BCPSS to create community advisory task force – FOX10 News | WALA

It’s been nearly three months since Baldwin County voters shot down a proposed property tax increase that would have benefited schools.

Unfortunately, the growth problem hasn’t gone away and the board is establishing a community advisory task force to help chart a path forward.

“That’s part of what the board wants input on is what do people want to pay for education,” Beth Dotson, chair of the Baldwin County Education Coalition (BCEC), said.

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Silverhill PD looks to arm officers with rifles – FOX10 News | WALA

One small police force in Baldwin County is looking to beef up its arsenal, but money is a big issue. The Silverhill Police Chief is asking the city to purchase tactical rifles for patrol officers. This comes after a recent standoff with a heavily armed suspect who allegedly shot at an officer.

It would be a scary situation for even the best equipped police force. A gunman accused of shooting at an officer and then barricades himself in his home with an arsenal of weapons. That was just the case last Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in Silverhill when police responded to a call of shots fired on Bohemian Hall Road. Nearly six hours later and with the assistance of Baldwin County Sheriff’s deputies, Daniel Hails was arrested for attempted murder.

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COVER STORY: Spanish Fort balancing small-town attitude with imminent growth – LagniappeLagniappe

As the city of Spanish Fort enters its 23rd year of incorporation next month, its government faces the challenge of managing rapid growth while maintaining what it considers its hometown community traits. Spanish Fort is one of the fastest-growing cities in one of Alabama’s fastest-growing counties.

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Red flags go back up in Orange Beach with 15 water rescues; Gulf Shores remains at yellow with no incidents | AL.com

After flying for about six hours, yellow flags were replaced by red ones in Orange Beach Wednesday afternoon after rip currents forced more than a dozen water rescues.

“We started off the day with yellow flags because the National Weather Service had issued a moderate rip current forecast, but at 2 o’clock, roughly, we went back to red,” said Melvin Shepard, Orange Beach Fire-Rescue’s beach safety director. “The lifeguards at Cotton Bayou Tower 2 had 13 rescues today due to rip currents.”

via Red flags go back up in Orange Beach with 15 water rescues; Gulf Shores remains at yellow with no incidents | AL.com.

City of Clanton ends contract with firm allegedly running ‘debtor’s prison’ | AL.com

Correction Services had a contract with Clanton for the past six years that allowed the firm to collect a $10 set-up fee and a $40 monthly fee from every debtor the Clanton Municipal Court steered to the firm, according to the lawsuit the SPLC filed against the city in March.

The SPLC sent out letters on Wednesday to nearly 100 municipalities that use JCS, warning that the contracts are illegal and the tactics used by the firms can amount to extortion.

  1. Bay Minette
  2. Elberta
  3. Fairhope
  4. Gulf Shores
  5. Loxley
  6. Orange Beach
  7. Robertsdale
  8. Silverhill
  9. Summerdale

via City of Clanton ends contract with firm allegedly running ‘debtor’s prison’ | AL.com.

Orange Beach has new police chief – FOX10 News | WALA

Orange Beach has a new police chief.

Joe Fierro, who was most recently with the FBI, was named chief Tuesday night, June 16.

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Alabama Media Group, NOLA to merge; Mathews back over Bama – LagniappeLagniappe

In the media world, past is often prologue, and that’s particularly the case at al.com and the Press-Register after it was announced former publisher Ricky Mathews will once again be running the show for the Newhouse corporation in Alabama.

Monday it was announced Mathews, who has been running NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune in New Orleans since leaving the Press-Register in March 2012, is now heading a new company that will combine the NOLA Media Group and Alabama Media Group. The Southeast Regional Media Group, as the company is known, will operate all of Newhouse’s Advance Publications entities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Mathews’ return to Alabama was greeted with groans by former Press-Register employees who view him as a “hatchet man” with a high tolerance for the pain some feel when slashing budgets and staffs.

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Couple Weds on Historic Middle Bay Light | WKRG

A couple from Fairhope has done something that has only happened two other times in the last 130 years. They got married (legally) at Middle Bay Light. Chad and Tonia Smith tied the knot on May 30th. They had to get permission from the Alabama Lighthouse Association to legally get married there. Tonia says she wore shorts to climb the rickety steps of the lighthouse, then changed into her wedding gown once she was inside. On their wedding day, the bay waters were calm for their eight mile boat ride to the lighthouse, which was a relief. Chad Smith says, “I told her I always wanted to get married there, and she thought I was a little crazy and blew it off.” Tania adds, “It turned out beautiful. I wouldn’t change a thing. It was so perfect.”

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Gulf Shores man charged with burglarizing GooRoo’s Grill | AL.com

Monday afternoon officers with the Gulf Shores Police Department arrested a man caught on camera burglarizing a restaurant on Gulf Shores Parkway, according to police.

Around 7:40 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a reported burglary at GooRoo’s Grill at 1209 Gulf Shores Pkwy, said GSPD Cpl. Josh Coleman.

via Gulf Shores man charged with burglarizing GooRoo’s Grill | AL.com.

16 more beach rescues made in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores on Tuesday | AL.com

After rescuing more than 20 individuals from rough surf and rip currents between Friday and Monday, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach lifeguards handled 16 more calls on Tuesday.

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Rough surf leads to over 20 rescues on Alabama Gulf Coast | AL.com

Although 500 miles away in the Gulf, a massive thunderstorm system that became Tropical Storm Bill kept Alabama lifeguards and first-responders scrambling for days with more than 20 water rescues.

Even Tuesday, when Bill made landfall about noon near Corpus Christi, Texas, its wind-driven waves were still pounding beaches all along the north Gulf of Mexico.

Late last week, as the 2015 hurricane season’s second named storm flared up, red flags began flying in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach signaling high swimming hazards. The National Weather Service, meanwhile, warned of rip current risks.

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Mobile industry sparks rise in Baldwin home sales – FOX10 News | WALA

As Airbus continues to develop its Brookley facility in Mobile and more support industries announce their intent to move in, excitement is building throughout the community. One industry that stands to profit from the growth is real estate, particularly residential home sales.

Just a few short years ago Baldwin County’s real estate boom bottomed out. Subdivisions were abandoned by developers and soon weeds took over. Those days are over now and real estate officials hope it’s for good.

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Crews wrap up Little Lagoon Pass excavation – FOX10 News | WALA

Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores is a popular fishing spot among the locals.

But, it may become even more popular soon.

A recent dredging project is bringing more saltwater into the lagoon, which will hopefully bring more fish in, too.

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Day in the life: what goes into beach patrol when the rip curren – FOX10 News | WALA

A tropical disturbance heading toward the coast of Texas is having an impact on beaches in Alabama, causing a high risk of rip currents.

Between 15 and 20 rescues were made over the weekend according to beach safety officials. One beachgoer who frequents Orange Beach said he was concerned about the number of kids venturing out into the water on Monday.

“It scares me to sit back here and watch some of these children that are not being very closely because I know how quickly it can happen,” Steve Ponder, a vacationer from Munford, AL, said.

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Will putting the Baldwin County school tax vote on ‘Super Tuesday’ ballot hurt or help its chances? | AL.com

Anti-tax voters in one of the most conservative counties in one of the most conservative states in the U.S. are expected to show up in strong numbers next March for Alabama’s presidential primary.

It might not bode well for placing the Baldwin County School Board’s property tax referendum renewals on the ballot, a local political consultant said.

via Will putting the Baldwin County school tax vote on ‘Super Tuesday’ ballot hurt or help its chances? | AL.com.