GULF SHORES, Ala. — Katherine Webb didn’t see it coming. That’s according to Aimee Reynolds, the owner of Aimee Reynolds Photography based in Summerdale.
Whether it’s bustling highways, new construction or the wonders of nature, Baldwin County is no longer a secret. ”We are now at 195 thousand people over the last year, with the numbers just released over 46, 47 hundred in terms of population growth,” according to the mayor of one of the areas seeing that increased growth, Daphne mayor Dane Hagood.
via Baldwin County:Top 10 in Population Growth.
Even after 40 years of delivering babies, 70-year-old Fred Diegmann still gets excited about his job.
“I can’t think of not doing OB,” he says. “I go work out occasionally just so I can keep doing this. Retirement is not a Biblical word.”
Gulf Shores, Ala. – The other day I went over to one of the condos to do a photo shoot of the interior of a unit, for purposes of listing it as a rental on a web page. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I was given the wrong address, and when I knocked on the door, Mr. Jim Trelford and his Border collie, Jody, greeted me.
Mary Beth Bentz loves her customers.
“I know every single person that comes in here,” says Mary Beth, a single mom of three and owner of Bentz Pizza Pub and Pittsburgh Room in Daphne. “If I don’t know them, they must be new.”
DAPHNE, Alabama — When University of Alabama graduate Emily Jones took a job in college working for a staffing agency, she didn’t predict it would pave the way for a career that would take her across the country and around the world.
Gulf Shores, Ala. – Several years ago, during one of my coastal voyages where we were loading cargo prior to going overseas, I happened one night into a drinking establishment along the waterfront on my way back to my ship. A band was playing that kind of music that holds your attention. The air was smoky, and the noise in the crowded bar competed with the music. One of the musicians was on the saxophone, and he was as good as I’d ever heard.
Born July 14 1959 in Milwaukee, Tom Gardner was the only boy in a home where he had 6 sisters. Tom is close to and very proud of his dad, and has been all Tom’s life. His strong work ethic and determination was inherited from his father.
Tom’s artistic side, as well as his appreciation of the beauty of things around him, he attributes to his mom. She was an artist, and taught art.
Philip Dembowski likes to stay busy.
Dr. Phil, as he’s known to most of his clients and friends, owns A.L.A.M.O. Chiropractic in Loxley, and when he’s not adjusting patients, he’s coaching rugby, serving as chairman of Loxley’s variance board, spending time with family, exercising, cooking for Knights of Columbus fundraisers or singing in the Mobile Opera’s chorus.
BAY MINETTE, Alabama — Over his 94 years, the Rev. Daniel Keener Christenberry wore many hats: He was a United Methodist minister, a United Nations worker, a college teacher and chaplain, and a sheriff’s deputy in his 60s.
“The glue that held his different ‘personalities’ together was a sense of purpose,” said his son, Stephen Christenberry, the youngest of the family’s nine children. “He really had a discipleship to the church and to Christ. His behavior was subordinate to that purpose.”
The beaches were covered in oil. No one knew what was ahead, especially Christy Haynes, a photographer who, together with her husband Brady and their three children, had picked up their lives and moved to the Gulf Coast just weeks before the oil from Deepwater Horizon washed up on the beaches.
Orange Beach, Ala. – A bee would be very busy keeping up with all that is going on in Orange Beach. Here are just a few things it may hear and see out on The Island . . . .
God Bless America, and God bless those men and women whom have defended this great nation, and kept us safe. One such person is a gentleman I recently met, named Whit Johnson.
Retired Spanish Fort resident Bill Kramer has fashioned his retirement days around reveling in his devout love of plants — indeed, all of nature — and transferring both of those onto brightly-colored canvases.
John White-Spunner has always been active in church, but for years, he didn’t get the message. Not until adversity brought him to his knees did White-Spunner’s life change for the better.
FAIRHOPE, Alabama –Twenty-four years ago, native Mobilian and Navy Cmdr. William “Jack” May enlisted in the Navy because he wanted to serve his country and explore the world.
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama — Fitness has been a part of Mel Thomas’ life since college, and now it is her life’s calling.
Thomas graduated from South Alabama with a degree in recreational therapy.
Anita Craine has always been passionate about providing safe, nutritious food for her family. Long before the local and natural food movement, she spent her time searching for local farmers who would give her food she believed was more healthful for her family. She grew the foods she couldn’t buy herself.
Rod Peevy might know everyone on the Island.
“Everybody always asks me how I know so many people,” says Rod, who works as marketing director for the Caribe in addition to being involved in development, technology and politics. “Well, I ran the airport (in Gulf Shores) at night after I got out of school, starting when I was 16.”
MOBILE, Ala. -
There’s a picture on WKRG’S Facebook fan page that has received a lot of attention. It has thousands of “likes” and hundreds of shares and comments.
There was no warning. No signs.
One minute, 13-year-old Jacob Mogan was playing in a park, and the next, he was paralyzed from his midsection to his toes.
Twenty-nine-year-old Bo Cordle quit his dream job in 2011 to pursue his life’s dream. He wants to sail around the world. He’s been talking about it for years now — he’s got a blog, raised some money and had been living on a friend’s boat in Orange Beach for the past couple of years. But in October, he took a giant step toward making the dream a reality. He bought the boat.
FAIRHOPE, Alabama—He was a permanent fixture in Fairhope’s funky world of artists, a gentle literary giant, authoring nine novels and a children’s play before communing with a long gone spiritualist, who guided his final turn at the craft. The result of that collaboration was The Return of Edgar Cayce. C. Terry Cline, Jr., though, would not take credit. “I didn’t write it,” he laughed. “Edgar Cayce did.”
In 2013, driving across the country isn’t a particularly challenging task. But a father and his adult daughter making the drive in a 1959 MG convertible he’s spent 10 years restoring? That makes things more interesting.
PERDIDO, Alabama –- Laurie and Norman Myer moved to Alabama in 1986 with their four children, a dog and cat, and a dream.
Tucked away behind the car wash on Canal Road in Orange Beach, there’s a tiny room where one woman cuts hair, one client at a time. The walls of her single-chair salon are lined with framed, autographed pictures of singers and songwriters along with antique signs. A guitar sits on a chair, waiting to be played by a musician who might trade a haircut for a couple of songs.
How long will this last? Can it get any worse? How much longer can we hold out? Where is the next mortgage payment, utility bill or car note coming from? These have become all too familiar questions during economically uncertain times…questions that few people thought about prior to 2008.
MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, Alabama — Author, painter, craftsman, historian, re-enactor, graphic designer: all these terms and many more apply to Magnolia Springs resident Steve Boyleston, but his relationship with his rescued rooster Jeremiah Johnson is the story he enjoys sharing the most.
Every year for her birthday, 7-year-old Blakeley Robbins and her family go camping at her favorite place in the world, Blakeley State Park.
But this year, when Blakeley, her parents and her brothers woke up on April 2 in the park, they wondered if their 2,000-acre getaway would always be there for them to enjoy.
BAY MINETTE, Alabama — Whether it's helping out with a political campaign, volunteering with community service groups or working in the family business, Shane Hadley throws in his whole heart.