Author: Lagniappe

Police arrest students connected to potential threats on school campuses

SUBMITTED – According to a news release, the Mobile Police Department received numerous reports of potential threats at multiple high schools in the city today and yesterday evening. Officers have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of everyone at these campuses, and have made two arrests. Earlier today, a 14-year-old female student was arrested for disorderly conduct for her role in perpetuating fear on social media in regards to threats at Davidson High School. Additionally, a 16-year-old male student was arrested for making a terrorist threat for a social media post that resulted in Williamson High School going into...

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Lagniappe: February 21-February 28, 2018

Find some answers in the new issue of Lagniappe, where we go to Prichard to explore residents’ concerns about city finances, and we detail cash and land transactions that led to the arrest of a senior aide in Mayor Jimmie Gardner’s administration. In Bay Briefs, we have stories from Fairhope, where the mayor and City Council are still suffering from a failure to communicate. There’s also an exclusive story about local businesses tied to a fraudulent Chinese immigration conspiracy. Commentary touches on school shootings and the case for a statewide lottery. Cuisine makes a birthday visit to Navco Pizza,...

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Higher education creates opportunity, fuels economic growth

Editor: Americans once embraced higher education as the great equalizer. State colleges and universities allowed children from working- and middle-class parents to compete on a level playing field with children from more advantaged backgrounds. The race gap in higher education has also been closing, with more African-American and Hispanic students achieving degrees. On this backdrop of accessibility and opportunity, things are, unfortunately, changing. Due to the recession, states slashed higher-education budgets in 2008. In consequence, tuition has increased across the nation. For many American students, the financial burden of earning a college degree quickly overshadows the dream. The recession forced Alabama to decrease the higher-education budget by 34 percent in 2008. Despite steady economic recovery since 2011, it has been difficult to restore higher education funding to pre-recession levels. Our state colleges and universities have struggled to keep tuition costs down, but the question remains: How long can our public colleges and universities walk the tightrope between excellence and affordability without renewed state investment? In establishing state institutions of higher education with the first land grants in the 1860s, our forefathers believed education to be an investment in the state. They wanted to build a well-trained, well-educated workforce and to create knowledge centers that can attract business. To be sure, not all jobs or careers require advanced degrees, but many of the new jobs created recently in Alabama do....

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AFC Mobile will always stay in Mobile

To the people of the city of Mobile: I fell in love at Hank Aaron Stadium, on a hill over the left field fence. I fell in love, as so many kids do, with the crack of the bat, the concession-stand pretzels, the foul ball that sits on my desk even today. I was a Little League Baseball player, one of hundreds, maybe thousands in Mobile County, and rapidly on the way to becoming a sports-obsessed kid and, later, a sports-obsessed adult. I was an insatiable Atlanta Braves fan who wanted to be Chipper Jones when I grew up, and watched the Major Leagues from afar — maybe once a year up close and personal if I was lucky. But the BayBears were something else. The BayBears were my team in a real and personal way, the “home team” in the most literal and meaningful sense. Though I couldn’t grow up to be a ballplayer, those titans of my childhood inspired a passion that became a college major that became a career that became a minor league soccer team. I think about those days often, when I’m working an AFC Mobile match. I think about them when a team of 9-year-olds walks out with our players, or when I’m sprinting across the stadium to put out a table where they can get Chisom Ogbonna’s autograph. I think about them...

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Residents restless amid financial woes in Prichard

Two police officers blocked the entrance to the municipal complex when resident Howard Porter attempted to enter a regular meeting of the Prichard City Council last week. Another resident, Quinn Austin Pugh, was forcibly removed from the same meeting after speaking longer than the time he was allotted to address the elected leadership of his city. Both incidents highlight a growing tension between residents and city leaders amid Prichard’s continuing financial struggles in the wake of the arrest of a top administrative employee. Both men have criticized the city’s financial standing and both have raised concerns about city leaders’...

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Music Listings: February 21-February 28, 2018

WED. FEB 21 Bluegill— Matt Neese Blues Tavern— Art, 8p Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— Ryan Balthrop, 6p Callaghan’s— Phil & Foster Felix’s— Jimmy Lumpkin Duo Flora Bama— Rebecca Barry Trio, 11a// Neil Dover, 3p/// Mario Mena, 7p//// Rhonda Hart and Jonathan Newtown, 7p Lulu’s— Adam Holt, 5p THUR. FEB 22 Bluegill— Al and Cathy Blues Tavern— McBro Acoustic Duo, 8:30p Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— David Chastang, 6p Felix’s— Grits N Pieces Flora Bama— Gove Scrivenor, 1p// Dueling Pianos, 4:30p/// Mark Sherrill, John Joiner, Chris Newbury, Jose Santiago, 5p//// Brandon White, 9p//// Mario Mena Duo, 9:15p Listening Room— The Weeping Willows, 8p...

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Calendar of events

GENERAL INTEREST Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. Call 251-861-2141. Midtown Optimist Club Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. Call 251-348-3542. Public Talk “Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind: A Limitless Legacy,” a talk by Lynn Hanner on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. Admission is free. University of South Alabama College of Nursing, Room 1020. Call 251-415-1109. Town Hall Meeting on Channel Widening The U.S. Army Corps...

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MAWSS making emergency repairs to water main

According to the Mobile County Health Department, Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) is making an emergency repair to a 12-inch water main (installed in 1943) on Florida Street between Old Shell Road and Dauphin Street. Customers located on Florida Street between Old Shell Road and Dauphin Street may be without water until the repair is made. The waterline break could result in cloudy water or low pressure for some Midtown customers. The attached map shows the area bordered in red that may be impacted by cloudy water or low pressure. If water is cloudy, customers are advised...

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