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Attorney: Five votes needed to elect council president

It will take five votes to elect the next president of the Mobile City Council, attorney Wanda Cochran wrote in an opinion released Tuesday afternoon. The announcement follows more than a month of speculation, after the council appeared to be deadlocked at its Nov. 6 organizational meeting when Councilman Fred Richardson received four votes and Councilwoman Gina Gregory received three votes. At the time, former council attorney Jim Rossler told councilors the public vote would take a supermajority, or five of seven votes to pass. The council has been without a president because of the legal question concerning the...

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Doug Jones, Roy Moore battle it out in final week of Senate campaign

Theodore resident David Connolly squinted into the bright lights of news cameras while he held onto his son. He didn’t recognize what he had just heard and was frustrated. “Listening to this is embarrassing,” he said while standing outside Magnolia Springs Baptist Church. “To be Christian, to be a good man, you treat everyone the same … I’m not seeing any morals come out of this man.” Connolly was speaking about Republican United States Senate candidate Roy Moore outside a campaign event at the Theodore church last week. As he spoke, several of Moore’s supporters argued with him off...

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Mobile Housing Board’s pick for executive director gets to work

After decades in charge of the Opelika Housing Authority, Akinola Popoola has brought his experience to Mobile. Popoola started as the Mobile Housing Board’s new full-time executive director on Friday, Dec. 1, after falling in love with the city when his son attended the Alabama School of Math and Science in midtown. “It’s just a beautiful city,” he said in a phone interview. Popoola sees the job as an opportunity to turn the city’s low-income housing situation around, after more than a year of uncertainty. While there are a few options, Popoola said he wants to get in and...

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Leadership group aims to push agenda in Legislature

When most of the BP settlement meant for the state’s Gulf Coast went to Montgomery instead, Coastal Alabama Partnership Executive Director Wiley Blankenship knew there was a problem. “It was embarrassing to give us 10 cents on the dollar,” Blankenship said. “It’s just pathetic.” Mobile and Baldwin counties lacked power in the state because none of the representatives were in positions in the Legislature that controlled money, Blankenship said. He set out to help change that. “Look around the state,” he said. “Look in the senate. Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Birmingham … there are two people from the south [who have...

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Madison deal brings BayBears closer to leaving town in 2019

The new owners of the Mobile BayBears will be eyeing a new stadium proposal in Madison after that city approved hundreds of thousands of dollars for design of a ballpark, but no decision about the team’s relocation has been made. Cecilia Showalter, an attorney representing BallCorps, said the team will play the 2018 season in Mobile, but beyond that it is unclear. BallCorps does have exploration rights to Madison, but has not filed for relocation, she said. “We’re looking at the project to see whether it will work for our needs,” she said. “Right now a series of things...

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City will try again to break record with Elfapalooza

On Friday, doors will open at 5:30 pm in the Convention Center and the final countdown will begin at 7 p.m. To stay warm while you wait, you can shop for Christmas gifts during LODA ArtWalk. To be included in the official count, all elves must come wearing a pointy hat, pointy ears and a combination of red and green. This year, the Travel Channel will be in town filming Elfapalooza to highlight unique holiday traditions around the South, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of history. “It’s time to free elf from the shelf,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “This is an opportunity to put Mobile on the map and celebrate together as a community. I encourage all elves to take a break from Santa’s workshop and come spread Christmas cheer in Bienville Square.” Following the official count, the elves will march down Dauphin Street. A free showing of the movie “Elf” will begin promptly after at 7:30 pm in Bienville Square. Volunteers are still needed for this event. Please call 251.208.1550 if you are...

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Manzie appointed to National League of Cities’ board

Council Vice President Levon Manzie has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities (NLC). This board serves a critical role in guiding the national organization’s priorities and policies. “We’re proud to have Councilmember Manzie serving on the NLC Board for the next two years,” Ken Smith, executive director of the Alabama League of Municipalities, said. “Having Alabama officials like him help shape the national policy of groups like NLC ensures that the interests of Alabama’s cities and towns are being heard.” Manzie was nominated for the position at the NLC’s annual conference last...

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Salvation Army helps displaced family find solid footing

At her lowest point, Sonya Armstead didn’t want to go on. She had contemplated giving her children up for adoption and running away from her responsibilities. “I was at the point that I didn’t want to live any more,” Armstead said. “I wanted to give my children to somebody I thought was capable of taking care of them because I thought I was better off … they were better off without me.” Armstead separated from her husband and moved back home to Mobile in January. She found a part-time job while living with her sister. With the job and...

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