Coast Guard suspends search for missing man, Alabama Tax-Free Weekend

Aug 7, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard officials say they have suspended the search for a 30-year-old man in the waters near Dauphin Island.

Officials with Coast Guard say the search ended late last night.  Daniel Sewell had been missing from Fort Gaines since Wednesday afternoon.

Friends have said Sewell told them he planned to go swimming.

The search covered more than 480 square miles during 22 hours of continuous searching.

World War II veterans will have the chance to reunite tomorrow.

Montevallo will host the Honor Flight Birmingham and the Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive Programs. The reunion is to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II.

Pam Nichols is the founder of Honor Flight Birmingham. She says this is a way to remember this generation and how they saved the world.

“Most of these veterans now are ninety years old and older, so this is one of the last opportunities probably for many of these veterans for all of us to say thank you.”

The event will be held at the Alabama National Cemetery and the American Village. Guests attending the event will be able to see displays of World War II era vehicles, and a reenactment of raising the flag on Iwo-Jima.

Today marks the start of Alabama’s annual “back to school” tax free weekend. The three-day period provides Alabama residents with the chance to purchase a wide variety of items and pay no State sales tax.

Nancy Dennis is the Alabama Retail Association’s director of public relations. She says despite the weekend’s well-known nickname, the savings apply to more than just students.

“The best thing is, this holiday is not just for people who are going back to school. It’s any clothing $100 and less, and that includes everything from diapers to wedding dresses. As long as it’s $100 or less, you can buy it. So you don’t have to be going back to school.”

 Dennis says that more than 300 local state governments are adding in their own tax savings so some shoppers will be able to save up to ten percent depending on where they shop.