Entries from June 2008 ↓

Stabler D.U.I. Trial Postponed

Kenny Stabler will have more time to prepare his defense. News 5 has learned Stabler’s August 13th trial on D.U.I. charges has been delayed.

Robertsdale Assistant Police Chief Brian Middleton says the arresting officer in the case has resigned and will not be available the week of the original trial date. Middleton says the arresting officer is now working for the Alabama State Troopers Office and will be at the police academy in August. Middleton says the “Snake’s” trial will likely be set sometime in September.

The case has been a tricky one to follow. Since the “Snake’s” arrest, two prosecutors have recused themselves from the case citing conflicts of interest. A judge sealed all evidence in the case and neither the police department or the city of Robertsdale will release information about Stabler’s arrest, including dash-cam video, to the media.

Stabler D.U.I. Trial Postponed

Football, celebrity status, multiple prosecutors, arresting officer getting promoted, trial delays, sealed evidence…this case has it all. What’s next in this case?

Kayak Fishing in Fairhope

More than a hundred fishermen gathered in Fairhope this weekend to take part in what is described as the fastest-growing watersport in America.

Were talking about kayak fishing. And it’s just what the name implies, fishing from a kayak.

If you would like to find out more, just visit their website. The kayakers alternate trips between the eastern and western shores of Mobile Bay.

Kayak Fishing

Baldwin County public school registration information

All 47 Baldwin County Public Schools have announced 2008-09 registration details. Additional back-to-school information can be found at each school’s web site. In addition, a helpful source of registration information can also be found at www.bcbe.org/newcomer. The first day of school for students is Aug. 11. Teachers, however, report to school on Aug. 6.

Baldwin County public school registration information

Foley Redistricting plan still not OK’d

City officials say their proposed redistricting plan intended to map which residents vote for which City Council spot in this August’s election probably won’t receive the federal approval it needs before the candidate qualifying period begins Tuesday.

And there’s no guarantee the proposal will be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice by the end of the two-week qualifying period.

All of which has put municipal officials in a jam: They can’t delay the Aug. 26 election or the events leading up to it without breaking Alabama law. They can’t proceed under the proposed-but-unapproved districting plan without violating the 1965 Voting Rights Act. And if they conduct the election using 2004’s districts, they risk disfranchising more than 1,000 voters whose residences were annexed into the city since the last election, as well as any candidates who may live in those areas.

Redistricting plan still not OK’d

Party City due early fall at Plaza

  • A 12,700-square-foot Party City store should be finished in early fall at the Eastern Shore Plaza off Alabama 181 in Spanish Fort, according to Mark Kraft , general manager of the plaza and the adjacent Eastern Shore Centre. The Jenny Craig Store has opened in 1,600 square feet next to Tuesday Morning in the plaza, he said.
  • More than 2,000 acres and 7 miles of waterfront on Perdido Bay in Lillian will be offered at absolute auction July 22 at 11 a.m
  • A group of local investors paid $1.18 million for three furnished condominium units on the Baldwin County coast, according to Henry Darnell of Darnell & Associates , who represented the buyers. The units were at Caribe Resort , Orange Beach, for $540,000; Crystal Tower , $345,000, and Sanibel , $297,000, both in Gulf Shores.
  • One of 32 condo units at Is land Villas at Sunset Bay off Baldwin County 6 in Gulf Shores was sold at auction for almost $400,000

Party City due early fall at Plaza

Baldwin County Ballot Blunder

The District 5 Baldwin County School Board race will be decided once and for all on July 15th.

Challenger Angie Swiger beat incumbent Margaret Long to win the June 3rd Republican Primary by 65 votes. But late that night, Probate Judge Adrian Johns said they discovered the District 5 race was not on the ballots given to voters in 3 split precincts; Elberta, Foley and Magnolia Spings.

Monday, Attorney General Troy King recommended Baldwin County hold a new primary on July 15th for those three precincts.

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Baldwin County Ballot Blunder

Interstate Internet Sex Sting

A Federal Grand Jury has indicted a Mississippi man accused of traveling to Baldwin County have sex with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

34-year-old Mitchell Hooks was arrested earlier this month at the Barnes & Noble in Spanish Fort.

Interstate Internet Sex Sting

Promising Baldwin County Crops

We’ve seen the images from the Midwest, flooded towns, homes and devastated crops. While the rain has meant disaster for Midwest farmers, crops in Baldwin County couldn’t look better.

County Extension agent Richard Petcher says Baldwin County could have a bumper corn crop. Overall he says crops are looking “very promising” although it is still early and anything can happen.

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Promising Baldwin County Crops

Gas Prices Hurt Firefighters

The convenience store across the street from the Fish-River Marlow Volunteer Fire Department in Baldwin County is selling gas at four dollars and six cents a gallon! The pain at the pump is putting a strain on just about everyone, including volunteer firefighters, who respond to countless emergencies each month.

“Our guys don’t get reimbursed,” says Fish River-Marlow Fire Chief Gib Hixon. “We are trying to look at ways to somehow offset their cost of getting to and from the station. They’re not allowed to use their personal cars and respond directly to the scene. They have to drive from their house to the station and then load up in a truck and that costs gas and money.”

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Gas Prices Hurt Firefighters

Baldwin schools expand pre-K programs

Delta Elementary is one of five Baldwin County schools slated to add a pre-kindergarten class when school resumes Aug. 11.

Adding pre-kindergarten at five schools — Delta, Magnolia, Robertsdale, Elberta and Silverhill elementary — will increase Baldwin County’s total to 16 pre-K classes on 15 campuses, said Baldwin Schools’ Federal Programs Director Cindy Chandler. Foley Elementary has two pre-K classes.

Many low-income parents want their children to attend day care or preschool, Chandler said, but that’s often impossible when the average cost of day care is $460 per month.

Baldwin schools expand pre-K programs

What happened to the school budget cuts? There’s no money for buses to get kids to school. There’s no money for regular classroom teachers and there’s not enough space for anyone without portables.

But they’ve managed to take just enough of our money to pay for daycare for 4 year olds from low-income families in the public schools and private organizations. Thanks for the $20 increase in spending there, Governor Riley.

Anyone know what programs or classes are being cut in exchange for this low-income day care?

July Fourth fun planned

  • Bay Minette : The Bay Minette Rotary Club’s Fourth of July celebration will take place Friday behind Bay Minette Intermediate School. The fireworks will begin about 30 minutes after dusk. Parking will be available all around the school property, organizers said, but Simmons Field will not be open to spectators.
  • Fairhope : The city will host its annual Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks display again this year in Henry George Park and the Fairhope Municipal Pier. The Baldwin Pops Band Independence Day Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Henry George Park on the bluff.Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. Refreshments will be available.
  • Lillian: The Lillian Community Club, 34148 Widell Ave., will celebrate Independence Day with its 65th annual picnic.
  • Fort Morgan: A Salute to American Independence will kick off the weekend from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the fort. There will be guided tours of the nearly 175-year-old brick fort in addition to several firing demonstrations.
  • Gulf Shores: Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. Friday on the main public beach. The fireworks will be visible from any Gulf Shores beach area. Sunny 105.7 will broadcast fireworks information and simultaneous patriotic music during this show. In case of rain, the show will be Saturday.
  • Perdido Beach Resort: Fireworks Gala and Barbecue will take place starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the barbecue and show are $30 for adults, $15 for children under 12 and free to those 4 and under. For information, visit www.perdidobeachresort.com.
  • Orange Beach: Fourth at The Wharf will be celebrated at 8 p.m. Friday at the amphitheater with music and fireworks. Tickets are $7 and children 12 and under get in free. A military ID will get four adults in free. For information, call 224-1000 or visit www.thewharfal.com.

July Fourth fun planned

IP has a huge plan for Loxley

The real estate arm of International Paper plans today to ask this town to annex and rezone thousands of acres of timberland north of Interstate 10 to accommodate a long-term development that will include everything from single-family homes to light industry, company and town officials said.

Company officials said last week that construction is not likely begin any time soon and it may be 50 years before the property, about 5,600 acres situated between Alabama 59 and Steelwood Lake, is fully developed. But they want to bring the land into Loxley and obtain the necessary zoning so they can proceed to design the mixed-use development, called Roan’s Creek.

IP has a huge plan for Loxley

Sometimes, no room at The Haven

In a small facility by the city’s Public Works building, volunteers with the no-kill animal shelter, The Haven, share the same roof with the city’s animal control officer. But the city and the nonprofit do not share the same purpose or the same practices when it comes to homeless animals, officials with both agencies said.

“Some people think that we’re one and the same, but that’s not at all the case,” said Michael Graham, director of The Haven.

Confusion between the two entities since The Haven moved into the city-owned facility in 2001 has created more than a few heated comments from would-be pet donors, especially in the summer months when stray dogs and cats seem to propagate in neighborhoods like fleas in a rug, Graham said. This year is no different, he said.

Sometimes, no room at The Haven

Higher gas prices mean less tax revenue in Alabama

Record prices at the pumps aren’t just hurting consumers. State and local governments are reaping less gasoline tax revenue, which pays for road paving, as people cut back their fuel consumption.

Unlike sales tax, gasoline is taxed on the number of gallons sold, not on the amount someone pays per gallon. So the government gets the same revenue when someone spends $40 for 10 gallons as it does when someone pays $25 for 10 gallons.

In Baldwin County, meanwhile, consumption is down about 3 percent, according to Budget Director Ron Cink.

Higher gas prices mean less tax revenue in Alabama

Plane Crash in Walker County Kills Four Headed for Gulf Shores

A plane crashed just after take-off from the Walker County airport on Sunday morning, killing Jasper car dealer Bobby Crump, his wife, son and a fourth passenger.

Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey confirmed that the plane crashed shortly after take-off from the airport. The family reportedly was bound for Gulf Shores on the Alabama coast when the plane went down about 7:55 a.m. in a wooded area not far from the airport.

Plane Crash in Walker County Kills Four