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Accident Closes Down Highway 45 And 158 Intersection

Posted by David Merrell On November - 5 - 2015 Comments Off on Accident Closes Down Highway 45 And 158 Intersection


    An accident involving an 18 wheeler has closed down the intersection of Highway 45 and 158. Commuters are advised to avoid the area today, as police say it will be closed for some time. According to Local 15 News, Highway 45 is closed between Kushla Mcleod and Bellcase/University, while 158 is closed at Dogwood Trail.

    The 18 wheeler in question was carrying batteries, and is currently on fire. Authorities plan on letting the fire burn out before attempting to begin cleanup. Alabama Power has even gone so far as to cut power to high voltage lines in the area as a precaution.

    Fortunately, there are no reported injuries at this time.

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Satsuma Wins Final Game At Ben Copeland Field

Posted by David Merrell On October - 30 - 2015 Comments Off on Satsuma Wins Final Game At Ben Copeland Field


    The Satsuma Gators ended their tenure at Ben Copeland Field in style, defeating the Chickasaw Chieftains 27-0 in the final game to be played at the stadium. Ben Copeland Field will be torn down this winter to make way for a new stadium and upgraded athletic facilities. The Gators ended their season with a 4-6 record.

    The new field will utilize Astroturf. The field will also have a track built inside of it. Satsuma uses the football stadium for boys and girls soccer, and track and field. Depending on the availability of funding, the school system also hopes to build a new field house.

    While new athletic complexes are expensive, they can be big draws for the community. A good school system is something both home owners and businesses look for when relocating. Creating such an atmosphere is exactly what Satsuma was aiming for when it formed its own school system a few years ago.

    School officials hope to have the new facilities up and running by July 15th of next year, just in time for the 2016 football season.

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Flash Flood Watch In Effect

Posted by David Merrell On October - 26 - 2015 Comments Off on Flash Flood Watch In Effect


    The Gulf Coast may have dodged a direct hit from major hurricanes this year, but the remnants of one will be passing through the area today. What was once the strongest hurricane in Western history is currently dumping inches of rain on our area. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect all day as a result.

    On top of flooding rains, gusty winds will also occur. Gusts have already been recorded at over 35 mph in Mobile. Rain will be the biggest threat though, so take extra precaution if you live in a flood zone or have to travel the roads today.

    Mobile County schools are in session today despite the weather. The rain will likely extend into the afternoon hours, so plan your pick up accordingly.

    The system bringing all of this wet weather is the remnants of Hurricane Patricia. The storm formed in the Pacific Ocean off of Mexico’s west coast. Patricia intensified from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in just 24 hours. The storm peaked with 200 mph winds, the highest ever recorded in a hurricane, and a central pressure of just 879 mb, the lowest recorded in the Atlantic Basin.

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Huge Crowd Welcomes Donald Trump To Alabama

Posted by David Merrell On August - 22 - 2015 Comments Off on Huge Crowd Welcomes Donald Trump To Alabama


    The largest crowd of the Republican Primary season welcomed Donald Trump to Mobile on Friday night. The billionaire businessman did not disappoint, circling Ladd-Peebles Stadium several times in his private jet before touching down. WKRG News 5 estimates that around 18,000 people attended the event.

    Trump covered familiar ground at the pep rally, calling for an end to birthright citizenship, and promising to repeal and replace Obamacare. Both positions are popular in Alabama, as is The Donald himself. According to the latest polls, Trump has a commanding 31-15 lead over Jeb Bush in the race for the Republican nomination. As a deep red state, whoever wins the Republican Primary is sure to win the state’s electoral votes in the general election.

    Before heading to the stadium, Trump briefly met with local leaders aboard his private jet. Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Senator Jeff Sessions both got some face to face time with the Republican candidate. Trump later called Senator Sessions to the stage during the rally. Trump has hailed Sessions’ stance on immigration.

    Trump has been a breath of fresh air into a Republican Party that has generated little excitement the past two presidential election cycles. While both John McCain and Mitt Romney were solid candidates, they did little to generate enthusiasm with voters. Trump, with his bombastic attitude and celebrity appeal, has turbocharged the Republican base and raced to the top of the polls.

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Trump Campaign Rally Moved To Ladd-Peebles Stadium

Posted by David Merrell On August - 20 - 2015 Comments Off on Trump Campaign Rally Moved To Ladd-Peebles Stadium

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    Just days after announcing a campaign stop in Mobile, the Trump campaign has had to make major changes to the event. Due to overwhelming attendance demands, the event has been moved from the Mobile Civic Center to Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Thus far, over 30,000 people are expected to attend the event.

    At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire last night, Trump announced the runaway demand that was occurring in Mobile. The campaign was initially booked to appear at the 2,000 seat theater in the Civic Center. With tickets being downloaded at a furious pace, that venue quickly became unusable. The larger portion of the Civic Center was then considered, but demand quickly surpassed its capacity as well.

    Ladd-Peebles Stadium should be able to hold as many supporters as Trump can muster, but it does come with problems of its own. The stadium is outdoors, and the weather has not been cooperative as of late. Scattered storms have drenched Mobile this week, and they could literally rain on Trump’s parade come Friday. No backup plan has been announced as of yet.

    Trump is currently leading in the polls in Alabama with 31% of the vote, doubling up his nearest competition. The demand for tickets to his event prove that is no fluke. With Alabama’s primary occurring on March 1st, the state could help propel Trump to the Republican nomination.

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Donald Trump Coming To Mobile

Posted by David Merrell On August - 18 - 2015 Comments Off on Donald Trump Coming To Mobile


    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is coming to Mobile on Friday. The billionaire businessman will be hosting a town hall event at the Mobile Civic Center. His campaign says that Trump wants to hear directly from voters, and the event will be in a question and answer format.

    Trump is currently leading in the polls for the Republican nomination both nationally and locally. According to WKRG News 5, Trump is favored by 30% of Alabama’s registered voters, doubling up his closest competitor. A CNN poll finds Trump leading among registered Republican voters with 24% of the vote.

    The real estate mogul has long been known for his business ventures, but he shot to even greater celebrity heights in the past decade thanks to his hit NBC show “The Apprentice.” Upon entering the crowded Republican field for president, he quickly raced to the top of the polls. While his celebrity status is surely helping his cause, his stance on illegal immigration has clearly been a catalyst for his popularity with the Republican base.

    Tickets to the event, which are free, can be found at the following website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/donald-j-trump-for-president-pep-rally-tickets-18212924347 The event will begin at 7:00 PM and last until 8:30 PM.

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School Funding Battle Brewing In Satsuma

Posted by David Merrell On July - 31 - 2015 Comments Off on School Funding Battle Brewing In Satsuma


    The city of Satsuma is considering a funding cut for its school system. Facing a $100,000 hole in their budget, the city is looking to cover half the deficit with funding that was originally allocated to Satsuma schools. The school system stands to lose $54,000 a year if the plan goes through.

    The funding in question comes from a half cent sales tax the city instituted a few years ago. The city gives half of this increase to the school system in the form of $9,000 a month payments. These payments were pledged for five years. Residents also passed a $7.5 mil ad valorem tax, but there has been no talk of touching this funding.

    Mayor Paul Murray told Fox 10 News he felt this was the only option the city had. Citing his own grandchildren’s attendance at the city schools, he said they didn’t want to hurt them, but wanted to help the city.

    Citizens quickly took to social media to voice their anger at the idea, with a vast majority in opposition to the cutting of school funding.

    Budget problems have become an all too common occurrence in the US. The second biggest bankruptcy in US history occurred right here in Alabama when Jefferson County filed in 2011. The state is currently battling budget problems of its own, with special sessions of the legislature needed to settle Alabama’s finances.

    There will be a Satsuma city council meeting Tuesday, August 4th at 7:00 PM.

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Driver Of ATV Hit By Train To Face Charges

Posted by David Merrell On July - 30 - 2015 Comments Off on Driver Of ATV Hit By Train To Face Charges


    On Tuesday night, a train collided with an ATV that was stuck on the railroad tracks in Satsuma. Luckily, no one was hurt, but the driver of the vehicle is now facing criminal charges.

    The Satsuma Police Department has charged Kenny Patterson with third degree criminal trespassing and leaving the scene of an accident. Patterson was driving his ATV across the train tracks when it became stuck. After attempting to move the vehicle, he quickly fled the scene before the wreck occurred.

    Patterson initially claimed his ATV was stolen, but later admitted his role in the accident.

    It is against the law to ride an ATV on city streets. Riding on train tracks is also against the law, as the tracks are considered private property. The third degree criminal trespassing charge can be punished by a fine and up to 30 days in jail.

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Three Killed At Louisiana Theater Shooting

Posted by David Merrell On July - 24 - 2015 Comments Off on Three Killed At Louisiana Theater Shooting


    A lone gunman killed two people and injured nine before turning his gun on himself Thursday night at a Louisiana theater. The shooting occurred at the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette at around 7:30 PM. The shooting occurred almost three years to the day of the Aurora theater shooting that claimed 12 lives.

    Police have identified the shooter, but have yet to release his name. Thus far they have only revealed that he is a 59 year old white male. Police also revealed that he used a handgun to carry out the attack. At this time, there is no evidence that the shooter knew any of the victims. A motive is still being sought.

    Police found the gunman’s car in the parking lot. A suspicious package was detonated by the bomb squad, but no explosives were found.

    Though none of the victim’s have been identified, one of their tale’s has come to light. A teacher jumped in front of a colleague and took a bullet to the leg. Despite the injury, she managed to set off the fire alarm and help clear the theater before more could be shot. Her actions, and those of the first responders, were hailed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

**Update** The shooter has been identified as 59 year old John Russell Houser, whose last known address was in Phoenix City, Alabama.

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Sears Closing Mobile Store

Posted by David Merrell On July - 14 - 2015 Comments Off on Sears Closing Mobile Store


    Sears has announced that they will be closing their Bel Air Mall location later this year. The store will begin a liquidation sale on July 17th. The Auto Center will also be closing. Sears is expected to remain open until August or September.

    The store and Auto Center have around 100 employees. Some will be given severance or offered positions at other Sears or K-Mart locations.

    Sears has been struggling for some time. The company was founded in 1886 as a mail order catalog. The first retail location opened in 1925. It was the largest retailer in the US until it was surpassed by Walmart in 1989. Sears was bought out by K-Mart in 2005.

    Sears, like its parent company K-Mart, has struggled with competition. Walmart led the first wave of fatal blows, followed quickly by online retailers.

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