One hundred and fifty years ago today, the Confederate Army sputtered its last gasp.
The Civil War had technically ended hours earlier when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of the Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House.
The surrender meant nothing to the Union and Confederate soldiers locked in a bitter struggle at Blakely.
“Of course, the news hadn’t reached here yet,” said Lonnie Burnett, a history professor at the University of Mobile.
via Today is anniversary of the last major Civil War battle – watch it here | AL.com.
A man reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and armed with multiple firearms surrendered to negotiators with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night after firing several shots at a home in Silverhill, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.
Around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday officers with the Silverhill and Summerdale police departments responded to a report of an apparently intoxicated man firing weapons in and around a home on Camellia Road. Silverhill Police Chief Kim Wasden requested the help of the sheriff’s office to talk the man down.
via Silverhill man, suffering from PTSD, arrested with multiple guns after shooting at home, BCSO says | AL.com.
The next step forward for the Baldwin County Public School System is to have a joint public meeting April 30 with the four-member Baldwin County Commission in Robertsdale.
The tentative meeting is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. at the Central Annex Building, 22251 Palmer St. and it will be open to the public.
The aim for the meeting, according to commissioners on Thursday, is to begin moving forward from the March 31 referendum that could potentially leave the school system with a loss of revenues.
via Baldwin County Commission, School Board to meet April 30 to discuss next steps following tax referendum defeat | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL – City and state officials could have a ribbon cutting on the new bridge over Little Lagoon as early as April 17, according to Brian Aaron of the Alabama Department of Transportation.
“If everything goes well and the weather cooperates with us, we’re planning on opening the bridge to traffic April 17,” Aaron said. “That’s what we’re shooting for right now. We’re putting the finishing touches up on everything this week. We should be paving this week.”
via Little Lagoon bridge opening planned for April 17 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Seeing a military airplane fly over when you’re sitting on the beaches of Gulf Shores isn’t that unusual. Seeing a Russian military plane above you? Now that’s something that could get your attention.
Military officials said they’re seeing an increased number of Russian long-range bombers near the U.S., something Admiral Bill Gortney said is akin to “sending a message” about Moscow’s military strength.
When asked about reports that Russia will soon start sending aircraft to patrol the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, Gortney would only say “it wouldn’t surprise me if they do that.”
via Vacationing along the Gulf of Mexico? Don’t let that Russian jet scare you: Thursday’s Wake Up Call | AL.com.
Considering the growth in the general Baldwin County population, it comes as no surprise that jail cells are filling up as well.
Last March, the southern municipalities: Foley, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, along with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, commissioned a roughly $39,000 study looking into the possibility of creating a joint city jail in that section of the county.
via Tri-city jail is a possibility in south Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.
Daphne Police have one suspect in custody, but another one is still on the loose after they say the two men had a shootout in the middle of the street. It happened Tuesday afternoon, April 7, 2015 in the Daphmont neighborhood shortly after 4:00. One suspect was hit during the shootout and was arrested later at the hospital.
Michelle Uribe happened to be looking out the window of her home when the gunfight broke out.
via One suspect wounded and one still on the loose after Daphne shoo – FOX10 News | WALA.
Baldwin County officials said they’re facing a challenge finding money to pay for maintenance of a 300 acre park in the northern part of the county.
Park officials are looking at funding ideas for a facility that showcases the county’s rich history.
PRESERVING CULTURAL HERITAGE
Bicentennial Park is located on more than 360 acres off Highway 225, just north of I-65.
It’s dedicated to preserving the county’s cultural heritage.
via What’s next for Baldwin County’s Bicentennial Park? – FOX10 News | WALA.
Dust is flying in the fields just off of County Road 20 in Foley. A week ago, trucks started moving and laying down the groundwork for the $16 million ball fields.
One of the biggest hurdles to get to this point was beginning the extension of Pride Drive through the site. But now that it’s firmly underway, Sports Tourism Director Don Staley said things will really start flying.
“It has given so much of an uplift to this whole project for Killian, for Blue Collar, for us because now we see the movement,” Staley said.
via Foley announces packed slate of sports events – FOX10 News | WALA.
A woman accused of bringing a gun to an elementary school and firing at least one shot inside entered a not guilty plea in federal court Wednesday.
Authorities say Barbara Grice walked into Elberta Elementary School in February looking to kill her sister who worked at the school. Investigators say Grice fired a shot in the school and tried to run away before being arrested. No one was hurt in the incident.
via Attorney: Grice Not in Right Mind.
For Chad Dugger and Paul Lores, a quiet lunch break on Fish River became a panicked, adrenaline fueled race to save a little boy’s life.
The two Baldwin EMC linemen saw a woman and several kids walking on the pier. Seconds later, a toddler, fell off and went under.
via Baldwin EMC Linemen Pull Boy From River.
DAPHNE, Ala. – The Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance and the county’s five Chambers of Commerce – the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce – will host the 2015 Baldwin County Job Fair, to be held Tuesday, April 14, at the Daphne Civic Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
via Baldwin County Annual Job Fair.
Phase 1 of Blue Collar Country in Foley will open in April 2016.
Foley’s sports tourism director made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday. The 27 million dollar sportsplex will likely put the city in the top of the lucrative, sports tourism industry.
City leaders hope to attract youth and college sports tournaments to the complex. Phase 1 will also feature at least two hotels and a conference center.
via Blue Collar Country Phase 1 Opens April 2016.
While provisional ballots were being counted at election offices in Bay Minette, just a few blocks away at Bay Minette Elementary School principal Averette Hale was ushering workmen and the state fire marshal around campus. “Just to make sure the building is safe and all the things that can be fixed are being fixed.”
via Provisional Ballots Counted, One Baldwin Tax Renewal Passes.
During the March 31 property tax referendum, voters came out against four of five taxes on the ballot, but one measure has survived and been approved based on a provisional ballot count in Baldwin County Probate Court on Tuesday.
Of the 455 provisional votes cast, 303 were verified and counted, according to Probate Court Judge Tim Russell. And those votes basically went along with the percentages from the general election, he said.
via Final vote count in: Renewal of tax worth about $10.5 million to Baldwin schools survives | AL.com.
FOLEY, Ala. — People looking to learn more about the city of Foley need only lace up their shoes and head downtown this Saturday.
Every Saturday this month, the Alabama Tourism Department has encourage numerous cities across the state — including Foley — to host walking tours to help familiarize the public with the community.
LaDonna Hinesley, leisure tourism marketing director for the city of Foley, said the city has decided to participate in the walking tours this year as a walk to celebrate the city’s centennial.
via Walking tours set to continue this Saturday in Foley – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Twenty years ago, if people told me they saw an eagle in Alabama, I would have guessed that it was probably just a vulture. Now, when people tell me they saw an eagle in the winter, I ask them, “Which species?”
via Two kinds of eagles can be seen in Alabama – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL – A wreck at the busy beach road intersection injured only the driver in an accident that saw a southbound car travel across the northbound lanes and into a telephone pole.
“The driver had a medical emergency,” Lt. Jeff Kinsey of Gulf Shores Fire and Rescue said. “The car crossed into uncoming traffic lanes and fortunately there were no cars coming or anybody standing on the corner.”
via One injured in single car crash in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
SUMMERDALE, Ala. — A Wednesday morning crash at the intersection of County Road 32 and the Baldwin Beach Express late Wednesday morning has sent one person to a local hospital.
An officer at the scene said two cars collided at the intersection — where a traffic signal was recently installed because of a high rate of accidents — after one motorist traveling west on 32 struck a vehicle moving south on the Beach Express.
via Wreck on Baldwin Beach Express sends one to the hospital – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
DAPHNE, Ala. WPMI What police describe as a shootout in the middle of a Daphne neighborhood ended with a family being held at gunpoint inside their own home. It happened in broad daylight in the Daphmont subdivision Tuesday. Police said one of the shooters was shot in the leg during the gun battle, then limped down the street and barged into a house full of young children.
via Daphne Family Helps Wounded Suspect at Gunpoint – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
It was not a great kickoff to spring break for some local teenagers. The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office busted four teens with gallons and gallons of alcohol on I-10 today.
via Underaged Teens Busted for Towing Trailer Full of Alcohol.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Baldwin County deputies arrested three adults and detained or arrested more than two dozen minors for possession of alcohol at house parties over Easter weekend. It happened at three different locations on West Beach Boulevard; two on Friday and one Saturday night.
Baldwin County Sheriff, Huey “Hoss” Mack said one stemmed from a complaint of loud music and at the other locations, deputies on routine patrol observed teens drinking outside.
FOX10 News | WALA
via Weekend house parties land thee adults and numerous minors in ja – FOX10 News | WALA.
With both Mobile and Baldwin Counties on spring break this week, hundreds will spend their downtime heading to the sands of Gulf Shores.
Last month, the city issued a warning to all coming down for spring break that drunk and disorderly conduct along with general disregard for the law would not be tolerated.
FOX10 News | WALA
via GSPD using beefed up patrol to ensure safe, fun spring break – FOX10 News | WALA.
Flying along the beach front it’s easy to see what brings thousands to this part of the gulf coast. It’s also easy to see where most of them stay. A wall of condo’s line the landscape.
There are a few breaks in the wall. One of those breaks could be home to an ambitious project, the Ascension and Grace condo towers.
“Property’s like this, you don’t get a chance very often to have this in your community.” Robert Stuart chairs the planning commission that approved the project. “They by right could build two 26 story towers. They would have been much wider and would have taken a bigger footprint of the property instead of spreading out and going wide they are going up.”
via Orange Beach Tower Could be State’s Second Tallest.
GULF SHORES, Alabama - Sheriff’s deputies shut down three Spring Break parties on West Beach in Gulf Shores over the weekend.
The parties were located at two beach houses and at this high rise condo. At one of the parties, deputies found a U-haul trailer similar to this one full of booze.
via Three Adults Charged With Supplying Booze To Minors.
More than 13% of all Alabama adults have a conceal carry weapons permit. That translates to 499,888 or 1 in 8 adults packing heat. This is just an estimate. If the record keeping statewide was more precise it is likely the numbers would be higher than that. Without precise data how did we get these estimates?
via One In Eight Alabamians Have Pistol Permits.
The town of Dauphin Island is in the middle of a huge push to increase tourism. It’s recently billed itself the antithesis of party spring break towns.
“We’ve done a lot of additional advertising and marketing over the past year, we’re doing a major advertising campaign as we speak, we just came out with a new website. We just went through a new branding process as you know we’re the Sunset Capital of Alabama.
via Dauphin Island “Laid Back” Spring Breaker Campaign May Be Paying.
If provisional votes counted on Tuesday result in the total failure of last week’s tax referendum, the Baldwin County Commission could face the tough reality of having to levy property taxes a majority of their constituents didn’t want.
via Will provisional vote count on Tuesday doom only property tax Baldwin voters approved? | AL.com.