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Spanish Fort Coach Killed in I-65 Traffic Crash

January 23, 2017

A flag at half-staff and a campus in mourning.

For Spanish Fort High School principal Brian Williamson a difficult day that began with a phone call giving him the news, he would have to share with his staff and Coach Akins team. “Definitely one of the tougher things I’ve ever done. You try to stay strong for everybody and be a leader in a situation like that and at the same time I’m hurting, broken on the inside as well.”

via Spanish Fort Coach Killed in I-65 Traffic Crash.

Daphne couple with baby arrested for car break ins | WPMI

January 22, 2017

DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — Two people are facing charges tonight in Daphne for allegedly stealing people’s property from their parked vehicles.

It was at Arbors By The Bay apartments where officers finally caught up with couple early this morning. It was two o’clock in the morning when police got a call from a resident saying a man was going from car door to car door in the parking lot. That’s when a foot chase got underway.

via Daphne couple with baby arrested for car break ins | WPMI.

Robertsdale fire victim grateful for community support – FOX10 News | WALA

January 21, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of many of you, a Robertsdale woman is on the road to recovery after suffering a terrible loss.  We first told you about Tonya Wilkins on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 after she lost her home and two dogs in an overnight fire.  Since then, the outpouring of donations is helping her get a fresh start.

via Robertsdale fire victim grateful for community support – FOX10 News | WALA.

Spanish Fort girls basketball coach dies in interstate crash | AL.com

January 21, 2017

Spanish Fort girls basketball coach Thad Akins died in a collision with a tractor trailer on Interstate 65 near Fort Deposit on Thursday night.

The two-vehicle crash happened at 9:50 p.m. near mile marker 153, according to a news release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Akins, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened just hours after Spanish Fort earned a 52-35 victory over Gulf Shores.

via Spanish Fort girls basketball coach dies in interstate crash | AL.com.

Bradley Byrne has ‘no intention’ to run for Senate, but what about governor? | AL.com

January 20, 2017

When U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne chatted with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley during President-elect Donald Trump’s rally in Mobile last month, the topic of the open Senate seat came up.

“I said, ‘Governor, I’m the only person in Ladd-Peebles Stadium today who is not trying to be the United States senator,” Byrne said he jokingly told Bentley, his former political rival.

via Bradley Byrne has ‘no intention’ to run for Senate, but what about governor? | AL.com.

OWA construction making good progress – FOX10 News | WALA

January 19, 2017

Construction crews have been working in Foley non-stop since the Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced its plans for an entertainment and sports complex back in November. Those driving past OWA say they can hardly believe the progress.

“It’s coming fast! I’m surprised at how fast it’s coming!” Krystal Bull of Foley said.

via OWA construction making good progress – FOX10 News | WALA.

Big, mixed-use project proposed for downtown Fairhope – FOX10 News | WALA

January 19, 2017

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - A plan to bring in office, retail and residential space to downtown Fairhope is in the works.

“it would be the first thing you see as you drive in town into the central business district, and it would certainly be, in my mind, an improvement aesthetically over the current project that’s here,” Fairhope Councilman Jimmy Conyers said.

via Big, mixed-use project proposed for downtown Fairhope – FOX10 News | WALA.

Daphne Students to Attend Trump Inauguration

January 19, 2017

Several students from Daphne High School are traveling to our nation’s capitol for President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Haley Ford, Hunter Sessions, and Matthew Black left this morning with Social Studies teacher, Mary Donna Helms. They will be standing on the National Mall with thousands of other students to watch Donald Trump become the 45th president. They are going as part of a national tour group. Student, Hunter Sessions, says, “I am looking forward to being in the moment and experiencing history on both sides of the aisle…both Democratic and Republican, protesters and so forth.”

via Daphne Students to Attend Trump Inauguration.

Death investigation of a 52-year-old woman underway in Baldwin County | AL.com

January 19, 2017

A 52-year-old woman was found deceased inside of a home in the Bon Secour area on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

BCSO Spokesman Anthony Lowery confirmed that the investigation was underway near County Road 10 and Wenzel Road just after 1:00 p.m.

via Death investigation of a 52-year-old woman underway in Baldwin County | AL.com.

Partnership Between Baldwin County School System And Commission Strengthens

January 18, 2017

Baldwin County has one of the best school systems in Alabama. That’s one reason why families continue to move here and why the county commission continues to support the board of education.

Earlier this month, the commission agreed to permanently extend the one percent school sales tax that would have expired in 2018. The penny tax generates about 40 million a year for the school system and keeps more than 500 school employees on the payroll.

via Partnership Between Baldwin County School System And Commission Strengthens.

Baldwin County’s New DA Takes Office

January 18, 2017

Moving day is always stressful but it’s a welcome stress for Baldwin County’s new district attorney Bob Wilters. “It’s something we’ve been waiting for for a long time.”

As files are transferred, furniture re-arranged, Wilters is ready for the challenge. “We want to do a good job. I want to make sure the people of Baldwin County are represented to the level that they deserve.”

via Baldwin County’s New DA Takes Office.

Construction On Schedule At OWA Entertainment Destination

January 17, 2017

FOLEY, AL- More than 1,000 people are working 6 days a week from sunrise to sunset at the OWA Entertainment Destination in Foley.

“Right now, we’re still on track to be open in summer 2017, so we’re very excited,” says Kristin Hellmich, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at OWA. “We’re very excited to be here in South Alabama and help grow the tourism market, bring jobs and improve the overall quality of life.”

via Construction On Schedule At OWA Entertainment Destination.

Baldwin County residents split on Commission’s decision to make – FOX10 News | WALA

January 17, 2017

On January 3, 2017, the Baldwin County Commission unanimously approved a permanent extension of a penny sales tax to help fund schools.  Since then, it’s taken some heat for not letting voters decide.

With a unanimous 4-0 vote, the Commission gave the School Board some relief…relief in the way of 40 million dollars in annual funding.  Baldwin County residents voted in the penny tax in 2010 and then renewed it in 2013 to help fund education.  That tax was set to expire again in May of 2018.  Commissioners said they made that decision now to keep the minds of our educators off of politics and on the students.

via Baldwin County residents split on Commission’s decision to make – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County residents split on Commission’s decision to make – FOX10 News | WALA

January 17, 2017

On January 3, 2017, the Baldwin County Commission unanimously approved a permanent extension of a penny sales tax to help fund schools.  Since then, it’s taken some heat for not letting voters decide.

With a unanimous 4-0 vote, the Commission gave the School Board some relief…relief in the way of 40 million dollars in annual funding.  Baldwin County residents voted in the penny tax in 2010 and then renewed it in 2013 to help fund education.  That tax was set to expire again in May of 2018.  Commissioners said they made that decision now to keep the minds of our educators off of politics and on the students.

via Baldwin County residents split on Commission’s decision to make – FOX10 News | WALA.

Why Alabama’s fastest growing school would be ‘absolutely crippled’ without penny sales tax | AL.com

January 16, 2017

Failure to permanently extend a one-cent increase in Baldwin’s County sales tax would have “absolutely crippled” one of Alabama’s fastest-growing school systems, forcing it shutter campuses, lay off hundreds of workers and vastly increase classroom sizes.

via Why Alabama’s fastest growing school would be ‘absolutely crippled’ without penny sales tax | AL.com.

Grand Hotel in Point Clear undergoing $32 million renovations – FOX10 News | WALA

January 13, 2017

POINT CLEAR, AL (WALA) -

Some say, “a new year, a new look” and well, the Grand Hotel in Point Clear is taking that to a new level as it undergoes a multi-million dollar facelift.

“We have guests that have been coming for 10, 20, 30, literally 80 years at the Grand. So we’ve listened to them and we’re taking this opportunity to honor what they request. We’re also taking into consideration what’s trending in the hospitality industry,” Director of Sales and Marketing Kevin Hellmich said.

via Grand Hotel in Point Clear undergoing $32 million renovations – FOX10 News | WALA.

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