Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Cullman City Street Department workers are widening 4th St. SE and pouring driveways, so this street will be closed while repairs are ongoing; emergency traffic only.
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Calm wind.
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of rain after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday night: Rain. Low around 39. East wind around 5 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 9 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday night: A slight chance of rain and snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Upcoming events in your area:
Blood drive: LifeSouth will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 4, at Carmike Cinemas in Cullman.
Jam session canceled: The Town of South Vinemont will not hold a jam session in January due to the closeness of the holidays. Next jam session will be in February.
Rachel's Challenge: Rachel's Challenge is coming to Fairview High School Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, during school hours. Students in grades 9-12 will see a multi-media presentation led by the Rachel's Challenge organization. At 6:30 p.m. that evening, another presentation will be held for the parents/guardians, and other members of the community.
Rachel's Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. This program is based upon the theories and ethics of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School massacre, which occurred in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999. Rachel's story provides a simple, yet powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate us to consider our relationships with the people we come in contact with every day. Our goal is to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. Info: Whitney Haynes at email@example.com; or 256-796-5106.
Learn to square dance: The Friendship Square Dance Club of Cullman will hold free lessons on square dancing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday nights beginning Jan. 7. Info: Rip Johnston at 256-347-7266; and Hulda Schaefers at 256-734-3566.
10 Things to Know for Today
By The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. OBAMA SETS HIS SIGHTS ON 2014
Having signed bipartisan budget deal and defense bill that cracks down on sexual assault, raising the debt ceiling and health care law showdowns are next.
2. BOMBING IN BEIRUT KILLS EX-FINANCE MINISTER
Mohammed Chatah, who had served in former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s cabinet, died along with four others.
3. FOUR DEAD IN SOUTHERN LOUISIANA PARISHES
Louisiana authorities say a man killed his ex-wife’s mother and the head of a hospital where he’d worked before fatally shooting himself, and his wife was also found dead of unknown causes.
4. NEWTOWN REPORT TO BE RELEASED
Connecticut authorities plan to make state police documents from the investigation into last year’s Sandy Hook school massacre available Friday afternoon.
5. AMERICAN ABDUCTED IN PAKISTAN CALLS FOR HELP
A 72-year-old development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida more than two years ago appealed to President Obama in a video released to negotiate his release.
6. WHERE AUTHORITIES SAY THE LATEST “KNOCKOUT GAME”-STYLE ATTACK HAS HAPPENED
A white Houston-area man is charged with sucker-punching an elderly black man in Katy, Texas and filming it on video.
7. MORE SNOW, ICE SLOW RESTORATION OF POWER
After a weekend ice storm turned out the lights from Michigan to Maine and into Canada, many still wonder when they will get their electricity back.
8. WHAT YOU CAN FIND AT THE NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT LOST-AND-FOUND
The lost-and-found office’s supervisor says people often lose false teeth, along with the more common wallets and smartphones, on buses and trains. NYC LOST AND FOUND
9. WHICH INDIAN BRIDAL NECESSITY IS GETTING HIT BY IMPORT TAXES
Brides in India customarily wear as much gold jewelry as their family can afford, but new taxes mean they’re getting less for their money.
10. SPEEDSKATER OVERCOMES EXCRUCIATING CONDITION TO MAKE OLYMPIC TEAM BID
Rebekah Bradford’s pulmonary embolism could have been fatal, but she’s now competing at the U.S. team trials in Utah. BRADFORD’S ORDEAL