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Ken Stabler to be Honored at Halftime of Foley High School Game on Friday

August 19, 2016

Kenny Stabler

The hometown of former Alabama quarterback Ken Stabler will honor the quarterback’s recent hall of fame induction during a football game at his alma mater on Friday night.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company will pay tribute to the NFL legend at halftime of the Foley High School football game on Friday night. The ‘Hometown Hall of Famer’ program honors the hometown roots of the greatest heroes of the game with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.

via Ken Stabler to be Honored at Halftime of Foley High School Game on Friday.

NFL, Alabama football legend Ken Stabler to be honored – FOX10 News | WALA

August 19, 2016

OBA Editor Note: We’ve checked and confirmed with the Stabler Family that this is the official Kenny Stabler Facebook page.

The “Pro Football Hall of Fame” is paying tribute to NFL legend Kenny “The Snake” Stabler Friday at his alma mater, Foley High School.

It’s all part of the “Hometown Hall of Famer” program.

It’s a national program that honors the hometown roots of the greatest heroes of the game.

via NFL, Alabama football legend Ken Stabler to be honored – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Pioneering Ono

August 12, 2016

Ono Island

Ham Wilson hadn’t heard from his grandfather in days. Any other week and this wouldn’t have been unusual. When Pappy was at his house on Ono Island, using the telephone wasn’t very high on his list of priorities. If it wasn’t necessary, Pappy didn’t want it.

But Hurricane Frederic was the real deal. As soon as the storm dissipated across the Alabama skies, Ham loaded up his car with gas cans and set out from Birmingham to find Pappy, following behind people clearing the roads with chainsaws.

via Pioneering Ono.

Ken Stabler gets tearful induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame | AL.com

August 07, 2016

Quarterback Ken Stabler’s long wait to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame ended on Saturday night when the Snake was enshrined with seven other men in a ceremony in Canton, Ohio.

Stabler completed his 15-season NFL career in 1984 and had been a finalist for the Hall of Fame three times before earning election in February as a nominee of the Veterans Committee.

But the 32-year gap between his final game and entrance into the Hall of Fame was too long. While his epic performances in NFL games so famous they have names – the Holy Roller, Sea of Hands and Ghost to the Post, for instance – live on, Stabler succumbed to colon cancer on July 8, 2015.

via Ken Stabler gets tearful induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame | AL.com.

USS Indianapolis Survivor Compels Crowd at Battleship Park

July 31, 2016

One of the few remaining survivors of the USS Indianapolis spoke today at Battleship Park. You first heard from Edgar Harrell in a story we shared with you Friday on News 5.

Survivor is too small a word to describe Edgar Harrell. He stood in front of dozens of people today at Battleship Park going into excruciating detail about what it was like having to survive for several days in shark-infested waters.

via USS Indianapolis Survivor Compels Crowd at Battleship Park.

USS Indianapolis survivor shares his story – FOX10 News | WALA

July 30, 2016

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - It’s been 71 years since the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, but 91-year-old Edgar Harrell can still remember seeing the ship for the first time.

“Not hardly as big as the Alabama, some 70 feet shorter – but it as big and when I saw that. I thought my, my, my – what a big ship. We could win the war with that,” said Harrell.

via USS Indianapolis survivor shares his story – FOX10 News | WALA.

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USS Indianapolis survivor: ‘You’ve got to struggle to live’ | AL.com

July 30, 2016

In a weird way, World War II survivor Edgar Harrell’s visit to Mobile this weekend has allowed him to stand once again on the decks of the USS Indianapolis, the ship whose sinking in 1945 plunged him into one of the most horrible experiences in U.S. Navy history.Harrell, now 91, was one of 39 Marines aboard the Indianapolis in July 1945, when it cruised on a secret mission to deliver atomic bomb components to a Pacific island air base. A few days after making the delivery, in the early morning hours of July 30, it was ripped apart by Japanese torpedoes. The 880 or so men not killed in the sinking were thrown into a four-day ordeal of sharks, starvation and thirst; only 317 survived.

via USS Indianapolis survivor: ‘You’ve got to struggle to live’ | AL.com.

USS Indianapolis survivor to speak Saturday at Battleship Park | AL.com

July 29, 2016

A survivor of one of the most harrowing incidents in U.S. naval history, the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, will speak Saturday at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.

In July 1945, the USS Indianapolis carried out a top-secret mission to deliver atomic bomb components to the island of Tinian, prior to the air mission that would drop “Little Boy” on Hiroshima. Several days later, traveling without escort, she suffered devastating torpedo strikes from a Japanese submarine and sank within minutes. According to a historical website dedicated to the ship, about 900 of its crew of 1,196 made it into the water. Shark attacks began at sunrise and continued for nearly five days, until rescuers arrived. Only 317 survived.

via USS Indianapolis survivor to speak Saturday at Battleship Park | AL.com.

New Release Date for USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

May 29, 2016

News 5 has learned the producers of USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage are now targeting Veterans Day (November 11) for the film’s release.

Originally, the film’s producers were hoping to release it for the Memorial Day weekend but they are now looking for the November release date. The film stars Nicolas Cage and was shot in Mobile, Alabama.

via New Release Date for USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.

U.S. Army’s Woodwind Quintet to open Memorial Day festivities in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 24, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – The Memorial Holiday week will launch in grand musical style on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. with a concert by the U.S. Army’s “Pershing’s Own” Woodwind Quintet in the sanctuary at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway.

via U.S. Army’s Woodwind Quintet to open Memorial Day festivities in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

WATCH: Official Trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”

May 06, 2016

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.”

via WATCH: Official Trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”.

Residents given more time to save original Elsanor School building – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 26, 2016

ELSANOR, Alabama — Residents have been given more time to save the original Elsanor School building after school officials confirmed this past week that new classrooms slated for construction beginning this summer would be built at a different location on campus.

via Residents given more time to save original Elsanor School building – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

State offices closed today. Why? It’s Confederate Memorial Day | AL.com

April 25, 2016

If you were planning on doing any business with the state of Alabama today, you will need to reschedule.

Today is Confederate Memorial Day in Alabama, meaning state offices and courts are closed in honor of those who fought and died for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The day is marked by a handful of celebrations around Southern states but only Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi designate the last Monday in April as Confederate Memorial Day. Six other states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas – celebrate similar events at various times during the year.

via State offices closed today. Why? It’s Confederate Memorial Day | AL.com.

Hauntings of the Daphne Masonic Hall — The Serpents of Bienville

April 13, 2016

The woods around the Haunted Masonic Lodge in Daphne, Alabama are not haunted by the spirits called upon by the weirdly rumored rituals that go along with masonic conspiracy, but by a man and his brother involved in a devastating accident. A group of Union soldiers were transporting supplies when they were ambushed by a group of Confederates. The wounded were taken to a shelter, but one man that was shot in the head was unresponsive to those trying to help him.

via Hauntings of the Daphne Masonic Hall — The Serpents of Bienville.

Bidding farewell to a landmark in Elsanor – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

March 26, 2016

ELSANOR, Alabama — Crowded between portables down a dead-end road behind Elsanor School sits an almost forgotten building that has served Baldwin County school students for over a century. The building has aged during its long existence and must be either moved or torn down when the new classrooms at Elsanor Elementary are constructed in the near future.

via Bidding farewell to a landmark in Elsanor – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Bon Secour History – Shrimping

March 20, 2016

Commercial fishing in South Baldwin County is a multi-million dollar industry with market demands for shrimp, oysters, and fish exceeding the supply. It is an industry with eye appeal and atmosphere as one watches a shrimp trawler glide in waters of Bon Secour River or the Intercoastal Canal. Artists try to translate on canvas the peaceful fleet of shrimp boats docked, their nets drying in the sun. A photographer tries to capture on film the strength of a shrimp boat with rigs spread like majestic wings pulling the nets in waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

via Bon Secour History – Shrimping.

Unique Columbus ship replicas dock in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA

March 07, 2016

Columbus Ships in Gulf Shores

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) -

An important piece of American history has docked in Gulf Shores.

Replicas of the same ship Christopher Columbus sailed are in Gulf Shores until Wednesday, and you can climb aboard. Crews on the Pinta and Nina ships, the only replicas to tour the U.S, have let down their sails to give tours of the ship Christopher Columbus used to sail the ocean blue in 1492.

via Unique Columbus ship replicas dock in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.

Historic Point Clear School comes down – FOX10 News | WALA

March 04, 2016

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Demolition is underway on the old Point Clear School.  The school building burned in January of 2014 and has since become a hazard.  Zelda Calloway stopped by one last time on Thursday, March 03, 2016 to say goodbye to a big part of her history.  Calloway and her two brother went to school at the Point Clear School in the 1940s and she has many fond memories.

via Historic Point Clear School comes down – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Golf scramble to benefit Baldwin County Heritage Museum – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 11, 2016

ELBERTA, AL – The third Annual Golf Scramble to benefit the Baldwin County Heritage Museum (BCHM) will be Wednesday, Feb. 25, at GlenLakes Golf Club in Foley.

We are looking for sponsors ($100/hole), donations and four-person teams. The cost is $60 per golfer which includes a cart, 18 holes of golf, lunch and prizes, raffles and a fun day.

via Golf scramble to benefit Baldwin County Heritage Museum – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Will the Pro Football Hall of Fame finally open its doors to Ken Stabler on Saturday? | AL.com

February 06, 2016

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported quarterback Ken Stabler had chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he died. Colon cancer took Stabler’s life on July 8. He had his brain donated to Boston University for its research into CTE, a generative brain disease tied to repeated blows to the head.

On Saturday, Stabler will be in the news again, and the report could be happier – or another disappointment for the family and fans of the former Foley High School three-sport star and Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback.

via Will the Pro Football Hall of Fame finally open its doors to Ken Stabler on Saturday? | AL.com.

Hear what Ken Stabler’s daughters have to say about his Hall of Fame candidacy | AL.com

February 06, 2016

Quarterback Ken Stabler’s three daughters will be in San Francisco on Saturday, representing their father as the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee decides if the Snake should be enshrined with the Class of 2016.

Stabler’s daughters – Kendra, Marissa and Alexa – are there because their father can’t be. Colon cancer claimed Stabler’s life on July 8.

Stabler, a Foley native who starred at Alabama before spending 15 seasons in the NFL, is one of the 18 finalists to be considered by the Selection Committee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. He’s a finalist for the fourth time, but it’s his first try as a nominee of the Senior Committee, which examines overlooked stars whose careers ended more than 25 years ago.

via Hear what Ken Stabler’s daughters have to say about his Hall of Fame candidacy | AL.com.

New Lillian Restaurant Serving History Too

January 09, 2016

The dinner bell is finally ringing at Pondera Plantation in Lillian.

“One guy said, 18 years? and I said, well I got it finished though didn’t I?”

Using timbers he pulled from Perdido Bay and doing most of the work himself, it is packed with thousands of items owner Tim Lett has collected over the years. “There are 26 civil war newspapers in the whole building. A lot of history here.”

via New Lillian Restaurant Serving History Too.

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