Entries from May 2015 ↓

Baldwin County schools superintendent search: is the absolute best candidate already on the payroll? | AL.com

It’s unlikely that the Baldwin County school board will start looking at the man or woman to replace outgoing superintendent Robbie Owen until its June 4 meeting, if then.

After all, there are personnel and financial decisions that need to immediately be addressed going into the summer, and Owen is still a top administrator until at least the end of June, if not July.

But the seven-member board will soon have to name an interim superintendent and, within a few months, a permanent replacement. And while all agree that the interim should be someone from within the school system, where to search for the permanent superintendent could be a decisive issue.

via Baldwin County schools superintendent search: is the absolute best candidate already on the payroll? | AL.com.

Washington turns self in to Baldwin County jail – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

According to Baldwin County jail records Jon Christopher Washington has turned himself in to begin his sentence in the February 2012 death of Kenny Myers.

Washington was convicted in May of 2014 in Myers death after a shooting on Marina Road in Orange Beach on Feb. 8, 2012. On May 15 his final appeal was denied by the Alabama Supreme Court and he was ordered to report to begin his sentence by May 30

via Washington turns self in to Baldwin County jail – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

The Wharf welcomes new tenants to Orange Beach | AL.com

A four-bedroom, 4 ½-bath condominium unit at The Yacht Club on Terry Cove in Orange Beach has sold for $1.12 million, according to Tim Herrington of Herrington Realty, who represented the seller. James Calvert of REMAX Gulf Shores The Pro Team worked for the buyers.The 3,200-square-foot furnished unit also included two boat slips.

The House of Jerky has opened at The Wharf on the Intracoastal Waterway in Orange Beach, according to Jeff Barnes of Stirling Properties, who represented the landlord. The new store features a variety of jerky made of beef, alligator,turkey, fish, bacon and other specialty products. The national chain is based in Indiana.

Two condo units on the Gulf Coast will be auctioned next month by Coastal Auction Co. A two-bedroom, two-bath unit in the Back Bay condo complex at 4610 White Ave., in Orange Beach will be offered for sale June 27 at 10 a.m. as part of an estate sale. The 1,080-square-foot unit on Terry Cove unit has been renovated and has new stainless steel appliances. Owners can lease a boat slip in the complex’s 43-slip marina. On June 6, a two-bedroom, two-bath unit in The Landing will be offered for sale at a live auction at 10 a.m. at the condo unit at 1904 West Beach Blvd., in Gulf Shores, according to Coastal.

The Wharf off Canal Road also leased 4,600-square-feet of office space to Keller Williams Realty, according to Jeff Barnes of Stirling Properties. Tom Galloney of Keller Williams represented the real estate agency.

More tenants at The Wharf include Zeal Boutique, a women’s clothing, shoes and accessories store,  AlaGulf Realty, The Hot Spot Music & Grub and Shades which has expanded its existing store location, according to Jeff Barnes.

via The Wharf welcomes new tenants to Orange Beach | AL.com.

Slide the City Mobile registration opening Monday (and yes, the event will be in Spanish Fort) | AL.com

It’s going to be called Slide the City Mobile, but the event will actually take place across the bay, on a hill in Spanish Fort that takes riders on a 50-foot drop down the length of three football fields on an inflatable water slide.

According to Slide the City’s Facebook page and a local organizer, registration for the 1,000-foot-long, traveling slip-and-slide starts Monday online.

Slide the City will be held on Town Center Drive in Spanish Fort on June 26 and 27, according to Kurt Larsen, marketing director for the Salt Lake City-based company that produces Slide the City, Color Me Rad and other traveling special events. As of Sunday afternoon, the website slidethecity.com hadn’t been updated to include the Spanish Fort location, but it was confirmed by Larsen in an email.

via Slide the City Mobile registration opening Monday (and yes, the event will be in Spanish Fort) | AL.com.

Laundromat Coming To South Hwy 181 | Fairhope Times

A coin-operated laundromat is now being constructed at the corner of Twin Beech Rd. and Hwy 181 in east Fairhope.

Two new housing subdivisions and additions to two exiting ones are also getting underway in that vicinity.

via Laundromat Coming To South Hwy 181 | Fairhope Times.

Senator’s Company Low Bidder Again | Fairhope Times

Of the eight bidders who responded, State District 22 Senator Trip Pittman’s company was again the lowest “responsible, responsive” bidder for a contract to remove storm debris in the event there is a hurricane, according to purchasing manager Dan Ames.

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Pittman Tractor Inc. was awarded the contract in 2012, with options to renew it yearly; last year he initially indicated he would not exercise the final year’s renewal option, but changed his mind at the last minute and did so.

via Senator’s Company Low Bidder Again | Fairhope Times.

Judge agrees to reduce bail of Fairhope man accused of murder | AL.com

A Fairhope man arrested in December and booked on a charge of murdering a woman whom he once had a relationship with had his bail reduced in half Thursday by Judge Scott Taylor.

Kenneth M. Styron, 31, is being held in the Baldwin County Corrections Center on $250,000, an amount that was dropped from a previously established $500,000.

In addition, Taylor amended Styron’s bail to require house arrest with GPS ankle monitoring through Baldwin County Community Corrections and that Styron is not to leave Baldwin County without proper notification with authorities, court records show.

via Judge agrees to reduce bail of Fairhope man accused of murder | AL.com.

Vestavia Hills cyclist dies after car crash in Gulf State Park, wife remains hospitalized | AL.com

A Vestavia Hills man, struck by a car with his wife while they rode bicycles in Gulf State Park Wednesday, has died of his injuries. On Thursday morning, his wife remained in intensive care, Florida hospital officials said.

John Richard Vos, 73, died after a Baptist LifeFlight crew transported him to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. His wife, Augusta Forbes Vos, 50, suffered serious injuries in the crash. She underwent surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and is expected to recover, said Cpl. Josh Coleman of the Gulf Shores Police Department.

Around 9 a.m. Wednesday, police found the Voses unconscious on the southbound side of Baldwin County Road 2, about 1 mile north of East Beach Boulevard.

via Vestavia Hills cyclist dies after car crash in Gulf State Park, wife remains hospitalized | AL.com.

Artificial turf debate sprouts in Spanish Fort – LagniappeLagniappe

The Spanish Fort City Council hosted a public hearing May 19 on a proposal to spend approximately $769,000 to install artificial turf at the Spanish Fort High School football stadium, an expenditure the council is expected to consider in June. The turf is estimated to last 10 to 15 years, and replacing it would cost an estimated $350,000.

Spanish Fort High School athletic director and head football coach Ben Blackmon admitted the turf would be a big expense up front, but suggested it would save the city money in the future. He said approximately $128,000 has been spent in the last year on expenses related to the football stadium grass. He said an additional $43,000 was spent to repair grass at the high school’s baseball stadium after football teams used it for practice when the football stadium was occupied.

via Artificial turf debate sprouts in Spanish Fort – LagniappeLagniappe.

New real estate app has local focus   – LagniappeLagniappe

Tech-savvy, Mobile-based Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Generations (BHGRE) recently announced the launch of Homescope, a consumer smartphone app, specifically designed for the Mobile and Baldwin County areas. Regions covered include Mobile, Semmes, Dog River, Daphne, Dauphin Island, Fairhope, Spanish Fort, Foley and Gulf Shores.

via New real estate app has local focus   – LagniappeLagniappe.

Brett/Robinson plans new 21-floor condo in Orange Beach at former site of proposed Junonia tower | AL.com

Riding the wave of renewed investment on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Brett/Robinson Real Estate and Development Co. is planning its 21st condo project.

The Orange Beach-based company already has work underway on the 22-floor Phoenix Gulf Shores on West Beach Boulevard and now has plans to build a 21-floor Phoenix Orange Beach on a roughly 2.75-acre lot it purchased for $5.5 million.

via Brett/Robinson plans new 21-floor condo in Orange Beach at former site of proposed Junonia tower | AL.com.

GOMESA revenue sharing program could be tapped for I-10 Bridge project (video) | AL.com

A revenue sharing program for four Gulf of Mexico states could be used by Alabama to pay for a chunk of the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Bridge and Bayway expansion project, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne said Tuesday.

Byrne, speaking before 170 people attending a Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel, said he believes money coming into Alabama from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) can be applied for hurricane route construction and that the I-10 Bridge project would qualify.

via GOMESA revenue sharing program could be tapped for I-10 Bridge project (video) | AL.com.

Boater rescues six stranded on Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA

Photos from aboard the boat “Heck Yea!” tell the tale of the end of a bad boating trip for a group from Birmingham and Fairhope.

One of those doing the rescuing was Kyle Sculley. He spoke with FOX10 News while prepping the “Heck Yea!” for future outings. He said Saturday was his first rescue.

After the six people on board went into the water, they were able to keep a cell phone handy and call for help. They were in the water for about 25 to 30 minutes before the “Heck Yea!” arrived.

via Boater rescues six stranded on Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA.

3 dozen people charged with DUI in Mobile and Baldwin counties over Memorial Day weekend | AL.com

Booking records from Mobile and Baldwin county revealed that between May 22 and May 25, 35 people were arrested and charged with driving under the influence. That includes the handful of people charged with boating under the influence.

via 3 dozen people charged with DUI in Mobile and Baldwin counties over Memorial Day weekend | AL.com.

Foley Outlet Store PacSun Under Fire for Memorial Day Display Featuring Upside-Down Flag T-Shirt

Angry customers have flooded the company’s social media pages to decry the “disrespectful” A$AP Worldwide T-Shirt, which was designed in collaboration with rapper A$AP Rocky and features an upside-down flag on its front and the name “A$AP” and the number “06” on its back.

According to Inquisitr, the trouble started when astute shopper Rachel Zawacki-Kuss noticed a Memorial Day display featuring the T-shirt at the Tanger Outlet PacSun store in Foley, Alabama. She snapped a picture of the display and uploaded it to Facebook.

via PacSun Under Fire for Memorial Day Display Featuring Upside-Down Flag T-Shirt – Breitbart.