Get ready for BayFest with the new issue of Lagniappe, where we speak with BayFest stand-outs Jane’s Addiction, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Alabama, Thompson Square, All That Remains and Blackberry Smoke prior to their appearances at “Alabama’s Largest Music Festival.” We also provide an entire BayFest Guide, which includes exclusive interviews, daily schedules, artist bios and a map of the festival grounds. Join us as we celebrate BayFest’s 20th anniversary Oct. 3-5 in downtown Mobile! In Bay Briefs, resignations lead to a shake-up on the Bayou la Batre Utilities Board and former Mobile Housing Board employees file suit over unpaid wages. In addition, we have a stories about boom retrieval after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill leaving anchors in Mobile Bay and the latest on the Hiawayi Robinson murder case. With cooler temps on tap, Andy breaks out the grill in Cuisine and explores the other mother sauces that compliment the meat of fine Southern barbeque. Artifice previews “Ark of India,” a retrospective of Roderick D. MacKenzie’s time in Asia, before it is revealed at the History Museum of Mobile on Oct. 16. If you can’t get enough of BayFest, our music briefs have you covered on other shows going on at venues around the festival site and continue throughout the week like Revivalists’ front man David Shaw, who will return to OGD Oct. 9 for a solo show. In Style, Boozie has the scoop on Hollywood’s favorite taxi driver, who is in the Port City to film a new movie. Thanks for supporting Lagniappe! Happy BayFest! LAGNIAPPE IS ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
Four years after the crisis, folks along the coast of Mobile Bay are still dealing with the effects of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, although in this instance it may be for an unexpected reason.
The U.S Coast Guard, British Petroleum and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are currently looking into a complaint related to anchors that were left in the bay after boom, an absorbent material deployed to protect the coastline from drifting oil, was picked up and removed, U.S. Coast Guard Eastern States Field Office Supervisor Natalie Murphy said.
Six former Mobile Housing Board employees were named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed Sept. 26 in U.S. District Court.
Ty Criswell, Ronald Coffman, Eric Knight, Samuel McCord, Denisa Peacock and Joe Frank Smiley Jr. claim in the suit that MHB knowingly withheld regular, overtime and on-call pay while the six were working as maintenance supervisors for the board.
Last week the voters of Orange Beach responded to a series of proposed tax increases with a resounding “no,” effectively ending the second attempt to create a city-run school system in seven years.
After all the votes were tallied, those opposed to leaving the Baldwin County School System almost doubled the number of those supporting a city-run operation in Orange Beach. The certified results showed 1,842 voting “yes” and 928 voting “no.”
Amid an ongoing legal dispute over term limits for the Utilities Board of Bayou la Batre, two members – City Councilors George Ramirez and Kimberlyn Barbour – have resigned from the five-member board. The pair resigned at two separate meetings in September and both cited personal reasons for their departure from the board, which pays its members a monthly salary of $400. Utilities Board Chairman Sylvia Raley told Lagniappe both Ramirez and Barbour didn’t give the board a specific reason for their resignations. “They thanked us for the time they had served, and they just said they had to resign,” Raley said. “They didn’t get into it during the meetings.”
With an abundance of talented, aspiring musicians in the Mobile area, the idea of signing a record deal may seem like a dream come true. But Nashville’s glitz and glamour may just be a ruse to attract young artists, according to songwriter and former music producer Alton Richardson. In 2013, Richardson, a Saraland resident, filed a lawsuit against Warner Brothers Records and Shawna McIlwain Thompson, a Chatom, Alabama native who now stars alongside her husband in the successful country music duo Thompson Square, after Richardson claims he was denied monetary compensation for promoting Thompson’s early music career. (more…) Continue Reading →
A training exercise hosted by the Mobile Police Department Sept. 24-25 resulted in two stories of shattered windows at the historic Old Shell Road School in midtown Mobile. The exercise was part of the 2014 National Tactical Officers Association’s conference and trade show, which has brought 700 officers from around the country to Mobile over the past week. (more…) Continue Reading →
Editor’s Note: Lagniappe participated in the “Worlds of Opportunity” career fair put on by the South Alabama Workforce Development Council, Sept. 24-25 at the Mobile Civic Center. Over 10,000 eighth graders from public and private schools in eight southwest Alabama counties explored different industries and possible career paths by interacting with leaders in a wide variety of fields, including healthcare, hospitality, communications, aviation, engineering, construction, manufacturing, maritime, public service, automotive technology and energy. Lagniappe was part of the “Communications World” and challenged students to write a news story about the event, interviewing at least two sources. The winning entrant was Katherine Allred with Covenant Christian School in Mobile. Continue Reading →
This morning, the Mobile County Personnel Board elected not to approve a request from the Mobile County Commission adjusting the salary schedule to allow for the 59-cent hourly raise for employees passed Friday in its 2015 budget. No votes were cast because a motion was never made, but a provision in the request from the commission allowed the pay raise to revert back to a series of 2.5 percent “across the board” salary increases scheduled to take effect in October and April. (more…) Continue Reading →
Mobile police responded to two local high schools yesterday for reports of assault.
According to officials, Murphy High School employees were attempting to control a disorderly male student when the student grabbed the principal by the hand and arm, pushing him into a locker, MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains said. (more…) Continue Reading →