Explore the wetlands of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta in the new issue of Lagniappe, where we talk to local alligator hunters about the experience of chasing the Delta’s apex predator and the methods used to snag and kill the beasts that thrive in the murky waters. Find out how the hunter becomes the hunted as 150 people statewide are awarded tags for the annual alligator hunt. In Bay Briefs, Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s proposed 2015 budget includes a pay raise, but also a new healthcare plan, and MAWSS plans to install a temporary, above-ground sewer line downtown in order to repair an older pipe. We also have coverage on Mobile’s very first “community conversation” on race. With the 17th Annual Dauphin Street Beer Festival taking place weekend, Cuisine provides a definitive guide to food options at the festival, and our Thirsty Work column spotlights some of the various craft beers that will be available at the festival. In our music feature, we interview Ohio’s Ben Davis Jr., frontman of the Dirt Poor Troubadours, before he performs a free show at Moe’s Original BBQ on Aug. 22, and Artifice profiles artist Phyllis Henson, a retired MCPSS employee, whose “Fred’s Mule” won the Hazel Harris Smith Memorial Award for Best Graphic Arts at WGAS’ Spring 2014 exhibition. In Style, Boozie has all the gossip about what went down at the Kenny Chesney concert at the Flora-Bama last weekend, and if you’re in the market for a new watercraft, a “honey hauler” might be just the thing for you! Thanks for supporting your favorite weekly newspaper! LAGNIAPPE IS ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
A grievance addressing problems with new health insurance policies was filed with the Mobile County Commission today on behalf of 600 employees.
In response to faxes and emails circulating through multiple departments, a handful of employees met at the Mobile County Personnel Office Thursday afternoon – some of whom spoke directly with Personnel Director Donald Dees.
A local candidate for State Senate would like to expand gambling in the state, which he believes could benefit the economy. Beau Doolittle, a Democratic candidate for Senate District 35 in Mobile County, believes supporting a tribal-state compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to allow for table games could bring in more money for the state’s general fund. The compact, which is 10 years in the making, would allow the state to get a portion of the proceeds from table games operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
It looks like WALA-TV will be changing hands again, as Media General announced today it has an agreement to sell the local Fox affiliate to Meredith Corp. for roughly $86 million. Media General ended up owning WKRG-TV, WALA-TV and its sister station WFNA-TV when it and LIN Media merged in March.
The Prichard Police Department is enforcing a curfew ordinance for minors as of Sunday, Aug. 17. According to a press release from the department, minors under the age of 18 or who have not been emancipated by law are in violation of the curfew if they are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during certain hours of the day and night. Minors who are detained by police for violating the city’s curfew ordinance will be transported to the City of Prichard Curfew Center and can only be released to a parent or legal guardian. The ordinance calls for various levels of fines, including, but not limited to, issuing a verbal warning, fines or imprisonment, officials said. Continue Reading →
Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s proposed 2015 budget includes two raises for city employees, an increase in health care costs, a 400 percent increase in capital spending and significant cuts to performance contracts. “Our focus is to increase and redirect capital dollars toward fixing things that are broken in the city’s infrastructure, from our streets, sidewalks and parks to the outdated computer management systems and other old equipment the city uses to conduct day-to-day business and secondly, it addresses long-needed adjustments to our employees’ compensation.” Stimpson told a crowd during a presentation Aug. 19 to members of the Mobile City Council. (more…) Continue Reading →
A choice wording in an ongoing legal dispute gave the impression to some that the Archdiocese of Mobile, or at least its attorneys, briefly recognized a same-sex marriage last month. Though attorney F. Grey Reddit was quick to say he nor the his clients “recognize [Attorney Christine Hernandez] as the parent” of her partner’s child, their relationship was expressly acknowledged in a recent court filing related to a 2013 case filed over bullying and harassment at St. Pius X Catholic School on Sage Avenue. (more…) Continue Reading →
Hundreds of residents attended the first of several community conversations on race relations Monday evening at the Alabama School for Math and Science auditorium. The first of the conversations, titled “Why we need to talk about race,” featured guest speakers the Rev. Dr. Robert Allen Turner, assistant program director of the Dave Matthews Center for Civic Life in Montgomery and pastor of St. Paul’s AME Church in Mobile and Stephen Black, grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black and founder of the University of Alabama’s Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. Before the forum took place, audience members were anxious to see what might come of the series of conversations. Mobile resident John Davis said he came to the event because he was interested in the dialogue that could be begin from this first conversation. Continue Reading →
The Board of Commissioners for the Mobile Area Water and Sewer Systems accepted bids from two contractors Monday for an estimated $1.5 million project to undertake a major sewer relining project in downtown Mobile. The project will require an above ground bypass piping system to divert the flow of wastewater while the actual relining work will take place underground. (more…) Continue Reading →
Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s proposed 2015 fiscal year budget includes a 400 percent increase in the capital improvement budget over 2014, Stimpson said in a media briefing Monday. The capital improvement budget will increase from $3,513,000 this year to $14,345,000 in 2015, he said, after signing the budget message ahead of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Stimpson outlined areas where the capital money would be spent. The capital budget includes $4 million for the maintenance and repair of streets, drainage and buildings and $3 million for park improvements and repairs. Stimpson didn’t go into specifics, but said the park improvements would include fields, lights, dog parks, splash pads, walking/biking trails, playgrounds and restroom upgrades. Continue Reading →