Entries from August 2009 ↓

Influx of ugly people expected in Daphne for beauty school

A beauty school may open in Daphne as the Planning Commission at its site review Aug. 19 heard an administrative presentation for Genesis Career College to move into the building formerly occupied by Advance Auto Parts in Daphne Square, at the Wilson Avenue-U.S. Highway 98 intersection. Commissioners do not vote during site review.

The .4-acre property is southeast of the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and Wilson Avenue.

Beauty school proposed

Finally, they’re going to teach the ugly people how to be beautiful. I’d support a 1-cent sales tax increase for that school. Will they be offering scholarships to people from Mobile?

Peanute restrictions in Baldwin schools

As diagnoses of food allergies rise, school leaders are grappling with how to accommodate the needs of vulnerable students, aware that those with severe allergies might develop life-threatening conditions if they eat the wrong things.

Many school parents in Mobile and Baldwin counties received letters in recent weeks asking them to keep peanut butter and nuts out of snacks and lunches.

 

As peanut allergy diagnoses rise, so do restrictions in Mobile and Baldwin county schools

Elberta teen who loved the outdoors to have camoflauge funeral

Samantha Dyess of Elberta, who died Monday after remaining in a coma for two months following a single-car accident near her home, had been a 16-year-old girl who always got her way, family members said Wednesday.

That’s why the pallbearers at her funeral — which begins at 3 p.m. today at Orange Beach United Methodist Church — will be dressed head-to-toe in deer-hunting camouflage outfits.

Elberta teen who loved the outdoors to have camoflauge funeral

Baldwin County Coroner dies

Baldwin County Coroner James “Jim” Small, 68, passed away at 12:25 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center

Baldwin County Coroner dies

Planned resort in Orange Beach officially dies

Withered two years ago when developers defaulted on $100 million in loans, plans to replace a storm-battered stretch of beach houses and low-rise condos with the state’s tallest residential towers have officially died, according to city officials.

“It was just too big a project to do in this economy,” said Greg Leatherbury, a lawyer who worked with Mandolay Beach’s six lenders as they tried to revive the project last year.

Mandolay Beach was originally proposed during the area’s post-Hurricane Ivan building boom as a pair of 36-story condo towers at the terminus of Ala. 161, and later recast as a convention center and resort. To do so required special zoning that came with an expiration date if construction failed to begin. Despite that deadline being extended multiple times, dirt never turned and the 15 acres of beach-front reverted in recent days to the zoning it held when Ivan struck in 2004 and ripped the faces off the structures that sat there

Planned resort in Orange Beach officially dies

Buzbee’s attorney files for dismissal

After two mistrials, Leslie Eric Buzbee’s attorney is seeking dismissal of his capital murder-robbery charges on the principle of “double jeopardy.”

Buzbee is accused of savagely beating and robbing Spanish Fort service station owner Arthur “Bobby” Wilson in the early morning of Aug. 11, 2007.

Baldwin County Circuit Judge James Reid declared a mistrial Friday at the prosecution’s request when the defense announced an expert witness who was prepared to dispute the timing of the attack as laid out by law enforcement

Buzbee’s attorney files for dismissal

Green building demands cost Gulf Shores arts facility

A nonprofit that earlier this summer struck a deal to build and operate a 6,700-square-foot art education center on city property in Gulf Shores has backed out of that deal and instead proposed putting its facility in the next city over.

Beach CITE Studios Inc. struck a 99-year, $1-a-year lease agreement with the Gulf Shores City Council in February. Its leadership said in June that it expected to open its art center at the corner of West 19th Avenue and West Second Street early next year but that deal fell apart.

As the nonprofit sought approval for its building designs this summer, Gulf Shores officials sought to develop the public space with green building techniques, but Beach CITE Studios representatives said adding things like landscaped stormwater retention basins and a permeable parking lot would price the project out of their b

Nonprofit eyes Orange Beach for arts facility

Park ordinance amended again

Baldwin County officials said they believe the latest amendments to a proposed ordinance controlling the use of parks, boat launches and other public sites will overcome con cerns expressed by area fishermen and hunters.

Commissioners again pulled back the draft rules and regulations last week after running into opposition from dozens of residents who feared the new ordinance’s provisions requiring permits for special events and setting hours for parks would inhibit use of boat launches.

A constitutional amendment passed by Baldwin voters last November allowed commissioners to enact criminal penalties for the first time to control hours and activities at sites including Marlow Ferry, Mullet Point Park, Cliff’s Landing, Mary Ann Nelson Park and Seminole Boat Launch

 

Park ordinance amended again

Fairhope donations on hold

The City Council on Monday passed a moratorium on community contributions — money the city routinely gives to organizations and projects that rely on donations — that will remain in effect until the next fiscal year’s budget is drawn up.

Shortly after passing that moratorium, the council unanimously approved a donation of $7,500 to Honor Flight South Alabama, part of a national program that takes World War II veterans on day trips to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Barry Booth, a Spanish Fort dentist who is a leader of the local organization, made a presentation to the council Monday asking for the donation. He said the organization’s first flight had been a success, sending 92 vets to the memorial, and he is now in the process of raising the $55,000 necessary to fund its second flight

Fairhope donations on hold

Baldwin Co. School System faces $30K mold problem

During a tight budget crunch, Baldwin County School Officials say they had to pick up the tab for a $30,000 mold problem, found at Foley Middle School.

The mold was found right before school started and has since been corrected, according to board spokesman Terry Wilhite.

Baldwin Co. School System faces $30K mold problem

Pleasure Island Prepares to Welcome Expanded Triathlon Weekend

Anticipation continues to build among the racing community as the area’s premier triathlon – and its new sister event of a shortened triathlon – grows closer each day. Registration recently opened for the Brett-Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon and the new Coastal “Tri-It-On” Triathlon, both of which are set for Saturday, September 19, 2009 in the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area.

Pleasure Island Prepares to Welcome Expanded Triathlon Weekend

Baldwin County Coroner Jim Small hospitalized

Baldwin County Coroner Jim Small has been hospitalized at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center and was listed in critical condition, apparently having contracted an infection during back surgery he underwent earlier this month.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack Jr., who is a close friend of Small’s, said Tuesday afternoon that Small was admitted to the Foley hospital Sunday, about two weeks after his back operation

Baldwin County Coroner Jim Small hospitalized

Buzbee defense seeks dismissal

The attorney for Leslie Eric Buzbee is seeking to have his capital murder-robbery charges dismissed based on the principle of “double jeopardy.”

Baldwin County Circuit Judge James Reid declared a mistrial Friday, after a jury was seated, when the defense attempted to introduce a medical expert to testify about the time Spanish Fort service station owner Arthur “Bobby” Wilson was attacked Aug. 11, 2007.

Buzbee defense seeks dismissal

Elberta teen dies two months after car crash

Samantha Dyess, 16, of Elberta died this week after receiving injuries in a single-car accident near her home in June

Dyess had just completed her sophomore year at Foley High school. She was on life support care for month after the crash at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. In July she was taken off life-support but remained unconscious and unresponsive. She died Monday, Aug. 24.

Elberta teen dies two months after car crash

Developer Ken Wall’s suit against Orange Beach dismissed

A Baldwin County Circuit Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit developer Ken Wall filed against Orange Beach and its former city planner two years ago in which he alleged errors on the municipal zoning map led him to overpay for a small parcel at Boggy Point.

Wall had claimed in the lawsuit that in 2005 he paid $2 million for less than an acre at the terminus of Marina Road after a trip to City Hall led him to believe that the property was unzoned and in Baldwin County’s jurisdiction

Developer Ken Wall’s suit against Orange Beach dismissed