BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — From Florida to Georgia to the Carolinas, thousands of people have left their homes behind. With Hurricane Matthew, there is no messing around. The warnings have been clear.
Hundreds of evacuees from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba kept busy Tuesday exploring Pensacola while keeping a watchful eye on powerful Hurricane Matthew.
About 700 family members are staying at NAS Pensacola after the U.S. Navy ordered the mandatory evacuation for military spouses and children living at the Guantanamo Bay Naval base in southeast Cuba.
The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm has grown into something quite magical, now in its sixth and wonderful year. It provides proof that dreams can come true.
Music enthusiast Cathe Steele had a vision to open a place on her farm where musicians and fans could come together in an inviting environment free from the restraints common to this crazy old world. Regardless of economic means, amount of education, political views and religion, two or three hundred folks convene each Sunday at Steele’s picturesque farm in Silverhill, AL for what has been commonly called “The Frog Pond Sunday Social”.
t took a long time for Winston Groom to come back to fiction, but give him credit: He didn’t come back in a small way. “El Paso,” due out next week, turns an epic cast loose in a panoramic landscape and gives them plenty of time to lose or find their ways.
“Forrest Gump,” thanks in no small part to the wildly successful film adaptation, made Groom a household name. He did release the sequel “Gump & Co” in 1995 and the novel “Such a Pretty, Pretty Girl” in 1999, but then moved over to historical nonfiction, with a series of books on conflicts from the 1842 Battle of New Orleans to World War II.
Eight members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame gathered on the field at halftime of the Oakland Raiders’ NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday to honor Ken Stabler.
he following is a release from the Alabama Coastal Foundation with details on Alabama’s 29th Coastal Cleanup today.
Alabama Coastal Cleanup aims to get our shores clean
Pick up the papers and the trash! On Sept. 17, coastal residents and visitors are invited to take part in the Alabama Coastal Cleanup, part of a worldwide effort to make our shores a safer, cleaner place.
GULF SHORES, Ala. — Local dynamic duo Tim Langston and his son Alex made the United States Martial Arts Team and are set to compete for Team USA in the 2016 World Martial Arts Games in Johannesburg, South Africa sanctioned by the Olympics. Alex (11) made the team in April and Tim (44) in June. They are the only Father-son pair on the USA team and two of only three competitors from Alabama.
Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off today’s much-anticipated product unveiling with a Southern rock nod to his home state.
Joined by The Late Late Show’s James Corden and artist Pharrell, Cook, a native of Robertsdale, Alabama belted out the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Sweet Home Alabama” in a pre-event edition of Carpool Karaoke. The song, an anthem for the University of Alabama, has to sting a little to Cook, a graduate of Auburn University.
An Orange Beach man was killed Saturday in an off-road dirt bike crash in Brookside, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office reports.
LOXLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — The Loxley community mourns the loss of a local pastor. Herman Knapp died Friday in a four wheeler accident.
In this week’s Republican address to the nation, Congressman Bradley Bryne (R-AL) discusses a better way to fight poverty and help those who need it most.
As part of his tour through his district to learn how the federal government can better help local efforts, Rep. Bryne’s address takes place at Feeding the Gulf Coast, an organization that provides nutritious food to the hungry.
The Loxley community mourning the loss of one of their beloved pastors.
Loxley Church of God lead pastor, Herman Knapp, died in an ATV accident Friday while at a hunting camp in Monroe County.
Several people showed up at the church Friday night and on Saturday to express their condolences.
Knapp leaves behind a wife and two children. Friends describe him as a man of faith who loved the Crimson Tide, turkey hunting, and volunteering in the community. They say he was loved by many and will be missed.
Loxley Church of God Pastor Herman Knapp was killed Friday in an ATV accident, according to police and church officials.
The crash occurred while a group was hunting in Beatrice in Monroe County, according to Monroe County coroner Robert Malone and Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Mack.
The beaches in Gulf Shores are arguably some of the prettiest in the world. In an effort to keep them that way, last year, the city passed a “Leave Only Footprints” ordinance.
“It means don’t leave trash and leave only your footprints,” says beachgoer Linda Pearson.
Chairs, tents and beach toys have to be removed every day or the city will throw them away for you.
UPDATE MONDAY, AUGUST 29TH, 2016
According to an e-mail from Foley Police: “Mr. Burns has been located! He is safe. Thank you!!”
A Baldwin County community comes together to say ‘thank you’ to a wounded war veteran. Last Christmas, Sgt. P.D. Raines and his family were told they were getting a brand new home. Christmas came early this year for the Raines family.
Ten years ago when P.D. Rains was lying somewhere in Iraq, not knowing if he would live or die, he could have never imagined a day like this. A gathering of friends, family and complete strangers who on donated land, donated everything, built a house.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 17-year-old whose been missing for more than two weeks.
Elizabeth Williamson left her Fairhope home on Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. Authorities don’t know what she was wearing or where she was going. She has blonde hair, hazel eyes and is 5-feet-4-inches tall.
FOLEY, Alabama — A pair of ceremonies were held during Friday night’s season-opening contest on Lester Smith Field at Ivan Jones Stadium in Foley to honor Foley native Kenny Stabler.
A 1964 graduate of Foley High School, Stabler was named first team All-State in Class 3A in 1963, was named to the Orlando Sentinel’s All Southern Team in 1963 and participated in the 1964 Alabama High School All-Star game.
Foley’s football game against Robertsdale on Friday night was the Lions’ season-opener, not their homecoming contest. But a homecoming of sorts took place at Ivan Jones Stadium during Foley’s 41-14 victory over the Golden Bears.
For the first time in its football history, Foley retired a former player’s jersey number – the No. 12 worn by Ken Stabler as the Lions’ quarterback from 1961 through 1963. After Foley’s current No. 12, Garrett Mayo, completes his prep career, no Lion will wear the jersey again.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — It’s been a month since Fort Morgan volunteer firefighter John Bryan lost control of his motorcycle and was killed on Highway 181 near mile marker five. The grieving mother wants to know what lead up to the accident.
“We were two peas in the pod,” said Bryan’s mother Johnnie Bryan. “When you seen one, you seen the other.”
This is a walk Johnnie Bryan makes every Sunday, “It’s really hard. I break down when I come.”
Her destination, a memorial at the place where her son died. “I can’t get through my mind why he’s gone. I just can’t get over it.”
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - The high school football season kicks off in a just a couple days. For the Gulf Shores Dolphins, it will be the first season since losing their former quarterback, 19-year-old Nathaniel (Nate) Harris.
FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WPMI) — The public is invited to attend a gathering Sunday, August 21 for fallen Fort Morgan Firefighter 2828 John Bryan. Bryan was killed in a motorcycle crash in July.
FOLEY, Alabama — Foley High School will retire Kenny Stabler’s 12 jersey number in a special halftime ceremony during the Lions home opener versus Robertsdale on Friday on Lester Smith Field at Ivan Jones Stadium in Foley. Game time is 7 p.m.“
This is something that has never been done before at Foley High School,” FHS Principal Russ Moore said. “It’s just something nice that we can do for the family and for the community. We want to do something to focus on the positives and there are plenty of positive things to focus on.”
A Baldwin County man is trying to help flood victims in Louisiana.
Orange Beach resident Blake Michaleski has been collecting donations. He originally started to help his family.
“My parents, they had to evacuate their house and my sister had to evacuate her house,” said Michaleski. “I knew they wouldn’t have anything. They had to grab what they could and go and my sister, they lost everything.”
A 56 year-old man died after his 1998 BMW crashed into a utility pole, according to Alabama State Troopers.
Troopers say Douglas Edward Haviland of Gulf Shores died at a local hospital.
They say the accident happened on Alabama 181 just north of Baldwin County 44, four miles east of Fairhope at 4:46 p.m. Friday.
Atlanta-based Hotel Equities announced Wesley Ludloff as the General Manager of the Island House Hotel, a 161-room beach front, full service property in Orange Beach, Alabama. The hotel begins a comprehensive renovation following the summer season converting to a DoubleTree by Hilton.
Ken Grimes, Jr. serves as the City Administrator for the City of Orange Beach located in Baldwin County, Alabama beginning in June of 2008. His career with the City of Orange Beach began as Special Projects Coordinator in 2002. Grimes is described as a resilient leader who has led his municipality and region through many challenging disasters and times of crisis while continuing to rebound and focus on the future of the coastal resort destination.