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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Spanish Fort officials urge parents to talk to kids about online – FOX10 News | WALA

November 29, 2016

Parents, do your kids use social media? Do you know all of the apps they have? These are questions you should ask yourself and your child to keep them safe.

Starting at 6:00 p.m. tonight, Spanish Fort officials are hosting an event for parents to talk about internet safety, social media and how to keep tabs on tech savvy kids.

via Spanish Fort officials urge parents to talk to kids about online – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Gulf Shores to spring breakers: No booze allowed on our beaches | AL.com

November 29, 2016

When Panama City Beach officials decided to prohibit booze from its beaches and implement a curfew on its bars, spring breakers fled to Gulf Shores for a party.

Crime and chaos followed. “We had kids binge drinking, doing drugs and trashing the beach,” Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore recalled Monday. “We decided, as a city, we needed to take action.”

via Gulf Shores to spring breakers: No booze allowed on our beaches | AL.com.

Grab a Sneak Peak of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo’s New Location | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

November 26, 2016

Gulf Shores, AL – The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo announced plans to move the zoo to higher and safer ground. The new zoo location is soon to change into a full-time construction zone. Now is your chance to see the new zoo grounds before the construction begins.

Join employees and friends of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo for this special Sneak Peak occasion on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 2-5 p.m. The new location is at 20499 Oak Road E., or County Road 6, in Gulf Shores.

via Grab a Sneak Peak of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo’s New Location | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Gulf Shores Is A Big Holiday Sports Tournament Destination

November 26, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – You won’t find in Black Friday door busters or deals at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex. For hundreds of people, it’s all about youth football!

The city is hosting the 4th annual Gulf Coast Youth Championship. Youth football teams from as far away as Missouri are competing in the tournament.

via Gulf Shores Is A Big Holiday Sports Tournament Destination.

Army Veteran Hiking 13,000 Miles for PTSD and Suicide Awareness

November 25, 2016

We’ve heard of cross-country hiking trips before, but army veteran Eli Smith is taking it a step further, several thousand steps further.

“I’m hiking to the four corners of the continental US. It’s about 13,000 miles. I’m raising awareness of PTSD and the suicide rate in the veteran community,” Smith said.

via Army Veteran Hiking 13,000 Miles for PTSD and Suicide Awareness.

Marine Resources Works to Boost Oyster Production | Outdoor Alabama

November 24, 2016

Oyster Production

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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.

via Marine Resources Works to Boost Oyster Production | Outdoor Alabama.

Coastal Alabama Partnership brings counties together for growth | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

November 24, 2016

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.”

via Coastal Alabama Partnership brings counties together for growth | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

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