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Suicide Broadcast on Facebook Live in Baldwin County

April 26, 2017

A 49-year-old man from Robertsdale is dead after committing suicide Tuesday night and broadcasting it on Facebook Live.

According to a release from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, the man was going through a break-up with his girlfriend. After not responding to calls, Baldwin County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to his home and while en route, they received reports that the man had committed suicide and filmed the event on Facebook Live.

via Suicide Broadcast on Facebook Live in Baldwin County.

Audit of governor’s beach mansion checks out, but still leaves q – FOX10 News | WALA

April 26, 2017

State Auditor Jim Zeigler completed the final audit of designated governor’s properties Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the beach.  The newly renovated beach mansion on Fort Morgan only took about an hour to inventory.

There were 98 items to inventory on the list, but 101 were found.  Zeigler said that’s because this is the first time there has ever been an audit of the property.  No state artifacts or valuable historic items are kept there.  Zeigler described the items as what you might expect to find in any high-end beach home.  The bigger question is what happens next.

via Audit of governor’s beach mansion checks out, but still leaves q – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin Co. home sales surging, bringing millions in extra revenue | WPMI

April 26, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Home sales are surging as the growth in Baldwin County continues.

A new report shows the amount of people buying houses in the county is up nearly half from last year and is bringing in millions of dollars in extra revenue.

Realtors tell LOCAL 15 the numbers mean a wealth of more and more new residents as well as first time buyers.

via Baldwin Co. home sales surging, bringing millions in extra revenue | WPMI.

Byrne Urges Continuation of Nine Mile State Waters for Red Snapper | Representative Bradley Byrne

April 25, 2017

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) recently sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging the Committee to once again include a provision in the government funding bill to expand state waters in the Gulf of Mexico to nine miles for Red Snapper fishing.

Byrne said: “As we prepare for the upcoming Red Snapper season, it is critically important that state waters remain out to nine miles. Changing this provision just weeks before the season starts would create unnecessary uncertainty and confusion for our local fishermen.

via Byrne Urges Continuation of Nine Mile State Waters for Red Snapper | Representative Bradley Byrne.

2 inmates escape from Baldwin County work release center | AL.com

April 25, 2017

Two inmates have escaped from a work release center in Baldwin County on Monday night, the Alabama Department of Corrections said.

Ryan Edward Wilson, 29, and Bobby Lee Taylor, 38, escaped from the Loxley Work Release Center at 9:10 p.m. Lee has Blonde hair, blue eyes and multiple tattoos on his neck. He was sentenced in February 2007 to 20 years for a second-degree theft of property charge in Elmore County.

via 2 inmates escape from Baldwin County work release center | AL.com.

Area Coast Guard assists vessel taking on water

April 24, 2017

OBA Editor Note: Perdido Pass is in Alabama, not Florida.

The Coast Guard assisted a vessel taking on water about approximately 11 miles south of Perdido Pass, Florida.

On Saturday, Coast Guard sector Mobile received a report at approximately around 2 p.m. of 25-foot vessel taking on water with five people aboard.

A response boat from Coast Guard Pensacola and an airplane crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile responded.

via Area Coast Guard assists vessel taking on water.

Bradley Byrne’s busy town hall schedule draws national attention from CBS | AL.com

April 22, 2017

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne’s busy town hall schedule was featured on “CBS This Morning” Friday during a segment from Chief Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes.

The CBS crew was with Byrne, R-Fairhope, as he traversed three counties on Thursday. Byrne hosted town halls in Excell in Monroe County, Wagerville in Washington County and Grove Hill in Clarke County.

via Bradley Byrne’s busy town hall schedule draws national attention from CBS | AL.com.

Seven Years Later: Where is the BP Settlement Money?

April 21, 2017

Seven years after the horrific explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, Alabama is the only one of the five allotted Gulf Coast states that has not started spending its portion of the Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE ACT) on improvement projects.

The RESTORE Act was passed in 2012 to director penalties clean water act to help directly affected states apply for with restoration, economic development, tourism promotion, research, etc. types of projects.

via Seven Years Later: Where is the BP Settlement Money?.

Seven years later, oil spill restoration funds begin to flow to Alabama | AL.com

April 21, 2017

Seven years is a long time and for many Alabamians, the shock and horror we felt during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are painful, but somewhat distant, memories.

Some readers may be under the impression that the restoration process wrapped up years ago or is at least well under way. In reality, it is really just beginning, as the funds from BP’s 2016 settlement became available for the first time this month. Between now and 2031, Alabama will receive approximately $51 million dollars a year, the result of BP’s Oil Pollution Act fines and Clean Water Act civil penalties, which come to us via the RESTORE Act.

via Seven years later, oil spill restoration funds begin to flow to Alabama | AL.com.

New broadband service for Baldwin County | WPMI

April 20, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — A new broadband service is making its way to Baldwin County – commissioners here are excited about the possibilities it could bring.

The county already allows other internet providers the use of its right of ways – most are fiber optic internet providers. This new choice will add to the competition and hopefully provide better service to rural areas.

via New broadband service for Baldwin County | WPMI.

Bird-banding event in Baldwin County | WPMI

April 19, 2017

FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WPMI) — For the first time in three years scientists with U.S. Fish and Wildlife along with state officials are bringing back “bird banding” along the Alabama coast. This after the man who used to do it, Bob Sergeant, a local “citizen scientist ” passed away.

It’s no mystery the Gulf Coast is where migratory birds, many that have traveled some 600 miles or more come to rest, eat and nest right here along our coast.

via Bird-banding event in Baldwin County | WPMI.

New internet provider in Summerdale? | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

April 19, 2017

Residents of Summerdale may soon have a new choice when it comes to internet service providers: Point Broadband.

Todd Holt, CEO of the company, and Sherry Sullivan came to speak to the Summerdale town council at the April 10 meeting to discuss possibilities for the town.

“We put antennas on water towers to provide better internet to rural and suburban America,” Holt explained. Holt also explained the parent company of Point Broadband, ITC Broadband, is a faith-based organization.

via New internet provider in Summerdale? | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

One final salute for 106-year-old soldier: Alabama honors ‘Mr. Jack’ | AL.com

April 19, 2017

As John Jacobson watched the TV news accounts of his dad’s passing last week, he noticed that something was missing.

“No one talked about his achievements in business,” said Jacobson during a memorial service Tuesday for renowned military veteran John “Jack” Jacobson, who died Thursday at the age of 106.

via One final salute for 106-year-old soldier: Alabama honors ‘Mr. Jack’ | AL.com.

The best restaurant in every county in Alabama | AL.com

April 19, 2017

Bill Briand, a New Orleans native and two-time James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for best chef in the South, celebrates his Louisiana roots and his new Lower Alabama home at this casual but upscale Orange Beach restaurant that has become a favorite for locals and tourists alike. (Actually, Fisher’s is two restaurants in one space — with the more laid-back Fisher’s Dockside down below and the more elegant Fisher’s Upstairs above.) The Fisher’s Upstairs dinner menu includes roasted Bon Secour oysters, braised pork cheeks, seared jumbo scallops and braised Mississippi rabbit with pappardelle pasta.

via The best restaurant in every county in Alabama | AL.com.

New broadband service coming to Baldwin County | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

April 19, 2017

A new broadband service is making its way to Baldwin County, and Baldwin County’s commissioners are excited about the possibilities it could bring.

Point Broadband came to speak before the commission at this week’s work session, asking county leaders for rental space on the county’s vertical assets to place equipment to increase broadband access to different parts of the county.

via New broadband service coming to Baldwin County | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Alabama’s 106 year-old rock star: Tribute to ‘Mr. Jack’ | AL.com

April 18, 2017

“Another day to live is another day to serve.”

Major John “Mr. Jack” Jacobson lived by those words right up until he drew his last breath this past Thursday. At 106 years young, he devoted his life to serving his country. Every day.

The last several years, the Point Clear, Alabama resident has been actively working with Dr. Barry Booth at Veteran’s events, especially talking with school children about World War II.

via Alabama’s 106 year-old rock star: Tribute to ‘Mr. Jack’ | AL.com.

Proposed penny sales tax changes could affect Baldwin Co. schools | WPMI

April 18, 2017

BALADWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Baldwin County is still awaiting a decision from state legislators over proposed changes to the local penny sales tax.

Officials say if it passes, a bill would reallocate funds meant for the school system and put it toward much needed roads and infrastructure in the county.

via Proposed penny sales tax changes could affect Baldwin Co. schools | WPMI.

Baldwin County to get Buc-Ee’s Travel Center – FOX10 News | WALA

April 18, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - Baldwin County may soon be home to a huge, new travel center along Interstate-10.  Texas-based, Buc-Ee’s wants to build its first out-of-state store in Alabama at the Baldwin Beach Express exit.  The Baldwin County Commission will take action Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to help in that process.

via Baldwin County to get Buc-Ee’s Travel Center – FOX10 News | WALA.

Congressman Hosts Town Hall Meetings After Trip to Korean Border

April 18, 2017

Congressman Bradley Byrne R-AL is hosting a series of town hall meetings on the Gulf Coast after returning from a trip to the Korean border.Byrne, a member of the Armed Services Committee, met with U.S military leaders and the South Korean Foreign Minister. Byrne said the threat North Korea poses is greater than any other in the world because of their “irrational” leader and growing threat of using nuclear weapons and long-range missals.

via Congressman Hosts Town Hall Meetings After Trip to Korean Border.

Head-on collision results in multiple injuries | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

April 17, 2017

LOXLEY, Alabama — The Loxley Police Department is continuing to investigate a head-on collision Thursday, April 13 between a Baldwin County Corrections Department van and another vehicle, which resulted in multiple injuries.

“We are not sure at this time what ultimately caused the accident,” said Lt. Doug Phillips, Loxley PD investigator.

via Head-on collision results in multiple injuries | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Baldwin Co. tourism exceeds $4 billion, most in State | WPMI

April 15, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Officials say Baldwin County blew away any competition in the state in regards to tourist spending and nearly doubled the total of its closest competing county.

Baldwin County continues to grow and so does its economic footprint, especially when it comes to tourism.

Travelers spent $4.2 billion and were responsible for nearly 50 thousand jobs in Baldwin County last year, according to a report conducted for the Alabama Tourism Department.

via Baldwin Co. tourism exceeds $4 billion, most in State | WPMI.

Experts weigh in on Gulf Coast viral shark photos

April 14, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WIAT) – Photos of a shark swimming uncomfortably close to Gulf Shores vacationers went viral earlier this week.

The man behind the images, Kenneth Clark of Georgia, described what he saw from his condominium balcony.

“He was just staying along the water’s edge,” Clark told our sister station, WKRG.  “Right in about three to four foot of water.”

via Experts weigh in on Gulf Coast viral shark photos.

Bradley Byrne to hold town hall meetings throughout Southwest Alabama | WPMI

April 14, 2017

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will hold a series of town hall meetings throughout Southwest Alabama the week of April 17th.

The purpose of these meetings is to give residents of Southwest Alabama a chance to share their ideas and concerns directly with their congressman. All meetings are free and open to the public.

The town hall meeting are as follows:

via Bradley Byrne to hold town hall meetings throughout Southwest Alabama | WPMI.

Scammers taking control of computers, experts warn users – FOX10 News | WALA

April 14, 2017

FOX10 News is committed to alerting you to ways thieves can steal your personal information.

At Fairhope PC in downtown Fairhope, owner Judge Keeler says over the past few months 80% of his clientele says they’ve fallen victim to some kind of scam.

“I spend all day dealing with this stuff. The scams change on a daily bases,” Keeler said.

via Scammers taking control of computers, experts warn users – FOX10 News | WALA.

Coastal Alabama officials to new governor: Meet with us, stay at beach house | AL.com

April 13, 2017

Coastal Alabama is the state’s biggest tourism generator thanks to the sugar-white sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

It’s also a crucial economic generator, as Mobile’s Airbus plant cranks out shiny new airplanes and Austal workers build powerful warships. The Port of Mobile is among the largest shipping hubs in the U.S., and the region’s annual Mardi Gras event is – by far - the state’s No. 1 festival.

via Coastal Alabama officials to new governor: Meet with us, stay at beach house | AL.com.

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