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Sale of Ladd-Peebles Stadium hits snag as Mobile councilmembers halt meeting

By Call News | July 6, 2023 |

By ARTHUR L. MACK Three Mobile City Councilmembers stopped Wednesday’s meeting before it got started over dissatisfaction of a proposed sale of Ladd-Peebles Stadium to the Mobile County Public School System. Councilmembers Cory Penn and William Carroll, along with Council President C.J. Small, abstained from voting to pass the agenda, causing the meeting to be adjourned since five votes were needed to move forward. A statement issued by the city’s communications department said Small, Carroll and Penn disagreed with the…

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Family of man who was tased and later died want Mobile police to release bodycam footage

By Call News | July 6, 2023 |

By ARTHUR L. MACK The family of a Mobile man who was tased by Mobile police and later died is demanding the release of bodycam footage. On July 2 at 9:46 p.m., Mobile police responded to a residential burglary in progress at Plantation Mobile Home Park at 5413 Carol Plantation Road in Theodore and attempted to apprehend Jawan Dallas, 36, who tried to flee and physically resisted officers, according to a statement by the Mobile Police Department. During the struggle,…

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Saraland’s K.J. Lacey blends instincts, mechanics and hard work to succeed

By Call News | December 14, 2022 |

By JIMMY WIGFIELD Saraland sophomore K.J. Lacey’s physical artistry is what fans see but he knows no successful quarterback can rely on that alone. His mechanics, formed through an incessant desire to be great, give him distinct advantages, particularly his ability to throw effectively from different angles, shape his trajectories and having the footwork to avoid sacks — he was dropped just twice in 2022. Spartans coach Jeff Kelly, who knows when to sculpt Lacey’s talents and when to put…

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Saraland QB K.J. Lacey has the tools to be great and recruiters are noticing

By Call News | December 14, 2022 |

By JIMMY WIGFIELD There is no truth to the rumor K.J. Lacey stood up in his crib while in the hospital nursery, scanned the room in seconds, gripped a cold baby bottle and ripped a perfect spiral over the hands of an onrushing doctor into a sink of warm water without creating a ripple. But there was a time Lacey could throw the football only 15 yards. Of course, he was just 4 years old at the time and already…

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Coaches have to start planning now to stop Saraland’s Ryan Williams and K.J. Lacey, and even that may not be enough

By Call News | December 8, 2022 |

By JIMMY WIGFIELD AUBURN — Imagine you are a high school football coach and you are taking an exam in which one of the questions is how to stop Saraland star Ryan Williams. Covering him with all 11 players is out. Committing pass interference on every ball thrown to him is out. Pleading for leniency is out. Having the AHSAA mandate he wear cast-iron cleats is out. Getting Adam Sandler to gulp magic waters and play the bone-pulverizing Waterboy is…

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Saraland unanimously cleared by AHSAA board; Spartans continue in playoffs; Milner: ‘The good name of our high school is intact’

By Call News | November 10, 2022 |

    By WILLIE GRAY and JIMMY WIGFIELD Saraland High School was cleared of wrongdoing in the move of its star quarterback from Daphne by a unanimous vote of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Central Board Thursday. Saraland City Schools Board of Education attorney Nash Campbell said one central board member abstained at the end of the emergency two-hour meeting. The ruling allows the Spartans to continue in the Class 6A state playoffs. Spanish Fort High School had turned…

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Mobile Press Register to cease print publication

By Call News | November 3, 2022 |

Staff Report The Mobile Press-Register, once the oldest daily newspaper in the state, will cease 200 years of print publishing in February, its parent company announced Thursday. The Press-Register, along with the Birmingham News and Huntsville Times, will cease publishing their thrice-weekly newspapers after Feb. 26, according to Alabama Media Group. The media outlets will go all-digital afterward. Alabama Media Group will maintain an office in Mobile but the Press-Register’s production plant downtown — anchored by its $20 million press…

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AHSAA clears Saraland

By Call News | November 2, 2022 |

UPDATED 11/2/22 5:10 p.m. Spartans stay in playoffs By JIMMY WIGFIELD Saraland High School did not violate any Alabama High School Athletic Association rules related to the move of a star football player from Daphne and will be allowed to participate in the state playoffs beginning Friday, Saraland City Schools attorney Nash Campbell said Wednesday. “The high school athletic association has notified the Saraland school system that they have found no violations of the AHSAA bylaws on the part of…

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Private investigator says he can’t prove Saraland family violated rules

By Call News | November 2, 2022 |

AHSAA ruling expected soon By Jimmy Wigfield/Call News The private investigator hired by a man who charged the family of a Saraland High School football player with breaking eligibility rules said in an affidavit on Oct. 31 he cannot definitively determine the family broke those rules by maintaining residences in two districts. Investigator Eric Winberg said in the affidavit he was not aware Karle Lacey, the father of Spartans star quarterback K.J. Lacey, was operating a dog-breeding business from his…

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