Category Archives: Baldwin County

Collected for decades, Manci’s Antique Club memorabilia sold in a few hours at public auction | AL.com

April 15, 2015

It didn’t matter that the figurines were once caked in dust, shoved arbitrarily on some shelf. Or that the glass jugs, which appeared to be about as common as kudzu, weren’t in their best shape.

The auction for hundreds of items housed at Manci’s Antique Club, Daphne’s venerable local watering hole and restaurant, was no doubt fueled by the willingness of some to pay a little extra for a piece of nostalgia.

via Collected for decades, Manci’s Antique Club memorabilia sold in a few hours at public auction | AL.com.

Flooding in Baldwin County Possible – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 15, 2015

No major flooding has been reported in Baldwin so far, but officials aren’t ruling it out as a possibility.

The Emergency Management Agency team continues to keep a close eye on the weather this week.

“Our primary concern is the riverine area,” said Reggie Chitwood, who is facing his first big weather event as the agency’s director.

With no clear break in the forecast for the rest of the week, water will continue to rise and street flooding is possible.

Some Baldwin residents who live in flood prone areas are hoping this is not a repeat of last year.

via Flooding in Baldwin County Possible – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Tri-city jail is a possibility in south Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA

April 10, 2015

Considering the growth in the general Baldwin County population, it comes as no surprise that jail cells are filling up as well.

Last March, the southern municipalities: Foley, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, along with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, commissioned a roughly $39,000 study looking into the possibility of creating a joint city jail in that section of the county.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Tri-city jail is a possibility in south Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County Commission: Despite vote, taxpayers will pay the – FOX10 News | WALA

April 10, 2015

The Baldwin County Commission certified the results of last Tuesday’s tax referendum vote on today. With residents in Baldwin County voting against four mills in tax renewals, the county could fall well short of what it’s obligated to pay the state of Alabama.

Regardless of how the vote turned out, Baldwin County taxpayers still have to meet their financial obligations to the state. How that will happen is not clear. Baldwin County Commission Chairman, Skip Gruber said Thursday he’s already reached out to the Baldwin County Board of Education and is setting up the first of what’s sure to be several meetings.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin County Commission: Despite vote, taxpayers will pay the – FOX10 News | WALA.

Source: Dog the Bounty Hunter signs lease on bail bond business – FOX10 News | WALA

April 10, 2015

It looks like the hint Dog the Bounty Hunter dropped during a 2014 Studio10 satellite interview has come to fruition.

Real estate agent Ed Pepperman with Delta Realty in Bay Minette confirms to FOX10 News Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife Beth signed, on Wednesday, a year-long lease on a bail bond business. Dog said in the Studio10 interview he loved the Gulf Coast, and was even thinking about opening a business here in the future.

via Source: Dog the Bounty Hunter signs lease on bail bond business – FOX10 News | WALA.

Study Shows New Jail Needed In Baldwin County

April 10, 2015

A research and consulting group hired by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and the cities of Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach shows the county needs another jail.

The corrections center in Bay Minette isn’t overcrowded, but it’s currently near capacity. The research shows the county’s, rapidly growing population will need another facility to house inmates in the next five to ten years.

Sheriff Hoss Mack and the three cities in South Baldwin County are looking at building a minimum security facility near Foley possibly on th Foley Beach Express.

Building a new jail would cost between 30 and 50 million dollars.


via Study Shows New Jail Needed In Baldwin County.

Today is anniversary of the last major Civil War battle – watch it here | AL.com

April 10, 2015

One hundred and fifty years ago today, the Confederate Army sputtered its last gasp.

The Civil War had technically ended hours earlier when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of the Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House.

The surrender meant nothing to the Union and Confederate soldiers locked in a bitter struggle at Blakely.

“Of course, the news hadn’t reached here yet,” said Lonnie Burnett, a history professor at the University of Mobile.

via Today is anniversary of the last major Civil War battle – watch it here | AL.com.

Silverhill man, suffering from PTSD, arrested with multiple guns after shooting at home, BCSO says | AL.com

April 10, 2015

A man reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and armed with multiple firearms surrendered to negotiators with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night after firing several shots at a home in Silverhill, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.

Around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday officers with the Silverhill and Summerdale police departments responded to a report of an apparently intoxicated man firing weapons in and around a home on Camellia Road. Silverhill Police Chief Kim Wasden requested the help of the sheriff’s office to talk the man down.

via Silverhill man, suffering from PTSD, arrested with multiple guns after shooting at home, BCSO says | AL.com.

Baldwin County Commission, School Board to meet April 30 to discuss next steps following tax referendum defeat | AL.com

April 10, 2015

The next step forward for the Baldwin County Public School System is to have a joint public meeting April 30 with the four-member Baldwin County Commission in Robertsdale.

The tentative meeting is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. at the Central Annex Building, 22251 Palmer St. and it will be open to the public.

The aim for the meeting, according to commissioners on Thursday, is to begin moving forward from the March 31 referendum that could potentially leave the school system with a loss of revenues.

via Baldwin County Commission, School Board to meet April 30 to discuss next steps following tax referendum defeat | AL.com.

Vacationing along the Gulf of Mexico? Don’t let that Russian jet scare you: Thursday’s Wake Up Call | AL.com

April 09, 2015

Seeing a military airplane fly over when you’re sitting on the beaches of Gulf Shores isn’t that unusual. Seeing a Russian military plane above you? Now that’s something that could get your attention.

Military officials said they’re seeing an increased number of Russian long-range bombers near the U.S., something Admiral Bill Gortney said is akin to “sending a message” about Moscow’s military strength.

When asked about reports that Russia will soon start sending aircraft to patrol the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, Gortney would only say “it wouldn’t surprise me if they do that.”

via Vacationing along the Gulf of Mexico? Don’t let that Russian jet scare you: Thursday’s Wake Up Call | AL.com.

Tri-city jail is a possibility in south Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA

April 09, 2015

Considering the growth in the general Baldwin County population, it comes as no surprise that jail cells are filling up as well.

Last March, the southern municipalities: Foley, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, along with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, commissioned a roughly $39,000 study looking into the possibility of creating a joint city jail in that section of the county.

via Tri-city jail is a possibility in south Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.

What’s next for Baldwin County’s Bicentennial Park? – FOX10 News | WALA

April 09, 2015

Baldwin County officials said they’re facing a challenge finding money to pay for maintenance of a 300 acre park in the northern part of the county.

Park officials are looking at funding ideas for a facility that showcases the county’s rich history.

PRESERVING CULTURAL HERITAGE

Bicentennial Park is located on more than 360 acres off Highway 225, just north of I-65.

It’s dedicated to preserving the county’s cultural heritage.

via What’s next for Baldwin County’s Bicentennial Park? – FOX10 News | WALA.

Attorney: Grice Not in Right Mind

April 09, 2015

A woman accused of bringing a gun to an elementary school and firing at least one shot inside entered a not guilty plea in federal court Wednesday.

Authorities say Barbara Grice walked into Elberta Elementary School in February looking to kill her sister who worked at the school. Investigators say Grice fired a shot in the school and tried to run away before being arrested. No one was hurt in the incident.

via Attorney: Grice Not in Right Mind.

Baldwin County Annual Job Fair

April 09, 2015

DAPHNE, Ala. – The Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance and the county’s five Chambers of Commerce – the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce – will host the 2015 Baldwin County Job Fair, to be held Tuesday, April 14, at the Daphne Civic Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

via Baldwin County Annual Job Fair.

Provisional Ballots Counted, One Baldwin Tax Renewal Passes

April 09, 2015

While provisional ballots were being counted at election offices in Bay Minette, just a few blocks away at Bay Minette Elementary School principal Averette Hale was ushering workmen and the state fire marshal around campus. “Just to make sure the building is safe and all the things that can be fixed are being fixed.”

via Provisional Ballots Counted, One Baldwin Tax Renewal Passes.

Final vote count in: Renewal of tax worth about $10.5 million to Baldwin schools survives | AL.com

April 09, 2015

During the March 31 property tax referendum, voters came out against four of five taxes on the ballot, but one measure has survived and been approved based on a provisional ballot count in Baldwin County Probate Court on Tuesday.

Of the 455 provisional votes cast, 303 were verified and counted, according to Probate Court Judge Tim Russell. And those votes basically went along with the percentages from the general election, he said.

via Final vote count in: Renewal of tax worth about $10.5 million to Baldwin schools survives | AL.com.

Wreck on Baldwin Beach Express sends one to the hospital – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 09, 2015

SUMMERDALE, Ala. — A Wednesday morning crash at the intersection of County Road 32 and the Baldwin Beach Express late Wednesday morning has sent one person to a local hospital.

An officer at the scene said two cars collided at the intersection — where a traffic signal was recently installed because of a high rate of accidents — after one motorist traveling west on 32 struck a vehicle moving south on the Beach Express.

via Wreck on Baldwin Beach Express sends one to the hospital – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Weekend house parties land thee adults and numerous minors in ja – FOX10 News | WALA

April 07, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Baldwin County deputies arrested three adults and detained or arrested more than two dozen minors for possession of alcohol at house parties over Easter weekend. It happened at three different locations on West Beach Boulevard; two on Friday and one Saturday night.

Baldwin County Sheriff, Huey “Hoss” Mack said one stemmed from a complaint of loud music and at the other locations, deputies on routine patrol observed teens drinking outside.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Weekend house parties land thee adults and numerous minors in ja – FOX10 News | WALA.

GSPD using beefed up patrol to ensure safe, fun spring break – FOX10 News | WALA

April 07, 2015

With both Mobile and Baldwin Counties on spring break this week, hundreds will spend their downtime heading to the sands of Gulf Shores.

Last month, the city issued a warning to all coming down for spring break that drunk and disorderly conduct along with general disregard for the law would not be tolerated.

FOX10 News | WALA

via GSPD using beefed up patrol to ensure safe, fun spring break – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin Co. Tax Increase Provisional Votes to be Counted Tuesday – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 07, 2015

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala (WPMI) Tuesday marks one week since Baldwin County residents voted down a school tax increase and two tax renewals.

A three mill renewal remained too close to call last Tuesday, with a virtual 50/50 split, separated by only 195 votes.

The provisional ballots for that renewal will be counted Tuesday to officially decide which way the measure will go.

However, Probate Judge Tim Russell told Local 15 last week it is highly unlikely that there will be enough provisional ballots to change the outcome, and expects the renewal to pass.

via Baldwin Co. Tax Increase Provisional Votes to be Counted Tuesday – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Byrne continues hammering away at federal snapper quotas – Yellowhammer News

April 06, 2015

MOBILE, Ala. — Congressman Bradley Byrne warned his constituents on Alabama’s Gulf Coast Wednesday not to be mislead by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new, larger red snapper quota.

“While NOAA has proposed an increase in the Red Snapper quota,” Byrne said in a press release, “the truth is we are only getting more of the same. Don’t let this supposed increase fool you. In reality, NOAA will use a twenty percent buffer to account for alleged ‘overfishing,’ a method that results in almost no tangible increase.”

via Byrne continues hammering away at federal snapper quotas – Yellowhammer News.

Bay area spring breakers head to the beaches – FOX10 News | WALA

April 06, 2015

For many Bay area students, spring break kicked off this weekend and both Mobile and Baldwin County families enjoyed Easter day in the sun.

Davidson High school student, Jakaiya Pettway and her family kicked off spring break in Gulf Shores.“Today has been a good day except for this morning it was kind of cold. But so far this has been a very good start to my spring break,” Davidson said.Hannah Rearden of Fairhope is spending the week in Gulf Shores with her friends.“It feels really good.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Bay area spring breakers head to the beaches – FOX10 News | WALA.

Experts discuss potential long-term ‘negatives’ of defunding Baldwin County Public Schools following referendum loss | AL.com

April 05, 2015

Shrink Baldwin Now might’ve been a fake movement rooted in April Fool’s Day jest, but its comedic online pledge of reducing the population and fewer schools is a reality for some insiders fearful for the long-term health of Baldwin County.

The concerns among Realtors, economists and others come after voters overwhelmingly shot down four of five ballot questions asking to either renew or increase property taxes for the Baldwin County School System.

via Experts discuss potential long-term ‘negatives’ of defunding Baldwin County Public Schools following referendum loss | AL.com.

Minnesota man pleads guilty in 2009 securities fraud case involving Robertsdale company – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 05, 2015

A Minnesota man faces a 10-year prison sentence and fine after pleading guilty to securities fraud Friday in a 2009 case involving a Robertsdale company, announced Hallie Dixon, district attorney for the 28th Judicial Circuit, Baldwin County; and Joseph Borg, director of the Alabama Securities Commission.

via Minnesota man pleads guilty in 2009 securities fraud case involving Robertsdale company – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Bond set for Daphne manslaughter suspect – FOX10 News | WALA

April 04, 2015

Bond conditions have been set for a Daphne woman charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence. Investigators say 30-year-old Vanessa Stuart of Daphne had been drinking when she struck another car from behind Wednesday night, April 1, 2015. It happened on I-10 eastbound.

Police said the victim, 45-year-old Tiffany Howell of Orange Beach, died at the scene.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Bond set for Daphne manslaughter suspect – FOX10 News | WALA.

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach say alcohol policy promotes family-fri – FOX10 News | WALA

April 04, 2015

Compared to the last several weeks, this week in Gulf Shores has been relatively calm. Most of the people making their way to the beaches this week are families.

The family-friendly atmosphere is something city leaders have poured years into promoting. Part of that comes from their beach alcohol policy: it’s not allowed.

“We really don’t have many problems with it and they do enforce it. It’s just kind of an educational situation most of the time with people,” Sgt. Jason Woodruff said.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Gulf Shores, Orange Beach say alcohol policy promotes family-fri – FOX10 News | WALA.

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