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Alabamians who died at Pearl Harbor: Remembering events of Dec. 7, 1941 | AL.com

December 07, 2016

More than 2,390 Americans lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941 when Japanese bombers attacked the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Those actions propelled America into World War II, a conflict which claimed the lives of some 400,000 U.S. soldiers.

Dozens of Alabamians were among those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, including two brothers from DeKalb County and a Birmingham man considered by some to be the first state resident to die in the conflict.

Here are some of their stories:

via Alabamians who died at Pearl Harbor: Remembering events of Dec. 7, 1941 | AL.com.

USS Indianapolis survivor to share story

December 06, 2016

A survivor of the USS Indianapolis sank by a Japanese submarine in World War II is scheduled to speak at two events Wednesday in the Pensacola area.

The Indianapolis and its crew of 1,196 went down July 30, 1945, but the Navy did not know about the sinking until survivors were spotted by a plane three days later. Many of the initial survivors were killed by dehydration, sharks or exposure to the elements before the rescue.

via USS Indianapolis survivor to share story.

O’Fallon detective Kathy Effan enjoys solving cases, scuba diving and skydiving | Belleville News-Democrat

December 06, 2016

An Illinois group helped in the Dive Against Debris, which is an effort to keep the beaches clean and make the water safer for people and wildlife.

Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Gilmore is the local connection, as he used to serve as police chief in Fairview Heights.

Divers removed garbage and unnatural debris from a two-and-a-half-mile, clean-up site in Gulf Shore, Ala. Mike Yociss, owner of Scuba World, plans to make it an annual event.

via O’Fallon detective Kathy Effan enjoys solving cases, scuba diving and skydiving | Belleville News-Democrat.

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.

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.

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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Thanksgiving Day tradition feeds hundreds of hungry mouths across Northwest Florida | WEAR

November 24, 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — This Thanksgiving, people who don’t have a means to prepare a meal are welcome to stop by Waterfront Rescue Mission for their 68th annual Thanksgiving Day Banquet.

Volunteers, staff and Waterfront Mission Rescue’s recovery program members are preparing more than 1,000 meals.

via Thanksgiving Day tradition feeds hundreds of hungry mouths across Northwest Florida | WEAR.

Wreaths Across America returns to Barrancas National Cemetery | WEAR

November 24, 2016

Pensacola, FLA — Each December, at Barrancas National Cemetery aboard NAS Pensacola and across the country, volunteers place wreaths on the graves of veterans. They read the names aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service.

This is how Wreaths Across America honors service members and keeps their memory alive.

via Wreaths Across America returns to Barrancas National Cemetery | WEAR.

Waterfront Rescue Mission helps homeless build brighter future – FOX10 News | WALA

November 17, 2016

No one dreams of being homeless. But, due to circumstances, homelessness becomes a reality for many people. Loss of job, mental illnesses, addictions or poor choices can all contribute to the epidemic. That’s where Waterfront Rescue Mission comes in.

via Waterfront Rescue Mission helps homeless build brighter future – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Dogs on Deployment supports troops and their pets – FOX10 News | WALA

November 16, 2016

Fairhope Brewing Company held a pet-friendly event Tuesday with the non-profit, Dogs on Deployment, to support our troops and their pets.

When service members go overseas, have training or need medical care, their pets often need somewhere to stay. Volunteers with Dogs on Deployment boards them anywhere from a few days to more than a year.

via Dogs on Deployment supports troops and their pets – FOX10 News | WALA.

Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson to be featured at Page and Palette | The Courier

November 15, 2016

Fairhope — Willie Robertson, star of A&E’s hit show Duck Dynasty and No. 1 NY Times bestselling author, will be featured at a book signing set for Friday, Nov. 18 at The Book Cellar at Page and Palette. Robertson will sign copies of his newest book “The American Fisherman: How Our Nation’s Anglers Founded, Fed, Financed, and Forever Shaped the U.S.A” from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Book purchase is required to participate in signing and only those purchased exclusively from Page and Palette will be signed. Pre-orders are available for purchase on the Page and Palette website. For more information contact the bookstore at 251 928-5295 or visit pageandpalette.com.

via Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson to be featured at Page and Palette | The Courier.

Emotional support service dog missing from Bon Secour – FOX10 News | WALA

October 31, 2016

A Bon Secour man is asking for your help finding his service dog.

Bailey is a chocolate lab just over a year old and Ken Sandbothe says she’s certified as an emotional support animal.

“She’s specially trained for people with emotional stress, panic attacks,” he said. “She’s part of the family.”

She was last seen near his home in Bon Secour on Magnolia Springs Highway just south of County Road 12 on Friday, Oct. 21.  He says Bailey has been spotted a few times on the highway.

via Emotional support service dog missing from Bon Secour – FOX10 News | WALA.

17 Questions With Yolanda Johnson – Mullet Wrapper

October 27, 2016

An Orange Beach resident since 2000, Yo Johnson is a busy woman. Married to husband Jerry (an Orange Beach city councilman) for 21 years, she works full-time for the University of Alabama as a business counselor with the school’s Small Business Development Center Network. She also has her own company, J Divine, through which she markets her artwork, which she describes as “fun, beachy impressionism.

via 17 Questions With Yolanda Johnson – Mullet Wrapper.

Man in Orange Beach dies after falling overboard | WPMI

October 23, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — Police in Orange Beach say a man is dead this evening after falling overboard.

First responders recovered the body of charter boat captain Jonathan Edgar near Zeke’s Landing shortly after 10 a.m.

Police say security footage shows Edgar fell backwards hitting his head around 8 p.m. last night.

At the time no one noticed the fall.

via Man in Orange Beach dies after falling overboard | WPMI.

Man, woman killed in Baldwin County collision | AL.com

October 23, 2016

A man and a woman were killed in a Friday evening collision near Magnolia Springs in Baldwin County.

Patricia Kay Dolihite, 60, and Cameron Alexander Davis, 19, were killed when the 1989 Ford Bronco Dolihite was driving collided with the 1999 Honda Accord driven by Davis, according to Alabama state troopers. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

via Man, woman killed in Baldwin County collision | AL.com.

“Tenley Tough:” Loxley baby defies the odds, beats rare cancer – FOX10 News | WALA

October 22, 2016

A Loxley family is thankful for a miracle. Their baby girl defied the odds, and beat a rare form of cancer.

We first told you about Tenley Norman and her family in February, when she was a diagnosed at just nine months old. Her parents call her “Tenley Tough.” After eight months of treatments in Houston, Texas, Tenley proved to her community why she’s earned that name.

via “Tenley Tough:” Loxley baby defies the odds, beats rare cancer – FOX10 News | WALA.

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