Author: Lagniappe

Lagniappe: Sept. 21 – Sept. 27, 2017

Pick up the new issue of Lagniappe to see how local undocumented immigrants, particularly those subject to President Trump’s impending rollback of the DACA program, are reacting to jeopardy their futures are being placed in. We attended a rally in support of DACA at the University of South Alabama last week, and spoke to a student affected by the changes. In Bay Briefs, we detail a piece of legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne that seeks to clarify the tribal status of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. There’s also another story out of USA about how a...

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Deadline for Weeks Bay Foundation photo contest is Oct. 16

SUBMITTED — The 2017 Photo Contest deadline for submissions will be Oct. 16. The Weeks Bay Photo Contest has been a huge part of our community outreach for the last 17 years. With such amazing natural resources throughout our area, it makes sense to have a photo contest that focuses exclusively on wonders of coastal Alabama. Photos may be Color or Black & White and entered in the following categories: • Flora: plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, etc. • Fauna: animals, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, etc. • Habitat: outdoor scene or landscape. • People in Nature (PIN): people recreating or enjoying their...

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Daphne City Council discusses study on independent system

By John Mullen As the firm conducting a feasibility study for Daphne to form its own school system kicks off its work, one of the improvements city leaders hope to see is smaller class sizes. City Council members met with representatives of the K-12 Criterion Group on Sept. 12 to understand what educational options the city wants to include if a new system is formed. “Just getting a general idea of what kind of system,” Councilman Robin LeJeune said. “We said we definitely wanted to see an improvement and we would see that with class size and things like that.” Smaller class sizes would be an inherent part of a split, LeJeune said. Based on the number of students currently attending classes in Daphne, he said the total number of students in the city could drop by 500. “My understanding [is] that there are close to 600 kids that live in the city limits that go to Spanish Fort and Fairhope that would come back into the city school system,” LeJeune said. “There are actually about 1,100 kids that live in the county outside of Daphne that actually go to Daphne schools. “Based on the Baldwin school system numbers that they gave us, we’re looking at a reduction of about 500 kids in a 4,000- to 4,100-kid school area. That’s a pretty big reduction right there just as far...

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Fairhope’s Covered Bridge subdivision affected by new FEMA flood maps

By John Mullen Dr. Harvey Joanning doesn’t understand why his home was deemed to be in a flood plain. His home in the Covered Bridge subdivision is one of the areas added to the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood hazard zone on the new maps released in July. “One of the things that Dr. Joanning has, he shot an elevation certification at his house that shows the flood zone going right through his property,” Fairhope EMA Coordinator Eric Cortinas said. “The map says the base flood for that area is 47 feet above mean sea level. His house is 84 feet above mean sea level.” Joanning and his neighbors, including former Fairhope Mayor Tim Kant, are questioning the designation and plan a formal request to FEMA for relief. “That is a prime candidate for a letter of map revision because what they basically did was kept the previous data,” Cortinas said. “Evidently, they didn’t shoot lidar at your house so they wouldn’t have seen the elevation. “Former Mayor Kant came to see me. He’s in the same situation. He’s got the gully at the end of his lot, so his lot touches the flood zone. He had to get an elevation certificate for his insurance, but he’s 45 feet above base flood.” Residents have 12 months from the time the maps are released to file either a letter of...

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Music Listings: Sept. 21 – Sept. 27, 2017

THUR. SEPT 21 Big Beach Brewing— Travis Posey, 6p Bluegill— Al and Cathy Blues Tavern— Last Call Rodeo, 8:30p Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— David Chastang, 6p Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Fairhope Brewing— Bluegrass Jam Felix’s— Tropic Flyer Flora Bama— J. Hawkins Duo, 2p// Mason Henderson, 5p/// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p//// Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Chris Newbury, 6p//// Mario Mena Band, 10p//// Justin Headley Experiment, 10:15p Listening Room— Dan Navarro, 8p Lulu’s— Adam Holt, 5p Manci’s— Light Travelers McSharry’s— Rondale and the Kit Katz, 7p Old 27 Grill— Songwriters Night, 6:30p Saenger— Peppa Pig’s Surprise SanBar— Jim Andrews, 7p Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach)...

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