June 9th, 2015 — Foley
A free summer lunch program is also underway in Baldwin County. Children 18 years old and under can get a free lunch at Foley High School’s cafeteria. Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. It will go on until the end of July and there’s no registration required.
Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermen’s Market
Children can also get a free lunch at Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermen’s Market on Miflin Road in Foley. Lunches include a sandwich or wrap, fresh fruit and vegetable, along with a cookie and milk. Students have to eat onsite but they can take one item with them. Lunches there will be served from 11:00 am-1:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday until the end of July.
via Free lunch for kids this summer – WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports.
June 9th, 2015 — County Government
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.
June 9th, 2015 — County Government
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.
June 9th, 2015 — Business
Locally, the new Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metro area, which includes all of Baldwin County, Alabama sits between the older Pensacola and Mobile metros and has 66,800 jobs.
While the Newgeography calculations use data going back to 2003, more recent years are weighted more heavily, so that 2014 is the single most important year in determining index values.
Looking at neighboring metros on this same index, the new Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metro area ranked highest, coming in 66th, Fort Walton Beach and Panama City ranked 163rd and 169th, respectively. Tallahassee ranked 221st, while Montgomery, Mobile and Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula ranked 350th, 379th and 394th respectively.
via Employment outlook good in Panhandle, South Alabama communities – Pensacola Today.
June 9th, 2015 — Gulf Shores
A UFO was spotted last Thursday evening by an observer in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The observer claimed to have seen a ball of light but heard no sound, Alabama Media Group reported.
The observer also said the object zoomed around the sky, changing elevation and speed and following the sighting, a military jet appeared, the report details.
While playing volleyball, he saw periodic flashes of silent heat lightning in the sky. After those flashes, he saw a ball of light come out of a cloud.
The top nine Alabama cities for reporting UFOs are as follows:
1. Huntsville – 60
2. Birmingham – 50
3. Madison – 38
4. Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area – 36
5. Mobile/Dauphin Island – 29
6. Montgomery – 25
7. Phenix City – 15
8. Hoover – 13
9. Cullman – 10
via Aliens & UFO Sightings: UFO Spotted in Gulf Shores, Alabama’s Northern Cities Have Most Reports of UFOs : Entertainment : Latin Post.
June 8th, 2015 — Spanish Fort
Police on Monday arrested a Spanish Fort woman accused of vandalizing Faith Academy in Mobile with two other unidentified women.
Authorities booked Brittany Michelle Broadhead, 22, into Mobile County Metro Jail on one count of third-degree burglary. She has no known prior arrests in Mobile or Baldwin counties.
via Woman accused of vandalizing Faith Academy, 2 suspects at large | AL.com.
June 8th, 2015 — Daphne
A communications plan and testing of equipment are two things that will be examined following a massive five-hour power outage on the Eastern Shore Saturday.
Officials with Riviera Utilities and Alabama Power Co. confirmed the meetings and testing that will take place after approximately 24,000 people were without power during a day in which temperatures soared to 91 degrees.
via Utility companies to examine communications, equipment following massive Eastern Shore power outage | AL.com.
June 8th, 2015 — Fairhope
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.
June 8th, 2015 — Fairhope
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.
June 7th, 2015 — Elberta, Foley, Orange Beach, Real estate
Local investors paid $560,000 for 2.5 acres on Ala. 59 across from Tanger Outlet Center in Foley
A bank-owned, 2,125-square-foot former dental office at 25088 E. State St., in Elberta, sold to investors for $113,000
Sarrell Regional Dental Center has leased 2,300 square feet of space at 805 N. McKenzie St., in Foley
The Mobile Film Office is looking to book a condo or house in Orange Beach for actor Nicholas Cage, who will be filming action scenes in the Gulf during the last two weeks of June. Cage will star in the movie “USS Indianapolis — Men of Courage” which begins filming June 19 and features the battleship USS Alabama in Mobile.The film tells the story of the Indianapolis that was sunk by Japanese torpedos in World War II. About 900 crewmen were adrift in shark-infested waters for more than 3 days before the U.S.Navy realized the ship had sunk. Cage has filmed several films on the Gulf Coast
via Old Shell Road Magnet School to become loft apartments | AL.com.
June 6th, 2015 — Fairhope
AFTER 10 YEARS
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.
June 6th, 2015 — Daphne, Fairhope
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.
June 6th, 2015 — Schools
If Baldwin County voters once again turn down property tax renewals, as well as the extension of the current penny sales tax, their public school system could face a catastrophe in less than five years.
That was the message of system Chief Financial Officer John Wilson, who presented Baldwin school board members with a financial projection during a special meeting on Thursday evening.
According to Wilson, a single mill of property tax could be worth around $4 million in 2017, compared to about $3.7 million today. And if the current rate of 12 mills which tax payers contribute to the Baldwin County school system is reduced to 10, it could lose $8 million in revenue. That, along with the possible expiration of the penny sales tax, could contribute to a sizable funding deficit in less than two years, Wilson said.
via Baldwin schools CFO: loss of property and penny sales taxes could result in $36 million system deficit | AL.com.
June 6th, 2015 — Schools
The Baldwin County Board of Education has a new president for the first time in more than two years, as Norm Moore stepped down during Thursday’s special meeting in Loxley.
Vice President Shannon Cauley, the board’s District 7 representative, was unanimously elected to replace him.
“I think we are going in a positive direction and I want to continue that,” Cauley said after the meeting.
via Norm Moore out as Baldwin County school board president, Shannon Cauley new leader | AL.com.
June 6th, 2015 — Other News
Baldwin County officials met in Robertsdale Thursday morning to discuss emergency preparations at the beginning of the 2015 hurricane season.
The season runs from June 1 to November 30. Forecasters with the National Weather Service predicted it would like be a below-normal season.
“What does that really mean for us?” asked Jason Beaman, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “Absolutely nothing.”
via State, Baldwin County officials meet to discuss hurricane preparedness | AL.com.