Gulf Shores expands medical capabilities, adds student volunteers for Hangout Fest 2015 | AL.com

May 17, 2015

With the combination of high daytime temperatures, humidity and hot sun baking thousands of festival-goers on the beach at the Hangout Music Festival, the city of Gulf Shores has increased its emergency response capacity for this year’s festival and recruited students from Gulf Shores High School to help with the operations and gain some real-world experience at the same time.

via Gulf Shores expands medical capabilities, adds student volunteers for Hangout Fest 2015 | AL.com.

Gulf Coast Seafood Industry Threatened by Lionfish Invasion

May 17, 2015

A venomous fish that used to only be found in the western Pacific or on display in aquariums, is threatening to destroy the Gulf Coast seafood industry.

No one knows for certain how lionfish invaded the Gulf of Mexico, but Amanda Nalley, representative for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has a hunch.

via Gulf Coast Seafood Industry Threatened by Lionfish Invasion.

Getting To The Beach During Hangout

May 17, 2015

Before you get started be aware there’s a lot of traffic, pedestrian and motor vehicle, so always be on the lookout you never know what’s going to happen.

About two blocks from the Hangout Festival the road is blocked. You’re going to have to make a choice. Turn right or turn left, east or west. We’re going to take 2nd Avenue which probably means nothing to someone not familiar with the area but if you turn right at Shrimp Basket you’ll avoid the jam.

via Getting To The Beach During Hangout.

Thousands flock to the sixth annual Hangout Music Festival – FOX10 News | WALA

May 17, 2015

It’s the day thousands have been waiting for.

The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores brings in people from all around the country.

“The fact that it’s on the beach and you can come here with friends from all over the place and meet new friends and whatever. It just makes it some much better,” John Sharpally, a music fan from Jackson, MS, said.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Thousands flock to the sixth annual Hangout Music Festival – FOX10 News | WALA.

Local sculptor adds his unique style to the Hangout Music Festiv – FOX10 News | WALA

May 17, 2015

Most of the people end up coming to the Hangout Music Festival to see their favorite artists take the stage.

Beyond the music, there’s another artist capturing the attention of festival goers, no music required.

That man is Bruce Larsen. The Fairhopian has been building custom works of art for the festival since 2011. He said he got his start in the movies.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Local sculptor adds his unique style to the Hangout Music Festiv – FOX10 News | WALA.

Thousands flock to the sixth annual Hangout Music Festival – FOX10 News | WALA

May 16, 2015

It’s the day thousands have been waiting for.

The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores brings in people from all around the country.

“The fact that it’s on the beach and you can come here with friends from all over the place and meet new friends and whatever. It just makes it some much better,” John Sharpally, a music fan from Jackson, MS, said.

“It’s just an awesome atmosphere. Good music, good people. Love it. Love to be around it,” Jessica Specchio, a Gulf Shores resident said.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Thousands flock to the sixth annual Hangout Music Festival – FOX10 News | WALA.

Local sculptor adds his unique style to the Hangout Music Festiv – FOX10 News | WALA

May 16, 2015

Most of the people end up coming to the Hangout Music Festival to see their favorite artists take the stage.

Beyond the music, there’s another artist capturing the attention of festival goers, no music required.

That man is Bruce Larsen. The Fairhopian has been building custom works of art for the festival since 2011. He said he got his start in the movies.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Local sculptor adds his unique style to the Hangout Music Festiv – FOX10 News | WALA.

Mom, Accused Testify in Manslaughter Trial

May 16, 2015

In a case that has been emotional from the get go, more emotional testimony Friday when the mother of Kasey Waychoff took the stand and talked about her daughter and then we hear, for the first time, from Justin Lott about what he says happened that night.

Early in the morning of March 21, 2014, Justin Lott was driving along West Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores and in his words, “nodded off” only to be startled awake by what he says sounded like a “pop” and a vibration in his steering wheel.

via Mom, Accused Testify in Manslaughter Trial.

Black Box Indicates Hit and Run Driver Never Hit Brakes

May 16, 2015

A lot of technical and scientific evidence presented during the fourth day of the trial and a surprise by the judge for our camera.

The only access we have to show you what is going on inside the courtroom is a small window in the courtroom door. By order of Judge J.C. Norton and without explanation he had the window covered with paper and tape blocking any view of the court proceedings outside the courtroom.

via Black Box Indicates Hit and Run Driver Never Hit Brakes.

Academy Sports kicks off Foley store opening with shopping spree for YMCA kids; official opening Friday | AL.com

May 16, 2015

“It’s an experience they will never forget.”

That’s how Kim Hillman, executive director of the John McClure Snook Family YMCA in Foley, described how Academy Sports + Outdoors treated 30 of the Y’s afterschool children to a mini-shopping spree on Thursday afternoon.

via Academy Sports kicks off Foley store opening with shopping spree for YMCA kids; official opening Friday | AL.com.

359 lb. Blue Marlin Reeled In During Fishing Tournament – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

May 16, 2015

The Gulf Coast Big Game Fishing Triple Crown is underway at the Wharf in Orange Beach.

The crew of the Iona Louise out of Montgomery brought in a monster on Friday.

A 359 lb. blue marlin was brought back to Orange Beach, and was the first one weighed in this big game fishing tournament season.

Ashley Faulkner of Orange Beach hauled in the giant blue marlin.

via 359 lb. Blue Marlin Reeled In During Fishing Tournament – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Rapid Response Saved Lives at Dauphin Island Race | Outdoor Alabama

May 15, 2015

As tragic as the storm-ravaged 2015 Dauphin Island Race was, it possibly could have been worse if not for a rapid action by a team of emergency responders.

Alabama Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship was handing out awards for the Dauphin Island Gumbo Cookoff  at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo site, where many of the sailors congregate after they’ve finished the sailboat race, when he spotted the ominous clouds and felt the extremely strong winds.

via Rapid Response Saved Lives at Dauphin Island Race | Outdoor Alabama.

Our view: Let’s have a real conversation about Baldwin schools | AL.com

May 15, 2015

If nothing else, the failed tax referendum in March revealed just how wide the gap had become between those who work in Baldwin schools or have children enrolled in them, and those who do not.

Six weeks ago, when voters soundly defeated 8 mills in new property taxes for building needs and 4 mills in property tax renewals, both sides seemed to be talking past each other.

via Our view: Let’s have a real conversation about Baldwin schools | AL.com.

Local Widespread Panic fans flop back with ‘The Flopper’s Ball’ | AL.com

May 15, 2015

Late last month, Orange Beach Mayor Pro-Tem Jeff Silvers expressed his displeasure that jam band Widespread Panic will be playing The Ampitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach on Friday, May 22, and disparagingly referred to the “floppiness” of the group’s fans.

Since then “floppy,” which can be interpreted as degenerate and bum-like, has become a buzzword in the “Spreadhead” community. And now, devoted local Widespread Panic fans are flopping back with a plan to make the upcoming show a classy, fancy and totally un-floppy affair.

A team of fans, led by longtime Widespread Panic follower and Orange Beach resident Michael Butler, want to change the image folks have of Widespread Panic lovers, and have dubbed the upcoming show “The Flopper’s Ball.”

via Local Widespread Panic fans flop back with ‘The Flopper’s Ball’ | AL.com.

Petition started to remove Elberta councilmen – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 15, 2015

ELBERTA – It’s shaping up to be an interesting time next week for Elberta’s Town Council.

Roadkill Café owner Mike Williams said he and other citizens in the town of Elberta have had enough of some of the town council members’ behavior, which caused them to create a petition to try to remove council men Jim Hamby, Michael Hudson and John Conti from office.

via Petition started to remove Elberta councilmen – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

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