Author: Rob Holbert

Shunnarah firm pays AMG after suit filed

Updated at 4:04 p.m. Sept. 21: James T. Laura, Jr., managing partner for Alexander Shunnarah & Associates, LLP contacted Lagniappe on Sept. 21 to say the debt at the center of Alabama Media Group’s lawsuit against the Shunnarah firm was paid in full at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and that a joint stipulation of dismissal with prejudice currently sits on AMG’s attorney’s desk awaiting signature. AMG’s attorney, Joshua Friedman was unable to sign the document today due to the observance of a religious holiday and would sign it in the morning, according to Laura, ending the legal matter. Laura...

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Some legacy-building ideas for Stimpson

Now that Mayor Sandy Stimpson has been re-elected and is all snuggled in for another four years running America’s most potentially exciting city, it seems like a good time to pester hizzoner about a few things that might make his second four years even more memorable than the first. While Stimpson is certain to keep pushing his One Mobile theme, along with plans to make the city safer and more family- and business-friendly by 2020, there are still other things he should tackle that could leave a lasting legacy. I’ll admit up front some readers may find these ideas...

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A river of sewage runs through it

Here’s something fun to think about: In the first eight months of this year, more than 21 million gallons of raw sewage has been discharged into Mobile and Baldwin county waterways. Yes, that’s 21 million gallons — roughly 32 Olympic-sized pools worth of poopy water dumped into bayous, creeks and the bay. Those spillage numbers come from Mobile Baykeeper, the local group that advocates for crazy things like clean water and air in our community. Lately they’ve been focusing a good bit on getting the word out about these massive sewage spills, and if 21 million gallons won’t get...

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Election a step toward unity

Last Thursday at the Small Business Expo inside the Mobile Convention Center, it felt like there was a collective exhalation of relief. The event — put on by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce — was better attended and more diverse than I’ve seen over the past decade, and both exhibitors and those who came in to check out the show seemed to have an extra bounce in their step. Not to take anything away from the Expo, but it just felt like people had been holding their collective breath until the mayoral election ended two days before. Certainly...

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Power 88 wants to increase

Power 88 recently received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to increase both its wattage and its tower height. Now they’re hoping listeners can make that dream a reality. Wilbur Goforth, owner of Goforth Media, which operates Power 88, says the station wants to increase from its current 33,000 watts to 100,000 watts, which would greatly increase the reach of this Christian station. Goforth has also been approved to raise the height of the station’s tower, to improve signal strength and add more coverage to the Pensacola, Pace and Milton, Florida, communities. “If a radio station wants to reach...

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Shield your eyes! The end is near!

During the eclipse Monday I couldn’t help thinking how little the human species has progressed over the past few thousand years when nature throws a curveball our way. We humans still love to freak out over anything out of the ordinary. Naturally we were inundated with warnings about not staring into the blazing hot sun, and children were cordoned off inside school buildings and warned not to even look out the window. Some local schools did initially prepare for students to go outside with their eyes properly protected in order to observe this “once-in-a-lifetime” event, but administrators chickened out...

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Keep Mobile cranking

Regular readers of this column may have gathered over the years that at times I can be a bit cynical about humans in general and politicians in particular. Roughly five years ago my cynicism was at an all-time high when it came to our fair burg. Sam Jones had been re-elected mayor a few years before without facing a challenger, and that seemed to be a signal to him and his cronies that they possessed absolute power. From a journalist’s standpoint, covering Jones and his administration had never been easy, as they were almost always reluctant to provide full...

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