We’ve learned the identity of a 17 year-old Baldwin County High School student who State Troopers said struck and killed a pedestrian on County Road 64 Saturday night, September 12, 2015. She’s being charged as an adult automatically because prosecutors said she’s over 16 and is charged with a felony involving a death or serious injury.
The Baldwin County Commission passed a $152 million budget Tuesday, September 15 during its regular commission meeting.
Commissioner Chris Elliott says the budget is about 22 percent more than the previous year’s budget – with an emphasis on public safety and infrastructure. He says they were able to pass an increased budget because of unused funds from 2015 and federal grants.
Dressed in a red jail jumpsuit, 17-year-old Alicia Baker appears in a video monitor at a bond hearing for what prosecutors say is an adult crime.
“She is not charged with vehicular homicide,” says defense attorney Jason Darley, “not charged with a killing. She’s charged with leaving the scene of an accident.”
Airbus expanding its footprint in Mobile and the United States is about more than new jobs.
Governor Robert Bentley said, “It really helps Alabama expand our aeroplex industry. It’s part of our ‘Accelerate Alabama’ plan that we put in place. We’re very excited about this.”
When considering gas station food one does not exactly think of culinary creations that delight the senses. To the contrary. Once that extra long hot dog with yellow is selected from that greasy rolling thing, or you unwisely opt for that paper basket of nachos with “cheese” you will promptly return to grab a roll of extra strength heart burn aid.
If there’s one word to describe the economic impact of Airbus in Mobile, it would be “huge.” The announcement three years ago put Mobile on the international aerospace map.
The state of Alabama, and Mobile in particular were on display at the Farnborough International Air Show outside London in the days following the Airbus announcement.
Airbus USA is having an impact on more than just Mobile. Baldwin County is also seeing an economic upswing related to its grand opening. Lee Lawson is Director of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance. While it may not be easy to see on the surface, Lawson said it’s easy to see if you look in the right places.
“I think you can look at the building permits from a residential standpoint. You can look at retail sales tax generation. All those metrics are all up across the board,” Lawson said.
UPDATE: James Marshall Rigsby was recaptured just before 5 o’clock Monday afternoon.
The inmate count at the Loxley Work Release Center is down by two after Kunta Kinte Smith and James Marshall Rigsby walked away from their work release jobs.
Smith was last seen in Robertsdale, Rigsby in Bay Minette. Both jailed for non-violent offenses but that doesn’t matter to Pat Greer. “Yes, it does concern us because when we do work in our community we hire two of them.”
FOLEY, AL- While Airbus and Mobile enjoy a major milestone, Baldwin County hopes to do some celebrating of its own.
The final assembly plant in Mobile will need local supplier and manufacturers to build aircraft parts and components.
GULF SHORES, AL — Gulf Shores High School’s John G. Smith has been named a 2015 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist – a prestigious achievement for this high school senior, his family, the school and Baldwin County Public Schools.
LOXLEY, Alabama — While Alabama Department of Corrections officials continue to search for an inmate who escaped from a work release assignment in Bay Minette on Tuesday, a second inmate reportedly escaped from the Loxley Work Release Center on Friday.
One man is dead after what State Troopers believe is an early morning hit and run near Rigsby Road and County Road 64 in Baldwin County. Troopers describe the victim as a Hispanic man, someone who was likely working on a field nearby.
The historic flooding of April 2014 did more than just flood the streets around Baldwin County. It also knocked out power in many locations.
In Robertsdale, residents and businesses in the downtown area were out of luck for nearly 24 hours.
ELBERTA, AL- Elberta Police say Joseph Lee has been pretty busy.
Lee is accused of breaking into local businesses, houses and car and stealing just about anything he could get his hands on.
Police recovered electronics, guns, power tools, comic books, coins, and vintage baseball cards. The property is valued at more than four-thousand dollars.
Heroin is making a comeback in Baldwin County. “Heroin is spiking in Baldwin County.”
A recent traffic stop in Gulf Shores found not only the usual drugs but also heroin. These days, according to Sgt. Jason Woodruff, it’s not uncommon. “It was like a once a year kind of find and now it’s a couple of times a month, every other week type deal.”
FOLEY, ALA (WPMI) The Baldwin County Commission says will vote to replace the confederate flag on the county’s seal. They would like to replace it with the First Flag of the Confederacy, also known as the “Stars and Bars” flag. “The First Flag of the Confederacy is more accurate than the Battle Flag,” said County Commissioner, Tucker Dorsey. “Which historians don’t even believe flew over Baldwin County at any time.”
Melvin Dennis Hutcheson, convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the death of retired firefighter Michael Hoeft, is in jail for a probation violation according to jail records.
You’ve probably heard the motto: “heritage not hate.” A change to the Baldwin County seal will ensure the heritage represented is historically correct.
Right now, the confederate battle flag is represented on the Baldwin County seal, along with the French, Spanish, English, Alabama, and American flags. Those flags are all representative of past or present jurisdiction over the county.
Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped a work release job assignment in Bay Minette.
James Marshall Rigsby, 43, was last seen on September 8 at 1:00am before he disappeared. Last year, he was sentenced to 8-years and 2-months behind bars for first degree Receiving of Stolen Property.
Loxley, Ala. (WPMI) After announcing the Battle Flag would not be removed from the Baldwin County Seal, commissioners are considering changing its appearance.
In June, officials said the flag would not be removed, however, Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey said they’re considering replacing Battle Flag with the First National Confederate Flag.
Almost a year and a half after unprecedented rainfall flooded in south Baldwin County.
21 and a half million dollars in road work has begun to permanently repair around 130 roads and bridges washed away or damaged.
“We made temporary repairs earlier and then we had to come back and do hydraulic studies, environmental studies and do plans and specifications and bid out that project. A lot of that hitting the ground right now,” says county engineer Cal Markert.
Something for everyone at area beaches this Labor Day, from the peace and solitude of Fort Morgan to the rock ’em, sock ’em explosion of folks on the public beach in Gulf Shores. No matter where you stuck your toes in the sand area beaches have one thing in common. They can draw a crowd.
Out-of-state investors paid $600,000 for 15.6 acres on the Foley Beach Express near Baldwin County 12 in Foley, according to Realtors. The property has 800 front feet on the expressway. Brooks Delaney of Headwater Holdings Real Estate, represented the sellers and P.J. Howard of REMAX of Orange Beach worked for the buyers.
A trampoline company paid $1.6 million for the bank-owned former Gulf Coast Tennis Club on 3 acres at 18948 Oak Road off Baldwin County 6 in Gulf Shores, according to William Bone, president of The National Auction Group based in Gadsden. The property was offered for sale at auction in June, but did not sell at that time. The complex includes a 49,000-square-foot heated and cooled building with 45-foot high ceilings.
BAY MINETTE—The Tigers improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Class 6A Region 1 with a 31-14 win over visiting Gulf Shores at Lyle Underwood Stadium Friday.
This was the Tigers first home game of 2015 with their new south entrance into the stadium—a new fence with columns of bricks from the old Baldwin County High building and iron gate bearing the Tigers logo. With all the excitement around the new entrance, the Tigers wouldn’t disappoint the home crowd.
Box Turtle isn’t just a boat for Bert Chamberlain, of Minnesota; it’s an adventure, a conversation starter, an inspiration and a goal.
For the past 60 days, the small turquoise boat with a four horse power engine and a unique name, was Chamberlain’s home as he boated from Minnesota to Mobile Bay in the adventure of a lifetime.
Labor Day weekend brings thousands of people to the sands of Gulf Shores every year. Most are looking to enjoy the sun and surf before heading back to the grind of work.
“Just thankful for some time to just relax and hang out on the beach,” Melissa Hershbine said.
But fore Hershbine and her family, this isn’t just another vacation. Since he was three, their now 12-year-old son, Gavin has been fighting Nephrotic Syndrome, a rare kidney disorder.
Eddie Tyler is ready to “come home.”
He’s the man who will be the new leader of the Baldwin County Public School System.
With 40 years in education, Tyler worked in Baldwin County Public schools for some 25 years before becoming Superintendent at Eufaula City Schools.
Putting a gas station in the median of a busy expressway might not sound like the safest idea to Robin Lemonds.
“In the middle,” she says, “that’s crazy.”
But that’s what is happening on Foley Beach Expressway. “How are you going to get in and out of there,” Lemonds asks, “traffic is already terrible.”
The new superintendent of Baldwin County Public Schools, Eddie Tyler, could start his new position in the next few weeks, but a challenging road remains ahead.
Eddie Tyler, a Gulf Coast native, turned in his resignation letter with Eufaula City Schools this evening after four years of service.