Fort Morgan VFD, Kiva partnership adding AEDs at distant resort

Kiva Dunes, a beach and golf resort in Fort Morgan, and the Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department are collaborating in a life-saving effort. The partnership will enhance the presence of onsite …
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Rural rural water services advocate testifies on state of infrastructure

A Foley man recently testified in Washington, D.C., to share perspective on what will help improve the reliability of rural/small water and electric systems. Mark Bohlin, who currently serves as the …

Alabama's annual back-to-school sales tax holiday this weekend

Get ready to shop because Alabama's annual back-to-school sales tax holiday kicks off this weekend, providing a prime opportunity for shoppers to save on items for the upcoming school year. This …

Fairhope’s Supper Club at Sweetwater Branch damaged in early morning fire

Fairhope has lost another restaurant to fire. The Supper Club at Sweetwater Branch, a member only supper club, suffered catastrophic damage after an early morning fire July 15. According to the …
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Marjorie (Margie) Hollis Robinson, born Oct. 11, 1933, a native of Covington, Kentucky and a longtime resident of Fairhope, Alabama, passed away Jul. 11, 2024, with her children, and her adopted …
Robert Raymond Tunstall, Sr. of Silverhill, Alabama, passed away Jul. 6, 2024. Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Mack Funeral Home on Jul. 13, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. The visitation …
Stephen "Chad" Chadwick Sharp, an engineer and resident of Silverhill, Alabama, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Jul. 5, 2024, at the age of 48.  Chad was born September 1, 1975, to Gary …
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Orange Beach City Schools now Cognia accredited

ORANGE BEACH — In less than two years, Orange Beach City Schools has earned Cognia (formerly known as AdvancED) accreditation. Cognia, a nonprofit designed to offer quality assurance for …
A false crawl is seen here, where the turtle came to shore but returned to the water without nesting. Share the Beach volunteers patrol the shore every morning and have been finding human tracks very near to false crawls.

Multiple sea turtle false crawls due to human distraction discovered by Orange Beach, Gulf Shores volunteers

Walking the beach at night and hunting for ghost crabs along the shore is fun but can be filled with excitement and bright flashlights. Two things that are sure to discourage nesting sea turtles on …

Duck’s Diner buys iconic Hazel’s Nook in Gulf Shores

Hazel’s Nook has been filling the hungry mouth in Gulf Shores since 1957, so when it was announced that the restaurant would close, the chatter on social media erupted. But there is no …

Little Lagoon Preservation Society invites public to July meeting

The Little Lagoon Preservation Society (LLPS) has announced its upcoming meeting and all those interested are invited to attend. The meeting will take place on Thursday, July 18, at the Gulf …
Gulf Shores High School students work in their environmental studies class to raise baby oysters and measure for growth and population before sending them to Auburn University, which releases them in Mobile Bay, seen here in 2023.

Gulf Shores teacher wins national environmental education award

A local teacher is one of only nine educators in the country to be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for her immersive environmental science curriculum. According to the …
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Stacker spoke with users of both dating and friend-finding apps to learn more about how people use these platforms to make social connections.
The 74 reports on a new paper that uses surveys from the past 15 years to show a pronounced increase in sadness affecting 14- to 24-year-olds.
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Watermelons: A treat to beat the summer heat

AUBURN UNIVERSITY — When the summer sun is scorching, there is little more refreshing than a juicy slice of watermelon. Whether from a farmers market or straight from the garden, it's important …

Religion column by Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey: When plans change

Sometimes you find in correspondence the letters D. V. after a statement of intention. This is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase "Deo Volente" which means "God willing." In our planning James …
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Mobile Airport Authority acquires 272-acre property in significant milestone for city, travelers

The Mobile Airport Authority (MAA) has acquired property that previously belonged to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Mobile Housing Board (MHB) at Michigan Ave and …

USA awarded $1.43 million, selected as clinical site for dementia study

The University of South Alabama (USA) has been chosen as a clinical site for a national research study on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The study, titled Diverse Vascular …

Gulf Coast Media wins 20 awards from Alabama Press Association news contest

Gulf Coast Media's newsroom and graphic design departments took home 20 awards from the Alabama Press Association's news and magazine contests this year. APA, a nonprofit membership association …

U.S. House passes bill protecting underwater forest off Alabama coast

On July 8, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl's (R-AL) Alabama Underwater Forest National Marine Sanctuary and Protection Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and now moves to the Senate. The bill …

Treating sunburn and identifying heat-related illnesses

As summer heats up, the risk of sunburn and heat-related illnesses increases, posing significant health challenges. Despite numerous health warnings, many still fall victim to the sun's intense …

Staying safe under the sun: Tips for Baldwin County residents to observe Ultraviolet Safety Month

During July, also known as Ultraviolet Safety Month, folks in coastal Alabama know the drill: stay cool, hydrated and sun-smart. Whether you're hitting the beach or working in the yard, sun safety is …
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ATS.io compiled the best draft pick for each MLB team using data from Baseball Reference. Players were ranked by career wins above replacement.
Reasons to be Cheerful reports that as Asian hornets sow chaos in apiaries across Europe, strategically strung electrified wires are giving beekeepers cause for hope.
TCU running back Trent Battle is interviewed after Saturday action at the Al Trione Sports Complex where the Daphne Alumni Camp taught skill and technique to young student-athletes on the Eastern Shore. The former Trojan quarterback helped lead the effort that brought multiple Daphne alumni back together on the same field.

Daphne football alumni return home to teach skill, technique to young student-athletes

DAPHNE — Former Trojan football players reunited to give back to their community by hosting the Daphne Alumni Camp for boys and girls aged 5-14 at the Al Trione Sports Complex. Powered by …
Thanks to a partnership between Major League Soccer and RCX Sports, more young athletes will have access to youth soccer and more coaches will have access to tools that will help them and their team.

Spanish Fort Sports Association among nationwide beneficiaries of new participation program led by Major League Soccer, RCX Sports

The Spanish Fort Sports Association is among the beneficiaries of a new nationwide program spearheaded by RCX Sports to promote youth soccer access and participation. Led by CEO Izell Reese, a …
Trent Battle rips off a run during Daphne’s Purple and Gold Spring Game at Jubilee Stadium on May 18, 2018. Now a running back and special teams ace for the TCU Horned Frogs, Battle will relay some of his lessons learned to campers during his free youth skills clinic this weekend at the Al Trione Sports Complex.

TCU running back, Daphne alum Battle coming home to host free youth skills clinic at Al Trione Sports Complex on July 6

A free youth football skills clinic will be held at the Al Trione Sports Complex on Saturday, July 6, hosted by a Daphne Trojan football alum currently playing for the TCU Horned Frogs, Trent Battle.
With January’s promotion from offensive coordinator, Major Applewhite became South Alabama’s fourth head football coach in program history. His first regular season at the Jaguars’ head man will get underway at home on Aug. 31 against North Texas but South Alabama fans have a chance to see him before then at the USA by the Bay Eastern Shore Speaker Series in Fairhope on July 11.

South Alabama head football coach Applewhite set to be next featured speaker at USA by the Bay series in Fairhope July 11

The fourth head football coach in South Alabama history, Major Applewhite, is set to be in Fairhope on Thursday, July 11, for the next installment of the USA by the Bay Eastern Shore Speaker Series. …
Seacrest Furniture Athlete of the Year honors can be officially added to Libby Rogers’ trophy case after the rising junior from Fairhope accepted the certificate on Thursday, June 27, at the high school.

5 things to know about the first-ever Seacrest Furniture Athlete of the Year, Fairhope’s Libby Rogers

After she was named the first-ever Seacrest Furniture Athlete of the Year, Fairhope’s Libby Rogers will celebrate in Las Vegas with a national club volleyball tournament. That’s just …

Baldwin County colleges Coastal Alabama CC, U.S. Sports Academy partner to provide new Sports Management degree pathway

Students attending Coastal Alabama Community College now have greater access to a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, thanks to an agreement between the College and the United States Sports …