A beloved sport: Blind Golfers Association hosts first tournamen – FOX10 News | WALA

January 27, 2016

The Mobile Baldwin Blind Golfers Association is a new group on the Gulf Coast aimed at helping the visually-impaired play the sport they love.

On Tuesday, they held their very first Blind Golfers Tournament at Timbercreek Golf Club in Daphne, where golfers were provided coaches to be their eyes on the course.

via A beloved sport: Blind Golfers Association hosts first tournamen – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Daphne Closer to Major Parks Renovation

January 27, 2016

The City of Daphne is now a step closer to a major renovation of three of the city’s recreational parks.

The City Council voted last night to pursue an option put forth by Volkert Engineering.  The company was hired last year to provide proposals for revamping some of the city’s parks.  For more than 15 years there have been several people in the community, including members of the recreation board, that have asked for new and upgraded facilities at the parks.

via Daphne Closer to Major Parks Renovation.

Pilots For Christ Helps Silverhill Woman

January 27, 2016

FOLEY, AL- A plane carrying important cargo touched down at the Foley Airport Tuesday. Inside, 20-year old Erin Council from Silverhill- a college student badly injured in a car wreck in Memphis.The wreck happened earlier this month while Erin was visiting her boyfriend for the weekend. Both were seriously hurt. Memphis Police say the driver of the other car was drunk. Erin broke her arm, her pelvis and has ten staples in her head. Her boyfriend is still in ICU at a Memphis hospital.

via Pilots For Christ Helps Silverhill Woman.

Environmentalists, state spar over beachfront hotel and conference center | AL.com

January 26, 2016

The process for awarding $58 million of BP oil spill fines for a beachfront hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park was flawed and failed to consider alternative projects, an attorney with an environmental advocacy group argued before a federal judge Tuesday.

But attorneys representing the U.S. Department of Justice and the state of Alabama, along with a representative of the Gulf Shores-based project, said they were in the legal right to do what they did in 2014, when the project was initially approved.

via Environmentalists, state spar over beachfront hotel and conference center | AL.com.

Chris Young coming to The Wharf on April 16 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 26, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Chris Young is the latest addition to The Wharf Amphitheater and tickets go on sale Jan. 29 for his April 16 show.

Tickets will be available at The Wharf ticket office or through Ticketmaster and are $55 for general admission or reserved seating at $55, $39.50 or $20, plus other fees and service charges. Special guest will be Cassadee Pope.

via Chris Young coming to The Wharf on April 16 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Fairhope approves study focusing on education, not independent city schools | AL.com

January 26, 2016

A scaled-back education study won’t look into the financial and tax specifics of breaking away Fairhope’s five schools from the Baldwin County School System.

But the results of the school analysis, which will be conducted by a company headed up by former Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Faron Hollinger, could spark a bigger conversation on whether Fairhope voters should be given a chance to decide if an independent city school district is worth exploring.

via Fairhope approves study focusing on education, not independent city schools | AL.com.

Macaluso: Beware of wolf in sheep’s clothing | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana

January 25, 2016

The wrangling over red snapper continues, and, for the umpteenth consecutive time, red snapper will dominate the Monday-through-Thursday Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council meeting in Orange Beach, Alabama.

It remains difficult to believe that a species beyond its recovered goals in the western Gulf of Mexico continues to be such a contentious issue.

Red snapper, really?

via Macaluso: Beware of wolf in sheep’s clothing | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Pair arrested on drug charges in Bear Point neighborhood of Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 25, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – A Bear Point woman and a man with a Fairhope address were arrested on Jan. 22 at home on North Bayshore Avenue and jailed on drug charges.

Tonya Thompson McGuff, 49, listed the home as her address in jail records while Robby Todd McGuff, also 49, is listed as having a Fairhope address.

via Pair arrested on drug charges in Bear Point neighborhood of Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

FOX10 Investigation: Uber pulls out of Gulf Shores and Orange Be – FOX10 News | WALA

January 25, 2016

FOX10 is looking closer into Uber’s decision to pull its drivers out of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

As we’ve reported, Uber drivers will no longer operate in South Baldwin County after city leaders asked the ride sharing company to suspend its services.

This is a follow up to a special investigation we brought you in November called “Who’s Watching Uber.”

During the investigation, we discovered drivers were operating in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach illegally and at least one vehicle was operating without a safety inspection.

“Not too long after your first story, we reached out to Uber to try and get them to get the proper licensing, which they have not done,” said Gulf Shores Director of Recreation and Cultural Affairs Grant Brown. “So we sent them a cease and desist letter to stop operating.”

via FOX10 Investigation: Uber pulls out of Gulf Shores and Orange Be – FOX10 News | WALA.

‘Shootout’ threat at Robertsdale High School not credible, police say | AL.com

January 25, 2016

Robertsdale Police Department posted to Facebook Monday morning to clarify their current approach to a social media threat of a “shootout” at Robertsdale High School.

“We have no reason at this time to deem this threat credible, but we are taking it very seriously,” the post reads, “and will take the necessary steps regarding security at the school.”

The posts addresses rumors that police are advising students not to attend school. “This is not true,” the post says.

via ‘Shootout’ threat at Robertsdale High School not credible, police say | AL.com.

Lunch with the Artist: Eric Erdman finds a Thai fix in Irvington | AL.com

January 25, 2016

It wasn’t just hunger that brought Eric Erdman to Irvington for Lunch with the Artist: It was addiction.It all started in late 2012 and early 2013, when the prolific Mobile singer-songwriter-rocker spent a couple of months in Australia. He traveled and performed with The Hussy Hicks, an Australian duo that has found a second home in coastal Alabama, and recorded material for his 2013 album “Color the Silence.”

via Lunch with the Artist: Eric Erdman finds a Thai fix in Irvington | AL.com.

Baptist rival attacks Congressman’s Episcopal faith, says too tolerant on gay marriage | AL.com

January 24, 2016

The Episcopal Church’s acceptance of same-sex marriage has surfaced as a campaign issue in South Alabama where conservative candidate Dean Young is accusing U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne for being too lenient on the issue.

Young, an Orange Beach developer who is challenging the incumbent congressman during the March 1 Republican primary, is linking Byrne’s affiliation with the Episcopal Church to the issue.

via Baptist rival attacks Congressman’s Episcopal faith, says too tolerant on gay marriage | AL.com.

Kingpins of the Gulf make millions off red snapper harvest without ever going fishing | AL.com

January 24, 2016

A little-known federal program has turned dozens of Gulf of Mexico fishermen into the lords of the sea — able to earn millions annually without even going fishing — and transformed dozens more into modern-day serfs who must pay the lords for the right to harvest red snapper.

A four-month probe by AL.com has found that roughly $60 million has been earned since 2007 by this small number of fishermen whose boats never left port. That money was collected from the labor of fishermen who have no choice but to hand over more than half of the price that their catch brings at the dock.

As it stands today, the right to catch 77 percent of the annual red snapper harvest is controlled by just 55 people, according to an AL.com analysis of hundreds of pages of federal documents, reports and websites.

via Kingpins of the Gulf make millions off red snapper harvest without ever going fishing | AL.com.

Snowbird Fest 2016 at the Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 23, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Snowbirds lined up for food samples – even bushwackers – on Jan. 23 at the Orange Beach Events Center. There were also door prizes and a houseful of vendors offering a variety services for winter visitors. (JOHN MULLEN/Islander Photos)

via Snowbird Fest 2016 at the Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

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