Entries from January 2009 ↓

High-rise construction delayed

It may be at least another year before construction on a much-talked-about residential high-rise building can begin.

Developers for the controversial Apalachee residential community—a project on hold for three years and prior contested or vetted by animal-rights activists (concerned for birds and the birding industry) and the Olde Towne Daphne Association (concerned with preserving the city’s small-town feel)—were granted a one-year site disturbance permit extension by the Planning Commission Jan. 22 in a 6-0 vote.

High-rise construction delayed

Suspects arrested in Silverhill slaying

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday, Jan. 30 the arrest of three suspects in the death of Robert Paul Aitcheson

The body of Robert Paul Aitcheson, 51, was found Wednesday morning when his mobile home on Holston Street near Silverhill caught fire.

Ian Aitcheson, 16, the victim’s son, and Danny O’Neil Weaver, 19, both of Robertsdale were arrested and charged with capital murder and arson in the first degree the morning of Jan. 30. Another man, Keshjuan Betts, also from Robertsdale according to the Sheriff’s office, was arrested Friday at 1 p.m. on the same charges.

Suspects arrested in Silverhill slaying

Victim’s son among 3 arrested in Baldwin County slaying

Loxley homicide Baldwin’s 4th of 2009

A body found near the Styx River community by a hunter was identified Friday as William Oliver Grunden, 57, of Pensacola, and his death is being investigated as the fourth Baldwin County homicide in less than two weeks.

Grunden was lying on a dirt road next to his pickup truck, which was still running. The location was Truck Trail 17, in a heavily wooded area about 13 miles east of Loxley.

A hunter who was going into the woods saw the body just before 6 p.m. Thursday and called Loxley police, Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack Jr. said

Death of man near Loxley ruled homicide ? Baldwin’s 4th of 2009

Florida man found dead in Loxley

Murder In Baldwin County Backwoods

Rockwell students rezoned to Spanish Fort Elementary

The school board also approved rezoning 190 students from Rockwell to Spanish Fort Elementary to alleviate overcrowding.

Rockwell students rezoned to Spanish Fort Elementary

Baldwin school board approves layoffs

The Baldwin County Board of Education unanimously approved a plan Thursday night to lay off 300 to 330 employees at the end of the school year.

According to school board documents, 140 to 150 of those employees would be support staff — such as bus drivers, secretaries and teachers’ aides — and 160 to 180 would be teachers and counselors.

Baldwin schools Superintendent Faron Hollinger said some employees may begin seeing layoff notices soon, but added that they would not be effective until the summer

Baldwin school board approves layoffs

Navy’s Baldwin airfield expansion plans draw 200 to Summerdale meeting

A concerned but appreciative crowd of about 200 people gathered Thursday night to find out how the Navy’s new training airplane will impact their property and quality of life.

At a public meeting at the Summerdale Community Center, Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s commanding officer, Capt. Rick Sadsad, explained the reason for expanding some of Baldwin County’s training airfields — an upgrade to the more powerful T-6B training airplane.

“We want to have an open conversation; we’re not hiding anything from anyone. We want to do the right thing,” Sadsad said

 

Navy’s Baldwin airfield expansion plans draw 200 to Summerdale meeting

Details emerge in Daphne slaying of 21-year-old Brianna Parish

When Brianna Parish arrived at the Jubilee Lounge on Nov. 11, she turned the head of the man now charged with her murder, according to court testimony Thursday.

“He told some of the witnesses that he noticed Brianna and pointed her out to several people and indicated he was going to hook up with her,” said Daphne Police Cpl. Jason Vannoy in Baldwin County District Court.

On Nov. 14, a search party found Parish’s nearly nude body near a concrete ditch. An autopsy indicated the 21-year-old died from strangulation and a single blow to the back of her head.

Details emerge in Daphne slaying of 21-year-old Brianna Parish

Daphne begins Adopt-A-Park program

From purchasing and installing a safety fence around the playground at Lott Park to picking up soda cans by the May Day boat ramp, Daphne officials are asking residents and business owners to become caretakers and advocates for the city’s 14 parks.

The Daphne Parks and Recreation Department last week announced the launch of an “Adopt-A-Park” program, through which individuals and groups can share responsibility for improving and maintaining the city recreational area of their choice

Daphne begins Adopt-A-Park program

Suffering bill-writing blues

Baldwin County’s legislative delegation has sought to address several other local issues in recent years through constitutional amendments, only to find the wording wasn’t quite right on the first try.

The underlying problem is Alabama’s constitution doesn’t give county governments the same authority as towns and cities to pass ordinances, meaning purely local issues like this must go through the Legislature, said County Commission Chief Counsel Scott Barnett.

“In effect, the county has again been placed at a disadvantage not shared by municipalities in this county, and at least two opportunities — and three years — to fix the problem have been squandered,” he said in a written statement about parks regulations, which limits county oversight due to wording of the legislation.

Suffering bill-writing blues

Suffering bill-writing blues

Baldwin County’s legislative delegation has sought to address several other local issues in recent years through constitutional amendments, only to find the wording wasn’t quite right on the first try.

The underlying problem is Alabama’s constitution doesn’t give county governments the same authority as towns and cities to pass ordinances, meaning purely local issues like this must go through the Legislature, said County Commission Chief Counsel Scott Barnett.

“In effect, the county has again been placed at a disadvantage not shared by municipalities in this county, and at least two opportunities — and three years — to fix the problem have been squandered,” he said in a written statement about parks regulations, which limits county oversight due to wording of the legislation.

Suffering bill-writing blues

Farmers market planned

A new farmers market will provide south Baldwin County residents and tourists with entertainment as well as fresh local fruits, vegetables and other items.

The Chicago Street Farmers Market will open May 22 on the east side of Heritage Park in Foley, said Kathy Danielson, director of the Foley Convention and Visitors Bureau. She said city officials appointed a steering committee to plan the project.

“It’s going great,” Danielson said Thursday. “The committee’s been working very hard, and everyone that we’ve talked to about the farmers market is very excited.”

Farmers market planned

Threat Prompts Tighter Security At School Board Meeting

Officials beefed up security at the Baldwin County School Board meeting Thursday night, after a parent’s threat.

Five patrol cars and at least eight sheriff’s deputies were on hand at the meeting in Bay Minette. Officials tell NBC 15 News that a parent had threatened to shoot people in the foot, earlier in the week. The parent has had several run-ins with truancy officers, according to school sources.

Threat Prompts Tighter Security At School Board Meeting

Baldwin school board says Loxley woman has issued violent threats

County moving toward park regulations

Baldwin voters passed a constitutional amendment last fall designed to close a legal loophole that had prevented county officials from controlling, with criminal penalties, hours and activities at local parks.

It turns out it is still a little bit open, said Baldwin County Commission Chief Counsel Scott Barnett.

Barnett presented commissioners a draft ordinance Tuesday that will establish rules and regulations for parks, boat launches and historic sites owned by the county. The law will have more “teeth” than a previous one, he said, because it allows criminal prosecution rather than civil fines

 

County moving toward park regulations

Former Gulf Shores Cop Pleads Not Guilty

Former police officer Edward Scott Yancey will be tried April 6 in federal court in Mississippi on a firearms charge.
If convicted, the former volunteer coach for the Long Beach Recreation League faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Yancey pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court in Gulfport.
The 37-year-old Yancey was a police officer in Gulf Shores, Ala., before he was convicted in 1998 on a federal child pornography charge. He was sentenced to three years’ probation.

 

Former Gulf Shores Cop Pleads Not Guilty

How Did Your Congressman Vote?

The $819 billion economic stimulus package passed the House 244-188 without the backing of a single Republican.
Below is the roll call.

A “yes” vote is a vote to pass the bill.
Voting yes were 244 Democrats and 0 Republicans.

Democrats — Bright, N; Davis, Y; Griffith, N.
Republicans — Aderholt, N; Bachus, N; Bonner, N; Rogers, N.

How Did Your Congressman Vote?