GULF SHORES, AL – A memo from someone who works in an office in Boston was able to shut down a well-used north-south artery through Gulf State Park at a moment’s notice.
“I had no idea they were going to close that road,” Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said. “And neither did our police or fire or anybody knew until I got a text from the folks at the state park at 6:30 yesterday morning. The road was closed sometime around 6 o’clock.
“We did not know.”
via Memo from Boston firm first hint of state park road closure – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Leaders with the Baldwin County Board of Education toured the system’s “virtual school” facility Monday, April 18, 2016. It was the first of its kind in the state and now in its third year, enrollment continues to grow.
Headquartered in a rent-free facility on Faulkner State’s Fairhope campus, Baldwin County’s virtual school program continues to grow as more families look for alternative means of education. Baldwin County School Board president, Shannon Cauley and superintendent, Eddie Tyler stopped in to visit with some students to find out what attracted them to the program.
via Baldwin County virtual school program growing in popularity – FOX10 News | WALA.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - Do you shop for your clothes online? What about your groceries?
Walmart is now offering this service to its customers, with a twist.
There isn’t a catch. All you do is go online, make your list of groceries, and drive up. They are loaded into your car and that’s all. Plus, it is free.
via Walmart rolls out curbside grocery pickup on Eastern Shore – FOX10 News | WALA.
By Monday night, the death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Ecuador had jumped to 413. The number is expected to rise as the search continues for people trapped in the rubble.
Kathryn Cockrell can’t get over the devastating images that have been pouring in, especially considering she just returned from that area.
“I actually just got back from a three week long mission trip in Ecuador last week…so this earthquake happened within a week of me coming home,” Cockrell explained.
via Daphne Helping Friends in Ecuador – FOX10 News | WALA.
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It’s been nearly a year since tragedy struck Mobile Bay. Six lives were lost after a storm popped up during the Dauphin Island Regatta April 25, 2015.
“The storm hit and Dauphin Island became a mess all of a sudden. Hundreds of boats were out in the bay. Of course, I was worried about my family that was sailing my boat with a crew of all women,” said Semih Kangal.
Kangal has only missed two races since 1982. This year he and his crew will be back on the water. His boat — “Boca” — is one of at least 90 boats already signed up this year. Come race day, organizers expect more than 100 boats.
via New changes to Dauphin Island Regatta following deadly race – FOX10 News | WALA.
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PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) - We’re still asking questions about a missing boater from Gulf Shores.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has not identified the body that was found at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola on Friday. It could be that of missing Gulf Shores boater, Brad Gunther.
No officials have confirmed that. What we do know is investigators haven’t released any official information about the identity. In the meantime, we’re learning more about the timeline of this mystery, thanks to a picture (see right).
via No ID on body found Friday, is Gulf Shores boater still missing? – FOX10 News | WALA.
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It was a busy day at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport…but then again, they’ve been busy for years.
Six years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and veterinarians like Debra Moore are still learning more about how the spill impacts marine wildlife. Dolphins are among the most impacted.
via Numbers Show Surprising Impact to Animals from Oil Spill.
As two or three sailboats make close passes by Tightrope, a 36-foot Bertram anchored on Mobile Bay, Tom Batty says to Vincent Arbour: “If they don’t have vests on, don’t check them in.
“The quiet comment is a clue that things have changed on the Bay, as Mobile’s sailing community gears up for the annual Dauphin Island Race. It has been a year since a devastating storm swept over the fleet engaged in the 2015 event, killing six people and terrorizing dozens more as they fought to stay afloat in conditions akin to a tropical storm.
via A year after deadly storm, Dauphin Island Race tries on some changes | AL.com.
Driftwood Bar & Grille, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant, will open in May at The Wharf on the Intracoastal Waterway off Canal Road in Orange Beach, according to Stirling Properties and The Wharf. The restaurant is one of Chef Chris Kelly’s new concepts. He also heads two other ventures to open at The Wharf in May: The Blue Chair Bar, a boat-themed bar, with live music and pub fare; and Ronin Sushi Bar & Restaurant.
via New restaurants coming to The Wharf | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL – The University of Alabama’s professional summer theatre, SummerTide, will bring a “heatwave” to Gulf Shores during its 13th season.
The cast of SummerTide will present The Marvelous Wonderettes, the Off-Broadway hit musical by Roger Bean. Celebrate the 1958 Springfield High School prom with the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts.
via “Mr. Sandman” will bring Gulf Shores a dream this season with SummerTide Theatre – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) - A Silver Alert has been issued for an 85 year-old Pensacola woman.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials say Jean Rodriguez Yenzer was last seen in the tenth block of Mohawk Trail in Pensacola Sunday.
Officials say she may be traveling in a 2005 black Ford Focus with a Florida tag number DK117.
via Silver Alert issued for Pensacola woman – FOX10 News | WALA.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WPMI) A body was found “under the sand” on a remote strip of beach on base at NAS Pensacola.
Family members of missing Baldwin County boater James “Brad” Gunther believe its him.
Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and NAS Pensacola officials say the body was discovered around 1 P.M. Friday afternoon.
via Family says body found is missing boater | WPMI.
WEAR — Escambia County deputies are currently on scene where a body was found on a strip of beach on NAS Pensacola.
Officials said the body was discovered underneath the sand.
No other information has been released at this time.
via BREAKING: Body found on NAS Pensacola | WEAR.
The body of a 13-year-old boater was found using sonar about five hours after authorities from several agencies as well as citizens began searching for him in and around Sherman Cove.
Deandre Lewis, 13, was tubing in the cove on Pensacola Naval Air Station when he disappeared, Lt. Elizabeth Tatum with Coast Guard Sector Mobile said Saturday afternoon. Later, Escambia County authorities told FOX10 News he was swimming and jumping off a boat.
via Escambia Search and Rescue finds body of missing teen boater – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Strong winds and choppy waves made for a rough start to the Dauphin Island Regatta Warm-up race on Saturday.
“I think the weather as it was forecasted yesterday was a deterrent for a lot of the boaters,” Tom Batty said.
Only 8 sailboats embarked on the 10-mile warm-up course, a far cry from the 80 to 100 plus boats that will sprinkle the bay next weekend, but it’s enough to help race officials work out all the kinks before Saturday.
via Rough Weather as Sailors Warm Up for Annual Regatta.
The body of a 13-year-old boy was found today by Escambia Search and Rescue (ESAR).
The 13-year-old disappeared while swimming in the waters southwest NAS Pensacola and Sherman Cove Marina. The victim and another teenager jumped off a boat in about 12 feet of water, the victim never resurfaced.
Using SONAR, the ESAR was able to locate the body of the teenager directly below where he jumped into the water off the boat.
via Body of Missing Teen Swimmer Found in Pensacola.
An inmate at an Alabama Department of Corrections facility in Baldwin County escaped Saturday evening.
Christopher Leard McCorvey, 33, escaped from the Loxley Work Release Center at around 5:50 p.m., according to ADOC.
via Inmate escapes from Alabama state prison in Baldwin County | AL.com.
Alabama once sold roosters to finance a bridge, so it might not seem so out of the ordinary for transportation officials to turn to tolls for big-ticket projects.
In the next few years, tolls may play a crucial role funding major roadwork in Mobile and Baldwin counties, where rapid coastal growth is fueling congestion.
via Why toll roads and bridges are making a coastal Alabama comeback | AL.com.
Waves of college students have left the beaches for another year. Record crowds and also a record number of arrests. Almost 1300 between the two coastal communities.
“Definitely higher than before,” says Sgt. Jason Woodruff with Gulf Shores Police. “We’ve had some big weeks but this was a big month.”
620 arrests were made in Gulf Shores, 679 in Orange Beach. “Every year after spring break there’s that little bit of whew it’s over and we’ve gotten through another year,” says Lt. Steve Brown with Orange Beach Police.
via Record Spring Break Crowds, Arrests at Baldwin County Beaches.
News 5 has confirmed a body was discovered Friday afternoon on the coast of NAS Pensacola.
There is currently an active crime scene on the strip of beach where the body was located, News 5 is told.
The body is believed to be that of 62-year-old boater Brad Gunther, who went missing last week. Family members who spoke to News 5 a short time ago confirmed that’s what they were told by local authorities.
via Sources: Body Found at NAS Pensacola, Believed to be Missing Boater.
Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Mack reports that a Silverhill man committed suicide during a standoff with deputies.
Mack says the standoff began around 10:20 a.m. when a sheriff’s deputy was called to the come on a welfare concern.
According to Mack the man, who was inside his trailer on the 1300 block of Woodpecker Road, had been involved in a recent ongoing dispute with family members.
via Man commits suicide during standoff in Silverhill | AL.com.
News 5 has learned the Mobile-shot film “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” starring Nicolas Cage is finished, but the planned May 27 release is being pushed back in the hope of something bigger for the movie.
Studio representatives with Hannibal Classics tell News 5 the first viewing of the World War II epic will be at the 2016 Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival in France next month.
via “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” is Finished, But Release Pushed Back.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) Tasty mudbugs will be taking over the city of Gulf Shores this weekend!
Saturday is the second annual Zydeco and Crawfish festival.
Festivities kick off at 8 AM at the waterway village with a 5k and fun run.
via 2nd annual Zydeco and Crawfish festival this weekend | WPMI.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - In the fastest growing county in Alabama lies the tourism mecca known as Orange Beach. With Baldwin County’s white sand beaches and awesome fishery, more and more tourists visit every year. As those numbers increase, the city has set goals to handle that growth.
via Orange Beach plans for future growth – FOX10 News | WALA.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - The best of the best high school drivers came together on Thursday at the Orange Beach Sportsplex for a friendly competition: The Baldwin County Drivers Challenge.
“With the rain, I expect a little challenge but I think I am up for it,” said 15-year-old Mackenzie Early.
via Students participate in Baldwin County Driving Challenge – FOX10 News | WALA.
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It’s National Crime Victims’ week. To mark the occasion candlelight vigils are being held across the country, including in Baldwin County.
In attendance at the 5th annual “Candlelight on the Delta” were family members whosee loved ones were murdered.
“We called him Bomma… Willie Young Jr. The 3rd day of August 2011 he left us… For a stabbing 23 times,” said Willie Young, Sr.
via Baldwin County remembers victims of crime – FOX10 News | WALA.
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