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Swiger resignation comes minutes after vote to sue Baldwin schools

By John Mullen About halfway through the Dec. 5 Orange Beach City Council meeting, Mayor Tony Kennon looked at his phone and called the meeting to a halt. “I have an announcement,” Kennon said. “Angie Swiger just resigned.” It was just one more of the many twists and turns involving schools on the island, and probably the most bizarre. The county has been abuzz with education talk concerning separation negotiations with Gulf Shores, a tax renewal and an attorney general’s opinion over Swiger’s representation on the Baldwin County Board of Education. It’s no secret many in Orange Beach, particularly Kennon, weren’t pleased with the representation by Swiger, who was in her second six-year term. “It is my personal contention that our school board representative has a severe conflict of interest,” Kennon said. “It would be detrimental to the city of Orange Beach and our children if she sits on the board while there are negotiations between the city of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach as to the separation agreement. “Our children will be greatly affected over the next five years as to where they will go to school. I do not see how she could participate in good faith and truly represent us.” About 30 minutes before hearing about Swiger’s resignation, the council unanimously voted to sue the Baldwin County Board of Education over her representation of District 5....

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Small Daphne water system serves 400-plus customers

By John Mullen In 2012, the Park City Water Authority Board was confronted with a big decision. “We at that time did not have a lot of financial reserves to respond to a system emergency,” Board Chairman Kenneth Day said. “At that time the decision would be, would we have a rate increase, or should we absolve ourselves and allow us to be taken over by Daphne Utilities.” Day had just started his five-year term on the board when the choice had to be made. After public meetings, the three-member board voted to remain in business. Park City is...

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Music Listings: December 13 – December 19, 2017

WED. DEC 13 Blind Mule— Comedy Open Mic Bluegill— Matt Neese Callaghan’s— Phil and Foster Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Felix’s— Jimmy Lumpkin Duo Flora Bama— Neil Dover, 4p// Rhonda Hart Duo, 8p Lulu’s— Albert Simpson, 5p Soul Kitchen— Billy Raffoul, 8p THUR. DEC 14 Blind Mule— Mobile Jazz Club Bluegill— Shelby Brown Califorina Dreaming— Adam Holt, 7p Callaghan’s— Lee Yankie Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Felix’s— Jeri Flora Bama— Gove Scrivenor, 1p// Not the Real Band but the Real Deal, 5p/// Johnny Barbato, 9p/// Mario Mena Duo, 9:15p Le Bouchon— John Cochran, 6:30p Listening Room— The Grahams, 8p Lulu’s— Albert Simpson, 5p...

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Let’s be still

By Gabi Garrett/Contributing Writer Would you believe you can be more productive by sitting still, rather than running around at full speed? When the world gets hectic, which it so often does around the end of the year, it can create the desire to find a retreat from the madness. If an afternoon on an island alone sounds heavenly but not so feasible, it might be time to start meditating. Meditation has a great reputation. You’ve likely read an article praising its benefits or heard from someone in your life who has said to you more than once that...

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Baldwin County votes to renew 1 mill school tax

By John Mullen Baldwin County voted to renew a controversial 1-mill tax to keep school funding at 12 mills of property taxes to fund the county system. Gulf Shores’ new school system will receive a per-student portion of this tax as well. “This vote was about our efforts to restore confidence and this vote shows great confidence in Baldwin County Public Schools,” Superintendent Eddie Tyler said. “That is a direct result of our teachers and employees who showed over the past few years how committed we are to making Baldwin better, even through tough times. I am so proud...

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Amazon donates wish list Items and holiday gifts to Mobile families

SUBMITTED — Amazon hand-delivered $15,000 of needed materials to the Boys and Girls Club of South Alabama. Items included toys, rain jackets, hygiene products and other essential items. After the unveiling of the donation, children and families had the chance to pick out items, participate in holiday activities and visit with Santa Claus. This donation is part of Amazon’s national holiday tour. In addition, Amazon will donate $1 to the National Alliance to End Homelessness for every mile our trucks travel during the...

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Crickets

Editor: In response to “Why Alabama’s ‘major’ newspapers don’t speak for Alabama” (Nov. 29), I would like to share my own personal experience with the Press-Register. I wrote four editorials on topics ranging from the environment to health care to the Press-Register and never received so much as an acknowledgement from the paper that they received them. Curious as to whether they received them, I called the paper and left a voicemail of inquiry. They never returned my call with an answer. I respect the right of the Press-Register to publish what they wish and told them so. None of my editorials were published, but you would think that they would have the common courtesy to say, “thank you for your letter.” I agree with your article that Alabama’s major newspapers have lost touch with the diversity of topics and opinions that the people of this state have. I have read editorials that proclaimed “bullets hurt,” and another about how this state is a bunch of hypocrites without one example to support their argument. It seems more like sensationalism than informative, thought-provoking journalism to me. Thomas Habib Eight...

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Drinking the Kool-Aid

Editor: Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Al Franken and many more puppets are all being forced by their handlers to commit public humiliation rituals, all for the sake of somehow casting a shadow of doubt on the Hon. Judge Roy Moore, who (in my humble opinion) will undoubtedly be the winner in the upcoming U.S. Senate special election. There will be a couple more public humiliation rituals by other media and or political puppets between now and election day (Tuesday, Dec. 12) in order to perpetuate this myth that the Hon. Judge Roy Moore had somehow miraculously fooled every single person he ever met, every day of his life for about the last (say) 40-odd years. People have known about the above-mentioned sick list’s proclivities since the dawn of time, yet Moore’s accusers suddenly manifest just in time to somehow prevent him from earning compelling subpoena power as my next U.S. Senator from the great state of Alabama. As one of his soon-to-be constituents, I look forward to watching future Sen. Roy Moore explain to the world why perversion cannot become the law of the land, a cross the Hon. Judge Roy Moore has carried his whole career, standing up for what’s good and decent in this country. And now the people of the great state of Alabama are standing behind the Hon. Judge...

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