Author: Lagniappe

Lagniappe: February 14 – February 21, 2018

Take a trip to rural Alabama with the latest issue of Lagniappe, where we talk to residents of Monroeville about the effects of its one-time largest employer – textile manufacturer Vanity Fair – shutting down its factory and moving jobs overseas. In Bay Briefs, we have stories about leadership problems at the Child Advocacy Center and Fairhope’s mayor ordering employees not to speak with members of the city council. Cuisine has a rundown of supermarket delis, arts explains why both Mobile and New Orleans are important to Mardi Gras history, and music chats with Joe Bosnall of The Oak...

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Baldwin County superintendent breaks off negotiations with Gulf Shores School Board

In a statement today from Baldwin County Superintendent Eddie Tyler, he said the Baldwin County School Board will not negotiate with the fledgling Gulf Shores School Board until State School Superintendent Ed Richardson can weigh in. Gulf Shores wants to welcome its own students, and some outside city limits, for the 2018-2019 school year. Baldwin County demands they wait until 2019-2020. This story is developing. The full statement is below: After three weeks of talks with representatives from Gulf Shores City Schools, we are disappointed that they have refused to negotiate in good faith and we have agreed to...

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Music Listings: February 14 – February 20, 2018

WED. FEB 14 Bluegill— Matt Neese Blues Tavern— Art, 8p Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— Ryan Balthrop, 6p Callaghan’s— Phil and Foster Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Felix’s— Matt Bush Duo Flora Bama— Rick Whaley Duo, 11a// Neil Dover, 3p/// Kyle Wilson, 7p//// Rhonda Hart and Jonathan Newton, 7p Listening Room— Eric Erdman Lulu’s— Adam Holt, 5p THUR. FEB 15 Bluegill— Brandon White Blues Tavern— Doobious, 8:30p Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— David Chastang, 6p Callaghan’s— The Bodhi Trio Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Fairhope Brewing— Bluegrass Jam Felix’s— Jeri Flora Bama— Gove Scrivenor, 1p// Dueling Pianos, 4:30p/// Mark Sherrill, John Joiner, Chris Newbury, Jose Santiago, 5p////...

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Calendar of Events: February 14 – February 20, 2018

GENERAL INTEREST Raising Roses Come to Bellingrath Gardens and Home at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 for “Raising Roses,” a seminar with Linda Guy on pruning techniques, fertilization and black spot prevention. Call 251-459-8727, email [email protected] Family Heritage Day Fort McDermott in Spanish Fort will celebrate Confederate heritage Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., period music, military re-enactors, and free red beans and rice while it lasts. Republican Women Knollwood Republican Women meet Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m. at Gordon Oaks, 3145 Knollwood Drive. Speaker is District 6 City Councilwoman Bess Rich. Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks Boardwalk Talks are...

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Appeals court upholds capital murder conviction of Alwin Tillman

SUBMITTED – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the capital murder conviction of Alwin Javon Tillman. Tillman, 37, of Mobile, was convicted in Mobile County Circuit Court in February of 2017 for the murder of Ronnie Minifield. Evidence presented at trial showed that at about 2 a.m. on July 27, 2014, Tillman climbed up to the apartment balcony of his estranged wife, Octavia Tillman, and broke into her apartment by breaking a window to unlock the balcony door. Tillman entered the bedroom, where he saw her with the victim, and he opened...

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Baykeeper claims additional sewer violations discovered at Daphne Utlities

In a news release published today, Mobile Baykeeper claims it discovered additional water quality and reporting violations at Daphne Utilities, months after the nonprofit environmental organization filed a notice of intent to sue. In November, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Environmental Protection Agency sued Daphne Utilities based on Baykeeper’s complaint and in November, Baykeeper filed to intervene in the suit. Today’s announcement states “since [that] time, violations have continued and increased in severity, totaling 25 reported violations over a four-month period …. specific violations include several instances with bacteria concentrations ‘too numerous to count,’ other instances when...

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Lagniappe: February 7 – February 13, 2018

Go behind the barricades with the new issue of Lagniappe, where we speak with local law enforcement officers about their experiences working during Mobile’s biggest celebration. There is also a story about raising Joe Cain’s body from his original place of burial. In Bay Briefs, we feature a story about the state Legislature potentially loosening ethics laws, while we also have education updates from Mobile and Baldwin counties. Commentary touches on Mardi Gras throws and trolling, cuisine visits Abba Mediterranean Cafe, music chats with the Pine Hill Haints and arts previews the Mobile Opera’s Winter Gala at Murphy High...

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AM/NS Calvert committed to compliance

Editor: As was reported online by Lagniappe, AM/NS Calvert has been cited by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for air and water permit violations. The violations cited in the ADEM order relate to a facility on our site that regenerates acid for reuse in a steel pickling process. While AM/NS Calvert is the official permit holder for this facility, the management and operation of the facility is contracted out to an experienced acid regeneration service provider. Within hours of the issues being brought to our attention by ADEM, we worked with the contractor to ensure operations were again compliant with our permits. Since then, we have made substantial investments in new monitoring controls and have required process and procedure improvements by our contractor that we are confident will prevent this from reoccurring. We have also reviewed the environmental processes of all of our other onsite contractors and are requiring additional environmental training for them as well. We at AM/NS Calvert have the good fortune of producing a material that is not only one of the strongest, but unlike alternative products such as aluminum, is nearly infinitely recyclable. The recycling rate of steel is 69 percent in North America — more than paper, aluminum, plastic and glass combined. Steel can be remade and used again and again without losing the properties that make it so strong and resilient, and...

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