Owner of Classic City Detail & Customs drowns off Alabama coast | Online Athens

July 07, 2016

Andy Blankenship, owner of Classic City Detail & Customs and resident of Athens for more than 30 years, died Friday while on a birthday trip with his family to the Alabama gulf coast. He was 39.

Blankenship drowned near the east end of Ono Island, according to the Orange Beach Fire Department. Using sonar, Alabama search and rescue members were able to find his body late Friday.

via Owner of Classic City Detail & Customs drowns off Alabama coast | Online Athens.

Local police chief attends White House briefing | WEAR

July 07, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) — Gulf Shores Police Chief Edward Delmore participated in a briefing about 21st century policing at the White House Wednesday.

It comes after President Obama organized a task force last December.

Delmore will join other police executives to hear task force recommendations on keeping police officers and neighborhoods safe.

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via Local police chief attends White House briefing | WEAR.

Bailey Kennon of Orange Beach talks about pageant experience – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 07, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL — It may appear when Miss Alabama is crowned there is only one winner at the annual pageant.

Bailey Kennon, competing in her first Miss Alabama pageant, says that wasn’t the case at all with her. Kennon qualified for the statewide contest by winning the Miss Coastal Alabama title in September.

via Bailey Kennon of Orange Beach talks about pageant experience – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Commission stands ground on immigrant relocation program – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 07, 2016

Baldwin County’s commissioners remained firm in their opposition to federal plans to possibly house unaccompanied immigrant children in Baldwin County this week, as they voted unanimously to send a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services outlining the reasons why the county would be ill suited for usage.

via Commission stands ground on immigrant relocation program – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Fisher’s in Orange Beach cultivates local farm market – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Announcements

July 07, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Johnny Fisher could take a different approach to how he supplies food to his restaurants at Orange Beach Marina.

Many companies are big distributors to the food industry and can be counted on to supply a myriad of things from napkins to lettuce. It could serve to uncomplicate his ordering process, make running his restaurants a bit easier.

via Fisher’s in Orange Beach cultivates local farm market – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Announcements.

Alligators spotted in Fairhope Beach duck ponds – FOX10 News | WALA

July 07, 2016

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Fairhope Beach is a popular spot to visit on the eastern shore. The bay front offers a great view and the duck ponds on the north end provide a shady retreat for people and wildlife.  Ducks, geese and turtles are common, but some recent visitors have people calling the police.

via Alligators spotted in Fairhope Beach duck ponds – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Debate Over Animal Cruelty Heats Up in Elberta

July 07, 2016

Her name is “Lucky” and according to Robert Brunker, she definitely is. “I looked over in that field and saw that puppy running around in circles on his front paws, not on his back paws. He could not get his back feet underneath him. I knew he was having a heat stroke.”

She’s fine now but that incident started a feud of sorts with his neighbor. Brunker claiming animal cruelty. “It wasn’t one time but it happened two or three times a week. If I hadn’t been there that other puppy would have died.”

via Debate Over Animal Cruelty Heats Up in Elberta.

Local hospitality contest Airbnb practices

July 07, 2016

On this rainy day, The Kate Shephard House owner Wendy James welcomed us with open arms — something she’s been in the business of doing for some time.

James and her partner purchased the midtown house in 2002 with the intent of transforming it into the bed-and-breakfast it is today. Running a business comes with its share of issues, and James has encountered many in her 13 years of running the B&B.

via Local hospitality contest Airbnb practices.

Alabama Senators Jeff Sessions, Richard Shelby urge halt to immigration facilities in Baldwin County | AL.com

July 07, 2016

U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, in a joint letter to three top federal officials, criticized the Obama Administration’s proposal to consider two Baldwin County Naval air fields as temporary facilities to house unaccompanied youths who enter the U.S. illegally.

via Alabama Senators Jeff Sessions, Richard Shelby urge halt to immigration facilities in Baldwin County | AL.com.

Judge rules lawsuit against Gulf State Park hotel due for dismissal | AL.com

July 06, 2016

A judge has ruled that the former commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has no standing to proceed with his lawsuit against Gov. Robert Bentley and others over the funding of the new hotel and other improvements at Gulf State Park.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs ruled today that Charles Grimsley lacks standing to proceed with the lawsuit because the money being used came from BP, and not taxpayers.

“Courts have refused to confer taxpayer standing upon citizens when the source of the funds was from the federal government or private entities,” Hobbs wrote.

via Judge rules lawsuit against Gulf State Park hotel due for dismissal | AL.com.

Baldwin Co. Commission continues opposition to house immigrant children | WEAR

July 06, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — The Baldwin County Commission is continuing its opposition to a proposed facility to house unaccompanied immigrant children at Wolf and Silver Hill Airfields.

On Tuesday, the commission voted to send a letter to Health and Human Services Director Sylvia Burwell stating the commissions concerns about the proposal.

via Baldwin Co. Commission continues opposition to house immigrant children | WEAR.

Gulf Shores Police Chief invited to the White House – FOX10 News | WALA

July 06, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Police Chief Edward Delmore of the Gulf Shores Police Department has been invited to the White House to participate in a briefing about 21st Century Policing.

In December 2015, President Barack Obama organized a Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Five months later, on May 15, the task force issued its final report.

via Gulf Shores Police Chief invited to the White House – FOX10 News | WALA.

Record number of sea turtle nests on Alabama beaches? – FOX10 News | WALA

July 06, 2016

FOX10 News is committed to protecting the environment.

We are in the middle of sea turtle season on Alabama beaches and volunteers continue to find new nests.

From May through October, about 45 volunteers from the “Share the Beach” http://www.alabamaseaturtles.com/ volunteer group patrol Alabama beaches looking for nests.

via Record number of sea turtle nests on Alabama beaches? – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Baldwin County Commissioners write letter to HHS Secretary to ad – FOX10 News | WALA

July 06, 2016

After three weeks of waiting for a response from the Feds on what their plans are for finding places to house unaccompanied immigrant children, the Baldwin County Commission is once again asking questions.  This time they’re sending a letter to the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“It’s firm.  It’s direct and again, it reiterates the questions that we and the people of Baldwin County have,” said Baldwin County Commission Chairman, Tucker Dorsey.

via Baldwin County Commissioners write letter to HHS Secretary to ad – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Marijuana growing operation shut down in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA

July 06, 2016

Ronald Hudson was arrested and faces drug trafficking charges after officials found 378 marijuana plants at a growing operation in Baldwin County, according to Maj. Anthony Lowery of the Sheriff’s Office there.

Those 378 plants equate to about 7 pounds of finished product, Lowery told FOX10 News.

via Marijuana growing operation shut down in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Baldwin County Leaders Continue Fight To Keep Illegals Out

July 06, 2016

SILVERHILL, AL- Roberts Bayou in the Josephine community is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Baldwin County.

Folks that live here believe a federal plan to house unaccompanied and undocumented teenagers from Latin America at a nearby Naval airfield will destroy their quality of life.

via Baldwin County Leaders Continue Fight To Keep Illegals Out.

Federal government seeks end to Alabama refugee lawsuit

July 06, 2016

The federal government is seeking to dismiss Alabama’s lawsuit over refugee placement after the failure of a similar lawsuit by Texas.

A lawyer for the federal government on June 16 filed a notice of the Texas decision with the court in the ongoing request to dismiss the Alabama case. Both Texas and Alabama sued the federal government over refugee placement.

A federal judge in June threw out the Texas lawsuit, ruling that the state had no authority over resettlements that are handled by the federal government.

via Federal government seeks end to Alabama refugee lawsuit.

Baldwin County maintains forceful push against resettlement of immigrant children | AL.com

July 06, 2016

Baldwin County commissioners continued their forceful push Tuesday in opposing the use of two Naval air fields as temporary resettlement camps for undocumented migrant youths.

The commissioners unanimously approved submitting a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell reiterating safety and infrastructure concerns that they voiced about the two facilities last month.

via Baldwin County maintains forceful push against resettlement of immigrant children | AL.com.

The Ostrich: Cordova man swallowed by Souvenir City shark | AL.com

July 06, 2016

Officials say a resident of Cordova was completely devoured by a shark while walking down the street yesterday.

Emergency crews with the Gulf Shores Fire Department identified the man as 36-year old Billy Ray Chambliss. According to eyewitnesses, Chambliss was vacationing with his family when he suddenly disappeared into the mouth of the 60-foot long great white shark.

via The Ostrich: Cordova man swallowed by Souvenir City shark | AL.com.

Flesh-eating bacteria easy to avoid, just swim in the Gulf, not bays says expert | AL.com

July 06, 2016

The flesh-eating bacteria lighting up news reports all along the Gulf Coast has been around forever and is almost entirely avoidable if you know where to swim, said the nation’s leading expert on the deadly bacteria.

Andy DePaola was the lead seafood microbiologist and subject matter expert for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration until he retired last fall. His specialty was Vibrio vulnificus, the bacteria responsible for a string of high profile deaths and amputations this summer among beachgoers.

via Flesh-eating bacteria easy to avoid, just swim in the Gulf, not bays says expert | AL.com.

Big Beach Brewing readies Gulf Shores launch – LagniappeLagniappe

July 05, 2016

Jim Shamburger really wants to pour you a beer. A tall glass of Big Beach Brewing beer, to be exact.

In fact, the Gulf Shores dentist would have loved to have poured that beer back when the summer tourists started flocking south as the snowbirds headed north, but in the brewing industry, as in life, things rarely go as planned.

via Big Beach Brewing readies Gulf Shores launch – LagniappeLagniappe.

Gulf Shores Police Chief invited to the White House – FOX10 News | WALA

July 05, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Police Chief Edward Delmore of the Gulf Shores Police Department has been invited to the White House to participate in a briefing about 21st Century Policing.

In December 2015, President Barack Obama organized a Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Five months later, on May 15, the task force issued its final report.

via Gulf Shores Police Chief invited to the White House – FOX10 News | WALA.

The difficulties of of Search and Rescue | WPMI

July 05, 2016

We now know the name of the man who drowned near the east end of Ono Island. The Orange Beach Fire Department says it found Andy Blankenship’s body Saturday.

Changing tides and fast-moving currents make searching the coast treacherous. Search and Rescue team members say that while rescue and recovery can be a dangerous task, it is one they are well-trained for.

Beach Safety Division Chief Melvin Shepard says the side scan sonar helped find 39-year-old Andy Blankenship’s body off Ono island Friday night. Shepard had the grim task of diving in the dark water to recover him.

via The difficulties of of Search and Rescue | WPMI.

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