Man puts unique twist on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Baldwin County scored 28 unanswered points in the second half and pulled away for a 44-9 win over Gulf Shores in the Class 6A, Region 1 opener for both teams.
A dispute over the state’s decision to close a popular – and profitable – zipline attraction at Gulf State Park has left state officials and the ride’s operator starkly at odds over the expectations laid out in a contract.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — It’s been a month since Fort Morgan volunteer firefighter John Bryan lost control of his motorcycle and was killed on Highway 181 near mile marker five. The grieving mother wants to know what lead up to the accident.
“We were two peas in the pod,” said Bryan’s mother Johnnie Bryan. “When you seen one, you seen the other.”
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) — No reason has been given as to why the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is not renewing their four-year contract with Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park.
In 2012 J.T. Lemons, a founding partner and the concessionaire of Gulf Adventure Center was granted a contract to build and operate Gulf Adventure Center, a 14-acre, seven-tower zip line course and outdoor adventure center within Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.
This is a walk Johnnie Bryan makes every Sunday, “It’s really hard. I break down when I come.”
Her destination, a memorial at the place where her son died. “I can’t get through my mind why he’s gone. I just can’t get over it.”
Are some redfish homebodies? And some so full of wanderlust they fin their way from Alabama to Louisiana and back again? Do some spend their entire lives in the salty Gulf, and some in the brackish swamps? Do some act like waterborne snowbirds, and travel back and forth with the seasons?
GULF SHORES – Both candidates in the race for Place 2 on the Gulf Shores City Council say they don’t believe the city’s spring break alcohol ban will be as adverse on the local economy as the Panama City ban.
Kevin Corcoran and Gary Sinak, hopefuls in the only contested municipal post on Pleasure Island, gave opening statements and answered questions from the audience on Tuesday night at the Gulf Shores Cultural Center.
GULF SHORES, AL – Alabama Director of State Parks Greg Lein says the state will not renew a contract for Hummingbird Zip Lines and Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park for another four years.Lein said plans are being studied for dismantling the towers at the widely popular attraction, which he said the owners must undertake per the contract.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - The high school football season kicks off in a just a couple days. For the Gulf Shores Dolphins, it will be the first season since losing their former quarterback, 19-year-old Nathaniel (Nate) Harris.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) — The mayor’s race in Fairhope is heating up. Incumbent Tim Kant is seeking his 5th term in office. He’s being challenged Karin Wilson, the owner of Page and Palette in downtown Fairhope.
FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WPMI) — The public is invited to attend a gathering Sunday, August 21 for fallen Fort Morgan Firefighter 2828 John Bryan. Bryan was killed in a motorcycle crash in July.
GULF SHORES, AL- While many students on the Gulf Coast are already back in school, classrooms remain quiet in Baldwin County.
Many students are spending the last few days of freedom at the beach or squeezing in extra hours at work.
GULF SHORES, ALA. (WPMI) — Big waves greeted beach goers from near and far at Gulf Shores beach.
“We’re just out enjoying this and all the waves and looking at them,” Alisa Mayo said.
GULF SHORES, AL – When and if a vote comes on a Special Tax District in the Gulf Shores High School feeder pattern, citizens who are residents of the district will contribute 22 percent of the total collection.“
For roughly every $1 homesteaded property owners put in, investment and second home and commercial property owners put in $4,” Kevin Corcoran of the Education Advisory Task Force said.
Some of those same citizens paying the proposed 3 mills on the homes they live in will also be some of those who own other properties making up 78 percent of collections on the proposed new levy.
The average cost to homeowners in Gulf Shores would be about $70 annually and in Orange Beach the extra millage would average about $104 per years.
With the forecast calling for periods of moderate to heavy rains through Friday, August 12, 2016, a flash flood watch is in effect for Mobile and Baldwin counties. Much of that rain could be along the coast and the city of Gulf Shores wants residents to be prepared.
More than 170 restaurants will offer lunch and dinner discounts to encourage customers to try new dishes during the fifth annual Alabama Restaurant Week from Aug. 12 to Aug. 21, state tourism officials announced.
The two-course lunch specials will range from $5 to $15, while three-course dinners will cost from $10 to $30, not including tax, tip and drink. Restaurants have the option of offering specials at both lunch and dinner or choosing to offer just lunch or just dinner specials.
A 56 year-old man died after his 1998 BMW crashed into a utility pole, according to Alabama State Troopers.
Troopers say Douglas Edward Haviland of Gulf Shores died at a local hospital.
They say the accident happened on Alabama 181 just north of Baldwin County 44, four miles east of Fairhope at 4:46 p.m. Friday.
There have been few darker moments on the Alabama Gulf Coast than when the Deepwater 2010 Horizon oil spill stained the brilliant white sand beaches and clouded the blue water.
Hurricane Frederic (1979) and Hurricane Ivan (2004) had taught coastal residents what it would take to rebuild from the most devastating storms. But they had never experienced an oil spill.
Even once the flow of oil spewing into the Gulf was halted and the visible effects were gone, another question lingered. How long would it take consumers to get that image out of their heads?
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The first two weeks in August are typically the peak of the summer season. Families come to our beaches looking for that last vacation hurrah before school starts.
One way to gauge the amount of people coming in is to look at the money parking pay stations at the public beach have generated already this year. So far this year people have already spent more than $300,000 to park their cars, which is right on track with last year’s numbers which included the summer season.
A 45-year-old is behind bars after authorities found twenty marijuana plants in his home in Gulf Shores.
Christoper Russo is in jail on a million-dollar bond on the charge of drug trafficking. Investigators found 20 pot plants inside his home on County Road 6 in Gulf Shores.
Hooking into a big one may keep die-hard anglers coming back, but fishing isn’t the only reason to take a walk on Gulf State Park Pier.
In the hustle and bustle of another election cycle, life is a beach for the mayors of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.
No one challenged Tony Kennon, “It’s a relief. Elections are just not fun. I’m very appreciative and humbled by it,” nor Robert Craft, “It could be nobody wants this job. It’s not a very high paying job. It’s part-time pay but full-time and there are a lot of expectations.”
A boat in fire had firefighters battling large flames in Gulf Shores.
This video was posted on the Gulf Shores Fire Rescue Facebook page Saturday night.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — If you’ve been to Gulf Shores lately you’ve more than likely paid to park at the public beach. The city is transforming how you pay to play, by installing 10 new solar-powered parking pay stations. This is the first time the machines have been powered by the sun.
Last year, the pay stations brought in $457,000 for the City of Gulf Shores. So far this year, the new solar-powered meters have raked in $300,000.
“Last year was a banner tourist season for us,” said Grant Brown with the City of Gulf Shores.
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.
Mayor Tony Kennon’s understanding of the memorandum was that it wasn’t fair to Orange Beach and he had several issues to address in it.
“Until those are clearly defined in an MOU, essentially written in blood, I have no intentions of moving forward on anything,” Kennon said. “I think we’re being taken advantage of.”
State Auditor Jim Zeigler has filed suit against Gov. Robert Bentley, saying Bentley is unlawfully spending BP grant money to build a conference center at Gulf State Park.
The lawsuit, filed in Montgomery Circuit Court, explains a law, which was signed by Bentley back in 2013, only allowed the money to be spent on the project until Dec. 31, 2015.
The Gulf Shores Track Club had five athletes qualify for six events in the USATF Junior Olympic National Championship in Sacramento, Ca. Congratulations to the qualifiers: Braxton Akins, 10U Shot Put; Olivia Akins 12U Discus; Hannah Coley 12U High Jump; Catie Sanders 10U High Jump; Morgan McCartney 12U 1500 Meters and 12U High Jump .
GULF SHORES, AL — City employees came together for a recent project for the police department and the results were quite stunning.
Using mostly in-house talent from fire and police personnel, the Gulf Shores Police Department has a new recruiting video for perspective officers.
Orange Beach was sharply divided two years ago by a referendum asking for a property tax increase to support an independent school system.
Two years before that, in 2012 , a City Council race got ugly over accusations of ”character assassination” involving fliers linking a council candidate to a DUI.
And in city elections in 2008 and 2004, big-money spending was the norm as candidates jockeyed for position.
Such controversies won’t erupt this summer as the Aug. 23 municipal election draws near. No challengers have come forward to run for Orange Beach’s council seats or the mayoral job.