Coastal Arts Center to present ‘Dear Edwina, Jr.’ in Gulf Shores | AL.com

April 16, 2015

The Coastal Arts Center (CAC) of Orange Beach’s After School Arts Program (ASAP) Theatre Troupe will perform “Dear Edwina, Jr.,” April 24-26, at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.

According to Children’s Programs Coordinator Jessica Jones, 17 2nd through 8th graders have been rehearsing since August for the production, which she describes as “a hilarious show that celebrates childhood simplicities.”

via Coastal Arts Center to present ‘Dear Edwina, Jr.’ in Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Daphne board unveils plans for 30-acre technology park near high school | AL.com

April 16, 2015

The Daphne City Council has begun reviewing a proposal to back a city-seeded, 30-acre technology park that would offer 461,000 square feet of high-end office space on the Eastern Shore.

The city’s Industrial Development Board is spearheading the project, dubbed the Daphne Innovation and Science Complex, as the first phase of a 75-acre, master-planned development on the southwest corner of Champions Way and Alabama 181, east of Daphne High.

via Daphne board unveils plans for 30-acre technology park near high school | AL.com.

Military veterans to be honored during Saturday dedication ceremony of Baldwin County’s first ‘Blue Star Memorial Highway’ | AL.com

April 16, 2015

School-age children will play an important role when it comes to honoring military veterans Saturday with the unveiling of Baldwin County’s first “Blue Star Memorial Highway” plaque, an event organizer said Wednesday.

Children who attend the ceremony will be given a ribbon to inscribe a veterans’ name on and will be asked to step forward and place the ribbons on a special photograph that will be featured during a dedication ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Daphne.

via Military veterans to be honored during Saturday dedication ceremony of Baldwin County’s first ‘Blue Star Memorial Highway’ | AL.com.

Ribbon cutting for new Little Lagoon bridge moved to April 20 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 16, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL — City and state officials could have a ribbon cutting on the new bridge over Little Lagoon as early as April 20, according to Grant Brown, spokesman for the City of Gulf Shores.

There was hope of an earlier opening date, but the recent rainy weather pushed the date back from April 17 to April 20. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony is planned.

via Ribbon cutting for new Little Lagoon bridge moved to April 20 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Harpoon hoping to duplicate Gulf Shores success in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 16, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL —The Flying Harpoon name is no stranger to the Island. The Gulf Shores based restaurant has a reputation of giving the locals and visitors exactly what they came to the beach for: great local entertainment and even better local food.

via Harpoon hoping to duplicate Gulf Shores success in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Baldwin County Presiding Judge Robert Wilters announces retirement as speculation persists on future run for District Attorney | AL.com

April 16, 2015

Baldwin County Presiding Judge Robert Wilters announced Wednesday his retirement from the bench effective June 5, but was coy on whether he was planning to seek the District Attorney’s seat in 2016.

Wilters, 60, announced his retirement with wife, Amelia, and his staff at his side during a news conference inside a courtroom at the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette.

via Baldwin County Presiding Judge Robert Wilters announces retirement as speculation persists on future run for District Attorney | AL.com.

Baldwin County school system looking to save up to $6 million per year switching from Mac to PC | AL.com

April 16, 2015

Baldwin County might not be an Apple-only school system in the coming years, when it comes to the technology its students use to learn.

During the Board of Education’s work session in Robertsdale on Tuesday, system Director of Technology Homer Coffman told board members his department is looking at possibly moving from iPad and MacBook Air computers to PC devices, such as the HP Pilot and Chromebooks, which are made by multiple manufacturers.

via Baldwin County school system looking to save up to $6 million per year switching from Mac to PC | AL.com.

Gulf remains ‘resilient’ 5 years after oil spill, Texas researchers say | AL.com

April 15, 2015

Five years after the largest oil spill in U.S. history, the Gulf of Mexico is showing “encouraging” signs of resiliency, according to one research institute working in the Gulf.

“The state of the Gulf five years after the spill is encouraging,” said Larry McKinney, executive director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, in a video news release. “It seems to have snapped back from that really horrible incident.”

via Gulf remains ‘resilient’ 5 years after oil spill, Texas researchers say | AL.com.

School members address elephant in the room in first meeting sin – FOX10 News | WALA

April 15, 2015

ROBERTSDALE, AL (WALA) - It’s been two weeks since the Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) suffered a big defeat in a special school tax election. Board members met Tuesday night, April 14, for the first time since that loss.

It was quite clear that school board members couldn’t help but address the elephant in the room – voters in Baldwin County sent a strong message on election day two weeks ago that they didn’t trust the BCBE with their property taxes.

FOX10 News | WALA

via School members address elephant in the room in first meeting sin – FOX10 News | WALA.

Orange Beach Boat Crash Update

April 15, 2015

Cell phone video captures the chaos just moments after the pleasure boat owned by Nicholas Jordan of Robertsdale crashed on shore injuring an unsuspecting bystander.

Photos by Orange Beach rescuers show just how violent the crash was as it struck Jane Felicia Bell of Fairhope. She was near a cluster of trees fishing when the out of control boat crashed on shore. She suffered cuts and bruises, a broken eye socket and was airlifted to the hospital. She was released that same night.

via Orange Beach Boat Crash Update.

ALDOT to analyze feasibilty of tolling I-10 Bridge | AL.com

April 15, 2015

State transportation officials are moving ahead with studying whether a toll system is feasible for the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge.

The Alabama Department of Transportation has contracted with Illinois-based CDM Smith Inc. to look at various tolling scenarios to help state officials determine whether the pay-to-use system is feasible.

via ALDOT to analyze feasibilty of tolling I-10 Bridge | AL.com.

Baldwin County Commission Chairman: April 30 joint county/school meeting won’t be a ‘bashing session’ | AL.com

April 15, 2015

A rare joint meeting between the Baldwin County Commission and the School Board on April 30 will not include a presentation from the school’s administrations and will, instead, be an opportunity for the public to provide input on where the $313 million school system heads into the future.

Baldwin County Commission Chairman Charles “Skip” Gruber said Tuesday the meeting will not be a forum where the public can vent and point blame at others following what was a disastrous election for the school system on March 31.

via Baldwin County Commission Chairman: April 30 joint county/school meeting won’t be a ‘bashing session’ | AL.com.

Foley Sports Tourism Complex buzz making impact beyond facility; GlenLakes to host college golf championship | AL.com

April 15, 2015

Well before Foley opens its 16-field sports complex in early 2016, the city will have already hosted numerous events, ranging from lacrosse and soccer tournaments to professional lawnmower racing and cornhole competitions.

After being hired in March of 2014 as Foley first-ever executive director of sports, Don Staley said the most common question he would hear at athletic conventions was “Where’s Foley?”

via Foley Sports Tourism Complex buzz making impact beyond facility; GlenLakes to host college golf championship | AL.com.

Tea Party representative: ‘No blank checks’ for renewal of Baldwin County School System’s loss revenue | AL.com

April 15, 2015

A representative of a local tea party organization said Monday that there are “no blank checks” when it comes to renewing potential loss revenue for the Baldwin County School System.

The Common Sense Campaign of Baldwin County, during last month’s campaign, publicly stated they supported the renewal of the school district’s existing mills. But the group has since been criticized for leading a “No” campaign against new taxes that ultimately led to a disastrous night for the school system in which four of five ballot questions were shot down.

via Tea Party representative: ‘No blank checks’ for renewal of Baldwin County School System’s loss revenue | AL.com.

Alabama Auditor seeks legal injunction to stop schools from spending tax money on referendum campaigns | AL.com

April 15, 2015

A lawsuit Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler plans to file in Montgomery Circuit Court requests a judge to prohibit local school boards from spending public money to campaign for referendums, and requests the Baldwin County School Board to repay what it spent last month.

At least two of the Alabama school systems with April 28 referendums have no plans to spend public money to support the ballot measures.

via Alabama Auditor seeks legal injunction to stop schools from spending tax money on referendum campaigns | AL.com.

Why a lottery won’t resolve Baldwin County’s school tax issues | AL.com

April 15, 2015

If there is one thing almost all sides of the recently defeated Baldwin County School System tax referendum can agree upon, it’s this — the chances of a lottery funding a massive county-wide school construction program has as much chance of happening as someone hitting it big in a Mega Millions jackpot.

But in the aftermath of last month’s ballot box loss for the school system, some people have taken to social media and tossed out the word “lottery” as a solution to the school board’s money needs for a massive construction plan.

via Why a lottery won’t resolve Baldwin County’s school tax issues | AL.com.

Collected for decades, Manci’s Antique Club memorabilia sold in a few hours at public auction | AL.com

April 15, 2015

It didn’t matter that the figurines were once caked in dust, shoved arbitrarily on some shelf. Or that the glass jugs, which appeared to be about as common as kudzu, weren’t in their best shape.

The auction for hundreds of items housed at Manci’s Antique Club, Daphne’s venerable local watering hole and restaurant, was no doubt fueled by the willingness of some to pay a little extra for a piece of nostalgia.

via Collected for decades, Manci’s Antique Club memorabilia sold in a few hours at public auction | AL.com.

Daphne board unveils plans for 30-acre technology park near high school | AL.com

April 15, 2015

The Daphne City Council has begun reviewing a proposal to back a city-seeded, 30-acre technology park that would offer 461,000 square feet of high-end office space on the Eastern Shore.

The city’s Industrial Development Board is spearheading the endeavor as the first phase of a 75-acre, master-planned development, dubbed the Daphne Innovation and Science Complex, on the southwest corner of Champions Way and Alabama 181, east of Daphne High.

via Daphne board unveils plans for 30-acre technology park near high school | AL.com.

Owner of boat in Saturday night crash arrested – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 15, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — Officials from Orange Beach Fire and Rescue said a boat ran ashore on Canal Road about 7:20 p.m. on April 11 and sent three people to area hospitals. One of the injured was on the bank and the other two were in the boat.

One of the injured was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Sacred Heart in Pensacola. Two more were sent via ground transport, one to USA in Mobile and one to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, according to Orange Beach Fire and Rescue Acting Battalion Chief Capt. Dray Resmondo.

via Owner of boat in Saturday night crash arrested – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Little Lagoon group to hear about pass study – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment

April 15, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL — Researcher Bryan Groza will talk about work done with the University of South Alabama JagSki in studying Little Lagoon Pass in the quarterly meeting of the Little Lagoon Preservation Society

The public is invited to the Thursday, april 16, meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Adult Activity Center in Gulf Shores. The first 30 minutes is an opportunity to mingle and enjoy refreshments with LLPS members, officers, guest speakers, and the general public.

via Little Lagoon group to hear about pass study – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment.

Flooding in Baldwin County Possible – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 15, 2015

No major flooding has been reported in Baldwin so far, but officials aren’t ruling it out as a possibility.

The Emergency Management Agency team continues to keep a close eye on the weather this week.

“Our primary concern is the riverine area,” said Reggie Chitwood, who is facing his first big weather event as the agency’s director.

With no clear break in the forecast for the rest of the week, water will continue to rise and street flooding is possible.

Some Baldwin residents who live in flood prone areas are hoping this is not a repeat of last year.

via Flooding in Baldwin County Possible – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Spring Break madness cure: Stop the ‘beer, vomit and urine’ – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

April 15, 2015

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP)- Tourism officials who survived Florida’s other Spring Break fevers are ready to help Panama City Beach out of the horror show that led to a woman being sexually assaulted on the sand as hundreds of revelers looked on.

“Shame on Panama City Beach for letting itself devolve into what it has become,” said Nicki E. Grossman, now president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

She said she’s sending a letter to her Panama City Beach counterparts describing just how her city did it.

“Beer, vomit and urine, that’s not what we wanted,” Grossman said.

via Spring Break madness cure: Stop the ‘beer, vomit and urine’ – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

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