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Citizen support key to city school decisions | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

January 06, 2018

By Jane Nicholes

Over the last couple of decades, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Daphne and Fairhope have considered breaking away from the Baldwin County Public Schools System. The municipalities usually were motivated by perceived dissatisfaction with the allocation of resources by the county system.

The need for tax increases, a lack of support from citizens, logistics and improved communication and response from the Baldwin County system contributed to the demise of these movements. Then, late last year, Gulf Shores actually committed to forming its own system. Soon after, Daphne backed away from the idea as its City Council voted against paying for the second part of a feasibility study.

via Citizen support key to city school decisions | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Unexplained boom heard along Alabama coast | AL.com

December 14, 2017

Unexplained booms aren’t limited to central and north Alabama: Residents along the Alabama Gulf Coast reported hearing one Thursday morning, with some saying it was strong enough to make their Christmas ornaments sway.

At about 9:15 a.m. a post on an Orange Beach community Facebook page, the OBA Community Website, mentioned a “strong rumble of the earth” and asked who else had heard or felt it. Dozens of replies poured in from Gulf Shores, Ono Island, Perdido Key, Elberta, the Fort Morgan peninsula, and as far north as Fairhope and Foley.

Some compared it to thunder, while others said it had rattled their windows or even “sounded like something blew up and landed on my house.”

via Unexplained boom heard along Alabama coast | AL.com.

Elberta grants sick leave to police chief | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

November 29, 2017

Last week, the Elberta Town Council voted unanimously to extend six weeks of sick leave to Elberta Police Chief Stan DeVane as he recovers from injury.

DeVane was injured in a horseback riding accident in July while on vacation, but since then has suffered as bacterial infection that affects his spine and has paralyzed him.

The decision activated DeVane’s six weeks of accrued sick leave, which extends until January 2018 and gives DeVane an opportunity to return to the office.

via Elberta grants sick leave to police chief | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Elberta Police Department holds benefit for injured chief – FOX10 News | WALA

November 17, 2017

The Elberta Police Department is holding a benefit event Saturday for its injured chief of police, Stan DeVane.

The chief has been recovering from a horseback riding accident that happened in Wyoming in July.

FOX10 News spoke with DeVane’s wife, Debbie, to get an update on him. She tells us DeVane was treated and came home to Elberta, but he is now suffering from a bacterial infection in his spine that has paralyzed him.

via Elberta Police Department holds benefit for injured chief – FOX10 News | WALA.

Kennon: ‘I’m at a loss for words as to why this is a question’ – Lagniappe Mobile

November 15, 2017

By John Mullen

ORANGE BEACH — Recusal or not, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon believes Angie Swiger should resign from her position on the Baldwin County School Board.

Swiger has applied for one of the five spots on the new Gulf Shores School Board as the city prepares to form a school system independent of the county.

“The minute she applied for the Gulf Shores position she should have resigned from the Baldwin County Board,” Kennon said. “Again, I’m at a loss for words as to why this would even be a question.” Elberta Mayor Jim Hamby is also calling on Swiger to resign.

via Kennon: ‘I’m at a loss for words as to why this is a question’ – Lagniappe Mobile.

Baldwin County official to recuse herself from Gulf Shores talks, as clamoring continues for resignation | AL.com

November 09, 2017

Angie Swiger will continue to serve on the Baldwin County School Board, but she will recuse herself from legal discussions involving the pending Gulf Shores split from the school system.

Swiger, in an email to AL.com Wednesday, said that her tenure on the board has “always been based on honesty and transparency” and that she would “never allow my participation to be legally or ethically questioned by creating conflict of interest.”

Swiger is a resident Gulf Shores who recently applied to be a member of the Gulf Shores city school board, raising doubts about whether she can continue as a member of the Baldwin County school board.

The mayors of Elberta and Orange Beach want Swiger to resign.

via Baldwin County official to recuse herself from Gulf Shores talks, as clamoring continues for resignation | AL.com.

UPDATE: Baldwin County Schools Says Claim of Forced Prayer is False | WKRG

September 30, 2017

UPDATE 5:59 PM: The Freedom From Religion Foundation tells News 5 that their letter was based on the complaint of one parent who claims to have witnessed the incident at the game. They stand by their letter, but admit the claims come from that one parent and do not investigate themselves.

UPDATE: The Baldwin County Public School System says the facts are wrong, the school is wrong and the coach is wrong in a letter they received from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  The school system goes over “the rules” of prayer in schools every year, this year is no exception. The district says the coach named in the letter was not even on the sidelines, that he had left to get help.

via UPDATE: Baldwin County Schools Says Claim of Forced Prayer is False | WKRG.

Baldwin Co. parents react after football coach accused of forcing players to pray | WPMI

September 30, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — A formal complaint is raising questions surrounding allegations that a Baldwin County football coach forced players to pray.

The non-profit organization Freedom from Religion Foundation claims the incident happened at a freshman football game between Elberta High School and Daphne High School on September 5.

via Baldwin Co. parents react after football coach accused of forcing players to pray | WPMI.

Elberta Police Chief in Hospital for Back Surgery | WKRG

August 31, 2017

ELBERTA, Ala. (WKRG) — The Elberta Police Chief is back in the hospital again shortly after his arrival back home earlier in August.

The Elberta Police Department has been posting updates on Facebook about Chief Stan Devane’s condition after he was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night. It was reported that he couldn’t feel his legs as he tried to get up from the recliner he was sitting in.

via Elberta Police Chief in Hospital for Back Surgery | WKRG.

Burglary Ring Busted In Baldwin County | WKRG

August 30, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) – On Friday, July 21, 2017, deputies with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Services Division responded to a request for assistance from the Escambia County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office regarding an in-progress residential burglary investigation. Deputies discovered Tina Marie Sassoni (32, Elberta, Alabama) at 19461 Hunting Club Road, Seminole, Alabama in possession of stolen property from the burglary. Sassoni was charged with Receiving Stolen Property in the First Degree and transported to the Baldwin County Corrections Center.

via Burglary Ring Busted In Baldwin County | WKRG.

‘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.

Elberta Police Chief Stan Devane Returns Home | WKRG

August 11, 2017

“I’m glad to be in Elberta, Alabama,” said Elberta Police Chief Stan Devane. Coming home is probably the best medicine Devane could have ever received after being thrown from a horse in Idaho Falls last month while on vacation. “I still got seven broken ribs, a touch of pneumonia but other than that I’m alright.”

He calls it a vacation that just went a little sideways. “The horse I was riding just went to the rodeo with me. It didn’t give me no warning, didn’t give me a chance to adjust in the saddle or nothing. When I come to, I was laying on the ground face down.”

via Elberta Police Chief Stan Devane Returns Home | WKRG.

Football scores a big win for the town of Elberta – FOX10 News | WALA

August 09, 2017

ELBERTA, AL (WALA) - The town of Elberta only takes two and a half minutes to drive from one end to the other, and that’s if you hit the only two stop lights in the entire town.

“It’s a small community. Everybody knows everybody,” said Shirley Leffler, the owner of Mr. Perry’s Pizza.

But don’t let the small size fool you.

via Football scores a big win for the town of Elberta – FOX10 News | WALA.

New Elberta High coach Greg Seibert emotional about homecoming, driven to success – al.com

July 28, 2017

Greg Seibert is passionate about the building of a varsity football program at the new Elberta High School.

“For me, I’m coming home,” he said at Baldwin County Media Day on Wednesday. “It’s been really special and maybe a little surreal. I’ve pretty much spent my whole life here with the exception of my college years and some graduate years.

via New Elberta High coach Greg Seibert emotional about homecoming, driven to success – al.com.

Elberta police chief now in stable, critical condition after hor – FOX10 News | WALA

July 25, 2017

It’s been almost a week since a horseback ride in Wyoming turned into a nightmare for Elberta’s mayor and police chief.

“We were on vacation in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, just south of Yellowstone. We went out on a horseback ride. We had been riding most of the day and it was about 6:00 in the evening and Stan’s horse bucked him off,” Mayor Jim Hamby said.

via Elberta police chief now in stable, critical condition after hor – FOX10 News | WALA.

Prayer Vigil for Elberta Police Chief In ICU in Colorado Hospital | WKRG

July 20, 2017

ELBERTA, Ala. (WKRG) — As the sun set over Elberta, candles were lit and prayers sent for Police Chief Stan Devane. He was injured last week in a horse riding accident while vacationing out west. “The community really cares about him,” says assistant chief Ryan Pelfrey, “and they want to know that he’s okay.”

via Prayer Vigil for Elberta Police Chief In ICU in Colorado Hospital | WKRG.

Community gathers to support Elberta police chief critically injured in accident | WPMI

July 20, 2017

ELBERTA, Ala. (WPMI) — A Baldwin County community is coming together to support a local police chief critically injured after a horseback riding accident.

Elberta Police Chief Stan DeVane was left fighting for his life after being bucked from a horse while on vacation in Wyoming.

An emotional crowd stood in Elberta’s Public Park on Wednesday saying prayers and lighting candles.

via Community gathers to support Elberta police chief critically injured in accident | WPMI.

Elberta man charged with murder in death of roommate | AL.com

July 02, 2017

A 57-year-old Elberta man has been charged with the murder of his roommate after a fatal encounter that followed a drinking session, according to Baldwin County authorities.

According to information released by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Elberta police officers responded to a call about a possible homicide on Schoen Road at about 11:30 p.m. Friday evening. According to information released by the BCSO, Elberta officers encountered Gregory David Buck outside the residence, and he told them he had shot his roommate. Inside the residence they found the body of Jacob Scott O’Bryan, 43.

via Elberta man charged with murder in death of roommate | AL.com.

BREAKING: Baldwin County Officials Investigate Overnight Homicide in Elberta | WKRG

July 01, 2017

Authorities in Elberta are investigating an overnight homicide in Elberta.  One person was killed on Shane Road.  It happened shortly before midnight Friday night.  That’s all we know at this time.

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Task Force is also investigating.  It’s not clear what circumstances led to the homicide or how the victim was killed.

via BREAKING: Baldwin County Officials Investigate Overnight Homicide in Elberta | WKRG.

Catholic coach Greg Seibert leaving for hometown school

March 17, 2017

Greg Seibert, who took Catholic High’s football team to post-season in 11 of his 12 years and became longest-tenure area prep football coach, is leaving to coach a new high school in his hometown.

Seibert will take up the start-up program at Elberta Alabama High in South Baldwin County, where he grew up and once traveled daily to Catholic where he graduated. He became the Crusaders head football coach in 2005.

via Catholic coach Greg Seibert leaving for hometown school.

Feeder pattern decided for new Elberta High School – FOX10 News | WALA

March 17, 2017

A big round of applause followed as the Baldwin County School Board unanimously voted to combine Elberta and Summerdale schools in the feeder pattern for the new Elberta High School.

”It’s not just going to be an Elberta High School, it’s going to be a Summerdale/Elberta High School and we’re happy for that. The people of our community are all supporting it, and it’s just a good thing,” said Mayor David Wilson, Summerdale.

via Feeder pattern decided for new Elberta High School – FOX10 News | WALA.

Army Veteran Hiking 13,000 Miles for PTSD and Suicide Awareness

November 25, 2016

We’ve heard of cross-country hiking trips before, but army veteran Eli Smith is taking it a step further, several thousand steps further.

“I’m hiking to the four corners of the continental US. It’s about 13,000 miles. I’m raising awareness of PTSD and the suicide rate in the veteran community,” Smith said.

via Army Veteran Hiking 13,000 Miles for PTSD and Suicide Awareness.

Questions raised about racial discrimination complaint in Elberta | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

September 28, 2016

After a special called council meeting Tuesday evening, Elberta council members said they wanted to ask questions about whether Elberta Mayor Marvin Williams and potentially other town officials remained silent on a letter of determination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued on Aug. 19 that involved allegations of racial harassment and a hostile work environment from a former town employee.

via Questions raised about racial discrimination complaint in Elberta | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

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