Gulf Shores will ‘walk the line’ with SummerTide Theatre this season

April 30, 2015

The University of Alabama’s professional summer theatre, SummerTide, will bring the man in black “down, down, down” to Gulf Shores during its 12th season. The cast of SummerTide will present Ring of Fire, a musical revue by Richard Maltby Jr., and Bill Meade. Inspired by the life and lyrics of Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire brings universal stories of love, home and family to the stage. The revue features over two dozen songs by Cash including, “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and of course the title song, “Ring of Fire.”

Ring of Fire, the music of Johnny Cash

via Gulf Shores will ‘walk the line’ with SummerTide Theatre this season.

Public Forum Thursday On School Tax Vote

April 30, 2015

A public forum will be held tomorrow night (April 30th) from 7-9 at the Baldwin County Commission Annex in Robertsdale to discuss “Plan B” following last month’s failed property tax increase referendum.

On March 31st, voters overwhelmingly rejected an 8 mil tax hike to fund a massive, school expansion project. Voters also rejected two existing mils up for renewal.

via Public Forum Thursday On School Tax Vote.

Coast Guard Search Winding Down

April 30, 2015

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. – Coast Guard officials say they have covered more than 6,000 square miles of Mobile Bay in an effort to find three boaters who remain missing.

Two have been identified as 17-year-old Adam Clark and 71-year-old Jimmie Brown. Three bodies have already been recovered and have been identified as Kris Beall of Louisiana, Robert Delaney of Mississippi and Glenn Massey of Daphne.

via Coast Guard Search Winding Down.

Questions raised about Baldwin County’s property tax revenue | AL.com

April 30, 2015

Five Alabama counties are trending upward in property tax revenues, while Baldwin County has yet to see an uptick from the same revenue stream since the Recession, according to statistics provided by Interim County Administrator Ron Cink.

Revenue Commissioner Teddy Faust Jr., however, said the county’s revenue figures should show at least a 6 percent increase in the coming year.

via Questions raised about Baldwin County’s property tax revenue | AL.com.

USC, Hawaii among colleges heading to Gulf Shores for sand volleyball championships this weekend | AL.com

April 30, 2015

Gulf Shores will be in the national spotlight this weekend as the best collegiate women’s sand volleyball teams and players from across the U.S. hit the Gulf Coast for a championship tournament.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships returns to Baldwin County’s beaches for the fourth year in a row. Competition begins Friday and runs through Sunday at the Gulf Shores Public Beach, where Alabama 59 ends at the beach.

via USC, Hawaii among colleges heading to Gulf Shores for sand volleyball championships this weekend | AL.com.

Authorities investigating runaway utility spool in Foley | AL.com

April 30, 2015

Authorities are investigating the origins of a runaway utility spool that struck and damaged three vehicles on the Foley Beach Express Saturday.

Foley Police Capt. David White said the spool, which was rolling out-of-control amid 50 mph or more winds during a strong storm, struck three occupied vehicles stopped at the expressway’s intersection at County Road 20. No one was injured.

via Authorities investigating runaway utility spool in Foley | AL.com.

“Peddle to the Treasure” Bicycle Scavenger Hunt for Relay For Li – FOX10 News | WALA

April 29, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Get out and enjoy beautiful Orange Beach, get some exercise, and raise money for a great cause all with one event. “Peddle to the Treasure” Bicycle Scavenger Hunt is scheduled for this weekend! Here’s more from organizers:

“Peddle to the Treasure” is a fundraiser for Relay for Life. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 2 and is a new event. It is a bicycle scavenger hunt on the Back Country Trails of Orange Beach. Participants will be given a map and list of ‘treasures’ to find during the hunt. Some treasures will be pictures with certain things and others will be actual finds to bring back. This is not a race but an opportunity to get out on the beautiful trails and also raise money for a good cause.

FOX10 News | WALA

via “Peddle to the Treasure” Bicycle Scavenger Hunt for Relay For Li – FOX10 News | WALA.

Callaway remembers 104 years of Baldwin County – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People

April 29, 2015

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.

Second night of Boston’s tour lands at The Wharf in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 29, 2015

Back by popular demand, Tom Scholz’ band Boston will embark on another highly anticipated tour, following a successful run last year that brought the band back to Japan after 35 years.

The first show kicks off on Thursday, April 30, in Tuscaloosa at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, with the band performing more than four dozen shows in North America, running through Aug. 30 in Kansas City, Mo.

via Second night of Boston’s tour lands at The Wharf in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Widespread Panic concert panicking officials in Alabama beach town | Online Athens

April 29, 2015

Officials in Orange Beach, Ala., are less than enthused about an upcoming concert by Athens-based jam band Widespread Panic, to the point that one of them recently dropped an “f-bomb” to describe at least some of the group’s fans.

OK, it wasn’t that f-bomb. But according to Alabama news website AL.com, Orange Beach Mayor Pro-Tem Jeff Silvers, recalling the band’s 2010 concert in the town and reacting to news that they’d been booked at an Orange Beach venue for May 22 this year, said the city and its officials “don’t promote that style of living and floppiness that’s happened, that they will bring.”

via Widespread Panic concert panicking officials in Alabama beach town | Online Athens.

Boater recalls being pinned under Dauphin Island Bridge – FOX10 News | WALA

April 29, 2015

The Fairhope Yacht Club is dotted with reminders of Saturday’s deadly storm: from shredded sails to battered keels.

Zane Yoder spent the better part of the day running over his boat, seeing how badly it was damaged and thinking about the tragedy on Mobile Bay.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Boater recalls being pinned under Dauphin Island Bridge – FOX10 News | WALA.

Two teen girls tell their stories of survival after being strand – FOX10 News | WALA

April 29, 2015

A 15-year-old girl and her 50-year-old family friend were teammates on a small Hobie catamaran for Saturday’s Dauphin Island Sailboat Race, but the two endured an experience they never expected.

After the two were thrown from their boat in Saturday’s severe weather, they were left bobbing in the Bay for some two hours without hardly any means of getting to safety.

Hana Blalack, 15, a rising senior at Spanish Fort High School, had never sailed before when her close friend asked her if she wanted to sail in the Dauphin Island Sailboat Race with her dad.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Two teen girls tell their stories of survival after being strand – FOX10 News | WALA.

Eastern Shore Comes up Empty

April 29, 2015

Experts tell us if there is an accident in the bay a lot of times anything related to that accident will wash up on the Eastern Shore. It happened with the Coast Guard chopper crash a couple of years ago and this tragedy may be no different.

By mid-morning, boats hit the water, ATV’s took off along the shore line and Coast Guard air support began an intensive search of the Eastern Shore. “They are the go to people,” says Lt. Tony Nolfe with the sheriff’s office. “They know these areas and they know how to search it.”

via Eastern Shore Comes up Empty.

Weekend weather shaping up for Hot Air Balloon Fest’s 1st May event in Foley; over 30 balloons to fly | AL.com

April 29, 2015

It’s shaping up to be a special year for the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, as the 11th annual event opens in May for the first time and the weather forecast looks perfect, so far.

Teaming up with the city of Foley, the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce moved the event from the hot and humid mid-June date to the first weekend in May this year. With the National Weather Service calling for clear skies and highs in the upper 70s Thursday through Sunday, it looks like the move will pay off.

via Weekend weather shaping up for Hot Air Balloon Fest’s 1st May event in Foley; over 30 balloons to fly | AL.com.

5 minutes to speak and other logistical issues you need to know about Thursday’s Baldwin County meeting | AL.com

April 29, 2015

Public speakers at Thursday’s much-anticipated Baldwin County Public Schools-Commission meeting in Robertsdale will get five minutes to speak and will have to sign up to do so when they arrive.

If more than 24 people want to speak, warranting a need for another public meeting, Baldwin County Commission President Charles “Skip” Gruber said Tuesday he’s open to having one.

via 5 minutes to speak and other logistical issues you need to know about Thursday’s Baldwin County meeting | AL.com.

Dauphin Island Regatta tragedy: What we know Wednesday morning | AL.com

April 29, 2015

The death toll from Saturday’s storm-ravaged Dauphin Island Regatta officially rose to three on Tuesday when the U.S. Coast Guard announced that the body of a third boater had been recovered from Mobile Bay.

In a news release, the Coast Guard said a fisherman found the body near an offshore gas platform in the bay, and first responders brought it to U.S. Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island.

via Dauphin Island Regatta tragedy: What we know Wednesday morning | AL.com.

Baldwin EMC members warned of phone scam – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 29, 2015

SUMMERDALE, Ala. — Baldwin EMC representatives are issuing an urgent warning to the cooperative’s members about a phone scam. The alert follows recent reports from several local business owners who received a call from someone claiming to represent Baldwin EMC. The caller demanded a large amount of money be paid in cash to avoid being disconnected. At least one business was directed to pay by wire transfer, and not at a Baldwin EMC office.

via Baldwin EMC members warned of phone scam – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Could Regatta Have Been Canceled in Time?

April 28, 2015

We are learning more about what may have pushed this race back.  And the delay may have potentially kept people out on the water longer than expected.

First a website error may have caused confusion about the start time, that moved the race back an hour back.  Then there was a false start. That took almost another 30 minutes.  But could this have made a difference? When we talked with a former planner he says he would have done exactly the same thing.

via Could Regatta Have Been Canceled in Time?.

Long-suffering Perdido Dunes Tower hits another snag – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 28, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Developers of a new 12-story tower, well within the zoning height allowances, are facing a new problem with the width of the project at ground level.

Three owners trying to rebuild on a spot where an eight-condo complex destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 once sat, had hoped site work would be under way by now. But after a recheck of surveys the city believed the 20-foot setbacks from the east and west sides of the property were out of whack.

The city then notified Perdido Dunes Tower it intended to revoke the permit, but the owners filed a lawsuit before the revocation to stop the city from stopping their project.

via Long-suffering Perdido Dunes Tower hits another snag – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Funny thing about that Flora-Bama photo … – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 28, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Like it never happened.

That’s a tag carried by a few pictures posted on social media by Flora-Bama principal owner John McInnis on Monday afternoon. The pictures show a pristine post-Mullet Toss beachfront at the iconic roadhouse.

A controversy about a jam band’s scheduled appearance in Orange Beach on May 22 is stirring up talk all over town about crowds, how they act and what’s left in their wake.

via Funny thing about that Flora-Bama photo … – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

The 9 Alabama counties where people drink the most booze: Monday’s Wake Up Call | AL.com

April 27, 2015

The data breaks down the drinking rates to a county level, so I thought it would be enlightening to look at the counties in Alabama that have the highest percentage of heavy drinkers. They are: Baldwin County – 9.3% Montgomery County – 8.4% Lee County – 8.3% Macon County – 7.8% Pike County – 7.8% Mobile County – 7.7% Shelby County – 7.6% Jefferson County – 7.1% Elmore County – 7.1%

via The 9 Alabama counties where people drink the most booze: Monday’s Wake Up Call | AL.com.

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