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Traffic stop on I-10 uncovers nearly 65 pounds of marijuana | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

December 04, 2017

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputies uncovered nearly 65 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle with California plates headed east on Interstate 10 near the Alabama-Florida border.

The high-grade marijuana was discovered after deputies detected a “heavy odor” of the substance, following a traffic stop near the 57 mile marker, three miles east of the Wilcox Road exit, eight miles west of the Alabama-Florida state line on Interstate 10, according to a release issued Monday by BCSO Investigations Command.

via Traffic stop on I-10 uncovers nearly 65 pounds of marijuana | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

32nd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade Dec. 9th

December 04, 2017

The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s 32nd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will take place Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM launching from Lulu’s Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores. The parade will travel east down the Intracoastal Waterway Canal, past The Wharf (public viewing area), around Bear Point, along the south end of Ono Island, west to Perdido Pass, north into Terry Cove Harbor, south to the bridge, and end at the Flora-Bama Ole River Grill.

via 32nd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade Dec. 9th.

Traveling Smithsonian exhibit opens at 5 Rivers Delta Resource C – FOX10 News | WALA

December 04, 2017

SPANISH FORT, AL (WALA) - A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian will spend the next few weeks in the Mobile River Delta.

The Water/Ways Exhibition takes a look at water’s essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically. In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol.

via Traveling Smithsonian exhibit opens at 5 Rivers Delta Resource C – FOX10 News | WALA.

Alabama-Clemson 2018 Sugar Bowl kickoff time, TV set | AL.com

December 04, 2017

The Sugar Bowl semifinal between Alabama and Clemson has its game time.

The Crimson Tide and Tigers will kick off at 7 p.m. CT on Jan. 1 in New Orleans. It’ll be the second semifinal of New Year’ Day after Georgia and Oklahoma play the Rose Bowl at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena.

Both semifinal bowl games will air live on ESPN.

via Alabama-Clemson 2018 Sugar Bowl kickoff time, TV set | AL.com.

Investors buying their own holiday gifts | AL.com

December 03, 2017

The owner of Surf Style at 101 West Beach Blvd, in Gulf Shores, next to The Hangout, plans to demolish the older retail store building and develop a three-story mixed use building, according to city planners. The project with feature 14 condominium units and 9,680 square feet of retail space. The city planners have approved 66 off-site parking spaces across the street at 102 Gulf Shores Parkway.

Local builder Greg Kennedy and his development partners have 100 front feet of beachfront land under contract at 23916 Perdido Beach Blvd., in Orange Beach, and are seeking city planning approval to build 10 cottages on the property. The property next to Phoenix West is about 600 feet deep and includes two beach houses which would be renovated and the cottages would be built closer to the road, according to Kennedy.

via Investors buying their own holiday gifts | AL.com.

The 2017 supermoon: How to see it and get the best photo | WKRG

December 03, 2017

On Sunday, stargazers, astronomers and curious skywatchers will get a chance to witness the first and only supermoon of 2017.

In November 2016, the moon reached a distance closest to the Earth than ever seen since 1948, producing a supersized supermoon. However, on Sunday night, the moon will still shine 16 percent brighter and appear 7 percent larger than its usual size.

via The 2017 supermoon: How to see it and get the best photo | WKRG.

Santa Flies with the Blue Angels | WKRG

December 03, 2017

Santa in a Blue Angel

PENSACOLA, Florida (WKRG) —  Pensacola’s Blue Angels had a friend flying in the cockpit on Saturday.

Santa stopped in for a visit Saturday afternoon and the Blue Angels tweeted about his visit!

Their tweet reads, “#Santa doesn’t need reindeer when he has an F/A-18 Hornet!!! #USN #USMC Santa and his helpers stopped by to spend time with the #BlueAngels families! Where do you think he is off to next?!”

via Santa Flies with the Blue Angels | WKRG.

Baldwin Co. considers joining lawsuit against pharma companies amidst opioid crisis | WPMI

December 02, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Baldwin County is considering joining a nationwide fight against big pharmaceutical companies amidst the opioid crisis.

With its booming tourism and growing population, it’s no secret that Baldwin County continues to be one of the most desirable areas in the entire state.

via Baldwin Co. considers joining lawsuit against pharma companies amidst opioid crisis | WPMI.

Gulf Shores Police Search for Domestic Violence Suspect | WKRG

December 02, 2017

The Gulf Shores Police Department released the name of the man, along with a picture, wanted for a domestic violence incident on Old Plash Island Road Thursday night.

39-year-old Kelly Thomas had an argument with a woman he had been dating and police say during the argument he grabbed the woman’s throat and fired a weapon inside the home.

via Gulf Shores Police Search for Domestic Violence Suspect | WKRG.

32nd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade Dec. 9th

December 01, 2017

Christmas Boat Parade

The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s 32nd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will take place Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM launching from Lulu’s Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores. The parade will travel east down the Intracoastal Waterway Canal, past The Wharf (public viewing area), around Bear Point, along the south end of Ono Island, west to Perdido Pass, north into Terry Cove Harbor, south to the bridge, and end at the Flora-Bama Ole River Grill.

via 32nd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade Dec. 9th.

Grand Hotel in final phase of multi-million dollar renovation project | WPMI

December 01, 2017

POINT CLEAR, Ala. (WPMI) — An iconic landmark along Mobile Bay will soon have a brand new look.

The Grand Hotel in Point Clear has been hard at work on renovations for more than 2 years and it is now working to transform the main building on the property.

Officials say the renovation will be a massive redesign and will bolster the charm of the century-old building while maintaining its historical significance.

via Grand Hotel in final phase of multi-million dollar renovation project | WPMI.

On this date in 1954, Alabama woman struck by meteorite – FOX10 News | WALA

December 01, 2017

The state of Alabama is known for many things; football and politics come immediately to mind.

Well, you can add another item to the state’s unique history and that is, Alabama is the only place in the world where it’s confirmed a person was struck and injured by a falling meteorite.

On this date in 1954, Mrs. Ann Hodges was lying on her couch in her Sylacauga home, when a nine-pound meteorite crashed through her roof.

via On this date in 1954, Alabama woman struck by meteorite – FOX10 News | WALA.

Bay Minette traffic stop leads to drug arrest – FOX10 News | WALA

December 01, 2017

Police in Bay Minette said they stopped a speeding car Monday and ended up arresting the driver on drug charges.

Officers said Robert Gene Wallace was driving 50 mph in a 35 mph zone on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard. Once he was stopped, police said they found 37 grams of meth in the vehicle. According to the officers, Wallace also had items that indicated he was involved in the distribution of meth.

via Bay Minette traffic stop leads to drug arrest – FOX10 News | WALA.

Fort Morgan Still Dealing With Hurricane Nate Debris | WKRG

December 01, 2017

FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WKRG) — The tip of Fort Morgan is the last chance for anything to grab hold of land before being washed out into the Gulf of Mexico.

“There was a lot of wood everywhere. I could walk down the beach along the shore and it was up here cause the tide, the water was way up.” Scott Ahrendsan has been a frequent visitor since Hurricane Nate and has seen the changes.

via Fort Morgan Still Dealing With Hurricane Nate Debris | WKRG.

Jim Nabors, Alabamian known as TV’s ‘Gomer Pyle,’ has died | AL.com

December 01, 2017

Born and raised in Sylacauga, Alabama, Nabors became well known as Gomer Pyle on the “Andy Griffith Show” before the character was spun off into “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” which ran from 1964-1969. Throughout his career, Nabors appeared on a number of variety shows and hosted his own specials in the 1960s and 1970s, often featuring his booming baritone voice.

via Jim Nabors, Alabamian known as TV’s ‘Gomer Pyle,’ has died | AL.com.

BREAKING: Large Police Presence In Gulf Shores | WKRG

December 01, 2017

UPDATE: 6:05 a.m. A spokesman for the City of Gulf Shores says officers were dispatched to the neighborhood off Old Plash Island Road for a domestic call in which shots were fired. Officers have been searching for a suspect for almost four hours. At this time it is unclear if anyone was injured.

UPDATE: 5:23 a.m. Gulf Shores police, Orange beach Police, Foley police and Baldwin County sheriff’s deputies are involved.

via BREAKING: Large Police Presence In Gulf Shores | WKRG.

Authors to sign copies of O.B. history books on Dec. 2 & 9 – Mullet Wrapper

November 30, 2017

Just in time for Christmas, Orange Beach historian Margaret Childress Long will sign copies of her two books, “The Best Place to Be – The Story of Orange Beach, Alabama” and “Orange Beach, Alabama – A Pictorial History’’ at St. Charles Cards & Gifts on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. ‘til 2 p.m. and The Emporium on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. ‘til 2 p.m. Co-author, Michael D. Shipler, (pictured with Long) will also be at the signings.

via Authors to sign copies of O.B. history books on Dec. 2 & 9 – Mullet Wrapper.

Robertsdale man identified as Pensacola drowning victim | WPMI

November 30, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — The body of a 68-year-old man was recovered from the water near the Graffiti Bridge in Pensacola Thursday morning. Authorities have identified him as Robertsdale, Alabama resident Homer Perriman.

Pensacola Police Department (PPD) told Channel 3 News their dispatch received a call at 4:55 a.m. Thursday from a security guard with the Port of Pensacola.

via Robertsdale man identified as Pensacola drowning victim | WPMI.

Hurricane season 2017: Historic season comes to a close today | AL.com

November 30, 2017

This was the season that hurricane forecasters had been dreading for a decade.

Sixteen named storms. Ten hurricanes. Six major hurricanes. Three U.S. major hurricane landfalls.

Before this year it had been more than 10 years since the U.S. was struck by a major hurricane, which is a Category 3 or stronger storm.

via Hurricane season 2017: Historic season comes to a close today | AL.com.

Man arrested in connection with Baldwin County vehicle burglaries | WEAR

November 29, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — During the month of November 2017, Deputies with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) responded to reports of vehicle burglaries in the Chamberlin Trace and Plantation Hills neighborhoods which are in the Daphne and Loxley areas.

Analysis of evidence collected from the scenes identified Frank Lee McCall III, 28, of Loxley, Alabama as a possible suspect in the thefts.

via Man arrested in connection with Baldwin County vehicle burglaries | WEAR.

Gulf Shores appoints five to fledgling city school board – Lagniappe Mobile

November 29, 2017

BY JOHN MULLEN

The city continued on its fast track to getting a school system up and running by next year by naming the five citizens who’ll serve on the Gulf Shores school board at Monday’s council meeting.

“We are ecstatic to have this group of extremely qualified residents who will now be empowered to make local education decisions based on the needs and desires of our community,” Mayor Robert Craft said. “It was a difficult process, but we have wonderful people signed up for it.”

via Gulf Shores appoints five to fledgling city school board – Lagniappe Mobile.

Escambia County ranks among top places for toxic releases in the country | WEAR

November 29, 2017

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — Escambia County is near the top of the list when it comes to counties in the country with the highest release of toxins into the environment. Forbes used data from the Environmental Protection Agency and found Escambia County was the 11th largest producer of toxins out of the country’s nearly 3,000 counties.

via Escambia County ranks among top places for toxic releases in the country | WEAR.

Elberta grants sick leave to police chief | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

November 29, 2017

Last week, the Elberta Town Council voted unanimously to extend six weeks of sick leave to Elberta Police Chief Stan DeVane as he recovers from injury.

DeVane was injured in a horseback riding accident in July while on vacation, but since then has suffered as bacterial infection that affects his spine and has paralyzed him.

The decision activated DeVane’s six weeks of accrued sick leave, which extends until January 2018 and gives DeVane an opportunity to return to the office.

via Elberta grants sick leave to police chief | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

News 5’s Magical Christmas Toy Drive Receives Huge Donation from Columbia Southern University | WKRG

November 29, 2017

News 5’s Magical Christmas Toy Drive received a huge donation Monday afternoon.

One of the sponsors, Columbia Southern University, took News 5’s Allen Carter, Alan Sealls, and Devon Walsh on a shopping spree.

via News 5’s Magical Christmas Toy Drive Receives Huge Donation from Columbia Southern University | WKRG.

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