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February 6, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

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: A slight chance of flurries before noon, then a slight chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 38. North wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. In my car trunk, I have an umbrella, snow scraper, gloves and slicker. Never know what the weather will be from one day to the next!



Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.



Best bets for today:



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.



Relay For Life meeting: This meeting will be at noon and 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church, 501 2nd Ave. SW, Cullman 35055. Info: Helen Allen at 256-709-4019 or visit www.relayforlife.org/cullmanal.



MedSnap medication safety screening: Cullman Regional Medical Center’s WomenFirst & SeniorChoice Programs is now offering the MedSnap Medication Safety Screening. Errors in the administration of prescription medication can be personally devastating — let the experts review your medications so you can be safe. Bring your medications, medication lists and any organizer you may keep your medications in.

Screenings will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in CRMC’s Colonel Cullmann Room at the hospital. Appointments are strongly recommended; contact the hospital at 256-737-2600. Light refreshments will be served and this service is free.



Looking ahead:



Chocolate tasting fundraiser: The Beta Delta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Teachers Sorority will host the “Chocolate Tasting Extravaganza” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at St. Paul’s Lutheran School auditorium, 510 3rd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055.

A variety of chocolates, including sugar free! Tickets are $5 in advance or at the door. Takeouts available. Proceeds go to the Sorority’s scholarship fund for a student pursuing a career in the teaching profession. 



Empty Bowls dinner: The 11th annual Empty Bowls dinner, to benefit the Cullman Caring For Kids Food Bank, will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Cullman First United Methodist Church’s Hearin Hall. Tickets are $10 and includes chili and a grilled cheese sandwich, a keepsake pottery bowl, made by local potters, and music. Entertainment will be provided by the Revelations, The Potentials, Enell Baker, and other local entertainers. A silent auction will also be on the evening’s list of events.

Carryouts will be available; tickets may be purchased at Cullman Caring For Kids Food Bank, First United Methodist Church and St. Johns Evangelical Protestant Church.

To make a donation, or for more information, contact Cullman Caring For Kids at 739-1111 or First United Methodist Church at 734-6690.



The Times seeks nominations for 2014 Unsung Heroes: The Cullman Times is seeking the community's nominations for our annual list of Unsung Heroes that will be published in our 2014 Profile edition.

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for civic or church work, community service or dedication to an activity or organization? If so, please nominate them as an Unsung Hero.

We're seeking the people who display unselfish acts of kindness, courage or generosity that make Cullman County a better place to live and work.

To nominate someone for the recognition, write us a note that describes what the person does or did that is so special. You cannot nominate yourself. We will choose six to eight for publication in Profile 2014, which is scheduled for March. We will take their photographs and invite them and the people who nominated them to a reception sometime in March.

Mail your suggestion to: Editor, 300 Fourth Ave. SE, Cullman, AL 35055 Attn: Unsung Heroes; or e-mail to dpalmer@cullmantimes.com; or fax them to 256-736-2972. You can also drop off your suggestion at the newspaper weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to Sallee Chandler. Include your daytime phone number, as well as that of the nominee. All nominations are due in The Times office by 5 p.m. Feb. 28, 2014.



Today’s tidbits:



Tomorrow begins the 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22nd Winter Olympics, are scheduled to take place Friday to Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia, with some events held in the resort settlement of Krasnaya Polyana.

Here are some past Olympic sports now discontinued:

• Military patrol (a precursor to the biathlon) was a medal sport in 1924. It was also a demonstration sport in 1928, 1936 and 1948.

• In figure skating, an event called Men's special figures was on the program only once in 1908.

• Skijöring (skiing behind horses): 1928.

• Winter Pentathlon (X-country & downhill skiing/pistol/fencing/horse riding): 1948

• Dog Sled Racing: 1932

• Curling: 1932 & 1988

• Ice stock sport (a German variant to curling): 1936 & 1964.

• Military Patrol: (Led to Biathlon in 1960) 1928,1936,1948

• Bandy: (Soccer on ice) 1952

• Short track speed skating started as a demonstration sport in 1988, before becoming a full sport from 1992 onwards.

• Speed skiing: 1992

• Synchronized skating: 2002

• Snowshoeing: 2002

Of course, other than Bandy, I don’t miss any of the above listed sports!



Oh, and happy birthday to G.I. Joe! He is 50 this year.



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. U.N. CHIEF DENOUNCES ATTACKS ON GAYS

Ban Ki-moon condemns attacks and discrimination against homosexuals, an issue that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics.

2. HOW PONTIFF MAY RESPOND TO U.N. REPORT ON ABUSE

In a first, Vatican officials suggest Pope Francis may sanction bishops for having covered up for abusive priests.

3. FEARS OF SLOWDOWN SHARPEN FOCUS ON HIRING

A robust U.S. jobs report Friday would help soothe those jitters.

4. HOW HAGEL IS DEALING WITH ETHICAL LAPSES IN MILITARY

The defense secretary orders Pentagon leaders to “put renewed emphasis on developing moral character and moral courage in our force.”

5. WHAT THE FALLOUT IS FROM LATEST NORTHEAST STORM

Hundreds of thousands of residents may be without power for days as utility crews work feverishly to restore electricity.

6. FAA TO EXAMINE AIRPORT TOWERS

AP’s Jessica Gresko finds the agency will probe the lightning protection systems at hundreds of towers after a bolt injured an air traffic controller in Baltimore.

7. CALIFORNIA TOWN’S WATER SHORTAGE STOKES FEARS OF FUTURE

With the Golden State in an extreme drought, water supplies in some northern rural areas are imperiled as reservoirs dwindle and local streams dry up.

8. PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN REMEMBERED

Broadway theaters dim their lights in memory of the Tony Award-nominated actor as members of the theater community hold a candlelight vigil.

9. LOOK WHO’S TURNING 50

G.I. Joe, called the world’s first action figure, is being celebrated by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the Vietnam War.

10. WHO’S EXPANDING ITS NFL COVERAGE

CBS wins the NFL Network’s rights to air eight Thursday night games next season.