Entries from April 2009 ↓

Speaker asked to leave meeting

A person who spoke during the public participation section of Monday’s City Council meeting was removed from the meeting by a police officer

Councilman Lonnie Mixon, who presided during Council President Debbie Quinn’s absence, told Calvin Hunt to address the item he had requested be put on the agenda, or he would be removed from the meeting.

After Hunt continued speaking about what he claimed were problems that had not been fixed at Young Street Park, Mixon stopped him. “You’re finished,” Mixon said.

A police officer tapped Hunt on the shoulder and told him he had been asked to leave, and escorted him without incident from the meeting.

Speaker asked to leave meeting

Both speakers — black community activist Calvin Hunt and Paul Ripp, an opponent of the Publix development on Parker Road near his home — had spoken to the council during several recent meetings on the same subjects that they took up Monday night.

During a meeting last month, Quinn warned that the public comment period was for the general public and not for a few who wish to rail on a pet issue again and again. Those who insist on speaking to the council repeatedly on the same subject would be stopped and, if necessary, escorted by police from the chambers, she said

Council had warned last month about revisiting issues

North Dakota slaying suspect arrested at Gulf Shores campground

A Texas man wanted in connection with a North Dakota slaying is awaiting extradition to that state after being discovered by police at a campground along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Shane Patrick Miller, 39, is a suspect in the shooting death of 49-year-old Neal Matejovsky, a Dickinson, N.D., man, local police and North Dakota authorities said.

Contacted Tuesday by the Press-Register, the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is investigating the matter, declined to comment on the case. Investigators in North Dakota have told The Dickinson Press, a local newspaper, that Matejovsky was killed March 26 and that his body was found Friday in a field northeast of Dickinson, a city in the western part of the state.

North Dakota slaying suspect arrested at Gulf Shores campground

Investigators: Son stabs father while trying to steal TV

A 22-year-old Foley man stabbed his father Tuesday while trying to steal his TV and sell it for drug money, Baldwin County authorities said

The father, Barry Garrett, was treated at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center and released while his son, Thomas Earl Kingsley, was being held today in the Baldwin County Corrections Center on $10,000 bail, according to the sheriff’s department.

The altercation occurred about 10 p.m. Tuesday on Helton Drive in Foley when Kingsley grabbed a steak knife and stabbed Garrett in the chest, investigators said.

Investigators: Son stabs father while trying to steal TV

Family dispute over T.V.

Greg Albritton takes GOP primary for Pat Lindsey’s seat

Greg Albritton won today’s GOP primary to face Democrat Marc Keahey for the Senate District 22 seat, according to unofficial returns.

The seat became vacant upon the death of state Sen. Pat Lindsey, D-Butler, in January.

Returns showed Albritton, a former state representative from Range, outdistancing rivals Judy Belk and Danny Joyner in all but one of the eight counties in the L-shaped district. The Alabama Republican Party reported Albritton had won approximately 57 percent of the vote in the district.

Greg Albritton takes GOP primary for Pat Lindsey’s seat

Out of hand spring breakers

Riding the waves and catching some rays are the usual pastimes for spring breakers. And unfortunately this is when some students decide to break the law, but not all of them.

“It’s just not worth it or worrying about ‘I need bail money’ or something like that. It’s just a time to have fun,” said Rachel Peaden.

Logan Houk chooses not to be like some of his peers. “They drink, they get high. I don’t do none of that because none of its really my thing,” said Houk. And that’s a good attitude according to Youth Court Judge Carmen Bosch.

Out of hand spring breakers

Publix jobs coming to Fairhope

Fairhope will soon have a few extra jobs to offer. Publix Food and Pharmacy is set to open soon, but they need to fill some positions first.

If you’ve been looking for work, stop by the Eastern Shore Visiting Center at the Scenic Overlook tomorrow between 1pm – 7pm. If you can’t make it Wednesday, no worries! You can also apply Saturday from 9am – 4pm

Publix jobs coming to Fairhope

Baldwin County sewage spill

Recent storms contributed to another sewage spill in our area. This time, Hollinger’s Creek in Baldwin County was overflowed. The sewage came from the Harry Still Sr. Wastewater Treatment Plant off of Hwy. 31 after heavy rain swept through.

The Baldwin County Health Department is not sure exactly how much sewage overflowed, but still warns people to be careful if they use Hollinger’s Creek for recreation. Any seafood caught there should be thoroughly washed and cooked. Remember to always wash your hands after handling the seafood

 

Baldwin County sewage spill

Beach Express will be public forum topic

A public forum regarding the Beach Express will be held April 28 at 6 p.m. or immediately following the 5 p.m. Orange Beach City Council committee of the whole meeting. The forum will be held at the Orange Beach Community Center and is sponsored by the Orange Beach Citizen’s Association.

Neil Belitsky, CEO of American Roads, will be the special guest. The forum will present an opportunity to find out more from the operators of the Beach Express, including toll rates, future expansion, new discount programs and more. A recap of the first quarter revenues of the city of Orange Beach will also be presented

Beach Express will be public forum topic

Loxley’s ‘Unofficial ambassador’ dies

Loxley’s unofficial ambassador, long a fixture on local streets on a flag-adorned bicycle or walking in his orange vest, will be buried today following a funeral at the town’s Civic Center.

Franklin Roosevelt Brackin was known as Frank to everyone in Loxley, said Kathy Fleet, director of the Association for Retarded Citizens of Baldwin County. He died Sunday at 76.

“Frank was like an unofficial ambassador for Loxley,” Fleet said. “He had been here for over 30 years.”

‘Unofficial ambassador’ dies

Council decides to go ahead with $45,000 fireworks show

Though the annual Fourth of July fireworks show had been nixed from the city’s 2009 spending plan, the City Council on Monday voted unanimously to award contracts to two companies to put on the event.

Last month the council delayed a vote to fund the $45,000 event, which draws thousands to the city’s public beaches each summer.

At the time council members said they wanted to wait a few weeks in hopes that the latest tax return data would show an uptick in revenue, and thus a way to pay for the display

Council decides to go ahead with $45,000 fireworks show

Commission works on county ordinances

Baldwin County commissioners Tuesday worked on new and existing ordinances regarding parks, zoning and flood prevention.

Meeting in a work session, commissioners continued a nearly three-year effort to regulate hours and activities at county-owned boat launches and other public access sites.

A constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2006 gave officials some authority to govern such areas, but enforcement was limited to issuing civil fines. Last fall, Baldwin voters passed another constitutional amendment to close a loophole that prevented criminal penalties

Commission works on county ordinances

South Baldwin mayors talk convention center

Foley Mayor John Koniar was one of three area mayors to talk with state officials in Montgomery recently concerning the Gulf State Park convention center issue

Koniar and mayors Tony Kennon of Orange Beach and Robert Craft of Gulf Shores were in Montgomery last week talking to state officials about getting a new convention center in place, an issue that has been bogged down in legal proceedings since Gulf State Park Resort and Convention Center were dealt knockout blows by hurricanes Ivan and Katrina in 2004-2005.

According to Koniar, the three area mayors traveled to Montgomery to talk about the issue since a new hotel and convention center would be good for the area and to dispel the rumor that the three cities don’t work well together.

South Baldwin mayors talk convention center

Animal deaths down

Before partnering with Maddie’s Fund—a “no-kill” coalition that aims to find safe homes for animals—five years ago, Daphne Animal Shelter had euthanized 23 animals per month

But the shelter recently has seen a drop in euthanizations.

Animal deaths down

Short-term renting complaints

Some people living in Orange Beach want their neighbors to stop ‘short-term renting’ their homes. For young party-goers, short-term renting is ideal for spring break. They can enjoy all the amenities of a home with little to no supervision. But those who live close to the “short-term” renters say the spring-breaker’s dream is becoming their nightmare.

Neighbors are complaining that the noise is too loud. They say some renters are even using the balcony as a bathroom.

Short-term renting complaints

Short-term renting is causing problems

Making Spring Break Safe

Thousands of high school kids, college students and families are heading to Baldwin County’s beaches this week. The Foley Police Department wants make sure they have a fun and safe vacation.

Chief David Wilson has created a “D.U.I. Task Force” to keep impaired drivers off the road.

Making Spring Break Safe