Entries from September 2007 ↓

Magnolia Springs prepares for move

The old community fire station is getting another life as Town Hall for Baldwin’s newest municipality starting Oct. 8, according to officials.

The Magnolia Springs Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to move municipal offices to the new Town Hall building, a former fire station on Baldwin County 49, on Oct. 8.

Town prepares for move

Daphne Council discusses impact fee

A clearly divided Daphne City Council appears unsure whether imposing impact fees in Baldwin County’s largest city is a good idea.

Councilman John Lake — the longest-tenured member of the seven-person panel, having served 16 years — and Mayor Fred Small voiced enthusiastic support for impact fees during this week’s council meeting.

“I think it’s a great opportunity, and we should keep it in real close range and adopt it as soon as possible,” Small said.

Council discusses impact fee

Impact fees are just another word for TAXES. We pay enough taxes already. Spend the current taxes we pay more wisely before asking for more.

Soldier facing sex charges

A U.S. Army soldier from Mobile who is serving in Germany has been charged with enticing a 12-year-old Daphne girl for sex.

A federal grand jury in Mobile indicted Benjamin Africano Boyer last month on charges of enticement and transferring obscene material to a minor. He has yet to be arrested, officials said.

Boyer, 23, could not be reached for comment, and court records do not indicate that he has hired an attorney.

Soldier facing sex charges

Daphne man charged with 4 more burglaries

A Daphne man in jail on burglary charges since August has been charged with four more local break-ins and could be linked to several others, Daphne police said.

The man is not suspected, however, in a recent series of burglaries in Foley, Fairhope and Daphne that have received wide attention, police said.

Calvin Elton Moore, 49, was charged Thursday with four additional counts of burglary, according to police Lt. Jud Beedy. Moore was arrested Aug. 4 on a charge of third-degree burglary following a Daphne restaurant break-in.

Man charged with 4 more burglaries

Spanish Fort freezes requests for new apartments

One thousand is enough for now. As requests for more and more rental units spring up around Spanish Fort, the City Council has put a freeze on all future apartment developments in the city.

Spanish Fort freezes requests for new apartments

New hurricane insurance bill unveiled

Proposed legislation unveiled today would force insurance companies to write more hurricane policies closer to the Gulf of Mexico in order to avoid penalties, as well as giving tax breaks to residents who make their homes more storm-resistant.

The bill, proposed by state Sen. Ben Brooks, R-Mobile, would revamp the beach pool, officially known as the Alabama Insurance Underwriting Association, to put more emphasis on homes closer to the Gulf.

New hurricane insurance bill unveiled

Jubilee festival rebounds

It’s Jubilee time again — not the unusual natural phenomenon in the bay waters, but the festival by that name that brings a bounty of art, music and food to Daphne.

This is the 19th year for this event, sponsored Saturday and Sunday in Olde Towne Daphne by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s festival is rebounding from previous years’ storm-related issues.

Jubilee festival rebounds

Children’s activities set at Fest

Two-day fest to include free shuttle rides

SPANISH FORT ATTACK

The day before a police officer found a bloody and beaten Arthur “Bobby” Wilson, the service station owner had refused to cash a check for a 23-year-old man investigators now describe as “a person of interest,” in the case, according to a search warrant affidavit.

“That old b – – – – – d wouldn’t cash my check, but I took care of business,” Leslie Eric Buzbee told an acquaintance the day after the assault, according to the

affidavit.

SPANISH FORT ATTACK

Buzbee Not the Only Person of Interest?

Conservative budget adopted for 2008 in Fairhope

The City Council approved a $52 million budget for the next fiscal year, an increase over last year’s by just .3219 percent. Net earnings from all funds is projected at $2,462,604.

The current property tax appraisal controversy caused difficulty for the council in projecting revenue from this source.

The budget includes $912,250 in the general fund for equipment additions and upgrades and $630,000 for new capital projects, which were outlined as: Centennial Park, $35,000; bio-diesel program, $20,000; road projects, $400,000 and $175,000 for the Theatre 98 project. This project calls for the old recreation building on Morphy Avenue (which has been condemned) to be torn down and a new storage building erected at the site which the theater can use to store props and materials.

The budget also includes debt reduction to the general fund by $947,028 and $954,588 in the proprietary funds.

Conservative budget adopted for 2008

Jr. Miss pictures for sale

2008 Baldwin County Junior Miss Pageant

Jr. Miss pictures for sale

Deadbeat Dads

If you’re a father who hasn’t paid child support in Baldwin County, you can expect a visit from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies are always looking for deadbeat dads.

Deadbeat Dads

Are there any deadbeat mom’s out there?

Baldwin Portables Questioned in Press Register story

Classroom portables at new schools make you wonder who is designing the schools to overflow the same year they are built? Now the school board member Tracy Roberts also wants a football stadium. Both are serious needs, but portables are not that bad. They are airconditioned and aside from severe weather they are safe.

Baldwin Portables Questioned in Press Register story

As usual the suggested solution: raise taxes.

Buzbee: “I Won The Lottery!”

News Five has obtained documents, including the search warrant and sworn affividavit from a lead investigator in the Bobby Wilson case.  The information from the search warrant executed on Leslie Buzbee’s mobile home Friday and the items seized uncover new and not-yet-reported details in the case.  

Buzbee:  “I Won The Lottery!”

Daphne Councilwoman announces resignation

Councilwoman Regina Landry announced her resignation at Monday’s council meeting, leaving with about a year remaining in her term.

Landry said she is engaged to be married and plans to move to nearby Fairhope, where her fiancé, Randy Boone, lives. She said the couple plans to wed in about two months.

Landry, a teacher at Daphne Middle School, represents District 6, which includes a portion of Lake Forest and areas near Daphne High School located in Daphne’s northeast corner.

Councilwoman announces resignation

Daphne Council asks for cuts in budget

The Daphne City Council sent department heads back to the drawing board Monday, asking them to trim 9 percent — about $360,000 — from the city’s operational budget.

City officials have already cut $133,000 from the budget, council members said, which means the council wants another $227,000 eliminated before Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting. Those savings would be shifted to the city’s capital budget to fund road-paving and other projects, they said.

Council asks for cuts in budget