The Baldwin Pops Band is spreading Christmas cheer this year by playing their “Holiday Favorites” concert in Foley, Gulf Shores, and Daphne.
The band will play favorite Christmas tunes including Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival and Christmas on Broadway. Concerts are free to the public. A Toys for Tots representative will be on hand at each concert accepting unwrapped toys for children in need.
via Baldwin Pops Band To Hold Christmas Concerts.
250 band members from four Baldwin County high schools will spend their Thanksgiving Day marching and playing in the “Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.”
It’s an honor for these students from Baldwin County High School, Daphne High School, Robertsdale High and Fairhope High School.
via Baldwin High School Bands March in Philadelphia Parade | WPMI.
Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama said he is happy to remain in the U.S. House but, “You never say no to the governor if it’s a high calling like this.”
Gov. Robert Bentley will select Sen. Jeff Sessions’ successor, after Sessions expected resignation from the U.S. Senate if he is confirmed to become U.S. attorney general.
via Senator Byrne? “You never say no to the governor if it’s a high – FOX10 News | WALA.
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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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Though Alabama is one of the best whitetail deer states in the nation, there’s an undeniable appeal for many hunters to visiting other areas during the deer season, particularly those in the Midwest and in Canada where deer get a whole lot bigger and grow larger racks than those found anywhere in the South.
via Alabama hunters cautioned to beware importing CWD infected deer | AL.com.
Alabama’s Gulf Coast has always been a source of pride for the state. The white sandy beaches are among the finest in the world and are a destination for fishermen, families, ecologists and biologists.
In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill threatened much of the shoreline but, six years later, Gov. Robert Bentley is demonstrating a willingness to turn that near-disaster into an environmental triumph.
via Bentley should be celebrated for preserving coast line | AL.com.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) — The Tree Lighting Celebration in Fairhope has been going on for more than 20 years, and it is the city’s way of kicking off the holiday season.
It’s a big deal for locals and especially for local businesses.
As the trees lit up in downtown Fairhope, you could feel that holiday season was in full swing.
via Thousands gather for Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown Fairhope | WPMI.
The return of a passenger train service for the Gulf Coast could be coming.
The previously existing passenger rail service was stopped prior to Hurricane Katrina.
A working group is evaluating the idea of bringing it back and they want your input.
via Passenger train could return to Gulf Coast, community input wanted | WEAR.
We applaud the decision from three of our county commissioners this week in moving forward with gathering funding to fix our state roads issues around the county.
Commissioners Skip Gruber, Chris Elliott and Tucker Dorsey deserve praise for voting to push this proposal that will see $126 million in needed infrastructure improvements for Highway 31, Highway 181 and Highway 180.
via New ALDOT agreement a win for Baldwin County | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.
MONTGOMERY, AL — Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved more than $63 million for six Alabama projects that address high-priority conservation needs, including the acquisition and restoration of significant coastal habitats in key focal areas and the continuation of fisheries monitoring.
Areas in Baldwin include 935 acres on Oyster Bay in Gulf Shores and 113 acres of Gulf-front property on the Fort Morgan Peninsula.
via $63 million in BP money to fund restoration projects | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.
Hundreds of athletes and their families are in Foley this morning for a national soccer championship.
It’s the NIRSA National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association national championship http://play.nirsa.net/soccer/.
The tournament is expected to bring a boost to local businesses.
via National soccer tournament in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Drivers in some parts of Baldwin County will be seeing a lot more road construction in upcoming months. Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the Baldwin County Commission approved a plan to contribute more than $35 million dollars towards road improvements over the next several years.
via Baldwin Co. Commission to put $35 million towards road projects – FOX10 News | WALA.
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The city of Fairhope kicked off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony.
More than a million lights have been strewn on the trees along Section Street in downtown Fairhope. The annual event has been a tradition for more than 30 years.
via Holiday tradition continues in Fairhope – 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.
Have you ever thought about swimming across Mobile Bay? Five guys from Mobile did, and they pulled off the feat just a few weeks ago.
News 5 caught up with four of the five men who told us their story that started in Point Clear and ended Western Shore of Mobile Bay near Dog River.
via Coast to Coast: Five Men Brave The Mobile Bay.
GULF SHORES, AL – Tourism officials in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are reporting record retail sales and lodging revenue for the 6th consecutive year.
via Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Continue To Be Vacation Hotspots.
Both toll road amendments for Baldwin County were defeated by voters during the Nov. 8 general election, according to the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday.
Neither one is expected to be approved after the state’s canvassing board meets Nov. 29 to certify the election results. And that includes a statewide amendment which had been widely reported as being approved when, according to Secretary of State officials, it was defeated.
via Alabama Secretary of State: Both of Baldwin’s toll road amendments failed | AL.com.
The Foley Police Department is looking for two people to question about the egging of Foley City Hall. Police said the man and woman in the picture may have information about the crime. If recognize them you can contact the Foley Police Department at 251-943-4431.
via South Alabama city hall building egged, 2 wanted for questioning | AL.com.
Did you hear the good news? About the drought? In Alabama?”I never can get anyone who wants to talk about the positive side of it,” said John Christy, the state climatologist and director of the Earth System Science System at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
via Alabama drought: No end in sight, state climatologist says | AL.com.
FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — A follow up regarding OWA, the major entertainment development in Foley; the world class sports tourism park created by the Poarch band of Creek Indians have named it’s roller coaster Rolling Thunder.
via New Foley rollercoaster announced | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved more than $63 million for six Alabama projects that address high priority conservation needs, including the acquisition and restoration of coastal habitats in key focal areas.
via Gulf Shores BP funds will go toward keeping the land ‘forever wild’ | WPMI.
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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FOLEY, AL- For the second time in a week, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at properties in Foley and confiscated drugs.
Foley police seized marijuana from a house on North Alston Street Tuesday night. Laboran Pickens was charged with illegal gun possession and marijuana possession.
via Another Drug Arrest In Foley.
A local shipyard in Bayou La Batre is booming with contracts that range from projects along the Gulf Coast to as far north as New York City. Horizon Shipbuilding is contracted to build at least 10 New York City passenger ferries; a contract ranging from $30 to $40 million that created nearly 80 new jobs at the shipyard.
via New York City Passenger Ferries Being Built in Mobile County.
The sidewalks in downtown Foley seem a little busier these days and that means more business for Brittney Buckelew at R.K. Ick boutique. “We really like it a lot. There’s more foot traffic down here and we feel like we are in the middle of everything.”
via Pedestrian Friendly Foley Paying Off for Downtown Businesses.
ROBERTSDALE, AL – The weather hasn’t cooperated with Robertsdale cattle farmer Mark Kaiser this fall.
“This is probably the longest period I’ve seen us go without rain,” says Kaiser.
via Drought Impacts Local Cattle Farmers.
A national foundation says the five Gulf states are getting nearly $370 million for 24 projects to restore natural resources damaged by the 2010 oil spill.
via The Latest: Nearly $370M oil spill money for 5 Gulf states – FOX10 News | WALA.
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.