New Year’s Day weekend can be a busy time at DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen in Gulf Shores, as snow birds arrive to coastal Alabama from their colder climate homes in the Midwest or Northeast.
FOLEY, AL (WALA) - While much attention was focused on Gulf Shores after damaging storms blew through there Monday, folks in other parts of Baldwin County were dealing with rising waters. Families on Fernwood Circle had to call for help after those waters covered their vehicles and threatened to enter their houses.
FOLEY, AL (WALA) -
Three teenage robbery suspects led police on a chase from Foley to Mobile. At times, speeds reached more than a hundred miles per hour. What Foley Police didn’t know at the time is that the van the suspects were in was stolen.
One person was injured in gulf shores when a strong wind storm moved through a section of the city. City spokesman Grant Brown says the individual suffered a broken leg.
No other injuries or deaths were reported, although the storm did some major damage to property.
Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) crews have been busy since the start of 2017.
By Sunday afternoon, more than 450,000 gallons of sewer water had spilled into waterways throughout Mobile County, and with more severe weather Monday night, that number could climb even higher.
Officials with the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores say it will be at least a week before it reopens after storm damage today.
The zoo, home to more than 500 exotic animals including lions, tigers, primates, leopards, bears and wolves, said no animals were harmed, and all workers are fine.
Standing inside a guest room that’s been completely stripped down to the cinder-block walls and concrete floor, Sam Sealy, wearing a hard hat, yells over the din of a jackhammer and the beep-beep-beep of heavy equipment going in reverse. Surrounded by ladders, wheelbarrows and hanging wires, he looks through the sliding-glass doors that provide a stunning glimpse through the branches of an oak tree dripping with Spanish moss to the fishing pier beyond, jutting into Mobile Bay.
A potent storm system will bring the risk of severe storms to Alabama today and tonight.
All of the state has some sort of severe weather risk, but the best chances of strong storms will be across parts of west, central and south Alabama this afternoon and tonight.
At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, rain pelted Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, and the rain lasted through most of the night.
The forecast for Sunday didn’t look good, but the rain moved out by Sunday morning and the sun came out just in time for the Flora-Bama’s annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear dip at the Alabama-Florida state line.
And the people came.
Alabama vs. Clemson, Take 2. For the first time in the modern era, there will be a rematch for the national title when the Crimson Tide meets the Tigers for the second straight January.
New Years Eve 12/31/16
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Two big events are becoming New Year’s eve staples in Baldwin County.
In Fairhope “The Ball Drop” has been a tradition since 2000 and in Orange Beach at the Wharf “The Marlin Drop ” has been around since 2012.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — As people are out celebrating and saying goodbye to 2016, law enforcement will be out hoping to keep everyone safe.
Two major celebrations will be held in Baldwin County; one in Fairhope and the other is in Orange Beach.
But law enforcement from throughout the county will be out in full force to ring in 2017.
ORANGE BEACH, AL- The Wharf in Orange Beach will host another New Year’s Eve street party.
It’s called “Reelin’ in the New Year.” The street party starts at 5pm with lots of kids activities. There will also be a DJ and two bands and of course the highlights of the night will be the marlin drop and fireworks at midnight.
Authorities said five people were injured, including a child, in a two-vehicle wreck in Baldwin County on Friday.
Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby said the accident happened at the intersection of U.S. 98 and County Road 65 at 3:03 p.m. He said two victims, including a 4-year-old, were airlifted to the hospital. The other three victims were taken to the hospital by ambulance. All the people involved are in stable condition, Darby said.
It looks like the night sky will join in the celebration welcoming 2017.NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said a comet will be visible in the night sky as we say farewell to 2016 and hello to 2017. The comet – which bears the not-so-simple name 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova for the astronomers who discovered it in 1948 – was first visible on the low western horizon on Dec. 15.
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) — The last few weeks have kept police on alert, working closely with local stores.
Police say they’ve had 25 shoplifting cases in the last three weeks.
In every case the culprits have been stopped or arrested.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Frustration is mounting among residents in Gulf Shores over a State maintained bridge and waterway.
The Alabama Department of Transportation has to remove sand from the Little Lagoon Pass, along the Beach Highway, often to keep water flowing.
However, locals say they want more done.
The Foley City Council expects the Forward City to continue to grow as in the past with its decision Monday, Dec. 19, to increase a temporary, additional one percent sales and use tax on certain transactions and activities in the city.
The council would like to increase the sales tax in certain categories for a specified period of time for the purpose of re-funding reserves used over the past few years on projects and infrastructure in the city.
The Baldwin County Planning Commission has approved a new upscale development for Silverhill. Developers are calling it a “luxury motorcoach resort.”
Driving west on Highway 104 in Silverhill, it’s hard to miss the sign of new development. It’s something some locals say is needed for their small town.
FAIRHOPE, AL- Fairhope will celebrate its annual, New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Saturday night.
The fun starts at 8pm. Highlights of the celebration will be the giant, lighted ball drop and fireworks at midnight.
The Gulf Shores Police Department has arrested George Tucker Grau in connection with a house fire in Gulf Shores on December 22.
The Gulf Shores PD and the Gulf Shores Fire Department responded to the location at 128 West Lagoon Drive when reports of a fire were called in. Fire officials were able to extinguish the flames once they arrived. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
GULF SHORES, AL- Gulf Shores Police arrested a man they say set fire to his neighbor’s duplex.
George Tucker Grau was charged with two counts of arson, two counts of criminal mischief and one count of burglary.
A mother in Spanish Fort has been arrested after police say she hosted a house party with multiple teenagers drinking.
Police arrested Rebecca Lott Tuesday after receiving a noise complaint early that morning about a house party in the Timbercreek subdivision.
Officers found about 20 teens there, some as young as 14 and several drinks and beer cans around the house.
BAY MINETTE, AL (WALA) - There have been some reports of illegal dump sites in Baldwin County and right now officials are trying to find out who’s responsible.
It’s rare to find illegal dump sites in Baldwin County that can’t be cleaned up quickly.
“Usually they’re household goods; coaches and such, and those are fairly easy for us to clean up,” County Commissioner Chris Elliott said.
But according to Elliott, social media postings show recent dumping activity that’s excessive and unusual.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WEAR) — The Baldwin County Solid Waste department says illegal dump sites are a real problem, but what really keeps them busy is the roadside trash.
Most illegal dump sites are so hidden that the only way the county finds out about them is if someone brings it to their attention.