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District Judge Scott Taylor appointed as new Baldwin County Circuit Judge | AL.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed District Court Judge Scott Taylor to a circuit court vacancy effective June 22, leaving another judicial vacancy in Baldwin County.

Taylor will move from the district seat to a circuit judgeship that became open after longtime Judge Robert Wilters announced his retirement effective this month. Wilters announced last week he will run for the district attorney’s eat during the March 1, 2016, primary against incumbent Hallie Dixon.

via District Judge Scott Taylor appointed as new Baldwin County Circuit Judge | AL.com.

Baldwin County District Attorney’s Race Heating Up | WKRG

Two months ago Baldwin County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wilters announced his retirement. “It’s time to stop and smell the roses.”

It may have been the shortest retirement on record. “Lasted about three days and that was about it,” he says from his father’s old law office in Robertsdale.

Now he is going after what he considers the most important job in Baldwin County. “You’re the attorney for the citizens of Baldwin County and that’s a tremendous responsibility. I think I’m ready for that.”

The District Attorney’s office has made headlines throughout the tenure of current D.A. Hallie Dixon for all the wrong reasons.

via Baldwin County District Attorney’s Race Heating Up | WKRG.

Baldwin County DA Hallie Dixon responds to Robert Wilters’ criticism by defending her record: ‘I … remain undefeated in my service as prosecutor’ | AL.com

Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon said she is proud of her records as the “undefeated” top county prosecutor in reaction to comments by retired Judge Robert Wilters questioning her leadership.

Dixon, the county’s district attorney since 2011, also suggested that Wilters had plans to retire as judge and run against her dating back to when Judy Newcomb headed up the office.

via Baldwin County DA Hallie Dixon responds to Robert Wilters’ criticism by defending her record: ‘I … remain undefeated in my service as prosecutor’ | AL.com.

In announcing run for Baldwin County DA, retired Judge Robert Wilters calls incumbent Hallie Dixon’s leadership ‘total disarray’ | AL.com

Retired Judge Robert Wilters announced his candidacy for the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office Tuesday, and criticized the incumbent officeholder for what he says has been a lack of leadership in overseeing an office that “just appears to be in total disarray.”

Wilters, 60, will make a three-stop tour of Baldwin County on June 16 to publicly announce his candidacy during the March 1, 2016, Republican Party primary. The stops include a 6:30-8:30 a.m. breakfast at Street’s in Bay Minette, an 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. stop at Wolf Bay Lodge in Foley and a 5-7 p.m. visit to The Venue in Fairhope.

via In announcing run for Baldwin County DA, retired Judge Robert Wilters calls incumbent Hallie Dixon’s leadership ‘total disarray’ | AL.com.

Legislation surfaces seeking 39 percent pay raise for Baldwin County Revenue Commissioner | AL.com

Legislation that would have given Baldwin County Revenue Commissioner Teddy Faust a 39 percent pay raise will not move out of the Alabama House, state Rep. Steve McMillan said Tuesday.

The proposal, which was approved with a 17-3 vote on May 26 by the state Senate, would have set Faust’s salary “equal to the compensation” of the county’s probate judge.

The commissioner currently makes $90,000. Had the proposal been approved by the House and signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley, the salary would have jumped to $124,895.93, which is what Probate Judge Tim Russell makes.

via Legislation surfaces seeking 39 percent pay raise for Baldwin County Revenue Commissioner | AL.com.

Baldwin County approves Point Clear variance, denies one in Daphne – LagniappeLagniappe

The Baldwin County Commission approved a variance request for a proposed subdivision in Point Clear and denied a similar request from a community in Daphne at its regular meeting June 2.

The commission denied a variance request made by a three-lot, 28-acre subdivision in Daphne’s planning jurisdiction called Peaceful Acres. The applicant had requested the commission approve a variance from the county’s regulations on gravel roads as well as a request to privately maintain the road. The road to access the subdivision does not currently meet the county’s requirements.

via Baldwin County approves Point Clear variance, denies one in Daphne – LagniappeLagniappe.

Explore Baldwin County’s $31 million payroll | AL.com

Payroll records obtained by AL.com show that the county paid 716 people a little more than $31 million last year including paid benefits such as healthcare and retirement, an increase of more than $2.6 million from the prior year.

In that same time period, Baldwin County employees received approximately $1.2 million in overtime, or about $2,111 in overtime per employee. Ten Baldwin County employees made more than $10,000 last year.

via Explore Baldwin County’s $31 million payroll | AL.com.

Baldwin County sees 4th consecutive record tourism year in 2014 with 5.7 million visitors | AL.com

Baldwin County and its beach cities notched another record year for tourism in 2014, attracting 5.7 million visitors who left behind an estimated $2.8 billion in the local economy.

The figures, based on an annual study conducted by the Alabama Tourism Department and Auburn University-Montgomery, were shared by Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism President and CEO Herb Malone during the 2015 Tourism Summit on Tuesday.

via Baldwin County sees 4th consecutive record tourism year in 2014 with 5.7 million visitors | AL.com.

Baldwin DA’s daughter arrested for theft – LagniappeLagniappe

Victoria Scott Dixon, 22, of Robertsdale, was arrested and booked into the Baldwin County jail Saturday on a pair of second-degree theft charges.Dixon, the daughter of Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon, was released Sunday on a $10,000 bond. In Alabama, second-degree theft is charged if the value of the stolen property is greater than $500 but less than $2,500. It is considered a Class C felony, which can carry a term of imprisonment of one to 10 years or a $15,000 fine.

DA Dixon also posted a message about this on Facebook

via Baldwin DA’s daughter arrested for theft – LagniappeLagniappe.

Baldwin County Economic Development Foundation lands $10,750 grant | AL.com

The Baldwin Community and Economic Development Foundation’s efforts to track economic development and job creation initiatives across the county have received a $10,750 boost from the Community Foundation of South Alabama.

The foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, will use the Economic Opportunity Priority Area grant funds to implement a cloud-based software tracking system.

via Baldwin County Economic Development Foundation lands $10,750 grant | AL.com.

Auditor Jim Zeigler says lawsuit against AG, Baldwin County schools isn’t meant to ‘flame up’ sensitive matter | AL.com

A lawsuit against Attorney General Luther Strange over the handling of the Baldwin County School System’s tax campaign will be released on Monday, Auditor Jim Zeigler said Friday.

He insists it’s not meant to stir up ill feelings that still exist since the March 31 election.

"That’s not the purpose of it at all," Zeigler said

via Auditor Jim Zeigler says lawsuit against AG, Baldwin County schools isn't meant to 'flame up' sensitive matter | AL.com.

Speaker at special work session: “Mr. Moore, you need to resign” – FOX10 News | WALA

During a heated Special Work Session Meeting held jointly by the Baldwin County Board of Education and the Baldwin County Commission, one citizen of Baldwin County told long-time School Board President Norm Moore to step down from his position.

“You’re going to have to take measures to restore confidence, because this appears to be a vote of no confidence, in your strategies and practices,” said Baldwin resident Kevin Spriggs, who spoke in the public forum on Thursday. “The first thing, someone needs to be held accountable for wasting half a million dollars on this and creating a funding crisis, I’m going to say Mr. Moore, you need to resign.”

FOX10 News | WALA

via Speaker at special work session: “Mr. Moore, you need to resign” – FOX10 News | WALA.

Volunteer committees, calls for change in leadership highlight Baldwin County town hall meeting on school system | AL.com

Volunteer and non-partisan committees, a more business-like approach toward management and encouraging the public to visit the schools were some of the solutions presented by the public Thursday for moving the Baldwin County School System forward.

The solutions and other comments from 27 speakers during a more than two hour meeting included some criticism directed at the school system’s methods before and after the March 31 referendum campaign, but also included solutions on how the system can move forward.

via Volunteer committees, calls for change in leadership highlight Baldwin County town hall meeting on school system | AL.com.

Baldwin voters’ opinions vary on what’s next for schools – FOX10 News | WALA

A public comment session scheduled for Thursday night, April 30, 2015 will be a great opportunity for county and school leaders to hear some ideas on where we go from here. The time is limited though. There will only be enough time to hear from about 24 people.

Because of that, Fox 10 News hit the streets of Baldwin County to gather opinions from folks who won’t be able to make the meeting. There was a consensus on a couple of issues. Looking back on why the tax referendum vote on March 31st turned out the way it did, the resounding opinion is that the millage renewals shouldn’t have been on the same ballot with the new tax proposals.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin voters’ opinions vary on what’s next for schools – FOX10 News | WALA.

‘181 looks terrible’: Fairhope wants to expand sign restrictions to guide appearance of outlying areas | AL.com

Knowing that growth to the east is inevitable, Fairhope city leaders are looking to gain more oversight of the municipality’s outlying areas, specifically the Alabama 181 corridor.

To that end, the council is ready to vote on a measure on May 11 that will give the city authority to enforce its sign ordinance in its police jurisdiction, which generally extends three miles to the south and east of the corporate limits and north to Daphne’s jurisdictional line.

via ‘181 looks terrible’: Fairhope wants to expand sign restrictions to guide appearance of outlying areas | AL.com.