You know you want to be a nurse, or a dental assistant, or a pediatrician. Helping people is a must, and no other career field appeals to you as much as healthcare does. But higher education can be expensive, and you need to work while in school, or maybe you have two littles at home who need your full attention. Balancing work, family, and a degree can be tough, but it doesn’t have to hinder you from a college education and a successful career working with patients in need. [read more]
February 20, 2018, a tuesday night our very own Mayor David Baker threw out the first pitch at the University of South Alabama Baseball Game.
MGM High School is looking for companies to hire students for a summer internship. These students would be required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week for a four-week minimum. Compensation is asked to be at least minimum wage. These students are juniors heading into their senior year of school. There is an opportunity for small businesses to qualify for a grant from the City of Mobile to compensate the business for 1 intern if they agree to host 1 other intern for a total of 2 interns. That grant can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/
Young town; old community
Officially, the City of Semmes is young, it was incorporated just six years ago in 2011, but the community itself has been here more than 150 years. Most of that time, it was a small farming community with plant nurseries as the leading industry, but in recent years the town has grown beyond it’s early roots.
Longtime resident, Alvin Freeman told us, “We moved here in ’61 and it was a two lane road,” he said referring to Highway 98. “We lived on a dirt road. It’s grown, it’s really grown.”
Semmes is still small, but it’s a town rising from the constant flow of traffic on Highway 98.
Brand new fire department
“We’re building the department from scratch and were thrilled to be able to serve the citizens.”
Semmes Fire Chief Kevin Brooks has overseen the transition from a volunteer force to a full-time department with two dozen employees.
“They have to be in shape,” Brooks said. “They have to be able to pull people out of burning structures. They have to be physically fit when they go in to do those type of things. ”
The Semmes training facility even includes a burn building, funded by Mobile county to keep the firefighters in peak form.
“It’s great. It’s centrally located in the county so some of our volunteer fire departments have access to it. It’s a great tool for our department because it’s so close that we can train on it on a daily basis.”
STORMtracker Tour wraps up
The public safety building on Forest street is also where you can meet the FOX10 Meteorologists. It’s our last stop on the FOX10 STORMtracker tour Tuesday night at 6 o’clock. The tour has been a great opportunity to meet many great folks, and get out in the communities we serve. It’s a free event with door prizes and great information! Doors open at four and we’d love to see you in Semmes!
When teaching fire prevention most fire departments focus on small children, third grade and younger, older teens and adults. Because of this, children often lose sight of the fire prevention message after the third grade. For this reason Semmes Fire and Rescue has teamed up with the Mobile Co School System to keep fire safety a priority with older children by putting on a Fire Safety Poster Contest with the 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes in Semmes and the surrounding areas.
The winners of the contest will be announced on Nov. 16, 2017 and the winning posters will then be made into a calendar for 2018 that will show off the artwork of our local children. Each winner will receive a copy of the calendar that has their artwork and each classroom in the participating schools will receive a copy. There will also be additional copies at the Semmes Fire and Rescue office and at Semmes City Hall.
The posters will then be displayed in several prominent places in the Semmes area to show the artwork off to the public before it is returned to the students.