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January 18, 2015 - Gulf Shoes, AL (GSA) - Little Lagoon Preservation Society (LLPS) invites members and the general public to attend a quarterly membership meeting on Thursday, Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m., at the Adult Activity Center in Gulf Shores.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Brian Burnes, Associate Professor Biology, University of West Alabama, making a presentation on identifying sources of pathogen/bacteria contamination in Little Lagoon.
Dr. Burnes will share with us a technique he has used in other fresh water environments in Alabama where microbe patterns are analyzed to determine potential sources of surface water pollution/bacteria. He will also share plans for applying that technique to Little Lagoon in the near future.
January 17, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - A special treat is in store for lovers of great piano music when Brian Arnold appears in two concerts at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.
He will be performing on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2:30 p.m. If you close your eyes, you would never know that Brian plays with only one arm. He is well-known as a singer, songwriter, speaker, evangelist, and of course, pianist.
Brian's personal story is one of determination and success. After losing a leg at the age of 6 in a lawnmower accident, Brian's mother encouraged his musical abilities.
Then as a young adult, his left arm became paralyzed as the result of an auto accident but he did not let that hold him back. He resolved to be a victor not a victim and today is known as America's favorite one-handed pianist. Brian has opened for several big-time Branson acts and was instrumental in establishing the award-wining quartet “The Chosen Few.”
Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available at the GSUMC South Campus ticket window in Thee Coffee Shop (in the Winn Dixie Plaza) Monday through Friday from 9AM until 12 noon and also at the door. Concert passes are welcome.
For more information, call 251-968-4346. Event proceeds are used to support the music ministry of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.
January 16, 2015 - GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location at 224 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals. Dollar General will offer Gulf Shores residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.
Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.
“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development, said. “We hope our Gulf Shores customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”
January 16, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL, (GSA) — On Thursday, Feb. 5, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Gulf Shores. The ships will be docked at Lulu’s Homeport Marina, 200 E 25th Ave., until their departure early Monday morning Feb. 9.
The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeologymagazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.
Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the 15th century. Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and schoolchildren on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.
January 14, 2015 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — It will be a musical weekend at Gulf Shores United Methodist with “Cody and Friends” on Friday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. “Cool Change,” a foursome from Foley, will be playing. (Pictured: Cool Change members Don McPherson, John Andrews, Walter Tatum, and Don Horton.)
“Cody and Friends” will feature a number of area singers and instrumentalists including local young artists singing Broadway and Disney hits. You’ll also hear original compositions as well as classical music by noted composers Ralph Vaughn Williams and Robert Schumann. In addition, you’ll be entertained by country and pop music, a live band and compositions with a decidedly Latin beat.
January 15, 2015 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — John D. Amen, National President of the Benevolent and Protective Elks, will visit Orange Beach on Thursday through Saturday to address the mid-year conference of the Alabama Elks Association at the Perdido Beach Resort.The conference will consist of representatives of Alabama’s 25 Elk’s lodges and their guests. President Amen will make a report on the progress of the B.P.O.E. this fiscal year, as well as prospects for the success of Elkdom in the near and far-off future. He will also give a report on the Elks National Foundation, the main source of funding for most Elks programs, including the largest private scholarship endowment in the U.S., the Elks Veterans program, youth programs, including Hoop Shoot (national free-throw contest), soccer shoot-out, nationally recognized Drug Awareness Program, the Dictionary project, and dozens of local charity activities. The Elks National Foundation’s assets now total nearly half-a-billion dollars, most all of which has been contributed by Elks members themselves. Also included will be the Elks newest initiative, the Community Investment Program, in which grants are provided to the local lodges to be used in their own communities. More information can be found online at the Elks website.
January 13, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Educating Our Children: A Community's Responsibility will be the topic of a town hall meeting to be hosted by District 4 of the Baldwin County Republican Party and newly elected Chairman Dr. Gaylon McCollough on Tuesday, Jan 20, 6 p.m. at Kaiser Realty in Gulf Shores.
In announcing the town hall forum, Dr. McCollough, quoting the proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" said, "It takes parents, schools, businesses, government and citizens to create an environment conducive for learning life skills. Does that kind of environment current exist in our community and schools?" (Pictured: Dr. Gaylon McCollough (standing) and national education consultants Dr. Sarah Caldwell, left, and Dr. Betty Edwards.)
January 13, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Hangout Music Festival had three big announcements on Monday, including revealing the 2015 lineup.
The sixth festival installment will take place May 15-17, 2015 and will feature headliners Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Skrillex, Paramore, Foster The People, Spoon and over 70 bands to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, AL. Three day tickets went on-sale Jan. 12 at and are $249. To purchase three-day tickets, visit The Hangout online.
January 12, 2015 - New Orleans – The Coast Guard is searching for a kayaker whose last known location was near Gulf Shores on Saturday.
Sean Switzer last communicated with his family while he was reportedly in a yellow kayak and not wearing a life jacket off the coast of Gulf Shores. (Coast Guard Cutter Cobia has been dispatched.)
The Coast Guard was notified at 10 p.m., Sunday.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Dauphine Island as well as an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile were launched shortly after the Coast Guard was notified.
January 11, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The seniors and volunteers at DayBreak Senior Daycare celebrated the Christmas season in style.
There was music, singing, holiday food, and joy all around at the annual DayBreak Christmas Party. Everyone had a great time. (Pictured: Standing from the left are Diane Lawrence, Bob Lawrence, Bob Walls, Steve Fountain, Buddy Wallace and Dolly Crewes. Seated from the left are Merle Lantrip and Pat James.)
January 10, 2014 - Gulf Shores (GSA) and Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Winter visitors, both young and young at heart, are encouraged to attend the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Welcome Center Showcasing and Lecture Series in January and February. Headlining this year’s schedule is a nature-themed lecture series at the Orange Beach Welcome Center featuring experts from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Gulf State Park, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
“The addition of this lecture series paired with our engaging lineup highlights the diversity of nature attractions along the Alabama Gulf Coast,” said Joanie Flynn, vice president of marketing for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism. “In its third year, this Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism effort is designed to drive our winter guests to the welcome centers to discover all the area has to offer.”
January 9, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Orange Beach has been home to a favorite winter event, the ‘Big’ Yard & Craft Sale. This will be the 12th year for the sale where shoppers find great bargains from more than 25 different vendors. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Orange Beach Community Center, located at 27235 Canal Road.
Doors open promptly at 7 a.m. and the event runs until noon. All vendor spaces are inside so it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing outside. If you like yard sales, this is one you don’t want to miss.
January 8, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - On Dec.. 6, 2014 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Gulf Shores Police responded to a report of a burglary at Papa’s Pizza, which is located in the 600 block of Gulf Shores Parkway. Once the officer arrived at Papa John’s Pizza he found evidence that a burglary occurred next door at Dippin Dot’s also.
With the assistance of community members Channing Taylor Fore, 24, of Gulf Shores was named and positively identified with the surveillance images that were captured. Detectives issued warrants for Fore and he was booked into the Gulf Shores Police Detention Center on Jan. 5, 2015 for numerous charges which are listed below. He was transferred to the Baldwin County Detention Center on Jan. 6, 2015. (Pictured: Channing Taylor Fore.)
After completing the report for both businesses the officer canvassed the area and saw some of the property floating in the waterway behind the businesses. The officer contacted detectives and they immediately requested GSPD dive team personnel to respond and assist in recovering electronic equipment which was stolen from both businesses.
January 8, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Scale Back Alabama kicks off its ninth year on Tuesday and the Bodenhamer Center in Gulf Shores will be serving as an official weigh-in site once again. The free statewide weight-loss program is targeted to help Alabama's adults, who own the country's eighth highest obesity rate, eat less and move more.
Scale Back Alabama has resulted in more than one million pounds lost since its beginning eight years ago, and it continues to be a great way for Alabamians to start the New Year and to begin reaching their fitness goals.
This year’s program is improved based on feedback from previous participants and local coordinators. Those 18 and older can now participate in teams of two, rather than teams of four, and they can go online to register themselves starting Jan. 6.
January 7, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – The Wharf has an approved franchise application with SpringHill Suites by Marriott, an all-suites hotel catering to family and business travelers with spacious suites featuring separate sleeping, working and living areas.
“Most destination properties begin with a hotel as the anchor, so this is a unique situation," Art Favre, owner of Wharf Retail Properties, said. "We’ve seen a lot of pent-up consumer demand. The new SpringHill Suites by Marriott will give meeting planners options they’ve been asking for.” (Pictured: Art Favre)
The new hotel will be built where the current marina office and Outfitter Store are located. Preliminary plans call for about 140 suites in the new hotel.
In-suite kitchenettes will have microwaves, mini-fridges and seating areas with pull-out sofas. Public areas will include a resort-style pool overlooking the picturesque Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, meeting spaces, a fitness room and a market.