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Highway 59 to close overnight Aug. 8 and 9 | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

August 03, 2016

A new Foley landmark is scheduled to be installed on the night of Aug. 8, when a pedestrian bridge will be hoisted into place between two towers located on Highway 59, just north of the intersection with Highway 98. City officials say that on Aug. 8, Highway 59 is expected to be closed from roughly 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning to allow a crane to lift the bridge into place, and again on Aug. 9 during the same hours for the pouring of lightweight concrete on the bridge deck.

via Highway 59 to close overnight Aug. 8 and 9 | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

NEW PHOTOS: Help Daphne PD catch burglary suspect – FOX10 News | WALA

August 03, 2016

Surveillance photos give a better look at the second suspect in the burglary of Moe’s Original Bar B Que in Daphne.

Police tracked down Richard Brett Langley over the weekend after they identified him in the surveillance video, but police say he won’t tell who the other man is.

via NEW PHOTOS: Help Daphne PD catch burglary suspect – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Body recovered after plane crash – FOX10 News | WALA

August 03, 2016

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office have identified the pilot killed after a small plane crash off of the coast of Destin, Fla.

Officials say 63-year-old Al Habetz of Louisiana flew into the Destin Airport on Tuesday, August 2nd. They say he dropped off passengers and was returning to Louisiana when the crash took place. No one else is believed to be on board.

via Body recovered after plane crash – FOX10 News | WALA.

Coastal Mayors Unopposed in Upcoming Election

August 03, 2016

In the hustle and bustle of another election cycle, life is a beach for the mayors of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

No one challenged Tony Kennon, “It’s a relief. Elections are just not fun. I’m very appreciative and humbled by it,” nor Robert Craft, “It could be nobody wants this job. It’s not a very high paying job. It’s part-time pay but full-time and there are a lot of expectations.”

via Coastal Mayors Unopposed in Upcoming Election.

New Fairhope roundabout officially opened | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

August 02, 2016

Fairhope area residents can take joy in the opening of the newly-constructed roundabout at the intersection of Baldwin County 13 and Fairhope Avenue.

City and county officials met at the roundabout early Monday morning for a ceremonial ribbon cutting and all were pleased that the project was finished on schedule.

via New Fairhope roundabout officially opened | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Daphne Break-In Video Reveals Thief, Familiar Face

August 02, 2016

Surveillance cameras capture a break-in in Daphne.  “He spent quite a bit of time at Moe’s Bar-B-Q,” says Captain Jud Beedy with Daphne Police.

The footage shows a thief jumping behind the bar, taking a look around and then he tries to pry open the cash register with a knife used to cut lemons and limes. Later he’s back on camera but this time hiding his face. He lays his gun on the counter and looks for more things to take.

via Daphne Break-In Video Reveals Thief, Familiar Face.

Scientists hunt for the mystery killer wiping out baby oysters at hatcheries | AL.com

August 02, 2016

Scott Rikard likes what he sees through the twin eyepieces of a dissecting microscope, its lens focused on a handful of tiny brown creatures shaped like coffee beans.

Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of the microscopic beans, which are actually larval oysters, zoom around in a drop of water on the glass slide.

via Scientists hunt for the mystery killer wiping out baby oysters at hatcheries | AL.com.

Tropical storm could form Aug. 1; projections are for a southerly path | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

August 01, 2016

MIAMI – Forecasters continue to say a tropical disturbance in the Caribbean Sea will continue to strengthen as it moves westward at a fast pace and could become a tropical depression on Aug. 1.

Current path predictions have the disturbance headed toward the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.

via Tropical storm could form Aug. 1; projections are for a southerly path | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Record sea turtle hatching season on Dauphin Island calls for vo – FOX10 News | WALA

August 01, 2016

FOX10 News is committed to protecting our environment. Each year, endangered sea turtles make their way to our beaches in both Mobile in Baldwin counties to nest.

Experts say so far, it’s a record breaking hatching season on Dauphin Island (32 nests since May) and they need volunteers.

The season runs until October and leaders with the “Share the Beach” organization say with so many new volunteers, they wanted to give everyone a refresher course on Sunday.

via Record sea turtle hatching season on Dauphin Island calls for vo – FOX10 News | WALA.

USS Indianapolis Survivor Compels Crowd at Battleship Park

July 31, 2016

One of the few remaining survivors of the USS Indianapolis spoke today at Battleship Park. You first heard from Edgar Harrell in a story we shared with you Friday on News 5.

Survivor is too small a word to describe Edgar Harrell. He stood in front of dozens of people today at Battleship Park going into excruciating detail about what it was like having to survive for several days in shark-infested waters.

via USS Indianapolis Survivor Compels Crowd at Battleship Park.

STORY AND PHOTOS: Perdido Pass fishing wall reopened in Orange Beach | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

July 31, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – When the fishermen return to an improved – and recently opened – Perdido Pass fishing wall, a goal Phillip West has had for a few years will be partially fulfilled.

“I’ll be one of them,” West said. “And the fishing’s good. I’ve seen king caught here, tons of bluefish, redfish, flounder. When the big white shrimp come out you can spot them with a light.”

During the shrimp runs people shine lights to illuminate the crustacean’s eyes and use nets at the end of a long pole and fill up coolers with the fresh catch.

via STORY AND PHOTOS: Perdido Pass fishing wall reopened in Orange Beach | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Transforming how you pay to play: Gulf Shores get solar-powered parking pay stations | WPMI

July 30, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — If you’ve been to Gulf Shores lately you’ve more than likely paid to park at the public beach. The city is transforming how you pay to play, by installing 10 new solar-powered parking pay stations. This is the first time the machines have been powered by the sun.

Last year, the pay stations brought in $457,000 for the City of Gulf Shores. So far this year, the new solar-powered meters have raked in $300,000.

“Last year was a banner tourist season for us,” said Grant Brown with the City of Gulf Shores.

via Transforming how you pay to play: Gulf Shores get solar-powered parking pay stations | WPMI.

Blue Angels to fly F/A-18 Super Hornets

July 30, 2016

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team has begun its transition to the F/A-18 Super Hornet under a recently approved contract with The Boeing Company.

“We are supporting the Navy’s plans to transition the Blue Angels to Super Hornet aircraft from classic Hornets by providing engineering for the necessary conversion modifications. We are proud to continue our association with the Blue Angels as they demonstrate the precision and professionalism of Naval Aviation to millions each year,” Paul Guse, a spokesman for Boeing, said Thursday in an emailed statement.

via Blue Angels to fly F/A-18 Super Hornets.

Perdido Pass fishing area to soon reopen – FOX10 News | WALA

July 30, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - After years of being closed to the public, the fishing area at Perdido Pass in Orange Beach will soon be opened back up…at least part of it.  The city spent more than $300,000 in improvements and hope to do more in the near future.

Chain link fencing has been removed and replaced with palm trees, landscaping and a wooden boardwalk along the seawall.  Contractors are putting on finishing touches and city officials said it will soon be officially open to the public.

via Perdido Pass fishing area to soon reopen – FOX10 News | WALA.

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USS Indianapolis survivor shares his story – FOX10 News | WALA

July 30, 2016

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - It’s been 71 years since the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, but 91-year-old Edgar Harrell can still remember seeing the ship for the first time.

“Not hardly as big as the Alabama, some 70 feet shorter – but it as big and when I saw that. I thought my, my, my – what a big ship. We could win the war with that,” said Harrell.

via USS Indianapolis survivor shares his story – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Inmates Captured, Woman Arrested for Helping Them Escape

July 30, 2016

The inmates who escaped from the Loxley Work Release Center earlier this week have been captured.

Demetrius Larkins and Raymond Robinson were found in Gulfport, MS Friday afternoon.

A woman, 34-year-old Lakeya Paige, was with them and was arrested for helping the two escape. Residents who live near the Loxley facility say they saw Larkins and Robinson get into a dark colored SUV Tuesday night. Authorities believe Paige may have been driving the getaway vehicle.

via Inmates Captured, Woman Arrested for Helping Them Escape.

USS Indianapolis survivor: ‘You’ve got to struggle to live’ | AL.com

July 30, 2016

In a weird way, World War II survivor Edgar Harrell’s visit to Mobile this weekend has allowed him to stand once again on the decks of the USS Indianapolis, the ship whose sinking in 1945 plunged him into one of the most horrible experiences in U.S. Navy history.Harrell, now 91, was one of 39 Marines aboard the Indianapolis in July 1945, when it cruised on a secret mission to deliver atomic bomb components to a Pacific island air base. A few days after making the delivery, in the early morning hours of July 30, it was ripped apart by Japanese torpedoes. The 880 or so men not killed in the sinking were thrown into a four-day ordeal of sharks, starvation and thirst; only 317 survived.

via USS Indianapolis survivor: ‘You’ve got to struggle to live’ | AL.com.

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