Discover Civil War history at Stockton Heritage Museum this Saturday

Both locals and visitors will have a rare chance to delve into the history of the Civil War at an exhibit hosted by the Stockton Heritage Museum this Saturday, June 22. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., …
Happening Now - Local News

Orange Beach's Forbess honored for helping save girl's life in Florida shark attack

On Tuesday, June 18, the City of Orange Beach presented Dr. Ryan Forbess, of Orange Beach Family Medicine, a certificate of recognition for his efforts while helping save a teenager's life following …

Tea and Tolkien: Copper Kettle's 10th anniversary journeys through Middle-earth

On Saturday, June 15, the Copper Kettle TeaBar celebrated its 10th anniversary with a Lord of the Rings-themed tea event, transforming the venue into a Middle-earth extravaganza. Guests embarked on …

ALDOT provides update on Foley Beach Express construction after toll plaza roof falls

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) demolition teams worked overnight on Monday, June 17, to bring down the Foley Beach Express toll plaza roof, with the group now shifting focus to the …
Obituaries
Helen York (Dougherty) was born in Hinton, Oklahoma, on Mar. 13, 1927, to Raymond Joseph Dougherty and Grace Missouri (Etier) Dougherty. Helen passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her …
Joyce Williams, age 86, of Robertsdale, Alabama, passed away on Jun. 16, 2024. Funeral services were held Jun. 19, 2024, at Rosinton Community Church and burial followed at Baldwin Memorial Cemetery. …
John Henry Davis, age 85, of Robertsdale, Alabama, passed away on Jun. 12, 2024. In lieu of a funeral, a Tribute will be held Fri., Jun. 21, 2024, at Mack Funeral Home in Robertsdale, Alabama from 4 …
Sports
Baldwin County, Eastern Shore, Alabama Gulf Coast News
The Islander - Gulf Coast News

ALDOT shares photos of Foley Beach Express toll plaza demolition

ALDOT shared photos (seen above) of the demolition process that started on the Foley Beach Express toll plaza late Sunday, June 16 From roughly 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. on Monday, June 17, …

The Oasis at Orange Beach finishes multi-million dollar rebrand, features murals from local artist

The Oasis at Orange Beach, formerly Phoenix West II, recently debuted its multi-million dollar rebrand on Memorial Day weekend, which includes artwork from a rising Gulf Shores painter. The …

Orange Beach doctor helps save teen after Florida shark attack

Dr. Ryan Forbess, of Orange Beach Family Medicine, didn't expect to double as hero on his family vacation, but who does exactly? On Friday, June 7, Forbess and Dr. Mohammad Ali (an …

Roberts Brothers consolidates, sells Gulf Coast vacation rental arm to Liquid Life

Roberts Brothers Inc., a real estate brokerage firm in South Alabama, made an announcement on Monday, June 10, regarding the sale of its Gulf Coast division of short-term vacation rentals to Liquid …

Country music star Dierks Bentley talks Gravel & Gold Tour, Orange Beach, Tom Petty tribute, Taylor Swift and more

Multi-platinum country music star Dierks Bentley is bringing his Gravel & Gold Tour to The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach on Friday, June 28, a more than welcome stop for the 15-time …
Local News

Mental health awareness efforts earn Spanish Fort High top prize in national contest

Spanish Fort High School has achieved national recognition as the overall winner of the 2024 Acts of Service Contest, hosted by ThriveWay. The award highlights their exceptional "Reach Out Campaign," …

Baldwin County gardens abuzz: Discover pollinator-friendly flowers and tips during Pollinator Week

This week marks the annual celebration of Pollinator Week, a time dedicated to recognizing and supporting the vital role pollinators play in our ecosystems and agriculture. The initiative, …

Religion column by Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey: Knowing and doing the will of God

George W. Truett said, "To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge! To do the will of God is the greatest achievement!" Paul the apostle writes in Romans 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore, …

Magnolia Springs Fire Department hosts historic 'Push-In' ceremony for new rescue truck

The Magnolia Springs Volunteer Fire Department marked the arrival of its new Rescue 1 truck with a traditional "Push-In" ceremony on Monday, June 10. The 2022 Rosenbauer/International Quick …

6 Baldwin County happenings to keep the weekend fun, June 20-23

Happy Fete de la Musique, also known as Make Music Day. Did you know, that June 21 is the day that making music is celebrated around the globe? Head to Gulf Shores and celebrate at one of their three …
Tom Kelly, known as the poet laureate of turkey hunting, was an easy choice for induction.

David Rainer: Inaugural class inducted into Alabama Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame

The inaugural class of the Alabama Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame was inducted last weekend during the World Championship Turkey Calling competition at the Mobile Convention Center, and the inductees …

Lock in summer freshness by freezing garden vegetables

AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Those with an active green thumb may quickly find that their garden is producing more vegetables than they can handle. If you are running out of counter space, freezing your …

Summertime raffle kicks off: Local businesses support Friends of the Spanish Fort Library

The Friends of the Spanish Fort Library's Backyard Party raffle has kicked off, and one lucky ticket holder is set to win a barbecue package worth $1,000. While an official end date for the …
National and State Data Trends
Braden Jackson locks in for the Class 5A championship game against Ramsay on Dec. 7, 2023, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Gulf Shores now marks the latest Baldwin County team to be crowned champions at Bryant-Denny Stadium after the AHSAA announced on Wednesday that Alabama and Auburn will be removed from the host rotation due to the expanding College Football Playoff system.

Alabama, Auburn removed from AHSAA’s Super 7 championship host rotation due to expanding College Football Playoff

With the expansion of the College Football Playoff and its schedule conflicting with the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Super 7 football championships, Alabama and Auburn have been …
Fairhope’s Megan Dowdy slides under the tag of Spanish Fort’s Taylor Nail during action between the Pirates and Toros. As a junior, Dowdy stole 51 bases which still ranks 128th for a single season all-time in the AHSAA record book.

Fairhope, Samford Hall of Famer (Dowdy) Curry set to take over Bulldog softball program

A familiar face is set to return to her college alma mater and lead the softball program as Megan (Dowdy) Curry was announced on Friday as the 11th head coach in Samford history. A standout …
The Orange Beach Makos earned six all-state honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association following a fourth consecutive state championship. Junior KG Favors was voted the Class 4A Pitcher of the Year and sophomore Ava Hodo was awarded the Class 4A Player of the Year honor. Sophomore Teagan Revette was a first-team all-state selection with junior Daigle Wilson and sophomore Katie King on the second team and junior Kaitlynn Robertson as an all-state honorable mention.

Moten earns Daphne’s first Miss Softball honor from Alabama Sports Writers Association

For the second year in a row, the best softball player in the state played for a Baldwin County high school as Daphne junior Vic Moten was named Miss Softball. The Alabama Sports Writers …
Past, present and future got together for a picture on Thursday as Heath Harmon was announced as the next AHSAA Executive Director. Pictured from the left are former Executive Director Dan Washburn, retiring Executive Director Alvin Briggs, Susan Scott Carothers (granddaughter of former Executive Director Herman L. “Bubba” Scott, now deceased), incoming Executive Director Heath Harmon and former Executive Director Steve Savarese.

Oxford principal Harmon selected as sixth AHSAA Executive Director by Central Board of Control

MONTGOMERY — Oxford High School principal Heath Harmon was approved by the AHSAA Central Board of Control (CBOC) to become the sixth Executive Director of the Alabama High School Athletic …
After bracket play of the PGF Show Me The Money tournament on Friday in Newberry, Florida, Southern Steal celebrated their teammate, Daphne’s Vic Moten, after it was announced she was the Alabama Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for 2024. Trojan head softball coach Jenny Laird was with the team, saw the news break first, and relayed the message to the Steal coaches who recognized Moten after their last game of the morning.

Daphne junior, Alabama commit Moten named state winner of Gatorade Softball Player of the Year award

In a matter of two days, Daphne junior Vic Moten collected two Player of the Year honors after she helped the Trojans to a Red Map trophy in their first state finals appearance in seven years.

Former James Clemens, Sparkman athletic director Watts named to same position for Gulf Shores City Schools

Fresh off nine years as an athletic director at the Class 7A level, Jason Watts was tabbed as the candidate to help the Gulf Shores Dolphins return to Class 6A. He was announced to the position on …