LOXLEY, AL- Words like mistrust, mismanagement and lack of transparency were used to describe why Baldwin County voters overwhelmingly shot down a tax increase to build new schools and also voted to eliminate existing school taxes.
But when the board of education invited the public to attend a budget hearing in Loxley Thursday night, about 20 people showed up.
via Poor Turnout At Baldwin Schools Budget Meeting.
Battling to ease beach traffic congestion, Gulf Shores and the state highway department will team up again this fall and next year for projects on Alabama 59, between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico.
via Bumper to bumper at the beach: Gulf Shores pushing to improve traffic flow | AL.com.
The 4th annual Delta Dash offers participants the chance to test their endurance, stamina, resilience and quick decision making skills while tackling a terrain that includes mud, multiple obstacles and lots of fun.
via Delta Dash set for Sept. 26: Are you tough enough? | AL.com.
August 14, 2015 – Orange Beach, AL OBA – Judging by the number of record fish caught in the past year and a half, it appears Alabama’s saltwater fishing is doing just fine.
Ten records were established in 2014, and five more have been established in 2015 with several months left to fish.
One of the most impressive fish that made the record book was a snowy grouper caught by Tyler Kennedy of Mobile in 2014. That fish weighed 68 pounds, 9 ounces. The world record is 70 pounds, 7 ounces.
via Record Fish Indicate Great Saltwater Fishing.
Gulf Islands National Seashore racked up yet another accolade.
Last month, USA Today ranked the seashore No. 2 nationally in its 10 Best Naturally Preserved Shorelines. Point Reyes National Seashore near the San Francisco Bay area took top honors.
via Gulf Islands National Seashore No. 2 in nation.
Perdido Key is becoming more pedestrian friendly. Construction on five crosswalks began on Monday.
As you drive down Perdido Key drive, condos are on one side and businesses are on the other. However there are no crosswalks connecting the two.
“We’ve had several people get hit there. Fortunately we haven’t had anyone get killed.” said Paul Frechette. He owns “The Market and Mainly shoes” in the Villagio Shopping center. He’s been fighting to get crosswalks for years.
via New crosswalks coming to Perdido Key – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) Dry weather conditions are causing gators to leave their watering-holes and move in-land. Orange Beach police picked up a gator a few days ago in the Lauder Place subdivision.
“It’s fairly common this time of year for gators to be on the move because they’re looking for favorable living conditions they need to get sunlight and stay cool,” said Wade Stevens, Orange Beach administrative fire chief.
via Gators Found in Orange Beach Neighborhood – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
Federal red snapper seasons are too short and recreational fishermen deserve better. But contrary to what you may have heard, help is not on the way.
In recent weeks, recreational anglers have had their hopes unfairly raised by the prospect of new fishing regulations that would change the way commercial and recreational fishermen share the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.
Today, the allocation of red snapper is balanced almost 50-50 between those who fish for fun and those who fish for a living. But federal regulators on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will this week vote on a proposal (Amendment 28) that could shift millions of pounds of sustainably caught red snapper away from the commercial sector and the consumers they serve, exclusively to boat-owning private fishermen.
via Under proposed red snapper regulations, everyone loses | AL.com.
Musician Melissa Joiner joined us on Studio10 this morning to perform her song “Bridges” and to talk about the ‘Songs that Save’ concert series, which is an event that has been created to help raise money for different charities in our community.
via Musician Melissa Joiner joins us in the Studio – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
Gulf Shores Police are reporting that a 16-year-old first reported missing in January has been safe and sound.
The report was issued over the departments Facebook and Twitter accounts about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
via Gulf Shores police say teen missing since January found safe and sound – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Safety concerns have prompted the Foley City Council to approve the installation of two new stop signs at one intersection.
During last Monday’s meeting, the council approved changing the intersection of South Poplar Street and Orange Avenue from a two-way to a four-way intersection.
via Safety concerns spawn two new stop signs at Foley intersection – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Baldwin County Republicans gathered together for food and fellowship last Thursday night at Wolf Bay Lodge to watch the first GOP debate of the 2016 presidential cycle.
Dr. Gaylon McCollough, chairman of the Baldwin County Republicans, said the event was the first time the group had tried an event like that as a fun way to bring local Republicans together.
via Baldwin County Republicans weigh in on first GOP presidential debate – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Teachers in Baldwin County reported back to school this week and have been busy getting their classrooms ready for the new school year. With only a few days left until the start of school, parents who didn’t register their children online have kept front office staff busy.
via Baldwin teachers busy readying classrooms – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
It’s hard to imagine Miflin Road, or County Road 20, as a dirt road that dead ended before the now bustling Foley Beach Express.
But for those like Jo Lynn Suell who grew up with that, seeing the boom in Foley’s growth over the decades has been remarkable.
via Swift movement continues on Blue Collar Country development – FOX10 News | WALA.
BAY MINETTE, AL– School officials in Baldwin County are bracing what could possibly be another record enrollment year.There are already more than 31,000 students enrolled at the county’s 47 public schools. Administration won’t know what exact enrollment numbers look like until the second or third week of school.
via More Students, More Portables.
GULF COAST, Ala. (WPMI) Congressman Bradley Byrne is hosting 16 town hall meetings along southwest Alabama and he wants to hear from you. His tour starts next Monday in Atmore.
He’ll be in our area August 19-21, that’s when you can catch him in areas like Bayou La Batre and Dauphin Island.
Byrne will be in Baldwin County on the 21st.
via Rep. Byrne Hosting Town Halls on Gulf Coast – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
The hustle and bustle of a new school year has already begun for these teachers at Robertsdale Elementary. “It’s not sad to start school, it’s just sad to see summer go,” says teacher Leslie Nettles.
The new school year brings new possibilities but it also brings old problems; funding challenges, the continued search for a superintendent and overcrowding.
via Countdown to New Baldwin County School Year.
A unified sailing team from Baldwin County just returned from a once in a lifetime experience. Mike Dominguez and Michael Cline won gold in sailing at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Dominguez is Cline’s unified partner. The pair have been sailing together for about the last two years through a program at the Fairhope Yacht Club.
via Baldwin County sailors win gold at Special Olympic World Games | AL.com.
This year, the meteor shower will be most visible at its peak activity from Sunday (August 9) until August 14. If you’re looking for the optimum window to view the meteor shower, you’ll want to be looking to the skies during the early hours of the morning at the showers’ peak on Tuesday (August 11).
via The Perseid Meteor Begins Its Peak TONIGHT – Don’t Miss It! | IFLScience.
A pedestrian hit by a vehicle on US 98 just outside of Elberta died from his injuries, and the driver left the scene, authorities said.
Jamie Maloy with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said investigators with the State Trooper’s Traffic Homicide division located Jeremy Rogers, 29, the next day. Maloy said Rogers, of Elberta, hit the pedestrian in his 2003 Dodge Caravan the evening of August 7.
via Baldwin DA looking into fatal pedestrian hit-and-run near Elbert – FOX10 News | WALA.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — The Top of the Hops Beer Fest returns for the fourth year at The Wharf in Orange Beach on Aug. 15.
There will be three types of tickets available for the event, VIP, general admission and designated driver admission. It runs from 4-8 p.m.
via Top of the Hops Beer Fest returns to The Wharf Aug. 15 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The Yokamu has been dubbed the “The LuLu,” after local businesswoman and project supporter Lulu Buffet.
Our countdown to the top 10 things you didn’t know about the sinking of the Lulu.
via Sinking of the Lulu | Sport Diver.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Three towns in Baldwin, including Orange Beach, were named in the top 10 “Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns In Alabama” by the website onlyinyourstate.com.Orange Beach was the number 10 selection on the list Fairhope was listed as number four and Magnolia Springs was the eight selection.
via Orange Beach, two other Baldwin towns, in ‘charming’ top 10 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
So, you’ve just arrived at your swanky condo for a nice long weekend at Alabama’s Gulf Coast. You got maw maw to babysit for Friday night and you and your partner are just itching to see what the Orange Beach, Ala. nightlife holds. Well, you could head east to the Flora-Bama (always a good option) or find a little beach bar watering hole and down some raw oysters and a draft beer or two while listening to a bar band.
via Our Cigar Bar’s piano man Ed Lee belting out classics, gaining following in Orange Beach | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) Jellyfish are stinging beach goers along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
Friday purple flags were flying to indicate the marine pest is in season. Several beach-goers said they got stung as soon as they got into the water.
“I walked in and felt something wrap around my leg, it burned instantly,” said Missouri resident, Bryston Hooten.
via Jellyfish Swarm Gulf Shores and Orange Beach – WPMI – LOCAL 15.