Spanish Fort

Alligator Season Wraps

Aug 31, 2012
Stan Ingold

   The seventh annual alligator season has just wrapped up in Alabama. One hundred twenty five tags were issued to hunters who wanted to chase down the large reptiles. Of that, seventy-eight gators were brought in, leaving forty seven tags unfilled.

   Two weekends a year Alabamians get the opportunity to hunt for alligators. Hunters like Jennifer Smith and her family, who bagged a three-hundred fifteen pound alligator that measured ten feet five inches long. She says hope to go every chance she gets.

Spanish Fort, AL – Today is Veterans Day, where the nation remembers those who served in the U.S. military. Here in Alabama, military families will soon have a new spot where the state's servicemen and women can be laid to rest. The state hasn't had access to a veterans cemetery since 1962, when the first site near Mobile was closed down. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin reports on the challenges of the project and what a new cemetery means for Alabama veterans and their families.

Spanish Fort, AL – Construction is slated to begin on Alabama's first state veteran's cemetery this Friday. The groundbreaking ceremony comes just a little more than a month after the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs approved a $7 million grant for the project. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Colonel Bill Callendar. He's the Cemetery Committee Chairman with the South Alabama Veterans Council and says finding out about the grant approval was welcome news to council members.