Volunteers come to Spanish Fort to build new church
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) — A new building and a new sense of purpose. Those are some of the things motivating volunteers this week to build a new church in Baldwin County. The sound of hammers and nails echoes through the shell of this building–what will be the new sanctuary for Bible Baptist Church in […]
"The more help the better" 6,000 available jobs in Baldwin County amid worker shortage
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — The U.S. Jobs Report came out today, showing there are more than 10 million jobs available, and only about 6 million people listed as unemployed. Baldwin County is feeling that firsthand. There are thousands of open jobs, but no one is applying. Folks are pointing the finger at the covid 19 pandemic, but some employers say the worker shortage started years before then. One employer told me almost daily he has to turn down work because there just aren't enough employees to do the job.
Noise complaints could cancel Baldwin County wedding venue
The Baldwin County Planning Commission is expected to consider today whether to revoke the permit for Bella Sera Gardens, an event venue outside of Loxley. The venue, which lies in a residential area and has operated for around nine years, has drawn the ire of its neighbors. Since 2018, planning and zoning staff have received numerous complaints from residents about the event venue, primarily relating to noise.
New affordable housing development coming to Foley
FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — A new affordable housing development is coming to Foley. National Home Corp announced it is creating build to rent single family homes. It's a new community called Outpost Orchard and the houses are already going up. Construction workers laying down the groundwork to bring more affordable housing to Baldwin County.
Tropical system causes red flag conditions on first day of hurricane season in Baldwin County
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - As a low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico gathered strength overnight Wednesday, May 31, 2023 so did the wind and surf at Baldwin County beaches. Red flags went up Thursday morning. Red flags framed by dark skies was the view to the north...
ALDOT is asking for your input on transportation improvements
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — ALDOT is asking for your input on transportation improvements over the next 4 years. The 2024-2027 TIP, or Transportation Improvement Plan, was released yesterday and ALDOT has scheduled three public input meetings in our area. In Mobile on June 12 at 5:30pm at the GM&O...
2023 Hurricane Season: Preparing for Disaster
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WKRG) – Emergency management – a topic most often associated with disaster. It’s a perception that can lead to a disconnect between emergency managers and the residents they serve. “Often times, we get looked at like we are not part of the community. But we...
Early-Onset diabetes linked to higher dementia risk in Daphne. Doctor Explains
The big picture: Shelandra Bell says: "Diabetes harms the entire body. " In the news: New research is showing a very strong correlation between when you get diabetes and your chances of getting dementia later in life. Essentially, the research is showing that individuals diagnosed with diabetes at a younger age have a higher probability of experiencing dementia as they grow older.
Sonic boom from SpaceX capsule rattles Gulf Coast
Many people posted to social media, and some called 911 concerned about an explosion.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes bill goes to Ivey
Legislation that would allow parents to surrender there child anonymously to “A Safe Haven Baby Box” will go to Gov. Kay Ivey to be signed into law. The Safe Haven Baby Box, according to its website, is a “safety device provided for under state’s Safe Haven Law and legally permits a mother in crisis to safely, securely, and anonymously surrender if they are unable to care for their newborn. A Baby Box is installed in an exterior wall of a designated fire station or hospital. It has an exterior door that automatically locks upon placement of a newborn inside the Baby Box, and an interior door which allows a medical staff member to secure the surrendered newborn from inside the designated building.”
Flowerwood Nursery looking to grow medical cannabis
A decades-old Baldwin County nursery is hoping to be one of the lucky few businesses licensed to grow, process, transport and sell medical cannabis in the state. Like many others, Ellis Ollinger, president and CEO of Flowerwood Medical Cannabis LLC in Loxley, is waiting to see if his firm will be one of those chosen next month for a fully integrated license from the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission. He believes Flowerwood Nursery, which opened in Loxley in 1938, has a leg up on the competition, given the success of other nurseries in securing licenses for Florida’s medical cannabis program.
Planning vote again delayed on Loxley venue connected to 'Love in Fairhope' show
The Baldwin County Planning Commision delayed, for the second time, a decision on the future of Bella Sera Gardens, a Loxley event space featured in the Hulu series “Love in Fairhope” and the object of noise complaints from neighbors. After a handful of community members reported hearing loud...
Big Representation For Baldwin County In Cook-Off
The Alabama Seafood Cook-Off, taking place June 12 at 6 p.m. at Zeke’s Restaurant in Orange Beach, will include two local chefs, AL.com reports. Of the four competitors from across the state, two are from Baldwin County. Chef Lawrence Agnew of Jesse’s Restaurant in Magnolia Springs will cook charcoal grilled dry aged swordfish chop, magnolia glazed Bayou Cora nixtamalized hominy and local summer vegetables, and blue crab-stuffed heirloom tomato and bourride butter. Chef Brody Olive of Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach will present a “fishing on the rocks, the jetties at Perdido Pass” concept featuring gaff-top catfish smoked over scrub oak coal, flash-fried mole crabs with gulf shrimp horseradish cream, pickled purslane and smoked paprika coral tuile. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and represent the state in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off later this summer.
Foley 6th grader honored for service to Baldwin County veterans
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — A Foley 6th grader is being honored for her service to veterans in Baldwin County. The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs welcomed Harleigh Brockett to its headquarters in Montgomery Wednesday. Harleigh organized a project at magnolia school in Foley where she just finished 6th grade.
Frank Willis Named “Ombudsman of the Year “
Frank Willis has been named Ombudsman of the Year by Alabama’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Willis is the only full-time local ombudsman for the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission (SARPC), which serves Baldwin, Escambia, and Mobile counties. Willis was honored for providing exceptional service to the long-term care residents...
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