BAY MINETTE, AL- Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack agrees with Governor Robert Bentley’s decision to refuse to allow refugees to relocate in Alabama.
Bentley is one of a growing list of governors not allowing refugees in their states following the Paris attacks.
via Local Sheriff Agrees With Governor’s No Refugees Order.
A quiet neighborhood in Baldwin County is rocked by violence after a man is found shot to death inside an abandoned rental car.
A picturesque road in rural Baldwin County where neighbors make a gruesome discovery on their way home from church. “When they came back from church, around 11:30, they got closer and they saw blood in the car and saw there was a young, black male in the backseat dead,” says Sandra Dodd.
via Body Found in Lillian Identified.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the homicide of Devon Deshon Kennedy of Pensacola. Kennedy was found dead inside a vehicle in Lillian late Sunday morning.
The car, a silver Hyundai Elantra, was parked on Farley Lane, when investigators arrived at the scene. The body was then transported to Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.
via Pensacola man found dead inside car in Lillian | AL.com.
Christmas is just around the corner and the City of Gulf Shores is once again gearing up to celebrate with a full array of holiday events. Whether it’s marveling at the magical glow of the lighted parade or the Baldwin Pops Christmas Concert, families young and old are invited to join in the excitement of the season.
via Gulf Shores announces Christmas celebration activities – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
It’s a story Fox Ten News has been following for several months. The City of Fairhope is building a new soccer complex.
40 ACRES, NINE FIELDS
Construction began earlier this year on a 40 acre soccer complex at Manley Road and County Road 13.
via New soccer complex construction underway in Fairhope – FOX10 News | WALA.
Friday’s terror attacks are raising concerns about the Syrian refugee crisis.
A possibly fake Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the attackers who managed to pass through a migrant corridor in a flood of asylum-seekers.
via Rep. Bradley Byrne On Syrian Refugees in America.
Tuscaloosa police apprehended an inmate who escaped early Saturday morning from an Alabama work release center.
Michael Terrell Kirkman, 29, was arrested at 8:43 a.m. in the 3100 block of Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa, the Alabama Department of Corrections released.
A second state prison Kendall Lanier Williams, 26, turned himself back in to Loxley Work Release on Saturday afternoon.
via 1 escaped Alabama inmate recaptured, another turns self in | AL.com.
Where are those Yankees? Not at Alabama’s sugar-white sand beaches.
Of the top 18 states who send tourists to coastal Alabama each summer, none are in New England. Only Pennsylvania is listed among the states that had a measurable number of visitors coming to Alabama, according to a 2014 Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism report.
“When I talk to them about Alabama they look at me funny, ‘Alabama? What’s in Alabama?’” said Kathy Hadley, an upstate New York resident who, along with her husband Pat, spend six months each year in Gulf Shores. “That’s the response I get from my New York friends who have been traveling down to Florida for years.”
via Why Alabama is not in a New York state of mind when it comes to tourism | AL.com.
Tourists and locals over age 21 can get their bushwacker fix at any number of beach bars here on Pleasure Island. It’s the unofficial drink of Alabama’s beaches.
But there’s another way to get that unmistakable bushwacker flavor. In, of all things, a dessert. Bundt cake to be precise.
via Cool Shops at the Beach: Get bushwacked at Rum Sisters bakery in Gulf Shores | AL.com.
According to state and coastal Alabama tourism figures, Baldwin County’s tourism industry is expected to reach a fifth year of record breaking returns since the oil spill kept tourists away. The county, with the beach cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach as the main attractions, experienced a 4.7 increase in visitors from 5.5 million in 2013 to 5.8 million in 2014.
via Why record-setting beach tourism is elating and frustrating coastal Alabama | AL.com.
On the last Friday in October, eleven guys–a few friends, a few acquaintances, a few total strangers–loaded onto the sailing vessel Libra for an adventure they’ll never forget.
Sailing Vessel Libra had circumnavigated the globe at least twice before retiring to Orange Beach, Alabama a decade or so ago. Captain Ryan Rayfield bought Libra a few years ago with the hopes of fixing up the custom 1969 Bill Tripp design and turning her into a blue water sailing school.
What better shake down cruise than the inaugural “Pensacola a la Habana Race”?
via First Inaugural “Pensacola a la Habana Race” success! | Bo + Allison.
Baldwin County Transportation System-or BRATS-could soon make its way down to the beach.
Local 15′s Bethany Anderson explains how Orange Beach and city officials are looking to add the county’s bus system to improve traffic flow.
via BRATS Buses May Expand Service to Beach – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
Orange Beach, AL – By winning the Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge presented by Zatarain’s, The Flora-Bama Yacht Club qualified to compete in the World Food Championships held in Kissimmee, Fla., the second week of November.
Upon arriving Chef Chris Sherrill, Chef Haikel Harris, and their team competed in the “Food Fight” Competition where they placed first with a score of 116 out 120 for their signature Lionfish Nachos. A few days later they competed in the opening round of the World Seafood Championship where they finished fifth with a score of 91.625.
via Flora-Bama Yacht Club chefs finish third at world championship – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
SPANISH FORT, AL- School administrators in Baldwin County have made it clear: now is not the time for Spanish Fort football players, students and fans to publicly support accused rapist Cameron Harrison.
Many were outraged when signs and symbols supporting Harrison surfaced in the locker room and at last Friday’s playoff game.
via Banning Signs In Support Of Cameron Harrison.
When thousands of people met thousands of oysters last weekend in Gulf Shores, there were some winners and some losers.
The oysters lost. As for the winners, organizers of the annual Hangout Oyster Cook-Off have revealed which chefs and venues won the event’s various categories of competition. They are:
via The Pearls: Hilton Pensacola Beach tops list of Oyster Cook-Off winners | AL.com.
Kendall Lanier Williams, 26, was reported missing after a bed check at Loxley Work Release Center.
via 2 Alabama inmates escape 2 facilities in 1 day | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) For this week’s Cool School of the Week, Local 15 highlighted Gulf Shores High School, where a new Public Safety Academy is preparing students for a future outside of the classroom.
via Cool Schools: Gulf Shores High Public Safety Academy – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
GULF SHORES, AL -Gulf State Park and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber asks the public to join in the kickoff the holiday season at the Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion from 6-8 p.m.
There will be photos with Santa by the fire, have a bowl of red beans and rice, hot chocolate and cookies, listen to a kids choir and the children can make an ornament to take home.
via Coastal Christmas kickoff is Nov. 15 at Gulf State Park – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Conservative firebrand Dean Young has qualified to run in a rematch primary against Congressman Bradley Byrne for the southwest Alabama seat.
The two last battled in 2013, with Byrne besting Young in that contest.
Now Young, a businessman and former adviser to Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, said he is ready for another round with Byrne.
via Congressional race heats up – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Soccer is growing in popularity in our area.
And, people in Fairhope will soon have a new state-of-the-art of facility for the games.
Construction work is underway on a new $3.5 million dollar soccer complex in Fairhope. It’s being built on Manley Road near County Road 13.
via New soccer complex construction underway in Fairhope – FOX10 News | WALA.
It’s the third year of the Fairhope Film Festival, (Thursday through Sunday this week.) With more than 40 films being screened at 6 different venues, this is it’s biggest year yet.
Chad Kirtland is helping to market the festival. He says the drawing card of Fairhope is that all of the films being shown have already stood out in other festivals. It’s the cream of the crop.
via Film Fever Growing in Fairhope.
“All these things are either weapons as they are classified now or easily transitioned into a weapon,” says Baldwin County Sheriff’s Major Anthony Lowery as he pours a bucket of knives, scissors, corkscrews and just about anything else you can imagine onto a table.
“We guard against the unknown in court security,” says Lowery. “We realize that all this stuff can hurt someone and kill them.”
via Courthouse Security Catches Plenty of Weapons.
Elberta resident Shelby Brown has made it to the Top 12 after surviving another week on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice.”
Brown, along with contestant Jordan Smith, was saved by America’s vote during the first elimination episode of the live playoffs on Wednesday night. During the week, the teen performed an ed”You’re No Good” and blew away all of the judges.
via Alabama’s Shelby Brown lands spot in Top 12 during ‘The Voice’ live playoffs | AL.com.
Last month, Gulf Shores was “awarded” the title of the drunkest city in Alabama. Now, a little less than a month into the beach town’s reign, another website has given the title to different Alabama city.It appears a controversy is brewing.
via Does Alabama have a new drunkest city? | AL.com.
Farther south, Alabama’s coastal area is working to move tourism beyond beach time.
With the help of the local community, the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber located a 40-year-old retired Dutch cargo ship. They purchased the ship, transported it to the coast, de-hazmatted it and sunk it 17 miles off the coast to create a reef for diving. The cost of the project was $500,000, and they were able to raise $840,000. In two years, diving has quintupled. Other projects have been added, including an underwater playground and underwater wedding altar. A 180-foot barge has also been sunk for a mid-range diving attraction.
“The reef project is the perfect example of the community coming together,” says Ed Rodriguez, chamber president and CEO. “It’s been great for the diving and fishing industry and has received national and international publicity.”
This out-of-the-box thinking helped to earn the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber the award for Chamber of the Year in North America from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber was selected for this invitation-only honor out of more than 5,000 chambers of commerce across the continent.
via Hubs of Commerce New and Expanding.