Kickoff the 2016 football season with the new issue of Lagniappe, where we examine the impact of a recent University of South Alabama study concluding that building an on-campus football stadium is "feasible." Despite funding hurdles, an independent group of researchers determined the campus could support a stadium for the university's 8-year-old football program, one seating around 25,000 and costing upwards of $100 million. We compare that to similarly sized stadiums recently built at Tulane University and Alabama State University. In Bay Briefs, the Mobile County Commission isn't too pleased about a sudden city of Mobile proposal to pull emergency responders from certain areas beyond the city's limits. We also dig into the Mobile Housing Board's vacancy reduction program, which was recently cited as defective in a federal audit. Our commentary this week includes musings on the city's recent enforcement of the "cruising ordinance" and the effects of the aforementioned police jurisdiction debate. Arts remembers stalwart Lars Britt, music previews a Southern Rambler benefit show featuring Shawn Mullins and cuisine tells you a thing or two you can do with all that fresh okra lying around this time of year. Sports has a preview of collegiate soccer, the Real Deal reports a host of recent real estate transactions and film reviews the poignant performances in "Captain Fantastic," currently playing at the Crescent Theater. Boozie has the scoop on Girls of Fall and some shenanigans in MiMo. Headed to Beer Fest this weekend? Pick up the latest issue of Lagniappe for music and events listings and make a day of it! We're online and on stands now!
Alabama’s Supreme Court refused to revisit a ruling favoring District Attorney Ashley Rich in a four-year lawsuit seeking additional funds from the Mobile County Commission.
After several failed attempts to increase the level of funding the county allocated to her office, Rich filed suit against the Commission in 2012.
In the first day of Hiawatha Robinson, Jr.’s trial, the prosecution and defense focused on a rainy day in the fall of 2014, the day his 8-year-old daughter, Hiawayi Robinson, was reported missing and two days before her body was found half naked in a trash pile.
A lack of communication with city officials about a plan to reduce Mobile’s extended police jurisdiction has left Mobile County Commissioners questioning Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s commitment to being a team player in the region.
Before his unexpected resignation last year, former Bayou La Batre mayor Brett Dungan inked a real estate deal in central Alabama — selling a piece of property owned by the city to a Montgomery County official for $10. (more…) Continue Reading →
By:Submitted by Navy Office of Community Outreach |
NORFOLK – A 2014 Murphy High School graduate and Mobile native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Gunston Hall. Javess Spencer is a fireman aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship operating out of Norfolk, Virginia. A Navy fireman is responsible for training and developing knowledge of ship's engineering spaces and equipment. (more…) Continue Reading →
An outstanding opportunity for adults who value the importance of reading can be found in the Read Aloud Baldwin nonprofit organization. This September, Read Aloud Baldwin will begin its sixth year reading to the young children in the Baldwin County Head Start centers in Fairhope, Magnolia Springs and Hurricane. Our volunteers read one-on-one with 3-year-olds to 5-year-olds during the school year and each person is committed to the fact that reading aloud to young children is essential to developing a love of books and the desire to learn to read. Reading aloud to young children develops vocabulary, active listening, comprehension, and attention span — the building blocks of school success. (more…) Continue Reading →
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church will host Rachel Held Evans as the speaker of the 2016 Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series. She will lead a special event for women of the community on Saturday morning, Sept. 24. On Sunday, Sept. 25, she will deliver the message during morning worship at 10:30 and will give a lecture on Sunday evening at 5:30. Continue Reading →
If you’re happy to see pelicans, blue herons, and other wonderful wildlife along the Gulf Coast, raise your right hand and give thanks to Republican President Richard Nixon, who created the Environmental Protection Agency by executive order in 1970. If you enjoyed the Olympics and took pride in the strong performance of our United States team, which won a record 121 medals, raise your left hand and give thanks to Democratic Senator Birch Bayh from Indiana and Democratic congresswoman Edith Green from Oregon, who introduced the bill that created Title IX protection for women’s sports in 1972. If you’re grateful that the cold war is over and the Soviet Bloc crumbled, raise your right hand and thank Republican President Ronald Reagan, who drew a line in the sand in 1987 with the words, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
If you’re thankful for Social Security and the way it protects men and women who worked all their lives from living their senior years in desperate poverty, raise your left hand and thank Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt, who introduced his intentions to create the Social Security Administration in 1934. These incredible achievements along with other nation-defining and world-transforming works like the Civil Rights Act, the interstate highway system, the mission to the moon and life-saving medical breakthroughs were all possible because the left and the right — Democrats and Republicans — worked together. It would not be to our benefit to have only one hand, as anyone who has lost use of a hand even temporarily can tell you. Continue Reading →
Hmmm. The University of South Alabama now joins the ranks of those who encourage ambiguity in sexual identity. I got a big kick out of the symbol. Let’s be sure I get this straight. I get to decide, for whatever reason (no proof is required of me for this decision), that I am female (I am male, I think, based on my observation of what is in my pants), then I can go into any restroom I choose at USA whether labeled with a half-skirt or not. Continue Reading →
A forest products company with subsidiaries connected to Mayor Sandy Stimpson is receiving $600,000 in incentives to relocate its United States headquarters from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Mobile in the coming months. (more…) Continue Reading →
After months of delay, the Mobile County Commission has approved a nondisclosure agreement with Harris Corp. allowing a long-awaited and controversial $40 million radio project to move forward. However, at least one commissioner isn’t sure why there was a holdup in the first place. (more…) Continue Reading →
After years of questions and few answers, residents of Eight Mile had the opportunity to hear state and local officials discuss the effects and document mitigation efforts related to a 2008 release of a chemical used to odorize natural gas. Sonja Massey, Alabama Department of Environmental Management groundwater branch chief, told the group of residents during a We Matter Eight Mile Community meeting that a 2008 lightning strike was the cause of a methyl mercaptan release from a plant in Eight Mile. (more…) Continue Reading →