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City of Clanton ends contract with firm allegedly running ‘debtor’s prison’ | AL.com

Correction Services had a contract with Clanton for the past six years that allowed the firm to collect a $10 set-up fee and a $40 monthly fee from every debtor the Clanton Municipal Court steered to the firm, according to the lawsuit the SPLC filed against the city in March.

The SPLC sent out letters on Wednesday to nearly 100 municipalities that use JCS, warning that the contracts are illegal and the tactics used by the firms can amount to extortion.

  1. Bay Minette
  2. Elberta
  3. Fairhope
  4. Gulf Shores
  5. Loxley
  6. Orange Beach
  7. Robertsdale
  8. Silverhill
  9. Summerdale

via City of Clanton ends contract with firm allegedly running ‘debtor’s prison’ | AL.com.

Couple Weds on Historic Middle Bay Light | WKRG

A couple from Fairhope has done something that has only happened two other times in the last 130 years. They got married (legally) at Middle Bay Light. Chad and Tonia Smith tied the knot on May 30th. They had to get permission from the Alabama Lighthouse Association to legally get married there. Tonia says she wore shorts to climb the rickety steps of the lighthouse, then changed into her wedding gown once she was inside. On their wedding day, the bay waters were calm for their eight mile boat ride to the lighthouse, which was a relief. Chad Smith says, “I told her I always wanted to get married there, and she thought I was a little crazy and blew it off.” Tania adds, “It turned out beautiful. I wouldn’t change a thing. It was so perfect.”

via Couple Weds on Historic Middle Bay Light | WKRG.

Fairhope man pleads guilty to drug smuggling, 30 guns confiscated – LagniappeLagniappe

Federal prosecutors today secured a guilty plea against a Fairhope man who admitted using the Internet to order LSD, MDMA (ecstasy), hash, highly concentrated marijuana edibles and paraphernalia, among other things, all for “personal use.” According to the indictment dated April 8, 56-year-old Benjamin Meek Miller Childers II, of 12305 County Road 48 in Fairhope, used assumed names and at least two different addresses to order drugs online from The Netherlands and elsewhere.

via Fairhope man pleads guilty to drug smuggling, 30 guns confiscated – LagniappeLagniappe.

Here, there and everywhere: south Baldwin cameras are watching you | AL.com

Gulf Shores and Foley are setting up more surveillance cameras to ward off vandalism and crime.

Gulf Shores is installing 25 new cameras this summer at the parking lot of Gulf Place, the main public beach, while Foley has added about 75 cameras in city buildings and parks.

via Here, there and everywhere: south Baldwin cameras are watching you | AL.com.

Eastern Shore MPO working to make tri-city shuttle hubs – FOX10 News | WALA

Traffic and parking woes along the Eastern Shore are not lost on business owners. In downtown Fairhope today, most parking spaces were taken for most of the afternoon.

“The traffic is beginning to get really clogged on a daily basis. We have so many more people visiting now than we used to. It’s not just weekends, it’s not just seasonal. It’s every day,” Louanne Harrell, part owner of Fairhope Pharmacy, said.

But with shopping, dining and other activities being so popular, the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is looking at creating a connecting hub system between these Fairhope, Daphne and Spanish Fort.

via Eastern Shore MPO working to make tri-city shuttle hubs – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County’s Catholic high school construction moving forwar – FOX10 News | WALA

Construction crews continue to lay the groundwork for Baldwin County’s first Catholic high school.

PROGRESS REPORT

Monsignor Michael Farmer is helping to spearhead construction of the new St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope.

He said, “They’re well involved in laying out the ditches, the ponds, in the back for water.”

Msgr. Farmer hopes crews will start laying cement to the foundation for the two story complex in the next couple of weeks.

Here’s the Facebook page for the school:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Michael-Catholic-High-School-Baldwin-County-Al/830725220320271

Facebook Page

via Baldwin County’s Catholic high school construction moving forwar – FOX10 News | WALA.

Citing ethics clearance, Fairhope approves state senator’s contract – LagniappeLagniappe

The Fairhope City Council awarded a $1.2 million low bid for disaster debris removal and disposal to Pittman Tractor, a company owned by State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose), at its regular meeting June 8.

Pittman Tractor has held the city’s contract for disaster debris removal since 2012, when it won with a low bid of $1,062,255.

This year, Pittman’s bid defeated Asplundh at $1,364,987, Crowder Gulf at $1,404,000, DRC Emergency Services at $1,686,960 and Phillips and Jordan’s at $1,728,000.

via Citing ethics clearance, Fairhope approves state senator’s contract – LagniappeLagniappe.

ADEM posts swim advisory for beach in Fairhope – FOX10 News | WALA

The city of Fairhope and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) are testing water samples from a stretch of beach on Mobile Bay on Monday, June 08, 2015. There is now a swim advisory posted at the Orange Street Pier. An ADEM representative said it’s just precautionary while water samples are tested.

Concern was raised and then spread after Fairhope resident, Elliott Gordon posted video to Facebook of what he said looked like human waste along the shoreline. As of Sunday, June 7, 2015 that video had been viewed almost 34,000 times and shared nearly 900 times. Fairhope city officials also saw the video and decided to take precautionary measures as well.

“We have taken samples of this and we have sent it off to the lab and it may be a week or two before we get those results back,” said Fairhope City Councilman, Jack Burrell.

via ADEM posts swim advisory for beach in Fairhope – FOX10 News | WALA.

VIDEO: Mystery findings on Fairhope beach – FOX10 News | WALA

A video of a Fairhope beach has gone viral in the last few days, even causing alarm for some local residents because of what appears to be in the video.

Elliott Gordon, who posted the video, says he was walking along the beach after a Jubilee between the Orange Street Pier and the American Legion when he noticed something in the sand.

“I stepped in what I thought was you know, animal defecation and then realized it was all over the beach so I decided to take video of it,” said Gordon.

The minute long video shows what appears to be feces along the beach near the Orange Street Pier.

via VIDEO: Mystery findings on Fairhope beach – FOX10 News | WALA.

Hurricane’s Sunken Boats Finally Removed | Fairhope Times

AFTER 10 YEARS

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Two small boats that had been sunk by hurricane Katrina (one may have been by Ivan the year before) have finally been removed, presumably by the marina operator.

Mayor Kant told the Times last week he had given them a two week deadline or “something is going to happen.”

Numerous citizens had complained over the years about how tacky it looked, but were always told by city officials the problem was the restrictive Alabama maritime laws concerning abandoned vessels.

via Hurricane’s Sunken Boats Finally Removed | Fairhope Times.

Baldwin County suffers massive power outage (updated) | AL.com

Residents of Fairhope say that power is restored as well as east Daphne and surrounding locations. Anyone left without power should see service restored soon, according to Riviera.

More than 25,000 Baldwin County residents went without power for more than five hours on Saturday.

via Baldwin County suffers massive power outage (updated) | AL.com.

Fairhope residents seek help for flooded subdivisions – LagniappeLagniappe

More Fairhope residents have come forward with stories about flooding in their neighborhoods since representatives from River Oaks Phase II addressed the city council in May about problems with drainage systems in their subdivision.

Fairfield Pointe Village is a 32-lot mixed use development with single-family homes, condos and townhomes located at the corner of Baldwin County Road 44 and Boothe Road, adjacent to the soccer fields at Founders Park and Fairhope High School. Village resident Shana Cooper said her home flooded twice between 2013 and 2014, while her back yard flooded four times.

via Fairhope residents seek help for flooded subdivisions – LagniappeLagniappe.

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.