Give a little back with the new issue of Lagniappe, where we explain how nonprofit organizations are meeting very specific needs in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Two nonprofits, Ransom Ministries and the Fuse Project, have increased the scope of their services significantly in the few short years since they were founded, and both are expecting to expand as demand, volunteers and donations increase. In Bay Briefs, we have an update in the ongoing storage tank debate in the port of Mobile, along with a preview on an upcoming meeting to restore passenger rail service along the Gulf Coast. There is also the he said/she said story of a local middle school's state of disrepair, and details about a couple of contentious development issues on the Eastern Shore. Check out commentary for musings on racial protests and Thanksgiving traditions. In Cuisine, we visit Bamboo Steakhouse and Sushi Bar on Cody Road. In Music, we chat with former CBS Orchestra drummer Anton Fig prior to his show with Joe Bonamassa at the Saenger Theatre this weekend. In Arts, take a trip to the dawn of health care at the at-times disturbing Mobile Medical Museum. In Sports, we have a list of the first round of invitees at the Senior Bowl, and updates from local college teams. Don't miss the Calendar of Events, music and cuisine listings, and a cornucopia of Boozie gossip just in time for Thanksgiving. This week's Lagniappe also features our "Dashing thru the deals" 2015 gift guide, for a list of exclusive offers from many fine area retailers. It's nothing to cluck at! The new issue of Lagniappe is ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
Chickasaw City Councilman Adam Bourne, who is running for a contested seat on the State School Board, believes a change to a small line item in this year’s education budget is taking money away from schools in Southwest Alabama.
In a prepared statement, Bourne accused Montgomery County legislators of “slipping in language to the education appropriations bill that” made it possible for a new school system in the Pike Road community to benefit from from a substantial amount of funds used to pay for “current units.”
The rape case involving 18-year-old Spanish Fort High School student Cameron Harrison will head to a grand jury after prosecutors from the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office were able to establish probable cause in front of Judge J. Clark Stankoski at a preliminary hearing today in Bay Minette.
At the latest in a series of hotly debated public hearings for more stringent regulations on petroleum storage tanks, a proposal regarding a different energy product also had people talking. The Mobile Planning Commission approved an application to allow Cooper Marine & Timberlands to store coal at its dry-cargo terminal on Cochrane Causeway, despite acknowledging the company has done it without proper approval since 2010. Previously the facility had only been approved for wood chipping, City Planner Richard Olsen said.
Police announced on Wednesday that a kidnapping in September was falsely reported to police, and the victim has since been arrested on multiple charges. On Sept. 29, Mobile Police officers responded to a report of a kidnapping made by 25-year-old Quintonia Jones. (more…) Continue Reading →
As the governor’s Coastal Insurance Working Group prepares to recommend solutions to high wind insurance premiums paid by homeowners in Mobile and Baldwin counties, another coastal Alabama group is celebrating a milestone in home fortification — a process it claims can reduce those same premiums by as much as 60 percent. Smart Home America, a Mobile-based nonprofit promoting home fortification for sustainability and affordability, certified its 1,000th home built to the fortified home gold standard last week at Quail Creek in Fairhope. The home was built by Truland Homes using standards based on 20 years of research from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, a nonprofit that tests construction methods against winds up to 130 miles per hour, wildfire, hail and other disasters. According to IBHS, a bronze-level home features sealed roof decks that are securely attached and high-wind-rated, roof-mounted vents that resist water intrusion. Silver-level homes meet the bronze requirements but have additional safety measures related to attached structures such as columns and gables braced to withstand high winds. Continue Reading →
The Fairhope City Council adopted an ordinance to regulate the use of a street-legal golf cart on the municipal pier in order to allow employees from Shux restaurant to shuttle disabled people to and from the establishment, which is located a few hundred feet down the pier. (more…) Continue Reading →
The Mobile Housing Board was recently approved for a federal program that could help it finance future projects, but a proposed change in how tax credits are doled out by a state agency could mean the MHB will still have gaps to close in a $750 million redevelopment plan for two neighborhoods. Executive Director Dwayne Vaughn announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved the MHB for the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, which will allow the board to borrow money from banks for the first time for housing developments. The RAD program would also lock MHB into a 15-year funding contract with HUD, making it susceptible to future cuts. Vaughn believes it would also help the board manage an estimated $80 million in capital needs. “We are smiling as broadly as we can,” Vaughn told board members. Continue Reading →
The Baldwin County Planning Commission will consider a pair of controversial zoning requests at its next meeting that have riled some Eastern Shore residents. On Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Baldwin County Central Annex in Robertsdale, the commission will hear a request from Point Clear resident George Spottswood to rezone a parcel of property south of the Grand Hotel from residential to a commercial designation. The request made some Point Clear residents uneasy, raising concerns about traffic and noise in the quiet community south of Fairhope. Neighbors on Scenic Highway 98 claim Spottswood wants to open a general store on property on Old Marlow Road. Continue Reading →