In the new issue of Lagniappe, we sit down with Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam who speaks about the city’s past, present and future as Mobile’s beleaguered neighbor to the north tries to move forward. Despite Prichard having been shell shocked by job loss, white flight and decades of poverty, Mayor Ephriam hopes recent economic development success and federal grants will help the city. We also speak with A.J. Cooper, Prichard’s first black mayor, who supports Ephriam’s effort to revitalize Prichard. In Bay Briefs, we explore a conservation easement that adds protection to Dauphin Island’s diverse bird sanctuary and dig deeper into the effectiveness of litter solutions in the Alabama Department of Environmental Management agreement. We also have a story about a memorial celebration honoring the life, service and achievements of the late former U.S. Senator and war hero Admiral Jeremiah Denton. In Commentary, Rob suggests perhaps Mobile should seize on the attractions it already has before creating new ones, and Ashley talks about why everyone should quit whining about the BayFest lineup. Check out our conversation with The Doobie Brothers before they do the Wharf on July 19, the informative cuisine feature on how to clean out those Cool Whip containers and make yesterday’s leftovers today’s innovative meal and the Artifice column about finding the essence of life in artistic pursuits and things that make it all worthwhile. And let’s not forget about the wedding bells that were ringing in Orange Beach last weekend! Boozie has details on the AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb royal wedding. LAGNIAPPE IS ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW! Don’t forget the 2014 Nappie Award winners will be announced in NEXT WEEK’S ISSUE! Thanks for supporting Lagniappe!
Mobile’s revenue has increased by more than $3 million over the current year’s budget, with three months left to go in the fiscal year.
Paul Wesch announced the increase Tuesday at the City Council meeting. He said the increase was due to a “slightly improved economy.”
In one unexpected stroke that caught even commissioners off guard, Mayor Sandy Stimpson has silenced the broader voice of the people by replacing over half of the experienced commissioners on the very powerful Planning Commission with newcomers who seem to represent a single voice - that of industrial development and those who sell them their property.
Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson used the announcement portion of Tuesday’s City Council meeting to defend himself, almost two weeks since Lagniappe reported he was the most prolific traveler among councilors.
Richardson doesn’t refute the report and said the publication “had a right” to report on it, but he proceeded to address some “unanswered questions” from the July 10 cover story.
For six members of the Mobile Planning Commission, July 17 was their last meeting on the board, as the chairman, vice chairman, secretary and three board members will be replaced. Chairman Terry Plauche, Secretary Victoria Rivizziagno, Roosevelt Turner, Tracie Lee-Roberson and Scott Webster were told they’d be replaced. Vice-Chairman Bill DeMouy Jr., will also be replaced, but he is retiring from the city. The new members to the board include Shayla Beaco, Nick Amberger, Jennifer Denson, Elizabeth Latham and Allan Cameron. This leaves one vacancy on the board, which Stimpson said he would announce at a later date. Continue Reading →
Three separate sources familiar with the Mobile County License Commission have corroborated reports of the FBI attempting to gather information from the office on Michael Boulevard yesterday. It is not yet known what is being sought, but sources close to the situation have reported that subpoenas have been issued both to the office and to Mobile County. Someone present said computer hard drives were rumored by employees to have been taken, although that could not be verified. (more…) Continue Reading →
A local business owner is facing an arson charge after allegedly setting a building on fire in 2008. According to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court June 26, Jeanne Sanborn set fire to her business, The Complete Skin Care Center, causing damage to the building and personal property inside. (more…) Continue Reading →
The developer of a major retail development near Hank Aaron Stadium has announced a groundbreaking date and tenants for the future shopping center. Chattanooga, Tenn.-based real estate and development firm Hutton will hold the groundbreaking for McGowin Park at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 25 to move the first dirt on the 600,000-square-foot complex. Hutton and JLL, out of Chicago, also announced tenants for some of the stores in the center, including a Costco, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Field and Stream, Petco, Hobby Lobby, Ashley Furniture and HomeGoods. The center is expected to open in 2015, according to a statement from Hutton and JLL. McGowin Park, which will be considered an “improvement district” will allow developers to issue bonds to finance public infrastructure. Continue Reading →
As Mayor Sandy Simpson wages his “war on litter,” some of the early victories have been the strengthening of the city’s existing litter and stormwater ordinances, and a settlement agreement with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management over ongoing violations of the Alabama Water Pollution Control Act. (more…) Continue Reading →
An Alabama man recently pleaded guilty to organizing a dogfighting ring and charging spectators admission to attend the gruesome matches, where illegal gambling also took place. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a July 11 press release, Donnie Anderson, of Auburn, Ala., admitted in his plea agreement to organizing and holding dogfights, mostly in the Auburn area, from 2009-2013. Anderson also admitted to charging entrance fees between $100 and $150. He said dog owners and spectators would bet on the outcome of fights, where wagers on each fight could range from $20,000 to $200,000. (more…) Continue Reading →