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Alabama teen Shelby Brown eliminated during ‘The Voice’ semifinals | AL.com

December 10, 2015

While Elberta teen Shelby Brown was cut from “The Voice” during Tuesday night’s semi-finals elimination show, the 17-year-old is confident this won’t be the end of her music career.

Brown was one of five singers to be eliminated after making the Top Nine on the NBC reality competition. Only four singers, including Brown’s teammate Jordan Smith, were named to be move on as finalists in next week’s finale.

“I never would’ve thought I would even have the chance to have a blind audition, let alone be a semi finalist on The Voice,” wrote Brown in a Facebook post on Tuesday night. “And for that I’m thankful. If anything were to come out of this, I pray that I was an example and an inspiration. Proof that you can come from left field in the middle of no where and work hard to chase your dreams.”

via Alabama teen Shelby Brown eliminated during ‘The Voice’ semifinals | AL.com.

‘Beyond being a dream job:’ Bill Tunnell steps down at battleship, Janet Cobb to lead park | AL.com

December 04, 2015

“It goes beyond being a dream job,” says Bill Tunnell. “I never dreamed of having this job.”

But all good things come to an end, and after 19 years as executive director of USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Tunnell is stepping down. The USS Alabama Battleship Commission announced in late November that it had selected U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Janet Cobb as Tunnell’s successor.

via ‘Beyond being a dream job:’ Bill Tunnell steps down at battleship, Janet Cobb to lead park | AL.com.

Robertsdale cowboy Kyle Irwin ready to tackle Vegas, again – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

December 04, 2015

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — There’s nothing like an amazing 10 days in Las Vegas in December for a rodeo cowboy.

Kyle Irwin experienced that a year ago, and he’s continued to use that rush through the 2015 ProRodeo season. Now the steer wrestler from Robertsdale returns to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the second straight year when it takes place Dec. 3-12 in Sin City.

via Robertsdale cowboy Kyle Irwin ready to tackle Vegas, again – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

After 100 years, America’s most unique postal route stands the test of time | The Pulse

November 09, 2015

It’s mid-morning and the shadows of thick, green trees beginning to be thinned by the cooler Autumn weather ripple across the blue-grey waters of the Magnolia River. The smell of pine is in the air and an occasional fish splashes through the glassy surface of the water.

The silence is interrupted by the chugging of a small motorboat, bringing the mail to the people who live along the riverbank in Magnolia Springs, about halfway between Mobile and Pensacola.

Magnolia Springs is a little-known town along the Gulf Coast of Alabama. The community is hidden away amongst thousands of acres of forest, creeks and river country. So of all things you might expect to see — emerging from the morning mist here— a lone man, delivering mail by boat, probably isn’t one of them.

via After 100 years, America’s most unique postal route stands the test of time | The Pulse.

Winston Groom’s ‘The Generals:’ Patton, MacArthur, Marshall walk tall | AL.com

November 09, 2015

When the subject of Veterans Day comes up, author Winston Groom immediately reaches back, recalling its origin as Armistice Day, recalling childhood memories of men wearing poppies.

Many years have passed since the young Groom would accompany his father to downtown Mobile, to his law office in the Van Antwerp Building, to see the veterans parade on Nov. 11. Since then, he’s developed his knack for reaching back into an art form, and it’s an art that’s very much on display in his newest book, “The Generals.”

via Winston Groom’s ‘The Generals:’ Patton, MacArthur, Marshall walk tall | AL.com.

Elberta showing its support for Shelby Brown – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 05, 2015

ELBERTA — A billboard celebrating Elberta teenager Shelby Brown will go up this week, as “The Voice” contestant continues to wow the judges and keeps advancing in the singing competition.

During an Elberta Town Council work session two weeks ago, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Hamby brought up the idea of using some of the town’s dedicated billboard space to honor Brown.

via Elberta showing its support for Shelby Brown – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

2015 City of Orange Beach awards – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 03, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – The City of Orange Beach honored eight employees on Nov. 2 at its monthly potluck supper at the community center. Clara Myers, Finance Director, was named Employee of the year, Police Chief Rob Howard received the leadership award and Recreation Director Danny Martin received the dedication to his job award.

via 2015 City of Orange Beach awards – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Elberta’s Shelby Brown continues to move up – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 01, 2015

Shelby Brown, 17, of Elberta has surprised judges during her blind audition, turning all four judges’ chairs, and beat her competition during last week’s battle round on NBC’s “The Voice.” Baldwin County — and America — is waiting to see what she’ll do next.

“My dad used to sing a little bit, so I’ve always watched him do it,” Shelby says. “I performed in the talent show in second grade and got second place. I really didn’t start singing a lot until I was 11 when I started singing karaoke.”

via Elberta’s Shelby Brown continues to move up – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Rockette from Coastal Alabama gets her kicks dancing in New York City | AL.com

November 01, 2015

Though she’s taken dance classes since she was 3 years old, Raley Zofko of Foley knew she wanted to be a Rockette when, at 14, she took a weeklong summer camp program at the University of Alabama, where she met Katie Martin, who was then a Rockette from Mobile.

“I realized I have to make this happen,” Zofko said Thursday morning in a phone interview from New York City, where the Rockettes – one of the most famous dance troupes in the world, known for their impeccably synchronized high-kicking holiday performances at Radio City Music Hall – are in full rehearsal mode for the upcoming Radio City Christmas Spectacular. (From the run-through, a little more than two weeks before opening night, Zofko told an AL.com reporter: “Rockettes are walking by right now.”)

via Rockette from Coastal Alabama gets her kicks dancing in New York City | AL.com.

Meet 34 women who have shaped Alabama into the state she is today | AL.com

October 23, 2015

Among the greatest challenges Hall has faced in her 18-year tenure are three hurricane evacuations and an oil spill. During Hurricane Ivan, she took her staff and their families (39 people), their pets (11 domestic dogs and 9 domestic cats) and 280 exotic animals to her home to ride out the storm. “I am proud to say we are the only zoo in recorded American history that has ever executed a full-scale evacuation of a zoo due to a natural disaster,” she says.

via Meet 34 women who have shaped Alabama into the state she is today | AL.com.

Elberta teen Shelby Brown survives ‘The Voice’ battle rounds | AL.com

October 22, 2015

On Tuesday, Elberta teen Shelby Brown proved she has what it takes to compete on NBC’s “The Voice” during the final night of the show’s battle rounds.

For the battle, Brown faced off against teammate Amanda Ayala during a performance of Stevie Nick’s “Edge of Seventeen.” While all of the judges commented that both women had strong voices, coach Adam Levine, of Maroon 5, ultimately chose to keep the 17-year-old Alabama native.

via Elberta teen Shelby Brown survives ‘The Voice’ battle rounds | AL.com.

Elberta Teen Shelby Brown Wins First ‘The Voice’ Battle Round – WPMI – LOCAL 15

October 21, 2015

Elberta’s very own Shelby Brown was back on NBC’s The Voice tonight duking it out in the battle rounds. It was up to Adam Levine to choose between 17-year-old Shelby and New York’s Amanda Ayala.

Shelby Brown won the vocal face-off tonight and will continue her journey on the singing competition.

via Elberta Teen Shelby Brown Wins First ‘The Voice’ Battle Round – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Friends, family remember Ty Fleming Sr. – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

October 01, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — Being competitive in your 80s and 90s can sometimes be hard. Finding someone to practice with, also, can be difficult.

“Ty and I used to compete in the state Senior Olympics in Montgomery,” Iris Ethridge said. “He called one day and said ‘Iris, I’ve got no one to practice horseshoes with me. Will you come practice with me?’”

via Friends, family remember Ty Fleming Sr. – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Bus driver charged with DUI in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

September 29, 2015

ORANGE BEACH -A bus driver has been charged with Driving Under the Influence Monday evening in Orange Beach.

Orange Beach Police arrested the driver of Baldwin County Public Schools bus 09-11 at 5:20 p.m. Monday after the driver reported to an Ono Island Security guard that they had backed into a stop sign.

via Bus driver charged with DUI in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Ty Fleming Sr. passes away – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

September 29, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – World War II veteran and Orange Beach resident since the 1960s, Ty Fleming Sr., passed away Friday morning, Sept. 25 in Foley.

Fleming served in the Indochina theater working at airfields on building construction and aircraft maintenance. Following his service, he had an exemplary career in the insurance business all over the southern United States..

via Ty Fleming Sr. passes away – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

‘The pope means hope for a lot of immigrants’

September 23, 2015

Talking about her forthcoming pilgrimage to see the pope, Sonia Cruz, 35, of Gulf Shores, Ala., broke down in tears.

She was 10 when her mother brought her from San Luis Potosí state in Mexico to the United States 25 years ago. Now she manages a company that sells stone for hardscaping.

Starting out in Brownsville, Texas, she said, her family moved throughout the Southeast as migrant farm workers, harvesting beans, tomatoes, peaches, and berries.

After graduating from high school, she began studying to be a medical translator, she said, but had to quit to help her mother with living expenses.

“The pope means hope for a lot of immigrants,” said Cruz, “because he puts out a word for a lot of us.”

via ‘The pope means hope for a lot of immigrants’.

Bailey Kennon of Orange Beach qualifies for Miss Alabama pageant – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

September 21, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Bailey Kennon of Orange Beach was crowned as Miss Coastal Alabama at a pageant on Sept. 21 and will now compete in the Miss Alabama pageant in Birmingham in June.

Bailey is the daughter of Tony and Paula Kennon of Orange Beach where her father is also the two-term mayor.

“I am constantly amazed at this girl’s dedication and work ethic her in quest to be a servant in our community,” Tony Kennon said on social media. “I know that this title will allow her a platform to use her ministry, “I’ll Wait” to be a positive example for children, young adults and their parents.”

via Bailey Kennon of Orange Beach qualifies for Miss Alabama pageant – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Alabama’s Coastal Cleanup was fun for all ages

September 20, 2015

Hundreds of people got out early to collect trash for Alabama’s 28th annual Coastal Cleanup. One of the largest cleanup sites in the area was at Dog River Park. And even though we think of it as a water cleanup, most of it was done on land. In fact almost 200 of the 250+ people that were at the event scavenged the land looking for trash. People of all ages enjoyed the cleanup and found its value. Here were just some of the thoughts on the event.

via Alabama’s Coastal Cleanup was fun for all ages.

Chief Delmore gets first-hand look at making movies – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

September 11, 2015

GULF SHORES,AL — It was just a routine Gulf Shores City Council meeting.

Retail Operations Coordinator Ed Delmore III had just made a presentation about new city merchandise being offered in the city store and online when a voice from that back of the spoke up:

“That’s my son,” a proud papa said.

via Chief Delmore gets first-hand look at making movies – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Man boats from Minnesota to Fairhope on “Box Turtle” – FOX10 News | WALA

September 05, 2015

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.

via Man boats from Minnesota to Fairhope on “Box Turtle” – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Beach community rallies for 12-year-old with rare kidney disease – FOX10 News | WALA

September 05, 2015

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.

via Beach community rallies for 12-year-old with rare kidney disease – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Pastor Jeremy Mount bids farewell to Flora-Bama’s Worship on the Water | AL.com

September 02, 2015

Four years ago Pastor Jeremy Mount made a hard decision to leave his discipleship at Perdido Bay United Methodist Church in Perdido Key, Fla. to become the house religious leader at Worship by the Water at the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package on the Alabama-Florida state line.

Once again Mount had to make a tough choice about where he was going to lead each Sunday. Stay and lead the Sunday morning service that draws hundreds of tourists, snowbirds and locals or answer to a higher calling. He’d made his decision to depart but not before one last hurrah at the famous beach bar.

via Pastor Jeremy Mount bids farewell to Flora-Bama’s Worship on the Water | AL.com.

Tacky Jacks LeSerra is Island Spirit winner – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment

August 16, 2015

GULF SHORES — The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber recently presented its Island Spirit Award for August 2015 to Brittany LeSerra at a special ceremony at Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores.

Nora Mandoki, Island Spirit Chairman, cited LeSerra’s hard work and positive attitude.

via Tacky Jacks LeSerra is Island Spirit winner – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment.

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