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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A line of strong to severe storms was still crawling across Alabama on Wednesday morning.
As of just before 6 a.m. the line was moving through Huntsville and extended back to the south and west near Cullman and Jasper.
Alabamians are some of the most generous people in the country.
Wallethub looked at the percent of income donated from each state, as well as how much time people spend on volunteer efforts. While Alabamians fell short on giving their time – we ranked 46th out of the 50 states – they were among the most generous when it came to donating money.
But not only does Flagg, a Birmingham native, still keep a home on the coast in Fairhope, she keeps Alabama and its people near to her heart and as the main inspiration for her work.
The lull in Alabama’s weather is officially over.
A potent storm system will send two rounds of rain and storms to Alabama starting today.
The rain is much needed after months of deepening drought that has touched the entire state.
Baldwin County’s highways and byways are clogged with beach-bound tourists and thousands of newcomers putting down coastal roots.
With state resources tight, and a little authority to find creative ways to finance new road construction, county officials recently looked at tolls.
Alabama may finally get a long-hoped-for “soaking” rain, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service. Some places could get more than 3 inches of rain through the first half of the week, according to the Weather Prediction Center and the weather service. A wider area could get 1-2 inches.
Oil and gas companies in the Gulf of Mexico could be set for bigger profits under the President-elect Donald Trump’s industry-friendly administration, claims a leading energy industry consulting firm.
While any oil and gas boom is unlikely to come from Trump’s promise to open up federal waters to exploration and drilling in the future, which would take years to yield significant results, there are several ways in which the incoming administration could make things easier for companies to turn profit in an era of lowly priced oil, says Imran Khan, senior manager at Scottish-based consultancy firm Wood MacKenzie.
The Iron Bowl 2016 edition is only a day away from kicking off.
No. 1 Alabama (11-0) looks to maintain its perfect 2016 record while No. 13 Auburn (8-3) could boost its Sugar Bowl chances with an Iron Bowl victory. Alabama has won the last two meetings of the nation’s top rivalry including last year’s 29-13 win in Auburn.
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If oyster dressing was on the Thanksgiving menu, the likelihood is the cook had to look for oysters at other than traditional outlets.
Since the oyster season opened on November 1 in Alabama coastal waters, production has been unusually low. Thank goodness, the oyster aquaculture industry in the state has been able to take up some of the shortfall but certainly not all.
The sugar white sands and blue waters of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have long been an attraction, bringing in visitors to Alabama from across the United States.
“We’re proud of our tourism industry and we all know that it brings in $4 billion every year for our state,” said Wiley Blankenship.
But for legislators in other parts of the state, who want to bring global industry into Alabama, Blankenship has a message.
“We are proud of our tourism industry, but for many who aren’t familiar with our area, that’s all they see and that’s not what we’re all about,” he said. “There’s so much more to offer here than just tourism.”
A coastal attraction is relocating after being kicked out of Alabama’s beachfront state park.
A zip line ride known as the Gulf Adventure Center is moving from Gulf State Park to a retail and residential development called The Wharf at Orange Beach.
Iron Bowl week is officially here. Get ready for the game by watching AL.com’s 2016 Iron Bowl trailer.
A coastal Alabama zip line course operator, embroiled in a standoff with state officials over the closure of his thrill-seeking course on state property, announced Monday he’s relocating the business to The Wharf in Orange Beach.
Gulf Adventure Center, in a news release, announced that it has reached an agreement to relocate the zipline course to the entertainment and shopping complex – about 6 miles northeast from the venue’s current location at Lake Shelby.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – One of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s most popular attractions has found a new home.
Gulf Adventure Center (GAC) has reached an agreement to relocate their popular zipline course to The Wharf in Orange Beach, subject to final approvals and permitting.
“Our planning with management at The Wharf is going very well,” GAC Managing Partner Tom Schlinkert said. “They’ve got a fantastic property, great infrastructure, established traffic and a sharp business development team.”
Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama said he is happy to remain in the U.S. House but, “You never say no to the governor if it’s a high calling like this.”
Gov. Robert Bentley will select Sen. Jeff Sessions’ successor, after Sessions expected resignation from the U.S. Senate if he is confirmed to become U.S. attorney general.
Though Alabama is one of the best whitetail deer states in the nation, there’s an undeniable appeal for many hunters to visiting other areas during the deer season, particularly those in the Midwest and in Canada where deer get a whole lot bigger and grow larger racks than those found anywhere in the South.
Alabama’s Gulf Coast has always been a source of pride for the state. The white sandy beaches are among the finest in the world and are a destination for fishermen, families, ecologists and biologists.
In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill threatened much of the shoreline but, six years later, Gov. Robert Bentley is demonstrating a willingness to turn that near-disaster into an environmental triumph.
The return of a passenger train service for the Gulf Coast could be coming.
The previously existing passenger rail service was stopped prior to Hurricane Katrina.
A working group is evaluating the idea of bringing it back and they want your input.
We applaud the decision from three of our county commissioners this week in moving forward with gathering funding to fix our state roads issues around the county.
Commissioners Skip Gruber, Chris Elliott and Tucker Dorsey deserve praise for voting to push this proposal that will see $126 million in needed infrastructure improvements for Highway 31, Highway 181 and Highway 180.
MONTGOMERY, AL — Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved more than $63 million for six Alabama projects that address high-priority conservation needs, including the acquisition and restoration of significant coastal habitats in key focal areas and the continuation of fisheries monitoring.
Areas in Baldwin include 935 acres on Oyster Bay in Gulf Shores and 113 acres of Gulf-front property on the Fort Morgan Peninsula.
Both toll road amendments for Baldwin County were defeated by voters during the Nov. 8 general election, according to the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday.
Neither one is expected to be approved after the state’s canvassing board meets Nov. 29 to certify the election results. And that includes a statewide amendment which had been widely reported as being approved when, according to Secretary of State officials, it was defeated.