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Baldwin County Superintendent: Gulf Shores won’t open schools until 2019

According to a statement from Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler, State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson has ordered the city of Gulf Shores to delay separation from the county school system until 2019. The fledgling Gulf Shores School System, formed last October, had lobbied the state to open to students as early as August. Earlier this week, the system extended an offer of employment to Dr. Matt Akin to become its first superintendent. “We believe that his decision will allow the best transition for the students, teachers and families in Gulf Shores with the least disruption for those families who will remain in our system,” Tyler said in a statement. “We have always been focused on what was in the best interest of the students, teachers and families. In our meetings to directly resolve this with Gulf Shores, we have always taken the position of a 2019 separation date. We have always felt that this start was in the best interest of the student and teachers. After hearing our position, Dr. Richardson agreed and we are pleased with his decision. “With only one year to go, we will begin work towards the 2019 separation where we will wish Gulf Shores the best in their new system while also celebrating the opening of Baldwin County’s new state of the art facility for grades 7-12 in Orange Beach. We are confident...

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Love always wins

Editor: Sadly, our world is undergoing prolonged transformational stress. At no point in recorded history has greater social conflict been communicated between the advocates of a more equitable society opposing those fearful of reforming the status quo. The “haves” and the “have nots” still clash over policies; however, we now have social improvement advocates describing backward trends as citizens’ well-being becomes more vulnerable to the policies of an entrenched power elite. Personally, I perceive potential for change in everything; I reject the dualistic belief that the “evils” of greed, corruption, intolerance, bias and discrimination must be conquered with social action. Instead, I believe we outgrow or transcend our own human imperfections by acts of kindness, eventually inspiring other people to tackle their own “demons” or encumbrances. We change ourselves to change the world around us. Take the mass shootings sadly becoming almost monthly occurrences. How do we tackle the violence that erupts from social outcasts’ self-perceptions of alienation, ostracization, confusion, misunderstanding, bias and cultural/racial/sexual/gender differences? I know many people care about social injustice, so how do we transform self-perceived feelings of oppression that, although real, incorrectly reinforce separateness? Emotions are complex and eternally rooted experiences that require self-love to heal. Having previously taken psychiatric medications for 16 years, I understand alienation, depression, hopelessness, fear and self-loathing better than many Americans, although not all. There are people who experience greater...

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Black lives always matter

Editor: On June 13, 2016, a white Mobile police officer shot and killed a 19-year-old black man, igniting protests and calls for police reform. State representatives, local politicians, clergy and concerned citizens marched Mobile streets demanding justice for the slain and calling for the arrest of the officer. Racism was named as the underlying cause of the shooting prompting many to chant “Black Lives Matter,” the slogan made famous after another shooting involving a white police officer and a black man. Protests and rallies continued for months, ensuring the incident remained in the public spotlight. Fast-forward to 2018 in the same city; of the nine homicides thus far, five victims are female and black. Five! But remarkably there is appalling silence from those same voices. No protest, no rallies, no marches. Nada, nil, nothing. Why? Where are the preachers and politicians screaming  for everyone  to put down their guns? Why no hashtag movement or “Justice for Black Women?” The youngest female homicide victim was 15 years old. She was shot while attending a “teen party” where no security had been retained. Why haven’t the state representatives called for rental agreement reform requiring establishments to have security? Why hasn’t there been a call to boycott the facility? The hypocrisy of some “leaders” (sarcasm intended, plus an eye roll) is nauseating. Black lives only matter when they are taken by a...

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Music Listings: April 18-April 25, 2018

Please send upcoming music to [email protected] by MONDAY before Wednesday’s paper. WED. APR 18 Bluegill— Matt Neese Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— Ryan Balthrop, 6p Brickyard— Chad Davidson Band Callaghan’s— Phil & Foster Cockeyed Charlie’s— Karaoke with JJ Felix’s— Matt Bush Duo Flora Bama— Neil Dover, 2p // Rhonda Hart Duo 6p /// Johnny Barbato 8p //// Bruce Smelley 10:15p Golden Nugget— Chris Houchin, 9p Lulu’s— Adam Holt, 5p Soul Kitchen— The Lone Bellow, Ida Mae  THURS. APR 19 Belle Fontaine Sand Bar— Greg Padilla Bluegill— Shelby Brown Blues Tavern— Doobious Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— David Chastang, 6p Brickyard— Yellowhammer Callaghan’s— Phil...

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Calendar of Events: April 18, 2018 – April 24, 2018

The 8th annual Great Drift Paddle is Saturday, April 21, 1-3 p.m. at McNally Park, 4380 Park Road, Mobile. Post Drift Party at the River Shack restaurant. Visit www.dogriver.org. Donations welcome. GENERAL INTEREST Deepwater Horizon NRDA Trustee Council The Alabama Trustee Implementation Group will hold its annual public meeting and present its Draft Restoration Plan II and Environmental Assessment on Wednesday, April 18, at Five Rivers Tensaw Theater in Spanish Fort. The open house begins at 6 p.m. and public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov. Blood Drive Please roll up your sleeve and give blood at USA Medical Center Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April...

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Lagniappe: April 11-17, 2018

Welcome to the SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival in the new issue of Lagniappe, where we provide a comprehensive guide with artist interviews, a schedule and information about the Lagniappe Mobile Bay Music Showcase and New Southern Music Showcase. SouthSounds Fest, scheduled April 13-15 in several venues in downtown Mobile, features more than 70 artists representing the Southeast music scene. In Bay Briefs, we have stories about controversy around a new bridge proposal in Orange Beach, an attorney who pleaded guilty to an assault charge after a car crash, a tattoo artist filing a lawsuit against the Mobile City...

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SouthSounds 2018 complete schedule (updated)

Please note that due to the probability of rain Saturday evening (April 14), the schedule printed in Lagniappe’s SouthSounds guide has been amended. The complete updated schedule of performances by stage at SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival, April 13-15, 2018 in downtown Mobile is republished below and available at http://southsoundsfest.com/schedule/. For updates and news throughout the weekend, follow SouthSounds Music Fest on...

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Crittenton Youth Services 100th Anniversary Luncheon is April 19

Crittenton Youth Services is celebrating its 100th Anniversary Luncheon Thursday, April 19 at 12 noon at Byrne Memorial Hall on the campus of Spring Hill College. The cost is $40 per person. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 251-639-0004. The mission of Crittenton Youth Services is to provide educational services that promote the physical, emotional, and social health of all youth. A brief history of Crittenton Youth Services Mobile County Responds to the Needs of Young Single/Pregnant Teens In 1918, a group of Christian men and women led by Mr. and Mrs. Horace Turner founded the Florence Crittenton Home of Mobile which was modeled after similar homes throughout the country. Young women in residence and their families received counseling and medical care. During the early years of operation, the majority of residents chose to place their babies for adoption. Prior to 1954, all births occurred at the home. In the late 1980s, there was a consistent decrease in the number of clients seeking residential care. The stigma of bearing a child out of wedlock greatly lessened; more young mothers were choosing to remain single parents. In December 1991, the Florence Crittenton Home closed. Crittenton Teen Services emerged as an agency that would focus on educational outreach services in the community. The goals of the services related to helping teens develop a better understanding of sexuality; an understanding of postponing...

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Music Listings: April 11 – April 17, 2018

Please send upcoming music to [email protected] by MONDAY before Wednesday’s paper. WED.  APR 11 Bluegill— Matt Neese Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— Ryan Balthrop, 6p Brickyard— Delta Smoke Cockeyed Charlie’s— Karaoke with JJ Felix’s— Sugar Cane Jane Flora Bama— Neil Dover, 2p // Rhonda Hart Duo, 6p /// Tony Ray Thompson, 8p //// Rusty Tabor, 10:15p Lulu’s— Adam Holt, 5p THURS.  APR 12 Bluegill— Sergio Rangel Duo Blues Tavern— McNab  Bros Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— David Chastang, 6p Brickyard— Yellowhammer Callaghan’s— Bobby Butchka Cockeyed Charlie’s— DJ JJa Felix’s— Lee Yankie Duo Flora Bama— Jim Newton & Jonathan Newton, 2p // Rusty Tabor,...

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