WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Sun and Support

Sachin Ghatwal

  • Gulf Coast Prepares for 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

gulf coast prepares for 2024 solar eclipse

On April 8th, the Gulf Coast will experience the second total solar eclipse in a decade. Remember, never look directly at the sun without proper solar glasses! 

  • Mobile to Offer Home Repair Grants Starting April 1

Mobile residents can soon apply for home repair grants starting April 1, as announced on this Facebook post by the Mobile City Council

Eligibility includes residing within city limits, owning and occupying a single home, and meeting low-income criteria. 

  • Red Clay Strays Score Big with RCA Records Deal 

Mobile’s ‘The Red Clay Strays’ just hit the big time, signing with RCA Records after their song went viral. 

It’s a huge win for the band, moving from local gigs to rocking major stages and working on their next album. 

  • Changes Ahead for Mobile Recycling Centers 

changes ahead for mobile recycling centers

Starting April 1, the City of Mobile recycling centers will no longer take glass. 

This change affects only residents of Mobile, who may need to show proof of residence to use the recycling service.

  • Naval Ship Returns to Mobile After Fire 

The USNS Sgt. William R. Button, a large Naval logistics vessel, was safely brought back to Mobile by four tugboats after a fire in its engine room left it stranded off Dauphin Island’s coast. 

The civilian crew of 53 managed to extinguish the fire, with the Coast Guard on standby to assist. 

  • Gulf Coast Rail Service Hurdles May Clear by May

The issues with Amtrak’s Gulf Coast Passenger rail service could be ironed out by May. 

After a meeting between Amtrak and Mobile officials, there’s hope that agreements on land use and funding, already approved, will pass soon. 

  • Mobile Offers Warrant Clinic for Quick Resolutions 

Mobile’s legal department is hosting a warrant clinic on May 18, offering a chance to resolve non-violent misdemeanor warrants without arrest. 

This is to tackle a backlog and make the court more community-friendly.

  • New Shelters Open in Mobile County to Aid Recovery 

Mobile County is opening three shelters named Ryan’s Refuge, Wendy’s Haven, and Sheena’s Hope. 

Ryan’s Refuge serves men, Wendy’s Haven caters to families, and Sheena’s Hope will be for women without children. 

Disclaimer: These news stories are summaries of various local news and reports from the past week.

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