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“It’s tough, It really is,” Foley Firefighter’s Son Fighting Cancer

March 16, 2017

“He’s sleeping pretty good right now. With all his pappy’s.”

They say miracles happen all the time at St. Jude’s Hospital. If that’s true, 15-month-old Easton Carraway could use one. “He’s hanging in there,” says Dad Cody Carraway. “Chemo is pretty brutal but he’s got a little appetite back and he’s even talking a little bit.”

via “It’s tough, It really is,” Foley Firefighter’s Son Fighting Cancer.

Students recognized for helping Gulf Shores parade accident victims | WPMI

March 15, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Three local students are being recognized for their bravery and quick thinking after the tragic accident in Gulf Shores that injured 12 band members.

On a Fat Tuesday meant to be fun and festive, just before the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade, tragedy struck.

via Students recognized for helping Gulf Shores parade accident victims | WPMI.

Some students return to school following Mardi Gras parade crash | WEAR

March 15, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) — A newly released report details what happened behind the wheel of the February 28 Mardi Gras Parade crash in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Twelve students of the Gulf Shores Marching Band were hospitalized after the vehicle behind them accelerated into their formation. Hannah Diehl, 15, was in the second to last row when she was hit.

via Some students return to school following Mardi Gras parade crash | WEAR.

Orange Beach council looks to lend a hand | The Islander

March 15, 2017

Orange Beach’s city council met last week to discuss its regular agenda, but Mayor Tony Kennon began with an idea to help support students affected by the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade incident.

“With the band tragedy, there were considerable costs, not just the human pull, but the costs of the instruments damaged,” Kennon said. “Would y’all like to contribute to this and pay for all of the instruments that were damaged?”

Several council members responded that there were multiple efforts underway to help pay for instrument costs, including a locally started GoFundMe page, but Kennon explained the reasoning behind his idea.

via Orange Beach council looks to lend a hand | The Islander.

16-year-old girl reported missing in Lillian, last seen getting on school bus | AL.com

March 14, 2017

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 16-year-old girl reported missing by her guardian on Monday afternoon.

The BCSO said that 16-year-old Julie Nicole Rustad was reported missing on March 7, 2017, after she was last seen getting on the school bus near her residence in the Lillian area of Baldwin County.

via 16-year-old girl reported missing in Lillian, last seen getting on school bus | AL.com.

Report indicates driver in Gulf Shores Mardi Gras crash told to speed up | AL.com

March 14, 2017

Larry Rathbun, driving a 2008 Ford Expedition behind the Gulf Shores High School marching band on Feb. 28, told police that “someone standing out in the road” asked him to speed up to close the gap between band members.

Then, according an accident report released Monday into the tragic Mardi Gras parade crash in Gulf Shores, Rathbun pressed down on the accelerator and accidentally pressed too hard. He then collided with the marching band members.

via Report indicates driver in Gulf Shores Mardi Gras crash told to speed up | AL.com.

South Alabama firefighters rally around toddler diagnosed with rare cancer | AL.com

March 13, 2017

Orange Beach firefighters are asking for donations to help one of their own.

According to a post on Facebook by fire department, Foley firefighter Cody Carraway’s son was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Carraway and Kahlee Salter learned their 15-month-old son Easton had a large tumor in his pelvic area. Doctors said the tumor was a rare form cancer called Sacrococcygeal Teratoma, and the cancer had spread to surrounding muscle tissue and both the toddler’s lungs. Easton was diagnosed with stage four of the disease.

via South Alabama firefighters rally around toddler diagnosed with rare cancer | AL.com.

Rebuilding structures, spirits | The Islander

March 07, 2017

February has been a difficult month for the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Orange Beach, but members say they’re continuing to lift up God and one another even in the face of adversity.

On Jan. 31, the church’s sanctuary was severely damaged in a fire.

In the midst of recovering from that event, on Feb. 24, Pastor John Price, the church’s pastor for 17 years, died suddenly at the age of 62.

via Rebuilding structures, spirits | The Islander.

Gulf Shores student released from hospital; 2 remain hospitalize – FOX10 News | WALA

March 06, 2017

According to Baldwin County School Superintendent Eddie Tyler, another Gulf Shores student has been released from the hospital.

Before FOX10 News received this update, 3 students remained in the hospital. At this time, only two remain in the hospital. One at the University of South Alabama’s Medical Center and the other Sacred Heart in Pensacola.

via Gulf Shores student released from hospital; 2 remain hospitalize – FOX10 News | WALA.

NTSB: Most ‘freak’ parade accidents, such as the one in Gulf Shores, are preventable | AL.com

March 03, 2017

Gulf Shores officials are describing the crash that injured a dozen members of a marching band before Tuesday’s Mardi Gras parade as a “tragic accident.”

Others have called it a “bizarre” and “freak” occurrence that likely could not have been prevented.

via NTSB: Most ‘freak’ parade accidents, such as the one in Gulf Shores, are preventable | AL.com.

Marijuana company with Alabama roots becomes major national pot brand | AL.com

March 02, 2017

In 2008, real estate developers Tripp Keber and Chuck Smith owned and operated an upscale RV resort just outside Gulf Shores with aspirations of building a national chain.

But the recession would see those dreams dashed, and in 2009 the business partners took a risk and diversified their investment portfolio in a new way by putting money into an up-and-coming cannabis company in Colorado.

via Marijuana company with Alabama roots becomes major national pot brand | AL.com.

University marching bands throughout the country pay respect to Gulf Shores | AL.com

March 02, 2017

Buckeyes and Wolverines. Rebels and Gators. Marching bands representing universities around the country took to social media Tuesday and Wednesday to offer well-wishes to the Gulf Shores students injured in a Mardi Gras parade accident.

Twelve students, ages 12-17, were injured around 10:05 a.m. after a 2008 Ford Expedition driven by 73-year-old Larry Rathbun of Fairhope hit them. The students are all members of the Gulf Shores high school marching band, which consists of approximately 100 students in both middle and high school.

via University marching bands throughout the country pay respect to Gulf Shores | AL.com.

New details about driver in Gulf Shores parade tragedy – FOX10 News | WALA

March 02, 2017

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Larry Rathbun was driving the SUV that police say accidentally ran into band members at the start of the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade Tuesday morning.

And, we now know the Baldwin County Military Officers Association Chapter president was not alone in the vehicle, nor was he the only association member in the parade.

via New details about driver in Gulf Shores parade tragedy – FOX10 News | WALA.

United Way offering assistance for those affected by Mardi Gras tragedy in Gulf Shores | AL.com

March 01, 2017

The United Way of Baldwin County has set up a website for people wishing to donate in support of the families affected by Tuesday’s tragic incident in Gulf Shores.

Marina Simpson, executive director with the organization, said Wednesday that donations will go directly to the families impacted by what police are describing as an accident at the start of the city’s annual Mardi Gras parade.

via United Way offering assistance for those affected by Mardi Gras tragedy in Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Assemblies and Counseling Planned of First Day of School after GS Tragedy

March 01, 2017

Students and staff return to class for the first day at Gulf Shores Middle and High schools following the Mardi Gras tragedy.  Principals of both schools say they will each have an assembly for students.  Also, band students in both schools will be kept together since they were the closest to this tragedy.

via Assemblies and Counseling Planned of First Day of School after GS Tragedy.

SUV plows into Alabama Mardi Gras parade crowd; high school band members hurt | Fox News

March 01, 2017

A group of revelers were mowed down by an out-of-control vehicle at a Mardi Gras parade for the second time in a week, with Tuesday’s incident involving a dozen injured high school band members at an Alabama event.

via SUV plows into Alabama Mardi Gras parade crowd; high school band members hurt | Fox News.


SUV drives into high school band at Gulf Shores parade; 12 injured

March 01, 2017

Gulf Shores, Alabama, residents asked for prayers and continued community support late Tuesday after an elderly driver plowed into a high school band, injuring a dozen students preparing to march in the town’s annual Mardi Gras parade.

Police said the 73-year-old Fairhope, Alabama man was following the Gulf Shore High School band in an SUV as part of the American Legion Honor Guard when his SUV accelerated and hit the students, who ranged in age from 12 to 17.

via SUV drives into high school band at Gulf Shores parade; 12 injured.

Orange Beach and Gulf Shores police honor students injured at Mardi Gras parade | WEAR

March 01, 2017

Orange Beach, Ala. (WEAR) – An accident in Gulf Shores that injured a dozen students was on the minds of parade-goers just a few miles down the coast in Orange Beach on Tuesday afternoon.

Fat Tuesday festivities continued in Orange Beach even though the parade in Gulf Shores was cancelled.

Thousands lined Perdido Beach Boulevard for the annual Mardi Gras parade.

via Orange Beach and Gulf Shores police honor students injured at Mardi Gras parade | WEAR.

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