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20 must-experience festivals in the US | Expedia Viewfinder

April 10, 2017

Who wouldn’t want to listen to crazy good music from the likes of Frank Ocean, Sigur Ros, Charli XCX, and Major Lazer, all while barefoot on a white sand beach? This festival packs fun into every moment, featuring beach volleyball, rides, art, food, a hammock beach, and “the Big Tap,” pouring local and craft beers. If that’s not enough for you entertainment seekers, Gulf Shores is full of festivities. Head to Waterville USA, and spend the day sloshing down waterslides, and toast to a day well spent at Pink Pony Pub, a Gulf Shores institution for five decades. When you’re finally ready to crash, Beachside Resort Hotel is the perfect place to catch you.

via 20 must-experience festivals in the US | Expedia Viewfinder.

Beach scenes: Frolicking in the sun and sand at Gulf Shores | AL.com

April 10, 2017

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.

via Beach scenes: Frolicking in the sun and sand at Gulf Shores | AL.com.

30th Annual Baldwin County Strawberry Festival Underway

April 09, 2017

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.

via 30th Annual Baldwin County Strawberry Festival Underway.

How a private prisons corporation is creeping into Alabama | AL.com

April 09, 2017

Private prison companies have planted their flags proudly in states across the Southeast. Every state sharing a border with Alabama is home to at least one privately operated prison.

Alabama has long been a regional outlier, with stalwart political opposition to corporate prisons keeping them from being established in the state.

But a series of recent moves demonstrates that at least one major national private prison conglomerate is finding creative ways to make inroads into Alabama.

via How a private prisons corporation is creeping into Alabama | AL.com.

Enterprise native selected to state Hall of Fame | News | dothaneagle.com

April 08, 2017

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.

via Enterprise native selected to state Hall of Fame | News | dothaneagle.com.

As growth pressures mount, Baldwin school official says they aren’t out to be a ‘threat to anyone’ | AL.com

April 08, 2017

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.

via As growth pressures mount, Baldwin school official says they aren’t out to be a ‘threat to anyone’ | AL.com.

Derelict Crab Traps Removed from Mobile Bay | Outdoor Alabama

April 07, 2017

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.

via Derelict Crab Traps Removed from Mobile Bay | Outdoor Alabama.

Hangout Music Festival 2017 Releases their Daily Lineup

April 07, 2017

The Hangout Music Festival announced their daily lineup yesterday. This year the festival will host over 90 live acts over 4 days in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Hangout Fest will first host their Thursday Pre-party with Migos, Cherub, Tchami, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. This pre-party lineup is more condensed in comparison to pervious years. Last year, we went to check out Lil’ Dicky, Matt & Kim and a few others. Overall, for an evening event, a condensed lineup on Thursday will keep people fresh going into three full days of music.

via Hangout Music Festival 2017 Releases their Daily Lineup.

Home invasion suspect has storied history | WPMI

April 07, 2017

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.

via Home invasion suspect has storied history | WPMI.

Lifeguards in Gulf Shores rescue five swimmers in last four days – FOX10 News | WALA

April 07, 2017

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.

via Lifeguards in Gulf Shores rescue five swimmers in last four days – FOX10 News | WALA.

Residents on Fish River outraged over possible sewage line – FOX10 News | WALA

April 07, 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.

via Residents on Fish River outraged over possible sewage line – FOX10 News | WALA.

Possible new district in Fairhope gets city leader’s attention – FOX10 News | WALA

April 07, 2017

Talks of a new “warehouse district” in Fairhope is getting the attention of city officials and business owners.

A couple of blocks off of Highway 98 near Commercial Park Drive may be getting a makeover. There was a meeting Thursday night to talk about if that can happen, and if business owners in the area are on board.

via Possible new district in Fairhope gets city leader’s attention – FOX10 News | WALA.

More details emerge in the drowning of a Louisville man in south Alabama | AL.com

April 07, 2017

More details have emerged in the drowning death of 50-year-old Kevin Chitwood of Louisville, Kentucky in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday (April 3) evening near Fort Morgan, Alabama.

Authorities with the Fort Morgan Fire-Rescue Department are reporting that four victims were pulled from the water that day.

via More details emerge in the drowning of a Louisville man in south Alabama | AL.com.

How busy could this hurricane season be? CSU researchers offer their predictions | AL.com

April 07, 2017

The 2017 hurricane season won’t officially begin until June 1 for the Atlantic, but researchers are already taking a look at how it could play out.

Colorado State University released its 34th annual pre-season hurricane forecast on Thursday, nearly two months before the official start of the season.

Its report, written by CSU meteorologist and research scientist Philip Klotzbach and Associate Professor Michael Bell, is forecasting a below-average season for 2017.

via How busy could this hurricane season be? CSU researchers offer their predictions | AL.com.

Uber on the mind in Gulf Shores | WPMI

April 05, 2017

Gulf Shores, Ala. (WPMI) — Ride services like “Uber” and “Lift” could soon be available at our local beaches in Baldwin County. City officials in Gulf Shores say demand from tourists and locals is no higher than ever.

It’s as easy as tapping your phone and your ride is on the way. Only here in this resort town it’s not happening yet. “Especially in a resort town where there’s a lot of night life people want to go out to dinner and have a few glasses of wine a couple of drinks and end your night at the Flora Bama. Anywhere else you wouldn’t think of getting in a car,” said business owner Jim Cox.

via Uber on the mind in Gulf Shores | WPMI.

Protecting your home from destructive lightning – FOX10 News | WALA

April 05, 2017

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.

via Protecting your home from destructive lightning – FOX10 News | WALA.

Father Drowns Trying to Save Daughter & Friend

April 05, 2017

A man from Kentucky drowned trying to save his daughter and friend off the coast of Fort Morgan.

Kevin Chitwood, 50 of Louisville, passed away Tuesday afternoon at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center.

The initial call came Monday night. There was a report of four swimmers in distress behind the Beach Club on Fort Morgan Road. When the Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene, all four were out in the water.

via Father Drowns Trying to Save Daughter & Friend.

NWS forecasters: ‘Everybody in the state needs to be on guard’ | AL.com

April 05, 2017

“I don’t want to necessarily say it will be one of our larger outbreaks, but if you’re hearing my voice right now I want you to pay attention. I want everyone here to take this very seriously.”

That’s coming from Kevin Laws of the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

The weather service conducted a briefing on Tuesday to outline what forecasters are thinking about what could be in store for Alabama on Wednesday.

via NWS forecasters: ‘Everybody in the state needs to be on guard’ | AL.com.

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