Columbia Southern University faculty and staff are preparing to welcome “family” home as more than 720 graduates are expected to attend the commencement ceremonies on Oct. 28 at the Orange Beach Event Center.
“We are so proud and humbled to be part of this meaningful moment as our students prepare to make their way to Orange Beach from all over the world,” said CSU President Robert Mayes. “Commencement Day is an exciting milestone for our students, staff and faculty as it presents us with a chance to connect as a family while celebrating the joy and benefits education can yield.”
via Columbia Southern University to Conduct Commencement Ceremonies.
In less than a year, residents on the west side of Escambia County will no longer need to travel as far to access emergency health care.
West Florida Healthcare officials announced this week plans to construct the Perdido Bay Emergency Room, a $10 million freestanding emergency department, on the northwest corner of U.S. 98 and Blue Angel Parkway. They anticipate an operating date of August.
via Perdido Bay to get standalone emergency room.
Organizers and festival goers of the 45th annual National Shrimp Festival could not have asked for more ideal weather for the first two days of the four-day festival feet from the Gulf of Mexico.
via Shrimp lovers unite for 45th National Shrimp Fest in Gulf Shores | AL.com.
You can expect food, music, and arts & crafts at this year’s National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores. The three-day event kicked off Thursday.
Hummingbird Ziplines is one of the vendors at the festival. They planned on having a booth, but those plans changed when Gulf State Park shut down their site. The owner told Local 15 News on October 4 that Gulf State Park officials shut him down without an explanation. Official told us the contract with Hummingbird Ziplines expired.
via Hummingbird Ziplines employees at National Shrimp Fest collecting petition signatures | WPMI.
It’s touted as the fastest growing county in the state of Alabama.
Baldwin County officials say they continue to see a surge in population every year, with a number of cities seeing substantial growth.
via Baldwin fastest growing county in state, work underway to keep up | WPMI.
It’s day two of the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, and thousands of people have flocked to South Alabama. From food, to music and art, there’s something for all ages to sample at the 45th Annual Shrimp Festival.
“I think it’s wonderful,” John Firth from Hampton, Georgia said. “I really think it’s a great thing!”
It’s not John and his wife Judy’s first time at the festival, and they say it won’t be their last.
via Hundreds enjoy day two of National Shrimp Festival – FOX10 News | WALA.
In addition to the multiple million dollar grants for the next two years, Alabama is leading the charge in other ways. Fortified new homes are being built at a nation-leading pace. Orange Beach is the only municipality in America where if you build your new structure to a Gold Fortified Certification, the city refunds the permit fees, which often run several thousand dollars, generally equaling out the small cost of fortification in the first place. Recently, the University of Alabama conducted an economic study of the monetary benefits of retrofitting homes to Bronze or Silver levels, and found that those homes had a resale value of more than 7% their counterparts, so the initial costs of retrofitting were more than offset with resale value and insurance savings.
via Alabama leads the nation in home mitigation from storms | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — If you love shrimp there is an event happening right now just for you. The 45th Annual National Shrimp Festival is this weekend in Gulf Shores.
Several hundred vendors will be in attendance, many of whom offer all kinds of items including fine arts and other arts and crafts. Along with the vendors, there is also a retail marketplace, outdoor village, children’s activities and all the shrimp you could ask for.
via Shrimp lovers unite! National Shrimp Fest kicks off in Gulf Shores | WPMI.
A man is dead and a woman is locked up on a reckless murder charge in the Baldwin County jail after a chase by corrections officers Wednesday that originated at the G.K. Fountain Correctional Center near Atmore.
via Baldwin County man dies, woman arrested after pursuit – FOX10 News | WALA.
One of the biggest events of the year in Baldwin County kicked off.
The National Shrimp Festival http://myshrimpfest.com/ began it’s four day run in Gulf Shores Thursday morning.
Ed Rodriguez, the President and CEO of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, said, “We’re expecting between 225,000 and 250,000 people over the four days.”
via 250,000 expected for National Shrimp Festival – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Hundreds of thousands of people are flocking to the coast for seafood and good times. We’re told on average, about 250,000 people attend the festival each year. This year’s t-shirts have coined the phrase, “party like a shrimp.” And of course, there was plenty of shrimp – grilled, boiled, blackened, fried, you name it! From seafood, to alligator and even Philly cheese steaks, festival goers had no lack of variety in food choices.
via Seafood, music, shopping: The perfect recipe for Shrimp Fest 201 – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Sheriff’s investigators were back along Highway 225 in the Crossroads community looking for evidence in the second homicide in the community in less than a week.
“Deputies received a call around 11 o’clock last night of a possible fight,” says Major Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
via Second Murder in Crossroads, Suspect in Custody.
For those who don’t live near the Alabama Gulf Coast, you might not be aware that Gov. Robert Bentley declared a Lionfish Awareness Day recently. The reason for the public declaration was to coincide with the Lions on the Line event that was held at the Flora-Bama Marina and Flora-Bama Ole River Bar & Grill, which sit astride the Florida-Alabama line, hence Lions on the Line.
via Lions on the Line Illustrates Impact of Lionfish on Reefs | Outdoor Alabama.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — If the fun on Dauphin Island isn’t enough then the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores is just a ferry ride away. The event kicks off Thursday October 13.
via National Shrimp Festival kicks off Thursday | WPMI.
The Weeks Bay Foundation is now accepting entries for their annual photo contest until the deadline of Oct. 24. The contest is open to photographers of all ages and skill levels. It is only $5 per photo for adults to enter and free for photographers 16 and under. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded for both open and junior divisions. In addition, there will be a $100 cash prize for the overall best in show.
via Get your cameras clicking on coastal beauty | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.
GULF SHORES, AL – A 71-year-old man was arrested by Gulf Shores Police on Oct. 12 on a sexual abuse first degree charge. Tracy Page Blackwell, who has an Oak Road address in Gulf Shores, is in the Baldwin County Correctional Facility being held without bond.
via 71-year-old arrested in Gulf Shores sex abuse case | The Islander.
A two-vehicle traffic crash in Baldwin County early Wednesday afternoon claimed the life of a Foley man, according to State Troopers.
Clint Travis Hunley, 36, was killed when the 1999 Toyota Avalon in which he was a passenger collided with a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer at about 12:40 p.m., according to Trooper Kevin Cook.
via Foley man dies in two-vehicle crash in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.
One of the big events of the year in coastal Alabama kicks off Thursday, and come hungry.
It’s the 2016 National Shrimp Festival http://myshrimpfest.com/.
The festival takes place at the public beach access where Highway 59 and intersects with Highway 182.
via National Shrimp Festival kicks off – FOX10 News | WALA.
If you were up early Wednesday morning, you might have caught a glimpse of a flashing light streaking across the sky.
It wasn’t a UFO or an optical illusion, however. According to NASA, what people were seeing was a meteor.
via Did you see the Alabama fireball? Here’s NASA’s explanation | AL.com.
Authorities rescued three men and two dogs from a sinking boat near Dauphin Island on Wednesday.
The U.S. Coast Guard received a report about the sinking vessel at 10:18 a.m. A 45-foot response boat, a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the New Orleans station and another helicopter from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile were sent to the scene.
via 3 men, 2 dogs saved from sinking boat near Dauphin Island | AL.com.
If you’re going to be an artist at the beach, then the walls in your abode should be filled with art.
Not only is Judy Oxford an artist, she’s also a collector of art, and her Ono Island home reflects her love of paintings, especially those inspired by life by the Gulf of Mexico. Hundreds of painting dot the walls of her home.
via Art-filled Ono Island home like living in a gallery | AL.com.
We’ve had some long-standing festivals around here, and have seen more than one check out during the past couple of years. But you’d be hard pressed to find an event that has outlasted the hardcore stamina of the National Shrimp Festival.
Celebrating 45 years of bringing what our Gulf Coast does best — shrimp — to our Gulf Shores beaches, this year’s Shrimp Festival is upon us, rocking the beach Oct. 13-16. We can expect more of the same this year, and then some.
via Shrimp Fest taking over the Gulf – LagniappeLagniappe.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – So what is the word on a Rouse’s Supermarket coming to Orange Beach at Canal Road and Alabama 161?“ I don’t think they’re coming,” Mayor Tony Kennon said. “The problem was the property they purchased ALDOT would only allow right in and right out so it created nothing but a series of U-turns and circles.”
Community Development Director Kit Alexander said the company bought the lot on the contingency they could work out traffic issues with the Alabama Department of Transportation. They were proposing entrances off of Callaway Road onto Canal Road and onto Alabama 161 from the Orange Beach Justice Center. Both roads are state highways and under state jurisdiction.
via So, Rouse’s or not for Orange Beach? | The Islander.
Known as one of the Gulf Coast’s most popular beach getaways, Orange Beach is lined with beautiful marinas and miles of coastal paradise. Naturally soaking up the beauty of its surroundings, Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina houses two completely different experiences under one roof—upscale and casual family dining—yet both still exude a very authentic vibe. We sat down with the duo to discuss everything from running two restaurants under one roof to their best childhood memories of cooking.
via Johnny Fisher and Bill Briand’s Waterfront Success – Southern Living.
The largest no-kill animal shelter in Baldwin County needs your help, and it’s not just money or donations. Caretakers at the North Baldwin Animal Shelter say too many pet owners aren’t taking the responsibility of spaying and neutering pets seriously.
via No-kill animal shetler in Baldwin County needs your help | WPMI.
City leaders in Orange Beach are looking at a proposal that could increase business license fees and add a liquor tax. They say it’s to generate money for a program that helps keep the beaches clean.
Every year thousands of people flock to the beaches of south Alabama. With that in mind, city leaders in Orange Beach say they have to keep up with how the city looks. One of the ways is to increase revenue.
via Orange Beach officials propose tax, business license fee increas – FOX10 News | WALA.
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The beachfront in Gulf Shores is being transformed. The 45th National Shrimp Festival happens every year this time in October.
via Almost Time for 45th National Shrimp Festival.
The Tanger Outlet Center is adding another retailer to their line-up of stores in Foley.H&M will open a brand new location on Thursday, October 13 at the outlet center.
H&M is one of the world’s largest fashion retailers and is known for offering fashion-forward apparel at reasonable prices.
via H&M Headed for Foley, New Location Opens Thursday.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Richard Schwartz waxed philosophical as he pondered the raising of business license fees and a tax on hard liquor the City of Orange Beach is considering.“
It’s just part of what’s going on,” he said. “Everything costs more. Business licenses goes up, everything goes up. The price of shrimp has gone up 24 percent the past year. You just have to pay.
via Orange Beach proposing new tax, business license increase | The Islander.