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Orange Beach’s Columbia Southern expands to serve Fort Bragg – Mullet Wrapper

August 17, 2017

In an effort to help soldiers transitioning from military life to civilian, Orange Beach based Columbia Southern Education Group has partnered with the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program to open a Career Resource Center at Fort Bragg. The new facility will provide transitioning service members, veterans and family members with a bridge from the military to civilian employment and careers.

via Orange Beach’s Columbia Southern expands to serve Fort Bragg – Mullet Wrapper.

Beach toll bridge to expand to three lanes – Lagniappe Mobile

August 17, 2017

By John Mullen

Finding innovative solutions to ease traffic headaches during the crowded tourist season seems to be a trend in South Baldwin County.

In May 2016, the state Department of Transportation “repurposed” existing pavement on westbound Canal Road in Orange Beach to squeeze in an extra lane. It made the mad rush north at check-out times on Saturday and Sunday a tad more tolerable.

via Beach toll bridge to expand to three lanes – Lagniappe Mobile.

School projects on hold as Daphne, Gulf Shores consider city systems – Lagniappe Mobile

August 17, 2017

By John Mullen

As Daphne and Gulf Shores each ponder city school systems, the Baldwin County Board of Education has placed a hold on school projects there, county officials said.

“Gulf Shores and Daphne projects have been set as ‘timeline to be determined’ because those cities have current proposals to study the potential for creating their own city school systems,” Superintendent Eddie Tyler said. “It wouldn’t be a wise use of taxpayer dollars to proceed with construction while these discussions are in progress.”

via School projects on hold as Daphne, Gulf Shores consider city systems – Lagniappe Mobile.

Eclipse Glasses Recalled for Several Baldwin County Schools | WKRG

August 17, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — Next week’s solar eclipse being shadowed by a scam that could affect you and your children.

What’s expected to be a historic first day of school for kids in Baldwin County, could’ve turned into a nightmare.

“It’s frightening. Absolutely frightening,” said the Principal of Pine Grove Elementary School in Bay Minette, Donnashele Briuster.

via Eclipse Glasses Recalled for Several Baldwin County Schools | WKRG.

Court orders Baldwin County store owner to pay more than $140,000 for tax evasion | AL.com

August 17, 2017

A Baldwin County convenience store owner is facing a 5-year prison sentence and more than $140,000 in fines for tax evasion, the Alabama Department of Revenue said.

Krimesh Patel, 40, owned the Big County Food Store at 25931 Baldwin County Road 32 in Elberta. According to authorities, Patel failed to report and pay all sales tax collected from costumers to the state, Baldwin County and city of Elberta officials.

via Court orders Baldwin County store owner to pay more than $140,000 for tax evasion | AL.com.

Strange, Moore headed for GOP Senate runoff | Baldwin Times

August 16, 2017

Voters across Alabama headed to the polls Tuesday in a special Senate election, with Democrat Doug Jones winning his party’s nomination outright and the Republican race heading into a runoff between former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and sitting Senator Luther Strange.

Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell said Baldwin County’s voter turnout was around 18 percent, which he said was higher than most other places around the state, which was around 10 percent.

via Strange, Moore headed for GOP Senate runoff | Baldwin Times.

Police: Suspect Arrested for Stealing Luxury Yacht Last Summer in Orange Beach | WKRG

August 16, 2017

The suspect accused of stealing a luxury yacht from the Wharf Marina in Orange Beach more than a year ago has finally been arrested.

News 5’s Debbie Williams is told John Bellard was arrested at the Port of Miami last week and extradited to Baldwin County.  Bellard had been out of the country until last week, when he was identified and taken into custody.

via Police: Suspect Arrested for Stealing Luxury Yacht Last Summer in Orange Beach | WKRG.

Mentally challenged man missing in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA

August 16, 2017

A man that Baldwin County officials describe as mentally challenged is missing.

Authorities say Donald Gregory, 60, is missing from the area of Doc McDuffie Road. They say he left on foot from his residence on Sunday.

Gregory hasn’t been heard from since. He has going missing before, according to a Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

via Mentally challenged man missing in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.

Wild goose chase | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

August 15, 2017

Please don’t feed the geese.

Fairhope’s newest strategy in its ongoing man vs. fowl struggle to keep its municipal beach clean consists of an ordinance banning people from feeding them and a flashing amber light that officials hope will irritate them into going away.

Early anecdotal evidence suggests that the new measures may be working, though it’s too soon to be sure. Various reports have noted only a few geese, sometimes only one, in sight.

via Wild goose chase | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Beatrice man arrested for ‘Assault on a Police Officer’ | WKRG

August 15, 2017

A Beatrice, Alabama man was arrested early Monday in Loxley for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

The Loxley Police Department says it pulled over 31-year old Mark Alan Bishop at the intersection of Highway 59 and County Road 55 shortly after midnight. Lieutenant Doug Phillips says Bishop refused to get out of the vehicle. Once he did, he allegedly threw punches at the arresting officer.

via Beatrice man arrested for ‘Assault on a Police Officer’ | WKRG.

As eclipse approaches, 6 compelling examples of eye damage from the sun | AL.com

August 15, 2017

With the Great American Eclipse fast approaching on Aug. 21, people are going into high gear in search of optimal places and proper gear for viewing. Experts are warning people not to watch the event without wearing glasses especially made for eclipse-watching because serious eye damage can occur.

via As eclipse approaches, 6 compelling examples of eye damage from the sun | AL.com.

Brothers who drowned near Orange Beach knew how to swim, relatives say | AL.com

August 15, 2017

After violent riptides in the Gulf of Mexico claimed the lives a 12-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man in Orange Beach on August 11, a fundraiser account has been set up to help their families with funeral expenses.

In a statement posted to a Gofundme page on August 12, the two victims were identified as Joshua Spencer, 19 and Steward Spencer III, 12, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

via Brothers who drowned near Orange Beach knew how to swim, relatives say | AL.com.

UPDATE: Female Tourist Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle in Orange Beach | WKRG

August 14, 2017

Lieutenant Howard with Orange Beach Police has confirmed a 67-year old white female, from Tennessee, was fatally struck by a vehicle in Orange Beach on Perdido Beach Blvd Saturday evening.

Lieutenant Howard says the driver of the vehicle that struck the tourist was a white male.  He has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The identity of the victim has not been released.

via UPDATE: Female Tourist Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle in Orange Beach | WKRG.

This ‘vicious’ invasive plant burns hot enough to kill trees and stabs them with its roots | AL.com

August 14, 2017

Anyone who’s spent time driving through the highways of Mobile or Baldwin County in the March or April has probably noticed an abundance of a tall, grass with white tufts swaying in the spring breeze.

That plant may look idyllic, but it’s actually a rapidly spreading invasive species that crowds out native plants and causes major issues for Alabama’s pine forests, including what’s left of the state’s longleaf pine ecosystems.

via This ‘vicious’ invasive plant burns hot enough to kill trees and stabs them with its roots | AL.com.

How Jimmy Buffett Turned Hit Song ‘Margaritaville’ Into A Multibillion-Dollar Empire

August 14, 2017

Jimmy Buffett’s classic hit “Margaritaville” is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The song debuted on the 1977 “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” album and quickly took on a life of its own, becoming a state of mind and way of life rooted in fun and escapism for those “growing older, but not up”.

The song about life in this euphoric place where days are wasted away nibblin’ on sponge cake and watchin’ the sun bake has also morphed into a global lifestyle brand that currently has more than $4.8 billion in the development pipeline and sees $1.5 billion in annual system-wide sales. This year, Margaritaville Holdings announced a partnership with Minto Communities to develop Latitude Margaritaville, new active adult communities for those “55 and better”, including the $1 billion Daytona Beach, Florida location and a second in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

via How Jimmy Buffett Turned Hit Song ‘Margaritaville’ Into A Multibillion-Dollar Empire.

Family remembers brothers who drowned off Orange Beach – FOX10 News | WALA

August 13, 2017

A Louisiana family’s trip to Orange Beach turned tragic this weekend as two teenage brothers drowned in the Gulf of Mexico near Perdido Pass.

The family tells FOX10 News they are mourning two terrible losses. Brothers Josh Spencer, 12, and Steward Spencer III, were recovered Saturday morning. We’re told Steward died trying to save his little brother.

via Family remembers brothers who drowned off Orange Beach – FOX10 News | WALA.

‘We are Warriors’: How a scrappy but often forgotten coastal Alabama city got its first high school | AL.com

August 13, 2017

More than 6 million visitors will flock to Baldwin County’s beaches in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach this year, traveling along congested roadways before staying in towering condos and visiting entertainment parks and shopping centers.

via ‘We are Warriors’: How a scrappy but often forgotten coastal Alabama city got its first high school | AL.com.

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