- Cullman, Alabama

April 18, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, April 18, 2013

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times


Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 a.m. Low around 56. South wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Best bets for today:
City Board of Education retreat: The Board will meet from noon to 3 p.m. at the Bearcat Learning Center, 2nd floor of Central Office, 301 1st St. NE, Cullman 35055.
Cullman County Commission On Education: The Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room, 402 Arnold St. NE, Cullman 35055 (work session at 5:30 p.m.).
Heartland Quilt Guild: The last meeting was postponed due to bad weather. This meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Covenant Church, 1310 St. Joseph Drive NW, Cullman 35055.
Iris and Daylily Society: The Cullman Iris and Daylily Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. at The Angler restaurant, 3261 County Road 438, Cullman 35057. Program: Training exercise in preparing irises to present in an iris show. Public may attend.
Master Gardeners: The Cullman County Master Gardeners Association will meet at 10 a.m. at the Cullman County Extension Conference Room, 402 Arnold St. NE, Cullman 35055. Guest speaker will be Trent Boyd of Harvest Farms on growing pumpkins. Info: Laura Raley at 256-775-7407.
NAMI: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Cullman Chapter will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Mental Healthcare of Cullman, Building 2, 1909 Commerce Ave., Cullman 35055. Guest speaker: Dawn Owens of The Link. 
OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 4:45 p.m. in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.
Women’s investing class: First Community Investment Professionals will hold a brown bag lunch/class on women and investments at noon at First Community Bank, 420 2nd Ave. SW, Cullman 35055. Free. Bring your own lunch. Info: Heather Branch at 256-734-4863.
Yeeha! The Cullman County 4-H Roundup will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Cullman Extension Office, 402 Arnold St. NE, Cullman 35055. All members should bring their projects that won first-, second- or third-place ribbons to compete with other 4-H students in Cullman County. Info: Raydonna Sims at 256-737-9386.
Of note:
Severe weather USDA programs available: USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers several important programs that help producers recover from disaster damage and livestock deaths. Among the key programs available to address impacts from disasters are the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program.
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