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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
via Big-hearted Alabama? Turns out it’s true | AL.com.
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.
via Fannie Flagg to kick off new book tour in Alabama | AL.com.
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.
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.
A teacher at Loxley Elementary got a special surprise from her students on Friday. The children, along with school staff, organized a touching “send-off” before she heads out of state for cancer treatment.
via Children give touching tribute to Loxley Elementary teacher with – FOX10 News | WALA.
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A charred hull in a truck stop parking lot is hard to recognize as a motorhome but it was home to Jim Hartman. He was traveling to St.Petersburg, Florida to start a new life and a new job until the fire destroyed everything.
“All my equipment for work, everything is gone,” says Hartman.
via RV Fire Brings Out the Best in Loxley.
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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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.
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.
BON SECOUR, Ala. (WPMI) — A local man says his family’s service dog is missing. Ken Sandbothe tells Local 15 News Bailey was last seen at Newberry Lane and County Road 49, behind Baptist Church, in Bon Secour October 21.
Bailey is a registered special needs emotional support animal.
via Family’s service dog disappears in Bon Secour | WPMI.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The annual Trunk or Treat at The Wharf sponsored by Life Christian: The Island Church on Oct. 31 drew big crowds looking to celebrate the holiday and score some candy.
via Trunk or Treat at The Wharf 2016 | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.
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.
A Silver Alert was issued for 83-year-old Shirley Cooey on Sunday.
Nearly a week after she disappeared there are new efforts underway to find her.
Almost seven days after Cooey was last seen her family is not losing hope.
via Search grows in hunt for missing Escambia County woman | WEAR.
Orange Beach City Clerk Cathy Constanino retired recently after serving the city for 20 years. Before coming here she worked for the City of Jackson in Clarke County for 18 years giving her a total of 38 years of municipal government experience.
via Retirement reception for Orange Beach’s Cathy Constantino | The Islander.
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.
GULF SHORES — Dan Doyle lives across the street from the Intracoastal Waterway on Canal Road in Gulf Shores. Sadly, just before 6 a.m. on Oct. 26, he experienced what has become a part of life there.“Annually I see about one person per year die in this canal,” Doyle said from his front yard.
via One dead after car runs into canal in Gulf Shores | The Islander.
Gulf Shore Police are investigating the death of a Summerdale man. They say he was found dead in his car, after it left the roadway and ended up in the Intracoastal Waterway.
via Gulf Shore police investigate deadly crash into the Intracoastal – FOX10 News | WALA.
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The driver of the car that crashed into the Intracoastal Waterway has been identified as Charles Bemis, a 74-year-old from Summerdale.
According to law enforcement officials, the exact cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but police believe he may have suffered a medical emergency.
via Car Crashes into Intracoastal Waterway.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Gulf Shores police are investigating the discovery of a body in the Intercoastal Waterway.
Police say the 911 call came in shortly after 6 a.m.. Another driver, a nurse on her way to work, witnessed the car going into the canal.
via Gulf Shores PD investigating body found in canal | WPMI.
Dominique LuAnn Jorgensen, a native of Mobile and a resident of Orange Beach/Elberta, died on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at a local hospital. She was a server at Doc’s Seafood Restaurant in Orange Beach and property manager.
via Dominique LuAnn Jorgensen | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.
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.
Enna paid $6,500 to be sneaked into the country. Her smugglers robbed her of her remaining money and ditched her on the road, but she persevered and traveled by foot, bus and train on a hellish trip across the country to reunite with her sister, a fellow undocumented immigrant, in Foley, Alabama.
via Undocumented immigrants find hope amidst hate.
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.
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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