were thrown out when voters also rejected new property tax hikes for new school construction.
“We find tremendous value, our teachers, the gem of this system are working overtime to give us great kids we just need to give them better resources and better facilities to do it,” said the Chairman of the Baldwin School Community Task Force Kevin Corcoran. In the wake of the failure of the Build Baldwin Now campaign, a new school advisory task force has been studying school needs and suggested raising the sales tax rate by half a cent to start a pay as you go school construction program.
via Quiet Push to Restore Baldwin School Taxes.
FAIRHOPE, AL- Both Fairhope Police and officers with the Knights of Ecor Rouge Mardi Gras Association are warning members not to throw dangerous, inappropriate or tasteless items in Saturday night’s parade.
Last year, some parents claimed riders threw pregnancy tests, travel size shampoo bottles, drug testing kits and thongs off the floats and targeted young children.
via Inappropriate Mardi Gras Throws Monitored In Fairhope.
It takes more than a quick trip across the Bayway or Causeway to keep people from Baldwin County away from the “boom boom.”
via Baldwin County Loves a Parade Too!.
The Mobile Baldwin Blind Golfers Association is a new group on the Gulf Coast aimed at helping the visually-impaired play the sport they love.
On Tuesday, they held their very first Blind Golfers Tournament at Timbercreek Golf Club in Daphne, where golfers were provided coaches to be their eyes on the course.
via A beloved sport: Blind Golfers Association hosts first tournamen – FOX10 News | WALA.
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After reconvening from an extensive executive session Tuesday, January 26, about the Baldwin County Residential Wilderness Camp for troubled teens, Baldwin County Commissioners spent more time in public discussion fleshing out the camp’s funding issues.
via Baldwin Commissioners: Other counties must pay fair share for wi – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Mike Moss, a man from Baldwin County, will spend 30 days in jail after he was convicted of shooting a U.S. Marine, Christian Valenti, who tried to hide in his backyard while running from police after officers busted an open house party.
Moss was sentenced to five years, and will serve 30 days in jail and three years of probation.
via Sentence Handed Down For “Birdshot Shooter”.
The City of Daphne is now a step closer to a major renovation of three of the city’s recreational parks.
The City Council voted last night to pursue an option put forth by Volkert Engineering. The company was hired last year to provide proposals for revamping some of the city’s parks. For more than 15 years there have been several people in the community, including members of the recreation board, that have asked for new and upgraded facilities at the parks.
via Daphne Closer to Major Parks Renovation.
FOLEY, AL- A plane carrying important cargo touched down at the Foley Airport Tuesday. Inside, 20-year old Erin Council from Silverhill- a college student badly injured in a car wreck in Memphis.The wreck happened earlier this month while Erin was visiting her boyfriend for the weekend. Both were seriously hurt. Memphis Police say the driver of the other car was drunk. Erin broke her arm, her pelvis and has ten staples in her head. Her boyfriend is still in ICU at a Memphis hospital.
via Pilots For Christ Helps Silverhill Woman.
The process for awarding $58 million of BP oil spill fines for a beachfront hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park was flawed and failed to consider alternative projects, an attorney with an environmental advocacy group argued before a federal judge Tuesday.
But attorneys representing the U.S. Department of Justice and the state of Alabama, along with a representative of the Gulf Shores-based project, said they were in the legal right to do what they did in 2014, when the project was initially approved.
via Environmentalists, state spar over beachfront hotel and conference center | AL.com.
Robertsdale Police Department posted to Facebook Monday morning to clarify their current approach to a social media threat of a “shootout” at Robertsdale High School.
“We have no reason at this time to deem this threat credible, but we are taking it very seriously,” the post reads, “and will take the necessary steps regarding security at the school.”
The posts addresses rumors that police are advising students not to attend school. “This is not true,” the post says.
via ‘Shootout’ threat at Robertsdale High School not credible, police say | AL.com.
The Foley resident recently served as chairman of the Finance subcommittee for the Baldwin County Community Action Task Force, which gave recommendations to the school board for ways the system could continue to thrive and improve.
via Study shows a growing county needs school funding boost – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Baldwin County school board member Angie Swiger is under investigation after an anonymous complaint was filed to the state Ethics Commission.
She said the complaint relates to her real estate business.
Swiger tells us she has not used her position with the school to profit for real estate and said her success has been built over the years.
via Baldwin County School Board Member Under Investigation – WPMI – LOCAL 15.