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November 22, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news


The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:



Traffic:



The Cullman City Street Department will have patch crews at these sites: Lorring St. NW, Highland Dr. NW and County Road 222.



Weather:



Today: Rain. High near 64. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Tonight: Rain. Low around 46. North wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.



Best bets for today and beyond:



Food for fines at the library: The Cullman Public Library is offering Food for Fines through today. We will forgive $1 in overdue fines for every non-perishable food item (canned or boxed) that a patron brings in. All items collected will go to the local food banks. Food cannot be used for pay for lost or damaged items.

This will be a great way to clear up library accounts and help your fellow neighbor at the same time. Info: Lesia Coleman at 256-734-2720 ext. 21.



Call for 2014 Women of Distinction nominees: The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) is now accepting nominations for each of the Women of Distinction Awards Programs. Nominations may be submitted by any individual, employer, civic organization or agency in each of the four areas (Central, East, North and West). Awardees will be selected in December by a group of community leaders from across the council. The awards are open to women who have made special contributions to their communities through civic, academic or professional efforts.

The 2013 North Alabama Women of Distinction Awards are open to all women in Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan and Winston counties. Women chosen for this award will be recognized at the annual Women of Distinction event at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville in Aug. 2014. GSNCA will also present the Christine Richard Lifetime Achievement Award which honors the memory of a beloved community leader whose contributions had far-reaching impact for the north Alabama area. Nomination forms are available online at girlscoutsnca.org/wodnorth.

The deadline for all nominations is Nov. 22, 2013. The Women of Distinction Awards Program is the premier fundraising event for GSNCA. All proceeds from these events directly support the Girl Scouts’ mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Info: Kelly Connelly at 205-453-9513 or kconnelly@girlscoutsnca.org.



Arts/crafts show at the civc center: The Vinemont Band Boosters will hold an arts/crafts show from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday , at the McGukin Civic Center, 510 5th St. SW, Cullman 35055. Sacred Harp Singers at 6 p.m. today. Chimney Branch, a bluegrass band, will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday . Door prizes awarded; cake walks. Lunch offered along with many other goodies to purchase. All proceeds to go to the band.



Bake/craft/clothing sale: Christ Lutheran Church, 424 2nd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055, will hold a bake/craft/clothing sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today; and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, at the church. All proceeds to go to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which donates to several community projects.



Midway community dance: The Midway Community Center will hold a dance at 7 p.m. Saturday featuring Lick Skillet Band. Admission is $4; all proceeds go to upkeep of community center, 164 Midway Road, Union Grove 35175.



Spaghetti dinner: Sacred Heart of Jesus Church’s Altar Society will hold a spaghetti dinner (homemade sauce and meatballs), with German slaw, bread and dipping oil, desserts and cold beverages from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Family Life Center (217 2nd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055). Plates are $4/children; $8/adults. Separate takeout line for faster service. Proceeds from the dinner go to church’s building fund. Also, Knights of Columbus will host their annual Turkey Bazaar from 6 to 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Tickets are 25 cents for chances on a turkey, ham, bacon and eggs and other prizes. Only 30 tickets are sold per spin of the wheel, many winners throughout the night. Money raised from this project will go toward Knights’ various church projects. Sacred Heart School Alumni will sell chances on a basket worth $400 ($40 gift certificate to Carlton’s Italian Restaurant, certificate to Michael’s Florist, many other very nice items); raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and may be purchased before on on this night at the supper/bazaar. Funds raised from this raffle will benefit a scholarship fund for the school.



Swamp John’s meal: New Prospect Baptist Church, 5805 County Road 38, Cullman 35057, will hold a Swamp John’s meal from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Meals are $10/plate; eat in or carry out. Proceeds to go to church’s Ladies’ Circle projects. Info: Rhonda Hagemore at 256-736-3220 or Hilda Wise at 256-287-1849.



VFW Saturday night dance: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214, 112 Veterans Dr. SW, Cullman 35055, will have a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Music will be provided by the Boogie Night band. The cost is $5/person. VFW building rentals are available Fridays. Info: Commander Randy McGraw at 256-590-9405.



Food bank open: The Garden City Church of God Food Bank will open from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 123 Short St. SW, Garden City, AL 35070. Info: Diane West 256-739-3791 or Kathy Day at 256-352-5787.



Rummage/bake sale: Baldwin Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 126 County Road 1153, Cullman 35057, will hold an indoors rummage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, with all proceeds benefiting the church building fund.



Thanksgiving bake sale: The Holly Pond Homemakers will hold their Thanksgiving bake sale at 8 a.m. Saturday at Holly Pond Town Hall, 10885 Highway 278 East, Holly Pond 35083. Proceeds will go toward the upkeep of the Holly Pond Cemetery. Info: Agnes Grimes at 256-796-7318.



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. SOLEMN MEMORIALS MARK JFK 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Dallas wants to reflect on Kennedy’s legacy in its Dealey Plaza ceremony.

2. SKIES COULD BECOME CELLPHONE-FRIENDLY

Federal regulators are considering changing “outdated” rules against making calls during passenger flights.

3. GOP WARNS DEMOCRATS THEY MIGHT REGRET FILIBUSTER CURB

Partisan animosity shows no sign of letting up ahead of new battles on federal default and budget deficit.

4. WHY THE ARCTIC IS ON THE U.S. MILITARY’S RADAR

Melting ice caps and competition for oil and gas make the polar region the new frontier for investment and exploration.

5. SUPERMARKET COLLAPSE KILLS 32 IN LATVIA

Officials in the northern European nation are trying to find out why the roof of the building caved in.

6. STATE OF MOURNING REFLECTS EGYPT’S MOOD

Terrorist attacks, train accidents and even a World Cup qualifier defeat are souring Egyptians’ outlook on their country’s future.

7. IN ARIZONA, ‘CAUSE FOR GRAVE ALARM’

Thousands of calls to a state hotline alleging child abuse or neglect were never investigated, officials discover.

8. WHICH MONARCH IS VISITING THE WHITE HOUSE

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI will discuss a range of issues, possibly including a dispute with neighboring Algeria, with Obama.

9. HOW XBOX COULD BE HURTING MICROSOFT

Critics argue the gaming console whose latest model debuted today is tying customers to living rooms when the world has gone mobile.

10. ALASKA CHEERS ARRIVAL OF NATIONAL RESTAURANT CHAINS

Remoteness of the 49th state is no longer preventing Alaskans from enjoying Lower-48 favorites like Olive Garden and Hard Rock Cafe.