A dog is running for mayor in the town of Fairhope, Alabama. It seemed like a cute idea at first, but things are starting to get ugly. We watch.
Announce: “Willie Bean (dog) says you can trust him to lead Fairhope, Alabama as its mayor, but consider the facts. When asked at a town hall meeting last April how he planned to ease downtown traffic congestion, the candidate said, ‘ruff ruff, ruff ruff ruff.’ But when asked the same question last week, he said ‘grrr grrrrrr grrrr, grr grrrrrrr.’
The mayday call was reported around 3:47 p.m. Wednesday. Several aircraft also reported the reception of an emergency location transponder beacon. Which usually signifies an aircraft in distress.
The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center contacted the Alabama Wing, Civil Air Patrol to help look for a possible downed aircraft.
The Alabama Wing launched two aircrews from Baldwin County and Maxwell Air Force Base and activated three ground teams to look for the plane. Unfortunately, they were not able to locate the emergency beacon originally reported by several different aircraft.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has issued a “consumption advisory” for several species of popular game fish in the area. Most popular local fishing holes have some level of contamination. The principal contaminant appears to be mercury, according to the release.
“The idea is don’t be scared, be sensible,” said Neil Sass, a biochemist and toxicologist with the Alabama Department of Public Health in a telephone interview. “Mercury has been there forever.”
After a two-week halt, construction resumed on a portion of the Greeno Road median, but the owner of one of Fairhope’s oldest businesses said the decision forces him to either move or take action against the city.
The Fairhope City Council voted Monday night to continue median construction on Greeno Road, which is also U.S. 98. The project had been halted near Green’s Nursery while officials considered a request to modify the project at that site. The owners of the nursery said the median restricts access to their business by trucks used for deliveries and pickups.
The council also voted to improve Hoyle Avenue, on the north side of the nursery, to allow better access for trucks. The business owners, however, must pay for a drive to connect to the street, said Council President Bob Gentle.
A judge sent cases associated with a Foley man charged with killing his wife and assaulting his son on to a grand jury after a preliminary hearing today.
The Baldwin County District Court judge also ordered David Harlan Mumford’s bail to remain at $1 million. Mumford’s attorney said after the hearing that he plans to seek a bond reduction hearing next week.
The Baldwin County Health Department today lifted the public swimming advisory for the waters of Bon Secour Bay at Mary Ann Nelson Park.
The Health Department issued the warning Wednesday after tests revealed elevated bacteria levels, according to a news release. The advisory stated that swimming in the area carries “an increased risk of illness.”
Traffic, development and environmental preservation are among the main issues to be considered in preparing a comprehensive plan for Baldwin County’s newest municipality, according to officials and residents.
The Magnolia Springs Town Council will have a final public meeting tonight to discuss the plan. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Community Hall on Oak Street, said Mayor Charles Houser.
The defense attorney for a Spanish Fort man accused of killing two bicyclists in a high-speed, alcohol-fueled crash last year believes local media coverage has tainted his client’s right to an impartial jury, according to court documents.
Last month, attorney James Byrd filed a change of venue request on behalf of his client, Patrick Blake Young Ballard. Ballard, 20, is accused of striking and killing William Frederick Imle, 48, and Archie Leroy Clemons Jr., 46, as they rode their bikes along Bromley Road the morning of Sept. 3.
Meanwhile, Ballard, who if convicted faces life in prison, remains in the Baldwin County Corrections Center after Circuit Judge Charles C. Partin denied Wednesday the defendant’s request to have his bail for release reinstated.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) advises the public that two recent successive tests of swimming water quality at Mary Ann Nelson Park were poor. Swimming in these areas may lead to an increased risk of illness.
Monitoring will continue and the advisory will be lifted once bacteria values fall below the Environmental Protection Agency’s threshold of 104 enterococcus organisms per 100 milliliters for marine water. The site is being retested today and the result will be available tomorrow afternoon.
It’s been a week since a construction accident at the new Robertsdale Elementary School took the life of Josh Adams. He was an electrician working on the $25 million school project when he fell from a ladder last Wednesday and was killed.
A trust fund has been set up for his infant son. It’s called the Joshua Brayden Adams Fund. If you would like to help the family, you can make a donation at any area Regions Bank.
An $800,000 yacht stolen in Orange Beach wound up off Navarre Beach, Florida, Wednesday, police said.
The 55-foot flemming yacht was stolen from the marina at The Wharf Tuesday night, according to investigators. The owner was in the process of trading the boat and the vessel had been docked there for several months.
Governor Bob Riley today announced that 107 new classrooms, serving 1,926 children, will receive funding to become First Class Pre-K sites. Six of these sites are Baldwin County Public Schools, while three are private Baldwin County sites. These additions bring the total number of children being served by the program up to 3,384.
BCPS First Class Pre-K Sites 2008-09
Elsanor Elem. School Pre-K Program
Loxley Elementary School–Pre-K State Supported Slots
Foley Elem School–Pre-K State Supported Slots
Rosinton Elem School–Pre-K State Supported Slots
Bay Minette Elem School–Pre-K State Supported Slots
Swift Elementary School–Pre-K State Supported Slots
Other Baldwin County First Class Pre-K Sites 2008-09
Kid Plus Child Development Center–Pre-K State Supported Slots
Weinacker’s Montessori School
Weinacker’s Montessori School #2–Pre-K State Supported Slots