Author: Lagniappe

Fairhope Soccer Club campaigning for field amenities

SUBMITTED — New fields with top-quality turf, shiny new nets and a concession stand make Fairhope’s new Soccer Complex a giant leap for the community’s longtime soccer programs. But players and parents still lack sidewalks, shade, and safety fencing essential to a first-class tournament-ready complex. A new fundraising campaign launches with this new fall season to reach the final goal. “Most people may not realize what a force soccer is in this community,” offered FSC President Dirk Flad. “Between our spring and fall seasons you’ll see at least 1000 recreation league players, 150 coaches and 120 volunteers. On any...

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Lagniappe: Oct. 12 – Oct. 18, 2017

Tally up the price of justice in the new issue of Lagniappe, where our cover story details a letter from the presiding judge of Mobile’s 13th judicial circuit asking state legislators to secure more funding. Mobile County courts are the busiest in the state, yet its financially supported by the Mobile County Commission and has dozens of unfilled vacancies in support positions. In Bay Briefs, we have the story from Gulf Shores Monday where the city council voted to form an independent city school system. We also have an update on the political races in the Baldwin County Commission...

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10 candidates running for Baldwin County Commission seats

By John Mullen There will be at least one new face on the Baldwin County Commission after the 2018 elections and three incumbents are seeking to retain their seats. District 1’s Frank Burt and District 4’s Skip Gruber are seeking to retain their seats, as is District 3’s Tucker Dorsey. District 2’s Chris Elliott has announced he is running for the Alabama Senate seat Trip Pittman will voluntarily leave next year. Baldwin County’s primaries aren’t until June 5, with runoffs set for July 17 and the general election Nov. 6. All of the declared candidates are Republicans; no Democratic...

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Preacher Partridge

Band: Road to Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival Date: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Venue: The Listening Room of Mobile, 78 St. Francis St., www.thelisteningroommobile.com Tickets: $20 artist donation at the door A legion of songsmiths have descended upon Dripping Springs, Texas, over the past four years for the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival. This year, local singer-songwriter Abe Partridge will be among these lyrical masters. Partridge’s passion and talent resonates throughout his music. With a worn voice, Partridge’s concoctions of folk, country and blues are Southern-boy sermons filled with unique snapshots of an eclectic life. His unique sound attracted the...

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Music Listings: Oct. 12 – Oct. 18, 2017

THUR. OCT 12 Blind Mule— Mobile Jazz Club, 8:30p Bluegill— Quintin Berry Blues Tavern— Johnny B Duo, 8:30p Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— David Chastang, 6p Callaghan’s— Devon Gilfillian Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Felix’s— Grits N Pieces Flora Bama— Dave McCormick, 2p// Destiny Brown, 5p/// Donnie Mathis & BC Dueitt, 5p//// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p//// Mark Sherrill, Chris Newbury, James Daniel & Mel Knapp, 6p//// Yeah Probably, 10p//// Kyle Wilson Duo, 10:15p Listening Room— Eric Erdman, Abe Partridge, Josh Ewing Lulu’s— Lefty Collins, 5p Manci’s— Ross Newell McSharry’s— Jimmy Lumpkin Duo, 7:30p SanBar— Jeff Farrow Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Jamie Adamson, 11a//...

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‘Here We May Rest’ is compelling story of immigrants in Alabama

BY MIKE THOMASON / CONTRIBUTING WRITER As was said at another point in our history, “these are the times that try men’s souls,” indeed. “Here We May Rest: Alabama Immigrants in the Age of HB 56” been published at a perfect time, as it examines the history of attitudes about immigrants and immigration in Alabama, with an emphasis on recent decades. The story it tells is riveting and painful but very well researched and told. It will challenge many readers whose views are expressed in the song “Sweet Home Alabama,” and surprise others, as you cannot believe much of the story really happened. Others will see it as an accurate description of the challenges recent immigrants have faced, and still face in this state. The author is not a historian, though she is a recent immigrant herself. She has done impressive archival research, and conducted interviews with politicians and many immigrants, who tell their stories in compelling fashion. Giagnoni teaches at Auburn University and was born and grew up in, and still returns to, her native Tuscany, Italy. She married an Alabamian and they have two small children. She says she feels welcomed and at home in Alabama, but understands the immigrants’ experience, especially those who lack proper documents — or, as many say, are “undocumented aliens.” In 2011 she began her investigation of immigrants in Alabama, and almost...

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Calendar of Events: Oct. 12 – Oct. 18, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST RealTalk Lunch and Learn Lunch and learn will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Goodwill, Training Room 2, 2440 Gordon Smith Drive. Monday, Oct. 16, topic: “Creating Calm in the Middle of Chaos”; Wednesday, Oct. 18, topic: “Human Trafficking in South Alabama.” Call 251-404-3924. History discussion Speaker Franklin McMillion discusses “Growing up in a Segregated Mobile: Are There Differences Now?” Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m. at Cox Deasy House, 300 Oakleigh Place. Free for Historic Mobile Preservation Society members, otherwise $10. Visit historicmobile.org/events. Graveyard tours Church Street Graveyard tours take place at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursdays in October. Hosted by the Historic Mobile Preservation Society. Free (donations accepted). Call 251-432-6161. Fairhope farmer’s market The city of Fairhope hosts an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2. Behind the Fairhope Public Library downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466. Little Sisters of the Poor Lawn Party The Little Sisters of the Poor (1655 McGill Ave.) annual Lawn Party is a day of family fun with games and prizes for the kids, great food, raffles and more. Sunday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 251-476-6335, ext. 102. Apple Snail Roundup Join Mobile Baykeeper on Saturday, Oct. 14, 9-11 a.m. at Langan Park to remove the island apple snail, an invasive species. Supplies and water will be provided, wear clothes that can...

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Gulf Shores votes to form Baldwin County’s first city school system

By John Mullen GULF SHORES – City officials believe, based on a report compiled by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, Gulf Shores would receive enough revenue to fund a city school system without new taxes. On Monday, after an hour of presentations and public questions and comment, the city council voted 6-0 to begin the process of forming a school board. The overflow crowd erupted in a standing ovation. Gulf Shores is the first breakaway city system in Baldwin County. Because there is no need to raise taxes, a vote of the people is not required. Baldwin...

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