Category Archives: Baldwin County

2014 Boating Accidents, Where and Why They Happened – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 22, 2015

Local 15 news has been digging into boat accident data just released by the U.S. Coast Guard. We wanted to see where the most accidents happen in our area and what causes them. Local 15′s Andrea Ramey investigates in this Reality Check.

In 2014, 21 boating accidents with injuries or at least $2,000 in damage happened in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.  One third of those accidents happened in Orange Beach, which does not surprise Sgt. Rich Nolte.

“We have a heavy amount of boat traffic in this area, and a large amount of that boat traffic are people who are tourists,” said Sgt. Nolte.

via 2014 Boating Accidents, Where and Why They Happened – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

$3.3 million traffic light improvement project set for vote by t – FOX10 News | WALA

July 22, 2015

Five-year-old Alexis spent Tuesday morning playing at the newly renovated splash pad in Fairhope under the watchful gaze of her grandmother, Sue Collins.But getting to and from there took time. And Collins has noticed over the last several years that getting anywhere on the Eastern Shore is taking longer and longer.

via $3.3 million traffic light improvement project set for vote by t – FOX10 News | WALA.

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LifeFlight operator looks to land new base at Foley airport | AL.com

July 22, 2015

A major medical air ambulance service hopes to set up its first base in Baldwin County at the Foley Municipal Airport.

“What we’re going to bring is direct access to critical care for the citizens of Foley and all of Baldwin County,” Aaron Brown, regional business development manager for Colorado-based Air Methods, told the Foley City Council during Monday’s work session.

via LifeFlight operator looks to land new base at Foley airport | AL.com.

Alabama Gulf Coast leaders holding off on any decisions about BP oil spill settlement money | AL.com

July 21, 2015

A group of local elected officials charged with determining where millions of dollars in BP oil spill settlement money is going is on hold with all decisions until more details about the agreement surfaces in the coming months.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council, last week, opted to put its appropriations on hold for the time being until U.S. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier finalizes the agreement and more information is forwarded to the group as to what the money can be spent on.

via Alabama Gulf Coast leaders holding off on any decisions about BP oil spill settlement money | AL.com.

Governor Won’t Share State BP Money with Coastal Counties

July 21, 2015

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he opposes sending a portion of the state’s one billion-dollar BP settlement to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

“That’s not going to happen,” said Bentley. “That belongs to the state of Alabama.”

Bentley made the comments to reporters after speaking Monday at the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s Summer Conference in Point Clear. Bentley told the audience that the billion dollar state settlement would be used to pay off debt and to help balance the General Fund budget.

via Governor Won’t Share State BP Money with Coastal Counties.

Severe weather causes damage in Mobile and Baldwin counties – FOX10 News | WALA

July 20, 2015

At least one person was injured as severe thunderstorms swept across the FOX10 viewing area.

A parking lot attendant at the Mobile Regional Airport was struck by lightning, according to reports. She is being treated at a local hospital.

Particularly hit hard the Mobile area. A tree outside a home off McDonald Rd. was struck by lighting.

via Severe weather causes damage in Mobile and Baldwin counties – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Candlelight vigil held at the American Legion for Chattanooga sh – FOX10 News | WALA

July 20, 2015

A candlelight vigil was held at the American Legion at 7 p.m. to remember and honor the five service members killed in the Chattanooga shooting.

“It’s to let their family members know that our Eastern Shore communities care about them and they’re in our thoughts and prayers,” said Pam Hardison, who helped to organize the event.

via Candlelight vigil held at the American Legion for Chattanooga sh – FOX10 News | WALA.

Belk to relocate in Bel Air Mall; Truland Homes buys lots in Cypress Village | AL.com

July 19, 2015

Truland Homes paid $1.74 million for 46 lots in Cypress Village on Canal Road in Orange Beach, according to Nathan Cox, CEO of Truland Homes based in Spanish Fort. The builders plan to start 10 homes priced from the low $300s to mid $400s. As part of the purchase, Truland,also has an option to buy the remaining lots in the community, which is near The Wharf on the Intracoastal Waterway. The new homes will be marketed by Jason Hons of Bellator Real Estate & Development.

via Belk to relocate in Bel Air Mall; Truland Homes buys lots in Cypress Village | AL.com.

Turtle volunteer sees worst of litter, abandoned ‘stuff’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 18, 2015

ORANGE BEACH — Lila Harris loves the beautiful beaches and waters of coastal Alabama, specifically her hometown of Orange Beach.

She gets an up close and personal look at them as a volunteer for Share the Beach sea turtle group. She’s on the beach before sunrise looking for signs a turtle came in overnight to lay eggs.

But what she sees isn’t always beautiful. More often than not, she comes away with a drive and energy to fix the problems she sees.

via Turtle volunteer sees worst of litter, abandoned ‘stuff’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Judge dismisses suit against Robbie Owen, BCBOE members – FOX10 News | WALA

July 18, 2015

Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin has dismissed a lawsuit against former Baldwin County School System Superintendent Robbie Owen and four Baldwin County Board of Education members.

This, after State Auditor Jim Zeigler filed suit against them seeking a ruling that would stop county school boards from spending taxpayer money on tax referendum campaigns.

via Judge dismisses suit against Robbie Owen, BCBOE members – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Diverging diamond interchange at Ala. 181 emerges as a top priority as ALDOT explores exotic design | AL.com

July 18, 2015

A group of Eastern Shore elected officials could elevate an exotic redesign of the Ala. 181 interchange at Interstate 10 as a top priority for spending next year.

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization, which oversees the planning of transportation projects financed with federal money, is awaiting cost estimates from the Alabama Department of Transportation for recreating the busy intersection as a diverging diamond interchange.

via Diverging diamond interchange at Ala. 181 emerges as a top priority as ALDOT explores exotic design | AL.com.

Time running out for Baldwin County schools to install portable – FOX10 News | WALA

July 17, 2015

Workers for the Baldwin County School System are not done installing new portables for local schools – with just a month to get it done. There are still 10 out of the 17 portables that need to be installed around Baldwin County. Workers say they are confident they will meet the August 17 deadline.

via Time running out for Baldwin County schools to install portable – FOX10 News | WALA.

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BCBE appoints Hope Zeanah as interim superintendent – FOX10 News | WALA

July 17, 2015

The Baldwin County Board of Education has named veteran Baldwin educator Hope Zeanah as Interim Superintendent.

The appointment allows Robbie Owen to resume full-time principal responsibilities at Rockwell Elementary and the school system to have full-time leader as the upcoming school year nears.

via BCBE appoints Hope Zeanah as interim superintendent – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Meet the Five Candidates for Baldwin School Superintendent

July 17, 2015

The Baldwin County Board of Education has named the five finalists for the district’s vacant Superintendent position.

As we reported in May, Superintendent Robbie Owen handed in his resignation on the last day of school to return to his position as Principal at Rockwell Elementary. Owen had only been on the job since August. He was named interim superintendent after Dr. Alan Lee suddenly resigned.

via Meet the Five Candidates for Baldwin School Superintendent.

Abandoned Beach Gear Trashing Baldwin Beaches

July 15, 2015

Baldwin County beaches are packed this summer. Tents and umbrellas cover the sand in a rainbow of colors but a lot of that beach gear is ending up in a dumpster.

“Probably about a ton of material in it right now,” says assistant director of public works Noel Hand.

The solution according to Hand, “What we need to do is ask all of our guests is to remove your items from the beach every day.”

Abandoned tents, chairs, any kind of beach stuff left on the beaches is not just a Gulf Shores problem. Folks in the state park as well as in Orange Beach are also talking about a plan to remove it or lose it.

via Abandoned Beach Gear Trashing Baldwin Beaches.

Baldwin County school board gets 26 applicants for superintendent, will pare down to top five | AL.com

July 15, 2015

The Baldwin County school board received 26 applications in its current superintendent search, which will be whittled down to a top five so interviews can start in the coming weeks.

According to school board President Shannon Cauley, most of the board members picked up packets with all of the applications on July 10, and have started narrowing their lists to five finalists. Once the seven members accomplish that, they will turn those names over to board Attorney Scotty Lewis who will compile a list of five finalists, to be interviewed.

via Baldwin County school board gets 26 applicants for superintendent, will pare down to top five | AL.com.

In Fairhope, a keen debate about the future of local schools | AL.com

July 15, 2015

What’s the best way forward for Fairhope schools? City Council members agreed this week to find out the exact price of studying the question.

After sometimes-tense discussion Monday evening, council members unanimously instructed city staff members to work with the Fairhope Education Advisory Committee (EAC) to collect needed data.

via In Fairhope, a keen debate about the future of local schools | AL.com.

Baldwin NAACP Calls for Removal of Confederate Battle Flag – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 15, 2015

The NAACP in Baldwin County is now efforting a push to remove the Confederate battle flag from the county seal and the county flag. The group’s president says he’s taking small steps at first, but the goal he hopes is to work on a solution everyone can be proud of.

The Confederate battle flag has been a part of the Baldwin County seal since the seal was adopted by the Baldwin County Commission in 1974. Designed in 1969, the seal represents the county’s economy and it’s history, which includes a Confederate soldier and the Confederate battle flag.

via Baldwin NAACP Calls for Removal of Confederate Battle Flag – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

BP Money May Not Stretch Far Enough For Area Restoration Projects – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 15, 2015

Several restoration projects along Alabama’s Gulf Coast might have to be scaled back.  While the state was awarded 2.3 billion dollars from the oil spill, only 25 percent will go towards Gulf communities.

In Baldwin and Mobile counties, that figure ball-parks to around 20 million dollars this year.

via BP Money May Not Stretch Far Enough For Area Restoration Projects – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Baldwin County Commissioner Frank Burt voices opposition to new park rental fees | AL.com

July 15, 2015

New fees to rent out pavilions at two North Baldwin County parks along with a historic church is something the Baldwin County Commission should avoid, Commissioner Frank Burk said Tuesday.The remaining three county commissioners, after months of prolonging a vote on the new fees, appear ready to vote on them when the group meets July 21.”I hope we are not that desperate for a little bit of money to supplement that,” Burt said during the commission’s work session about the parks; Live Oak Landing and Bicentennial Park, both which are near Stockton.

via Baldwin County Commissioner Frank Burt voices opposition to new park rental fees | AL.com.

Unique, beautiful, mysterious, bizarre all describe Fish River, Corn Branch fish | AL.com

July 11, 2015

In the public mind, Fish River is fairly shallow, flowing with milky green to tea-stained water, with banks lined in expensive houses sitting on stilts.

Those homes are set in well-manicured lawns only kept in place against the river’s ravages by concrete or wooden bulkheads.

via Unique, beautiful, mysterious, bizarre all describe Fish River, Corn Branch fish | AL.com.

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