Depending on who you ask, Bayes Southern Bar and Grill, the newest upscale restaurant and bar in Orange Beach, opened at a bad time of year — in the quiet of the off season when the only folks in town are college students home for the holidays or snowbirds who are just starting roll in until their exodus near St. Patrick’s Day.
On the other hand, opening in the off season allows locals to try it first — and around Orange Beach and Gulf Shores word of mouth amongst the locals can make all the difference when it comes to a restaurant’s success. It’s a tricky time to open a restaurant in a region where some restaurants close their doors until spring. But the idea for Bayes is to use this slow time to draw the finicky locals.
via Bayes Southern Bar and Grill hoping to draw locals in off season | AL.com.
The Dollar General Bowl gave the football teams and visiting fans of Ohio and Troy a taste of Carnival on Thursday night with the Greer’s/AL.com Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Mobile.
via Mardi Gras parade gives Dollar General Bowl visitors taste of local flavor in Mobile | AL.com.
With the boom in online shopping – and more and more people looking to Amazon to fill their Christmas lists – the question is: what to do with all those unused boxes?
via Fill unused Amazon boxes with donations and they’ll be shipped to Goodwill for free | AL.com.
The average life expectancy in the Daphne/Fairhope/Foley area is 78.2 years, the longest in the state.
While people in the Daphne live longer than anywhere else in Alabama, life expectancy there is still below the U.S. average of 78.8 years. Of all the cities with the highest life expectancy in their respective states, only six – Canton, Ohio (78.1 years); Nashville, Tennessee (77.8 years) Dover, Delaware (77.6 years); New Orleans, Louisiana (76.7 years); Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (76.4 years); and Jackson, Mississippi (75.9 years) – averaged fewer years than Daphne.
via The Alabama city where people live the longest | AL.com.
The true tale that is “Limo Ride – The Greatest Bar Story Ever Told” will return to the place where it all began – the Flora-Bama – for a screening with the directors on December 28 at 7 p.m.
Filmed mostly on Pleasure Island, the story is self described as cult nonfiction and recounts the incredible story of 10 Mobile based friends surviving their wildest night ever.
After hiring a sketchy limousine service, the rag-tag bunch embark on their New Year’s tradition, a party hard trip to the Flora-Bama for the annual Polar Bear Dip.
via “Limo Ride – The Greatest Bar Story Ever Told” screens Dec. 28 at Flora-Bama – Mullet Wrapper.
Gulf Shores High grad Brandon Silvers will have major support from the stands when he leads the 9-3 Troy State Trojans against Ohio Universitsy (8-5) in the Dollar General Bowl on Dec. 23 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium at 7 p.m. It will be the second time this season that the redshirt junior has played in Mobile, just an hour’s drive from his hometown. The game will be televised on ESPN.
via Brandon Silvers will lead Troy in Mobile’s Dollar General Bowl – Mullet Wrapper.
Federal authorities have secured a guilty plea related to a multi-million-dollar conspiracy that allowed numerous foreign nationals to enter the country on fraudulent visas set up through businesses in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
So far, Lagniappe has only found two indictments related to this case. Filed in late October, they allege a number of conspiracy and money laundering charges against Fairhope resident Christopher Allen Dean as well as David Jesus Jimenez of Miami, Florida.
via Local businesses implicated in immigration conspiracy – Lagniappe Mobile.
Gulf Shores based artist Susan N. McCollough recently received recognition for her work in a profile in highly regarded art magazine Artblend. McCollough owns the Susan N. McCollough Gallery and Studio in her hometown of Gulf Shores.
via Local artist Susan N. McCollough receives recognition in Artblend – Mullet Wrapper.
A boat washed up on the Gulf Islands National Seashore about two weeks ago.
When park rangers found it, the 50 foot hull was filled with sand.
via Boat washes ashore Gulf Islands National Seashore | WEAR.
A Baldwin County man is behind bars, charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.
35-year-old James Darnell Smith of Silverhill is accused of having photos, videos and text messages depicting child pornography.
via Baldwin County man arrested for child pornography – FOX10 News | WALA.
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SARALAND, AL (WALA) - The community continues to rally behind Officer Jackie Tucker, her family and her fellow officers.
As soon as the news spread about the officer being critically injured in the shooting, police and deputies from multiple jurisdictions rushed to USA Medical Center to show their support.
Those who know Officer Tucker describe her as a devoted wife and mother.
via Community rallies behind wounded officer – FOX10 News | WALA.
Saraland community members gathered Wednesday night to pray for the recovery of Jackie Tucker, a police officer who remains in critical condition after being shot during a domestic dispute call earlier in the day.
via Community rallies in prayer for injured officer, first responders.
Ohio coach Frank Solich said it’s not only Troy’s offensive line that has accounted for the nation’s lowest sack total – quarterback Brandon Silvers has something to do with it, too.
“Their quarterback is a very smart quarterback, excellent thrower, gets rid of the ball very quickly, identifies open guys quickly, gets the ball to them, is able to move around in the pocket, scramble, make some runs with his legs,” Solich said of the former Gulf Shores High School standout. “It’ll certainly be a situation where we’ll have to work for everything we get.”
via Strength meets strength in Dollar General Bowl’s Ohio-Troy matchup | AL.com.
When Toledo running back Kareem Hunt plays in the Reese’s Senior Bowl next month, he won’t be playing at Ladd-Peebles Stadium for the first time. On Jan. 4, 2015, Hunt ran for 271 yards and five touchdowns in the Rockets’ 63-44 victory over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile.
via Dollar General Bowl Countdown: Toledo’s Kareem Hunt sets rushing records | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Big changes could be coming to a long time convenience on the beach.
The city of Gulf Shores is proposing an ordinance that would phase out the current beach chairs and replace them.
via Gulf Shores aims to phase out, replace current beach chairs | WPMI.
The Superintendent of Baldwin County Public Schools, Eddie Tyler, is laying out his plans to retest for lead contamination in school drinking water in the coming warmer months of 2017.
via FOX10 News Investigates: Superintendent explains retesting plans – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Some residents in a southern Baldwin County neighborhood woke Tuesday morning, December 20, 2016 to find their homes and cars spray painted by vandals. It appeared that the crimes may have been politically motivated.
Sweet Gum Village resident, Dan Teele woke this morning to a neighbor knocking on his front door. What he saw when he went outside was upsetting.
via Vandals spray paint cars and homes in Baldwin County neighborhoo – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Dan Teele’s Chevy is a mess.
Overnight it was spray-painted. The dirty words have already been removed but the word “Trump” believed to be part of the motivation for the vandalism.
Earlier in the evening, Teele had returned from delivering relief supplies to fire victims in Gatlinburg so, this wasn’t exactly the welcome home he had hoped for. “Did that take away that high? Not a bit. You can’t destroy God’s love. You can try to poke it a little bit but that’s all it is.”
via Vandals Target Foley Neighborhood.
Alabama is the 6th deadliest state for law enforcement officers according to a report by SafeHome that looked at the number of deaths per 1,000 officers between 2006 and 2016.
via STUDY: Alabama 6th Deadliest State for Police.
Rite Aid will sell 865 stores to Fred’s Inc., the drug store chain announced Tuesday. The move comes after the Federal Trade Commission expressed antitrust concerns about Walgreens Boost Alliance Inc., which operates the Walgreens chain, acquiring Rite Aid. Tennessee-based Fred’s will pay $950 million in cash for the stores.
via Rite Aid selling 865 stores to Fred’s Inc. as part of Walgreens deal | AL.com.
FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — Homes of Trump supporters were vandalized overnight in the Sweet Gum Village subdivision in Foley.
Local 15′s James Gordon reports from the subdivision where he spoke with one of the neighbors who made the discovery.
via Foley Trump-supporters’ homes vandalized | WPMI.
NEW YORK – During the past 10 years, Consulting Magazine has set out to measure the impact of women on the consulting profession. While it’s impossible to quantify, it’s significant and growing every year.
Women continue to make a profound difference to both their clients and their firms. To recognize their achievements, we brought the profession together last month at the St. Regis New York to honor this year’s recipients.
Jenny McCaskey of Orange Beach was one of 13 women to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Gala in Manhattan. Jenny is a Vice President with Impact Advisors. As a consultant, she supports her firm’s mission to “create a positive impact” for her clients.
via Orange Beach woman receives national honor | The Islander.
GULF SHORES, AL — The city council voted on Dec. 12 to suspend a sales and lodging tax discount for businesses in the city.
“Currently we allow a 2 percent discount on both sales and lodging taxes if they are remitted timely,” Financial Director Cindy King said. “This proposal is to not allow that discount anymore.”
Orange Beach suspended the discounts in November of 2015. King said other cities in the area stopped discounts on lodging taxes and Mobile and Orange Beach do not give discounts on sales taxes any longer.
via Gulf Shores suspends tax discounts | The Islander.
On Wednesday, Nov. 2, an exciting donation of books was made to the Foley Elementary School library program.
Big Fish Restaurant owners Leck LaBron and Jana Lilayuva partnered with Give-A-Book to provide 100 hardbound and library-bound Accelerated Reader books for the students of Foley Elementary.
via Give-A-Book donation at Foley Elementary | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.
The body of a man reported missing on Saturday, December 17, has been discovered.
While the weather had hampered search efforts for 33-year-old Donald Jackson, FOX10 News has learned that a body was recovered from D’Olive Creek near the accident scene on Monday evening. It is believed to be Jackson.
via Body of missing Bay Minette man found – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Christmas displays come in all shapes and sizes, but a neighborhood in Baldwin County believes bigger is better. Going on five years now, the growing display of larger than life Christmas inflatables has been attracting a crowd to Sehoy Subdivision in Daphne.
via Larger than Life Christmas display in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
Divers located the body of Donald Wayne Jackson in D’Olive Creek just as night fell.
The 33-year-old was last seen early Saturday morning in Daphne. His truck was pulled from the creek Sunday night.
via Body Found in Daphne Creek.
Two people are behind bars in Baldwin County after driving a stolen car through the security gate on Ono Island and breaking into a home.
Michael Kendall, a 31-year-old from Lillian, Ala., was arrested early Sunday morning after police were called to a home where a burglary was in progress. A homeowner woke up to find Kendall in their home. The homeowner confronted Kendall and a fight ensued. The homeowner and Kendall were sent to the hospital for injuries sustained in the fight.
via Stolen Car Drives Through Gate at Ono Island, 2 Arrested.