PERDIDO KEY, Fla. (WEAR) Sunshine and sparkling waves make a perfect day at the beach.
Kids frolicking in the waters Saturday may not even know what the Korean War was, but there’s an incredible story of heroism behind the name “Johnson Beach.”
“Nice young man, shame he died so young. Good person it sounds like,” said Maxine Zoellner-Burke.
Rosamond Johnson Beach is named for Army Private Rosamond Johnson, Junior. He was the first Escambia County resident to die in the Korean War.
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he was born the same year as Ronald Reagan — 17 days after to be exact, before either World War and taught at a school in our county that no longer exists. February 23, 1911 is the birthdate of Ida Callaway of Gulf Shores, making her 104 this year. Those 104 years were all spent in Baldwin County.
via Callaway remembers 104 years of Baldwin County – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People.
Five-year-old Mckenzie Fisher loves the movie “Baby Einstein”. At High Hopes 4 Autism, teachers use the movie as motivation to help her learn.
“We do clinical ABA therapy. It’s therapy that’s all applied behavior based. The kids come in and we work with them one on one and our goal is to put the children in classrooms as individual children,” said director of High Hopes 4 Autism, Rachel Mueller.
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Albert Einstein once said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who no longer pauses to wonder, and stand in rapt awe, is as good as dead.”
Lisa Laraway came to us from New Orleans filled with anticipation, excitement, and dreams. It was in New Orleans, “Land of Dreams,” where she attended Catholic schools for 16 years. She has four brothers and three stepsisters and most of her family still lives in New Orleans.
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American flags flew along Highway 161 throughout the day on Tuesday. A silent tribute to Lt. Joe Constantino, a decades long veteran of both the Air Force and the Orange Beach Police Department.
“Not only did he know what to do as far as the police work, he knew the right thing to do as far as being a person. That counted for a lot,” Chief Billy Wilkins said.
In between his military service and joining the Orange Beach Police Department, Constantino spent time working in the fourth precinct in Mobile. Over the last six or so years, he served as the Marine Division Commander in Orange Beach.
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Thousands of Gulf Coast residents had their lives turned upside down when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded nearly five years ago, killing 11 rig workers and spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days.
For most people, things have returned to normal. But for some of them there is no normal anymore. Their lives, for better or for worse, changed completely on April 20, 2010.
Count among those Bethany Kraft, now the director of the Gulf Restoration Program at Ocean Conservancy, a nationwide environmental group.
via BP oil spill thrust Mobile conservationist from local education to large-scale restoration policy | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The city announced via its Twitter account on April 15 that long-time officer Lt. Joe Constantino has passed away.
According to the report Constantino had been suffering from pulmonary distress for two weeks before he died.
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Baldwin County Presiding Judge Robert Wilters announced Wednesday his retirement from the bench effective June 5, but was coy on whether he was planning to seek the District Attorney’s seat in 2016.
Wilters, 60, announced his retirement with wife, Amelia, and his staff at his side during a news conference inside a courtroom at the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette.
via Baldwin County Presiding Judge Robert Wilters announces retirement as speculation persists on future run for District Attorney | AL.com.
You may recognize him as a former Alabama senator or you’ve passed him along the hallways of the Baldwin County Satellite Courthouse in Foley. Albert Lipscomb of Magnolia Springs has been a longtime resident of Baldwin County, and it all began with his great-great grandfather William Lipscomb around 1880.
Lipscomb was born in Fairhope, the youngest of six sons. Lipscomb attended Foley High School where he played football, including Ivan Jones’ last year as head football coach in 1968. He graduated in 1969 and graduated from Mobile College — now the University of Mobile — in 1977. Lipscomb was part of the Army National Guard, in the 711 Signal Battalion, from 1969 to 1976.
via Former senator living in Magnolia Springs – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — It took Ian Boles – due to circumstances beyond his control – a little while to get things going on his beach front property in west Orange Beach.
But once he got it going, he decided he was going big.
The Australian outback native, living in the U.S. since the early 1990s, faced natural and manmade obstacles before he began subcontracting out work on two duplex buildings with two eight-bedroom houses in each for a total of 32 bedrooms – eight in each side.
via Beach rental houses in Orange Beach can fill a tall order – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Watch out Forrest Gump! Margarett Frisby, a 2012 alumna of the University of Alabama and resident of Orange Beach is spending her summer running across the country, raising money for cancer patients.
via Alabama woman to run across the U.S. this summer to raise money for cancer patients – Yellowhammer News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL WALA -Capturing images that will last a lifetime have been a part of Robie Ray’s life for the past 43 years. He’s worked for the Columbus Ledger Enquirer, Virginia Pilot and the Mobile Press-Register.Ray has photographed eight presidential inaugurations and several first ladies, as well as Muhammad Ali and artist legends such as Andy Warhol.
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NASHVILLE – Sugarcane Jane, the popular Alabama Gulf Coast based husband-wife duo, will release their new studio album, Dirt Road’s End – an album they conceived and co-produced with legendary Americana/Roots singer-songwriter Buzz Cason.
The album will be released via Cason’s ArenA Recordings / eOne Entertainment on April 28.
via Favorite Gulf Coast duo Sugarcane Jane to release studio album in April – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Jessie Peacock, whose public safety career began in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter in Bay Minette, has now been recognized two years in a row as Alabama Marine Police Officer of the Year for the Southern Division.
via Former volunteer firefighter recognized for the second year as Alabama Marine Police Officer of the Year in the Southern Region | AL.com.
If we ever had a mover and shaker in our community, it’s a lady by the name of Barbara K. Walters. She is a remarkable lady who has had a remarkable career.
A certificate on the wall of her office tells it all. It is presented to “Mrs. Barbara Walters in recognition of your outstanding commitment to VetsFirst, and for demonstrating that same dedication to uphold America’s values that we all stand for . . .”
“Upholding American’s values.” Now where did that come from? Let’s look and see.
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January 27, 2015 – Chicago, IL – Impact Advisors, LLC, a leading provider of healthcare information technology services, announced today that it has promoted Jenny McCaskey to Vice President. McCaskey, a resident of Orange Beach, AL, joined Impact Advisors in 2010 as a Principal Advisor where she has served as a delivery consultant. As a member of the leadership team, McCaskey will continue to provide client delivery services as well as identify new business opportunities within healthcare organizations with a focus on the firm’s Cerner practice.
via Jenny McCaskey of Orange Beach promoted in Chicago firm.
A west coast acquaintance was not happy I instructed my then 3-year-old to say “yes ma’am” to her. She also didn’t think it was an act of kindness when my husband held the door for the two of us. She alluded that our southern manners were an oppressive thing of the past.
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“The Flora-Bama isn’t owned by Pat, or Joe, or myself. It is owned by everyone and anyone that walks thru the door. It’s owned by all the people that made it what it is. It’s owned by the community. I’ve never felt like an owner. I feel like I’m a caretaker. It’s an institution that’s been around for 50 years and is as much a part of this coast as the sand on the beach. It’s my job to keep it like it is for another 50 years. I really believe that God has blessed this place.”
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For Baldwin County realtor, painter, children’s art teacher and interior design and furnishings shop owner Luke Edwards, the tranquility needed to balance his busy life is found in his lovely Spanish Fort garden.
via Native Australian nurtures Spanish Fort garden – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People.
It all started with a comic book. Lee Bender was 8 years old when his father gave him his first page-turner. “I drew it several times,” Lee says. “That’s what I really want to do is draw comics.” Looking at his intricate drawings from sea life to Hulk and Superman, one can’t argue with him.
via From sea life to comic book drawings – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People.
GULF SHORES, Ala. — “We sat across from each other at Hardees and talked. After hearing the first of many of his stories, I waited for the punch line. After all, he is Steve Martin. Instead, I heard a very educated, dedicated and philosophical individual tell me about his life and all he’d accomplished to date.
via Capt. Mark asks, “Who’s on the Island?” (Meet Steve Martin) – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Features.
In a round about way, those four lads from Liverpool who took the music world by storm in the 1960s are coming to the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.The 30th festival kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 6, and while the final day, Sunday, Nov. 16, won’t exactly be Beatlemania, it will have some akin to it: Fredamania.
Kathy McCabe of Baltimore and part-time resident of Gulf Shores since 2004 is bringing the film she produced, “Good Ol’ Freda,” about Beatles secretary and fan club president Freda Kelly to the Gulf Coast along with the film’s star, good ol’ Freda herself.
via Film on Beatles insider to be screened at Songwriters Festival.
Wells, who grew up in State Park Place, was last reported in a recreation vehicle park in Gulf Shores, Ala. in 2001. She was registered under the name Cloudia Carrick, Burton said.
via Searching for mother she hasn’t seen in almost 20 years, local woman refuses to quit « The Metro Independent.
GULF SHORES, Ala. — Carolyn Wallace, a longtime cafeteria manager and bus driver at Gulf Shores Elementary has passed away after a lengthy illness. Along with her service to the children of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach through the school system, she was active in children and youth ministries in several churches on the island including Orange Beach Baptist (now First Baptist Church of Orange Beach), First Baptist of Gulf Shores and Lagoon Baptist.
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We met upstairs on the second level of the restaurant where Shrimp Festival posters decorated the walls. This is one of my favorite places to eat. It’s a super restaurant where the wait staff makes you feel at home, and where your favorite meal ordered today will still be your favorite meal when you return to order it again be it a week, a month, or a year from now.
via Capt. Mark asks, “Who’s on the Island?” (Meet Rosemary Steele) – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Features.
Her voicemail says it all — “if I can put my paintbrush down, I’ll call you back … have a colorful day.” Nancy Raia is the Community Outreach Director for the Eastern Shore Arts Center in Fairhope.
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ORANGE BEACH, Alabama– Katherine and AJ McCarron love Orange Beach so much that they not only got married there, they’re looking at choosing the location for their off-season home.
via Katherine and AJ McCarron looking at Orange Beach home in off-season | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Buzzing Abounds in OBA! Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Borman celebrating 65 years of marriage in July. This WWII vet and his bride have lived in OBA for over 30 years.
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Frank E. Little has been growing an unusual and rare fruit for the state of Alabama. He has 35 to 40 Mayhaw trees scattered across his farmland, which he’s been growing for over 30 years.
via Folks travel far for Frank Little’s coveted Mayhaws – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People.
Maria Bastin grew up in Hawaii, married her husband and moved to Tennessee where they lived for 35 years. She retired to the Gulf Coast where she has taken up art, which lead to a notable group, and now a gallery. Maria is the chairman of the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, while Eloise Thomley is the vice-chairman and publicity director, Wanda Price is the program director and Jimmy LaFoy is the GCAA treasurer.
via Hawaiian native finds art and home on Gulf Coast – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People.