Entries from September 2009 ↓

What Does Another Round Of Proration Mean For My Child?

Baldwin County Public School Spokesperson Terry Wilhite said, “We’re already bleeding. This takes it to just unimaginable levels.” As far as dealing with the cuts, Wilhite said, “Its too early to tell how the school board will tackle an additional $7.5 million in proration. Its just uncharted territory.”

Wilhite said the Baldwin County School Board will have to decide whether to ask county or state officials for more money, or make more cuts. But if more cuts are made, Wilhite said, “At this point, when you hear this devastating news, there’s only thing you can do, and that’s cut personnel.”

What Does Another Round Of Proration Mean For My Child?

Riley declares 7.5 percent proration for coming year’s education budget

Two days before the new fiscal year, Gov. Bob Riley on Tuesday declared a 7.5 percent cut to the pending education budget.

Riley announced that across-the-board cuts, also known as proration, will reduce to $5.3 billion from $5.7 billion the state funding budgeted for public schools in fiscal 2009-10.

“With less revenue coming in and the escalating costs of employee health insurance, there’s no way to avoid it,” Riley said in a statement

In Baldwin County, which is in the midst of dealing with a series of deep budget and staffing cuts, the governor’s announcement “only makes the situation worse,” said school system spokesman Terry Wilhite.

The proration means about $7.5 million less for Baldwin schools.

Riley declares 7.5 percent proration for coming year’s education budget

Mayor seeks to preserve worker raises

As the City Council considers passing next year’s fiscal budget tonight, Mayor Tim Kant said he will ask council members to restore about $468,000 in employee raises that were removed during finance committee meetings earlier this month.

“The only explanation I’m hearing from anybody about why we need to cut out raises is that everybody else is cutting back,” Kant said Friday. “I try to treat my people as Fairhope people and not compare us to the world.”

Kant submitted a $25.4 million general fund budget to the council in late August. In years past, the mayor and staff have handled the budget and any proposed cuts. But this year, the budget was reviewed by a new, council-appointed Financial Advisory Committee

Mayor seeks to preserve worker raises

Sales tax increase at Foley’s Tanger Outlet Center starts Thursday

Prices at the Tanger Outlet Center in Foley will go up a half-percent Thursday when a new fee for mall stores and customers goes into effect.

After several months of negotiations, the Foley City Council voted Sept. 21 to approve the half-cent fee intended to pay for mall improvements and efforts to attract new businesses to the site. The addition will be collected in the same way as a city sales tax.

With the new charge added, mall customers will pay 8.5 cents on each dollar purchase. The tax rate for the rest of Foley is 8 percent, which includes a 2 percent city tax as well as county and state taxes.

Sales tax increase at Foley’s Tanger Outlet Center starts Thursday

11th Hour Land Deal Proposal Stuns Council

A last minute proposal by Councilman Mike Ford to purchase 38.5 acres of land on HWY 13 for $900,000– for future recreational use (added onto the proposed 2010 budget), shocked the rest of the Council Monday night.

Ford: ” I laid it all out for you in executive session . . . thats my story and im stickin to it

11th Hour Land Deal Proposal Stuns Council

Teen’s truck attacked with pipe

The man accused of throwing a street sign through a car, killing the driver, is out on bond. Police are now investigating a similar incident in the area as the deadly attack.

Josh Graham says a trip to the video store in Foley this weekend turned into a terrifying ordeal for his 16-year-old brother. According to Graham, someone attacked the teenager in the parking lot.

“My little brother had called me. He was upset, because some guy had pulled in front of his vehicle and got out and was actually hitting the truck with a pipe,” Graham said.

 

Teen’s truck attacked with pipe

Baldwin County Homicide Investigation

According to Alabama State Troopers, they received a wreck call early Saturday morning on County Road 55 at Magnolia School in Foley. That’s where Troopers found the driver of a 1999 green Ford Mustang dead. A preliminary investigation proved that the death was not caused by a wreck, but was a homicide. That’s when the Alabama Bureau of Investigation was called in.

Investigators determined that a street sign was thrown through the front windshield of the car – striking the driver in the head. Investigators have not been able to identify the victim, but describe the victim as a 22 year-old Hispanic male.

 

Baldwin County Homicide Investigation

Last Day for Baldwin School Workers

September 29- After the latest round of layoffs, more than 200 workers in the Baldwin County School System will go to work for the last time on Wednesday.

They’ve all had more than a month to prepare but emotions are running high.

Wednesday will be a half day for school children in Baldwin County this so they can attend the county fair which opened this week.

Last Day for Baldwin School Workers

Publix package requested

Following months of speculation, city officials have confirmed Spanish Fort is in the hunt for a Publix Super Market, and an undeveloped site at the Eastern Shore Centre is being considered

District 2 Councilman Mike McMillan said developers have asked the city to “put together a financing package” that would address infrastructure issues “associated with a retail development of this size.”

Neighboring Daphne officials have been debating for months the possible construction of a 45,600-square-foot Publix near TimberCreek, and McMillan said a six- to seven-acre site just north of Belk at the Eastern Shore Centre is now on the table if the financing package can be approved.

Publix package requested

Layoffs likely to impact students immediately

It’s a little like a bad science fiction movie. On Sept. 30, 2009, about 200 employees of the Baldwin County School System will vanish

These are all probationary, non-classified employees,” said John Hudson, the Alabama Education Association Uniserv Director for the district. The AEA represents about 2,500 numbers in the Baldwin County school district and at Faulkner State Community College. nurses, cafeteria workers, teacher aids, P.E. aids. computer aids, mechanics, mechanics, bookkeepers, secretaries, clerks, custodians, grounds workers, and bus drivers will be trimmed.

Layoffs likely to impact students immediately

Baldwin judge needs more time on motion in capital murder case

During a hearing Thursday relating to the capital murder trial of Leslie Eric Buzbee, a Baldwin County judge put off ruling on the defense’s motion to throw the case out, days before a third attempt to try the case.

Baldwin County Circuit Judge James Reid said he needed time to read briefs filed by both sides before he made a decision.

Buzbee, 25, is charged in the bludgeoning and robbery of Spanish Fort service station owner Arthur “Bobby” Wilson the morning of Aug. 11, 2007. Wilson died four months later

Baldwin judge needs more time on motion in capital murder case

Fate of historic campus buildings undetermined

City and education officials, both facing tight budgets, are trying to find a way to preserve four historic buildings on the campus of Baldwin County’s newest school.

When Foley Middle School opened in August, educators and students no longer needed the old auditorium, office building and library. Education officials asked Foley to take over the buildings and a church on the campus, said Ken Mason, school system construction coordinator.

“The city of Foley was looking at leasing the old auditorium, old library and part of the old administration area,” Mason said. Mason said several other buildings on the campus, such as the newer wings of the old middle school, will be torn down

Fate of historic campus buildings undetermined

Hybrid cars and jobs headed to Baldwin County

Thursday’s announcement could be one of the biggest economic boosts to south Alabama in years: an automotive plant bringing 5,000 jobs to Baldwin County.

Governor Bob Riley announced Thursday that a group of Chinese investors plans to build a large-scale hybrid automobile manufacturing plant north of Bay Minette. The plant would actually be located in Rabun, which is an unincorporated, rural community in north Baldwin County.

The company HK Motors is expected to begin operations around 2013. HK stands for hybrid kinetics. HK Motors CEO C.T. Wang stood next to Riley and top state leaders as the announcement was made in Montgomery.

Hybrid cars and jobs headed to Baldwin County

Hybrid auto plant slated for Baldwin, to build 300,000 or more vehicles yearly

Will The HK Plant Really Be Built?

Executive behind Bay Minette car plant has grandiose plans, troubled past

Daphne Couple Settles Discrimination Suit

The couple who owns the ‘Pina’s Mobile Home Park” says they don’t keep kids from living there, but they do restrict the numbers, and the federal government says that’s discrimination.

According to the settlement, the couple will have to pay a little more than one hundred thousand dollars to those considered victims of discrimination, and 30-thousand to the government as a civil penalty.

Daphne Couple Settles Discrimination Suit

AEA plays the Nazi card

AEA representatives distributed flyers to teachers on Monday with the following text:

Please join us at the Robertsdale Park Pavilion to pay tribute to our recently dismissed coworkers and the vital work they performed.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 4:30 PM

All employees are encouraged to wear black to school on this day to show our sense of loss at their departure.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum inscription:

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Protestant Pastor Martin Niemoller

What does the current financial crisis have to do with the Holocaust? According to this comparison, who would be the Nazis in this case? Speak out or they’re coming for you next.