The struggle is real – county resident hooked on drugs lives life of unknowns – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 07, 2016

Editor’s note: this is part one of a four-part series about drugs and the issues surrounding them in Baldwin County.

“I don’t know where my next meal is coming from. I don’t know where I’m going to sleep tonight — but I know I’m going to use again. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.”

These words are the sad but actual life of Brandon, a lifelong Baldwin County resident who is currently addicted to several illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine and meth.

via The struggle is real – county resident hooked on drugs lives life of unknowns – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Memorial Held for Plane Crash Victim – WPMI – LOCAL 15

February 07, 2016

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) Family and friends gathered Saturday to remember one of the pilots killed earlier this week in a plane crash.

A memorial service was held at Fairhope Christian Church for Maj. David Mauritson after he and his passenger, Phil Dryden, died when the Cessna 182 Turbo he was flying crashed Monday night near Mobile Regional Airport.

via Memorial Held for Plane Crash Victim – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Christian Service Center Spaghetti fundraiser is Feb. 23 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 07, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – The annual Christian Service Center volunteer meeting  was on Jan. 18 and volunteers signed up to cook noodles and bring ice tea for the upcoming Spaghetti Dinner on Feb. 23 at the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church from 4:30-7 p.m. This event is an annual fundraiser for the Christian Service Center.

via Christian Service Center Spaghetti fundraiser is Feb. 23 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Ken Stabler earns election to Pro Football Hall of Fame | AL.com

February 07, 2016

Thirty-one years after his final football game and seven months after he lost his life to colon cancer, Ken Stabler is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Foley High School three-sport star and Alabama quarterback was among the players picked by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee on Saturday for the Class of 2016.

via Ken Stabler earns election to Pro Football Hall of Fame | AL.com.

Feb. 13 Art Market at Gulf Shores Presbyterian – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 06, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – Weather should not be a problem for the Feb. 13 Art Market, an event of the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores.

The Art Market will be inside from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 309 E. 21st Ave. in Gulf Shores.

via Feb. 13 Art Market at Gulf Shores Presbyterian – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

“Clyde” Used “Bonnie” As Shield in Police Shootout, Authorities Say

February 06, 2016

Authorities have revealed a shocking twist to the end of “Bonnie and Clyde” crime-spree across Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

According to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, Blake Fitzgerald used his supposed girlfriend Brittany Nicole Harper as a human shield during the shootout with sheriff’s deputies outside a home in Milton.

via “Clyde” Used “Bonnie” As Shield in Police Shootout, Authorities Say.

World Food Championships coming to The Wharf in Orange Beach | AL.com

February 06, 2016

The 5th annual World Food Championships will take place at The Wharf in Orange Beach on Nov. 8-15 according to event officials.

The competition involves $350,000 in prize money for both pros and amateurs and last year, it aired on the TV network FYI in a six-episode series.

The championship takes winners from previous bouts and pits them against each other in a timed culinary competition.

via World Food Championships coming to The Wharf in Orange Beach | AL.com.

Ahead of tax vote, Baldwin County turns to its teachers | AL.com

February 06, 2016

With a crucial vote on renewing taxes weeks away, Baldwin County school officials turned to a familiar ally for support: teachers.

Most of the district’s 2,220 teachers gathered in a field house at Foley High School on Friday afternoon to help galvanize community support ahead of the upcoming ballot measure.

Baldwin County voters will be asked on March 1 to approve tax renewals totaling 4 mills after the renewals were rejected last spring, a decision that could cost schools as much as $16 million a year. A mill amounts to a dollar in tax for every $10,000 of assessed property value.

via Ahead of tax vote, Baldwin County turns to its teachers | AL.com.

Will the Pro Football Hall of Fame finally open its doors to Ken Stabler on Saturday? | AL.com

February 06, 2016

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported quarterback Ken Stabler had chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he died. Colon cancer took Stabler’s life on July 8. He had his brain donated to Boston University for its research into CTE, a generative brain disease tied to repeated blows to the head.

On Saturday, Stabler will be in the news again, and the report could be happier – or another disappointment for the family and fans of the former Foley High School three-sport star and Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback.

via Will the Pro Football Hall of Fame finally open its doors to Ken Stabler on Saturday? | AL.com.

Hear what Ken Stabler’s daughters have to say about his Hall of Fame candidacy | AL.com

February 06, 2016

Quarterback Ken Stabler’s three daughters will be in San Francisco on Saturday, representing their father as the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee decides if the Snake should be enshrined with the Class of 2016.

Stabler’s daughters – Kendra, Marissa and Alexa – are there because their father can’t be. Colon cancer claimed Stabler’s life on July 8.

Stabler, a Foley native who starred at Alabama before spending 15 seasons in the NFL, is one of the 18 finalists to be considered by the Selection Committee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. He’s a finalist for the fourth time, but it’s his first try as a nominee of the Senior Committee, which examines overlooked stars whose careers ended more than 25 years ago.

via Hear what Ken Stabler’s daughters have to say about his Hall of Fame candidacy | AL.com.

Regional Management of Red Snapper Delayed | Outdoor Alabama

February 05, 2016

If regional management of the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico is going to be realized any time soon, it’s apparently not going to be through the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

The Gulf Council met recently in Orange Beach, Ala., and Amendment 39, which has to do with regional management, was tabled after it lost support from the representatives from the five Gulf states.

via Regional Management of Red Snapper Delayed | Outdoor Alabama.

Craft: Lodge is important to building shoulder season at the beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 05, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – The shoulder season is not a new concept in the resort towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, but one that of late has been gathering momentum.

But one of original drivers of a shoulder season was the old Gulf State Park Lodge and Convention Center.

via Craft: Lodge is important to building shoulder season at the beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

‘There’s nothing down there’ couple was told in 1949 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 05, 2016

FORT MORGAN, AL – It wasn’t a cold afternoon, but not exactly warm either.

Bill and Mary Ross were cozy in their den looking out on Bon Secour Bay within sight of Mobile Bay. Way across the water north of them you can just make out barges and fishing boats going to and fro on the Intracoastal Waterway.

via ‘There’s nothing down there’ couple was told in 1949 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Mardi Gras Parade traffic modifications and detours – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 05, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – The City of Gulf Shores would like to make all residents and visitors aware of the following traffic flow modifications related to the parade.

Please note: the east lane of Highway 59 North from Highway 182 to Waterville is under construction. We encourage spectators not to gather for the parade in the construction area.

via Mardi Gras Parade traffic modifications and detours – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Ethics Commission Clears Baldwin School Board Member

February 05, 2016

An anonymous complaint was filed last year claiming Swiger used her position on the school board for personal gain by coercing school employees to use her family real estate business.

Swiger says after an exhaustive investigation and numerous interviews the accusations in the anonymous complaint could not be substantiated by any evidence.  The case was closed February 3rd.

via Ethics Commission Clears Baldwin School Board Member.

‘Bonnie and Clyde’ couple: He’s dead, she’s wounded after chase, gunfire in Florida | AL.com

February 05, 2016

A Missouri couple sought for crimes in four states was shot in a hail of gunfire in the Florida Panhandle early today. Blake Fitzgerald was killed; Brittany Harper was wounded, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The shooting followed a massive manhunt that started in Escambia County and ended in Santa Rosa County. There was a car chase, then a foot chase, and another car chase. A barrage of gunfire erupted near the intersection of Garcon Point Road and Hammock Trace in Milton just before 1:30 a.m.

via ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ couple: He’s dead, she’s wounded after chase, gunfire in Florida | AL.com.

WFC Announces Relocation With A Big Dash of Salt – World Food Championships

February 05, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 2016) – The World Food Championships announced today that it is going coastal for the first time and moving the 2016 Ultimate Food Fight to Orange Beach, Alabama.

Now celebrating its 5th Anniversary, WFC will be held Nov. 8-15 at The Wharf, a resort destination with a full-service marina, retail, dining and entertainment options anchored by a multi-use event center and a 10,000-seat amphitheater.

The relocation to Orange Beach is a major milestone, according to World Food Championships’ CEO Mike McCloud.

via WFC Announces Relocation With A Big Dash of Salt – World Food Championships.

Running for breast cancer

February 04, 2016

For a double dose of February goodness, register for the third annual I Pink I Can Run 4-miler that benefits the community as well as each participant’s health — with the added perk of a pink overload.

The event will be Feb. 27 and offers a unique twist: How often can you brag to your friends that you ran to the next state? Well, complete this run and brag away that you dashed (or walked) from Florida to Alabama and back.

via Running for breast cancer.

South Alabama lawmakers tackle minimum wage, gun sales and coastal insurance in spring session | AL.com

February 04, 2016

Coastal insurance reform, increasing the minimum wage in Mobile County, stiffer penalties on gun sales to children, and eliminating Common Core educational standards are among the proposals South Alabama lawmakers are pushing during this spring’s legislative session.

via South Alabama lawmakers tackle minimum wage, gun sales and coastal insurance in spring session | AL.com.

Saving oysters: Nature’s own superheroes at work | AL.com

February 04, 2016

Historically oyster reefs were managed only for harvesting. As a result, oyster reefs today are critically endangered. According to a recent report by Nature Conservancy scientists, shellfish reefs worldwide have declined dramatically, including the loss of 85 percent of oyster reefs globally. Fishing practices, such as dredging, along with drought and predators have played a role in their demise. But through a collaborative movement of volunteers, scientists, educators and local businesses, the tides may be turning for the Gulf Coast oyster reefs.

via Saving oysters: Nature’s own superheroes at work | AL.com.

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