- Cullman, Alabama

October 5, 2012

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

Early weather, traffic and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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


The Cullman City Street Department will work on repairing streets at Logan St. SW, Dripping Springs Road NW, Schneider Road SE and Ruth St. SE.


Today, there’ll be areas of fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Tonight, expect a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

Best bets for today:

Important meeting: The Arc of Cullman County will meet at 10 a.m. at the CCCDD/Day Hab Building, 1807 Beech Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. Info: Charese Lawrence at 256-737-1915 (after 8 a.m.).

Feeling musical? The Town of South Vinemont will hold a jam session for all those who play instruments and would like to join in, at 6 p.m. at the Scout House, 88 Ridgeway St., Cullman 35058.

Cleanup around the Lake: The Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Inc. will hold a slough cleanup from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday at Rock, Crooked and Little Crooked creeks and the White Oak area. Dumpsters will be located at three locations (given when volunteers show up); bags for cleanup provided. Volunteers to walk and those with boats are needed. Meet at King Boathouse Builder on County Road 222.

For inquiries, contact David Brown at 256-747-2109 or Sammy Boggan at 205-215-4401.

Entertainment galore! Cirque Motion will be performing its theatrical circus performance at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the McGukin Civic Center, 510 5th St. SW, Cullman 35055. The show features high-flying acrobatics, contortionists, aerial choreography, juggling and comedy for the whole family. To see more, visit

Tickets are $12/adults; $5/children under 14 years of age. Limited VIP tickets are $20 each. All tickets can be purchased at the civic center or by calling 256-734-9157.

Find a feline friend! The Cullman Animal Shelter will now offer foster cat adoptions from 4 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month beginning Oct. 5, at Pet Depot. For more information, contact the shelter at 256-338-2936.

Donations are very much appreciated for the shelter’s Foster Care and Adoption program and currently needs the following: Large wire crates, non clumping kitty litter, gloves, bleach, harnesses, leashes, collars, volunteers, foster homes, assistance with transportation, people able to clean mobile adoption living areas, toys, volunteers to clean cages at Pet Depot during the week. Also, foster homes for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are needed. Contact the shelter for donation pickups, to volunteer or with any questions.

Seniors - Flu shots will be available at most Commission On Aging senior centers this week. These flu shots are provided by Hospital Discount Pharmacies Central and West and Lakeside Pharmacy at Dodge City.

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

‰ 9 to 9:30 a.m. Colony Senior Center

‰ 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cullman Senior Center

Support our veterans: The VFW Post 2214 is renting spaces for their yard sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5-6 at the Post, 211 Veterans Drive SW, Cullman 35055. Spaces are $10 a day for outside and $15 for inside. Concessions available. Also, the Ladies Auxiliary will hold a bake sale. Proceeds from the baked goods sale and rental of spaces will go toward veterans programs.

To rent a space, contact Jerry Willibey at 256-347-0807.

Have a griller in the family? The Alabama Elks Association will hold its annual smoking/cooking competition at the Cullman Elks Lodge (1525 Brantley Ave., Cullman 35055) Oct. 5-6. Lodges from across the state will compete in the Elks Division.

Smoking competition includes categories: Chicken, ribs, brisket and Boston Butt. Entrance fee is $123 ($25 each division).

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to compete in the Open Division. The rules are the same as well as the registration fees. However, the winner in each category will receive 50 percent of the registration fees for that category with the second place receiving 20 percent. This is a great fun event to show off your smoking/grilling skills while building rapport with others. Earn your organization some cash and have fun doing it.

For more information/registration, contact Don Douthit 256-338-7657 ( or Gwen Parker at 256-347-1545 (

This weekend:

Like to show off your talent? The “Today is Your Day to Shine” talent show will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, in the West Point High School auditorium. Entry fee is $20; admission is $5 (6 years and younger may attend free of charge). All proceeds will help Heath Tankersley (The World Race Christian Missions) with his 11-month mission trip to 11 different countries. First-place winner will receive $100 cash prize and an appearance on Today On 2 (CATV 2) in Cullman. Also, there will be a second- and third-place winner. Talent entries must be at least 13 years of age.

To enter, contact Samantha McRae at 205-937-7174 or Deb Coffey at 256-612-4609. Leave message if no answer.

Want to be a Girl Scout? The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama will hold their last 100th anniversary celebration at Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Girls will earn the Girl Scouts 100 anniversary patch for Catholics (program cost: $12 per girl, $3 per adult). Non-members will pay an additional $12 membership registration fee (participation in a troop is not required to be a Girl Scout).

Special speakers and breakfast: The Cullman County Republicans will hold a breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Cullman Elks Lodge at 1609 Brantley Ave. NW, Cullman 35055. Speakers will be Ala. Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan and local Republican candidates, Lisa Parker McSwain and Tammy Brown. Details at

Grab your rifle and head on down to the Moose Lodge for a turkey shoot. The Cullman Moose will host a turkey shoot at 8 a.m. every Saturday beginning Oct. 6 and ending Nov. 24, with a special shoot on Thanksgiving Day. Many items to “shoot” for; all proceeds to benefit Moose Lodge’s community projects. The lodge is located at 1729 Eva Road NE, Cullman 35055.

Explore our town's history: The Volksmarch (in English: People’s Walk) is a 5K or 10K walking event at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, beginning at Festhalle Market Platz during the Oktoberfest.

This is a self-paced walking event along the scenic/historic trail of Cullman. It begins in downtown and takes one through a highlight of historical buildings/sites and other noteworthy places throughout the City of Cullman. A set of directions and map with detailed information of each marked site will be given to participants at the start point. Cost is $3 for those wishing to receive IVV credit, while all others walk for free. Event is sponsored by the American Volksmarch Association and the Capital City Wanderers.

For more information, contact Shelby Williams at Heritage Park: 256-739-9931.