Resignations cause shake-up on Bayou Utilities Board

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.”

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Music lawsuit a cautionary tale

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 →

Police exercise leaves windows damaged at abandoned historic school

The Old Shell Road Magnet School property, which was abandoned by Mobile County Public Schools in 2012, could soon be purchased for apartment development.

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 →

Students from eight counties find ‘Worlds of Opportunity’

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 →

County employees look at 2.5 percent raises after Personnel Board ‘no vote’

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 →