Entries from February 2008 ↓

Daphne Middle school students busted for graphic cell phone pix

Daphne Police say they are investigating two cases involving students at Daphne Middle School where young girls and boys have used their cell phone cameras to take nude pictures of themselves and disseminate those pictures.

In one case a girl and a boy took nude photographs of themselves and sent the photographs to each other. In a second case, a girl was given a cell phone by a boy, the girl took the cell phone into the girl’s bathroom at school, took nude photographs of herself and gave the cell phone back to the boy.

Daphne Police are still investigating both cases. The range of offenses could range from: Dissemination or Display of Child Pornography, which is a class B felony, to Material Harmful to Minors, which is a misdemeanor.

Three students involved have been suspended by Daphne Middle School administrators, Baldwin County Public Schools spokesman Terry Wilhite said today. No arrests have been made, Beedy said, but the investigation continues.

Middle school students busted for graphic cell phone pix

Police: Students exchanged nude cell phone photos

Wow. I bet there are some proud parents in Daphne tonight. Unbelievable.

Daphne Grave Hunters

A team of scientists and historians met at D’Olive Cemetery in Daphne Friday to hunt for unmarked and unknown graves. The grave-hunters used Ground Penetrating Radar to locate buried graves in the historic cemetery.

Historians believe there are at least 75 unknown and unmarked graves at D’Olive Cemetery. Archealogists believe the graves are those of slaves who lived and worked on the D’Olive Cemetery dating back to the 1800’s.

Daphne Grave Hunters (video)

Easterm Shore Centre to get states first digital movie theatre

Architectural firm CMH Architects Inc. said it recently finished design and construction documents for the first all-digital movie theater in Alabama.

The company designed the Premiere Cinemas building at a lifestyle shopping center in Spanish Fort. The 45,000-square-foot theater will feature 2,666 stadium theater seats in 14 auditoriums.

It’s an addition to Eastern Shore Centre, which was designed by CMH and opened in 2004.

Easterm Shore Centre to get states first digital movie theatre

Easterm Shore Centre to get states first digital movie theatre

Architectural firm CMH Architects Inc. said it recently finished design and construction documents for the first all-digital movie theater in Alabama.

The company designed the Premiere Cinemas building at a lifestyle shopping center in Spanish Fort. The 45,000-square-foot theater will feature 2,666 stadium theater seats in 14 auditoriums.

It’s an addition to Eastern Shore Centre, which was designed by CMH and opened in 2004.

Easterm Shore Centre to get states first digital movie theatre

Absentee voting office to stay in Bay Minette

Late absentee voters who loathe the long drive to the county seat aren’t going to be happy about a recent state attorney general’s ruling.

The Attorney General’s Office advisory opinion essentially says that the Baldwin County Commission cannot establish multiple absentee voting offices across the county or appoint assistants to help the absentee election manager with the process.

That means last-minute absentee voters must drive to Bay Minette, instead of dropping off their ballots at county offices in Foley, Fairhope and Robertsdale — which has been the practice during some elections in recent years.

Absentee voting office to stay in Bay Minette

Pastor dispute divides Daphne church

A Daphne pastor has sued his own church while facing criminal charges and a divorce, and the congregation is expected to vote this weekend on whether he should continue to lead it.

After a group of deacons at Macedonia Missionary Baptist had the Rev. David C. Harrison physically removed from the church last month, two Baldwin County judges stepped in and set the pastor back at the pulpit.

The most recent decision came earlier this month when Baldwin County Circuit Court Judge Lang Floyd, in response to Harrison’s lawsuit, ordered the church to take the vote Sunday.

Pastor dispute divides church

Meet the first Miss SFHS

Families seemed relaxed Saturday night, enjoying the music and the atmosphere at the Daphne Civic Center, which was decked out in green trees adorned with small twinkling lights, for the Miss Spanish Fort High School pageant.

The pageant was presented by the Girls Service Club and the theme was “Fabulous 50s Weekend”. Then, excitement grew as 30 contestants were whittled down to the top 10 finalists. Four runner-ups were announced and Jamie Matthews was crowned the first Miss SFHS.

Meet the first Miss SFHS

Coast Prepares for Spring Break

It isn’t hard to see why the Alabama Gulf Coast attracts visitors year round. From spring, summer, fall and even winter, 2007 was a record breaking year with lodging taxes up $39-million over 2006.

Even though the snowbird season got off to a weak start, Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitor’s Bureau President Herb Malone says it will even out. “The same ones that said they were down in January, they were up by that amount in February. So when all the numbers come in we really expect our snow bird season to be about the same with last year’s season,” said Malone.

With the first Spring break vacations in just days, snowbirds won’t own the beaches long. After that, the coveted summer season will begin. Many condominiums and restaurants are racing to be ready in time.

Coast Prepares for Spring Break

Robertsdale approves grant for police department

The Robertsdale City Council took all of 14 minutes to conduct town business Monday morning, Feb. 18, at the Robertsdale City Hall.

The council’s main order of business was to approve a resolution to allow Police Chief Brad Kendrick to apply for an ADECA matching funds grant for the police department.

Kendrick said the department had applied for the same grant last year, but was denied.

The council also approved utility accounts writeoffs in the amount of $29,017.46. Murphy said the city would still continue to seek collection on the accounts. The city is also using a collection agency retained by the Alabama League of Municipalities to help collect on the accounts.

The council also announced the city’s annual tree giveaway will be held Saturday at the Garrett Park Pavilion. The event, which is part of the city’s annual Tree City qualification, will begin with a short program beginning at 9 a.m., then the city will give away approximately 1,200 trees, including live oaks, sweet bay magnolias, red buds, river burch, Southern Catalpa, Southern crabapples and slash pines.

City approves grant for police department

Are Fairhope’s tree huggers eligible to get the free trees from Robertsdale?

Fairhope Sex Offender Getting Free Pass

As of today, there are 199 registered sex offenders living in Baldwin County. After being convicted or pleading guilty to a sex offense they are required to register with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Then, notices go out to neighbors either by mail or door-to-door to alert the public a sexual offender has moved nearby. Neighbors have been notified about all the sex offenders, that is, all except one.

When sex offender’s moves onto your street you expect to be notified and why wouldn’t you be? It’s the law. But that wasn’t the case in Fairhope when a man moved to Baldwin County and did everything the judge told him to do, right down to “not telling his neighbors he was moving in.

According to the “Case Action Summary” the judge says “The notification provisions do not apply due to the fact that acts occurred prior to the new sentencing provisions going into effect.” Middleton would have to register as a sex offender, his name, picture and crime posted on the internet, but the judge did not require notices go out informing the public a sex offender was living or moving into a neighborhood, that order followed Middleton when he moved from Elmore County to Fairhope.

Since this story was produced, Middleton has moved away from Baldwin County to Montgomery County. He has registered with the Montgomery Police Department and despite the judge’s original order; they are planning to do community notification.

Sex Offenders Getting Free Passes

Patrick Ballard indicted for two murders of bicyclists

The teenager accused of killing two local bicyclists has been indicted by a Baldwin County grand jury on two counts of murder.

19-year-old Patrick Ballard was arrested shortly after the two men were killed last September. Investigators say Bill Imle and Archie Clemons were riding their bikes in Stapleton on Labor Day morning and were struck by a truck driven by Ballard.

Investigators have said Ballard had alcohol in his system and was driving almost 30 mph over the speed limit when he struck and killed William Frederick Imle and Archie Leroy Clemons Jr. on Sept. 3.

“This was not an accident. It was murder,” Newcomb said Wednesday.

Patrick Ballard indicted for two murders

Indictment brought in bicyclists’ deaths

Magnolia Springs approves first salaries

Incoming council members will receive the town’s first salaries when they start the first full terms in office, following a split vote by current officials Tuesday night.

After a measure to pay the mayor and council $50 a month failed to pass on a 3-3 vote, the council voted 5-1 to approve an ordinance for salaries of $100 a month.

Councilwoman Reva Hinson cast the only vote against the ordinance that passed.

Magnolia Springs approves first salaries

Breakfast or lunch at Rockwell Elementary?

Each day, Rockwell Elementary School students begin filling lunch trays long before the customary time to eat a midday meal.

In fact, it might seem more like breakfast.

An overcrowded campus — with 11 portable classrooms and 769 students — forces Rockwell officials to serve lunch in three waves, beginning at 10:30 a.m., just 2½ hours after classes start. The last students finish at 1:15 p.m., less than two hours before dismissal.

What time is lunch?

Fairhope mayor stands by his veto

The first mayoral veto in this city’s history was no dud, Mayor Tim Kant said Wednesday.

“If it gets overridden, it gets overridden, but I followed the rules as they were told to me,” Kant said.

The surprise veto of pay increases for the next City Council and mayor raised many questions, among them whether Kant had handed the veto to the city clerk by the deadline, Feb. 21.

A time stamp on the document confirms that Kant did submit the veto at 4 p.m. Feb. 21. Also, Kant said the council’s vote Monday to override his action had violated the council’s own administrative rules by not first taking a vote to add the item to the agenda.

Fairhope mayor stands by his veto

Silverhill to order clean up of property

The town of Silverhill will take steps to see that owners of local property clean up their act.

Mayor Tim Wilson said the town had received complaints from a trailer park off of Woodpecker Lane, including grass and weeds grown up around the property and debris scattered everywhere.

Wilson said while the property is outside the town’s limits it is within the town’s police jurisdiction. The town can issue a letter to property owners under the town’s junk, nuisance ordinance.

Town to order clean up of property