ROBERTSDALE, AL- The Baldwin County Board of Education’s 16 million dollar pay-as-you-go plan continues to move along nicely this fall.
Five schools are getting new wings or cafeteria expansions. The schools under Phase One of the pay as you go initiative are Fairhope High, Elberta Elementary, Elsanor Elementary, Perdido Elementary and Central Baldwin Middle School.
via New Construction Continues At Schools In Baldwin County.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that claimed the life of a woman from Jasper, Alabama.
68-year-old Robert Cain was killed when the 2012 Honda Civic he was riding in collided with a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer driven by 28-year-old Joshua Allen White of Robertsdale, Alabama.
via Man Dies In Beach Collision.
As a member of the Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers mountain biking group, Mickie Powell has been riding the trails at Oak Mountain for 25 years.
Now, as a member of the Alabama State Parks Partners Coalition, she’s sticking up for the parks that have provided her with so much enjoyment over the years.
via Amendment 2 supporters: state parks privatization argument is ‘straw man’ | AL.com.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations raided the Eastern Shore Neurology and Pain Center on Friday morning.
All throughout the morning FBI agents were removing boxes and computer equipment, loading it all into several unmarked vans outside. Sources close to the raid said that the facility operated by Dr. Rassan Tarabein was closed at the time the FBI conducted their operation.
via South Alabama neurology & pain clinic raided by the FBI | AL.com.
FOLEY, Ala. WPMI — The Foley Police Department has released an image of a man they say forcefully pulled a woman from her vehicle, then stole the car.
It happened Friday at the Pep Boys. Officials say the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Christopher Brewer of Gulf Shores, took off in the victim’s 2008 silver Hyundai Tiburon heading northbound on Highway 59. No weapon was shown and the woman was not physically injured.
via Woman pulled from vehicle, carjacked in Foley | WPMI.
A retired Baldwin County judge has been selected to hear suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s bid to get back on the bench.
The drawing of the names was held Thursday afternoon in Montgomery. The names were written on pieces of paper and drawn out of a box.
via Baldwin Co. judge on panel to hear Roy Moore’s appeal | WPMI.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians have planned a big event next week to unveil the name of a new entertainment destination coming to Foley. Formerly known as Blue Collar Country, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians purchased and property, and will finish and rename the project.
The announcement is scheduled for Wednesday November 2.
via New entertainment destination planned in Foley | WPMI.
As the fastest growing county in the state continues to grow, inside the classroom is no exception.
The population boom in Baldwin County has led to many schools at or near max capacity and the school system is working hard to keep up.
via Baldwin County schools trying to keep up with growth | WPMI.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 marked 30 days since farmers in Baldwin County have seen rain. Parched fields have turned to dust. During the spring and early summer, a drought like this could have serious impacts. A small percentage of farmers are having to tough it out through this dry spell, but most couldn’t be more pleased.
via Fall drought just fine with most Baldwin County farmers – FOX10 News | WALA.
Attention to all Amazon junkies in the great state of Alabama!
You have five days left of tax-free shopping on Amazon.com.
As we’ve been reporting for months, Alabama’s eight-percent sales tax for purchases at more than fifty online retailers, most notably Amazon, goes into effect starting on November 1.
via New ‘Amazon Tax’ Begins November 1 in Alabama.
Early Thursday morning, it happened again. A man wearing a Halloween mask enters the Kangaroo convenience store in Bay Minette with no intentions of buying, only taking.
“A gentleman wearing a skull mask came in, a black male, came in and asked the cashier for all his money and was told not to reach for his button if he did he would get his head blown off,” says Cpl. Robert Gates with Bay Minette Police.
via Armed Robberies on the Rise in Baldwin County.
This has been a particularly productive year for anglers who target redfish along the Alabama Gulf Coast, and the Alabama Marine Resources Division is doing its best to ensure it stays that way.
via Marine Resources Releases 18,000 Redfish Fry | Outdoor Alabama.
ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — A Robertsdale man is being held on two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 following an arrest Wednesday by the Robertsdale Police Department.
via Robertsdale man held on charges of child sexual abuse | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.
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.
FOX10 News | WALA
The next thing that grows in this old peanut field could be a new crop of veterinarians and their training ground could be a real zoo.
“Absolutely the most exciting news that I’ve heard in a long time,” says zoo director Patti Hall.
via Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo to Partner with Auburn University.
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.
If you have your eye on a new TV or getting a head start on your Christmas shopping, you only have a few days before your Amazon bill goes up.
Starting Nov. 1, Amazon will start collecting and remitting sales tax in Alabama. As part of Alabama’s Simplified Seller Use Tax Remittance Program – an effort to streamline the collection of sales taxes from online retailers located outside the state– the tax rate is set at a flat 8 percent.
via Amazon shoppers in Alabama: Your bill is going up by 8 percent on Nov. 1 | AL.com.
Alabama continues to be mired in a worsening drought.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, almost the entire state was in a moderate drought — and areas in northeast and east-central Alabama were experiencing “exceptional drought,” the worst category.
via Why won’t it rain? Why Alabama continues to dry out | AL.com.
Looking out the floor-to-ceiling window in their master bedroom, Carolyn and Don Clay can see across the bay to Mobile’s city skyline. “On a clear day, you can see forever,” Carolyn jokes, referencing the Barbra Streisand musical. But you really can see an amazing view across the Bayway and up the Mobile River Delta.
via Cool Spaces: This Daphne condo towers above the Eastern Shore with unbeatable views | AL.com.
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.
Creating a city school system in Daphne and separating from Baldwin County Schools seems to be gaining steam.
In its new fiscal year budget, the Daphne City Council is setting aside $35,000 to conduct a feasibility study.
via Money to be set aside to create a Daphne city school system | WPMI.
Daphne Police are now investigating more than a dozen car burglaries in which several firearms were stolen.
Police say even with a serial number, tracking down a stolen gun is very difficult and usually the weapons are used in additional crimes.
via Police issue alert after 5 guns stolen in Daphne car burglaries | WPMI.
A toll may be coming to Baldwin County, but it’s up to your vote come November. November is right around the corner, and one item on this year’s ballot for Baldwin County residents is Amendment 3, establishing a county toll authority.
According to District 3 Commissioner Tucker Dorsey, this is a plan leaders have come up with to extend the Beach Express at I-10, to I-65.
via Toll Authority could come to Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.