A Baldwin County man is trying to help flood victims in Louisiana.
Orange Beach resident Blake Michaleski has been collecting donations. He originally started to help his family.
“My parents, they had to evacuate their house and my sister had to evacuate her house,” said Michaleski. “I knew they wouldn’t have anything. They had to grab what they could and go and my sister, they lost everything.”
via Baldwin County man collecting donations for Louisiana flood vict – FOX10 News | WALA.
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.
via Gulf Shores man killed in traffic accident – FOX10 News | WALA.
Atlanta-based Hotel Equities announced Wesley Ludloff as the General Manager of the Island House Hotel, a 161-room beach front, full service property in Orange Beach, Alabama. The hotel begins a comprehensive renovation following the summer season converting to a DoubleTree by Hilton.
via Wesley Ludloff has been appointed General Manager at Island House Hotel in Orange Beach – AL, USA.
Ken Grimes, Jr. serves as the City Administrator for the City of Orange Beach located in Baldwin County, Alabama beginning in June of 2008. His career with the City of Orange Beach began as Special Projects Coordinator in 2002. Grimes is described as a resilient leader who has led his municipality and region through many challenging disasters and times of crisis while continuing to rebound and focus on the future of the coastal resort destination.
via Orange Beach City Manager Ken Grimes Receives Vocational Excellence Award.
The City of Orange Beach had a Night of Recognition on Aug. 1 at a potluck dinner at the Community Center and handed out honors for Citizen of the Year and the Mayor’s Distinguished Service Award.
via Orange Beach Night of Recognition 2016 | The Islander.
ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Life is a lot different for Cody Harris these days.
The Robertsdale native is settling down into life on a small farm near where he grew up.
“I get up early every morning, work all day, then go home at night,” he said, a far cry from practically growing up on the rodeo circuit, traveling the country competing in calf roping events.
via New show on Inspirational Network features Robertsdale cowboy and friends – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
It’s a milestone not many get to celebrate. A Fairhope couple started their 71st year of marriage this week. They only dated for three months before tying the knot, and now seven decades later, they’re as happy as ever.
1946: World War Two had just ended and something really special was just beginning. Charles and Nell Ditto’s love affair-that’s still going strong.
It’s the kind of love that’s lasted seventy years…an anniversary they don’t make a card for. But Nell and Charles Ditto’s lifelong love story didn’t have a typical beginning.
via Still going strong: Fairhope couple celebrates 70th wedding anni – FOX10 News | WALA.
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The Spanish Fort Police Department gets a special morning from fellow first responders. Firefighters hosted a breakfast for police officers at the fire station. There are few better ways to say thanks than with some free food.
“We understand that without the police department society could pretty much not survive,” said Firefighter Simon Bleyswyk. The Monday morning breakfast comes on the heels of Baton Rouge, an attack weighing heavy on the minds of the men behind the badge –coming back to work from the weekend.
via Spanish Fort Fire Supports Police Department Following Heartbreaking Weekend.
John Bryan spent half his life helping others as a firefighter. “He came down here and the first thing he looked for was a fire department to join.”
via Ft. Morgan Firefighter Killed in Motorcycle Crash.
Alabama State Troopers say 32-year-old John William Bryan was killed when he was thrown from his motorcycle Friday night.
Investigators say Bryan was killed when he lost control of his 2015 Yamaha motorcycle.
The accident happened on Alabama 181, three miles east of Fairhope, around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
via Fort Morgan firefighter dies in motorcycle accident – FOX10 News | WALA.
A Gulf Shores man was killed Friday night when he was thrown from the motorcycle he was operating, according to Alabama state troopers.
John William Bryan, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene.
via Gulf Shores man killed in motorcycle crash near Fairhope | AL.com.
A single-vehicle crash, Friday, July 15, claimed the life of a Gulf Shores man. John William Bryan, 32, was killed when he lost control and was thrown from the 2015 Yamaha motorcycle he was operating. Bryan was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred at 10:20 p.m. on Alabama 181 near the five mile marker, three miles east of Fairhope.
via Gulf Shores man killed in crash on Alabama 181 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
People in Lower Alabama have a pretty bleak view of the path our nation is on and political leanings and presidential politics factor heavily into those opinions.
The latest News-5/Strategy Research Poll asked people how the country was doing and gave four options: very good, pretty good, pretty bad, or very bad.
via Baldwin County Most Negative about Direction of Nation.
Flora-Bama Marketing Director Jennifer Surface says John McInnis Jr., father of majority owner John McInnis III, is expected to make a full recovery after losing his leg in a motorcycle accident in Scotland. There are several co-owners of the Flora-Bama, a popular honky-tonk oyster and beach bar that hosts events throughout the year.
Surface says McInnis Jr. went into surgery and his leg was removed. She said he is in stable condition and will be flying back to the U.S. early this week.
via Flora-Bama owner loses leg in motorcycle accident – FOX10 News | WALA.
he names of the five officers killed Thursday night when a gunman opened fire on police officers during a peaceful protest in Dallas have been released. They are Officer Patrick Zamarippa, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Brent Thompson, Officer Michael Smith, and Officer Lorne Ahrens.
via Dallas Officer Killed in Shooting, Served at NAS Pensacola.
On Pleasant Avenue in Bay Minette, children’s toys lay scattered in the yard of a home. But what happened here was anything but pleasant.
“The child was found unresponsive in her crib on Wednesday evening,” says sheriff Hoss Mack. The 14-month-old from Spanish Fort had been with her aunt and uncle for at least a day according to the sheriff.
via Investigation Underway into 14 Month Old’s Death in Baldwin County.
If you frequent Highway 98 in Daphne you have probably seen Linda Selensky. She has set up camp on the side of the highway, under a large tree that is located in front of several businesses. Selensky and her dog, Sparky, have been living there for several months.
Local business owner Rhonda DelFavero said Selensky doesn’t ever ask for money, “She doesn’t ask or beg for money– she just sits there with her dog.”
via Have You Seen The Homeless Woman Living On The Side Of Highway 98 In Daphne?.
Karin Wolff Wilson and Kelley Wolff Lyons are identical twins whose lives parallel each other: Both sisters own popular businesses next door to each other in downtown Fairhope; both live in apartments above their businesses; and both work with their husbands. But while their living spaces are similar in many ways, they are also – like the sisters themselves – unique.
via Cool Spaces: A two-fer in downtown Fairhope | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — It may appear when Miss Alabama is crowned there is only one winner at the annual pageant.
Bailey Kennon, competing in her first Miss Alabama pageant, says that wasn’t the case at all with her. Kennon qualified for the statewide contest by winning the Miss Coastal Alabama title in September.
via Bailey Kennon of Orange Beach talks about pageant experience – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Police Chief Edward Delmore of the Gulf Shores Police Department has been invited to the White House to participate in a briefing about 21st Century Policing.
In December 2015, President Barack Obama organized a Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Five months later, on May 15, the task force issued its final report.
via Gulf Shores Police Chief invited to the White House – FOX10 News | WALA.
We now know the name of the man who drowned near the east end of Ono Island. The Orange Beach Fire Department says it found Andy Blankenship’s body Saturday.
Changing tides and fast-moving currents make searching the coast treacherous. Search and Rescue team members say that while rescue and recovery can be a dangerous task, it is one they are well-trained for.
Beach Safety Division Chief Melvin Shepard says the side scan sonar helped find 39-year-old Andy Blankenship’s body off Ono island Friday night. Shepard had the grim task of diving in the dark water to recover him.
via The difficulties of of Search and Rescue | WPMI.
It’s been six months since I got my first guitar. I’ve been putting together a few melodies, practicing a lot, and every once in a while, I’ve tried to learn an established song. About two weeks ago, I started playing poorly Merle Haggard’s gorgeous “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star,” from the Hag’s 1987 gem-of-an-album “Chill Factor.”
via Moon: Freddy Powers — his songs survive.
He left only footprints in the sugar-white sand.
I walked behind Coastal Resources Manager Phillip West as he hiked the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail in Orange Beach. After he made it down the pier at a scenic lake, he looked through his binoculars at what used to be an eagle’s nest.
“Eagles started building this nest six weeks ago, but all of a sudden they’re gone. I think it’s the ospreys. They fight over food,” West said.
via Phillip West keeps Alabama’s beaches beautiful – Alabama News Center.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Orange Beach Fire Department’s Education Coordinator, Suzanne Moeller was nominated and chosen to receive the prestigious “Captain Drake Award” from the Alabama Firefighters Association.
via Orange Beach Fire’s Moeller wins state award – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The investigation continues into the Fish River fatal boating accident that happened Tuesday night.
43-year-old Tom Hall was pulled from the water late Tuesday.
The State Trooper Patrol Division says investigators are looking into all possible causes including driver error, an obstruction in the water, or a mechanical problem. Though the exact cause has not yet been determined, officials believe it was a tragic accident.
via Boating accident victim remembered as mentor, family man – FOX10 News | WALA.
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They’ve fought for our freedom, and for the past 11 Baldwin County veterans have been fighting for their own.
“The veterans in our program are marred with some invisible wound from war… whether that’s post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, substance abuse issues because of their service. And we take those veterans in put them in a treatment protocol designed to assist them and get them back on their feet,” said Judge Michelle Thomason, Baldwin County.
via 11 vets graduate from Baldwin County Veterans Court – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Gumbo Key may be a state of mind to Mac McAleer, but it was a reality for people today in the water near Robinson Island in Orange Beach, Ala.
There, thousands of people floated in the shallows, along with hundreds of boats for the music festival McAleer began three years ago.
The official mantra is “Be kind, be safe, don’t leave a trace.” ”It really has grown in three years,” McAleer said aboard the barge he calls the “rust bucket.”
via Gumbo Key music fest rocks, thousands take to water | AL.com.
Fallen Blue Angle Pilot Captain Jeff Kuss was laid to rest Saturday.
The hearse that carried him drove through the streets of his hometown of Durango, Colorado. Folks came out and lined the streets waving American flags, placing hands over their hearts and shedding tears. A private funeral was held for family, friends, Blue Angels, and other military personnel. After which, a public memorial was held in town where folks gathered to remember Kuss. Pictures of Kuss with friends were placed at the public memorial and commemorative photos were also available.
via Blue Angel Capt. Kuss Laid To Rest In Hometown Saturday.
PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) -
It was an emotional night near downtown Pensacola as thousands of people paid tribute to fallen Marine and Blue Angels pilot, Captain Jeff Kuss.
City leaders and the Blue Angels Association hosted a candlelight vigil at Veterans Memorial Park Thursday night.
via Captain Jeff Kuss: Thousands honor Pensacola’s fallen angel – FOX10 News | WALA.
In an emotional address, the right wing pilot for the Blue Angels tearfully thanked Pensacola for its support during the tragic loss of Captain Jeff Kuss.
He added that the Blue Angels first flight back from the loss of Kuss will be in the skies above Pensacola, though no date has been announced.
via Blue Angels: Our First Flight Back From Tragedy Will Be Above Pensacola.