Author: Lagniappe

Calendar of Events: April 20 – April 27, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST Small Business Resource Fair Councilman C.J. Small will join several organizations in hosting a Small Business Resource Fair on Thursday, April 20, 4-6 p.m. at Gilliard Elementary School. Call 251-208-7441. Rape Crisis Center Luncheon Luncheon in commemoration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month will feature guest speaker Becca Stevens of Thistle Farms. Thursday, April 20, 11:20 a.m. at Spring Hill College. Call 251-602-0909. Earth Day Mobile Bay The state’s largest Earth Day festival. Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fairhope Municipal Pier. Visit www.earthdaymobilebay.org. Earth Day at Blakeley Park Celebrate Earth Day with a two-hour nature boat tour of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Saturday, April 22, at 9:30 a.m. Visit blakeleypark.com. Crewmen’s Reunion Join the USS Alabama for a crewmen’s reunion Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m. for a day of living history! Call 251-433-2703. Fairhope Walking Tours Join Museum Director Donnie Barrett for a walking tour of Fairhope on Saturday, April 22, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Fairhope Colony Cemetery. Great Drift Paddle Dog River Clean Water Revival hosts its 7th annual free paddle event at McNally Park, 4380 Park Road in Mobile, on Saturday, April 22, 1-3 p.m. Bring your own canoe, kayak or SUP, or rent one from Sunshine Canoes at 251-367-4144. A.C.C.W. Spring Celebration The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Spring Celebration/Card Party and Luncheon is Tuesday, April 25, from 10...

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Fairhope mayor vetoes Fly Creek extension

Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson Tuesday vetoed the extension given the property owner and developer of the Fly Creek apartment project. The City Council had voted 4-1 to grant an extension April 10. Wilson announced the veto on her Facebook page, “Mayor Karin Wilson of Fairhope, Alabama.” The council may vote to override the veto at its next meeting, Monday, April 24, but it will take four votes. Wilson said in part: “When this ordinance originally passed on April 11, 2016 the great majority of our citizens opposed the zoning change allowing the construction of this large apartment complex in...

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John ‘Jack’ Jacobson 1910-2017

Graveside services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Alabama State Veteran’s Cemetery in Spanish Fort for Major John “Jack” Jacobson, 106, of Point Clear. Jacobson, a World War II veteran and former chairman of the board of Idle Wild Foods, died Thursday. He had moved to Point Clear, where his daughter Barbara lives, in 1999. Still able to fit into his uniform, Jacobson became well-known in Baldwin County for his work with veterans groups and his willingness to speak to schoolchildren about his experiences in the war. A native of Worcester, Mass., Jacobson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940. From 1944 to 1946 he served as quartermaster under Gen. George Patton. After the war he joined his family’s meat packing business and eventually turned Idle Wild Foods into a Fortune 500 company. Jacobson retired to Florida in 1986 and continued to play golf until he was...

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Former Conecuh County school teacher pleads guilty to child sex crimes

SUBMITTED — Acting United States Attorney Steve Butler of the Southern District of Alabama announces that Clarence Edward Evers, Jr., also known as Bud Evers, 53, of Evergreen, pleaded guilty today to charges that he produced child pornography, possessed child pornography, and traveled in foreign commerce with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Evers pleaded guilty to three counts of the eleven-count indictment, and is set to be sentenced on July 14, before Chief U.S. District Judge Kristi K. DuBose. Production of child pornography is punishable by imprisonment of a minimum of 15 years up to 30...

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Lagniappe: April 13 – April 19, 2017

Resign yourself to the latest issue of Lagniappe, where we have extensive coverage and commentary on the plea deal that led to the downfall of former Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned April 10. After details of an Ethics Commission investigation into his relationship with advisor Rebekah Mason were released last Friday, Bentley was immediately charged and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of breaking campaign finance laws. But the behavior Bentley got away with left a lot of jaws flapping across the state. In Bay Briefs, we have the story of a widely-attended underage drinking party that resulted in...

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