Category Archives: Baldwin County

LENI’S LAW: Fight for medical marijuana use continues in Alabama | WPMI

April 19, 2016

DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) On a good day, Avery Akins is smiling, laughing, and playing with her mother and brother. On a bad day, the nine-year-old with Rett Syndrome suffers from multiple seizures.

“She, at her worst, has suffered 25 to 30 big seizures a day, hundreds of small ones,” said her mother Carrie Akins.

Recently, Carrie has been driving from Daphne to Montgomery pushing to get legislators to pass Leni’s Law in an effort to help her daughter. The bill is named after four-year-old Leni Young. Her family moved from Alabama to Oregon in order to access medical marijuana CBD oil in hopes to reduce her seizures. They are now pushing to change the law in Alabama and decriminalize the non-high inducing medication. It’s a treatment Akins says is her last resort.

via LENI’S LAW: Fight for medical marijuana use continues in Alabama | WPMI.

Baldwin County virtual school program growing in popularity – FOX10 News | WALA

April 19, 2016

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Leaders with the Baldwin County Board of Education toured the system’s “virtual school” facility Monday, April 18, 2016.  It was the first of its kind in the state and now in its third year, enrollment continues to grow.

Headquartered in a rent-free facility on Faulkner State’s Fairhope campus, Baldwin County’s virtual school program continues to grow as more families look for alternative means of education.  Baldwin County School Board president, Shannon Cauley and superintendent, Eddie Tyler stopped in to visit with some students to find out what attracted them to the program.

via Baldwin County virtual school program growing in popularity – FOX10 News | WALA.

Why toll roads and bridges are making a coastal Alabama comeback | AL.com

April 17, 2016

Alabama once sold roosters to finance a bridge, so it might not seem so out of the ordinary for transportation officials to turn to tolls for big-ticket projects.

In the next few years, tolls may play a crucial role funding major roadwork in Mobile and Baldwin counties, where rapid coastal growth is fueling congestion.

via Why toll roads and bridges are making a coastal Alabama comeback | AL.com.

Man commits suicide during standoff in Silverhill | AL.com

April 16, 2016

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Mack reports that a Silverhill man committed suicide during a standoff with deputies.

Mack says the standoff began around 10:20 a.m. when a sheriff’s deputy was called to the come on a welfare concern.

According to Mack the man, who was inside his trailer on the 1300 block of Woodpecker Road, had been involved in a recent ongoing dispute with family members.

via Man commits suicide during standoff in Silverhill | AL.com.

“USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” is Finished, But Release Pushed Back

April 15, 2016

News 5 has learned the Mobile-shot film “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” starring Nicolas Cage is finished, but the planned May 27 release is being pushed back in the hope of something bigger for the movie.

Studio representatives with Hannibal Classics tell News 5 the first viewing of the World War II epic will be at the 2016 Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival in France next month.

USS Indianapolis - Men of Courage

via “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” is Finished, But Release Pushed Back.

Baldwin County remembers victims of crime – FOX10 News | WALA

April 15, 2016

It’s National Crime Victims’ week. To mark the occasion candlelight vigils are being held across the country, including in Baldwin County.

In attendance at the 5th annual “Candlelight on the Delta” were family members whosee loved ones were murdered.

“We called him Bomma… Willie Young Jr. The 3rd day of August 2011 he left us… For a stabbing 23 times,” said Willie Young, Sr.

via Baldwin County remembers victims of crime – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Treasurer Opposes Push to Keep Most BP Money on Coast

April 15, 2016

A vote in the Alabama House could come as early as next week on how to use the state’s remaining BP Oil Spill settlement funds.

BP is set to pay the state about $53 million a year for the next 18 years.

Lawmakers propose borrowing against those payments to create about 650 million-dollars for immediate spending. Those from coastal Alabama propose a significant portion go to Baldwin and Mobile Counties where the entirety of the environmental damages, and the majority of economic damages from the oil spill took place.

via Treasurer Opposes Push to Keep Most BP Money on Coast.

Transportation series: What’s wrong on Pleasure Island? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 14, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – When it comes to what’s wrong with transportation on Pleasure Island and the resort towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, it’s pretty simple.

There are only two north-south roads and only two east-west roads. And when you cram 100,000 people or more all trying to move about between the two cities chaos can erupt.

The problems are exacerbated on check out days or Saturday and Sunday mornings in the busy season.

via Transportation series: What’s wrong on Pleasure Island? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Spring Break Washout on Baldwin Beaches

April 14, 2016

A soggy spring break to say the least. Even the seagulls agree. Parking lots are empty, the boardwalk and benches usually cluttered with people and beach gear are dripping in rain. Any attempt at a beach activity, like a picnic, quickly cut short or cancelled altogether.

A search of the beaches from Gulf Shores to Orange Beach turned up two brothers determined not to let the weather stop them.

via Spring Break Washout on Baldwin Beaches.

Apartment vote in Fairhope being considered as betrayal | WPMI

April 13, 2016

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) A new apartment complex is approved even after residents of Fairhope protested the addition.

Local 15′s Bryan Carnaggio explains why residents are not happy.

Residents have no problem with people coming to Fairhope.

In fact they want them to stay and help them build a community, but with this new apartment complex people are afraid the part-timers not evening knowing it will leave behind a big mess.

“It was a betrayal of trust on the city councils part. They did not look at a majority of people, over 95 percent of the people were totally opposed to this,” Paul Ripp a resident said.

via Apartment vote in Fairhope being considered as betrayal | WPMI.

Area business to sell goods to Cuba | WEAR

April 13, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WEAR) — An area business is breaking barriers.

Despite a continuing trade embargo with Cuba, Gulfwise Commerce has become an exception. Earlier this month, federal officials gave them a license to sell some goods to the island nation.

Christina McInnis is with the Gulfwise Commerce, which is also an offshoot of Woerner Companies in Foley. They are working on agriculture equipment that will be sold and shipped to Havana.

via Area business to sell goods to Cuba | WEAR.

Door-to-door salesman gives his side of the story after scare in – FOX10 News | WALA

April 13, 2016

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - A knock at the garage door caused the dogs to bark last Wednesday at a home in Fairhope. As the young girl, home alone, went to answer the door — she says she heard a man’s voice say “I’ll kill him” and then saw the door knob jiggle.

“Since then, she’s had a really hard time sleeping and it breaks my heart to feel like she’s living in fear,” said the girl’s mother, who does not want to be identified.

via Door-to-door salesman gives his side of the story after scare in – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Suspicious door-to-door salesmen spook Fairhope family – FOX10 News | WALA

April 13, 2016

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - An incident that involved a door-to-door sales crew in Fairhope Wednesday, April 6, 2016 has the Facebook community abuzz.  A concerned mother said somebody attempted to come in the garage door of her house when her daughter was home alone.

The mother that doesn’t want to be identified said her daughter was home alone when the family dogs began barking at the laundry room door. When her daughter went to the laundry room she heard a man’s voice say, “I’ll kill him.” The daughter saw the door knob leading to the garage jiggle at which point she quickly locked it.  The quick-thinking girl was able to take a picture of a suspicious white van pulling out of the driveway and Fairhope Police were notified.

via Suspicious door-to-door salesmen spook Fairhope family – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Friends of missing boater call disappearance a mystery, arrest m – FOX10 News | WALA

April 13, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Many in the Gulf Shores area are calling a missing boater’s disappearance a mystery. FOX10 News talked to neighbors and friends who know Brad Gunther, who they say he is an avid, experienced boater. A sex offender from Milton has also been arrested in Louisiana for using Gunther’s credit card and passport.

For a bay side community full of boaters, James Bradley Gunther’s, who they call Brad, disappearance is hitting hard.

“It’s very strange what has happened.”

via Friends of missing boater call disappearance a mystery, arrest m – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Baldwin County BOE expanding six schools, costing $15.5 million – FOX10 News | WALA

April 12, 2016

At a special meeting Monday night, the Baldwin County school board approved plans to expand six schools, something many parents have been hoping for across the county.

Six Baldwin County schools will be getting bigger after the board gave the go ahead to a $15.5 million project proposed in November. Board members say building additions is how they’re dealing with a rapidly growing school system. The board says facilities have always been a big concern, and now six schools are getting much needed classrooms to replace the portables there now.

via Baldwin County BOE expanding six schools, costing $15.5 million – FOX10 News | WALA.

Runoff for State School Board on Tuesday

April 12, 2016

On Tuesday, voters in Mobile, Baldwin and five other Alabama counties will head to the polls for a runoff.

Incumbent Matthew Brown faces Jackie Ziegler, the wife of state Auditor Jim Ziegler, in a runoff to represent south Alabama’s District 1 on the Alabama state school board. Brown was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to fill a vacant post in July. Ziegler is a former school principal. The winner faces Democrat Ron Davis in November.

via Runoff for State School Board on Tuesday.

Alabama’s Beach House Repairs Almost Finished

April 12, 2016

A new wall hides the work that is continuing to bring the state-owned beach house into the 21st century.

Uninhabitable since 1997 after Hurricane Danny, an aerial view in 2008 shows the condition of the property. Then in December, unused grant money from the BP oil spill funded the almost two million dollar face-lift of the 75 hundred square foot, cinder-block, all but abandoned beach house.

via Alabama’s Beach House Repairs Almost Finished.

Runoff for State School Board on Tuesday

April 11, 2016

On Tuesday, voters in Mobile, Baldwin and five other Alabama counties will head to the polls for a runoff.

Incumbent Matthew Brown faces Jackie Ziegler, the wife of state Auditor Jim Ziegler, in a runoff to represent south Alabama’s District 1 on the Alabama state school board. Brown was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to fill a vacant post in July. Ziegler is a former school principal. The winner faces Democrat Ron Davis in November.

The run-off will cost close the $130,000 and few voters are expected to show up to polls.

Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell said he hopes 20-percent of registered voters will cast a ballot, but he expects even fewer.

via Runoff for State School Board on Tuesday.

Alabama rebuilding famed Gulf State Park lodge

April 10, 2016

Not long after midnight on Sept. 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan made landfall on the U.S. mainland in Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a category 3 hurricane with 120-mph winds. The massive storm killed 25 people in the U.S. and caused $13 billion in damages.

One of Gulf Shores’ most iconic structures — the Gulf State Park Lodge — was among the hundreds of buildings and homes destroyed. The landscape, including miles of the beach’s famed white sandy dunes, was rearranged, with sand blown miles inland.

A popular Mid-South recreational destination was rocked with devastation.

Now, thanks to the Gulf State Park Enhancement Project, not only is the lodge being rebuilt, but the dunes will be restored, along with three other project components — an environmental information center, learning campus and enhancement of the 6,150-acre park’s visitor experience.

via Alabama rebuilding famed Gulf State Park lodge.

Why Baldwin County is Alabama’s undisputed king of growth | AL.com

April 10, 2016

Baldwin County, the state’s undisputed king of growth, added another 3,000 residents last year.

No other county in Alabama is rising faster. For mayors, schools, planners and families trying to put down roots, it’s astonishing, nerve-wracking and challenging, all at the same time.

Baldwin’s population has climbed by 21,444 since 2010, pushing it past 200,000, according to the latest Census data.

via Why Baldwin County is Alabama’s undisputed king of growth | AL.com.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley tosses support behind BP settlement for roads | AL.com

April 09, 2016

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that he will support legislation that funnels millions of dollars of BP oil spill settlement money for road projects.

Bentley, in Mobile to sign legislation for industrial tax credits, praised efforts that would divert a substantial chunk of the $1 billion settlement for the expensive U.S. 98 and Baldwin Beach Express extensions in South Alabama.

via Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley tosses support behind BP settlement for roads | AL.com.

Baldwin County looking for state help enforcing junk ordinance – FOX10 News | WALA

April 07, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - A property near Silverhill, AL that is licensed by the state as a junk dealer has some neighbors upset.  They said the stacked up junk is a health hazard and drives property values down.  The owner claims he’s within his rights to operate the business.

The property on County Road 55 south of Silverhill is state licensed as a junkyard.  That’s not much comfort to nearby residents who think it’s an eyesore, presents health hazards and brings down property values.

via Baldwin County looking for state help enforcing junk ordinance – FOX10 News | WALA.

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