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Spanish Fort assistant Matt Blake returning to Gulf Shores as head coach/AD – al.com

July 21, 2017

Matt Blake has experienced plenty of success in his life.

He helped Robert E. Lee and legendary coach Spence McCracken win a state championship in 1992. He played for Gene Stallings and Mike DuBose at Alabama. He was an assistant head coach at Spanish Fort during the Toros’ most recent title run in 2015.

Now he hopes to bring some of that success to Gulf Shores.

via Spanish Fort assistant Matt Blake returning to Gulf Shores as head coach/AD – al.com.

Fairhope graduate Virginia Green within striking distance at Girls Junior PGA Championship – al.com

July 21, 2017

Recent Fairhope graduate Virginia Green shot a 68 on Thursday and is in third place heading into the final round of the 42nd Girls Junior PGA Championship in St. Albans, Missouri.

Rose Zhang of Irvine, Calif., is in the lead. She shot a 66 on Thursday and is now 16-under. Yealimi Noh of Concord, Calif., is second at 12-under followed by Green. Alabama commitment Michaela Morard of Huntsville is tied for 11th at 7-under.

via Fairhope graduate Virginia Green within striking distance at Girls Junior PGA Championship – al.com.

Wildlife Rescue Not Required | Outdoor Alabama

July 20, 2017

The more time you spend outdoors, the more likely you are to eventually encounter a wild animal that appears to be in need of rescue. If you discover wildlife that seems to be in need, the first thing to remember is that, despite appearances, this is very rarely the case. Many mammals leave their young alone for the majority of the day, and fledgling birds are on the ground for a period of time being fed by their parents before they take flight. This means that a young, uninjured bird or mammal is not in need of rescuing.

The best thing to do in these instances is to leave the animal where it was found. If it has already been moved from its point of origin, it is still okay to return the youngster to its capture site, even hours later. The notion that a mother will reject babies after being touched by humans is a myth.

via Wildlife Rescue Not Required | Outdoor Alabama.

Poarch Creek’s OWA amusement park opens Friday – Lagniappe Mobile

July 20, 2017

It’ll be a game changer, says longtime Pleasure Island tourism chief Herb Malone. Welcoming the public for the first time on July 21, the OWA entertainment complex in Foley will unveil The Park at OWA, Phases I and II, featuring 21 rides — including the Rollin’ Thunder roller coaster, built by the designer of Coney Island’s famous Thunderbolt thrill ride.

via Poarch Creek’s OWA amusement park opens Friday – Lagniappe Mobile.

Doc’s Seafood Shack a favorite culinary coastal landmark in Alabama – Alabama NewsCenter

July 20, 2017

Fun in the sun and delicious fried shrimp are signs of a great beach vacation. The fun part can happen at any of our state’s sugary sand beaches. “The best fried shrimp in the entire civilized world” might be found at Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar.

The menu, to-go cups, souvenir T-shirts and Doc’s owner Richard Schwartz all say it’s so, and lots of Doc’s customers agree. It’s a cute and clever slogan that easily applies to the fried oysters, too.

via Doc’s Seafood Shack a favorite culinary coastal landmark in Alabama – Alabama NewsCenter.

Latest condo approval will add 120 units in Orange Beach – Lagniappe Mobile

July 20, 2017

Planning Commissioner Ralph Moore listened to some complicated discussions during a busy planning meeting in Orange Beach and decided maybe it was time for a little levity.

“I’ve just got one silly little question,” Moore said to John Brett of Brett Robinson developers. “When did y’all decide you were going to name every building ‘Phoenix’?”

After the laughter subsided, Brett being among those amused, said he hears that question a lot.

via Latest condo approval will add 120 units in Orange Beach – Lagniappe Mobile.

Big plans underway for Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo | WEAR

July 20, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) — Progress on the new Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is underway.

The zoo moved to a bigger and better location in Gulf Shores in 2016 but was badly damaged by severe storms in January.

The director of the zoo said they’ve completed the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulated fence and two out of the three monkey islands are complete.

via Big plans underway for Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo | WEAR.

Additional claim filed with city of Fairhope | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

July 20, 2017

Former Fairhope Public Works Director Jennifer Fidler has filed a $100,000 damages claim with the city stemming from her February firing which includes references to the alleged assault made by Mayor Karin Wilson on Fairhope Human Resources Manager Pandora Heathcoe which she witnessed.

The Courier submitted a public records request for the claim on July 12, but was denied the records by city officials.

A confidential source has supplied The Courier with the notice of claim filed with the city on July 7. The notice of claim redacted the name of a civilian volunteer serving the city on its Personnel Board who was present at some referenced events.

via Additional claim filed with city of Fairhope | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Kentucky fugitive who faked death arrested in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA

July 20, 2017

A wanted man from Kentucky is under arrest in Baldwin County after a high-speed chase and a man hunt.  It all began when a deputy pulled him over for speeding and ended in the woods off of Higbee Road.  Investigators say the suspect was wanted on arson charges and tried to fake his own death to disappear.

via Kentucky fugitive who faked death arrested in Baldwin County – 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.

Baldwin schools unveil details of massive building plan to cheers and questions: What about us? | AL.com

July 20, 2017

The last time that a new public school opened in Alabama’s fastest-growing county was three superintendents ago.

The year was 2009, the superintendent was Faron Hollinger, and Baldwin County was happily welcoming two schools in Fairhope and Foley.

via Baldwin schools unveil details of massive building plan to cheers and questions: What about us? | AL.com.

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.

Revamped style not enough for council to OK Dollar General

July 19, 2017

A redesigned exterior for a more “coastal” look was not enough to sway a majority of Orange Beach Council members to give the go ahead for a Dollar General on Alabama 161.

“I applaud those changes,” Councilmember Annette Mitchell said. “I think that’s very attractive and I think it would look very, very nice anywhere in Orange Beach. Expect there.”

via Revamped style not enough for council to OK Dollar General.

OB’s Sea, Sand & Stars Exploreum open to visitors ‘til July 27 – Mullet Wrapper

July 19, 2017

The Steven W. Baker Sea, Sand, & Stars Science and Nature Center at Orange Beach Elementary School will be open to the public with a rotating schedule that includes guided tours, hands-on presentations and IMAX type movies in the planetarium Monday thru Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. through July 27.

via OB’s Sea, Sand & Stars Exploreum open to visitors ‘til July 27 – Mullet Wrapper.

$60-Million capital construction plan for Baldwin Schools unveil – FOX10 News | WALA

July 19, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) -

The Baldwin County School Board got its first look Tuesday night at a $60-million construction project to address growth.

It’s part of the Pay as You Go Program and will take place with no new taxes.  The proposal includes 7 different projects, including two new schools. It would add 330,0000 square feet making room for an additional additional 4,300 students.

via $60-Million capital construction plan for Baldwin Schools unveil – FOX10 News | WALA.

What’s It Like To Ride the Rides at Owa? 13-Year-Old Knows | WKRG

July 19, 2017

FOLEY, Ala. (WKRG) — Who wouldn’t want to have the run of a brand new amusement park before it ever opens. “We did the “Crazy Mouse”, we did other rides and it was pretty fun.” Even though he doesn’t consider himself a daredevil, for 13-year-old Patrick Woodruff and a few of his friends, testing the rides before anyone else is what dreams are made of.

“It was really fun,” says the teenager. “The rides, twists and turns and go upside down. Some of them were pretty scary.”

via What’s It Like To Ride the Rides at Owa? 13-Year-Old Knows | WKRG.

Woman Believes Gator Ate Her Dog at Daphne Park | WKRG

July 18, 2017

DAPHNE, Ala. WKRG – A Mobile woman believes her dog was eaten by an alligator at Bayfront Park in Daphne and now she wants to warn others of the dangers.

Mallory Stringer and her two roommates took their dogs, Bleu and Leo, to the area on June 19. While the ladies sat on the beach, the dogs were playing in the water. According to a Facebook post written by Rachel Otte that has been shared over 1,000 times, the women noticed unusual splashing in the water where the dogs were playing. Blue was nowhere to be found. Otte says they saw something swimming away and a few minutes later saw a large alligator surface 50 yards from where they were standing on the shore.

via Woman Believes Gator Ate Her Dog at Daphne Park | WKRG.

Purple Flags Up at Baldwin County Beaches for Jellyfish Alert | WKRG

July 18, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WKRG) — Purple flags are up due to an influx of jellyfish at Baldwin County Beaches.

Purple flags, which were alerted to News 5 on Monday, indicate the presence of dangerous marine life in the water. In this instance, News 5 is told the flags are for jellyfish.

via Purple Flags Up at Baldwin County Beaches for Jellyfish Alert | WKRG.

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