Author: Lagniappe

Music Listings: November 22 – November 28, 2017

WED. NOV 22 Big Beach Brewing— Squirrel Mullet, 6:30p Bluegill— Matt Neese Blues Tavern— Art, 8p Callaghan’s— Phil and Stan Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ, 9p El Camino— David Shivers Jr Felix’s— Matt Bush Duo Flora Bama— Neil Dover, 2p// Hartbreak Hill w/ Rhonda Hart, 6p//// Woody and Scott, 8p//// Johnny B Duo. 10:15p Le Bouchon— John Cochran, 7p Listening Room— Red Clay Strays Lulu’s— Lee Yankie, 5p Manci’s— Robert Sully, 7:30p Mellow Mushroom (midtown) — Marcus Elizondo, 6p THUR. NOV 23 Blues Tavern— Doobious, 8:30p Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ, 10p Flora Bama— Jay Hawkins Trio, 1p// Dave McCormick, 2p/// Hung Jury,...

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Calendar of Events: November 22 – November 28, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST Farmers market Shop the farmers market at Providence Hospital every Wednesday through Dec. 6, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Providence Hospital, Parking Lot F. Call 251-266-3501. 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. Poarch Creek Pow Wow The Poarch Band of Creek Indians invite you to the 47th annual Thanksgiving Day Pow Wow at the Poarch Creek...

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Daphne votes down city school system in 5-2 vote

By John Mullen Joe Davis says all members of the Daphne City Council care about the education of the city’s children. They just share different visions on how to accomplish that mission. In Monday’s meeting only two council members, Robin LeJeune and Doug Goodlin, voted to pay $30,000 for the second half of a study on a separate school system for the city. The remaining five members voted against it effectively squashing the move for independent city schools. “I think that it was clear, a 5-2 vote, and it was also clear that the two that voted for it...

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Lagniappe: Nov. 15 – Nov. 21, 2017

In the new issue of Lagniappe, Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich disputes a study’s claim that Mobile has an unusually high incidence of death penalty cases. The study by Harvard University named Mobile County as one of 16 nationwide “outliers” in death penalty cases — counties that imposed five or more death sentences between 2010 and 2015. “They sensationalize everything and there are a lot of facts that are just wrong,” Rich says. In Bay Briefs, we have a story about the snowballing U.S. Senate scandal involving Republican nominee Roy Moore, and a story about the Mobile County...

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Taken to heart

To Ashley: I read with great interest your editorial “Please make it stop,” (Hidden Agenda 11/09/17). I hope more readers of the paper do the same and take to heart your thoughtful comments. BJ Huff...

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Grandmothers always know best

Dear Ashley, Thank you for your commentary in the Nov. 2issue (Hidden Agenda 11/02/17 “Always wear the good pair”). Even though my grandmother was raised in small-town Indiana, I think she and your Grams must’ve been soul sisters. “Make sure you have on good underwear in case you’re in an accident” was right up there with “please” and “thank you.” For me, it was such a nostalgic piece that made me wonder how hearkening back to what we learned as children fuels our own insecurities about being judged. It also makes me wonder if they were instilling in us mechanisms to protect ourselves from harsher fates. Theoretically, if you believe people are going to assess your worthiness by judging those things right up against your skin (that nobody else should ever see), then you must understand the importance of comporting yourself in a way that complies with social norms.  Our baby-boomer parents’ generation rebelled against all of that restriction and conforming. In fact, my dad used to go as far as to proudly announce, “I’m wearing my church underwear…They’re holey!” Because of our parents’ generation, we supposedly live in an era that more broadly accepts inclusion of diverse interpretations of the social norm but as you brilliantly point out by referencing popular television shows, we still judge those who are different by harsh standards. This is all making me think about...

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State, Orange Beach looking at two new bridges to island

By John Mullen ORANGE BEACH — A project first announced by the Alabama Department of Transportation in 2015 for a new bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway east of the Gulf Shores airport has been revived and Neal Belitsky of American Roads doesn’t understand why. Orange Beach also announced during a Nov. 7 town hall meeting it is moving forward with a Wolf Bay Bridge as well, funded with money from a 2 percent lodging tax. Mayor Tony Kennon of Orange Beach says the state was serious about building the bridge near the airport in 2015 but went into talks with American Roads to see if they could foster a partnership. “I think they had every intention of building it and that’s when American Roads decided to negotiate,” Kennon said. “They’ve been negotiating for over a year and they came to loggerheads. There’s no deal to be had, so they went back to their original plan to build that bridge.” ALDOT will completely fund the bridge that is also part of a new road the state is planning from the Foley Beach Express to the Gulf Shores Waterway Village District on the north side of the canal with ties to the new bridge. But Belitsky says with the improvements American Roads is planning for the toll booth and bridge at The Wharf, spending $25 million and $30 million for a...

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Kennon: ‘I’m at a loss for words as to why this is a question’

By John Mullen ORANGE BEACH — Recusal or not, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon believes Angie Swiger should resign from her position on the Baldwin County School Board. Swiger has applied for one of the five spots on the new Gulf Shores School Board as the city prepares to form a school system independent of the county. “The minute she applied for the Gulf Shores position she should have resigned from the Baldwin County Board,” Kennon said. “Again, I’m at a loss for words as to why this would even be a question.” Elberta Mayor Jim Hamby is also calling on Swiger to resign. Upcoming are sensitive split negotiations between the Baldwin County School Board and the new system. At stake, officials familiar with school splits say, is everything — books, buses, desks and all manner of academic- and facility-related assets. “Since I have applied for a position on the Gulf Shores City School Board, I will recuse myself from any legal discussions involving the split or the negotiations if it’s appropriate to do so,” Swiger said in an email to media outlets. “My service on the board has always been based on honesty and transparency and I would never allow my participation to be legally or ethically questioned by creating a conflict of interest.” Kennon said Swiger being on the Baldwin County board puts her in a unique...

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