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Why it was important for Gulf Shores to just say ‘no’ | AL.com

December 03, 2016

Money. Politics. National reputation. Bad publicity. Angry constituents.

And those are just a few of the things that were at stake when Gulf Shores city leaders took up a proposal to ban alcohol on the beach during the spring break season.

Some politicians tend to wimp out under these kinds of pressures, but on this issue, the ones in Gulf Shores didn’t. By unanimous vote, they decided this past week that no alcohol can be possessed or consumed on a beach within the city limits from March 4 to April 16, 2017.

via Why it was important for Gulf Shores to just say ‘no’ | AL.com.

Gov. Bentely awards $37.2 million to assist low-income families with energy costs | WPMI

December 03, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WPMI) — Governor Robert Bentley on Friday awarded grants totaling $37.2 million to assist low-income families in Alabama with home energy bills. Due to the recent storms in Alabama, the Governor has fast tracked these grants in order for funds to be distributed immediately.

via Gov. Bentely awards $37.2 million to assist low-income families with energy costs | WPMI.

Spanish Fort man shoots son in domestic dispute | WPMI

December 03, 2016

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) — A Spanish Fort father is in custody charged with shooting his son in the leg. The incident happened at a home on Old Mobile Road right off Highway 31.

Neighbors say the home where it happened is a known drug house. They have been complaining about it for years. When Local 15′s cameras arrived shortly after 2pm, a Medstar helicopter was at the scene landing at the Prodisee Pantry parking lot nearby.

via Spanish Fort man shoots son in domestic dispute | WPMI.

Mobile, Baldwin Co. losing millions of BP settlement after state deal | WPMI

December 03, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. WPMI — Mobile and Baldwin Counties suffered the brunt of Alabama’s devastation from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and was set to see part of a billion dollar settlement through BP.However, a new deal passed this week by the State legislature will mean millions less for the area.

via Mobile, Baldwin Co. losing millions of BP settlement after state deal | WPMI.

Working their way across the bay | Baldwin Times

December 03, 2016

ORANGE BEACH – To illustrate just how intertwined the economies of Mobile and Baldwin counties are, one just has to look at Census numbers on citizens in the workforce. Of the more than 73,000 people with jobs who live in Baldwin County, nearly 34,000 of those work outside of the county. Of the nearly 61,000 people who are employed in Baldwin County, nearly 22,000 live in other counties.

via Working their way across the bay | Baldwin Times.

Gulf Shores Local Qualifies for Senior PGA Championship

December 02, 2016

Rea Schuessler was one of thirty-five fellow PGA of America section qualifiers from throughout the United States to advance to the 78th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship to be held May 25-28, 2017 at Trump National Golf Club, Washington D.C., in Potomac Falls, VA.  Founded in 1937, the prestigious Senior PGA Championship is the most historic major championship in senior golf with a list of winners including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Gary Player, and Sam Snead.  Schuessler will be one of only 156 players from throughout the country competing for the infamous Albert S. Bourne Trophy and title of 2017 Senior PGA Champion. The tournament will consist of four rounds of stroke play with the first two broadcast on the Golf Channel and the final two championship rounds aired on NBC.   Specific air times will be determined as the event draws closer with tee times generally running from early morning through mid-afternoon.

via Gulf Shores Local Qualifies for Senior PGA Championship.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards Grant to Local School

December 02, 2016

In recognition of strong support to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, based in Goodlettsville Tennessee, through in-store collections at check-out at Dollar General stores in Gulf Shores, the organization recently awarded $5,000 to Gulf Shores Elementary to support the school’s literacy and education efforts.

via Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards Grant to Local School.

Baldwin Co. officials, emergency responders get disaster training | WPMI

December 02, 2016

Robertsdale, Ala. (WPMI) — Whether it’s the wildfires in Tennessee or vicious storms in northern Alabama, folks continue to recover from unexpected disasters.

On Wednesday, local officials and emergency responders gathered for disaster training in Baldwin County to be ready should tragedy strike our area.

via Baldwin Co. officials, emergency responders get disaster training | WPMI.

Fairhope to spend 100k+ per year on two new city positions | WPMI

December 02, 2016

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI — There has been some controversy over the approval of two new high-cost government positions in the city of Fairhope.

The positions were approved at a city council meeting this week at the request of Karin Wilson, the municipality’s first new mayor in 16 years.

But at a combined cost over $200,000 dollars per year, the price tag has raised some eyebrows.

via Fairhope to spend 100k+ per year on two new city positions | WPMI.

Baldwin County law enforces make another big drug bust – FOX10 News | WALA

December 02, 2016

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office made a big announcement this morning: another drug bust in the county, putting one man behind bars. This makes the third bust in the county that FOX10 News has reported in a three week span.

Stacked pound by pound, Baldwin County deputies got their hands on over 70 bags of pot Wednesday morning. Tight packages labeled with names like “bubblegum”, “pineapple” and “blue dream”, police knew this was a big bust.

via Baldwin County law enforces make another big drug bust – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Not-so-merry Christmas, Dad? Baldwin deputies intercept LSD, pot | AL.com

December 02, 2016

An I-10 traffic stop turned up about 100 pounds of marijuana and 28 grams of liquid LSD on Wednesday, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office has reported, with some of the contraband in a box labeled “Merry Christmas, Dad.”

According to information released Thursday morning by the sheriff’s office, deputies stopped a rented Jeep Liberty driven by Daniel Joseph Oehl, 45, of Fort Pierce, Fla. Ohel told deputies that he was heading home from visiting his girlfriend in New Orleans, but deputies found the vehicle had been rented in Phoenix, Az., two days earlier and was due back in Phoenix on Saturday.

via Not-so-merry Christmas, Dad? Baldwin deputies intercept LSD, pot | AL.com.

Diver’s death sparks renewed concerns in Northwest Florida’s diving community. | WEAR

December 01, 2016

There are renewed concerns in the diving community after a diver died Friday.

The diver’s widow said her husband was diving the shipwreck, Oriskany, when he went up to fast and began suffering from decompression sickness, a condition also known as ‘bends.’

Kerry Freeland, a long time diver and owner of ‘Dive Pros in Pensacola, says getting decompression sickness is rare and treatment requires the use of a hyperbaric chamber.

via Diver’s death sparks renewed concerns in Northwest Florida’s diving community. | WEAR.

Baldwin County firefighters collecting donations for Gatlinburg – FOX10 News | WALA

December 01, 2016

Wildfires continue to ravage Sevier County in Tennessee. Fire officials say seven people have died and hundreds of buildings have burned.

Many residents in Gatlinburg lost everything – their homes, their businesses.

That’s why Baldwin County Volunteer Fire Fighters are gathering donations for the victims, and they want you to help.

via Baldwin County firefighters collecting donations for Gatlinburg – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Alabama hits bulls-eye with BP purchases, but huge portions of the coast still need protection | AL.com

December 01, 2016

Alabama made up for lost time with the coastal land purchases and projects announced last week.

Governor Robert Bentley and the team that pushed for these purchases, including Patti Powell, State Lands Division head, and Gunter Guy, Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, deserve applause.

via Alabama hits bulls-eye with BP purchases, but huge portions of the coast still need protection | AL.com.

Veteran football coach Jamie Williams out after two seasons at Gulf Shores – al.com

November 30, 2016

Gulf Shores is looking for a new head football coach and athletic director.

Jamie Williams confirmed to AL.com on Wednesday morning that he was let go from the school Tuesday. He plans to continue to teach there until the end of the year and then likely move back to the Birmingham area.

via Veteran football coach Jamie Williams out after two seasons at Gulf Shores – al.com.

Gulf Coast residents upset by BP settlement funds | WVTF

November 30, 2016

A little over six years ago, the BP Deepwater Horizon spill devastated the Gulf Coast, sending more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Tourism in many of the cities and towns along Alabama’s shoreline all but crumbled, and many there say without tourism, there is no economy. Over the years, BP issued hundreds of millions of dollars in claims to fishermen, shop owners and city governments to try to make things right.

Most recently, BP gave the state of Alabama a $1 billion settlement to help with the state’s recovery. But people in the region are none too happy with the way the state decided to spend it.

via Gulf Coast residents upset by BP settlement funds | WVTF.

Orange Beach hosts NAIA women’s soccer national championship – Lagniappe Mobile

November 30, 2016

Some of the top women’s soccer teams in the United States have descended on the Alabama Gulf Coast. For the fifth year, the city of Orange Beach and the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission are welcoming the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championship.

via Orange Beach hosts NAIA women’s soccer national championship – Lagniappe Mobile.

Local Firefighters Sending Prayers To Gatlinburg

November 30, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL- The Smoky Mountain wildfire hits close to home. Gatlinburg is a popular resort destination for many folks on the Gulf Coast. Images of the destruction are heartbreaking.

Firefighters in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach know exactly what Gatlinburg fire crews are going through. In 2011, more than 100 local firefighters battled a massive wildfire in Gulf State Park for 10 days.

via Local Firefighters Sending Prayers To Gatlinburg.

More restaurants to recycle oyster shells | WPMI

November 30, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — More restaurants are signing up to join the efforts to recycle oyster shells along the Causeway. Ed’s Seafood Shed is the latest restaurant to join.

The Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) has launched the Alabama Oyster Shell Recycling Program for local restaurants. Oyster shells that are collected through this program will go back into Alabama waters to help more oysters grow, provide habitat, limit erosion and improve water quality.

via More restaurants to recycle oyster shells | WPMI.

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