Heavy weather overnight leaves trees, power lines downed across – FOX10 News | WALA

January 22, 2016

South Alabama has seen some damage from the heavy weather that moved through the state overnight Thursday into Friday.

FOX10 News reporter Steve Alexander is reporting from Atmore and other spots Friday morning on FOX10 News. He has observed straight line damage, with trees and power lines down in places.

via Heavy weather overnight leaves trees, power lines downed across – FOX10 News | WALA.

Gulf council meeting in Orange Beach

January 21, 2016

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet Jan. 25-28 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala.

The Gulf Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.

via Gulf council meeting in Orange Beach.

Fire Destroys Vacation Home in Orange Beach – WPMI – LOCAL 15

January 21, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) The Orange Beach Fire Department is investigating a fire that destroyed a vacation home 28,000 block of Burkart Drive Wednesday evening.

“We were on the scene within 5 minutes, unfortunately the home was a total loss by the time we arrived,” Fire Chief Shane Phillips said. “We had good water pressure but we had to pump water into dead-end street and it was a 3,000 square feet home.”

via Fire Destroys Vacation Home in Orange Beach – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Baldwin County School Board Member Under Investigation – WPMI – LOCAL 15

January 21, 2016

Baldwin County school board member Angie Swiger is under investigation after an anonymous complaint was filed to the state Ethics Commission.

She said the complaint relates to her real estate business.

Swiger tells us she has not used her position with the school to profit for real estate and said her success has been built over the years.

via Baldwin County School Board Member Under Investigation – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

O.B. Police Investigate Attempted Kidnapping – WPMI – LOCAL 15

January 21, 2016

Police are investigating the attempted kidnapping of a 10 year old boy. The incident happened over the past weekend and the child’s mother took to social media today to alert other parents to be on the look out.

“He came in and he was screaming mom,mom,mom somebody just chased me, somebody just chased me,” said Katie Holden. 10 year old John Carter Holden says he was on his way home from a neighbor’s house here in the Cypress Village subdivision when a woman started chasing him.

via O.B. Police Investigate Attempted Kidnapping – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Fire destroys home in Orange Beach, Alabama – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

January 21, 2016

A home was destroyed by a fire Wednesday evening in Orange Beach, Alabama.

The Orange Beach Police Department was called to the scene around 5pm.

Fire crews said it was a total loss by the time they arrived.

Luckily, the Fire Chief, Shane Phillips, said they didn’t have to evacuate any neighbors.

via Fire destroys home in Orange Beach, Alabama – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Home on Burkart Drive in Orange Beach burns – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 21, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – A home on Johnson Cove at the end of Burkart Drive in Orange Beach was fully involved in flame as fire crews worked to bring it under control on Jan. 20 just after 5 p.m.

The first call came in about 5:07 p.m. from multiple callers saying fire was showing at the residence, Orange Beach officials said. Crews arrived on the scene at 5:13 p.m., Chief Shane Phillips said.

via Home on Burkart Drive in Orange Beach burns – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Attempted Child Abduction in Orange Beach

January 21, 2016

“I almost lost my kid today.”  Life can change in an instant and it did for Katie Holder over the weekend. “He busted through the door and he was like, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom this lady, she just chased me! She just chased me!”

Her 10-year-old son had been playing with some other kids Saturday afternoon when an SUV circled the area a couple of times. “He didn’t think too much about it because he’s a ten-year-old,” says Holder. “He’s just like I’m playing, I’m having a good time.”

via Attempted Child Abduction in Orange Beach.

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Angie Swiger

January 21, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL- An anonymous complaint against Baldwin County School Board Vice-President Angie Swiger has been filed with the Alabama Ethics Commission.

The complaint alleges Swiger, who owns a Gulf Shores real estate company with her husband, has used her influence as an elected school board member over the years to coerce school employees into buying property through her company.

via Ethics Complaint Filed Against Angie Swiger.

Conversation of the Day: Is Orange Beach taking the fun out of spring break? | AL.com

January 21, 2016

Sorry kids, Orange Beach wants to pump the brakes on spring break shenanigans.

“If you come here, you better behave, or you’re going to jail. It’s that simple,” Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said. “And we’re not going to put up with the nonsense Panama City puts up with.”

via Conversation of the Day: Is Orange Beach taking the fun out of spring break? | AL.com.

Baldwin County school board member hit with ethics complaint | AL.com

January 21, 2016

An Alabama Ethics Commission complaint has been filed against Baldwin County School Board Member Angie Swiger in connection with her Gulf Shores real estate business.

Swiger, the board vice-president, can be seen in an advertisement posted on her Facebook page proclaiming that she and her husband are the “Official Realtors of the Dolphin Family.” The dolphin refers to the Gulf Shores High School mascot.

Featured prominently in the ad are photographs of the two real estate agents posing with Gulf Shores High School principal Ernie Rosado and head football coach Jamie Williams outside their new houses.

via Baldwin County school board member hit with ethics complaint | AL.com.

Home along banks of Bon Secour River includes amazing great room | AL.com

January 21, 2016

In some homes, it’s all about one room, one space, that one gathering place so inviting that you really don’t need any other space (save a bedroom) to pass the time with family and friends.

Such is the case in a home nestled off County Road 10 in Foley, Ala., where a home rests along the banks of scenic Bon Secour River.

via Home along banks of Bon Secour River includes amazing great room | AL.com.

Baldwin County School Board member under investigation by Alabam – FOX10 News | WALA

January 20, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - FOX10 News has learned a Baldwin County School Board member is being investigated by the Alabama Ethics Commission.

FOX10 News obtained a copy of a letter sent by the Alabama Ethics Commission to the person who filed a complaint against Baldwin County School Board Member Angie Swiger.

via Baldwin County School Board member under investigation by Alabam – FOX10 News | WALA.

Chester the Pig Can Stay in Orange Beach

January 20, 2016

Joy Brown will be able to keep Chester the pig as long as he is an inside pet.  Chester was the subject of a nuisance complaint that included a report of chickens, debris, and weeds in the yard.  Orange Beach Code Enforcement officer Chuck Smith told council members all of the violations had been resolved except for the pig. Brown considers Chester a family pet.  She has had him since he was a piglet, that was four years ago. She considers him a member of the family and even started a Facebook page to drum up support for the porker.

via Chester the Pig Can Stay in Orange Beach.

Spring Break 2016: If you bring Panama City Beach chaos to Alabama, ‘you’re going to jail’ | AL.com

January 20, 2016

With Panama City Beach clamping down on spring break hedonism, should the Alabama coast be bracing for a season of mayhem?

That fear has been raised lately among some in the Gulf Shores-Orange Beach area, but local officials say they don’t see much cause for concern – and they say they’re fully prepared to shut down any public misbehavior that could damage the area’s carefully cultivated reputation as a family-friendly destination.

via Spring Break 2016: If you bring Panama City Beach chaos to Alabama, ‘you’re going to jail’ | AL.com.

Author signing/reading at Gulf Shores and Foley libraries – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 20, 2016

Mobile author and playwright Tom Perez will share readings from Volume Two of his mother’s memoir, Hickory Goes to Heaven: A Love Story recently published in November. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Perez will be at the Gulf Shores Library 10:30 a.m. to noon; and at the Foley Public Library 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

via Author signing/reading at Gulf Shores and Foley libraries – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Homeowner describes scary home invasion; 2 teens arrested – FOX10 News | WALA

January 20, 2016

FOLEY, AL (WALA) -

FOX10 News has learned more about a scary home invasion and robberies in Foley last week. The suspects were arrested a short time later with the help of a canine unit, but the victims are left shaken.

“The perpetrators walked in here, stood side by side, held the guns on everybody.  There were four or five people sitting at the table.  The rest were sitting on stools around,” explained homeowner, Bob Webb.

via Homeowner describes scary home invasion; 2 teens arrested – FOX10 News | WALA.

5 planets in morning sky: Where, when to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn | AL.com

January 20, 2016

If you’re out bright and early in January and February – look up.

From Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, five planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – will be visible in the morning sky. The five planets will be bright and lined up in a diagonal line with Mercury on the far left, followed by Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter as you look to the right. The display offers a unique opportunity to see five planets at once, with only Neptune and Uranus, as well as the dwarf planet Pluto, out of sight.

via 5 planets in morning sky: Where, when to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn | AL.com.

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