Entries from June 2007 ↓

Daphne, Fairhope need more money for IB training

The cost of implementing the International Baccalaureate program is already going up.

The Baldwin County Board of Education in 2006 allocated $20,000 apiece to Daphne and Fairhope high schools for IB training, but principals from the two schools told the school board earlier this month that they’ve already spent all of that money.

Callahan and Hollinger indicated the likelihood that more money will be allocated for training, but it’s unclear when the board could vote on that issue.

Daphne, Fairhope need more money for IB training

Magnolia Springs marks first anniversary

Magnolia Springs residents will celebrate the first anniversary of becoming Baldwin’s newest municipality with a cleanup day Friday followed by a town celebration.

Town marks first anniversary

Storm causes power losses, flooding in Daphne

More than 1,500 residents lost power in Daphne this afternoon during a flash of hail, heavy rain, powerful winds and lightning

Storm causes power losses, flooding in Daphne

House’ temporarily off sign

A federal judge in Mobile canceled a contempt hearing Wednesday after a Gulf Shores restaurant accused in a trademark lawsuit agreed to change its sign temporarily.

The Oyster House Piano Bar and Grill already has removed the word “House” from its neon sign off Alabama 59. It also certified to U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose that it has changed its menus to comply with her preliminary injunction.

House’ temporarily off sign

Ordinances dominate Fairhope Council meeting

A Public Hearing to amend Zoning Ordinance 1253 took up a lot of Monday’s City Council meeting and raised some controversies, too. Some of the items addressed:

  • storage and parking of trailers and commercial vehicles
  • short-term rentals
  • definition of “family” was unanimously approved by the council
  • a $7.9 million General Obligation Warrant

Ordinances dominate meeting

Fairhope updates definition of ‘family’

The previous ordinance said that unless related by adoption, blood or marriage, no more than five people could live in a single-family residence. That wording remains the definition of a family, but the previous ordinance also allowed for “gratuitous guests and servants.”

The last line was removed, because Planning Director Gregg Mims said it was a sort of loophole that people could use to justify a large number of people living in one house.

Council updates definition of ‘family’

Express extension draws objections

Baldwin County officials would like to see the first step in extending the Foley Beach Express to Interstate 10 start in the next eight months, but some residents still worry about the new highway. Officials with Baldwin County and the Alabama Department of Transportation met Monday night with residents to discuss plans to build a four-lane highway from the Foley Beach Express north 13 miles to I-10.

Express extension draws objections

Officials question closed meetings

About two weeks ago, Jason Padgett, North Baldwin Utilities’ general manager, thought he was walking into a meeting to discuss how he would work with a new wastewater treatment agency with ties to the County Commission. Padgett, however, said he walked away from that meeting confused and concerned about statements made by representatives of the agency’s board who indicated the meetings wouldn’t be open to the public and information about future plans isn’t necessarily forthcoming.

Officials question closed meetings

Sam’s Club opens Thursday

Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and one of the nation’s largest warehouse clubs, will open a new facility in Daphne. Grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremonies will begin at 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

Sam’s Club opens Thursday

BCHS principal tasked with boosting morale

As school officials launch a search for Mitchell’s successor, two concerned citizens told the Baldwin County Board of Education at last Thursday’s monthly meeting that the new principal must boost morale and improve discipline at the school.

Principal tasked with boosting morale

Gulf Shores store loses liquor license

After a half-hour-long hearing, the City Council voted 5-1 on Monday to allow a small convenience store to continue to operate so long as it no longer stocks alcohol or tobacco, which it has been accused by police of selling to minors.

El Paisanito loses right to sell alcohol, tobacco

Consulting firm guides study of tech education

The consulting firm of Steed, Hammond and Paul has begun collecting data to answer that question, said Mike Dingledien, a partner with the consulting firm, although the final decision will be made by the Baldwin County Board of Education.

Consulting firm guides study of tech education

Bay Minette Police Department adds five officers

Five new officers recently joined the Bay Minette Police Department. Joining the department are Neal Phillips, Jonathan Davidson, Rufus Thompson Jr., Andrew Bitetti, and Richard Davis Jr., all of Bay Minette.

Bay Minette Police Department adds five officers

Controversial projects lead to city-county meeting

Baldwin County and Fairhope officials will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Civic Center inside Fairhope City Hall to discuss who holds authority for developments outside the city, but inside its planning area.

Controversial projects lead to city-county meeting

Fairhope pelican statue stolen

A sculpture titled “Pelican ‘Bill’ with a Grill” was stolen from the artistic community of Fairhope late Sunday night or early Monday morning. The artwork was last seen Sunday afternoon where it was displayed at Church Street and Delamare Avenue. A $1,000 reward is being offered.

Fairhope pelican statue stolen