People here on the Gulf Coast love to red snapper fish. And they think federal restrictions on red snapper fishing are an extremely important issue for our area. Those are the results of the latest News-5/Strategy Research Poll.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — Improving U.S. Cuban relations are already opening the doors to the sports world, especially baseball. It’s big sport in Cuba but not all kids on the island have the equipment to play. That’s why one local boat captain is making it his mission to get whatever baseball equipment he can to the youngsters.
DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — Health officials say May Day Park in Daphne is clear for swimming.
Local 15 News told you last week the Alabama Department of Public Health issued a swim advisory for the park.
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.
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.
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.
Many in our area are mourning the loss of a 21-year-old Navy seaman, who died Friday during a training exercise. James Derek Lovelace played baseball at Faulkner State in Bay Minette and was from Crestview.
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.
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UPDATE: Audrey Hurley was found around 7:15 Monday morning. She is said to be okay. Authorities are taking her to a hospital in Florida for an evaluation. We have a reporter on the scene and will have additional details as soon as we talk with authorities.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Three local middle school are asking for your help.
They’re on the final stretch of a Kickstarter campaign to help sea turtle conservation.
Gulf Shores Middle School challenged students to come up with an idea to make the community better.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
The message Baldwin County commissioners relayed to the governor’s office Friday was that a wall encroaching on county land was a “serious problem” that had to be dealt with by demolishing it.
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.
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.
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.”
Health officials claim the Gulf Coast region is in the high-risk zone for the spread of mosquito transmitted Zika. The virus has been linked to birth defects in babies. It has quickly spread in Central and South America.
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.
STOCKTON, AL- Sheriff’s investigators in Baldwin County had been looking for Devin Pinckard for more than a year.
Detectives wanted to question the long-haul trucker about a child pornography investigation, but Pinckard stayed on the road. Pinckard lived in his truck and rarely returned to Baldwin County.
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.
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.
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.”
He appeared in a Pensacola courtroom via video conference. He wore a green jumpsuit and was seated in a wheelchair.
“My understanding is there was some kind of disturbance in the jail in which he received some physical injuries,” says prosecutor John Molchan.
Locals on Fort Morgan peninsula have long sought independence. But it’s not going to happen anytime soon.
The Legislature, despite a push by hundreds of Fort Morgan families, won’t consider a bill this spring that would let them vote on whether to incorporate as a city.
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.