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Calendar of Events: Sept. 21 – Sept. 27, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST Women’s conference Focus Women’s Conference aims to educate, encourage and empower women through various workshops and panel discussions. The conference will be Friday, Sept. 22, at the Mobile Convention Center. Visit www.focuswomensconference.com. Travel auction The Great Escape Travel Auction is a live and silent auction featuringtg affordable trips to bucket-list destinations. The event is Friday, Sept. 22, 6-9 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin St., Mobile. Proceeds benefit neighborhood missions at the church. Visit www.cpcmidtown.com. Garden Brothers Circus Celebrating 100 years of entertaining families, Garden Brothers Circus will be at the Mobile Civic Center on Friday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Visit gardenbroscircus.com. Jubilee Festival of Arts The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce hosts the 29th annual Jubilee Festival of Arts. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24 on Main Street in Olde Towne Daphne. Dozens of artists, cooking competitions, craft demonstrations, pop-up performances and local musicians. Admission is free. Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council Tasked with dispersing the BP oil spill settlement, the AGCRC will hold a public meeting to provide an opportunity for individuals to offer input on any of the projects currently suggested. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Mobile Government Plaza Auditorium. Visit restorealabama.org. Lecture series Dauphin Way Methodist (1507 Dauphin St.) presents the Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series on Sunday, Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and...

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Richard Johnson, former Daphne public works director, take reins in Fairhope

SUBMITTED — The city of Fairhope has named Richard D. Johnson, PE. as the new Director of Public Works. Johnson was a graduate of Troy University, with Bachelors of Science in Mathematics/Physical Science along with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of South Alabama. Johnson is a registered Professional Engineer and has served the last seven years as the Director of Public Works for the city of Daphne, Alabama. He has extensive experience in Municipal Public Works operations including: Engineering, Project Management, Administration, Street Maintenance, Building Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance, Grounds, Mowing and Solid Waste Management that...

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Lagniappe: Sept. 14 – Sept. 20, 2017

The waters are rising in the new issue of Lagniappe, where we examined new federal flood maps in Baldwin County and found some surprising discoveries. While some subdivisions inland have been deemed to be in flood prone areas, other properties along Mobile Bay and elsewhere closer to the water were downgraded. In Bay Briefs, we have a story about a lucrative contract awarded by the cash-strapped Prichard water board. Meanwhile, the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System halted work on its pipeline replacement to Spanish Fort. Cuisine examines different types of salt used for cooking or garnish, arts takes...

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Baldwin County’s federal flood maps revamped

By John Mullen/contributing writer When the freak rainstorm of April 30 through May 1 of 2014 hit Baldwin County, about 30 to 35 houses along the Fish River took on water. “I think all but three of them were out of the flood zone,” Erik Cortinas, EMA coordinator for Fairhope, said. “On Fish River, it was nine feet above base flood.” Now, with the release of new FEMA maps in July, most of those properties are considered to be in a flood zone. “We have houses that have been removed from the floodplain that are not in a floodplain,...

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Businesses say Orange Beach U-turn system costs them money

By John Mullen Chris Ybarra is happy the state listened when he asked for a change in a roadway plan in front of his business, Cotton’s Restaurant in Orange Beach. The initial configuration in the U-turn project at his front entrance would have drastically hurt his bottom line, Ybarra said. “My projections were it would have cut my business probably somewhere between 50 to 75 percent,” he said. “It would have choked my business off.” But Ybarra is one of very few people happy about the new traffic patterns on Alabama 182 from Cotton Bayou Beach Access on the east to West Loop Road on the west. But his happiness was short-lived. “It’s had a negative impact on my business because of the construction, and they didn’t get completed until the 8th or 10th of May,” Ybarra said. “The summer was not as promising.” Up and down the beach road, business owners are saying the same thing. “It’s been a nightmare,” Café Beignet owner Al Joseph said. Joseph said his business depends on impulse buying. When cars pass by and see his sign, they might stop to try his beignets. “They’ve taken that away,” he said. “Now you can’t turn in. You have to go down there and make a U-turn, and by then you’ve seen two or three other places. It’s killed our inside business. We no longer...

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