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Pioneering Ono

August 12, 2016

Ono Island

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.

via Pioneering Ono.

Boats, beaches and Bushwackers draw vacationers to Orange… | www.mystatesman.com

August 12, 2016

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.

via Boats, beaches and Bushwackers draw vacationers to Orange… | www.mystatesman.com.

Pedestrian killed after being struck by an SUV in Baldwin County | AL.com

August 12, 2016

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.

via Pedestrian killed after being struck by an SUV in Baldwin County | AL.com.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach provide adventure, relaxation | AL.com

August 11, 2016

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.

via Gulf Shores and Orange Beach provide adventure, relaxation | AL.com.

Perdido Key post office to close

August 11, 2016

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.

via Perdido Key post office to close.

Flash flooding covers roadways with water in central Baldwin Cou – FOX10 News | WALA

August 11, 2016

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.

via Flash flooding covers roadways with water in central Baldwin Cou – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Rain Chases Away Beachgoers in Baldwin

August 11, 2016

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.”

via Rain Chases Away Beachgoers in Baldwin.

First human case of West Nile virus this year confirmed in Mobile County | AL.com

August 11, 2016

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.

via First human case of West Nile virus this year confirmed in Mobile County | AL.com.

Waters Temporarily Closing to Commercial and Recreational Shrimping | Outdoor Alabama

August 11, 2016

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.

via Waters Temporarily Closing to Commercial and Recreational Shrimping | Outdoor Alabama.

Homeowners would foot bill for 22% of money if Special Tax District formed | The Islander

August 10, 2016

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.

via Homeowners would foot bill for 22% of money if Special Tax District formed | The Islander.

DVIDS – Images – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Deployment [Image 3 of 9]

August 10, 2016

Foley Alabama Resident in the Navy serving in the Arabian Gulf

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)

via DVIDS – Images – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Deployment [Image 3 of 9].

Foley official attempting to name new bridge after Ken Stabler

August 10, 2016

CANTON, OH. (WIAT) — There are plans in the works to possibly name a new pedestrian bridge in South Alabama after Crimson Tide and NFL legend, Ken “The Snake” Stabler.

Right now, the $1.5 million bridge is being built in Stabler’s hometown of Foley. It will cross Alabama State Route 59, which is a direct route to Gulf Shores.

Last night, crews installed the arch between the two anchor towers.

via Foley official attempting to name new bridge after Ken Stabler.

Baldwin County schools to use Chromebooks | WPMI

August 10, 2016

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.”

via Baldwin County schools to use Chromebooks | WPMI.

Fort Pickens closed due to weather – FOX10 News | WALA

August 10, 2016

Fort Pickens Closed

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.

via Fort Pickens closed due to weather – FOX10 News | WALA.

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