Category Archives: Baldwin County

Orange Beach Elementary receives “Award of Excellence” | WPMI

May 11, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — Orange Beach Elementary School was recognized by Attorney General Luther Strange Tuesday as a safe school.

The school received the “Award of Excellence” for being one of seven public schools in the state that works to provide a safe environment for students.

via Orange Beach Elementary receives “Award of Excellence” | WPMI.

Orange Beach wins safe schools award for third straight year – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 11, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL —Attorney General Strange on May 10 presented Orange Beach Elementary School with the 2015 Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for Alabama State Board of Education District 1.

Schools were selected as winners from seven Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as three private schools for each region of the state. There were no nominees from District 4.

via Orange Beach wins safe schools award for third straight year – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Gulf State Park Lodge under construction despite legal hurdles – FOX10 News | WALA

May 11, 2016

Construction is underway at the Gulf State Park Lodge and Conference Center.  This comes after a lawsuit temporarily halted the project and officials say there may still be some hurdles to overcome.

Heavy equipment and cranes are on site just east of the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores.  Work is underway laying the foundation for the 300 + room Gulf State Park Lodge and Conference Center.  The plans were put on hold by a lawsuit.  In February, a federal court ruled that Alabama could not use $58 million dollars in early BP restoration funds to build the hotel.

via Gulf State Park Lodge under construction despite legal hurdles – FOX10 News | WALA.

Missing Woman FOUND In Baldwin County

May 11, 2016

It was a search that lasted all night and into Tuesday morning–while they can’t all end with someone being found safe, rescuers are glad this one did.

“This happens to be a good day,” said Ray Mooney with Klass Kids.  After a full night of searching, this wrapped up pretty quickly Tuesday morning.  One of the first search teams of the morning found her not far from the parking lot.

via Missing Woman FOUND In Baldwin County.

Get PAID BIG for reeling in red snapper this season – FOX10 News | WALA

May 09, 2016

Red snapper season is right around the corner and this year you can get paid to reel them in.

It’s another short season for recreational anglers. Just like last year, the recreational season is only nine days starting on June 1. This is making some anglers and even Congressman Bradley Byrne upset.

“They may feel kind of disconnected from the management process and don’t like the nine day fishing season,” said Matt Catalano, assistant professor for the School of Fisheries at Auburn.

via Get PAID BIG for reeling in red snapper this season – FOX10 News | WALA.

Big bucks being invested at the Gulf and Mobile | AL.com

May 09, 2016

A developer paid $1.15 million for more than 1 acre with 300 front feet on Ala. 59 in Gulf Shores, south of Waterville USA, and plans to build Bayou Sunrise, a 22-unit condominium project, according to Ken Crabtree of Re/Max Paradise, who handled the transaction.The two-bedroom, two-bath units will average 1,100 to 1,200 square feet and be priced at $239,000. All the units will face the state park and bayou.

via Big bucks being invested at the Gulf and Mobile | AL.com.

In halls of power, Alabama coast showing moxie, muscle | AL.com

May 08, 2016

The 1980s Twisted Sister song “We’re Not Gonna Take it” was reintroduced last year to a new generation as the theme song for Donald Trump’s insurgent presidential campaign.

But it can also apply to Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where Mobile and Baldwin state lawmakers, in a bipartisan show of support, consistently hammered home a point in Montgomery that the state’s BP oil spill settlement needs to return to the area most affected by the 2010 disaster.

via In halls of power, Alabama coast showing moxie, muscle | AL.com.

Photographer captures hidden gems in “Forgotten Alabama” – FOX10 News | WALA

May 07, 2016

An Alabama man has spent the past eight years traveling the state to capture what he calls “Alabama’s forgotten and abandoned treasures.” Glenn Wills has driven to all 67 counties and taken about 10,000 pictures. Lots of those pictures are included in a picture book titled: “Forgotten Alabama”.

via Photographer captures hidden gems in “Forgotten Alabama” – FOX10 News | WALA.

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State will tear down governor’s mansion wall after pressure from – FOX10 News | WALA

May 07, 2016

A controversial wall at the governor’s mansion in Fort Morgan will be torn down after pressure from Baldwin County leaders. Commissioners say it intrudes on county property, and blocks beach access. They met with representatives from the governor’s office Friday morning to talk about what to do.

The 40-foot extension of the wall has only been up for about three weeks, but immediately had the attention of residents and county leaders. Friday, Baldwin County commissioners explained to representatives from the governor’s office why it needs to come down, and it worked.

via State will tear down governor’s mansion wall after pressure from – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Bentley’s Controversial Security Wall at Baldwin Beach House is Coming Down

May 07, 2016

The controversial security wall outside the state’s beach house in Baldwin County is coming down, sources tell News 5’s Debbie Williams.

News 5 has learned the governor’s office has called local commissioners to inform the wall is coming down and talks with contractors will soon take place.

After weeks of bickering over the security wall, built on county property and blocking access to the beach, a 60-foot section of a wall around the state’s beach house in Fort Morgan will be removed.

via Bentley’s Controversial Security Wall at Baldwin Beach House is Coming Down.

Baldwin official: Wall around governor’s beach house to be removed | AL.com

May 07, 2016

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s office will remove the wall that was built on county property outside the governor’s beach house, Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott confirmed Friday.

Elliott said he received a call from the governor’s office confirming the wall’s removal. He and Commissioner Tucker Dorsey met with state officials earlier in the day to discuss their concerns about the wall’s encroachment onto county right-of-way.

Elliott described the meeting as “productive” and initially said that a resolution would be reached by Monday.

via Baldwin official: Wall around governor’s beach house to be removed | AL.com.

Special tax districts considered for schools – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 06, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – With state and county budgets in crisis and voters sour on new Baldwin County taxes to raise money for school construction, the idea of special tax districts is a hot topic among local leaders.

One area needing new schools the most might also be the most affluent, the county’s southern district stretching from Ono Island to Fort Morgan along the Gulf Coast. Taxes raised in the special districts, if approved by voters, would be spent entirely in that district for school construction.

via Special tax districts considered for schools – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Daphne residents weary of changes in political sign ordinance – FOX10 News | WALA

May 06, 2016

Between now and November, there’s going to be a lot of talk about the presidential election. But on the Eastern Shore, one political conversation has more to do with “signs” than the upcoming vote.

Some residents in Daphne are worried a proposal to change the sign ordinance could be a major distraction.

via Daphne residents weary of changes in political sign ordinance – FOX10 News | WALA.

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WATCH: Official Trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”

May 06, 2016

News 5 has received a special copy of the full-length trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” the World War II epic filmed in Mobile and Baldwin counties last year.

The film, starring Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore and Thomas Jane, is considered the biggest to ever be shot in Mobile.

The trailer is lengthy at three and a half minutes, telling the story of “the worst naval disaster in American history.”

via WATCH: Official Trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”.

No compromise on BP settlement Bill puts major Baldwin County ro – FOX10 News | WALA

May 05, 2016

A Bill that passed the Alabama House last week would have sent $191 million dollars to south Alabama for road improvements.  In a Senate committee, a compromise could not be reached and no vote was taken Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  Representatives from other parts of the state wanted more of the money to go to other regions.  That means Mobile and Baldwin counties won’t soon be seeing road improvements that local legislators say they’re due.

via No compromise on BP settlement Bill puts major Baldwin County ro – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Alabama man charged for child porn after applying for pistol permit | AL.com

May 05, 2016

Baldwin County Sheriff’s arrested Devin Kent Pinckard, 49, for charges related to child pornography. Deputies located Pinckard after he applied for a gun permit at the Sheriff’s Office.

Pinckard was a suspect in a 2015 child pornography investigation, but investigators had a hard time tracking him down, as he works as a commercial trucker.

via Alabama man charged for child porn after applying for pistol permit | AL.com.

BP oil spill settlement bill dead in Senate committee – FOX10 News | WALA

May 04, 2016

A bill that would have sent part of the oil spill settlement money to the coast and would have provided money for Medicaid appears to be dead in a Senate committee.

During the Senate committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Arthur Orr (R – Senate District 3) introduced legislation that would have drastically lowered the amount of money going to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

via BP oil spill settlement bill dead in Senate committee – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Jobs, Expansion at UTC Aerospace in Foley

May 04, 2016

260 new high paying jobs as UTC Aerospace breaks ground on a new plant.

“It’ll add about 80 thousand square feet of factory space,”according to director of operations Duffy Randolph. “The total plant capacity over half a million square feet.”

It is the culmination of three years of work that began at the Paris Airshow. “We started dealing with the various agencies a couple of years ago evaluating options.”

via Jobs, Expansion at UTC Aerospace in Foley.

Baldwin official: Removal of wall around governor’s house ‘not about politics’ | AL.com

May 04, 2016

The Baldwin County Commission isn’t looking for a political opportunity “pile on” to Gov. Robert Bentley by insisting that the state remove a wall at the gubernatorial beach house, one of its members said Tuesday. Bentley, said Chris Elliott, “has a myriad of other problems he has to deal with.”

“This is about treating the governor of the state of Alabama just like we treat every other citizen,” said Elliott, who vocally opposes the wall that encroaches onto county right-of-way at the Fort Morgan peninsula, west of Gulf Shores.

via Baldwin official: Removal of wall around governor’s house ‘not about politics’ | AL.com.

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