Spring Hill placed on financial probation, retains accreditation

Dr. Christopher Puto, has served as the President of Spring Hill College since June 1, 2015. (shc.edu)

Mobile’s Spring Hill College was placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) last week due to financial instability reported in recent years. The announcement was made last week that four smaller, private colleges were found to be in violation of Comprehensive Standard 3.10.1 of the Principles of Accreditation, which requires schools accredited through SACS maintain “a recent history of financial stability.” (more…) Continue Reading →

Fear over ‘dead mall’ leads to millions in incentives

The Mobile City Council on Tuesday approved $7.5 million in sales tax rebates to help Rouse Properties LLC renovate the nearly 50-year-old Shoppes at Bel Air. By a 5-2 vote, the council agreed to rebate up to $500,000 in sales taxes per year for 15 years if the mall reaches a minimum tax revenue baseline. Councilwoman Bess Rich and Councilman C.J. Small dissented. (more…) Continue Reading →

MPD reviewing camera policy

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In the wake of a police shooting that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old in Mobile, many have asked one question repeatedly: “Where is the body camera footage?”

Mobile Police Chief Barber says it doesn’t exist, at least not the footage from officer Harold Hurst, who shot Michael Moore on Stanton Road June 13. (more…) Continue Reading →

Mayor proposes removal of 17 live oak trees downtown

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Mayor Sandy Stimpson has targeted 17 mature live oak trees downtown for removal, claiming in a June 13 letter to the Mobile Tree Commission “it is or may become reasonably necessary to do so to prevent a public hazard or to provide efficient or economical service to the public.”

Stimpson further alleges the oaks are undermining sidewalks, creating tripping or obstruction hazards, and threatening the integrity of the foundation of the History Museum of Mobile, a building listed as National Historic Landmark in 1974. (more…) Continue Reading →