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November 2, 2012

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

Early weather and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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



Weather:



Today will be sunny, with a high near 72. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Tonight expect mostly clear, with a low around 47. Calm wind.



Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Saturday night there’ll be a 20 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.



Sunday will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m., then a slight chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 67. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Sunday night, a 20 percent chance of showers before 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.



Best bets:



Relay fundraiser: S.T.A.R.S. Relay For Life Team will hold the Festival of S.T.A.R.S. Nov. 3, at Depot Park, 309 1st Ave. NE, Cullman 35055. All day fun for kids, play area includes bouncy houses and carnival games. Also, for everyone, various local talents to entertain. Beginning with a 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. Cost is $25, early registration guarantees T-shirt.1 mile fun run follows 5K. 11 a.m. chili cookoff, $10 entry fee. $5 extra to enter People’s Choice award. Craft fair is all day. To rent a booth, contact Amber Heaton at 256-339-3875. To register for any event, contact Amber or email to STARSrelayteam@gmail.com. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and the Cullman County Relay For Life.



Open house at rebuilt VFD: Johnson’s Crossing Volunteer Fire Department and EMS will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3, at the new station at 1542 County Road 617, Hanceville 35077. Entertainment will be provided by the Blake Scott Band. Hotdogs and drinks offered. The previous building was decimated by the tornado of 2011.



Gift-buying adventure: Life Church in Dodge City’s crafts show will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Dodge City Town Hall, 130 Howard Circle, Hanceville 35077.



Grab your rifle for a bit of fun! Turkey shoot to be held at Nesmith Community Center, 34727 Highway 278, Addison 35540, at 8 a.m. Nov. 3. Gun limit to 5. Shoot for turkeys, hams and Boston butts. All proceeds to go to the upkeep of the center.



Special car show for vets: West Point Band is sponsoring the Stars and Stripes Wheels Show Saturday, Nov. 3, the West Point High School 4314 Co Rd 1141 Cullman, AL 35057. This is a salute to military veterans, active and past. Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon, judging is at 2:30 p.m., and awards are at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $15 for active duty military or veterans; nonmilitary are $20, students or faculty of WPS is $17. Each additional vehicle is $10.

The show is open to any car/truck/motorcycle/tractor of any age. All proceeds go towards the West Point Band. The band is also selling chances at winning a 2013 Polaris Ranger 400 to be given away at the car show that day. One chance is $3 or a book of 5 chances are $10. One must be at least 16 years of age to purchase a ticket. Do not have to be present to win - winner has until Dec. 31, 2012, to pick up ranger at Basch Bros. Powersports. See any band member to purchase a chance. All proceed go towards the West Point Band.



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 on Friday (times in EDT):

1. WHAT THE U.S. JOB MARKET REPORT WILL LIKELY SOLIDIFY

That companies are hiring steadily but cautiously. And unemployment remains high.

2. CANDIDATES MAKING FINAL PUSH FOR VOTES

Obama is eager to hold ground in key battlegrounds, and Romney is pushing to expand the contest to other states, most notably Pennsylvania.

3. NEW YORK’S ‘FORGOTTEN’ ISLAND  BEARS BRUNT OF SANDY

Staten Island, an isolated pocket of the city, is perhaps the area most devastated by the monster storm that has left more than 90 dead.

4. AS ROUTINE RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY,  IT’S JOINED BY FRUSTRATION

Big Apple residents grapple with traffic, bus lines and shortages, prompting one to exclaim “I’m tired of it, big-time.” 

5.  NOW IT’S ATLANTIS’ TURN TO JOURNEY INTO RETIREMENT

At 6:30 a.m., the space shuttle’s trek at Cape Canaveral, Fla., won’t replicate the narrow, stop-and-go turns that Endeavour encountered last month in Los Angeles, but its mastermind is sweating bullets nonetheless.

6. EPA: HYUNDAI, KIA OVERSTATED GAS MILEAGE 

The U.S. agency found that the Korean automakers inflated the gas mileage on most of their models by one to six miles per gallon.

7. KOSHIK THE ELEPHANT HAS AN UNUSUAL TALENT

Scientists confirm the 5.5-ton tusker can reproduce the Korean words for “hello,” “sit down,” “no,” “lie down” and “good.”

8. DAY OF THE DEAD OBSERVANCES COLORFUL, MACABRE

From Mexico to Haiti to Guatemala, the festivities to honor loved ones vary from pouring moonshine to voodoo to a wild horse race.

9. BLAKE’S BIG NIGHT AT THE CMA’s

Blake Shelton, “The Voice” star, wins entertainer of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.

10. CHARGERS COACH GETS REPREIVE AFTER WIN

Norv Turner is off the hot seat, at least for 10 days, as reeling San Diego snapped a long touchdown drought en route to a 31-13 victory over the staggering Kansas City Chiefs.