Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fairhope Special City Council Meeting 12-27-13 10:00 am

On December 27, 2013 at 10:00 am, Fairhope city council will hold a special meeting to approve an ordinance to borrow $5.75 million from Compass Bank as a general obligation of the city.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Gulf Coast Health Care Perspectives

Gulf Coast Health Care Perspectives
An introduction to a health care philosophy

By John L. Stump, DC, PhD, EdD

The pace of change affecting the health care industry has accelerated dramatically over the past year. With the advent of Obamacare (officially called the Affordable Care Act) it’s going to change many peoples health care philosophy, some better, some worse. Some are going to end up winning and some losing. Right now, it’s hard to predict the future. However, I can remember when my grandmother told me that we have to learn to take care of our own health. At the time, I was too young to realize the true impact of what she had said.

When I look back in history, it wasn’t that long ago that health insurance didn’t exist, everyone was responsible for his or her own health care. That time may be returning in a different fashion. With that in mind, let’s take a look at where that leaves us.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Joe Whitt Sr. Gives his Four Keys to Success

By Cassandra McAboy
     Play hard for 60 minutes. 
     Let the game take care of itself. 
     Leave it all on the field.
     According to former Auburn football assistant coach Joe Whitt Sr. these are the four keys to winning, not just this year's annual Iron Bowl battle between the Alabama Crimson Tide and his beloved Auburn Tigers, but any game. 
     Whitt was the speaker at this week's meeting of the New Horizons Credit Union 1st and 10 Club presented by the GoDaddy Bowl at Heron Lakes Country Club. 
     The Iron Bowl will take place at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30 at 2:30 p.m. The CBS crew Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist will handle the broadcast. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Aliceville, Al Train Derailment Photo Gallery

Click here for John L. Wathen's photo gallery.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Duck Dynasty Book Tour comes to Fairhope

By Cassandra McAboy

     Fairhope's Page and Palette Bookstore will host the Duck Commander Book Tour featuring four stars from the popular A&E reality show series, Duck Dynasty.
     Duck Dynasty family members, Korie, Phil, Kay and Si Robertson will represent the group during a stop on their national book tour on Friday, November 15 at Oak Hollow Farm beginning at 11 a.m.

Fairhope Celebrates 119th year Friday

By Natasha Helton      
     There have been 119 years since a small group decided to settle on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. On Friday, the Fairhope Museum of History and the Museum Friends group will hold a birthday party to commemorate those 119 years and the success of the Fairhope Single Tax Colony founded on Nov. 15, 1894.

     Round Up Day will honor the city's founders with living history demonstrations, museum tours, birthday cake, a dance and other activities.

     For more information on how to join in the festivities, call 251-929-1471 or visit

Friday, November 8, 2013

Train Explosion and Derailment in Alabama

       A 90-car train carrying crude oil derailed shortly before 1 a.m. ET November 8, 2013, near Aliceville, Alabama, on the Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway LLC, (source). There are currently no injuries reported and at least one house was evacuated (source). A local official said the crude oil had originated in North Dakota, home of the Bakken shale patch (source). Don Hartley, regional coordinator for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, said the train's journey started in North Dakota. Three cars had a "'bleve' - where pressure builds up and blows a hole." That may have started the fire, he said (source).
      Regional Coordinator for Alabama EMA, Don Hartley says the accident happened near a slough and crews are working to keep the spill out of the water. Hartley added that the accident happened near a trestle. The trestle is now gone after it was consumed by the fire. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the trestle could have caused the accident(Source).

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Baldwin Pops Concert

The Baldwin Pops Founder's Day Concert has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Henry George Park
Fairhope Ave
Bay View St.
Fairhope, AL 

Henry George Park is across the street from Knoll Park.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen Update

      UPDATE 10/6/2013: Tropical Storm Karen made a slight disturbance, then dissipated.

 Original story:

    Everyone's favorite meteorologist Jim is now in Pensacola reporting on the storm. Follow his developing story of TS Karen here.

      Due to the current leadership in government playing a game of politics instead of leading our country, the current official weather forecast for Tropical Storm Karen can be found here instead of here. TS Karen is currently on track to follow a path that puts the eye of the storm somewhere in the vicinity of Mobile Bay on Sunday Morning.
   The Fairhope Courier will maintain an updated website to follow the progress of this storm. At this time, please prepare for a storm to make landfall over the coming weekend.

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

Monday, September 9, 2013

How Fairhope, AL was Founded

True Cooperative Individualism

    [an argument on the plan of Fairhope Industrial Association, prepared 1894]

    The present social and economic order is doomed. In the height of its marvelous achievements it bears within itself the seeds of its own destruction. Clear headed economists and warm hearted philanthropists long ago pointed out and denounced its enormous waste of human energy and natural resources and its hideous injustice and cruelty. It has been "weighed in the balance and found wanting." It must go! that is settled! but the very serious fear presents itself that we who now recognize and denounce its evils and are striving to unite a majority of its victims for its overthrow, may go before it goes -- in waiting the slow movement of majorities.

    To the one who has the true spirit of a reformer present conditions are almost unbearable. Even though his own financial and social standing may be secure; the injustice and attendant want, misery, hardships and despair everywhere apparent fill his life with sadness -- but the qualities of mind and heart which mark the reformer and philanthropist are a serious disqualification for financial success under existing conditions.

Daphne City Council Meeting 9-3-2013

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Daphne City Council scheduled a special session to hear a reading of the proposed city budget after the Work Session on September 23 at 6:30. Council President Ron Scott requested the summary pages of the proposed budget be placed on the city’s website noting, “I think that would help the public to see in general what we are talking about.”
“We’ve gone through this fight in the past,” remarked Councilman John Lake, “... and we were told by the Attorney General’s office at that time through verbal communications and that, that the proposed budget even though it was not passed was public information. I would like to have a copy of the proposed budget on display in city hall and the library.”

Tar Sands Oil Mobile Coalition Meeting

 The third organizational and information sharing meeting of the citizen coalition group Tar Sands Oil Mobile was held at the Five Rivers complex on the Causeway at 7 PM on Tuesday September 3, 2013. Mobile County Health Officer Dr. Bert Eichold, University of South Alabama Surgeon Dr. Charles B. Rodning, MD and Vascular Specialist Dr. Ralph Pfeiffer, MD were three doctors recruited by the group to give a presentation on the risks of petroleum chemicals in an urban area as well as health risks and side effects of being exposed to the substances commonly carried on the streets, railroads and pipelines of MobileCounty.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Fairhope's ACE Survey Results

  “Fairhope has never had a strategic plan,” Mayor Tim Kant said at a recent Alabama Communities of Excellence meeting held at the Fairhope Civic Center on Friday September 6, at 9:00am. “We tried it a little bit four years ago and it kind of got stopped but now we are actually going to have one, I hope, when we get through with this in the next eight months. Our comprehensive plan, we are in the process of updating that, looking at what we can do to improve that.”
The Alabama Communities of Excellence is a non-profit organization designed to assist communities in achieving long-term economic success by providing them with technical assistance. The ACE program recently increased their maximum population requirement to 18,000 from 15,000 to be able to accept Fairhope as an applicant. Communities of at least 2,000 may apply and ACE selects communities for participation based on the level of local commitment and the individual community’s ability to support the ACE program.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Park City Water Authority -Daphne, Al

UPDATE 9-8-2013:

Calls to the Water Authority office on Thursday morning were answered by office manager Stacey Quaites, the only full time employee of PCWA, "Other employees are contract employees," she noted. When asked if the water authority had a public budget it operated under, "Yes," she replied. "They can give you all of the information you need at the next board meeting." The next work session of the board is Monday, September 9, and the next regular meeting is Tuesday, September 10. Both meetings start at 5:30pm. Emails to the board members have not been returned as of press time. Park City Water Authority meets the second Tuesday each month and is located at 6642 Park Drive Suite A, Daphne, AL 36526.


     Park City Water Authority provides water service for approximately 410 customers located in a small community within Daphne city limits called Park City. It has been in operation since 1977 with an agreement from Daphne Utilities who provides the Authority with the water it then resells to its customers. Current water rates at the Authority are $22.28 for the first 1,500 gallons and $7.00 for each additional 1,000 gallons. This compares to Daphne Utilities rates which as of October 1st are $12.77 for the first 1,000 gallons and $2.78 for each additional unit of 1,000 gallons.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the average American household family of four can consume up to 400 gallons of water per day. This equates to an average of 12,000 gallons per month. If the average household consumes 12,000 gallons of water per month, the average Daphne Utilities customer would pay $43.35 while the average Park City Water Authority customer would pay $99.28.