Do a little turn on the catwalk in the new issue of Lagniappe, where we feature Mobile Fashion Week before it kicks off next week, turning Dauphin and Royal streets into Mobile’s fashion mecca. We sit down with founder Richard McGill to discuss MFW and what it means for Mobile, a place he believes is home to many talented people whose talents don’t always have an outlet when it comes to fashion. In Bay Briefs, layoffs at the Mobile Housing Board raise management questions, and a lack of diversity in the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department is examined. We also have Mobile City Council updates and details on the Mobile County Public School System budget. In Commentary, we’ve got tips on how to be a better Jag fan and Rob assesses recent inflammatory remarks from Mobile’s Public Safety Director. In Cuisine, Cammie’s Old Dutch and Fairhope are teaming up to break a Guinness world record by creating and eating the world’s largest ice cream sundae, and Andy has some tips on how to make the perfect roux. Artifice highlights Susan Howell, a creative mom and an award-winning artist who is making waves in the community, and in our music feature, we interview former Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen, who talks about her music career ahead of the Sept. 23 performance of her band, The Pretty Reckless, at Soul Kitchen. Last but certainly not least, Boozie has all the tailgating gossip from last weekend’s football sellout at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Thanks for supporting your favorite weekly newspaper! LAGNIAPPE IS ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
The Mobile County Commission debated two versions of the 2015 budget Friday morning — the difference being how to deliver county employees their first raise since 2007.
The commission ultimately voted 2-1 to approve a $173 million budget with a 59-cent raise for hourly employees, opting not to use the 5-percent across the board increase discussed in previous budget hearings.
Tolls could be one of a list of creative options used to fund a new I-10 bridge project, Mayor Sandy Stimpson said Friday afternoon. Stimpson returned Wednesday from a trip to Washington D.C. where he and a group of 14 other mayors from the area lobbied government officials for funding of the proposed $800 million project. He said going into the meetings no one in the group felt like tolls would be an option for funding, but said after the meetings they would have to be considered a “viable option.”
Stimpson said many options for funding were discussed during meetings and tolls were just part of the conversation.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson said he’d veto a City Council-approved amendment to the fiscal year 2015 budget that would fund retirees’ health care costs, if he and the council can’t compromise on where the money could come from.
The council on Tuesday voted 6-1 to move $2.5 million from the capital budget to the general fund, in order to cover the cost of health insurance for Medicare-eligible retirees.
Mobile police are investigating a possible shooting that occurred downtown early this morning. According to MPD, at approximately 4:10 a.m., officers responded to the area of Dauphin and Franklin streets for a report of one assaulted. The victim said an unknown male assaulted him behind Club Jagger’s, according to MPD Public Information Officer Terence Perkins. Perkins said the man suffered injuries to his head and told police he heard a shot fired. However, it is unknown what exactly caused the injuries at this time, Perkins said. Continue Reading →
Authorities have confirmed that the body of a young girl found today has been identified as 8-year-old Hiawayi Robinson. At approximately 12 p.m., the search for Hiawayi ended when “regrettably” her body was recovered near Turner and Rebel roads, Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam said at a news conference this afternoon. (more…) Continue Reading →
As the search continues for 8-year-old Hiawayi Robinson, FBI officials said today they believe she may have been taken across state lines, given the amount of time that has passed since she was reported missing on Tuesday. FBI officials said they are currently searching for a person of interest but indicated that it does not mean the person has been named responsible for the girl’s disappearance at this time. (more…) Continue Reading →
After 27 years with the Mobile Housing Authority Board and almost one year away from full retirement benefits, Samuel McCord will be searching for a new job. “I feel like I’m being forced to retire,” McCord, 60, said. He said he started at the housing authority as a garbage collector, but worked his way up to a building maintenance supervisor who, during his time in that position, oversaw a maintenance crew, oversaw maintenance crews at Roger Williams and Gulf Village. “I had cancer four years ago,” McCord said. “I’m cancer free now, but I still have to visit the doctor regularly. Continue Reading →
Despite an increase in state and local revenues, a $719 million budget approved last week has the Mobile County Public School System scheduled to spend more money than it expects to receive in fiscal year 2015. Approved by the Mobile County school board last week, the FY 2015 budget shows a beginning fund balance of $165 million, but even after an additional $630 million in revenue, the system in on track to end the year with only $75 million in all five of its designated funds. (more…) Continue Reading →
Next Tuesday Orange Beach will hold a referendum vote aimed at creating a city-run school system, but some residents still aren’t sold on the idea or the increased taxes separating from Baldwin County Schools would require. Rumors and what some have called “deliberate misinformation from Baldwin County Schools” have become an issue in the waning days of the campaign launched by city leaders in January. The committee for Orange Beach Educational Excellence (OBEE) was created earlier in the year and has been at the forefront of the push for a “yes” vote in the coming referendum. Still, some residents feel the idea has been pushed on them by a “well organized and well-funded” effort from the city’s leadership only seven years after residents voted down a split from the county school system with the City of Gulf Shores. “This was attempted in 2007, and there was something of a landslide vote against it,” resident, and city school system opponent John Stever said. Continue Reading →