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Lorrie Morgan to sing Sparks' praises;
Troopers cheer end to Murphy's law;
Bentley support surges in wake of nomination;
Up, up and away; Buzbee kickoff Saturday;
GOP TV fest; Anchors aweigh;
The Return of Constantine's

By Chip Drago
Mobile Bay Times
Country music star Lorrie Morgan will headline a big countywide rally and fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ron Sparks Tuesday, Oct. 5 at Ashbury Suites on the Beltline here.

The event will get underway at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact Gary Tanner at 251-401-0453.

Morgan was barely a teenager when she made her first major appearance in 1975 singing “Paper Roses” with her dad, country star George Morgan on the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1984 she made history when at age 25 she was the youngest person ever to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Timeless country standards like “Five Minutes,” “Something in Red,” “Watch Me” and “What Part of No” established Lorrie as a bona fide country star.

Also Tuesday, Sparks will address the monthly meeting of Eastern Shore Democrats at 7 p.m. in the Homestead Village Ballroom at 924 Plantation Blvd. in Fairhoope.

For more information, contact Tedson Meyers at 251-990-9901.

Cochran rally
A re-election rally for Sheriff Sam Cochran is set for Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Jim Henderson Car Museum, 5229 Hwy 90 next to Mobile Lumber and Millwork.

The rally will feature museum tours, kids' activities, Dew Drop hot dogs and Old Dutch ice cream. The public is welcome.   

Bedsole to Receive Historic Preservation Award
Ann Smith Bedsole will be recognized by the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation at this year's
Alabama Preservation Conference Oct. 7-9 in Montgomery with a Gwendolyn C. Turner Lifetime Achievement Award. The Trust annually recognizes individuals and projects that have had a notable impact on efforts to save Alabama's historic places.

"Ann Smith Bedsole has been a vibrant force for historic preservation in Mobile and throughout the state," said David B. Schneider, Executive Director of the Alabama Trust. "Her incredibly long list of accomplishments has helped to make Mobile a better place and her efforts
have been instrumental in the preservation of many of the city's architectural landmarks, great and small."

The award will be presented at a "Salute to the 2010 Preservation Awards Honorees," Friday afternoon, October 8, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Union Station in Montgomery. The Alabama Preservation
Conference is sponsored annually by the Alabama Historical Commission, the Trust, the Black Heritage Council, and a local partner. This year's conference, "Embracing Historic Places, Making Life Better," will showcase historic preservation as an economic development tool by focusing on Montgomery's downtown
revitalization successes. Donovan Rypkema, Principal of PlaceEconomics, an internationally noted expert on the economics of historic preservation, will be the keynote speaker. Additional information and conference registration can be found on the Trust's website.

The program entry for the award states: "Mention Ann Bedsole's name and the words "trailblazer," "leader," and "model volunteer" emerge.  

A native of Selma, Alabama, she became the first Republican woman ever to be elected to the Alabama House of Representatives and, later, the first woman elected to the Alabama State Senate, where she served until 1994.

Her commitment to historic preservation includes numerous projects in Mobile's historic downtown and neighborhoods as well as projects further afield. She served as the founding president of the Mobile Historic Home Tours. Her efforts to get people to care about
their downtown can be seen in successful restoration projects, such as the 1927 European-style Saenger Theatre, the renovations of the Franklin Firehouse and two other historic buildings in Mobile as well as the
Murphy House and an 1800's farm house in Monroe County.

She serves on the Mobile Historic Development Commission, the Mobile Bay Lighthouse Committee, as a commissioner for the Alabama Historical Commission, and is one of two Alabama Advisors to the National Trust for
Historic Preservation. She is active in efforts to preserve historic Barton Academy - the first public school in Alabama - and Perdue Hill's Masonic Lodge and leads the charge opposing the proposed interstate bridge over the Mobile River, which some fear will impact historically significant sites.

Local Bentley backers come out of hiding
Broad and generous support in Mobile and Baldwin countians for Robert Bentley evidenced itself after the Tuscaloosa physician won the Republican nomination for governor, campaign finance records suggest.

Now among Bentley's coastal backers are:

Deep South Dermatology, $500; Sonny Callahan and Associates, $10,000; Ronnie and Roberta Swain, $500; Drs. Gordon and Margaret Mowry, $1,000;

T.A. Hall Contractors, $2,500; Dr. Joseph Fontenot, $500; Glen C. Bryant, $1,000; Marshall and Joan Gardner, $500; Bill Barnhill, $1,000;

Albert Thompson III, $1,000; DR Jordan, Sr., $1,000; Matt Metcalfe, $10,000; J.G. and Beverly Schaffer Jr., $2,500; Tom Busby, $5,000;

Steve Dampier, $10,000; John McInnis, 10,000; General Insulation, $10,000; Perdido Trucking, $1,000; Hutchinson, Moore and Rauch, $5,000;

WESTPAC, $5,000; John Ramsey, $10,000; Paul Wesch, $500; Real Estate Equity Investments, $25,000; Theodore Industrial Port, $25,000;

J. Gary Ellis, $1,000; James Rawson, $5,000; Stephen Gordon, $1,000; Ezell LLC, $1,000; Lowell J. Friedman, $1,000;

Davison Fuels, $1,000; James Nix, $1,000; Bradley Murray, $1,000; Richard Davis, $1,000; Boyd Douglass, $1,000; Taylor Morrissette, $1,000;

Alfred Neumann, $1,000; John Carden, $1,000; Jean Stimpson, $1,000; F. McAllister, $1,000; Davison Oil Co., $2,000;

Randy Billingsley, $5,000; Selwyn Turner, $1,000; Dr. Jim Harrison, $1,000; Clifton Inge, Jr., $1,000; John McClelland, Jr., $1,000;

Arlene Mitchell, $1,000; Goodman Ledyard, $1,000; Conrad Pierce, $1,000; Rodney Pilot, $1,000; Bestor Ward, $1,000;

Herb Stone, $1,000; Mike Lee, $1,000; Russell Steiner, $1,000; Joel Daves, $1,000; Jamie Ison, $1,000; E.L. McCafferty, $1,000;

Taylor Morrissette, Jr., $1,000; T.S. Damson, $1,000; Janson Graham, $5,000; John Hope, III, $1,000; T.K. Jackson, III, $1,000;

Michael Lapeyrouse, $1,000; Frank Lott, Jr., $1,000; Chris Haley, $1,000; Trip Pittman, $1,000; Win Thurber, III, $1,000; David Daniell, $1,000;

J.F. Weston, Jr., $1,000; Joe Bullard, Jr., $1,000; Gerhard Boehm, $1,000; Tom O'Melia, $1,000; Cooper-Lyon Group, $1,000;

Bill Youngblood, $1,000; Harold Miller, $1,000; Karen Sullivan, $1,000; Betty Ruth Speir, $1,000; Norvelle Smith, $1,000;

Clifton C. Inge, $1,000; Fred Helmsing, $1,000; Angus Cooper, $5,000; WestPAC, $1,000; Albert Thompson, $1,000; Ed Campbell, $1,000;

Kenny McLean, $10,000; Maisel Properties, $20,000; Ritchie McPherson, $1,000; Janey Galbraith and Associates, $1,000;

Jimmy Grodnick, $500; Todd Martin, $500; Greg Saad, $2,500; Barry Booth, $2,500; Warren Butler, $1,000; John Mostellar, $1,000; Andrew Saunders, $1,000;

T.W. Mitchell, $1,000; T.E. Mitchell, $1,000; Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, $1,000; Fred Stimpson, $1,000; Mobile Bar Pilots, $1,000;   

The Shaw Group, $1,000; Gulf PAC, $3,000; Angus Cooper, II, $5,000; David Cooper, Sr., $5,000; WESTPAC, $10,000;

Harris Morrissette, $5,000; Dr. Xiulu Ruan, $1,000; Henry Fulgham, $2,500; Mr.and Mrs. Frank Burt, Jr., $2,500; Bob Wills, $500; Betty Wills, $500;

Edward and Julie Flotte, $1,000; Paul Weaver, $1,000; Richard Sullivan, $1,000; J.R. Russell, $1,000; Mark Nix, $5,000; John White-Spunner, $5,000;

Spencer Frost, $5,000; Ashleigh Leland, $1,000; Merchants Transfer, $1,000;        

Up, up and away
The Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores will receive almost $2.4 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to build access taxiways, announced U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“We must ensure that our regional airports have the infrastructure needed to meet the needs of those traveling to, from, and through Alabama,” said Shelby.  “The Jack Edwards Airport will use this funding to construct hangar access taxiways, which will provide access from hangar sites to the airport’s main taxiway system.”

Buzbee to kickoff campaign with fish fry
Scott Buzbee, the Democratic nominee for state Senate District 35 representing south Mobile County, will kickoff his campaign with a fish fry Saturday, Oct. 2 from 5-8 p.m. at the Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road.

Buzbee will face GOP incumbent Ben Brooks in the Nov. 2 general election.

For more information call (251) 653-1676 or email

MCREC to have debate party
The Mobile County Republican Executive Committee will host a gubernatorial debate watching party at its Campaign Headquarters at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, said party spokesman Harry Satterwhite.

The debate watching party will be followed by a short regular meeting of the committee at the Headquarters at 7 p.m. The committee meeting will be followed by a live debate between the candidates for the open Mobile City Council District 6 seat. John Burns, Reid Cummings and Bess Rich have announced their candidacies for the open District 6 slot. 

Refreshments will be provided and the public is invited to attend all three events free of charge. GOP headquarters is at 3702 Airport Blvd next to The Boiling Pot in the Yester Oaks Shopping Center.

Party leaders ask that attendees for the 5 p.m. and/or 6:15 p.m. events RSVP for food count purposes by Friday, Oct. 1 to: or call 343.5882.

Anchors Aweigh
The USS McFaul (DDG74) will visit Mobile for the annual BayFest celebration, arriving Friday, Oct. 1 and departing Oct. 5.

The crew of the McFaul will also participate in activities at the Prichard Preparatory School and the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. The Guided Missile Destroyer will be berthed at the Alabama State Docks. General public visiting will not be available.

For more information, call Pete Riehm (251-442-4349).

Constantine's on the restaurant scene
A name long familiar to Mobile gastronomes -- Constantine's -- is again on the local restaurant scene, at 5951 Old Shell Road.

Both the Constantine's of yesteryear and the newer one, named after Kamal and Eginee Constantine and their family, specialize in authentic Lebanese cuisine.

No less an authority on such fare as 85-year-old Ed Kahalley Sr. reports that the new Constantine's passes muster.

"I have eaten Lebanese food all my life and I can attest to the fact that it is wonderful and the best Mediterranean style food you can find anywhere," said Kahalley.

"Be sure and try the Kibbi," advised Kahalley. "It's better than steak, but costs a lot less. Take my word for it."

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. For more information call 380-1180.

Constantine Panayiotou, a Greek immigrant, owned and operated Constantine's and Gaslight Square in Mobile years ago.
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