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Man with missing Alabama boater’s passport, credit cards arrested in Louisiana | AL.com

April 12, 2016

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Florida man found with a passport and credit cards belonging to a missing Gulf Shores, Ala. boater, according to arrest reports.  Michael Paul Rodgers, 36, tried to use 62-year-old James Bradley Gunther’s passport and other identification to obtain a Louisiana driver’s license, according to a Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

via Man with missing Alabama boater’s passport, credit cards arrested in Louisiana | AL.com.

Florida man arrested in Louisiana with missing Gulf Shores man’s passport – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 12, 2016

HARVEY, La. – According to jail records here a Milton, Fla., man was arrested after trying to use a missing Gulf Shores man’s passport to obtain a Louisiana driver’s license.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies said Michael Paul Rodgers, 36, tried to use 62-year-old James Bradley Gunther’s documents and Florida authorities said he rented a hotel room using one of Gunther’s credit cards.

via Florida man arrested in Louisiana with missing Gulf Shores man’s passport – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Searchers Use Sonar to Search For Engagement Ring Lost in Bay

April 10, 2016

Viral video of a Fairhope man dropping his engagement ring as he pops the big question to his then girlfriend has had many gasping in surprise.  It happened a little over a week ago at the public pier.

“I remember seeing the ring strike the surface, and he went to try to catch, and just as I was about to reach through the grating it’s gone,” said Greg Poole.

via Searchers Use Sonar to Search For Engagement Ring Lost in Bay.

Remembering Merle Haggard on the Gulf Coast

April 08, 2016

In a small camper filled with musical memories, the passing of Merle Haggard is personal. “I had no choice but to tell him. He was pretty sad. It was hard on him. Merle and him have been best friends for a lot of years.”

This is the home of songwriter Freddy Powers. He spent most of his creative life playing and writing songs with Haggard. Stricken with Parkinson, Freddy relies on his wife Catherine to be his voice and his memory.

“The last time we saw Merle and Freddy has just started to lose the ability to talk and I was trying to coax him into talking with Merle and Merle looked at me and said, Catherine, you don’t have to do that. He said Freddy and I can carry on a conversation without saying a word to each other.”

via Remembering Merle Haggard on the Gulf Coast.

Ken Stabler’s survivors at odds after Rose Stabler joins latest NFL concussion lawsuit | AL.com

April 04, 2016

Rose Stabler, a former wife of quarterback Ken Stabler, has joined the latest concussion-based lawsuit against the NFL. Former player Tracy Scroggins filed suit against the NFL on March 25. Former players Quinn Gray and Danny Gorrer and Rose Stabler joined the amended lawsuit on Friday.

Ken Stabler was a prep star at Foley and a collegiate standout for Alabama before playing in the NFL. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. However, his election to the football shrine came after Stabler died of colon cancer on July 8.

via Ken Stabler’s survivors at odds after Rose Stabler joins latest NFL concussion lawsuit | AL.com.

Grand Hotel’s new GM trades Orlando’s orcas for Point Clear’s pelicans | AL.com

March 30, 2016

Scott Tripoli has been named general manager of the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, according to a news release.

Tripoli, who started working at the Grand on March 19, previously was the general manager of the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, a 1,000-room hotel on International Drive in Orlando at the entrance to SeaWorld. He has also served as general manager at Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal near Universal Studios.

via Grand Hotel’s new GM trades Orlando’s orcas for Point Clear’s pelicans | AL.com.

Orange Beach’s Danny Martin retires after 22 years with the city – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

March 26, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – City leaders, residents and friends gathered at the Orange Beach Community Center on March 24 for a send off for long-time Parks and Recreation Director Danny Martin. After 22 years with the city his last day will be March 31. There was jambalaya, cake and other snacks as well as good fellowship.

via Orange Beach’s Danny Martin retires after 22 years with the city – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Local Belgian Mom Talks Terror Attacks

March 23, 2016

A computer screen connects a mother to her daughter half a world away during one of the worse days in Belgian history.

“When I got up my phone was full of messages and Facebook and are you okay, is your family okay, and Nina said, Skype immediately.”

Nina is Marjan Verschaegan’s daughter. She lives in Ghent, Belgium, about a half hours drive from Brussels.

“My daughter, that is like the most important thing.” The shock waves from the terrorist bombs in Brussels felt all the way in Foley.

via Local Belgian Mom Talks Terror Attacks.

Did Alabama upbringing build ‘moral sense’ behind Apple CEO Tim Cook’s stand on privacy? | AL.com

March 09, 2016

Did growing up gay in Baldwin County, and having an early encounter with the Klan, help shape Apple CEO Tim Cook into a man who’d stand up against a government request for Apple to undermine its own iPhone security systems?

That’s certainly the suggestion made in a new Washington Post profile of Cook, who grew up in Robertsdale. Cook has previously spoken about an encounter in which, as a child, he came across Klansmen burning a cross in front of a black family’s home; it was the lead anecdote in a New York Times profile published in June 2014. He also has previously acknowledged that he is gay, and has criticized Alabama for being slow to grant equality to minorities, the poor, gays and other marginalized people.

via Did Alabama upbringing build ‘moral sense’ behind Apple CEO Tim Cook’s stand on privacy? | AL.com.

Gulf State Park legend Hugh S. Branyon dies at 76 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

March 08, 2016

FOLEY – Gulf Coast Media has learned that former Gulf State Park Superintendent Hugh S. Branyon passed away on March 6, three days short of his 77th birthday.

Branyon leaves behind a kind and loving stewardship of Gulf State Park dating back to the 1960s when he worked at the park under Monroe McCloud before assignments at other state parks took him away. He returned to Gulf State Park as the superintendent in 1976 long-time employee Milton Rittelmeyer said.

via Gulf State Park legend Hugh S. Branyon dies at 76 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Gulf State Park legend Hugh S. Branyon dies at 76 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

March 07, 2016

FOLEY – Gulf Coast Media has learned that former Gulf State Park Superintendent Hugh S. Branyon passed away on March 6, three days short of his 77th birthday.

Branyon leaves behind a kind and loving stewardship of Gulf State Park dating back to the 1960s when he worked at the park under Monroe McCloud before assignments at other state parks took him away. He returned to Gulf State Park as the superintendent in 1976 long-time employee Milton Rittelmeyer said.

via Gulf State Park legend Hugh S. Branyon dies at 76 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Amber Cooper’s mother speaks after losing her daughter in car accident | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI

March 06, 2016

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) Two weeks ago strangers suddenly turned heroes when they pulled Amber Cooper and her infant son to safety from their burning car.

Sadly, Cooper died from her injuries earlier this week.

Local 15′s Bryan Carnaggio spoke to her mother about this difficult time.

via Amber Cooper’s mother speaks after losing her daughter in car accident | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI.

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?.

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