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More than 350 arrests made so far in Orange Beach during spring break | AL.com

March 24, 2017

The Orange Beach Police Department is reporting that it has made 185 spring break-related arrests during the previous week of the break.

OBPD Lieutenant Robert Howard said that the 185 arrests were made since last Friday (March 17). The majority of those arrests took place on Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday, 79 arrests were made and another 41 were made on Tuesday. Howard said that most of those arrests involved house parties. Each house party netted about 14 arrests, he said.

via More than 350 arrests made so far in Orange Beach during spring break | AL.com.

CBDB, Zydeco Radio and New Earth Army headed to Gulf Shores for Music at Meyer Park

March 24, 2017

New Earth Army will close out the 2017 edition of Music at Meyer Park on April 20. This Florida Panhandle based band pulls influences from rock, blues, funk and jazz to create a new yet familiar sound. Melissa Joiner, a native of Baldwin County, is the lead vocalist for New Earth Army. Submersed in the music scene since birth, Joiner brings a diverse style, creative use of formal opera training and Delta blues influence to the group.

via CBDB, Zydeco Radio and New Earth Army headed to Gulf Shores for Music at Meyer Park.

Perdido River Canoe Trail Offers Scenic Coastal River Trip | Outdoor Alabama

March 24, 2017

Now that spring is officially here, it’s time to dust off the canoes and kayaks and take advantage of another opportunity to explore Alabama’s great outdoors.

The latest addition to the Alabama State Lands Division Canoe Trail is the 19-mile Perdido River Canoe Trail, which is divided into two segments with three access points along the Perdido River in Baldwin County.

Typical of a coastal river, the Perdido, which borders Alabama and Florida, is tinted with dark tannin-stained water, like that found in nearby Styx River. The Styx River runs into the Perdido River near Seminole, Ala.

via Perdido River Canoe Trail Offers Scenic Coastal River Trip | Outdoor Alabama.

Oyster farm making a splash in Pensacola | WEAR

March 24, 2017

Donnie McMahon has invited us to his “farm.” You’ve probably seen it and didn’t know what it was. It’s located right off of Scenic Highway out in Pensacola Bay. We’re set to meet with his farm manager Jonathan York.

McMahon and York have been friends for years. This past fall, they became co-workers in the Pensacola Bay Oyster Company.

via Oyster farm making a splash in Pensacola | WEAR.

Daphne Planning Commission approves controversial proposal for n – FOX10 News | WALA

March 24, 2017

DAPHNE, AL (WALA) - The Daphne Planning Commission gave the green light to a controversial proposal Thursday night. It approved zoning for a new subdivision that would add more than 900 homes to Daphne.

Every member of the Planning Commission voted for the proposal, which means they gave the “thumbs up” for City Council to now consider it. However, many residents, and even some Baldwin County school officials. are not happy with the decision.

What the issue all boils down to — should Daphne annex the large property with the subdivision into the city?

via Daphne Planning Commission approves controversial proposal for n – FOX10 News | WALA.

OBPD: 287 spring break arrests; number lower than last year – FOX10 News | WALA

March 24, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - About four weeks left of spring break and Alabama’s coastal destinations are reporting considerably lower arrest numbers than last year’s record breaker. However, as FOX 10 News Reporter Lee Peck explains, underage drinkers are still keeping officers busy.

The busy spring break season is well underway on coastal Alabama shores.

via OBPD: 287 spring break arrests; number lower than last year – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin Co. Murder Suspect Confesses: “I Shot Darlene”

March 24, 2017

During the hearing, the murder suspect delivers confession and a chilling description of how the murder happened.

On his way back to jail, Christopher Corson expressed his love for his mother and that is all he had to say. Testimony during his preliminary hearing may have said enough.

According to investigators, he confessed to killing Darlene Rawlins, telling investigators “I did it, I shot Darlene”.

via Baldwin Co. Murder Suspect Confesses: “I Shot Darlene”.

Another Spanish Fort High Student Arrested for Terroristic Threats

March 24, 2017

SPANISH FORT, AL (WKRG) — Police have arrested another Spanish Fort High School student for allegedly making threats against the school in Baldwin County.

Spanish Fort Police Chief David Edgar said in a statement that the student was taken into custody for posting a threatening image to social media, “very similar to the one posted by Spanish Fort High School students Sunday”.

via Another Spanish Fort High Student Arrested for Terroristic Threats.

Photo Contest Celebrates Alabama’s Great Outdoors, Bicentennial | Outdoor Alabama

March 23, 2017

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announces its photo contest will begin accepting entries on April 1, 2017. The contest is an Alabama Bicentennial joint project between the ADCNR, the Alabama Tourism Department (Tourism) and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). The photo contest is open to state residents and visitors alike, but qualifying photos must have been taken in Alabama.

via Photo Contest Celebrates Alabama’s Great Outdoors, Bicentennial | Outdoor Alabama.

Your spring break partying could be ruining the beaches | Breaking News for College Students | USA TODAY College

March 23, 2017

Grant Brown, recreational and cultural affairs director of the city of Gulf Shores, said the city has implemented several clean up and anti-litter programs to keep their beaches clean. “People tend to leave trash behind, and the issue with that is they’re leaving more than just footprints,” Brown said.

via Your spring break partying could be ruining the beaches | Breaking News for College Students | USA TODAY College.

Fairhope proposes second arts & entertainment district | WPMI

March 23, 2017

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) — The city of Fairhope is one step closer to having second ‘arts and entertainment district.’

The city’s industrial development board is looking to finalize the proposal.

The area will be called the ‘warehouse district’, and will be located south of Nichols Avenue and will cater to local artists, food and beverage vendors.

via Fairhope proposes second arts & entertainment district | WPMI.

Police arrest four students for threats to Foley Middle, parents shocked | WPMI

March 23, 2017

Four Foley Middle School students are facing charges after being accused of threatening to bring guns on campus to commit a violent act.

The plan was thwarted thanks to a tip to police but the situation left many parents on edge.

What began as a normal day at Foley Middle School on Wednesday turned frightening as four students were arrested for allegedly planning to bring guns onto campus.

via Police arrest four students for threats to Foley Middle, parents shocked | WPMI.

Caught On Camera: Smash and Grab Break-ins Target Daphne Businesses

March 23, 2017

A smash-and-grab left the ABC Store in Daphne short three bottles of Ciroc vodka.

Minutes after the crime was caught on camera, Greg Moore and Melvin Franklin were pulled over by a Daphne police officer and arrested for a string of break-ins.

“Goens Automotive, Pep Boys Automotive — which is right next to the ABC Store —  and across Highway 98, the Express Oil Change were also broken into,” says Cpl. Jason Vannoy.

via Caught On Camera: Smash and Grab Break-ins Target Daphne Businesses.

Foley mother shoots daughter before taking her own life in Georgia hotel, police say | AL.com

March 23, 2017

A mother from south Alabama shot and killed her daughter before taking her own life inside a hotel room in Georgia earlier this week, authorities said.

Elizabeth Reissiger, 38, of Dacula, Georgia was found dead at Homewood Suites in Alpharetta, Georgia during a welfare check by Alpharetta police at 1:30 p.m. Authorities said Reissiger’s 61-year-old mother, Ruth, of Foley, Alabama, was also found alive with a gunshot wound inside the room. Ruth Reissiger was taken to North Fulton Hospital, where she later died.

via Foley mother shoots daughter before taking her own life in Georgia hotel, police say | AL.com.

OWA impact on summer hiring | WPMI

March 22, 2017

FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — Spring is here and the Summer crowds are sure to follow along the Gulf Coast.

Many will come to experience the OWA amusement park under construction in Foley right now. For some retailers the park is causing a stir when it comes to seasonal hiring in the area.

Will there be enough employees to fill all the summer jobs? It’s not clear what OWA will be offering per hour above the minimum wage, but companies along Highway 59 in Foley and in Gulf Shores are already offering $11.50 per hour… so the “race is on” to get these employees.

via OWA impact on summer hiring | WPMI.

17 Baldwin County bridges need repairs – FOX10 News | WALA

March 22, 2017

Some Baldwin County residents will soon have a new way in and out of their neighborhood.  The county is building a new bridge on Keller Road in Foley.  The old bridge often floods during high water, stranding residents who live there.  It’s one of many than need repairs.

In a quarterly report from the Highway Department, the Baldwin County Commission heard that of the county’s 154 bridges, 17 of them are either posted as weight restricted or they’re structurally or functionally deficient.  County Engineer, Joey Nunnelley said that while they wait on repairs, they’re safe to cross.

via 17 Baldwin County bridges need repairs – FOX10 News | WALA.

Huge growth expected in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA

March 22, 2017

Baldwin County is expected to make a big leap from seventh place in 2010 to fourth in 2040, following what the study called unprecedented growth in the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley area.  While Mobile County is expected to grow by 4.6% from 2010 to 2040, the population in Baldwin County is expected to surge by more than 65%.

Most Alabama metro areas are expected to grow, rural areas are expected to experience a decline in population.

via Huge growth expected in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.

Business, Student Job Connection Initiative Launched in Baldwin County

March 22, 2017

Past all the entree’s, salads and desserts at Wolf Bay Lodge, there’s a problem. “We need so much more help.” Charlene Haber owns the restaurant that her parents started so many years ago. “Baldwin County is a year-round–we’re making it a year round attraction–and we need year round help; not seasonal anymore.”

An ever increasing demand for employees remains one of her biggest challenges.

Now a new computer program geared at connecting high school students in Baldwin County with potential employers may answer that challenge.

via Business, Student Job Connection Initiative Launched in Baldwin County.

Lillian Swamp Prescribed Burn Ends Wednesday

March 22, 2017

LILLIAN, AL- If you live, work or play near Perdido Bay on the Alabama-Florida state line, you’ve probably seen and smelled the massive fire burning in Lillian Swamp.

Crews have been working on the prescribed burn for more than three weeks and are burning about 200 acres a day. The controlled burn is on state-owned “Forever Wild” land near Rester Avenue in Lillian.

via Lillian Swamp Prescribed Burn Ends Wednesday.

State could start taxing Netflix, Spotify and other streaming services | AL.com

March 22, 2017

Netflix users, your binge-watching habit could soon get a little more expensive. The Alabama Department of Revenue has proposed an amendment that would apply the state’s rental tax to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify and others. The rental tax is 4 percent on all sales. There’s a hearing for the amendment April 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Montgomery.

via State could start taxing Netflix, Spotify and other streaming services | AL.com.

Spring break alcohol ban in Gulf Shores beaches continues for a second year | WEAR

March 21, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) — Spring break is in full swing in Gulf Shores and for the second straight year alcohol is not allowed on the sands.

“This year, from what I’ve seen, it’s been very tame,” said Sgt. Jason Woodruff of the Gulf Shores Police Department. Woodruff said in the last week, they made about a dozen arrest of spring breakers, about 80 percent of the arrests involved alcohol. The rest was for other banned items like marijuana.

via Spring break alcohol ban in Gulf Shores beaches continues for a second year | WEAR.

Daphne breaks ground on new sports complex | The Courier

March 21, 2017

It’s been almost 20 years in the making, but Daphne city leaders celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the city’s new sports complex last week.

The 116-acre property on Park Drive will be the home of 10 new baseball/softball fields as well as a host of other amenities that will eventually include a hiking/biking trail and a lake water feature.

via Daphne breaks ground on new sports complex | The Courier.

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