Ham Wilson hadn’t heard from his grandfather in days. Any other week and this wouldn’t have been unusual. When Pappy was at his house on Ono Island, using the telephone wasn’t very high on his list of priorities. If it wasn’t necessary, Pappy didn’t want it.
But Hurricane Frederic was the real deal. As soon as the storm dissipated across the Alabama skies, Ham loaded up his car with gas cans and set out from Birmingham to find Pappy, following behind people clearing the roads with chainsaws.
The most popular way to see the Alabama Gulf Coast?
While bobbing behind a boat anchored at a sandbar, or cruising among the nonstop flotilla of vessels parading up and down Old River. Or maybe from atop a stool inside the dimly-lit Flora-Bama Lounge, possibly the only roadhouse in America that hosts both an annual mullet toss and weekly nondenominational church services.
I did all that — and a lot more — during a recent trip to Orange Beach.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Some areas of Baldwin County experienced flooding Wednesday after afternoon heavy downpours. Officials with the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency report as of 5 p.m., the following roads are no longer covered with water:
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WPMI) Coastal Alabama Community College is one step closer to becoming reality. On Wednesday the Alabama Community College System approved the name of the new institution, that will combine Faulkner State Community College and two other smaller colleges into one.
The Florida Department of Transportation said Thursday that it plans safety improvements to a deadly crosswalk in front of the iconic Flora-Bama Lounge, which straddles the Florida/Alabama line in Perdido Key.
Storm water run-off is gushing down spillways and through new and improved drainage pipes throughout South Baldwin County. “They are looking very well,” says commissioner Skip Gruber. “There’s not a lot of water standing around so they’re doing what they are supposed to be doing.”
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is reporting that a man from Bay Minette was killed on Wednesday afternoon after being hit by a vehicle. ALEA Spokesman, Jamie Maloy said the crash occurred at 2:40 p.m. on U.S. 31 near mile marker 16, about one mile south of Bay Minette. Maloy said, 19-year-old, Allen Lee Cox Jr., was killed when he was struck by a 2006 Suzuki Forenza.
The other beach destination gem for Birmingham residents is along the coast of Alabama: Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The island provides 32 miles of beach with similar—and at the same time different—offerings than 30A.
Similar in the fact both places have turquoise water and sugar-white sand. Both places offer a beach umbrella you can sit under and forget about the world for a few hours, and both places offer wonderful dining and shopping with world-class accommodations.
Kim Furr stretched a piece of clear packing tape across the top of a cardboard box, securing the edges tightly before applying the postage label.Furr has worked at the small, privately-owned post office inside the Park Plaza shopping center on Sorrento Road for three years.
Mobile County was pounded by rain on Wednesday. There was some minor flooding along the roadways and in store parking lots, but what really caught attention was a big waterspout off Dauphin Island, and it was all caught on camera.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - As the rain came down, the water started to rise. Highway 32 near Summerdale was one of many roadways covered in water.
It was enough to activate the Baldwin County Emergency Operations Center.
“At this time we are operating at a staff level. We have backup if we need to increase depending on the storm level. As we receive information about the roads under water, we are passing that information on to our Baldwin Rural Transit and our highway department making sure they know where those trouble spots are,” said Reggie Chitwood, Baldwin County EMA Director.
Most folks would say all this wet weather is for the birds. Beach chairs are empty. The only umbrellas are trying to keep the rain off.
But off in the distance, along the crashing waves, Al Potere was determined to finish his walk. He may not have been the only one on the beach but he was close. “It’s the longest sustained wet weather I’ve had here in a while. It’s okay. You get what you can out of it.”
The first case of human West Nile virus this year has been confirmed in Mobile County, according to Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for the Mobile County Health Department.
West Nile virus, which is a form of mosquito-borne encephalitis, is often accompanied by symptoms of high fever, severe headache, nausea, stiff neck, confusion, muscle weakness, paralysis, disorientation, and seizures that are severe enough to require medical attention.
Pursuant to Section 9-12-46, Code of Alabama as stated by Rule 220-3-.01, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division announces that as of 6 a.m., Monday, August 15, 2016, the following waters will close to shrimping: That portion of Mobile Bay extending out from and parallel to the shoreline one-half nautical mile beginning at the center of Mayday Pier and then south to the northern edge of the Point Clear Channel, except in this area only, persons may use a cast net to catch or attempt to catch shrimp for bait or non-commercial purposes not to exceed one gallon of shrimp per person per day.
GULF SHORES, AL – When and if a vote comes on a Special Tax District in the Gulf Shores High School feeder pattern, citizens who are residents of the district will contribute 22 percent of the total collection.“
For roughly every $1 homesteaded property owners put in, investment and second home and commercial property owners put in $4,” Kevin Corcoran of the Education Advisory Task Force said.
Some of those same citizens paying the proposed 3 mills on the homes they live in will also be some of those who own other properties making up 78 percent of collections on the proposed new levy.
The average cost to homeowners in Gulf Shores would be about $70 annually and in Orange Beach the extra millage would average about $104 per years.
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 7, 2016) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) Airman Dantrell Clark, from Foley., Ala., checks a procedural manual before activating a fuel purifier in fuel pumping room three of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Murray/Released)
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — As Baldwin County students head back to the classroom, they will see a bit of a tech upgrade.
Earlier this year the Baldwin County School System chose to do away with Apple laptops and replacing them with Google Chromebooks. It’s a change school officials say was better for teachers, students and the budget.
“We phased the Macbook out,” said Eddie Tyler, Baldwin County School Superintendent. It was a financially sound decision to do that. We saved millions of dollars from local funds and the Chromebook is more web based and better geared to instruction in the classroom.”
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — A local Alabama company has agreed to take over the Baldwin County run Wilderness Camp. Pathway Inc. is set to lease the residential facility for troubled youth starting next month.
The Enterprise based company plans to operate and manage the program.
There were lot of disappointed folks on Pensacola beach Tuesday because they wanted to go to to Fort Pickens and the road was closed. The National Park Service was forced to close it even with just the mere threat of severe weather. Last November a similar system flooded out the road stranding people at the campground for days.
With the forecast calling for periods of moderate to heavy rains through Friday, August 12, 2016, a flash flood watch is in effect for Mobile and Baldwin counties. Much of that rain could be along the coast and the city of Gulf Shores wants residents to be prepared.