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Gulf State Park Golf Course set to close on December 2nd November 15, 2018

November 15, 2018 – Gulf Shores, AL – (OBA®) – Due to a saturation of golf courses in the region and the opportunity to provide new nature-based recreational opportunities at Gulf State Park, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ALDCNR) officials announced this week that the Gulf State Park’s golf course will close in December.

Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said the state park’s golf course has been losing money for several years and that he “could not in good conscience” allow our financial resources to continue to be diverted to subsidize the golf course while there are many other possibilities for the use of that property that can provide varied outdoor experiences for our guests and the community.”

Source: Gulf State Park Golf Course set to close on December 2nd

Public hearing scheduled for ALDOT Intracoastal Waterway bridge project | fox10tv.com November 15, 2018

Construction on a new bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway off Canal Road is set to begin next spring. Before it does, ALDOT is holding a public hearing where they’re asking for your input on the best way to move forward. They’re still looking at options on how it will connect to Highway 59 and the Foley Beach Express.

Source: Public hearing scheduled for ALDOT Intracoastal Waterway bridge project | News | fox10tv.com

Another Freeze Warning Tonight November 15, 2018

730 AM-Another FREEZE WARNING is in effect late tonight into early Friday morning, generally for those counties that did not reach widespread freezing temperatures early this morning.

Posted by US National Weather Service Mobile Alabama on Thursday, November 15, 2018

Frosty Friday morning, warmer weekend weather | WPMI November 15, 2018


An unusually cold start to the day will warm-up into the low 50s this afternoon under sun drenched skies.

Freeze Warning Tonight: Clear skies and a light wind lead to widespread frost on Friday morning despite slightly warmer temperatures in the low to middle 30s.

Blue skies are back during the day and they will help us climb into the low 60s as we wrap-up the work week on Friday afternoon.

Source: Frosty Friday morning, warmer weekend weather | WPMI

Baldwin County’s 10th Annual Turkey Take-Out | WPMI November 15, 2018


FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — There’s a chance to give back this holiday season.

The annual turkey take-out program in Baldwin County is in its 10th year.

Wednesday Foley Elementary students sorted the first wave of canned goods and soon volunteers will be packing meals for Thanksgiving day.

Source: Baldwin County’s 10th Annual Turkey Take-Out | WPMI

Alabama’s fastest-growing county considers adding extra commissioner | al.com November 15, 2018

Alabama’s sixth largest and fastest-growing county ushered in a new era Wednesday with the swearing in of three new county commissioners to the four-member board.

But for the Baldwin County Commission, the lone county in Alabama with four commissioners, it could be the last time in which only four people are saying an oath to a new, four-year term.

Source: Alabama’s fastest-growing county considers adding extra commissioner | al.com

Baldwin County Commission members sworn in | WPMI November 15, 2018

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WPMI) — Some might say it’s a new day on the Baldwin County Commission. The four-member board took the oath of office in Bay Minette on Wednesday.

A room full of excitement, new faces and new challenges.

Source: Baldwin County Commission members sworn in | WPMI

Fairhope crews battle cold to set up for Lighting of the Trees November 15, 2018


FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WKRG) — While people across the Gulf Coast tucked themselves indoors as the freeze warning hit,  public works crews in Fairhope battled the elements.

Lights were in need of testing, snowblowers in need of hanging. It was the day before for the city’s coveted Lighting of the Trees.

Source: Fairhope crews battle cold to set up for Lighting of the Trees

Hurricane Michael, other factors combine to delay Orange Beach school construction – Lagniappe Mobile November 15, 2018

The Alabama Gulf Coast may have dodged a bullet when powerful Hurricane Michael stormed ashore on the Florida Panhandle Oct. 16, but the ramifications are being felt in other ways.

From battered docks to eroded beaches and coastal flooding, the storm has some residual side effects, including some that are causing county school officials to delay construction of a new school in Orange Beach for a year.

“It was almost like the perfect storm,” Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said of the delay. “There were multiple factors.”

Source: Hurricane Michael, other factors combine to delay Orange Beach school construction – Lagniappe Mobile

Police: woman with baby steals from offering box at Fairhope church | fox10tv.com November 15, 2018

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – Fairhope police say they know the woman who stole money from an offering box inside St. Lawrence Catholic Church Wednesday.  The woman, who police wouldn’t name, was caught on the church’s surveillance camera leaving with her baby.

Source: Police: woman with baby steals from offering box at Fairhope church | News | fox10tv.com

Donations needed to help elderly residents heat their homes November 14, 2018

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Thousands of senior citizens in Northwest Florida struggle to heat their homes each winter according to Josh Newby with the Council on Aging.

Newby says the council is looking for donations of blankets and space heaters. He says they are in desperate need of help.

Mary Jane Walker is 63-years-old and lives in Pensacola with her six grandchildren. She had a stroke five years ago and she’s unable to work. She says she has no way to heat her home.

Source: Donations needed to help elderly residents heat their homes

Yellow Flags & Cloudy Skies Today November 14, 2018

Yellow flags are flying in Orange Beach today – Wednesday, November 14th.

Posted by Orange Beach Surf Rescue on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

‘Bridge2Nowhere’ or ‘Good project’: Alabama can weigh-in on bridge to beaches | al.com November 14, 2018

An estimated $60 million new bridge leading motorists to Alabama’s beaches is backed by state and local officials who believe it’s much needed toward resolving traffic bottlenecks.

But a group of residents on Facebook, who dub the project “Bridge2Nowhere,” along with State Auditor Jim Zeigler, say that they have “more questions than answers.” They believe the project has, with very little public input, shot up the must-do list at the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Source: ‘Bridge2Nowhere’ or ‘Good project’: Alabama can weigh-in on bridge to beaches | al.com

Orange Beach Planning Commission to meet November 14th | Orange Beach November 14, 2018

The Orange Beach Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 14th for its work session followed by its 4 p.m. regular meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting was rescheduled from Monday, November 12th due to the Veterans Day observance.

Source: Orange Beach Planning Commission to meet November 14th | Orange Beach

Orange Beach businesses bring home prestigious awards November 14, 2018

Several iconic businesses from Orange Beach received statewide awards recently and were honored for those kudos at the Nov. 6 city council meeting.

Among the winners were Cosmo’s, Cobalt, Wolf Bay Lodge, Perdido Beach Resort, Bill Briand of Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina and Camille Baker of Perdido Beach Resort.

Source: Orange Beach businesses bring home prestigious awards

NAIA women’s soccer kicking back to Orange Beach, plans community toy drive November 14, 2018

Teaming Up for Character is a central theme for all National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) sports, showcasing the core values of integrity, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. As the top NAIA teams head to the Orange Beach Sportsplex for the Women’s Soccer National Championship presented by The Wharf Nov. 26 to Dec. 1, student-athletes will live out this character-focused program by collecting toys for the Christian Service Center.

Source: NAIA women’s soccer kicking back to Orange Beach, plans community toy drive

Orange Beach getting its own ambulance service to combat lagging response times | WPMI November 14, 2018


ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — The city of Orange Beach will soon have its very own ambulance service.

Like many other municipalities in Baldwin County, Orange Beach is currently serviced by Medstar EMS.

Source: Orange Beach getting its own ambulance service to combat lagging response times | WPMI

Freeze Warning in effect tonight | WEAR November 14, 2018

Freeze Warning is in effect from midnight until 9 AM Thursday morning. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s to low 30s with clearing skies and a light wind.

Source: Freeze Warning in effect tonight | WEAR

Firefighters give important reminders as temperatures drop November 14, 2018


As the temperatures begin to drop, many people will start turning on their heat for the first time this fall. “If you live in Alabama, you’re 2.4 more times likely to die in a home fire than you are in any other state,” said Pate Cardwell, a firefighter with Spanish Fort.

Source: Firefighters give important reminders as temperatures drop

Baldwin County career criminal sentenced to federal prison November 14, 2018


BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WKRG) — A Bay Minette man will spend the next two decades behind bars after pleading guilty in federal court Tuesday morning to gun and drug charges.  His name is Chaney Thomas, described as a “thorn in the side” of law enforcement.

A shooting at a duplex on Hickory Street in Bay Minette in March sent two people to the hospital and suspect 30-year-old Chaney Thomas back to ail. A place he has become familiar with over the years.

Source: Baldwin County career criminal sentenced to federal prison

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