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Where can you recycle your old Christmas tree? | AL.com

December 27, 2017

Baldwin County

Decoration-free trees can be brought to several locations:

Bay Minette Transfer Station 4291 Nicholasville Road
Spanish Fort Volunteer Fire Department 7580 Spanish Fort Blvd.
MacBride Landfill 14200 County Road 64 Loxley
Baldwin County Central Annex 22251 Palmer Street Robertsdale
Fairhope Satellite Courthouse 1100 Fairhope Ave.
Magnolia Landfill 15140 County Road 49 Summerdale
Foley Satellite Courthouse 201 E. Section Ave. Foley
Perdido Beach VFD 8450 Escambia Ave. Perdido Beach

via Where can you recycle your old Christmas tree? | AL.com.

Gulf Islands National Seashore raises fees in 2018, reduces free days

December 27, 2017

Starting Monday, the standard entrance fee for Gulf Islands National Seashore will go from $15 per vehicle to $20 as part of a 2018 rate hike for all national parks.

Motorcycle admission will increase from $10 to $15, and the cost for pedestrians and bicycle riders will rise from $7 to $10. The National Park Service has also cut the number of fee-free days for national parks from 10 in 2017 to four in 2018.

via Gulf Islands National Seashore raises fees in 2018, reduces free days.

Local urgent care sees dozens of flu cases day after Christmas | WPMI

December 27, 2017

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — Flu activity is in high gear now across Alabama.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Alabama is among eight states in the south with the highest number of flu cases right now.

Dr. Richard Oyler at Compass Urgent Care in Mobile says the day after Christmas is usually his busiest day of the year. He says this year there’s a common denominator, the flu and it’s in full swing.

via Local urgent care sees dozens of flu cases day after Christmas | WPMI.

Bill could speed up firing of Alabama teachers charged with sex crimes | WPMI

December 27, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBMA) — Lawmakers pre-filed a bill that would facilitate quicker termination of Alabama teachers who are charged with sex crimes against students.

According to the bill’s sponsors, Alabama currently has two conflicting laws that have created a loophole for teachers charged with sex crimes that lets them put off termination hearings and collect paychecks (from taxpayers) in the meantime.

via Bill could speed up firing of Alabama teachers charged with sex crimes | WPMI.

Live Christmas tree recycling in Mobile and Baldwin counties – FOX10 News | WALA

December 26, 2017

If you have a live tree and plan to take it down this week, don’t forget you can recycle it starting now in both Mobile and Baldwin counties.

There are numerous drop-off locations. Be sure to take all lights, stands and decorations off.

The trees will be hauled away to be ground into mulch instead of going to a landfill.

via Live Christmas tree recycling in Mobile and Baldwin counties – FOX10 News | WALA.

Floating structures could face waves of regulation in ’18

December 26, 2017

The owners/operators of floating structures that serve as businesses on area waterways might begin facing a boatload of local regulations in the new year.

Okaloosa County Attorney Greg Stewart recently told the County Commission that he and county Growth Management Director Elliot Kampert have been working on a draft ordinance that would regulate floating structures moored in waterways within the county’s jurisdiction.

via Floating structures could face waves of regulation in ’18.

Alabama athlete-turned-chef promotes beef in coastal town | Agweek

December 26, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Sitting on the back deck, seven feet from salt water, Chris Sherrill is right where he never thought he’d be.

With a drawl and handshake that reveal his roots, the Alabama chef had no plans for the title.

“My dream was to play college football,” Sherrill says matter-of-factly, “so I worked toward that.”

via Alabama athlete-turned-chef promotes beef in coastal town | Agweek.

Foley PD Seeks ID in Sushi Theft | WKRG

December 26, 2017

FOLEY, Alabama (WKRG) – The Foley Police Department is asking for the publics help in identifying a woman for questioning for ordering sushi and not paying.  In a Facebook post Christmas morning, the police say the woman, wearing a maroon jacket in the pictures, left Rock n Roll Sushi in Foley without paying for her meals.

Anyone with information is asked to call Foley Police at 251-943-4431.

via Foley PD Seeks ID in Sushi Theft | WKRG.

Christmas Day fire destroys Baldwin County home – FOX10 News | WALA

December 26, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) -

A Christmas Day fire destroyed a home in Baldwin County.

The fire started around 3 p.m. Monday at a house on Gravine Street in the Delta Woods subdivision. That is located off Bromley Road near Highway 225.

Firefighters said a man, woman, and child were in the home when the fire started in a bedroom closet. All three and the family pet made it out safely and no injuries were reported.

via Christmas Day fire destroys Baldwin County home – FOX10 News | WALA.

Foley man killed following New Mexico semitrailers crash | AL.com

December 25, 2017

A Foley man is dead following a two-vehicle crash Friday in New Mexico, the Santa Fe New Mexican is reporting.

Three other people were injured in a crash of two semitrailers Friday night on Interstate 40 about 80 miles west of Albuquerque.

New Mexico State Police said John Paul Oneal, of Foley, was a passenger in a semitrailer heading westbound. The driver, Jeffrey Gotreaux of Beaumont, Texas, was critically injured.

via Foley man killed following New Mexico semitrailers crash | AL.com.

Andy Andrews: About those hurricanes of last summer…and Merry Christmas from Orange Beach, Alabama – Yellowhammer News

December 25, 2017

Last night, with Christmas nearly here, my wife, Polly, and I found ourselves explaining to our sons (now 18 and 15) what people in Houston, South Florida, and Puerto Rico are actually experiencing. They were shocked and a bit skeptical.

“This is happening right now?” they asked.

“Yes,” we assured them. “Right now.”

“Dad…” our youngest ventured, “don’t take this the wrong way…but if that’s true, why doesn’t anyone seem to know?”

via Andy Andrews: About those hurricanes of last summer…and Merry Christmas from Orange Beach, Alabama – Yellowhammer News.

Can 100 trillion oyster eggs save Mobile Bay? | AL.com

December 25, 2017

Here is a plan to save Mobile Bay.

It starts with the simplest component of the ecosystem, the oyster, and will, in one fell swoop, begin to right a century’s worth of wrongs we have inflicted on our precious estuary. We begin with the oyster because it is the keystone species in our system – when things are right with our oysters, things are right with everything else.

via Can 100 trillion oyster eggs save Mobile Bay? | AL.com.

Troy QB Brandon Silvers set to play in 2018 Senior Bowl

December 24, 2017

Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers has accepted an invitation to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl, it was announced Thursday.

Silvers, an Orange Beach native who played high school football at Gulf Shores, becomes the sixth quarterback in this year’s game. He joins Virginia’s Kurt Benkert, Washington State’s Luke Falk, Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta and Western Kentucky’s Mike White and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph as those confirmed for the Senior Bowl, which takes place Jan. 27 at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

via Troy QB Brandon Silvers set to play in 2018 Senior Bowl.

Christmas Cool Down | WEAR

December 24, 2017

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you’ll certainly get one if you’re headed to the beaches this holiday weekend; however, you’ll need a jacket or a sweater if you do!

Saturday’s temperatures topped out in the mid to upper 70s, but a cold front will bring us much relief from the warmth and humidity…just in time for Christmas!

via Christmas Cool Down | WEAR.

Orange Beach, Alabama votes in moratorium on new short-term rental licenses – VRM Intel

December 24, 2017

Orange Beach, Alabama, located on the Gulf Coast, is a city reliant on a tourism economy led by lodging revenue from vacation rentals. It is difficult to find a working resident whose income is not tied in some way to the booming rental business along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

However, last week, in a specially-called council meeting on Dec. 15, a six-month moratorium on new short-term rental licenses passed with a 5-0 vote, and went into effect on Dec. 20 at 5 p.m.

via Orange Beach, Alabama votes in moratorium on new short-term rental licenses – VRM Intel.

Registration for Spring BOW Workshop Opens January 3 | Outdoor Alabama

December 23, 2017

Registration for the next Alabama Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop opens on January 3 for first-time attendees and January 8 for both first-timers and those who have previously attended. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) sponsored event takes place at the 4-H Center near Columbiana, Ala., on March 2-4, 2018.

BOW is a three-day workshop designed for women ages 18 years or older who would like to learn new outdoor skills. The workshop offers hands-on instruction in a fun, outdoor learning environment. Participants choose from courses such as rifle, pistol, archery, fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and many more. Two new courses will be offered this spring – wildlife identification and predator and prey.

via Registration for Spring BOW Workshop Opens January 3 | Outdoor Alabama.

Jobless rate drops to record low for Alabama, 4 other states – FOX10 News | WALA

December 23, 2017

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Friday that the state’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate set a new record low of 3.5 percent for November.

That’s down from October’s previous record-setting rate of 3.6 percent and well below November 2016’s rate of 6.2 percent.

via Jobless rate drops to record low for Alabama, 4 other states – FOX10 News | WALA.

Fairhope debris removal contract raises trust issue questions between mayor, council | The Courier

December 23, 2017

Some Fairhope city council members expressed that Mayor Karin Wilson may have misled the council about a possible renewal of the city’s disaster debris removal contract with Pittman Tractor Co. that could cost the city more than an additional $115,000, according emails obtained by The Courier.

Despite assurances from Wilson during a July 24 council meeting that Pittman Tractor did not wish to extend the contract, the emails show Pittman Tractor did wish to extend the contract, but Wilson had made the decision not to renew their contract as far back as Jan. 2017 and allowed the contract to expire before the council could take action to possibly renew the contract themselves.

via Fairhope debris removal contract raises trust issue questions between mayor, council | The Courier.

Orange Beach Festival of Art named ‘Must-Attend’ show in 2018 by Sunshine Artist magazine | Orange Beach

December 22, 2017

The 44th Annual Orange Beach Festival of Art, set for March 10-11, is making waves in the arts and crafts world after being named by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of the “11 Must-Attend Shows for Artists and Craftspeople” in 2018.

In the magazine’s January 2018 issue, the Orange Beach Festival of Art is the first show highlighted on the “2018 Contenders” list.

via Orange Beach Festival of Art named ‘Must-Attend’ show in 2018 by Sunshine Artist magazine | Orange Beach.

More support needed for fiber internet in Orange Beach | Orange Beach

December 22, 2017

High-speed internet can be at the fingertips of Orange Beach residents next year, only if enough of them support a city initiative to launch CenturyLink fiber service in neighborhoods. It’s been in the residents’ hands since August and as of mid-December, roughly 20% of the reservation goal, which is 1,000, was reached.

via More support needed for fiber internet in Orange Beach | Orange Beach.

Gulf Islands National Seashore nominated for Best Florida Attraction | WEAR

December 22, 2017

(WEAR) — People are getting the chance to vote for their favorite Florida attraction in 2017, and a local spot is one of the many options!

Gulf Islands National Seashore mas made the list.

A panel full of Florida Local Experts and travel writers, enlisted by 10Best, nominated their favorite attractions.

via Gulf Islands National Seashore nominated for Best Florida Attraction | WEAR.

UPDATE: Baldwin County Deputy Recovers, Family Expresses Gratitude | WKRG

December 22, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — A Baldwin County sheriff’s deputy is recovering at home after being shot earlier this week.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says Cpl. Mike Walker was released from the hospital Wednesday but underwent outpatient surgery Thursday on an eye injury from a shotgun blast.

via UPDATE: Baldwin County Deputy Recovers, Family Expresses Gratitude | WKRG.

Baldwin County corporal wounded from shotgun blast discharged after surgery | AL.com

December 22, 2017

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office announced that a corporal who was wounded by a shotgun blast to the face and upper torso has been released from the hospital.

Corporal Mike Walker, a nine-year veteran with the BCSO, was shot while investigating a reported domestic violence in the Stockton-Latham community in Baldwin County.

via Baldwin County corporal wounded from shotgun blast discharged after surgery | AL.com.

Troy QB Brandon Silvers set to play in 2018 Senior Bowl | AL.com

December 22, 2017

Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers has accepted an invitation to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl, it was announced Thursday.

Silvers, an Orange Beach native who played high school football at Gulf Shores, becomes the sixth quarterback in this year’s game. He joins Virginia’s Kurt Benkert, Washington State’s Luke Falk, Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta and Western Kentucky’s Mike White and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph as those confirmed for the Senior Bowl, which takes place Jan. 27 at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

via Troy QB Brandon Silvers set to play in 2018 Senior Bowl | AL.com.

Exclusive video: Police find stolen gun, drugs in traffic stop | WPMI

December 22, 2017

LOXELY, Ala. (WPMI) — Drugs and a stolen gun are off the streets tonight thanks to one observant person. Police say someone pumping gas noticed drug activity in a nearby car and called police. Loxley Police pulled cocaine and guns out a car this afternoon at the Circle K gas station near 1-10. Police say one of those weapons was stolen from Mobile.

via Exclusive video: Police find stolen gun, drugs in traffic stop | WPMI.

Baldwin business makes dreams come true for Christmas – FOX10 News | WALA

December 22, 2017

SPANISH FORT, AL (WALA) - How would you like to get a free car for a Christmas gift?

That’s what two people in our area are getting, thanks to a transmission business in Baldwin County.

Ashley Dortch and Marlene Warren have each won a car courtesy of Advanced Transmission in Spanish Fort.

via Baldwin business makes dreams come true for Christmas – FOX10 News | WALA.

Man struck and killed by vehicle on I-10 in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA

December 22, 2017

A man was struck by a vehicle and killed Thursday morning on Interstate 10 in Baldwin County.

Alabama State Troopers said it happened around 3:08 a.m. near the Wilcox Road exit. Investigators said the victim, 41-year-old Christopher David Graham, and another man were walking on the shoulder of the interstate after their vehicle broke down.

via Man struck and killed by vehicle on I-10 in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.

OWA Named Alabama Attraction of the Year – Alabama News

December 21, 2017

The Alabama Tourism Department has named OWA its Attraction of the Year in the 2018 Alabama Vacation Guide and Calendar of Events.

OWA is a $500 million-plus complex that the Poarch Band of Creek Indians built in Foley within 10 miles of Alabama’s pristine white-sand beaches.  It includes the 14-acre “Park at OWA,” which houses more than 20 rides and four roller coasters, including Rollin’ Thunder, one of the longest in the country.  If stretched out, Rollin’ Thunder’s track of would be 2,234.3 feet, longer than seven football fields put together.

via OWA Named Alabama Attraction of the Year – Alabama News.

NCAA awards ESPN beach volleyball rights | NCAA.com

December 21, 2017

The NCAA and ESPN have reached a multi year agreement to telecast the NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship. The championship will be held Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The event’s hosts are the city of Gulf Shores, the Orange Beach Sports Commission and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. ESPN will televise the event for the next five years, spanning 2018 through 2022.

via NCAA awards ESPN beach volleyball rights | NCAA.com.

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