Entries from December 2007 ↓
December 31st, 2007 — Announcements
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December 31st, 2007 — Schools
The Baldwin County Board of Education’s 2006-07 Accountability Report is now available for public review.
The Accountability Report provides the opportunity for public review of the 2006-07 Funding and Expenditure Report for Accountability by fund source and statements of revenues and expenditures for all educational operations of the Baldwin County Public School System.
View the BCBE Accountability Report here
December 31st, 2007 — Daphne
Starting Jan. 2, 2008, Daphne police will enforce an ordinance that requires pet owners to fence animals within their yard.
The ordinance — adopted June 4 — prohibits the use of a chain or tether to restrain a pet. A grace period has allowed pet owners enough time to build a fence, Daphne Police Lt. Ric Yelding said.
Time to put up fences
December 31st, 2007 — Orange Beach, Other News
Health inspections conducted Dec. 17 through 21 resulted in the following ratings by the Baldwin County Health Department. The scores are sorted from low to high.
- China Dragon, 24505 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach — 75.
- Zeke’s Landing Restaurant, 26619 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach — 75.
- Zeke’s Landing Oyster Bar, 26619 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach — 76.
December 31st, 2007 — State News
Here are the top 10 news stories of 2007 in Alabama as selected by The Associated Press:
- Choking drought
- Siegelman and Scrushy are sent to federal prison
- Bishop punches Barron
- State trooper, is indicted on a murder charge
- Supreme Court overturns Exxon Mobil verdict
- Bush hails the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant
- Executions are postponed in Alabama
- Turmoil continues in Alabama’s two-year college system
Top Ten Stories of 2007 in Alabama
December 31st, 2007 — County Government
Today is the last day Alabama residents will be able to pay their 2007 property taxes without the government tacking on a late fee.
Baldwin County residents can pay online here
Property tax payments due today
December 31st, 2007 — Bay Minette
Surveyors’ stakes are the only hint of construction at a pristine, 367-acre park north of Bay Minette which county officials hope to transform into a recreational and educational complex featuring period structures, boardwalks recreation and historical working exhibits.
When completed, the decade-long project off State Road 225 two miles north of Bay Minette, is expected to draw tourists, conventioneers and students from throughout the Southeast.
Baldwin County Commissioners provided a one-time allotment of $125,000 to begin site plans and brush cutting. Free-lance fund-raiser Pat Scanland was hired six months ago to seek donations from private, corporate and philanthropic groups for the $6 million pay-as-you-go project.
Construction set to begin at Bicentennial Park and Village
December 30th, 2007 — Other News
The Press Register has its annual compilation of Baldwin County Sound Off comments for 2007. Do you think they print all of the comments they get? Surely there are some that are just unfit for publication.
They should post the unedited recordings of these messages online for us to hear. We’d be happy to host them on this site.
THE LIGHTER SIDE OF SOUND OFF 2007
December 30th, 2007 — Gulf Shores, Real estate
Wachovia Bank has sued the developers of the 1,000-acre Bon Secour Village development, claiming they have defaulted on a $20.36 million loan from the North Carolina-based lender.
Billed as a town-within-a-town, Bon Secour Village is planned along a swath of piney woods on the north side of the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores. Its developers, already fighting among themselves in state court, now face foreclosure on about 900 acres they’ve assembled for the project.
Bank sues developers of Bon Secour Village at Gulf
December 29th, 2007 — Orange Beach
Anticipating a drop in development-related revenue, the City Council has passed a 2008 budget that cuts municipal spending from last year by nearly $9 million.
The drop from about $50.9 million that Orange Beach planned to spend in 2007 to the $42 million slated for 2008 reflects changes in income from state and federal grants, transfers between funds, proceeds from bond issues and other factors. But what City Hall expects to spend on day-to-day operations next year is nearly $1.7 million less than this year.
“We’re kind of a mirror of the national economy because building has slowed down and that’s what we’ve tried to take into account for our budget this year,” City Administrator Jeff Moon said. “We’ve tried to, across the board, be proactive in addressing it and account for it on the front end and not the back end.”
Cuts in spending planned
December 29th, 2007 — Spanish Fort
Arthur “Bobby” Wilson, a well-known Spanish Fort resident who owned and operated Wilson’s Service Center since the early 1960s, died today, more than four months after he was brutally attacked at his business.
Wilson, 71, suffered a fractured skull in the early-morning attack Aug. 12 and initially lapsed into a coma. In September, he was moved from the University of South Alabama Medical Center to a local rehabilitation facility. He never returned home.
“Bobby” Wilson dies 4 months after attack
Friends and family staggered by death of service station owner
Wilson case becomes murder investigation
December 29th, 2007 — Crime, Daphne
Responding to a routine complaint Wednesday about panhandlers at the Exxon station on U.S. 98 near Interstate 10, a Daphne patrolman found that one of the three apparently homeless men was wanted on a sexual abuse charge.
The officer arrested Donald Leslie Enfinger, 66, on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse involving a girl under the age of 12, said Daphne Sgt. Brian Gulsby. The crime occurred in Daphne, he said.
After a nearly yearlong investigation, Enfinger was indicted by a grand jury in November, according to the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office.
Daphne panhandler arrested on sex abuse charge
December 29th, 2007 — Loxley
A black Chrysler slammed into an Interstate 10 bridge railing Friday afternoon, slowing westbound traffic east of Alabama 59 for hours as a crew repaired the damage to the span.
The car’s driver, Daroff Mitchell, received minor injuries in the accident, Piggott said. Mitchell was transported to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, he said.
Crash into bridge slows I-10 traffic
December 29th, 2007 — Stockton
The miniature Pinscher-Chiuahua mix dogs were found yesterday in Stockton. Baldwin Animal Rescue Center officials say the puppies are about two weeks old.
If you want to adopt them you can call 251-928-4585. Police are investigating, and say if the people who dumped the puppies are caught, they face misdemeanor charges and more than 3 years in jail.
6 puppies found alive in dumpster
December 27th, 2007 — Daphne
A fire ripped through Building 3 of Lake Forest Apartments in Daphne early Wednesday morning. Four families escaped the flames. The families were asleep when the blaze began, just about everything inside was destroyed.
The blaze began just after 4 a.m., said Daphne Fire Chief Bo White, and began in an unoccupied apartment. He said Daphne Fire Investigator Chip Martin and state fire marshal officials were on the scene to determine why the blaze started, but the cause had not been determined.
Some folks are suspecting arson, but the Fire Chief says they’re looking into all possibilities.
Apartment Complex Fire
Apartment Fire Update