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Mobile Blight Bill Passes Alabama House

This is a blighted home in the city of Mobile. MOBILE, AL (WALA) – Local lawmakers are working on a bill that might help deal with the hundreds of dilapidated homes scattered around the city. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Barbara Drummond (D – Mobile County). She says it would expedite the process of taking control of blighted properties. Drummond says under current law, it could take three to six years to get rid of a blighted home. This would speed things up so the city could either demolish the building or fix up the property more quickly, but Drummond didn’t say exactly how much time the process would… Read More

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Bradley Byrne Tops in Alabama in Hosting Town Halls While Other Lawmakers Spurn Them

U.S.Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, addresses a crowd of about 60 people on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Wilmer, Ala., senior citizens center during the first of 11 town hall events he’s hosting within a week. Byrne is among the 20 most prolific congressional lawmakers in hosting town hall events in the U.S., according to the website LegiStorm. (John Sharp/jsharp@al.com). U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne had to repeatedly tell the crowd of about 60 at the Wilmer senior citizens center on Monday to “calm down” so that others could speak without interruptions. For the most part, the audience obliged, even though jeering and groans were sometimes obvious as Byrne stated his… Read More

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Searching For The Perfect Property To Buy In Mobile Alabama

If you are currently looking for a property to buy in Mobile Alabama, you will be glad to know that the real estate market in the area is very healthy. There are hundreds of properties and there’s something for almost every budget. Before you start searching for properties, it’s a good idea to make a list of your specifications. Furthermore, you should think about which features you would be prepared to compromise on, as it is rare for a person to find their absolute dream home without blowing their budget. If you have a bit of spare time on your hands, don’t be afraid to look at properties that require… Read More

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Mobile Firefighters Fret About ‘Crisis’ as Chief’s Seat Sits Vacant

Mobile Fire Captain Jimmy Connick speaks at the podium during a Mobile City Council Public Safety Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Government Plaza in Mobile, Ala. Pictured in the foreground is James Barber, the city’s public safety director. Also pictured is Matt Walton, the vice-president of Mobile Firefighters Local 1349. (John Sharp/jsharp@al.com). In late 2013, Steve Dean left Mobile city government after Sandy Stimpson became mayor. Three and a half years later, the 500-member Fire-Rescue Department still remains without a chief. Think of it this way: The last time that Mobile had a permanent fire chief, the memorable “Kick 6” Iron Bowl was still a month away… Read More

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Mobile’s the Mariner Restaurant Still Open, Despite Upcoming Auction

There’s no telling how many potential customers heading out to dinner at The Mariner recently have turned around when they spotted the sign at the corner of Dauphin Island Parkway and Bayou Road announcing that the restaurant and adjacent Grand Mariner marina will be sold at an estate auction on Saturday, April 8. “The auction signs have made a lot of people mad,” acknowledged Jean Carlson, who owns one-quarter of the property, along with her three siblings. And even though she consented to the auction, Carlson said she was the last one to sign the paperwork. “I would like to keep the restaurant open,” she said. “It’s been around for… Read More

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Mobile Christian 10, T.R. Miller 9: Grayson Williams’ Walk-Off Hr Topples No. 1 T.R. Miller

Grayson Williams will remember his 18th birthday for a long time. The Mobile Christian senior and Spring Hill College commit hit a pair of homers, including a solo walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the sixth-ranked Leopards rallied to hand Class 3A No. 1 T.R. Miller a 10-9 loss – its first of the season. “That felt pretty good,” Williams said. “I’m not sure I’ll forget that one.” The battle of top 10 teams and state title hopefuls was a slugfest from start. The Leopards and Tigers combined for 14 runs in the first three innings before the scoring slowed down a bit later in the… Read More

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Miracle in Mobile: Baby Returns Home to Family After Liver Transplant

MOBILE COUNTY, AL (WALA) – An update now to a story that captured the hearts of many of you almost two months ago. Now 9-month-old Peter Ganucheau is back in Mobile after a successful liver transplant in Atlanta. The Ganucheau family was separated for months while baby Peter was in the hospital. It’s not often you hear of a 7-month old getting a whole new organ. Peter recovered in the hospital for a month afterward. Now that he’s home, his family is calling this transplant a miracle. Like most babies, Peter loves playing and he’s very curious, especially with our camera. With big blue eyes and a smile that melts… Read More

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Mobile on Preliminary List of Sites for Pelicans’ NBA D League Affiliate

Mobile is one of the cities under consideration for a New Orleans Pelicans-owned team in the NBA Development League starting in the 2018-19 season, when the circuit will be called the NBA Gatorade League. According to a press release from the NBA team, the Pelicans are sending a Request for Proposal to 11 cities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to gauge their interest in becoming the home for the farm team. Mobile is one of the cities targeted by the Pelicans, along with Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport and St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana, Gulfport/Biloxi and Jackson in Mississippi and Pensacola in Florida. The Pelicans said… Read More

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BCSO: Burglary Suspect Wore Women’s Clothing, Carried Stolen Gun

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) – Baldwin County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man they believe could be responsible for more than a dozen thefts in the Bromley community.  Deputies said his main target was guns, which he traded for drugs in Mobile.  They also said it was surveillance video from a prior victim that landed the cross-dressing suspect behind bars. Baldwin County Sheriff’s investigators said the video of what appears to be a woman attempting to break into a car is actually 21 year-old Joshua Pruitt of Bay Minette.  With a flashlight in one hand and what investigators said is a stolen pistol in the other, Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack… Read More

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