For years, Mobile ARC has benefitted people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization works to educate the public, promote research, advocate for individuals and provide services around the community. On Monday, Oct. 20, a trio of local favorites will come together at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club for “A Ramblin’ Night at Callaghan’s,” organized by “The Southern Rambler.” All proceeds generated from the event will go to buying a new sound system for concerts held by Mobile Arc.
The Deluxe Trio thrilled crowds at BayFest, and the Americana trio will be donating their time and music to this worthy cause. The soulful sounds of singer-songwriters Lisa Mills and Eric Erdman will also fill this OGD watering hole. Local playwright Tom Perez will also be making an appearance. Perez will be reading from the upcoming South of the Salt Line play “Ambushed by the Tea Party.” Cover is $5 and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Wayne Mills trial delayed
The death of Wayne Mills remains on the minds of many of his friends, fans and families. As a regular performer in the area, Mills had deep ties to many Mobilians and they were devastated when he was shot by Nashville bar owner Chris Ferrell, who is claiming self-defense.
In early May, a trial date was set for the second-degree murder charge against Ferrell and it appeared as if closure was near for the case. Now, it seems as if it will be delayed even longer. According to the website Saving Country Music, the trial has been pushed back to Monday, March 22 of next year. When Saving Country Music asked a court representative as to the nature of the delay, the website was told that it could be a number of factors but did not “represent a change in the particulars of the trial.”
Mills was shot by Ferrell in the early morning hours of Nov. 23, 2013. Originally, it was reported the shooting occurred after an altercation stemming from Mills smoking in a non-smoking section. In court, Ferrell told a different story. The bar owner claims that Mills was attempting to “rob and kill” him.
Mills’ autopsy revealed that the country artist had been shot in the back of the head and had suffered a number of other physical injuries. Lagniappe will continue to update readers on the story as information becomes available.