Two Baldwin County teachers have come under fire recently for unrelated incidents involving inappropriate material or misconduct.
A male Central Baldwin Middle School teacher is under investigation for allegedly harassing a female student and has been put on administrative leave without pay, and a Daphne High teacher resigned in December after admitting that he tried to view inappropriate Web sites on a school computer, officials said.
Another incident involving misconduct recently caused a Daphne teacher to resign. Lance Harbison, an agri-science teacher at Daphne High since 2003, was put on administrative leave without pay after computer records showed that he attempted to access inappropriate Web sites from a school computer, according to Baldwin County school officials.
Three girls, ages 9, 13, and 15 walking along County Road 65 near Pope Street, never got home to enjoy the fun and hoopla of a New Year’s party.
Instead, the three were struck by a vehicle Dec. 31 around 5:30 p.m.
Two of the girls remain at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Pensacola. The 15-year-old was released earlier. One of the girls is listed in “good” condition, while the other is said to be in “fair” condition.
The driver of the vehicle, who police have not identified, was not injured, and police say that alcohol does not seem to be a factor.
The old First Baptist Church on Racine Street in Robertsdale has been turned into an attractive thrift store which officially opened for business Friday morning.
The store’s main shop is in the “student room” of the old church, and is full of adult and children’s clothes, school uniforms, glassware, small appliances, and just about everything you’d need to outfit your home and family.
The store, Copeland, says, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays
While there are no layoffs in the immediate future, Robertsdale mayor Charles H. Murphy says there will be some belt-tightening ahead for the city.
“There will be no gifts to employees this year,” said Murphy, adding that normally the employees receive a chair or umbrella at the annual Christmas party. While other communities have canceled their holiday meals for employees, the Robertsdale employees’ Christmas lunch will be prepared by the Robertsdale Volunteer Fire Department. The proceeds from the $16 a plate lunch will go to a project for the community, according to the minutes of the Dec. 1 meeting.
One man was shot and taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center while another was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and will be held in the Baldwin County Corrections Center according to Sgt. Rex. Bishop, chief Investigator and spokesperson for the Robertsdale Police Department.
According to Bishop, officers found Raymond R. Murphy III, 25, with a gunshot wound. Murphy was found at 22192 College Ave., the home police say, of Nicholas Stanley Ott, 23.
“Mr. Ott fled the scene on foot,” Bishop said. Ott was apprehended, Bishop said, at 2:02 a.m. Tuesday on Wilters Street, near the elementary school.
A Robertsdale man remained hospitalized Tuesday after being shot with a handgun during a fight with an acquaintance Monday night, according to the Robertsdale Police Department.
Raymond Robert Murphy III, 25, was taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley after Robertsdale police responded to a 911 call and found him shot in the midsection just after 11 p.m., said Sgt. Rex Bishop, the city’s chief investigator.
Murphy remained in guarded condition Tuesday, a hospital official said.
While money is tighter than at the end of last year, city officials are going ahead with year-end activities and don’t plan to lay off any workers as in some municipalities, Mayor Charles Murphy said Monday.
During the last City Council meeting of 2008, Murphy said officials planned to continue the Christmas luncheon for employees Friday. After Monday’s meeting, he said council members had discussed canceling the annual event, but members of the Volunteer Fire Department agreed to help with the activity.
Sometime on Dec. 24, Aunt Sarah’s Bakery-Deli, a popular eatery on Highway 59 in Robertsdale will serve its last meal.
“It was a hard decision,” said Aunt Sarah’s owner Iris Chandler. The Robertsdale resident opened the first version of the restaurant at the intersection of Route 104 and Highway 59 eight years ago. The restaurant moved to its present location in August of 2006.
But, “I’m retiring,” said Chandler, 66. While she’s a little tired, she added that the recent downturn in the economy, especially with high gas prices last summer, shrank business to the point where she dipped into her own funds to keep the eatery going.
“The summer is normally slow,” said Chandler, “but this summer was worse than ever. We couldn’t catch up.”
If a new career is on your Christmas wish list, ThyssenKrupp is coming to town.
So the company and Baldwin County Commission are teaming up to seek some of that work force on this side of the bay. A ThyssenKrupp Jobs Fair will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Central Annex in Robertsdale.
Representatives of ThyssenKrupp Stainless USA and ThyssenKrupp Steel USA — two companies within the ThyssenKrupp AG holding company that are teaming up to build the plant in Calvert — will be on hand to talk about salaried, professional positions in manufacturing, engineering, logistics, information technology, sales and marketing, accounting and finance and human resources.
Robertsdale Mayor Charles Murphy is one of four Alabama mayors supporting the “T. Boone Pickens Plan.”
“I had been listening to Mr. Pickens on television and have read some articles about his proposal and I thought it was something I could support,” says Murphy.
“Wind is a very viable alternative for electrical power,” says Murphy. Murphy signed the written pledge to the Pickens Plan earlier this month. Mayor Murphy’s pledge has sparked interest at the local diner.
The Robertsdale High School Band has been invited to march in the 75th McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade is in Chicago and will be broadcast live on WGN at 8am. 139 people leave for the Windy City tomorrow and return home Saturday. Baldwin County Schools spokesman Terry Wilhite tells News 5 the students worked very hard to raise money to make the trip. Wihite says the RHS Band is entry number 84B in the parade lineup.
Ball tournaments that exclude local teams will no longer be able to use municipal fields free following action by the City Council.
Council members voted unanimously Monday to charge standard fees and deposits for tournaments with fewer than three Robertsdale squads in each age group. Scott Gilbert, public works director, said the city will continue to allow local teams, schools and other groups to use the fields for free, but some outside organizations were taking advantage of the practice.
Now that ex-football star Ken Stabler has been acquitted of a drunken driving charge, he faces what some experts contend will be an even bigger challenge—keeping his drivers license.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety moved to suspend Stabler’s license after he refused to take a breath test to measure the concentration of alcohol in his blood in June. State law calls for an automatic suspension of a license for 90 days for anyone who refuses a breath test.
But Stabler’s attorney, Mark Polson, said he thinks his client has a shot. He said he did not want to reveal the specifics of his legal strategy. But he said he would challenge technical defects with the way the Robertsdale police officer asked Stabler to consent to a breath test. He said video evidence calls into question the report that the officer filed.