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.
This beach bungalow rests in a cul-de-sac on secluded Ono Island Boulevard on the Alabama-Florida border. Surrounded by towering trees, this waterfront-raised beach home is truly set in paradise.
via Cool Spaces: Ono Island beach bungalow overlooks Bayou St. John in Orange Beach | AL.com.
Foley — The city of Foley invites merchants, businesses, individuals and local groups to show their Christmas spirit and make Heritage Park more festive this year by decorating a live tree to brighten the park and the Christmas Village. The first ten entries will be given a live tree free to decorate. The trees should be set up for display in Heritage Park by Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 in time for judging on Thursday Dec. 5, according to Linda Hula events planner with the city of Foley.
via Foley seeks Christmas Tree Decorating Contest Entries – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
According to recent surveys conducted on behalf of Baldwin County’s coastal residents and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), the remedying of traffic woes in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach should be a top priority for state and local officials.
On ALDOT’s list of the state’s 20 busiest two-lane roads, Canal Road — with a daily average of 15,510 vehicles — ranks 18th. Coincidentally, in an unrelated, informal survey, Orange Beach residents listed traffic improvements as their second priority in a list of 10. A new bridge — either over the Intracoastal Waterway or Wolf Bay — was the second priority in a separate list.
via Orange Beach unveils proposed route of $28 million bridge – LagniappeLagniappe.
Local health officials are urging people to cautious around wild animals after an individual was bitten by a rabid fox in West Pensacola recently.
The fox attacked the individual during the daytime in the area of Dog Track Road, according to a Florida Department of Health in Escambia County news release. FDOH-Escambia’s environmental health specialists collected tissue samples from the fox which were used by the state laboratory to confirm the presence of the rabies virus.
via Person bitten by rabid fox in Pensacola.
Since rape allegations came out a week ago against a Spanish Fort football player, there has been much visible support for him. That showing of support at last Friday’s football game prompted the superintendent of Baldwin County Schools to issue a statement forbidding the public displays on school grounds going forward.
via Superintendent warns Spanish Fort HS students against on-campus – FOX10 News | WALA.
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FOLEY, AL- Veteran Baldwin County educator JaNae Dawson is running unopposed for the district 4 seat which will be vacated when Norm Moore retires.
Dawson, who spent more than 38 years in education, has been retired since 2010, still remains active in local education.
We caught up with Dawson at the Foley Veterans Day ceremony where she helped put together a 1940’s era USO club routine. The performance was put on by the Foley High Drama Club.
via New School Board Member In Baldwin County?.
It was a nearly perfect autumn day for the annual Veterans Day Parade in quaint downtown Foley, Ala.
The procession began at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning under cloudless, sunny skies.
via Military vets saluted, cheered at annual Foley Veterans Day Parade | AL.com.
Al Roker’s whirlwind trip through the U.S. arrived into the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, with a stop at the 50-year-old USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile garnering enthusiastic greetings from “Today Show” fans like Ashley Lowry of Fairhope.
via USS Alabama Battleship, 105-year-old veteran spotlighted during Al Roker’s stop into Mobile | AL.com.
A Mississippi woman in custody on drug charges at the Baldwin County Corrections Center was pronounced dead Sunday at a Bay Minette hospital after being found unconscious in her cell, according to a release issued Tuesday by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Command.
via Woman in custody on drug charges dies at Bay Minette hospital – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has approved more than $21 million for five Alabama projects that address high priority conservation needs to restore some of Alabama’s natural resources affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Of the amount, about $12 million will go toward the Alabama Artificial Reef and Habitat Enhancement. This project will fund the enhancement and expansion of the state’s artificial reef program to improve habitats for reef fish and other species in coastal Alabama.
via Alabama reef system to get $12 million in latest BP grant money – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Spanish Fort High School football star, 18-year-old Cameron Harrison, was arrested last Wednesday for first degree rape.
Shortly after his arrest, his booking information was no longer visible on Baldwin County’s public jail records portal online.
Monday afternoon, his arrest information still wasn’t online. So, FOX10 News asked Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack why.
He said the county’s policy of taking down mug shots of suspects under the age of 21 caused a glitch.
via Error in arrest log of SFHS football star leads to revelation in – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Four suspects have been arrested after Spanish Fort police say the suspects led them on a high speed chase across the bay that ended in Prichard.
Officials say the theft of over $3,300 worth of merchandise from two department stores sparked a high-speed police chase Monday night which began in Baldwin County and ended in the Prichard area.
via Over $3,000 of stolen merchandise leads to high-speed chase – FOX10 News | WALA.
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The Baldwin County Commission is exploring the option of self-insuring for employee medical coverage. It’s something members have discussed in the past, but Tuesday, November 10, 2015 the Commission agreed to hire a consulting firm to look at the feasibility of doing it.
via Baldwin County Commission explores self-insuring employees – FOX10 News | WALA.
Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler is making it clear that what happened Friday night at the Toros first-round playoff game was totally unacceptable.
Cameron Harrison received an outpouring of support from his friends and teammates at the game. Keep in mind, Daphne Police said Harrison raped a 16-year-old girl who had passed out from drinking alcohol at an open house party.
Pictures posted on social media depict the support.
via Spanish Fort students show support for alleged rape suspect at f – FOX10 News | WALA.
After FOX10 News learned more about a booking policy for young adults arrested in Baldwin County following the exploration of a booking error with the rape arrest of 18-year-old Cameron Harrison, FOX10 News is digging further into why the mug shot of a 19-year-old shoplifting suspect, Brittany Moore, is posted publicly.
via Despite BCSO mug shot policy, young shoplifting suspect mug is p – FOX10 News | WALA.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved of spending more than $21 million on projects to restore areas of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
Bentley said in a statement Tuesday that the money will be used to launch five projects focused on natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
via $21 Million Approved for Alabama Gulf Conservation Projects.
New details are now coming out in the case against 18-year old Cameron Harrison, accused of raping a 16-year girl at Spanish Fort High School.
via New Details in Spanish Fort HS Football Player Rape Case Emerge.
GULF SHORES, AL- Investigators believe thieves targeting construction work sites at the beach fired shots at two banks in the northern part of Gulf Shores early Monday to distract officers and divert police assets away from their locations.
via Multiple Crimes Possibly Connected In Gulf Shores.
A long-time Baldwin County school district employee, and a former interim superintendent, is poised to become the newest addition to the School Board after the November 2016 general election.
via Former interim superintendent JaNay Dawson likely replacement for Norm Moore on Baldwin County School Board | AL.com.
The Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit is investigating the death of Amy Trosclair Williams, who was found unconscious in her cell at the Baldwin County Corrections Center on Sunday.
via Woman dies in Baldwin County Corrections cell | AL.com.