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.
MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, AL (WKRG) — A bomb scare in the form of two antifreeze jugs found in Magnolia Springs was handled by the Mobile Bomb Squad on Monday.
It didn’t take long for the bomb squad to determine the antifreeze jugs were not bombs, News 5 is told.
via Bizarre Bomb Scare Handled Cautiously in Magnolia Springs.
John Bryan spent half his life helping others as a firefighter. “He came down here and the first thing he looked for was a fire department to join.”
via Ft. Morgan Firefighter Killed in Motorcycle Crash.
State troopers announced on July 18 they are looking for another vehicle involved in a crash that claimed the life of a Gulf Shores man on July 15.John William Bryan, 32, a Fort Morgan volunteer fireman, was killed about 10:20 p.m. when the motorcycle he was riding was involved in a crash with a 2000 to 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, color unknown, “with the very bottom of the right front bumper broken off.”
via Troopers looking for truck involved in traffic fatality of Gulf Shores man – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
A Fort Morgan firefighter has died following a motorcycle crash.
The Fort Morgan Fire and Rescue Department said on its Facebook page that Cadet Director John William Bryan was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident around 10:30 p.m. Friday night.
via Fort Morgan firefighter, cadet director killed in motorcycle accident | AL.com.
Alabama State Troopers say 32-year-old John William Bryan was killed when he was thrown from his motorcycle Friday night.
Investigators say Bryan was killed when he lost control of his 2015 Yamaha motorcycle.
The accident happened on Alabama 181, three miles east of Fairhope, around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
via Fort Morgan firefighter dies in motorcycle accident – FOX10 News | WALA.
The bigger the fish, the bigger the story, and at the 83rd annual Deep Sea Fishing rodeo, neither of those was in short supply.
via Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Reels in Business on Dauphin Island.
A Gulf Shores man was killed Friday night when he was thrown from the motorcycle he was operating, according to Alabama state troopers.
John William Bryan, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene.
via Gulf Shores man killed in motorcycle crash near Fairhope | AL.com.
A single-vehicle crash, Friday, July 15, claimed the life of a Gulf Shores man. John William Bryan, 32, was killed when he lost control and was thrown from the 2015 Yamaha motorcycle he was operating. Bryan was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred at 10:20 p.m. on Alabama 181 near the five mile marker, three miles east of Fairhope.
via Gulf Shores man killed in crash on Alabama 181 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Hope Elly likes her seafood, but claims in lawsuits filed against Half Shell Oyster House in Biloxi, Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s in Gulf Shores and two other Alabama restaurants that, as a handicapped individual, she is being denied the same access available to able-bodied patrons.
Elly asks federal judges in each case to order that the restaurants be renovated to Americans with Disabilities Act standards. She also wants legal fees and expenses awarded to her law firm, the ADA Group of Montgomery, Ala.
The ADA Group has filed at least 38 lawsuits over handicapped accessibility, all but two of them in Alabama, court records show. This is the firm’s first foray into Mississippi.
via Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit targets Gulf Coast restaurants including Biloxi, Mississippi’s Half Shell Oyster House | SunHerald.
Foley Police say a four-vehicle crash claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy Friday morning.
Police say the accident happened around 9 a.m., just north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and the Foley Beach Express.
via Boy, 11, dies in in four-vehicle crash on Foley Beach Express – FOX10 News | WALA.
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FOLEY, AL (WKRG) — A child was killed Friday morning in a terrible car accident involving four vehicles on the Foley Beach Express in Baldwin County.
An 11-year-old was died instantly and six more were sent to the hospital after the major collision just north of Highway 98 in Foley.
via 11-Year-Old Killed, Multiple Injuries in Massive Crash on Foley Beach Express.
The impact was violent. Four vehicles mangled in the crash.
An 11-year-old boy sitting in the rear seat on the drivers side of the white SUV with Louisiana tags was killed instantly. Loaded with beach gear, it was headed north when it happened with little or no warning.
via Boy, 11, Killed In Four Vehicle Crash in Foley.
An $83 bill at Publix in Daphne will produce a shopping cart full of baby formula, breakfast items and meat. But it also comes with an obligation to state and local government in the form of a $7.20 sales tax.
In Daphne, the combined sales tax rate is 9-1/2 percent on almost all purchases, including food items. Compared to other states, many of which forgo taxing food bought at grocery stores, it’s a comparatively high tax.
via Why one Alabama city is taking a renewed look at eliminating sales taxes on groceries | AL.com.
Alabama won’t be home to any temporary housing facilities for undocumented youths who enter the U.S. illegally for, at least, the remainder of 2016.
Three sites were under consideration as temporary housing facilities – two underutilized Naval Outlying air fields in Baldwin County and Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery.
The decision, which was made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, comes after a month of political wrangling in Baldwin County by county commissioners and federal lawmakers over the potential of utilizing the sites as temporary housing facilities.
via Alabama sites no longer under consideration this year as housing for undocumented immigrants | AL.com.