ORANGE BEACH, AL How do you spot a rip current? “I don’t know how to recognize them,” says Laura Walker visiting Orange Beach from Mississippi.
If you don’t know, you are not alone. It can be confusing. “I think they kind of look like two coming together and one going back. Is that correct?” asks Walker.
via Rip Currents, the “Danger” in ” Dangerous Surf” | WKRG.
Tuesday’s ceremony wasn’t your typical graduation.
Caps weren’t tossed. “Pomp and Circumstance” wasn’t played. The graduates didn’t wear ankle-length gowns.
Instead, they were presented by their first names only in order to protect identities. They were given quilts and challenge coins. Diplomas were replaced with dismissals.
Above all, though, the inaugural graduating class of Baldwin County’s veterans’ court was given another chance at life.
via Baldwin County veterans’ court celebrates inaugural graduation by recognizing support and mentorship | AL.com.
After rescuing more than 20 individuals from rough surf and rip currents between Friday and Monday, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach lifeguards handled 16 more calls on Tuesday.
via 16 more beach rescues made in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores on Tuesday | AL.com.
Although 500 miles away in the Gulf, a massive thunderstorm system that became Tropical Storm Bill kept Alabama lifeguards and first-responders scrambling for days with more than 20 water rescues.
via Rough surf leads to over 20 rescues on Alabama Gulf Coast | AL.com.
A Baldwin County woman is upset and worried after she says she was arrested for not being able to pay her garbage bill.
Dana Cooley was actually booked last year, but says she got another notice in the mail and is afraid she’ll be locked back up.
via Arrested for Not Paying Garbage Bill? | WKRG.
Two weeks after the Spanish Fort City Council defeated a proposal to install artificial turf to its high school’s football field, the council moved forward Monday with some smaller fixes that officials believe will help get the field ready for the Toros football season.
via It’s not artificial turf, but Spanish Fort council approves fixes for high school, middle school fields | AL.com.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed District Court Judge Scott Taylor to a circuit court vacancy effective June 22, leaving another judicial vacancy in Baldwin County.
via District Judge Scott Taylor appointed as new Baldwin County Circuit Judge | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL — In May 2015, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism celebrated an exceptional group of advocates for the Alabama Gulf Coast – its volunteer ambassadors – at the tourism bureau’s annual Ambassador Luncheon at Craft Farms Golf Resort.
via Ambassadors dedicate time, passion to beach tourism bureau – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
If your Facebook feed is full of reports about sharks closing down Alabama beaches, have no fear: check the dates on the stories.
Old stories about the waters of Orange Beach being closed due to shark activity began making the rounds on social media yesterday. A 2014 article from AL.com newspartner WHNT about the closure popped up in so many places that the station was contacted by Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism official stressing that the beaches are open.
via Sharks closing down Alabama's beaches? That's so last year | AL.com.
Hundreds flocked to the beaches on Friday. Some were looking to enhance their tan, others hoped to take that perfect aquatic selfie as a beach memento.
In the midst of all these Kodak moments, however, looms the high risk of swimmers getting caught in a rip current. Despite the flying red flags that cautioned swimmers to avoid the water, plenty of people took to the waves anyway.
FOX10 News | WALA
via Gulf Shores takes extra precaution ahead of high surf, rip curre – FOX10 News | WALA.
A year-long boat exhibit is now open at the Fairhope Museum of History highlighting the maritime history there. It’s called the “All Aboard” Bay Boat Exhibit featuring model-scale replicas of the steamers that played such a vital role in the city’s history in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
FOX10 News | WALA
via Historic Bay Boats featured at Fairhope museum – FOX10 News | WALA.
GULF SHORES, AL It maybe hard to tell without actually being here but these waves are five to seven feet and when they crash into shore they can knock you down or in a matter of seconds, swallow you up.
This was Branten and Marian Pedler’s first visit to Gulf Shores. “I wasn’t expecting any surf in the gulf,” says Branten, “so this is alright.”
“Five lifeguard towers along the beach is amazing,” adds Marian. “I’ve never seen that before.”
via Rough Surf Along Baldwin County Beaches | WKRG.
SILVERHILL, AL (WALA) - Silverhill Police say they made a big discovery at the home of a man charged with shooting at one of their officers.
Police say Daniel Hails was arrested for attempted murder.
via Standoff in Silverhill ends with suspect in custody – FOX10 News | WALA.
SEMINOLE, AL-On Wednesday, a Baldwin County Sheriff’s deputy responding to a trespassing call on Champion Paper Road in Seminole arrested James Ratliff for outstanding, misdemeanor traffic warrants.
The deputy handcuffed Ratliff, but Ratliff took off into the woods. During the foot chase, the deputy fell and dislocated his shoulder. Deputies searched for Raliff for several hours, then called off the manhunt.
via Handcuffed Fugitive Seen Walking Down Road | WKRG.
Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon said she is proud of her records as the "undefeated" top county prosecutor in reaction to comments by retired Judge Robert Wilters questioning her leadership.
Dixon, the county’s district attorney since 2011, also suggested that Wilters had plans to retire as judge and run against her dating back to when Judy Newcomb headed up the office.
via Baldwin County DA Hallie Dixon responds to Robert Wilters' criticism by defending her record: 'I … remain undefeated in my service as prosecutor' | AL.com.
Whether the Baldwin County Commission should implement a new $300 rental fee for private gatherings at Bicentennial Park or a $75 fee to utilize a pavilion at Live Oak Landing has evolved into a political and potentially personal hot potato.
The issue, which has long been discussed, surfaced during the commission’s work session Tuesday. Commissioners verbally agreed to place the fees on the commission’s agenda for a final vote June 22.
via Disagreements surface in Baldwin County Commission's consideration of park rental fees | AL.com.
Filming for the new Nicholas Cage movie about the U.S.S. Indianapolis starts on the 19th with a scene in Orange Beach. While many of the scenes will be filmed at the battleship, you probably won’t be able to catch a glimpse of the stars. That’s because the majority of filming will take place late at night or early in the morning when the park is closed.
via Inside the Future Set of the New Nicholas Cage Movie | WKRG.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. — A fugitive is on the run after first fighting off a deputy during an arrest. He then ran into the woods while handcuffed and eluded search teams.
The brazen escape happened in Baldwin County woods near Seminole.
Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack says the suspect has traffic warrants in Florida and Alabama.
via Fugitive on the loose after escaping from Baldwin deputies – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.
Retired Judge Robert Wilters announced his candidacy for the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office Tuesday, and criticized the incumbent officeholder for what he says has been a lack of leadership in overseeing an office that “just appears to be in total disarray.
via In announcing run for Baldwin County DA, retired Judge Robert Wilters calls incumbent Hallie Dixon’s leadership ‘total disarray’ | AL.com.
STOCKTON, AL (WALA) -
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In April, we told you how Baldwin County officials were facing a challenge finding money to maintain the 300 acre park.
Tuesday, June 9, the Baldwin County Commission is expected to hear a presentation on some funding ideas.
FOX10 News | WALA
via Update on financial challenges of Bicentennial Park – FOX10 News | WALA.
Copies of old checks, bank statements, and account information, it all seems things that might get tossed, but potentially, for identity thieves, it might be a gold mine.
“We’re part of the Anthem security breach and the Home Depot security breach,” said Michelle Soultz, Daphne.
Soultz says having her identity stolen twice was enough. So when she found several boxes of personal information on her trip to drop off recyclables Saturday, she became suspicious.
via Mysterious Documents Found At Daphne Recycling Center.
Even the winners said the real winners at the end of Saturday’s Fuse Project Dragon Boat Festival were kids in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
“This is the most fun thing I’ve done on the coast,” said Dr. Clayton Lane, captain of the champion Alabama Orthopedic Clinic Sports team. “It’s a unique event, with a unique breed of people, who have a great attitude and, best of all, nearly every penny goes to the children.”
via Mobile, Baldwin children real winners at end of Fuse Project Dragon Boat Festival | AL.com.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - Some critics have labeled this situation a “crisis,” and in a school board meeting Thursday night, June 4, that narrative was no different among public school officials themselves.
The Baldwin County Board of Education’s Chief Financial Officer projects the school board will be facing millions of dollars worth of debt in just a couple years.
FOX10 News | WALA
via Amid predictions of $5 million debt by 2017, Baldwin school offi – FOX10 News | WALA.
A 12-year-old boy from Bay Minette has been killed in an ATV accident in Baldwin County.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputies say Michael “Mikey” Defee died from injuries sustained while riding an all-terrain-vehicle on a logging trail at his grandparent’s home on Thursday night.
via 12-Year-Old Killed in Tragic ATV Accident in Baldwin County.
Construction continues in Spanish Fort to restore Joe’s Branch and prevent the harmful erosion of soil into D’Olive Creek and ultimately the Mobile Bay.
The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (Mobile Bay NEP) is leading the D’Olive Watershed Management project which is a collaboration of several state and federal agencies, Baldwin County, and the cities of Spanish Fort and Daphne.
FOX10 News | WALA
via BP oil spill settlement money used in project to restore D’Olive – FOX10 News | WALA.
Residents of Baldwin County got some news from the U.S. Census Bureau which may, or may not, come as a surprise. The agency issues reports every ten years on how many people are living in the United States. The Bureau also ranks the fastest growing communities in the U.S., and Baldwin came in at number twelve. This outranks cities like Florida’s tourism mecca in Orlando, and even Raleigh, North Carolina. APR’s MacKenzie Bates reports this is leading to more than a few growing pains for the region.It’s a busy time of day on Interstate 10 just outside of Mobile. Cars are returning home after a long day of work. For many of these motorists—home means Baldwin County. “It’s a smaller town, with a big heart.”
via The Boom of Baldwin County | Alabama Public Radio.
There’s no way to hurricane-proof an entire community, but the city of Gulf Shores is “hurricane ready.”
When Ivan made landfall in 2004 as a Category 3 hurricane, countless homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.
via Beach Communities Ready For Hurricane Season.
For months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, a relative of mine did not go anywhere without two things: a case of bottled water and a good amount of cash. Occasionally, she packed a couple of folding chairs in case she and her father had to wait in line in the heat to buy gas.
via What’s your favorite hurricane advice? Share it with fellow AL.com readers | AL.com.
When Hurricane Ivan slammed into Baldwin County’s coast as a Category 3 storm in 2004, packing wind gusts of over 120 mph and a storm surge upwards of 14 feet, beachfront homes and condominiums took a major beating.
Many homes were destroyed, some even swept away, and two condos in Orange Beach partially collapsed in storm’s wake on Sept. 16, 2004.
via No room for ‘disaster amnesia’: Hurricane Ivan prepared Baldwin County for future storms | AL.com.
As government agencies on the Gulf Coast ramp up emergency response drills and preparations for another anxiety-filled hurricane season, officials in one coastal Alabama city have thoughts on oil possibly washing ashore during a storm.Five years ago the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, over 55 million pounds of oily material have been cleaned up on Alabama’s coast, according to U.S. Coast Guard statistics.
via Oil concerns linger on Alabama coast as another hurricane season arrives | AL.com.