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The Cullman Times

Good morning, readers, take a look at what’s going on today and this weekend:

Weather:

Today: Partly cloudy. Areas of fog early in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwest winds around 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows around 40. Light winds.

Saturday: Increasing clouds. Highs in the upper 60s. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. Light winds becoming south around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Highs in the upper 60s. 

Best bets for today:

Jam session: The Town of South Vinemont will hold a jam session at 6 p.m. today at the Cary C. Montgomery Scout Community Center, 88 Ridgeway Street, Cullman 35058.

Cullman City Board of Education: The Board will hold a special called meeting at 7 a.m. at the Central Office conference room, 301 1st St. NE, Cullman 35055.

WSCC offers courses for homeschool students: Parents and guardians of homeschooled children in the area will have an extra resource for studies next year. Wallace State Community College is offering a number of courses tailored for homeschooled students.

Starting in January, two series in art and music will be offered for a total of six separate classes. Students can enroll in one or both series or in individual classes from the series. The fee is $25 per series or $10 per class. The classes will be held on Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m., in the Burrow Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

This series of classes will be geared toward music and will be held today and March 14.

The Music Series ($25 per series or $10 per class) will include:

•  Playing the Recorder on March 7: students will be introduced to the woodwind musical instrument and learn to play it through methods taught in the workshop.

•  Singing on Sight on March 14: students will learn to sing the notes written with WSCC musical staff and expand their musical ability and knowledge.

Class sizes are limited and early registration is encouraged. To register, visit, wsccalumni.org and click on the Events link.

Looking ahead:

Bilingual couples conference: A bilingual couples conference will be held at 9 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church’s Family Life Center, 112 2nd St. SE, Cullman 35056. Maria Pennefather will direct the conference. Sessions to center on self esteem for you, your spouse and your children, with a Q&A session. Lady attendees should bring a decorated box lunch to share with your sweetheart and men should bring small token of love for yours. Refreshments/desserts provided. Registration: Yuri Orona at 256-736-5406 or Marie Pennefather at 256-590-7536. Babysitting provided if needed; register your children early to save their spot. Also, must bring their lunch, drinks and snacks for them. Free.

Free Monster Jam tickets: Want to win free Monster Jam tickets for the March 14-15 shows? Here’s how that can happen: Just subscribe or renew your subscription to The Cullman Times from March 5 through noon March 12 and fill out an entry form to be entered for a chance to win 2 FREE Monster Jam tickets — 12 sets will be given away. No purchase necessary. Entry forms are available at the The Times’ office at 300 4th Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. One form per subscription/renewal or household. Winners will be notified by phone or email. Drawing will be held at noon Wednesday, March 12.

Addison Civitan dance: The Addison Civitan Club will hold a ’50s sock hop at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Addison Community Center, 16391 County Road 41, Addison 35540. Admission is $7 and includes supper. Dress in ’50s-style clothing. All proceeds to go to the Civitans’ community projects.

Swamp John’s dinner: Dodge City Fire Department will hold a Swamp John’s meal from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 1407 Highway 69 S, Hanceville 35077. Cost is $10/plate for fish, chicken or shrimp and side dishes. Tickets sold at the door or from any volunteer fireman or the town hall. Proceeds will go to purchase equipment for the fire department.

VFW Saturday night dance: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 will have a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays at the VFW. Music will be provided by the Boogie Night band. The cost is $5 per person. Info: Commander Randy McGraw at 256-595-0836.

Rodeo pageant: Miss West Point Rodeo Queen Pageant will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. The pageant is open to all girls, ages three through 26, no matter where they reside or what school they attend. This is an IPRA sanctioned event. Western attire is required. Horsemanship is optional for ages 7-15 and mandatory for ages 16-26. Entry fee is $35. Pre-registration ended March 3.

For more information, contact Nelda Coker at 256-708-0834 or Cindy Angle at 256-736-5741 or message us on facebook at West Point Rodeo Queen Pageant. Entry forms may be found at www.westpointband.org/rodeo.

Sister City meeting: The Friends of Frankweiler will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Cullman County Museum, 211 2nd Ave. NE, Cullman 35055. Anyone interested in joining this organization and visiting the sister city of Frankweiler, Germany, is welcome to attend this informational meeting.

County science fair: The Cullman County Commission On Education Science Fair will be at the Wallace State Coliseum, from noon to 4 p.m. March 12, for project setup; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 13, for public viewing. The awards ceremony will be at 6 p.m. March 13. The poster contest is for grades K-3; theme is “How does it grow?”

Project contest is for grades 4-12 in three divisions.

For more information, contact Denise Schuman at dschuman@ccboe.org.

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. WHY US SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA COULD BACKFIRE

Stiffer U.S. and EU penalties over Ukraine could sting Russia’s already slow-growing economy.  And Russia could retaliate.

2. UKRAINE’S LEADERSHIP TURNS TO OLIGARCHS FOR HELP

The decision to appoint the country’s richest men as regional administrators has risks, but their wealth and influence could be key to calming tensions.

3. WHO’S DISTANCING HIMSELF FROM BITCOIN

Dorian S. Nakamoto, the man Newsweek points to as the creator of the digital currency exchange, denies he had anything to do with it.

4. PISTORIUS NEIGHBOR SAYS BANGS WERE GUNSHOTS

Johan Stipp testifies he heard a woman’s screams and a man’s shouts before a second group of sounds he identified as gunshots, not a cricket bat hitting the door.

5. WHAT MONTHLY JOBS REPORT COULD REVEAL

The Labor Department data could help confirm whether the economy is likely to rebound with warmer temperatures.

6. YOUNGER GENERATION LEANS LEFT

Young adults like to think of themselves as independent, but a new survey finds that half of American adults ages 18 to 33 are Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party.

7. COLORADO TAKES A SWIPE AT DRIVING STONED

The state, which legalized marijuana in 2012, is spending $1 million on a “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign to warn motorists against driving under the influence.

8. WAKE UP AND SMELL ... THE BACON

Oscar Mayer says it has created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone that makes the sound of bacon sizzling. An external device is needed if you want to smell it.

9. EX-NFL SAFETY SEEKS RELEASE ON BAIL AFTER RAPE ACCUSATIONS

Darren Sharper will be in a Los Angeles courtroom, his lawyers arguing he should be released from jail because he has not been formally charged with the Louisiana rapes he’s being held for.

10. JUST HOW GOOD-LOOKING WAS JESUS

That’s the question being asked around Hollywood after an actor likened to a young Marlon Brando was cast to play Jesus in the popular new film “Son of God.”

Have a great weekend!

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