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Baldwin County Crash Victim Dies

March 05, 2016

Two weeks after a fiery crash on U.S. Highway 98, where complete strangers stopped to pull a mother and her infant son from a mangled and burning truck, “The fire was spreading so fast I didn’t even think about it, just trying to get everybody out of that car.”

Amber Cooper, the young mother of three who turned 26 last week, died from her injuries.

via Baldwin County Crash Victim Dies.

Ida Callaway turns 105 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Gallery

March 01, 2016

The community gathered at Wolf Bay Lodge on Saturday, Feb. 27, to celebrate Ida Callaway’s 105th birthday.

As an educator in Baldwin County for 75 years, the room was filled with previous students and their children that had Callaway as a substitute teacher. Born in Bay Minette, Callaway attended Bay Minette Elementary School, graduated from Baldwin County High School in 1929, attended State Normal School in Daphne and received her degree from Livingston State Teachers College. Callaway taught at several schools in Baldwin County before retiring in 1981, then substituted on a regular basis for another 25 years.

via Ida Callaway turns 105 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Gallery.

105-year-old says staying busy is key to living long life – FOX10 News | WALA

February 28, 2016

FOLEY, AL (WALA) - One Gulf Shores woman is celebrating her 105th birthday with friends and family. She’s lived in Baldwin County her entire life and was a teacher in Bon Secour for 75 years. She’s now one of Baldwin County’s oldest residents.

Saturday, friends and family celebrated Ida Callaway’s long life with a birthday party in Foley, remembering how her dedication to teaching touched many lives,

via 105-year-old says staying busy is key to living long life – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Update: 9-Month-Old Tenley Norman Making Strides In Her Fight With Cancer

February 22, 2016

At 9-months-old Tenley Ryan Norman is fighting a rare and aggressive form of cancer known as malignant extrarenal rhabdoid tumor. This particular pediatric cancer is so rare there are only 100 cases of it each year. She was diagnosed in January and since then she’s been putting up a fight.

The Normans are now in Houston while Tenley receives treatment at MD Anderson.

via Update: 9-Month-Old Tenley Norman Making Strides In Her Fight With Cancer.

Good Samaritans save mom & baby from burning car | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI

February 20, 2016

A woman is a coma but is alive thanks to several good Samaritans. Fairhope Police said several men and women saved Amber Cooper and her baby from a burning car. It all happened after a car crash near Highway 98 and 181 in Fairhope.

One man was thrown from the truck onto the side of the road.

His fiancé, Amber Cooper, and the baby were trapped inside the overturned truck.

via Good Samaritans save mom & baby from burning car | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI.

Gulf Shores 10-year-old a semifinalist in Google doodle contest | AL.com

February 19, 2016

A Gulf Shores 10-year-old is one of just 53 elementary school-age children selected in a Google art competition with a top prize valued at more than $80,000, and public voting will help determine whether he wins it.

Google describes its “Doodle 4 Google” contest as offering “students K-12 an opportunity to display their own artwork on the Google homepage;” it has been conducted annually since 2008 in the U.S. and versions are conducted in many other countries as well. Google’s logo, as featured on its www.google.com homepage, is frequently presented in artistic variations known as “doodles.” These are inspired by a wide variety of impulses: Many, for example, commemorate historical events or honor specific people.

via Gulf Shores 10-year-old a semifinalist in Google doodle contest | AL.com.

Mother Involved In Baldwin County Crash Still In A Coma

February 19, 2016

BARNWELL, AL- Watching a loved one fight for their life is extremely difficult.

Rhonda Cooper knows how difficult it is. For the past two days, Rhonda has been by her daughter’s bedside praying for a miracle.

25-year old Amber Cooper and her six month old son, Blaze, were trapped inside a burning truck after they hit another vehicle on Highway 98 in the Barnwell community.

via Mother Involved In Baldwin County Crash Still In A Coma.

‘Please come home’: Family pleads for return of missing Brewton teen | AL.com

February 16, 2016

The investigation into the whereabouts of 16-year-old Brooke Lee Bridges continues, but police say they’re no closer to finding out what happened.

Monday marks one week since Bridges’ overnight disappearance from her Brewton home. Her father and police say the front door was open and she was gone when he got up for work at 4 a.m. on Feb. 8. The FBI and state officials have since joined the search but have turned up no leads so far and cannot even confirm whether or not she is a runaway.

via ‘Please come home’: Family pleads for return of missing Brewton teen | AL.com.

Where is Brooke Bridges?

February 12, 2016

Lisa Bridges describes her daughter as a care-free, fun-loving teenager. The blue hair is her daughters way of supporting an anti-bullying campaign and while authorities don’t know if they have a criminal case or a runaway, her mother believes her daughter was taken.

via Where is Brooke Bridges?.

Ida Callaway is turning 105 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 09, 2016

FOLEY — Ms. Ida Callaway will celebrate her 105th birthday on Feb. 27 at Wolf Bay Lodge in Foley. The celebration is open to the community from 2 to 4 p.m. Wolf Bay is providing cake, light refreshments and an opportunity for the public to give their well wishes to Callaway. A proclamation will be presented to Callaway on behalf of Mayor John Koniar and the City of Foley Council, as well as an accommodation from the State of Alabama Department of Education. Tim Russell, Probate Judge of Baldwin County will also be in attendance.

via Ida Callaway is turning 105 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Memorial Held for Plane Crash Victim – WPMI – LOCAL 15

February 07, 2016

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) Family and friends gathered Saturday to remember one of the pilots killed earlier this week in a plane crash.

A memorial service was held at Fairhope Christian Church for Maj. David Mauritson after he and his passenger, Phil Dryden, died when the Cessna 182 Turbo he was flying crashed Monday night near Mobile Regional Airport.

via Memorial Held for Plane Crash Victim – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Ken Stabler earns election to Pro Football Hall of Fame | AL.com

February 07, 2016

Thirty-one years after his final football game and seven months after he lost his life to colon cancer, Ken Stabler is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Foley High School three-sport star and Alabama quarterback was among the players picked by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee on Saturday for the Class of 2016.

via Ken Stabler earns election to Pro Football Hall of Fame | AL.com.

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.

‘There’s nothing down there’ couple was told in 1949 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 05, 2016

FORT MORGAN, AL – It wasn’t a cold afternoon, but not exactly warm either.

Bill and Mary Ross were cozy in their den looking out on Bon Secour Bay within sight of Mobile Bay. Way across the water north of them you can just make out barges and fishing boats going to and fro on the Intracoastal Waterway.

via ‘There’s nothing down there’ couple was told in 1949 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Men who died in Mobile plane crash had Baldwin ties – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 03, 2016

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, AL – Two members of Civil Air Patrol’s Alabama Wing died Monday, Feb. 1, when their single-engine plane crashed near Mobile while they were returning from a 170-mile compassion flight to southern Louisiana.

The pilot, Maj. David R. Mauritson, 67, of Fairhope, joined CAP in September 1991. Second Lt. Phil J. Dryden, 66, of Gulf Shores, a CAP member since November, served as mission scanner for the flight. The two were members of the Mobile Composite Squadron.

via Men who died in Mobile plane crash had Baldwin ties – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Lunch with the Artist: Eric Erdman finds a Thai fix in Irvington | AL.com

January 25, 2016

It wasn’t just hunger that brought Eric Erdman to Irvington for Lunch with the Artist: It was addiction.It all started in late 2012 and early 2013, when the prolific Mobile singer-songwriter-rocker spent a couple of months in Australia. He traveled and performed with The Hussy Hicks, an Australian duo that has found a second home in coastal Alabama, and recorded material for his 2013 album “Color the Silence.”

via Lunch with the Artist: Eric Erdman finds a Thai fix in Irvington | AL.com.

How to Be Liberal in Lower Alabama – The New York Times

January 13, 2016

Fairhope, Ala. — ON New Year’s Eve my wife and I, Democrats in one of the most Republican states in the nation, attended a Cotton Bowl party near Mobile Bay. For a few hours, politics was forgotten as we cheered on the Alabama Crimson Tide to its 38-0 triumph over the Michigan State Spartans.

By New Year’s Day, hung over from the Champagne fizz of believing we were one, we’d retreated into election-year tribalism. As blue dots in a red state — 77 percent of Baldwin County, where we live, voted for Romney in 2012 — my family can shut up, leave town or speak up. How, though, with dialogue at the national level ever more confrontational and strident, do we talk to our neighbors?

via How to Be Liberal in Lower Alabama – The New York Times.

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