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.
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.
In the same town where his political career could have hit a road block, Baldwin County commissioner, Chris Elliott is talking about his arrest for driving under the influence. “Plead guilty to running the flashing red light, which I did and went ahead and plead guilty to the DUI as well.”
Last May, Elliott was leaving an event in Fairhope, “I did have a couple of beers at the Fairhope State Rotary Cook-Off.” He ran through a flashing red light and then saw blue lights in his rearview mirror. “I was pulled over by a very respectful Fairhope police officer, complied with all of his requests and ended up being arrested for the DUI.”
The next chapter of Bob Wilters legal life is about to begin. In front of a packed house of supporters, family and friends, he took the oath of office to become Baldwin County’s next district attorney.
American Airlines is upgrading service to Mobile Regional Airport, the Mobile Airport Authority announced Thursday, saying it is switching to bigger aircraft with more seats and more amenities.
The changes announced Thursday apply to direct routes to Dallas-Fort Worth and Charlotte, N.C.
A single-vehicle crash claimed the life of a 81-year-old man from the Robertsdale area on Wednesday afternoon according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
ALEA Spokesman Kevin Cook said that the crash occurred on Interstate 65 at the 46.60 mile marker, four miles northeast of Perdido at 4:50 p.m.
On the 1982 song, “I Heard I Was in Town,” Jimmy Buffett sings about walking the streets of his former stomping grounds. On a recent trip to Mobile, the renowned singer-songwriter was caught bringing the words of his song to life, stopping into the Dew Drop Inn in Mobile on Thursday afternoon for an impromptu chat with fans.
All eyes are on the OWA development in Foley.
Construction is moving at a record pace at the entertainment complex and amusement park right off the Beach Express.
According to Alabama State Troopers, a man was killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle collision in Fairhope.
Warren Joseph Boutreis, a 71-year-old man from Fairhope, was killed after his vehicle collided with a truck on County Road 32.
Authorities in Baldwin County are reporting that James Daniel Bain, 27, who was wanted for robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Daphne on Saturday turned himself in Tuesday night.
Bain was identified by residents in the area on Monday and the Daphne Police Department released his photo and issued a warrant for his arrest.
GULF SHORES, Ala, (WPMI) — The Gulf Beach District gets a new tenant. Surprisingly even some of the neighbors say they like the idea too.
The plan is for a seven story 240 room hotel and conference center that will sit directly across from Ross Roecker home.
“This is an area that everybody wonders why its the way it is, so I have nothing to say other than, when it looks nice it won’t maybe block my view, but I’ve been here 20 years and it doesn’t make any difference when I’m standing here,” said Roecker.
The off-season in Gulf Shores. Hardly a soul on the beaches and a perfect time to get things in order for the tourists season that’s just a couple of months away.
“Our season is March through October,” says Jason Holt with Suncoast Beach Services.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three teenagers in connection with a graffiti case in the Sweet Gum Village subdivision in December of 2016.
BCSO Spokesman Anthony Lowry confirmed the report saying that on Monday they received information that connected two 14-year-old and one 15-year-old Foley High School and Foley Middle School students to the crime.
The Daphne Police Department is searching for James Daniel Bain who has been identified as the suspect who robbed a Wells Fargo bank in Daphne on Saturday (Jan. 7).
A New Year’s Day water main break on the Causeway cost approximately $350,000 to fix, Mobile’s water board learned Monday – and a full solution to the underlying issues likely will cost millions.
Three juvenile suspects were arrested by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office for vandalism and stealing a golf cart in a Foley neighborhood last month.
The crimes happened back in December when homeowners woke to find their cars and property spray painted. One of the cars even had the word, “Trump”, painted on the side of it.
A Chevron gas station across from Romar Beach in Orange Beach is the last place you’d expect to find authentic cuisine from South of the Border.
But folks have discovered the Mexican food at The Authentic Taco in the last few months — and some customers are calling it the best Mexican food at the beach.
Saunders Yachtworks in Gulf Shores, Alabama, recently added a long-term dry storage yard at the company’s primary location to its portfolio of marine-related services.
“As the number of boats using our coast has increased, we have seen a corresponding increase in demand for out-of-water storage,” says John Fitzgerald, CEO of Saunders. “Our new yard expansion will provide a safe, secure and convenient place to store boats on the hard during times like hurricane season and winter months, or any period our customers will be away from their boats and don’t want to worry.
Surveillance photos capture the crime. A bank robbery Saturday at Wells Fargo bank in Daphne.
“The note basically said give me the cash and no one will get hurt,” says Daphne detective Jason Vannoy. “He just passed the note to the teller.”
The animals were able to enjoy a relaxing weekend, just days after strong storms rocked their habitats at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.
The “little zoo that could” was able to reopen Sunday, earlier than expected.
City Council meetings in Fairhope have been quite dramatic as of late, as the city’s new Mayor Karin Wilson and members of the council continue to butt heads.
“Whenever we come into one of these council meetings, whenever I come up with an idea if I have something it is a lot of questions a lot of ‘why is she needing this,’” said Mayor Wilson. “That’s what I call a roadblock and it’s going to be something that’s going to prevent Fairhope from moving forward.”
Alabama will begin to come out its deep freeze today.
Temperatures are expected to warm into the 40s and 50s this afternoon under sunny skies after hovering in the 20s and 30s all weekend.
Wildlife food plots in Alabama have suffered because of the recent drought and some hunters are trying to increase their chances of harvesting a deer by disregarding a long-standing law. Hunting game over bait is illegal in Alabama, but the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources continues to receive calls asking if the law has changed. “There is a rumor being passed around that we’re allowing hunting over bait because of the drought, and that is absolutely not true,” said Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes.
If luxury living is your dream and you are finally ready to buy your own home, then a condo just might be the best option for you. After all, it provides you all the lux amenities like a swimming pool, home fitness center, beautiful backyard and much more in the same cost and without any added cost of maintenance. Isn’t that worth calling a smart and worthy purchase?
Around the turn of the millennium, Pensacola Beach couple Chuck and Lynne Zwerg completed their first stay along the beach, a two-month sojourn at their Regency Towers condo to escape the harsh winter temperatures besieging their hometown of Fond du Lac, Wis.
An investor from north Alabama paid $2.09 million cash for one acre of gulf-front property on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach just west of Broadmoor condominiums, according to Realtors. Buddy McDaniel of Bellator Real Estate & Development represented the buyer and Bob Shallow of REMAX Paradise represented the sellers. The land is zoned multi-family and has 166 front feet on the Gulf and more than 145 front feet on the boulevard.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is still trying to recover from the storms that hit in early January.
Straight line winds tore down tree limbs and damaged animal cages temporarily closing the zoo.