ORANGE BEACH, AL- Agriculture and tourism continue to be vital parts of Alabama’s economy, but another industry could become the state’s economic engine.
“Our second largest growing industry sector in the state now is the aerospace sector,” says Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield.
Canfield spoke at the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s annual summer conference in Orange Beach Monday.
via Aerospace Is Alabama’s 2nd Largest Growing Industry.
Robertsdale Police are issuing a warning against BB guns.
Police say juveniles were shooting the BB guns at passing cars.
Authorities warn that they have to treat these guns as real guns until they know otherwise.
They stress the guns should be used responsibly.
via Robertsdale PD issuing warning against BB guns | WPMI.
There’s only a month left before Daphne residents hit the polls to pick their next mayor. It’s a crowded ballot for the mayoral race, with three candidates facing current mayor, Dane Haygood.
This is the first time Haygood is running in the mayoral election. He was appointed to the position in 2013 after Mayor Bailey Yelding died.
via Daphne mayor facing three challengers in mayoral race – FOX10 News | WALA.
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For almost two decades the state-owned beach house sat on a one-acre lot, boarded up, with peeling paint, a leaky roof and labeled a million dollar eyesore in the middle of paradise.
Last December, repairs began to the six bedroom, four bath house built in 1962. It had been left in ruins after hurricane Danny.
via Renovations to State Beach House Almost Finished.
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.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) – Many in our area want to see Lionfish gone. Groups like “The Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition” are pushing fishermen to catch as many as possible. Now Lionfish are showing up on local menus. It’s a process of reef to restaurant.
They can be an underwater beauty but the Lionfish is a non-native, venomous species that continues to grow. I’m mortified at the battle we are losing to lionfish,” said Flora-Bama Yacht Club Chef, Chris Sherill who is trying to have it on his menu as often as possible.
via Lionfish for dinner | WPMI.
The Big Splash is a Gulf Coast summertime tradition.
Few of us have hurled ourselves from a Tarzan Boat, yet.
“It’s a floating water park. It’s very fun, everybody sees it and want on it.”
It’s a swimming platform with double trampolines, a rope swing, slide and a 14-foot high diving platform.
The Tarzan Beach of Orange Beach has been anchored by Tallon Conner’s pier for days.
via Tarzan Boat offers new water adventure | WEAR.
An inmate who escaped in June from the Loxley work release facility has been captured in Coffee County, thanks to a homeowner.
According to WTVY-TV, Jeffrey Scott broke into an occupied residence Friday.
The homeowner shot at but missed Scott.
via Escaped Loxley Inmate Re-captured.
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.
DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — There are close to 3,000 homes in the Lake Forest Subdivision in Daphne. This subdivision is one Alabama’s largest and right at the center is “the lake.”
The process of restoring that lake is now underway. If you live in Lake Forest, you know the lake is the lifeline. If you don’t live in the neighborhood, it should matter too because what happens at the Lake Forest lake effects everything downstream, including Mobile Bay.
via Restoring the lake in the Lake Forest Subdivision | WPMI.
We did some homework today to figure out exactly what that loud roar was Thursday night, heard across the Gulf Coast.
As we originally reported below from the Mobile Airport Authority, we were told the sound came from a V-22 Osprey, a propeller-powered military aircraft.
However after listening to surveillance camera footage and YouTube videos of military aircraft sounds, plus reading through witness comments, we’ve determined the sound came from fighter jets, similar to the one’s flown by the Blue Angels.
via What Was That Noise? We Found Out.
The Mobile Regional Airport’s twitter feed and phone lines got a lot of action Thursday (July 21) night. Reports of a loud boom being heard by Mobile residents as far away as the Eastern Shore flooded their timeline.
Mobile Regional Airport, Director of Marketing, Brian Belcher says a not so typical helicopter had to make a stop at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley due to weather concerns last night.
via Loud boom heard in Mobile overnight? It was just a military helicopter reserved for the president | AL.com.
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.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - It’s a little gem tucked away in Perdido, Alabama in North Baldwin County. If you make a trip to the area you must plan to make a stop at Perdido Vineyards! Not only will you be welcomed with open arms, but you’ll be welcomed with wine glasses! Here’s more:
In the late 1800’s, German and Italian immigrants, mostly, established vineyards and wineries in Alabama and world-class wines were produced in Alabama, up until Prohibition. The largest commercial operations was at Fruithurst , Alabama, with 8 wineries, thousands of acres of vineyards and orchards, resort hotels and gourmet restaurant. Prohibition wiped it out. In Baldwin County, the German community around Elberta-Lillian area had vineyards and 3 wineries.
via Studio10 Live in North Baldwin: Perdido Vineyards – FOX10 News | WALA.
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FAIRHOPE,Ala. — The Weeks Bay Foundation’s fourth annual Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race will be held on July 23 at 9:00 a.m. at the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center. It is sure to be a great day on the water.
There are several competitive categories, including a Stand Up Paddle board Division and a Junior Division.
If you are not interested in competing, there will also be a relaxing Eco-Tour around the marsh edge of Weeks Bay.
via Weeks bay pelican paddle | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Five members of the Police Honor Guard will travel to Baton Rouge to attend funerals for the three officers killed in the line of duty over the weekend. Some of those members just returned from Dallas, where they attended officer funerals there.
Cpl. Chad Lambert, along with four other members of the Gulf Shores Police Honor Guard, will be on the road once again come Friday morning.
via Local honor guard members traveling to Baton Rouge for fallen officer’s funeral | WPMI.
FOLEY, AL (WALA) - A special program held in Baldwin County Thursday dealt with a frightening issue: young girls at risk for human trafficking.
The program at Foley High School was put on by a national non-profit group called Eye Heart World https://eyeheartworld.org/pages/the-cause to alert girls 12 to 18 about human trafficking.
Crystal Yarbrough, a project director for Eye Heart World https://www.facebook.com/EyeHeartWorld/, said, “The average age of entry into forced prostitution is 12 to 14.”
via Program warns of danger of human trafficking – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Another trip west. “Any loss of a police officer is tragic,” says Cliff Roberts with Orange Beach Police, “and we’re going to attend the funerals and show our respect.”
Just back from funerals in Dallas, officers from agencies across Baldwin County are heading to Louisiana.
via Baldwin County Honors Fallen Officers, Appreciates Local Support.
Upcoming Baldwin County municipal elections include a newcomer with some name recognition in the Fairhope mayor’s race, a slate of unopposed incumbents in Orange Beach and little competition in Gulf Shores.
City and town clerks cautioned that the rosters aren’t completely finalized: Candidates who waited until shortly before the Tuesday afternoon deadline to declare their candidacies may still await a verification of their statements of economic interest by the state Ethics Commission. An updated guide to municipal races in Mobile and Baldwin Counties will be published by AL.com in coming days.
via Challengers abound on the Eastern Shore, as Gulf Shores-Orange Beach incumbents get a pass | AL.com.
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.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Recent events in Baton Rouge Sunday sparked the latest action of police departments all across the country finding new, innovative ways to support each other.
In Baldwin County, departments will meet Wednesday to discuss implementing two-man patrols.
via Baldwin Co. departments meet to discuss 2-man patrols | WPMI.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Now all that’s needed is a little understanding.
As in a Memorandum of Understanding. And the understanding needs to come in a hurry. As in before Aug. 1.
But from the sounds of the discussion in the Orange Beach Council Chambers on Tuesday night an understanding might be hard to come by at all, much less before Aug. 1.
via Orange Beach mayor: I want school agreement written in blood – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Police chiefs from around Baldwin County had a meeting with Baldwin County Sheriff, Hoss Mack Wednesday, July 20, 2016. It was a specially called meeting to address recent violence against police. While there have been no reports of anyone acting out towards police here, law enforcement leaders are urging their officers to be cautious.
via Baldwin County Sheriff and Police Chiefs discuss officer safety – FOX10 News | WALA.
When UTC Aerospace in Foley announced they were expanding and adding almost three hundred jobs, it was called a precursor of things to come.
“Given our proximity to the final assembly line and given the fact that we got aerospace assets in other parts of our community, really the whole community is a player,” says Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance Director Lee Lawson.
via Aerospace Industries Coming to Baldwin County.
ROBERTSDALE, AL- State emergency management officials shipped post-storm supplies to Baldwin County at the start of the hurricane season.
Pallets of MRE’s, bottled water, sand bags and tarps are sitting in the warehouse at county EMA headquarters in Robertsdale. The county commission says they’re ready to buy additional supplies if needed now that we’re approaching the “heart” of hurricane season.
via Post Hurricane Supplies Stockpiled In Baldwin County.
For a few hours on the evening of the Fourth of July, Jason Rogers was in and out of American Legion Hall in Fairhope, grabbing beers out of the Yeti ice chest in the bed of his pickup truck – until he came out one last time to find the Yeti gone.
Furious, Jason fired back by making a video of himself, telling the story – “where the vets hang out, on Independence Day,” he says, incredulous – and offering a reward: Anyone who finds the cooler would receive $500 cash and a brand-new Yeti.
via The heartbreaking reason this Alabama dad wants his stolen Yeti cooler back | AL.com.
Rouses Markets will offer free lunches and drink to law enforcement Friday following the fatal shootings of police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas.
The company will give a free lunch plate and drink to officers who vist any of the 44 locations on the Gulf Coast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The company has five supermarkets in coastal Alabama – Mobile, Gulf Shores, Theodore, Saraland and Spanish Fort.
via Rouses Markets offering law enforcement free lunches Friday | AL.com.
A motorcycle accident on Highway 181 near Fairhope Friday night killed a Fort Morgan volunteer fireman. State Troopers are investigating and said a vehicle was seen leaving the crash site. The victim’s family said he was always trying to help people.
“Didn’t matter who it was or anything about them, he’d help anybody for anything,” said David Bryan about his son, John.
via Family and friends seek closure in death of volunteer fireman – FOX10 News | WALA.
Less than 24 hours away from the deadline to qualify for next month’s municipal elections, and Fairhope Mayor Tim Kant is unopposed. Elected in 2000, incumbent Kant is seeking his fifth term.
“I think he’s done a good job so far. I really do. I know a lot of people oppose him, but they’re not running against him. I think he’s done a great job and the city looks good,” said Helen Stopa, owner of Fairhope Connection Local Artists.
via Fairhope incumbent mayor unopposed 24 hours before qualifying en – FOX10 News | WALA.
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The Spanish Fort Police Department gets a special morning from fellow first responders. Firefighters hosted a breakfast for police officers at the fire station. There are few better ways to say thanks than with some free food.
“We understand that without the police department society could pretty much not survive,” said Firefighter Simon Bleyswyk. The Monday morning breakfast comes on the heels of Baton Rouge, an attack weighing heavy on the minds of the men behind the badge –coming back to work from the weekend.
via Spanish Fort Fire Supports Police Department Following Heartbreaking Weekend.