Americana Duo Sugarcane Jane To Release New Studio Album DIRT ROAD’S END April 28 – Music News Nashville

February 26, 2015

Sugarcane Jane, the Alabama Gulf Coast-based duo, will release their new studio album, Dirt Road’s End – an album they conceived and co-produced with legendary Americana/Roots singer-songwriter Buzz Cason. The album will be released via Cason’s ArenA Recordings / eOne Entertainment on April 28.

Sugarcane Jane has amassed an extremely loyal following. Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford purvey what they proudly call “Organic Music at its Finest.” Rich, homegrown, and natural, their brand of Americana draws from a deep well of roots influences, interwoven with inflections of gospel, country, jazz, and rock. Both virtuosos in their own right, Anthony is a songwriter who plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, and a bass drum or stomp box (which he plays while strumming his six-string) and Savana Lee deftly dances between rhythm guitar, tambourine, and snare drum.

via Americana Duo Sugarcane Jane To Release New Studio Album DIRT ROAD’S END April 28 – Music News Nashville.

Armed Woman Arrested at Elberta Elementary

February 26, 2015

ELBERTA, Alabama - UPDATE: -The woman in custody is Barbara Grice. Grice has been charged with carrying a gun on a school campus, making terrorist threats and burglary. Grice is being held without bond at the Baldwin County Corrections Center.

-School will be in session Thursday. Counselors will be available to talk to students and teachers about the incident.

-School officials will investigate why/how a school employee let Grice in a back door during the incident.

via Armed Woman Arrested at Elberta Elementary.

Spring break: Escape winter for beaches, music festivals, more – Newsday

February 26, 2015

Back in the southeastern U.S., beach season on the Gulf Coast kicks off when the college kids arrive in March. Callie Brabender, a junior at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, is driving with friends to Gulf Shores, Alabama. It’s their second year going there. “We plan on spending the entire week we are there simply relaxing on the beach and refueling from a heavy workload at school,” she said.

via Spring break: Escape winter for beaches, music festivals, more – Newsday.

From public service to the pulpit: Baldwin County EMA director leaving post for Baptist pastor job | AL.com

February 26, 2015

When Mitchell Sims was hired as the new director of the Emergency Management Agency in Baldwin County, there was hope that the longtime Gulf Shores firefighter could stabilize a position that was lacking in longevity.

Three years later, Sims is being praised for leading an office that Baldwin County Commissioners believe is moving in the right direction.

via From public service to the pulpit: Baldwin County EMA director leaving post for Baptist pastor job | AL.com.

Eagle is third found dead in county in recent years – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 26, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL — Phillip West has seen three bald eagles die in Baldwin County in recent years, the latest found in Gulf State Park near Lake Shelby on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Others of late were one that collided with a wire near Summerdale earlier this year and the other was in an aerial battle with another eagle in the vicinity of Canal Road near The Wharf in 2010 or 2011.

via Eagle is third found dead in county in recent years – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

GSUMC to host afternoon with Elvis « Atmore News

February 26, 2015

Lovers of Elvis’ music have a treat in store on Saturday, February 28, at 2:30 p.m., in the south campus auditorium of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church. Elvis will perform in the person of Shane Tucker of Foley, a popular Elvis tribute artist.

The concert will also feature the Promised Land Band. Special guests will include The Reed Sisters and an opening act by Orange Beach’s own Bailey Keenon.

Admission is $10 per person.

via GSUMC to host afternoon with Elvis « Atmore News.

8,500 tons of garbage weighing on Fairhope; officials look to revamp recycling program | AL.com

February 25, 2015

Although Fairhope has offered curbside recycling for more than a quarter of a century, less than half of the city’s households take advantage of the service.

Out of some 6,600 residences, 3,081 homeowners took the time last year to separate paper, cardboard, cans, glass and plastic bottles for the city’s public works crews to pick up, according to Mayor Tim Kant.

via 8,500 tons of garbage weighing on Fairhope; officials look to revamp recycling program | AL.com.

BCPSS: Bus driver facing termination after ignoring driver proto – FOX10 News | WALA

February 25, 2015

BARNWELL, AL (WALA) - Hundreds of buses travel thousands of miles along the roads of Baldwin County every day, usually without issue. So the school board doesn’t tolerate it when one decides to go rogue.

“It upsets us too because we expect bus drivers to follow the rules and 99.9 percent of them do,” Terry Wilhite, spokesman for the school board, said.

FOX10 News | WALA

via BCPSS: Bus driver facing termination after ignoring driver proto – FOX10 News | WALA.

Taxpayer dollars used to fund flyers encouraging tax increase – FOX10 News | WALA

February 25, 2015

DAPHNE, AL (WALA) - The Baldwin County School Board told FOX10 news they have spent $3,000 on pledge cards that encourage parents to vote ‘yes’ on a property tax increase to benefit schools. That money has come from comes from taxpayer funding.

FOX10 asked the school board about the pledge cards, and if it was appropriate to use taxpayer dollars to print cards encouraging taxpayers to vote in favor of a tax increase.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Taxpayer dollars used to fund flyers encouraging tax increase – FOX10 News | WALA.

Byrne Announces February Staff Community Office Hours | Representative Bradley Byrne

February 24, 2015

Staff members from the Office of Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) will hold office hours in each of the six counties that make up Alabama’s First Congressional District from February 24-26.

The staff members will be on hand to help constituents with problems they may be experiencing with federal agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Medicare, and Social Security. Staff members can also assist constituents who need help applying for or receiving a United States passport.

Baldwin County

Tuesday, February 24

8:30 – 9:30 am: Orange Beach City Hall

10:00 – 11:00 am: Gulf Shores City Hall

1:00 – 1:45 pm: Foley City Hall

via Byrne Announces February Staff Community Office Hours | Representative Bradley Byrne.

Perdido doctor designated sex offender

February 24, 2015

A Perdido Key family doctor found guilty of traveling to meet a minor to engage in sexual contact has been designated as a sex offender and sentenced to community control and probation.

In January, an Escambia County jury found Brian Mitchell Lee, 43, of Perdido Bay Family Care guilty of traveling to meet a minor to engage in sexual contact, unlawful use of a two-way communications device to facilitate the commission of a felony and using a computer to solicit the sexual conduct of a child.

via Perdido doctor designated sex offender.

8,500 tons of garbage weighing on Fairhope; officials look to revamp recycling program | AL.com

February 24, 2015

Although Fairhope has offered curbside recycling for more than a quarter of a century, less than half of the city’s households take advantage of the service.

Out of some 6,600 residences, 3,081 homeowners took the time last year to separate paper, cardboard, cans, glass and plastic bottles for the city’s public works crews to pick up, according to Mayor Tim Kant.

via 8,500 tons of garbage weighing on Fairhope; officials look to revamp recycling program | AL.com.

Beach recycling to move into high gear in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA

February 24, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - It was not exactly beach weather Monday, but it will be soon, and Gulf Shores officials want to make sure their beach is ready for the big crowds for spring break.

The city has passed a litter ordinance that will kick off a new litter fighting campaign on the beach.

As part of that effort, city officials have said beach goers and property owners that leave trash can receive hefty fines.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Beach recycling to move into high gear in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.

Ad valorem increase debate continues in Robertsdale – FOX10 News | WALA

February 24, 2015

ROBERTSDALE, AL (WALA) -

Busting at the seams has become the reality for Baldwin County schools and that’s certainly the case at Robertsdale High School.

One of the biggest needs for this school is expanding the cafeteria. School officials said that the room was designed to handle a daily student load of around 800 students. That has now increased by more than 50 percent.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Ad valorem increase debate continues in Robertsdale – FOX10 News | WALA.

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach giving away trees on Saturday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 24, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL — The Arbor Day tree giveaway is not just a matter of volunteers showing up and passing out a variety of trees to residents to promote the natural beauty and environmental benefits trees offer.

At least not with the Gulf Shores Beautification Board.

“I think the largest project the beautification board takes on each and every year is Arbor Day,” Public Works Director Mark Acreman said. “It’s something they start planning two years before each Arbor Day.”

via Gulf Shores, Orange Beach giving away trees on Saturday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

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