Author: Lagniappe

County Commission, CSX to partner on dormant Mega Site

BY JOHN MULLEN Baldwin County has a new partner in continuing efforts to recruit businesses to the shovel-ready Mega Site industrial park on Interstate 65 near Bay Minette. Company officials from CSX Corp. have been working with Lee Lawson of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance and the Baldwin County Commission to achieve the CSX Select Site designation. “This is a process we went through to understand how we can better work with them and to elevate our site into a more rarified air,” Lawson said. “About 10 years ago now, CSX did a network-wide analysis for large-scale advance manufacturing sites along their railroads and there are only about five sites identified.” The goal of the Select Site designation is to help land new businesses at the Mega Site to add jobs in the county, as well as potential rail customers, Rashard Howard of CSX told the commission. “This is something that’s important and near and dear to us because we understand making these CSX Select Site announcements draws a lot of attention to the site with hopes of landing an optimal customer,” Howard said. The 3,009-acre Baldwin site was first designated in July 2011. It is considered shovel ready because all utilities are already in place, it is adjacent to a major interstate highway and it has mainline CSX rail service. The site is owned by the county....

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Music Listings: July 20 – July 26, 2017

THUR. JULY 20 Blind Mule— S.O.S.S. Fascinating Shnnarahs Bluegill— Hannah McFarland Blues Tavern— Doobious, 8:30p Callaghan’s— Phil Proctor Dority’s Bar and Grill— Rick Carter and John Cochran Fairhope Brewing— Bluegrass Jam Felix’s— Grits N Pieces Fin’s— Johnny No, 9p Flora Bama— Jeff Dayton, 2p// Pale Moon Rising, 5:30p/// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p//// Big Muddy, 6p//// Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Chris Newbury, 6p//// Mario Mena Band, 10p//// Shawna P Duo, 10:15p//// Lee Yankie and the Hellz Yeah, 10:30p Hangout— The Perry Wall, 6p// DJ Dr. One, 10p Hard Rock (Center Bar) — Brandon Green, 8p Lulu’s— Adam Holt Duo, 5p Manci’s—...

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Jeb Ball seeks Baldwin County Commission seat

SUBMITTED — James E. “Jeb” Ball, Program Director for Baldwin Substance Abuse Services, Inc. in Bay Minette, has announced his candidacy for Baldwin County Commissioner, District 1. A lifelong resident of Bay Minette, Ball graduated from Troy University before joining the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office as an Environmental Investigator and Criminal Trial Coordinator under District Attorney David Whetstone. From 1998-2007, Ball served as a Court Referral Officer with Baldwin Court Services. In 2007, Ball started Baldwin Substance Abuse Services Inc. (BSAS), a company certified by the Administrative Office of Courts to provide court-ordered Level 1, Level 2 and...

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Calendar of Events: July 20 – July 26, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST Fairhope farmer’s market The city of Fairhope hosts an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2, behind the Fairhope Public Library downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466. Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo The 84th annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo will take place July 20-22. The weigh station will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information and tickets, visit adsfr.com. Free family movie night Join Dauphin Island on the West End Beach for a free movie at dusk on Thursday and Friday. This weeks films are “Middle School” (Thursday) and “Finding Dory” (Friday). Historic marker unveiling The Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile will unveil a historic marker honoring Vivian Malone Jones, the first African-American graduate of the University of Alabama. Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m., at 760 St. Anthony St. in Mobile. Stop the Violence Rally Free family event with live music, food, local artists, poets and much more. Saturday, July 22, at noon, Taylor Park, 1050 Baltimore St., Mobile. Organized by members of Faith Plus Work. Market in the Square Mobile’s downtown farmer’s market is held in Cathedral Square on Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. until noon. Come enjoy music, food, beverages and more. Saenger Movie Series Saenger Theatre is hosting its Summer Classic Movie Series every Sunday. This week’s...

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Poarch Creek’s OWA amusement park opens Friday

BY JOHN MULLEN/Contributing Writer Photo | Shane Rice It’ll be a game changer, says longtime Pleasure Island tourism chief Herb Malone. Welcoming the public for the first time on July 21, the OWA entertainment complex in Foley will unveil The Park at OWA, Phases I and II, featuring 21 rides — including the Rollin’ Thunder roller coaster, built by the designer of Coney Island’s famous Thunderbolt thrill ride. “OWA is adding an entire new dimension to the entertainment offerings of Alabama’s Gulf Coast,” said Malone, president and CEO of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism. “It’s a game changer...

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