Auburn University officials have decided to make the rapidly growing Gulf Shores area the location for the College of Veterinary Medicine’s first satellite teaching hospital. Meanwhile, Gulf Shores officials hope AU’s new facility there will be an important part of the city’s efforts to diversify as the 21st century unfolds.
“Baldwin County is the No. 1 growth area in the state,” said Calvin Johnson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at AU. “We have a very strong partner in education with the city of Gulf Shores.”
The 24,000-square foot facility that will house other AU programs in addition to the veterinary hospital will cost an estimated $10.5 million. It will be at the corner of Baldwin County Road 8 and the Beach Express in the city’s high-growth area north of the Intracoastal Waterway.
A cold front following this week’s line of storms kept Gulf Shores Public Beach a little slower than usual with spring breakers, while a popular stretch of beach in Perdido Key, Fla. was teeming with locals.
By noon on Saturday, April 8, Alabama’s largest beach behind The Pink Pony and The Hangout saw considerably less beach goers, this as spring break heads into its final week. Most tourists kept out of the calm but chilly surf, opting for the warmth of the sun as temperatures rose to about the mid 70s on Saturday.
Loxley, AL (WKRG) – I know it’s kind of cliche to say but you could categorize this weekend as “chamber of commerce style” weather at the first day of the Baldwin County Strawberry Festival. A great day weather-wise usually leads to a great turnout at the festival and this year’s festival starting a little bit earlier than usual with something a little bit different. The first Strawberry Festival 5k put together by Loxley Church.
GULF SHORES – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame announced on 4-2-17 that Enterprise native and Gulf Shores’ facial plastic surgeon, Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough, will be inducted by the state’s Hall of Fame as its 2017 Distinguished Alabama Sportsmen at the 49th annual State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday, May 13.
The Distinguished Sportsmen awards were established in 1987 to recognize leadership and ingenuity in the world of sport—within, and beyond, arenas of sport competition.
A letter last month from Baldwin County Public Schools to Daphne planning officials was not meant “to be a threat to anyone,” but rather a “cry for help and understanding,” said schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler.
His comments come as some Daphne city officials voice concerns about the school system’s interjection into a development proposal for a 900-home subdivision that would be built out over 15 years on 362 rural acres southeast of the city’s limits.
Anyone who has crossed the north end of Mobile Bay on either the Bayway or Battleship Parkway at low tide in the last few years likely would have noticed the numerous crab traps that littered the shallow water on the south side of the thoroughfares.
If you drive across that area now, very few crab traps remain on those shallow flats thanks to the Alabama Marine Resources Division’s Volunteer Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program that was conducted by volunteers and sponsors recently.
A court date for a man charged for his role in a deadly home invasion was continued today.
Adam Bond of Foley is a man with a storied history. Police know him well.Today as he was led out of the courtroom Bond complained of the chains around his ankles. A little over a year ago the same Adam Bond was the hero who “dove in” to save the pilot of a plane that crash in Foley.
Stormy weather kept Gulf Shores beaches clear this morning. After the rain cleared, folks headed to the water despite red flags warnings. Lifeguards have done several water rescues in the last few days including two at the main beach Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
Some Baldwin County residents are pushing back on a project that could put a sewage line under Fish River. The county commission gave the go ahead last month.
Residents are worried about possible sewage spills if a line is put under the river, using the massive spills in Mobile over the past couple days as an example. That’s why those folks held a meeting Wednesday night to talk about other options for the line.
With another round of severe weather expected to hit our area late tonight, we are committed to making sure you know how to protect yourself and your property.
Lightning strikes proved to be dangerous and costly during yesterday’s storms. At least four structure lightning fires were reported across our viewing area. We wanted to know how you could protect your home from lightning so we asked an expert. While it may be costly – some say it’s an investment in protecting your property and you family.
Authorities in Baldwin County are reporting that a 50-year-old man from Louisville, Kentucky died from his injuries on Tuesday afternoon sustained from an accident in the Gulf Of Mexico near Fort Morgan, Alabama.
Baldwin County Coroner Stan Vinson said that Kevin Chitwood, 50, of Louisville was rushed to the South Baldwin Medical Center on Monday (April 3) around 7:00 p.m. after being swept up by a rip tide off the coast of Fort Morgan.
Early morning storms had emergency and power crews in northern Baldwin County busy Monday, April 03, 2017. Strong winds took down some trees and power lines along Highway 59 in Tensaw, leaving several hundred homes without power.
Rain and storms were moving across parts of Alabama early this morning, and more — some of which could be severe — will be possible later.
However, the worst weather will likely be confined to south Alabama today. There, a tornado watch is in effect for several counties, and the National Weather Service in Mobile said there is the potential for a significant episode of severe weather.
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.
One person was taken by life flight helicopter to the hospital and five others were hurt following a two-vehicle collision Saturday night in Foley. Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby says it happened at around 10 Saturday night near the intersection of County Road 20 and the Foley Beach Express. An SUV and van collided.
20 things to do for $5 or under at Alabama’s beaches
Think you need to drop a small fortune to take the family out for a fun day near the beach? Nope, you don’t. From eco tours to skate parks to art museums, there’s plenty to do on the cheap near the beach. In fact, there’s lots to do on a budget. Here’s 20 things to do for $5 or for free.
Many beachgoers are traveling between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and it’s almost certain that most are wondering about all that construction adjacent to the Gulf State Park Pier.
The answer is the resurrection of the Gulf State Park Lodge. The original lodge and convention center was wrecked by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and a new and extensively improved version has a projected completion date of May 2018 for the park’s beachfront construction.
After four years of discussing its own rules and policies, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) has taken a major step in determining which of the hundreds of proposed projects will be funded with BP monies allocated through the RESTORE Act.
Last month, all 10 AGCRC members submitted a list of priority projects, and from more than 200 submissions, 30 received the four votes needed to move on for further evaluation. The projects, valued at a combined $413,775,386, focus on “infrastructure, economic development, tourism or planning assistance” — all areas the council previously agreed to prioritize.
Baldwin County is considering bringing a shuttle service into Orange beach and the surrounding area. A feasibility study has just been finished and it received good reviews. The county would use the Baldwin Regional Transit System (BRATS), trolley style buses along Perdido Beach Boulevard during the busiest times of the year.
While Clarke Raines sit behind bars, accused of murdering his mother, we’re learning more about his criminal and sometimes violent past. From the moment Kay Raines went missing two months ago today, people close to her were convinced her son had something to do with it.
Less than a year ago, the Fairhope City Council voted 3-2 to allow for a 240-unit apartment complex off of U.S. 98 north of the city’s main center.
Political upheaval soon followed - voters incensed by the project elected a new slate of city leaders; the City Council enacted a development moratorium; and heated confrontations between the council members and mayor became the norm at previously sedate meetings.
Warm spring weather means it’s time to head to the beach. Spring break has kept area beaches busy. However, rough waves means not everyone is going in the water.
At the beach, it’s all about water, sand, and sun. In Gulf Shores, it’s clear to see that spring break is in full swing. Young families and college students can be found sharing some time in the sun. Visitors are planning to make the most of the warmer than average days ahead.