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WTF, Chuck? Where are you?

WTF, Chuck? No updates to the site in over a month, you’re not returning emails, no answer at the phone number I have for you…where are you? Anyone know another way to contact Chuck?   I hope you’re not locked in the back of a van somewhere in Loxely.

Chuck, if you see this, contact your web guy.  My phone and email address have not changed.  I hope you’re OK.

Best BBQ in Baldwin

Where’s the best place to get BBQ in Baldwin County? We’re testing out a new feature on the site to get your opinion about local restaurants in Baldwin County. Let us know what you think by voting here and if you want to explain your vote just leave a comment. No login is required for either.

After the votes are counted Chuck will go eat there and post the results of the survey and a description of his experience at the place.

Fairhope Tax Debate

In Fairhope, big debates begin in small places–the bloom of a flower or the flush of a toilet. “Oh theres a real hot debate going on,” says local Don Shebly. He’s heard all about it.

In an effort to meet its budget, the city of Fairhope is having to find new avenues for revenue. they’re discovering discontent in the process. “Everyone in Fairhope has an opinion,” says councilman Dan Stankowski, “and they are all glad to express it.”

The city says they’ve been overspending for the past six months and a solution has to be found. But that solution has townsfolk, forums and blogs blabbing on all sides of the situation. Entries read :”for heavens sake, instead of raising our own utility rates to pay for all the flowers downtown and other tourist attractions. its a no brainer! ” Others say, “hold on to your wallets! the flower lobby, recreation lobby, airport lobby, tourism lobby, etc. aren’t going to allow any “cuts”. don’t kid yourself already started with water sewer.”

 

Fairhope Tax Debate

Mayor opposes sales tax, says city faces drop in revenue

Since he was elected in 2000, Mayor Tim Kant has frequently focused his annual “state of the city” address on the need to control the town’s economic growth and protect its quality of life.

During his ninth address, delivered Sunday, Kant spoke on a very different theme.

“My position since 2000 hasn’t changed. I do not support passing a sales tax, mostly because of its impact on the cost of food and medicine,” Kant said

Mayor opposes sales tax, says city faces drop in revenue

Advisory For Fish River Residents

The following is a press release from Baldwin County Emergency Management:

Due to information received by the National Weather Service, the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (BCEMA) strongly encourages residents in the Fish River and Styx River areas to be aware of flooding into the late evening hours tonight and early morning Sunday.
National Weather Service reports indicate Styx River to reach a flood stage of approximately 19.3 feet between the hours of 8:00 p.m. tonight thru 2:00 a.m. Sunday and Fish River to have reached the flood stage of approximately 15.6 feet during the early afternoon and
evening hours on Saturday.

 

Advisory For Fish River Residents

Daphne Middle locked down – Firearm reported?

As a precautionary measure, Daphne Middle School has been placed in lockdown. There is no immediate emergency. Law enforcement officers are on the campus looking into the report of a possible firearm. Students are safe. Lockdown means all internal and external doors are secured and no movement is allowed inside until officers have completed their safety check.

At Spanish Fort High School, the school is conducting a practice drill that has been planned for some time.

Guilty plea expected in Baldwin man’s hiring of illegal workers

A Baldwin County businessman will plead guilty to hiring illegal immigrants, according to a plea bargain hammered out this week.

A federal judge in Mobile set a hearing for March 13 to take Gerald Jones’ guilty plea.

Prosecutors agreed to recommend probation and a $24,000 fine — $1,000 for each of the illegal immigrants Jones hired for his labor-finding company, Skyline Services

Guilty plea expected in Baldwin man’s hiring of illegal workers

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Vaughn Elementary students evacuated

Students at Vaughn School in North Baldwin County are being moved by bus to the town hall/community center in Stockton because of a woods fire near the school. Parents can be assured the students are safe and sound. The measure is being done as a precautionary move. Students will be held at the Town Hall/Community Center until fire officials provide further directions.

Baldwin stores scoured for tainted peanut products

Amid food poisoning incidents in other states, health inspectors in Mobile and Baldwin counties are checking store shelves to make sure that retailers clear away recalled peanut products.

Inspectors have also contacted schools, day care centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, meals-on-wheels operations and hospitals

Baldwin stores scoured for tainted peanut products

Talks between Daphne and union stalled

Close to 30 newly unionized Public Works Department employees addressed the City Council in its business meeting Tuesday.

The workers had joined the Mobile chapter of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, having been prompted by the fact that the department has no director.

The employees have said they seek greater respect and a pay increase, though the latter demand has been only vaguely described. The former pertains to alleged wedges between the union and the city.

Small, himself a union member, said he plans to reach a settlement with the group, which comprises just more than 50 percent of Public Works employees. Council President John Lake, also a union member, agreed with Small.

Public Works union members allege wedges between them and the city

Is there anyone in the city government NOT in the union?

Daphne rejects measure

A week after the drug and alcohol treatment center Townsend Recovery shut its doors, an advocate group for Daphne’s historic neighborhoods asked the City Council to pass a resolution Tuesday intended to prevent such a facility from again being located at the hospital campus in town.

The council voted down the resolution, which was supported by the Olde Towne Daphne Association and would have required public meetings should Mercy Medical plan to lease the Villa Drive facility to another tenant. Only Councilwoman Cathy Barnette, a past Olde Towne president, voted in favor of the mea sure.

Councilman Ron Scott likened the Olde Towne group’s drive against the Townsend facility to a “witch hunt” driven by ignorance about drug and alcohol addiction. He and other council mem bers said the city doesn’t have the authority to demand public review of a private entity’s plans to lease its facilities

Daphne rejects measure

Homeless count set for Jan. 29

The homeless may not be as visible in smaller towns and rural areas as on urban streets, but people live in cars and campsites, finding shelter in hidden corners of Baldwin County just as they do in big cities, according to volunteers who will try to locate such individuals and families this month.

Volunteers are needed to help Baldwin County take part in a national count of the homeless scheduled for Jan. 29, according to organizers of the Point-In-Time survey.

The study is intended to determine the numbers, locations and other details of homeless people around the United States on a specific date each year

Homeless count set for Jan. 29

Kant to look into ‘Triangle’ property buy

Mayor Tim Kant told City Council members Monday that he intends to form a committee to investigate purchasing the so-called “Triangle” property owned by the local Charles Dyas family, located beside the “Welcome to Fairhope” sign at Section Street and U.S. 98.

The family’s frustrated efforts to develop the wooded land commercially have been the source of lawsuits against the city since 1972, when Kant himself was a 17-year-old student at Fairhope High. The family’s latest suit was filed against the city last year.

Kant to look into ‘Triangle’ property buy

A drive through Orange Beach

A drive through Orange Beach

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