A power outage hit the east side of Daphne and Spanish Fort about 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The outage lasted for about 20 minutes and affected most public schools in both cities.
Riviera Utilities spokesman Miles McDaniel said pole replacement work on U.S. 90 caused the outage, affecting 5,986 customers from 8:08 a.m. to 8:27 a.m.
“We’re installing some new poles on highway 90 and basically what happened is we had to do some switching in the Malbis substations to de-energize that line,” McDaniel said. “So in that time that we did the switching, we lost power for about 19 minutes.”
A local investor paid $805,000 for more than 2 acres with 300 front feet on Gulf Shores Parkway near Waterville USA in Gulf Shores and will seek city approval to develop a ship-themed restaurant there, according to Realtors. Ken Crabtree and Bob Shallow of REMAX Paradise represented the buyer and sellers.
A local investor paid $235,000 for 1.760-square-foot building at 19130 Scenic 98 in Fairhope, and plans to open a retail business, according to Spence Monroe of Ashurst & Niemeyer.
Lotus Spa & Nails has leased 1,400 square feet in Magnolia Place/Publix Center on U.S. 98 in Daphne, according to Sharon Wright and Michael Wilson of White-Spunner Realty.
All across the gulf coast from southeast Mississippi to northwest Florida, a strong storm system brought lightning, rain and high winds. This is what it looked like in Daphne around 3:30 this afternoon. The storm also brought damage to Old County Road in Daphne where half a dozen trees are said to be down in just a four to five block area. One tree blocked traffic near Bayside Academy’s football field.
“The woman in this house over here was on the front porch and heard it, came outside. She thought it was a tornado. We weren’t here for it, we just drove home front the restaurant up the street, and we found this,” says Alex O’Brien.
Fairhope Brewing Company was packed full of beautiful women on Friday night, and yet the belles of the ball had three-day old beard growth and serious problems keeping their dresses in the right place above their hairy legs.So it is with the Mr. Jubilee pageant, which serves as the primary fundraiser for the Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore.
It went like this: prominent, or at least self-effacing, men dressed in drag, having created characters with expansive biographies which were read by emcee, and radio host, Sean Sullivan during the pageant.
Baldwin County Hallie Dixon pleaded guilty Tuesday to two ordinance violations related to her noisy dogs and paid a $1,488 fine to the Daphne Municipal Court.
Dixon was defiant in comments afterward, saying that she has been targeted by a neighbor, that the ordinance violations were issued during daylight hours and that the offenses – which have occurred since 2013 – are prompting her to consider a move out of Daphne.
“Does it make me want to move somewhere besides the city of Daphne? Yes it does,” Dixon told the local media after the hearing.
Recent circumstances surrounding the latest violations to Daphne’s beefed-up noisy animal ordinance could prompt city officials to take another look at it, Mayor Dane Haygood said Wednesday.
“No ordinance is perfect and they all have to be reviewed and tweaked,” Haygood said, one day after Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon criticized the ordinance and the city’s handling of recent tickets she got after a neighbor complained about her barking dogs.
After a crushing county-wide special school tax election, a city council member with the City of Daphne is looking to start a dialogue about separating from Baldwin County Schools and creating a city-wide school system.
Councilman Robin LeJeune of District 6 told FOX10 that he thinks a city school system could be beneficial for the City of Daphne. He said he doesn’t want to see the city wait in line behind other municipalities in the county for a new school.
The Daphne City Council took its first concrete step this week in solidifying a plan to upgrade it recreational facilities, but how much will be spent and what will be added is still up for debate.
The city solicited and received proposals in January from five local planning and engineering firms aimed at expanding and improving Daphne’s parks. The council received plans from Goodwyn Mills and Cawood, Volkert, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Preble-Rish and Lose & Associates, which partnered with Hutchinson, Moore & Rauch.
Thomas Hospital, an Infirmary Health System facility, wants to build south Alabama’s first free-standing emergency department in Daphne.
If the Fairhope-based hospital receives certificate-of-need approval from the State Health Planning and Development Agency and moves forward with construction, the facility will be the third in Alabama.
A pilot program that paid private psychiatric hospitals to treat adults on Medicaid ended abruptly last week, two months earlier than expected, which could leave south Alabama with a shortage of treatment beds.
AltaPointe Health Systems has been receiving about $2 million annually since 2012 to treat adult Medicaid patients in its two inpatient hospitals, BayPointe and EastPointe, according to CEO Tuerk Schlesinger. Freestanding psychiatric hospitals have historically been excluded from Medicaid, and cannot receive payment for treating adults in the program unless they participated in the pilot program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services notified AltaPointe and other hospitals last week that money for the program ran out, Schlesinger said.
That leaves Mobile Infirmary as the sole treatment option in south Alabama for adult Medicaid recipients in need of emergency inpatient psychiatric treatment, Schlesinger said. Mobile Infirmary has 34 psychiatric beds. AltaPointe Health Systems had 66 beds in Daphne and 24 beds in Mobile available for Medicaid patients.
Citizens and veterans gathered to dedicate the first Blue Star Memorial highway in Baldwin County on Saturday.
The Montrose section of Scenic Highway 98 was dedicated during a ceremony at Knights of Columbus Hall in Daphne Saturday, April 18. All attendees were allowed to honor a veteran of their choice during the event.