Entries from January 2011 ↓
January 27th, 2011 — Foley
City officials plan to bring 75 acres of commercial property along Ala. 59 into the corporate limits later this year with a special act of the Alabama Legislature.
City Council members and local legislators met Monday night with the owners of property on the highway south of the intersection with the Foley Beach Express to discuss the proposed act. Mayor John Koniar said property owners would get city police protection and garbage collection service.
Foley plans to annex commercial sites on Alabama 59
January 27th, 2011 — County Government
New Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon said Wednesday that she has asked for a state audit of her office’s finances and may ask for an independent investigation of the “mess” left by her predecessor.
Meanwhile, former District Attorney Judy Newcomb said Dixon’s complaints were “drama” meant to divert attention from the murder case against ex-Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine.
“It distracts people from holding her accountable for not doing her job,” she said.
Hallie Dixon, Judy Newcomb clash over state of Baldwin County DA’s office
Stephen Nodine’s attorneys want retrial moved; DA says she won’t file ‘knee-jerk response’
Hallie Dixon says she is victim of ‘sabotage’ in Baldwin DA’s office
Baldwin Cops Respond To DA Dixon’s Allegation
January 27th, 2011 — Fairhope
Mayor Tim Kant said he’s had enough.
With a bevy of documents and a detailed timeline, Kant gave a presentation Monday about the controversy surrounding the city’s decision to award a $639,000 contract to a company owned by state Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose, to deploy boom along the Eastern Shore during the BP PLC oil spill.
“These conspiracy people need to get a life,” Kant told the City Council and the 80 or so people who attended the council meeting. City Attorney Marion “Tut” Wynne said during Kant’s presentation that they city had gone “above and beyond its duties” in awarding the boom contract.
Fairhope Mayor Tim Kant lashes back against boom ‘conspiracy’ theorists
Fairhope Mayor Responds to BP Oil Disaster Ethics Complaint
January 25th, 2011 — Crime, Gulf Shores
A Gulf Shores man has been indicted on multiple counts of securities fraud after being accused of fleecing at least nine Alabama investors out of more than $2.3 million.
According to the Alabama Securities Commission, an Alabama grand jury in September handed down a 54-count indictment against George Louis McCaw, 36, the owner of McCaw Construction & Services LLC in Gulf Shores.
Gulf Shores man accused of defrauding investors of more than $2.3 million
January 25th, 2011 — Crime, Fairhope
A 19-year-old Fairhope man who, armed with a machete, allegedly forced his father to drive him to a Daphne bank to withdraw money last week has been transferred to a mental health facility, deputies said.
Authorities said Zachary Lamar Barber was transferred Friday to the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation at Searcy Hospital in Mount Vernon.
Man who allegedly used machete to kidnap father transferred to mental health facility
January 25th, 2011 — Schools
Sporadic cases of strep throat, mononucleosis and upper respiratory infections have surfaced in the Baldwin County Public School System, but no serious flu outbreaks have been reported at the beginning of the four-month flu season, according to Terry Wilhite, spokesman for the school system.
A high number of upper-respiratory illness was reported at Daphne East Elementary School, and 40 students called in sick Wednesday, Wilhite said.
Flu ‘bug” hasn’t hit Baldwin County Public Schools
January 25th, 2011 — Magnolia Springs
Residents of Magnolia Springs and surrounding areas finally have a new place to shop and pick up a few essentials without having to trek to Foley or Fairhope.
The new Family Dollar on U.S. 98 in Magnolia Springs held its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday. The store’s parking lot has been full of curious shoppers, interested to see the new store and cash in on grand opening deals including 2 liter Coke products for 75 cents each.
After several delays, Family Dollar opens in Magnolia Springs
January 24th, 2011 — Fairhope
Baldwin County gets some Senior Bowl action as some of the nation’s top college seniors prepare to impress pro scouts at Fairhope High School’s game field.
At today’s south team practice Fans and several home town players are looking to make it big. Young fans got to see championship quarterback Greg McElroy.
Fairhope Welcomes Senior Bowl Players
January 24th, 2011 — Crime, Gulf Shores
Baldwin County’s new District Attorney could announce tomorrow if former Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine will stand trial again for murder.
New DA Could Announce Nodine Retrial Plans Tomorrow
Status of Nodine trial expected from DA
January 24th, 2011 — Crime
Alabama State Troopers released the name of the Baldwin County woman who led one of its officers on a high-speed chase through parts of Baldwin County and ended when she crashed her sports car in Atmore Wednesday afternoon.
According to Public Information Officer Trooper Greg Eubanks, Jessica S. Gambrell Stillwell was the driver of a white 1995 Chevrolet Camaro that one of the office’s troopers pulled over in Baldwin County for an apparent traffic violation. As the trooper approached the vehicle, Stillwell sped off leading the trooper on a high-speed chase on Interstate 65.
Woman jailed for eluding trooper
January 24th, 2011 — Orange Beach
Clean beaches are a major part of our coastal crisis recovery. But, how clean is clean? BP says the beaches in Orange Beach are good to go. Now city crews are testing for themselves to make sure.
Orange Beach Testing Beaches and More
January 24th, 2011 — Other News
The prospects for action in Congress to address the troubled coastal insurance market may have dimmed, after the 2010 elections swept out two leading advocates for the issue and ushered in lawmakers focused on shrinking government and lessening regulations.
Gene Taylor, the Bay St. Louis Democrat who had pushed insurance overhauls for years, but who lost his U.S. House seat in November, expressed little hope.
Federal coastal insurance reform prospects dim after November elections
January 24th, 2011 — Orange Beach
Two properties belonging to Flora-Bama Lounge co-owner Joe Gilchrist — his Perdido Key home and the Silver Moon Café across the road from the legendary bar on the state line — are set to be sold during a Groundhog Day auction, according to bankruptcy court filings.
Flora-Bama Lounge owner losing 2 properties in Groundhog Day auction
January 24th, 2011 — Gulf Shores
Starting in March, parking at the beaches in Gulf Shores will no longer be free, officials announced last week.Officials had estimated that by using the solar-powered machines, instead of contracted officers and parking attendants, taxpayers would see about $820,000 in revenue over five years.
Before the meters were used, the city collected between $261,000 and $276,000 annually, according to city records.
The rates range from $1 an hour to $5 a day, but residents can avoid the fee by displaying hurricane re-entry decals on their vehicles.
Gulf Shores beach parking fees to resume in March
January 24th, 2011 — Announcements
A man who in November pleaded guilty to transmitting obscene material to a child and electronic solicitation of a child received split sentences for the crimes.
Bruce Anthony Newburn, 21, of Calvert, appeared in Circuit Court in Bay Minette on Jan. 12 and received a 10-sentence for sending obscene material to a child.
Last March, Newburn sent inappropriate pictures to an unrelated 13-year-old girl, according to David Matheny with the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office.
Split sentences given in obscenity, solicitation case