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).