Photos | Curtesy of NBC/Paul Drinkwater /Courtesy of FOX 10

Bay Minette native and “The Voice” star  Kirk Jay (left) and FOX 10 anchor Bob Grip recently had days named in their honor in their respective municipalities.

The MoonPie is about to drop, and we are about to head into an odd year. Odd years are my favorite. I’m not sure why but strange things always happen in odd years. It’s just the way it works. And that’s good for an old gossip-gathering gal like myself.

Thanks for a great year of shenanigans in 2018! I’m looking forward to even more in 2019!

But before we start thinking about that, we need to close out last year first, so let’s get this party started!

Kirk Jay finishes strong on “The Voice”

Bay Minette native Kirk Jay finished as the second runner-up on NBC’s “The Voice” last week, which is pretty dang impressive considering just how many people compete. Heck, it’s hard to even make it onto the show, much less make it to one of the top spots, so kudos, Kirk!

Jay, a country singer, was on “Team Blake,” as in Blake Shelton, and performed Rascal Flatts’ “Back to Life” along with the band in the finale. Rascal Flatts was obviously very inspirational to Jay, as all four judges turned around for him (which is considered to be a huge deal, as you only need one) when he sang his version of their hit “God Bless the Broken Road.”

Last Friday, Bay Minette declared it Kirk Jay Day, gave him the key to the city and held a parade in his honor.

Even though Chevel Shepherd took the top prize, there is no doubt this show will open many doors for Jay. He already travels around with his band, Kirk Jay and Kuntry Funk, so hopefully we will see him and the Funk in the Port City very soon.

Fare thee well, Gripper

Friday may have been Kirk Jay Day in Bay Minette, but last Thursday it was Bob Grip Day in Mobile. Though the legendary FOX 10 anchor has been celebrating his impending retirement with parties and ceremonies for months, last Thursday, Dec. 20, was officially his final night to anchor and FOX 10 had a special commemorating his 33 years on the air.  

There are many people in this community who can’t remember a time when Bob or WKRG’s Mel Showers weren’t on the air. It’s definitely the end of an era, but I’m sure we will see him on the Twitterverse on Election Night. No one is faster with returns than the Gripper. Have a wonderful retirement, Bob!

Warms the heart (and hands)

Last Friday morning, one of my spies headed to the “Crazy Walmart,” aka the one on the Beltline in Mobile. My spy said it was early when he was there, so it was pretty quiet, but he did notice a Mobile Police officer trying to stay warm by holding his hands under the rotisserie chicken case. The spy said he was standing as if he were warming his hands over a fire pit, and it just looked kind of weird. I call that resourceful! And trust me, I have seen far crazier things at that particular Walmart.

Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got for this week (and this year)! Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or some plain ol’ officer hand-warming under a chicken case, I will be there. Ciao!