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  • Northport critic found guilty in trespassing caseAn outspoken critic of local government has been found guilty of criminal trespassing for attending a Northport City Council meeting while banned from city property.John Earl, 71, was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing in 2015 after then-Northport city administrator Scott Collins banned him from all city property. Earl, acting on the advice of his attorney at the time, attended a pre-council meeting after the ban and was arrested at City Hall."I would have never [...]
  • Early kickoff set for Alabama's home game with Louisiana-Lafayette The University of Alabama's Sept. 29 home game against Louisiana-Lafayette will kick off at 11 a.m.The SEC Network will televise the game, which will be played at Bryant-Denny Stadium.UA will play Texas A&M this Saturday, with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. CBS will broadcast the game.UA will begin October with a road game against Arkansas on Oct. 6, followed by a home game against Missouri on Oct. 13. The Missouri game will be UAs homecoming [...]
  • I-20/59 resurfacing work starts next weekNext week, construction crews will begin resurfacing a portion of Interstate 20/59 just north of Tuscaloosa as a means to improve driving conditions, officials said.The $7.9 million project is set to begin Sept. 17 and last until spring 2019, said John D. McWilliams, spokesman for the Alabama Department of Transportation’s West Central Region.“At least one lane will be open at all times in each direction throughout the duration of the project,” he said. [...]
  • Man shot outside Another Broken Egg CafePolice say a man who shot a University of Alabama student outside a busy Tuscaloosa brunch spot on Sunday was developmentally disabled and have jailed his caretaker.The victim, 21, suffered a minor injury to his arm as he was leaving Another Broken Egg Cafe on Jack Warner Parkway.Javaris Deangelo Dubose, 30, was charged with reckless endangerment and tampering with physical evidence. Investigators say he had gone inside to reserve a table when the shooter, 28, began firing a [...]
  • After roaming UA campus for years, Lulu the dog finds a homeShe’s been spotted strutting down fraternity row early in the morning and racing across the street to catch lunch at Newk’s. She was admired from afar as she lounged on golf carts near the University of Alabama student rec center and sunned herself on the roof of the old Bryce building.During the two years since she first appeared, Lulu has arguably become the most sought-after girl on campus. Aloof, but friendly, the small [...]
  • In other action: Lafourche Parish School Board, Sept. 19, 2018 Here is rundown of action taken Wednesday night by the Lafourche Parish School Board.ACTION: Approved a renewal for workers’ compensation for employees.ACTION: Determined the candidates to be interviewed for the superintendent position: Louis Voiron, Clyde Washington and Bubba Orgeron.ACTION: Approved a motion to allow each superintendent candidate a three-minute opening statement at the interviews on Sept. 29. [...]
  • LBWCC honors for summer term  LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel recognizes academic excellence of students named to the President’s List and Dean’s List each semester. To qualify, students must be a full-time student and maintain a grade point average of 4.0 for the President’s List, and a GPA of 3.50-3.99 for the Dean’s List. The following individuals were named as recipients of this distinguished recognition for Summer Semester 2018. [...]
  • What made the potholes?  In the head of St. Joseph’s Bay, from Palm Island (out from Presnell’s) to Salinas Park, there are scores if not hundreds of depressions in the shallow grass flats of the bay. Some are quite small, 15 to 20 feet, to larger ones 40 to 50 feet in diameter. Most are 5 to 8 feet in depth. They appear irregularly, with no rhyme or reason. Their bottoms usually have no grass, but are sand covered by silt and detritus.Ask anyone; locals, fishing guides, [...]
  • Things to Do this week Learn how to make your photos better. As part of the “Community Photography Show”, this special event will teach tips and techniques about photographic composition. The free event is 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. ET today at The Joe Center for the Arts. The event will be presented by Marcy Trahan, curator for the photography exhibit. Learn basic techniques that photographers use to improve the composition of their photographs. These tips and techniques [...]
  • Triumph board advances Gulf projects    The board of Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., last week approved advancing two Gulf County projects, including construction of a floating dry dock in the ship channel off the former paper mill site.The board also capped the Triumph award on the project at $13 million; the county’s application was seeking $28 million.The Triumph board also approved to move ahead on a term sheet for a project from Gulf District Schools to fund [...]
  • County gives go ahead on beach restoration    The Board of County Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved moving ahead with the long-sought beach restoration project.How much of the roughly six-mile original project, or three-mile amended project, will be completed won’t be known until the first grain of sand is tossed on the beach.Commissioners faced a deadline, the reason for the Monday afternoon special meeting.Monday was the last day the county [...]
  • PSJ commissioners finalize budget Port St. Joe city commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a final 2018-19 budget and millage rate.The millage rate, unchanged in more than a decade, remained at 3.5914 mills, which is an increase in revenue as the city benefited from rising property values.A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 in assessed taxable property value.The rollback millage, that required to bring in the same level of revenue as the current fiscal year, was 3.3927; the [...]
  • School board finalizes 2018-19 budget The Gulf County School Board during a final public hearing last week unanimously approved a millage rate and budget for the coming fiscal year.The millage will rise slightly, 1.66 percent, to 6.6460, an increase of 0.11 mills.A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 in assessed taxable property value.The millage is 7.27 percent above the rollback rate, that millage which would bring in the same level of revenue as the current fiscal year.The school [...]
  • Constitutional officers' salaries rise  One of the smaller details etched into each year’s annual spring session of Florida lawmakers is the establishment of salaries for county constitutional officers.Released by the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, the salaries are based on county populations which establish categories for base salaries and multipliers.This year, all of Gulf County constitutional officers, along with its highest-paid non-elected government officers, [...]
  • County officially welcomes Skyborne Technology    Some readers might find it comically trite to link the heat inside a warehouse last week to warmer temperatures on the economic front.Let’s do it anyway.Inside a sweltering warehouse at the county’s Industrial Park in Dalkeith, local government, education and business officials joined with others to welcome Skyborne Technology, Inc.The industrial park site is the company’s first manufacturing [...]
  • Fish kill, brings concern The arrival on some local beaches of dead fish is raising concerns about red tide along coastal Gulf County.The fish were discovered over the weekend in several areas of Cape San Blas and St. Joseph Peninsula.There were no huge concentrations.Kelli Godwin, Tourist Development Council Executive Director, said there remained plenty of beach where no fish were spotted.TDC beach maintenance crews responded and cleaned impacted areas.The Florida [...]
  • Port St. Joe Kiwanis Club supports HSHT The Florida High School High Tech Program of Gulf County was excited to receive a sponsorship donation for the Autumn Action Golf Tournament from the Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis donation will be enough to provide a summer internship job for one student. President Joanna White presented the check to the President of the HSHT club, Joseph Cunningham, and to Dr. Patricia Hardman and Robyn Rennick who facilitate the club through Dyslexia Research Institute.Joseph Cunningham [...]
  • Arts center turns to ‘fantastic fibers’ for next exhibit  They have spotlighted their members and exhibited the work of a range of photographic artists in the area.They have spotlighted the role of stewardship in preserving the best of art, the natural art that abounds in this spot on the globe.Now, the folks at The Joe Center for the Arts, an all-volunteer team, are turning back to organics in the form of “Fantastic Fibers.”The “Fantastic Fibers Show” will be on exhibit at [...]
  • Meeting on status/implications of Citrus Greening in North Florida   Citrus greening or Huanglongbing (HLB) is currently the most devastating disease of citrus worldwide. The disease was first reported in 1919 in China, and again in Brazil in 2004 and discovered in Miami, FL in 2005. Since then, the disease has affected both, backyard citrus growers and most of Florida’s commercial citrus-producing areas leading to a remarkable 75% decline in Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry (USDA).In the [...]
  • Volunteers aid businesses, Aquatic and Buffer Preserves  They did it again.Volunteers at the St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve thanked local business owners for their help in the last two previous Bay Day Celebrations. They also happily accepted donations for the Fall Bay Day and Live Auction which will be on Oct. 11 and Oct. 13, respectively.The gift certificates are under lock and key for next February. Pat Caruana and Carl Janish have performed their magic – helping to promote local businesses with an [...]