News 5 has received a special copy of the full-length trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” the World War II epic filmed in Mobile and Baldwin counties last year.
The film, starring Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore and Thomas Jane, is considered the biggest to ever be shot in Mobile.
The trailer is lengthy at three and a half minutes, telling the story of “the worst naval disaster in American history.”
via WATCH: Official Trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”.
Not just another day at the beach for the college athletes taking over the sand in Gulf Shores this weekend.
“They are going to see some top notch collegiate volleyball,” says Kristin Fasbender with NCAA. “You’re going to see the best of the best out here on the beach for the next three days.”
via Sports Tourism, Big Business for Coastal Communities.
FOLEY, AL- Two massive Live Oak trees damaged during a plane crash in Foley next week might not survive the extensive damage.
The pilot escaped the burning plane with only a cut on his hand, but the oaks, which have been on the property for more than a century, are in rough shape.
via Live Oaks Hit By Crashing Plane Might Not Survive.
Nathan Harris lived 19 years on this earth.
His impact will last far longer.
The Troy University football player and former Gulf Shores High quarterback died in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning on Fort Morgan Road.
Hundreds packed the sanctuary at First Baptist Gulf Shores on Thursday afternoon for an emotional two-hour ceremony celebrating the way Harris lived his life and the people he influenced along the way.
via Former Troy, Gulf Shores football player Nathan Harris remembered as an ‘encourager,’ a ‘fisher of men’ – al.com.
In their all-out war against invasive lionfish, Pensacola-area fishermen, divers and environmental groups are using everything from fillet knives to festivals as weapons.
via Roundups, festivals, workshops target lionfish.
FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — The Tanger Outlets in Foley will be aglow Thursday night as more than 40 hot air balloons light up for the start of the 12th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival.
There is a balloon glow gets underway at 6 p.m., where you can meet the pilots. The festival begins Friday at 2 p.m, and again Saturday at 9 a.m.
via Soar high in the skies this weekend at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival | WPMI.
Health officials claim the Gulf Coast region is in the high-risk zone for the spread of mosquito transmitted Zika. The virus has been linked to birth defects in babies. It has quickly spread in Central and South America.
via Gulf Coast high risk for Zika | WPMI.
The history and future of Naval Aviation is the focus of a symposium going on at the Naval Aviation Museum.
Thursday morning, panelists will talk about one-hundred years of coast guard aviation.
After that, they’ll enshrine three influential aviators into the “hall of honor.”
via Museum symposium on Naval Aviation | WEAR.
GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Local track fans are encouraged to cheer on rising star athletes this month at two track championships. The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Track Championship (4-5-6-7A boys and girls) is this weekend, May 5-7, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships is May 26-28. Both events will take place at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.
via High school and collegiate track championships return to Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
At Foley’s city council meeting regular reports were read, but the sales, lodging and rental tax report was one to brag about. Numbers discussed during the April 18 meeting were February numbers collected in March.
via Foley revenue up – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Two proposals from Councilman John Conti were the subject of much discussion during a recent Elberta Town Council meeting, with the council ultimately taking action on issues involving access to financial information and combatting the Zika virus.
via Elberta takes action on town finances, Zika virus – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WALA) - An Alabama medical marijuana bill becomes law, effective June 1, with the governor’s signature today.
Gov. Robert Bentley announced he has signed HB61, also known as Leni’s Law.
via Alabama medical marijuana bill becomes law – FOX10 News | WALA.
A Bill that passed the Alabama House last week would have sent $191 million dollars to south Alabama for road improvements. In a Senate committee, a compromise could not be reached and no vote was taken Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Representatives from other parts of the state wanted more of the money to go to other regions. That means Mobile and Baldwin counties won’t soon be seeing road improvements that local legislators say they’re due.
via No compromise on BP settlement Bill puts major Baldwin County ro – FOX10 News | WALA.
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STOCKTON, AL- Sheriff’s investigators in Baldwin County had been looking for Devin Pinckard for more than a year.
Detectives wanted to question the long-haul trucker about a child pornography investigation, but Pinckard stayed on the road. Pinckard lived in his truck and rarely returned to Baldwin County.
via Pistol Permit Application Leads To Child Porn Arrest.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s arrested Devin Kent Pinckard, 49, for charges related to child pornography. Deputies located Pinckard after he applied for a gun permit at the Sheriff’s Office.
Pinckard was a suspect in a 2015 child pornography investigation, but investigators had a hard time tracking him down, as he works as a commercial trucker.
via Alabama man charged for child porn after applying for pistol permit | AL.com.
Love makes sheepshead vulnerable.
Not emotionally vulnerable in the human sense of falling for the wrong guy hook, line and sinker. More in the mortal danger sense, which for fish means getting hooked by an actual hook, line and sinker dangling in the water.
via The great Alabama sheepshead love-in, when all the ocean turns amorous | AL.com.
The Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition is asking for your help.
Lionfish are not native to the Gulf Coast and can cause damage to fisheries and the environment. They don’t have any known predators in our area.
via Lionfish removal day aims to reduce presence of non-native speci – FOX10 News | WALA.
A bill that would have sent part of the oil spill settlement money to the coast and would have provided money for Medicaid appears to be dead in a Senate committee.
During the Senate committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Arthur Orr (R – Senate District 3) introduced legislation that would have drastically lowered the amount of money going to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
via BP oil spill settlement bill dead in Senate committee – FOX10 News | WALA.
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260 new high paying jobs as UTC Aerospace breaks ground on a new plant.
“It’ll add about 80 thousand square feet of factory space,”according to director of operations Duffy Randolph. “The total plant capacity over half a million square feet.”
It is the culmination of three years of work that began at the Paris Airshow. “We started dealing with the various agencies a couple of years ago evaluating options.”
via Jobs, Expansion at UTC Aerospace in Foley.
He appeared in a Pensacola courtroom via video conference. He wore a green jumpsuit and was seated in a wheelchair.
“My understanding is there was some kind of disturbance in the jail in which he received some physical injuries,” says prosecutor John Molchan.
via Accused Killer Back in Florida, Back in Court.
Locals on Fort Morgan peninsula have long sought independence. But it’s not going to happen anytime soon.
The Legislature, despite a push by hundreds of Fort Morgan families, won’t consider a bill this spring that would let them vote on whether to incorporate as a city.
via How Alabama lawmakers slowed Fort Morgan’s incorporation push | AL.com.
The Baldwin County Commission isn’t looking for a political opportunity “pile on” to Gov. Robert Bentley by insisting that the state remove a wall at the gubernatorial beach house, one of its members said Tuesday. Bentley, said Chris Elliott, “has a myriad of other problems he has to deal with.”
“This is about treating the governor of the state of Alabama just like we treat every other citizen,” said Elliott, who vocally opposes the wall that encroaches onto county right-of-way at the Fort Morgan peninsula, west of Gulf Shores.
via Baldwin official: Removal of wall around governor’s house ‘not about politics’ | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Culinary students from Faulkner State will get the chance to work alongside some of the top chefs in the country during the Southern Grace Dinners series at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina.
“They get to spend a day in the kitchen working right beside these chefs,” owner Johnny Fisher said. “If you’re going to culinary school these are the rock stars. For them it’s really cool seeing their faces. We’ve actually hired a couple of these students after the dinners and seeing what they are doing.”
via Faulkner students get to rub elbows with ‘rock star’ chefs – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL – On Monday, April 25 Mayor Robert Craft proclaimed the first Saturday in June and the same annually hereafter to be “A Sunny Day” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Miss Sunny and her impact on tourism in Alabama.
via Miss Sunny celebrates 50th anniversary promoting tourism in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Delicious seafood recipes with a side of wit and wisdom! You can find it all in Lucy Buffett’s new cookbook “LuLu’s Kitchen, A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life.” This weekend you have the chance to get an autographed copy and meet the one and only Lucy Buffett at Costco in Mobile.
The book includes 120 recipes from Lucy’s childhood and restaurants. Get your hands on it between 1 and 3 Saturday at the Costco in Mobile.
via Inside LuLu’s kitchen as cookbook signing nears | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, AL – Services have been announced for Gulf Shores High graduate Nathan Harris who was killed in a motorcycle accident on April 30.
A memorial service will be at Gulf Shores First Baptist Church on Thursday, May 5. There will be a visitation from 1-3 p.m. on the same day at the church.
via Services announced for Gulf Shores grad Nathan Harris – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
We’re learning new details about the murder of a Gulf Shores boater. His alleged killer is behind bars tonight and denied bond. Michael Rodgers is accused of killing Brad Gunther last month.
via Arrest report describes boater’s body “bound with rope” and buri – FOX10 News | WALA.
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It’s not everyday that you’re walking along the beach and spot an alligator coming out of the water.
That’s exactly what happened over the weekend at Fort Morgan, where beachgoers snapped these photos of a gator that surfaced on the beach.
via Gator Takes a Wrong Turn, Shows Up at the Beach.