Entries from November 2007 ↓

Magnolia Springs approves gas tax

A new town gas tax will increase prices at the pump 2 cents in the municipality following action by the Town Council.

Council members voted unanimously Monday night to establish a 2-cent gasoline tax as part of the budget for the 2008 fiscal year. Gasoline stations outside the town’s limits but in its police jurisdiction will pay a 1-cent municipal tax on fuel, under the ordinance.

The tax ordinance takes effect Saturday, but state officials have a month to notify affected merchants so the additional rate will be charged beginning at the start of January, said Town Clerk Karen Biel.

Councilwoman Reva Hinson said that while the town needs money, a 2-cent tax would put the rate for Magnolia Springs above that of most neighboring municipalities. “That’s going to give us the highest gas tax in the area,” she said.

Magnolia Springs approves gas tax

Baldwin County crime rate up 20% in one year

The overall crime rate in Baldwin County remained below the state and national average last year, but increased 20 percent from the year before, according to state law enforcement reports.

While violent crimes such as rape and murder have dropped or not increased as much as other offenses, property crimes such as theft and burglary have gone up, according to reports from the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center for the period of 2005-06, the most recent available.

State statistics released by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center for 2006 showed that Baldwin County had a rate of 3,107 crimes for each 100,000 residents. That number was a 20 percent increase from the 2005 index when 2,583 offenses were reported for each 100,000 residents.

Crime rates rise with population

Crime In Alabama

Director quits at embattled veterans home in Bay Minette

David Grimes resigned this week as executive director of the William F. Green State Veterans Home amid reports from the state health department that some residents there had not received proper care.

Grimes, who worked at the home for almost two years, announced his resignation Monday and left the same day, according to Robert Graham, regional director for HMR Governmental Services Inc., the contracted service provider at the home.

Graham would not say Thursday whether Grimes’ resignation was connected with concerns raised in two reports in a month from the Alabama Department of Public Health. The first of those reports said that the home’s staff did not respond efficiently after falls by two men who later died at the home.

Director quits at embattled veterans home

Daphne to Target Areas for Beautification

The Daphne Beautification Committee has released a list of the top 10 areas in the city that members feel need improvement.

The committee will focus on the following areas:

  • “Malfunction Junction” (across from Thomas Hospital Medical Center where Main Street meets U.S. Highway 98)
  • Gator Alley (near the Jubilee Square Shopping Center)
  • In front of Kentucky Fried Chicken on U.S. 98
  • Fastime (near Santa Rosa Avenue)
  • Alabama Highway 181 medians
  • Utility boxes throughout Daphne
  • “Welcome to Daphne” signs

Top problem areas targeted

Two men face robbery charges in Alabama, Mississippi

Brian Maclin, 27 of St. Elmo, and Warren Lucas Brown, 32 of Bon Secour, are being held in Mississippi on charges that they robbed a gas station in Pascagoula, Lt. David White, Foley chief investigator, said today.

Baldwin County warrants have also been issued charging the men with first-degree robbery in connection with the holdup of the BP station on West Laurel Avenue in Foley on Nov. 17, White said.

Two men face robbery charges in Alabama, Mississippi

Polo proceeds go to cancer center

Proceeds from the 2007 Point Clear Polo Classic held last month are being put to good use again this year. Event organizers donated $132,000 last week to the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute (USAMCI).

Polo proceeds go to cancer center

Bigger schools coming to Baldwin County

Bigger high schools are coming to Baldwin County.

That was the message delivered by Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent Faron Hollinger and school board member Norm Moore at a 70-minute community meeting Tuesday at the Baldwin EMC Training Facility.

“I think high schools are going to get larger than they are now,” Moore told a gathering of about 50 people. “My belief is our high schools are going to get larger before they get smaller.”

That opinion drew groans from the crowd, but Moore’s statement reflects the county’s projected growth — from a current population of 160,000 to more than 300,000 residents by 2016, according to the County Commission’s Strategic Plan.

Officials: Expect bigger schools

Halfway house resident charged

The man accused of hitting a woman with a 2-by-4 and robbing her in Daphne was a minimum-security prisoner from the nearby federal halfway house in Spanish Fort, police said Wednesday.

Bernard Curtis Adams, 33, arrested Monday, remained jailed Wednesday in the Baldwin County Corrections Center in Bay Minette on a charge of first-degree robbery. No bail had been set, sheriff’s deputies said.

Adams finished a 46-month prison stint for arson in March but in June violated the terms of his release when he became involved in a domestic violence incident in Foley with his girlfriend, according to case documents.

Halfway house resident charged

Daphne girl crowned Miss Alabama Teen USA 2008

Courtney Parker of Daphne was crowned Miss Alabama Teen USA 2008. She is a sophomore at Bayside Academy and enjoys dance, theater, mission trips and has appeared in more than 16 productions of The Nutcracker. The 15-year old is the daughter of Drs. Jim and Sandra Parker. The contestants competed in swimsuits, evening gowns and personal interviews. Courtney will now represent Alabama at the 2008 Miss Teen USA competition.

PARKER CROWNED MISS ALABAMA TEEN USA 2008

United Way breaks record but misses goal

United Way of Baldwin County raised more money this year than in any previous campaign, but fell more than $100,000 short of its $1 million goal, organization officials said Wednesday.

Good news, bad news at United Way

Saga of Spanish Fort fence continues

The fence has been controversial since the athletic fields, including football and softball facilities, opened last year and homeowners complained that children peered into windows.

The current privacy fence sits about 20 feet inside the school system property line, and the Normands offered to buy or lease those 20 feet from the school system, which would create a small buffer between the athletic fields and the house.

Hollinger rejected that plan and said it would be unfair to other nearby homeowners who would not have the same buffer and would also create a zigzag fence. Trione and board member Tracy Roberts of Spanish Fort supported Hollinger’s decision.

Saga of Spanish Fort fence continues

Robertsdale Boasts Two New Options for Affordable Housing

The two newest subdivisions in Robertsdale, have strived to provide “new residents” with affordable, attractive and family friendly housing options. While both subdivisions call themselves “rental communities” the units are actually three bedroom, stand alone houses.

Inglewood Homes, located on Highway 59, has houses ranging from 1,484 square feet to 1, 5 32 with full kitchens that have center islands and dining rooms large enough for family gatherings.

The other new subdivision is The Cottages of Aventura, located behind Central Baldwin Middle School. These houses are categorized as garden patio homes. When completed, this community will have 147 “rental” houses.

Robertsdale Boasts Two New Options for Affordable Housing

Orange Beach hotel robbery video released

Investigators in Orange Beach hope surveillance video of an armed robbery at the Holiday Inn Express will help them catch the suspect. A night clerk at the hotel was robbed at knifepoint Tuesday morning. News 5 obtained a copy of the hotel’s surveillance footage.

Armed Robbery Surveillance Video Released

Heisman Hype Hits Daphne

The Heisman hype is making its way to Baldwin county where friends and fans of a former Daphne quarterback are hoping their hometown favorite snags college football’s biggest prize.
Pat White, who now plays for West Virginia University, is one of twenty candidates in ESPN’s Heisman Watch web poll, which puts him in contention for an official vote cast by Heisman sponsor Nissan.

Heisman Hype Hits Daphne

Spanish Fort to get planning jurisdiction outside corporate limits

After a vote by the Baldwin County Commission next week, the city of Spanish Fort may finally have control over some new development just outside its corporate limits.

If both governments approve an agreement to establish a Spanish Fort planning jurisdiction, it would ultimately give the city the final say on future subdivisions and other developments on more than 2,250 acres surrounding the municipality, county and Spanish Fort officials said.

Municipal planning jurisdiction possible