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Nearly 80,000 gallons of sewage spilled into D’Olive Creek – FOX10 News | WALA

October 23, 2017

The Baldwin County Health Department is warning residents that a sewage spill occurred  in the Daphne area.

According to a report received by the health department, Sunday night’s severe weather caused the failure which resulted in approximately 80,000 gallons of sewage being discharged into D’Olive Creek.

via Nearly 80,000 gallons of sewage spilled into D’Olive Creek – FOX10 News | WALA.

Alabama Ethics Commission dismisses complaints involving Fairhope Airport Authority | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

October 23, 2017

The Alabama Ethics Commission sent out letters earlier this month dismissing multiple complaints filed against Fairhope Airport Authority member Ray Hix, Fairhope Municipal Judge Haymes Snedeker and Fairhope Council President Jack Burrell for alleged violations of the Alabama Ethics Act.

Many of the complaints were filed by local blogger Paul Ripp about a bid that was submitted to the Fairhope Airport Authority for a hangar lease that was eventually awarded to a company owned by Hix and Snedeker.

via Alabama Ethics Commission dismisses complaints involving Fairhope Airport Authority | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Sky-High Home Insurance Rates in Gulf Shores | Alabama Public Radio

October 23, 2017

A new study shows Gulf Shores has some of the highest home insurance rates in the country.

The industry website Insurance.com reports Gulf Shores has the fourth highest insurance rate in the U.S. Homeowners living in the coastal community are reportedly paying over five hundred percent more than the national average. Towns along the coast typically have higher rates, due to an increased risk of natural disasters and flooding.

via Sky-High Home Insurance Rates in Gulf Shores | Alabama Public Radio.

Across Baldwin County, different cities saw a range of mother nature’s wrath Sunday | WPMI

October 23, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — From emergency warnings and funnel cloud sightings in Foley to communities overflowing in Loxley, Baldwin county residents say they’re shocked by Sunday’s storms.

“The skies turned black and it was nervewracking and my poor little dog was having a fit,” Foley resident Tonya Turner said.

via Across Baldwin County, different cities saw a range of mother nature’s wrath Sunday | WPMI.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Reschedules ‘Boo at the Zoo’ Event Due to Possible Severe Weather | WKRG

October 23, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo has decided to postpone the ‘Boo at the Zoo’ event due to the possibility of severe weather.

‘Boo at the Zoo’ will be rescheduled for Sunday, October 29.  Show up at 1:00 p.m. in your favorite costume for the costume contest.

via Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Reschedules ‘Boo at the Zoo’ Event Due to Possible Severe Weather | WKRG.

River Flooding Impacting Baldwin County | WKRG

October 23, 2017

The rain on Sunday could bring more troubles today.  Rivers are expected to rise around Baldwin County and parts of northwest Florida.

Near the intersection of Honey Road and Honey Road Extension in the Marlow community, we’re seeing some flooding.  I had to move my car back 20 feet in the last ten minutes. Flood water from a very swollen Fish River is running over the road.  This may get worse as we go on throughout the day.  Early this morning the National Weather Service issued an advisory for Perdido River near Barrineau Park that will be affecting Baldwin and Escambia Counties.

via River Flooding Impacting Baldwin County | WKRG.

Sunday Storms – FOX10 News | WALA

October 22, 2017

A front approaching Sunday will bring us some stormy weather. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the central Gulf Coast in a Marginal risk zone for severe weather. That’s the lowest level of risk, it means we have around a 5% chance of getting a storm that reaches severe levels. The main threat will be gusty winds and heavy rain that could lead to some street flooding. If you have plans for your Sunday, try to wrap things up early because the line of heavy rain and thunderstorms is expected later in the day (picture posted is of the FutureCast at 7pm), keep in mind though there will be scattered showers out ahead of the main line earlier on.

via Sunday Storms – FOX10 News | WALA.

Bikers from 2 States Join to Raise Money During Ace of Hearts Poker Run | WKRG

October 22, 2017

Riders from two different states showed up to the Mobile Bay Harley Davidson and Harley Davidson of Pensacola for the 1st Annual Ace of Hearts Poker Run on Saturday.

Bikers paid $20 to join a fun game of poker.  All riders received an Ace of Hearts Poker Run sheet with 5 places to stamp their card.  The first stamp was given at the respective Harley Davidson dealership and the last stamp will be issued at the Flora-Bama.  There will be 3 stops on either side of the state line in route to the Flora-Bama where riders receive their additional stamps.

via Bikers from 2 States Join to Raise Money During Ace of Hearts Poker Run | WKRG.

After Gulf Shores’ school split, Daphne leaders to learn costs of going alone | AL.com

October 22, 2017

For the second time this month, a city in Baldwin County could determine whether to move forward with an independent city school system.

This time, Daphne city leaders will decide whether it’s prudent to continue with a process that has already cost its taxpayers $38,000.

via After Gulf Shores’ school split, Daphne leaders to learn costs of going alone | AL.com.

Conservation Dept. Announces New Appointments | Outdoor Alabama

October 21, 2017

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announces that Edward F. Poolos has been appointed by Governor Kay Ivey to serve as Deputy Commissioner and Scott Bannon has been promoted to Marine Resources Division Director.

Poolos most recently worked for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) at the Decatur field office. Bannon has been a Conservation Enforcement Officer for 20 years and most recently served as the Marine Resources Division’s Chief Enforcement Officer.

via Conservation Dept. Announces New Appointments | Outdoor Alabama.

Vandals Strike Spanish Fort Cemetery | WKRG

October 21, 2017

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) — Any cemetery has seen its share of tears but at Bankester Cemetery in Spanish Fort, there was a different kind of sadness after vandals tore through the community cemetery.

The vandals smashed and tore up anything in sight and even things they couldn’t see. “It breaks my heart,” says Agnes Wilson. “It absolutely breaks my heart.”

via Vandals Strike Spanish Fort Cemetery | WKRG.

Hunting Works For Alabama’s Economy | Outdoor Alabama

October 20, 2017

There’s an old saying that to find a person’s passion, follow the money. That apparently is true for Alabama’s hunters, who fuel the economies in many parts of the state that need it the most.

To ensure the citizens of the state understand how important hunting is to the state’s well-being, both economically and culturally, Hunting Works for Alabama was formed last year to enlist the aid of the  business community to spread this important message.

via Hunting Works For Alabama’s Economy | Outdoor Alabama.

Impact fee study proposal tabled by Fairhope council | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

October 20, 2017

In a 3-2 vote last week, members of the Fairhope City Council voted to table a request for the city to undertake an impact fee study.

Mayor Karin Wilson told the council the city’s last study had been done 10 years ago and it was time for a new study so the city could better allocate the funds created by the fees.

Local legislation passed a decade ago gives Fairhope to ability to collect a 1 percent impact fee on new building construction.

Wilson said the city could look to change the allotments for where the fees are sent within the city, but to change the percentages without doing a study could open the city up to a potential lawsuit.

via Impact fee study proposal tabled by Fairhope council | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Gulf Shores, Ala. Begins Phase II of Public Beach Transformation, Master Planned by Atlanta’s TSW | Business Wire

October 20, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the successful completion of Phase I of its $15 million public beach revitalization, the City of Gulf Shores, Ala. has begun Phase II of Gulf Place. Master planned and designed by Atlanta-based TSW, a planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm whose multidisciplinary work extends throughout the southeast, the project’s design focus is to strengthen the beachfront public park’s connection to the coastal downtown walking district, enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety, and offer new family friendly recreation facilities designed to protect the environment and wildlife habitat

via Gulf Shores, Ala. Begins Phase II of Public Beach Transformation, Master Planned by Atlanta’s TSW | Business Wire.

Superintendent comments on Gulf Shores’ school split | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

October 20, 2017

During the Baldwin County Board of Education’s work session in Fairhope Tuesday, Superintendent Eddie Tyler took time at the start of the meeting to publicly address Gulf Shores’ decision to form its own city school system.

“We basically are going through a split with the city of Gulf Shores as they are determining their path and their journey to start a city school system,” Tyler said. “We do wish them well. We wish them the best, and I want the best for the children and employees there as well.”

via Superintendent comments on Gulf Shores’ school split | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Former Journey front-man to headline annual fundraiser concert | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

October 20, 2017

FAIRHOPE, Alabama — Get ready to take a journey with a popular 70′s rock band’s former lead vocalist as the 16th annual Angel Ride and Concert kicks off Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28 at Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope.

After Lynyrd Skynyrd rocked the stage in 2014, the annual fundraiser wanted to focus more on local talent the last two years, said Mary Carolyn McDaniel, one of the event’s organizers.

via Former Journey front-man to headline annual fundraiser concert | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

ONLY ON FOX10: Brown water an ongoing problem for several Daphne – FOX10 News | WALA

October 20, 2017

Some residents in the Montrose area of Fairhope have been seeing brown-colored drinking water flowing out of their taps for the last year.

Those residents told FOX10 News Investigates they’ve called Daphne Utilities to report the problem several times, but so far, they’ve only seen temporary fixes.

via ONLY ON FOX10: Brown water an ongoing problem for several Daphne – FOX10 News | WALA.

Fairhope Police, residents concerned over number of guns stolen – FOX10 News | WALA

October 19, 2017

“Lock it or lose it.”  That’s the message from the Fairhope Police Department.  After a rash of thefts from vehicles this month, police are once again urging residents to secure their valuables…especially their firearms.  Two more have been stolen out of unlocked vehicles in October.

via Fairhope Police, residents concerned over number of guns stolen – FOX10 News | WALA.

Wastewater least noticed, most vital of public utilities  – Lagniappe Mobile

October 19, 2017

By John Mullen

Dealing with wastewater may not be the sexiest role of local government, but it is considered one of the most vital, officials say.

“Wastewater, in any city, is the behind-the-scenes, least appreciated, less mentioned entity of any department,” Orange Beach City Administrator Ken Grimes said. “But it’s the most important because everybody has to have water. And everybody has to have a place to discharge water.”

via Wastewater least noticed, most vital of public utilities  – Lagniappe Mobile.

$20 million to be spent on Gulf Shores beach, highway improvemen – FOX10 News | WALA

October 19, 2017

With the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival wrapped up, construction crews are hard at work on phase two of Gulf Place beach renovations in Gulf Shores.  Along with beachfront improvements, work has also begun on new sidewalks along Highway 182.  That’s part of the city’s commitment to improve safety for pedestrian traffic in the area.

via $20 million to be spent on Gulf Shores beach, highway improvemen – FOX10 News | WALA.

Inmate Escapes Loxley Prison, Recaptured Within Hours | WKRG

October 19, 2017

LOXLEY, Ala. (WKRG) — An inmate from the Loxley Work Release Center is back behind bars after a brief taste of freedom overnight.

“It’s just a common thing around here for them to get out,” says Corey Williams. At least it seems that way. “It’s just very uncomfortable right now,” says Myrtle Ephriam. “It’s not good for something like this to happen.”

via Inmate Escapes Loxley Prison, Recaptured Within Hours | WKRG.

Word of mouth starts with taste buds at Flippers

October 18, 2017

Flippers Restaurant at Bear Point

Flippers’ Chef Mike Myers loves football season. And when it comes to the tourist season, he’ll break out the football analogy.

“You go through training camp with spring break, but once game time’s here, it’s on,” he said. “Every night is Friday night. From Monday through Sunday. It’s a battle to execute the way you’re supposed to do, then turn around and do it all over again on six and a half hours sleep.”

via Word of mouth starts with taste buds at Flippers.

Woman in “Bonnie & Clyde” Crime Spree on Gulf Coast Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison | WKRG

October 18, 2017

PENSACOLA, FL (WKRG) — The woman behind a crime spree across the Gulf Coast with her deceased boyfriend has pled no contest to charges filed in Escambia County, Florida.

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Tuesday that that Brittany Nicole Harper was sentenced to 20 years in state prison for the robbery, false imprisonment and grand theft auto charges she pled no contest to.

via Woman in “Bonnie & Clyde” Crime Spree on Gulf Coast Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison | WKRG.

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