Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 99. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Tonight: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.
Best bets for today and beyond:
Pancake breakfast: The Hanceville Lions Club will sell hotcake plates from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Moody Center, 111 Michelle St. NW, Hanceville 35077. $5/person for all you can eat. All proceeds to go to the Billy Raw scholarship fund, sponsored by the Lions Club.
VFW Saturday night dance: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 will have a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the VFW. Music will be provided by the Boogie Night band. The cost is $5 per person. VFW building rentals are available Fridays. Info: Commander Randy McGraw at 256-590-9405.
Boston butt/rib sale: The Dodge City Lions Club will sell Boston butts and ribs at 8 a.m. July 3, 2013, until all meats are sold at the lot next to the S&S Foods in Dodge City (4340 County Road 216, Hanceville 35077). Butts are $25 and rack of ribs are $20. Proceeds to benefit Lions’ community projects.
Farmers market open July 4: The Festhalle Farmers Market at the corner of Arnold Street and 1st Ave. NE, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 4. For Festhalle Market information, visit www.cullmancity.org and click on “Festhalle Farmers Market”, or contact Market Manager Jimmy Simms at 256-590-2003.
Dodge City to host neighborhood watch meeting: This meeting will take place at 7 p.m. July 1, in the basement of the Dodge City annex. Cullman County Emergency Management Agency Director Phyllis Little is guest speaker. Info: Jim Mermis at 713-598-4091.
Boston butt sale: Hanceville Lions Club will sell Boston butts for $30 starting at 7 a.m. July 2-3, 2013 at Hanceville Warehouse Discount Grocery, 708 Main St., Hanceville 35077. All proceeds will benefit Lions’ community projects.
SafeSitters babysitting training classes: Cullman Regional Medical Center will offer a two-day babysitting certification class for boys and girls ages 11-13. This course encourages your children to become responsible sitters and supplies each of them with a SafeSitter information/supply kit. Lunch and snacks are provided.
This summer, classes will be offered July 9-10; and Aug. 13-14. The classes will be held in CRMC’s Ave Maria Room in the Professional Office Building II (1912 Alabama Highway 157, Cullman 35058) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Cost program is $50 for children of WomenFirst members and $70 for others. To reserve your spot, register online at www.crmchospital.com or call CRMC at 737-2600.
Summer youth camps: Cullman City Parks and Recreation will host several camps this summer. Registration for all activities will be at the McGukin Civic Center-Cullman.
Archery camp July 29-Aug. 2. Campers will meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cullman Archery Park. For ages 7-14. Cost will be $75.
Junior tennis lessons: Session 3 will begin July 8 at 8 a.m.: Beginners Monday-Thursday; intermediate and advanced on same days at 9 a.m.
For more information, contact the civic center office at 256-734-9157 or email Waid Harbison at email@example.com.
Camp Day for the community: New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church will hold Camp Day on Saturday, June 29, for the community at the church at 4442 County Road 1807, Arab 35016.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
• Livingston Chapel United Methodist Church, 16609 County Road 222, Crane Hill 35053, 6 to 8:30 p.. June 30-July 3. Info: Kaci Williams at 256-747-6392 or Angela Calvert at 256-796-1965.
• Macedonia Baptist Church, 1384 County Road 1101, Vinemont 35179, kickoff 4 to 7 p.m. July 6 with preregistration, water slide, blowup fun, food and other activities. For all ages. VBS is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 8-12.
• Mt. Pleasant Church-Nesmith, kickoff at 5 p.m. July 7; 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 8-12.
• Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 8-12 in the Family Life Center. For all ages; adults and teens encouraged to volunteer. Youths may preregister online at www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/shcc2013; or register in church office. Info: Fharis Richter at 256-734-3730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Daystar Church, 6:30 p.m. July 28-31, preregister at www.daystarchurch.tv/kidfest2013. Info: Church office at 256-737-0800.
• Center Grove Baptist Church, 4607 County Road 1545, Cullman 35058, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 8-11; community block party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 12.
10 Things to Know for Today
By The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today:
1. IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL IN HANDS OF HOUSE
Speaker John Boehner says leaders will craft their own version of the legislation the Senate overwhelmingly passed to give millions in the country illegally a path to citizenship.
2. RETIRED GENERAL REPORTED TARGET OF LEAK PROBE
The investigation of the leaking of classified information about a 2010 cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear facilities is focusing on Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright.
3. OBAMA DOWNPLAYS SNOWDEN SEARCH
The president called the NSA leaker a “29-year-old hacker” and said it wasn’t worth wheeling and dealing with other countries to win his extradition to face espionage charges in the U.S.
4. WHAT MANDELA’S DAUGHTER SAYS
Her father is still able to open his eyes and react to family’s touch. South Africa’s government said his condition is critical but stable.
5. WHO TRAINED BOSTON BOMB SUSPECTS
An indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suggests the Tsarnaev brothers learned how to make pressure-cooker explosives on the Internet, not from a terror network.
6. OBAMA TRIES TO BUILD AFRICAN LEGACY
The president has been to his father’s home continent twice in five years, less frequently than both Bush and Clinton.
7. PROSECUTORS DETAIL CASE AGAINST HERNANDEZ
They say the ex-New England Patriot orchestrated the shooting of Odin Lloyd because he talked to the wrong people at a nightclub.
8. HOW HOT WILL THE WEST GET
Death Valley in California is expecting a high of 124 and some officials worry it might get too hot to fly airplanes.
9. HOSPITALS TRY TO KEEP THEIR HANDS CLEAN
Some are testing a system that uses beepers, buzzers and lights to remind workers to use hand sanitizer and to report those who don’t.
10. SURPRISING NBA DRAFT PICK AND TRADE
Anthony Bennett of UNLV was chosen by Cleveland over favored Nerlens Noel, and the Nets and Celtics pulled off a blockbuster trade that gave Brooklyn Kevin Garnett.