After months of waiting, Lagniappe has received a favorable opinion from the Alabama Attorney General’s office stating that the newspaper is qualified to immediately begin taking public notice advertising through Mobile’s Probate Court.

Probate Judge Don Davis had asked for an opinion — something that has been done for other newspapers seeking to run public notice or legal advertising in Mobile County. On Nov. 16, G. Ward Benson III, chief of the AG’s opinion section, wrote a letter to Davis clearing his office to allow Lagniappe to become one of the area publications in which probate court advertising may be published.

“Assuming the Lagniappe agrees to also post legal notices on its website, the Lagniappe meets the requirements set out in section 6-8-60 of the Code of Alabama. Therefore, the Probate Court of Mobile County as well as other parties who are required to publish a legal notice may publish such notices in the Lagniappe,” Benson wrote.

Lagniappe has created space on where legal advertising is run. It is posted to the statewide website run by the Alabama Press Association as well.

With 30,000 distributed each week in more than 1,200 places, Lagniappe is by far the area’s largest locally owned newspaper. Other newspapers currently certified to take legal ads are the Press-Register, Citronelle Call News and the Mobile Beacon. The Call News is primarily distributed in the north part of the county and the Beacon distributes primarily in north Mobile and Prichard. Both Lagniappe and the Press-Register circulate throughout the Mobile metro area and into outlying parts of the county.

Lagniappe has sought to become officially certified to run legal advertising for more than two years.

Photojournalist wins awards
Bay Minette photojournalist Randy Gaddo was recently honored for his work that appeared in two separate national magazines this year.

Gaddo received a Gold Level award and an honorable mention in the MarCom Awards for articles published in Leatherneck Magazine, the official magazine of the U.S. Marine Corps, and another that ran in American Spirit, the magazine of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He competed with more than 6,500 other entries from throughout the U.S. and 18 other countries.

The competition is sponsored and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

Gaddo won a Gold Level award for a two-part article he wrote for Leatherneck Magazine titled, “In the Nick of Time: Marines, Sailors Stage Daring Rescue.” The article was about Marines staging a helicopter rescue at the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1991. Almost 400 U.S. and foreign national civilians were saved as rebels gathered to storm the embassy.

The American Spirit article, “4th Recruit Training Battalion: Where Women Are Trained To Be Marines,” took an honorable mention prize. The article tells the story of women training to join the Marine Corps at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Gaddo is a retired U.S. Marine who served 20 years.