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Blueberries, modern temptation of sweetness

Photo | Depositphotos.com There’s no better use for fresh blueberries than cobblers, muffins and pancakes, but they can also be used in sauces, smoothies and parfaits. I often forget how much I love a blueberry until the season gets here. The sweet but tart little orb...

Goat Island Brewing, Cullman’s pride

Photo | Facebook Goat Island’s Duck River Dunkle (pictured) won a People’s Choice Award at Southern Napa’s recent 99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn event. Cullman’s Goat Island Brewing was founded in 2015 by four friends who had been dabbling in homebrewing, even...

Memorial Day indoors? Grab a Party Grill!

May is National Barbecue Month, kicking off a long (perhaps perpetual?) grilling season in South Alabama, but it appears as though Memorial Day could be a wet one this year. You can’t go without grilling on that blessed day, can you? One solution is the sensation...

Special news series and investigations

RESTORE Act

For damages caused by the BP oil spill in 2010, Alabama will receive $2.3 billion of a total settlement agreement valued at $18.5 billion. Of that, $1.3 billion of the state's share will be allocated to environmental and economic damages, while the remaining $1 billion will be distributed into the state’s general fund over the next 18 years — an amount equalling $55.5 million per year.

Wastewater treatment crisis

More than 23 million gallons of sewage has spilled in the Mobile-Baldwin county area this year, according to Mobile Baykeeper. In a special series of reports, Lagniappe is exploring why Mobile is struggling with an aging sewer and stormwater infrastructure and how Baldwin County is racing to keep up with explosive population growth.

Mobile Housing Board

For decades, the Mobile Housing Board of Commissioners has been beset by financial shortcomings and dilapidating infrastructure. But with a new executive director and changing membership, the board is continuing to move forward with plans to update its affordable housing stock.