Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today: Unlike the northeast of the U.S., no snow in our forecast. Instead, we’ll have a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Light northwest wind becoming north 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 31. North wind around 5 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 57. East wind around 5 mph.
Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Sunday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Sunday night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 52. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.
Best bets for today:
Republican Women: The Cullman County Republican Women will meet at 11:30 for lunch, followed by meeting at noon, at Grumpy’s, 402 5th St. SW. Speakers will be District 11 candidates. Guests welcome. Info: Brenda Horn at 256-709-5898.
Austim support group meeting: The Cullman Area Autism Networking Group will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Margaret Jean Jones Center, 1807 Beech Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. Bring therapy items, ideas and medications and/or special recipes. This will also be a time to pick up walk packet, signs, and more for the Walk For Autism scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at Wallace College Track and Field. Childcare provided, reserve no later than Feb. 8 at noon. Info: Rhonda Davis at 256-962-2208 or Jessica Dyson at 256-339-1151.
Bunco bash: The STARS Relay For Life team will hold a bunco event at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Moody Center, 111 Michelle St. NW, Hanceville 35077. Cost is $20/person and includes a spaghetti supper. Also, raffles and door prizes. All proceeds go to Relay For Life. Info: Amber Heaton at 256-734-0511 or 256-339-3875.
Democratic breakfast: The Cullman County Democrats will meet for breakfast at 7:30 a.m., with meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse, 1720 Cherokee Ave. SW, Cullman 35055.
VFW Saturday night dance: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 will have a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the VFW. No alcohol or smoking allowed. Music will be provided by the Boogie Night band. The cost is $5 per person; public welcome. VFW building rentals are available Sunday through Friday. Info: Commander Jerry Willibey at 256-347-0807.
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 today:
1. BLIZZARD THREATENS NORTHEAST
Up to 2 feet of snow is feared and residents from Pennsylvania to Maine are rushing to stock up on food, shovels and other supplies. Airlines have canceled thousands of flights.
2. SEARCH FOR EX-LAPD OFFICER TURNS TO CALIF. MOUNTAINS
The focus of police efforts shifts to the snowy mountains around Big Bear Lake, where they found shooting suspect Chris Dorner’s burned-out pickup truck and tracks leading away from the vehicle.
3. COMPROMISE SOUGHT FOR GUN CONTROL
In a move that could add momentum to Obama’s gun control plan, some senators are quietly trying to reach a deal on expanding the requirement for gun-sale background checks.
4. WHY PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE IS GAINING MOMENTUM
Connecticut is one of six states where proponents say they see strong support for allowing doctors to help mentally competent, dying individuals take their own lives.
5. BRENNAN’S TAKE ON DRONES MAY SPUR CHANGE
The CIA Director-designate’s defense of drone strikes to kill terror suspects is causing key lawmakers to consider lifting secrecy about the program and push to regulate its use.
6. POLISH TRANSGENDER LAWMAKER LOSES SHOT AT TOP POST
Anna Grodzka lost her chance to become a deputy speaker in Parliament after lawmakers voted to keep an incumbent in place.
7. AFTER BRAZIL CLUB FIRE, NATION BRACES FOR CARNIVAL
Carnival festivities hit full stride and nearly all of the nightspots shut down last week are open again, raising questions about safety.
8. DEADLY BOMBINGS STRIKE IRAQ
In the latest in a series of attacks by insurgents seeking to re-ignite sectarian violence, four car bombs strike two outdoor markets, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens.
9. AFTER MONOPOLY SNUB, THE IRON ENDURES
When online voters nixed the clothes iron token from the Hasbro game, the appliance was deemed passé. But the iron is holding its own, with solid sales and a loyal fan base.
10. “WALK THIS WAY”
AP’s Anita Hofschneider reports that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler plans to attend a legislative hearing in Hawaii that would limit the freedom of paparazzi.
Early weather and community news
Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
- Top News
UPDATED: Director John Hunt announces retirement from city parks dept.
After more than 20 years at the helm of Cullman Parks and Recreation, John Hunt has announced his retirement from the department.
The Times' Morning Update for Monday, March 10, 2014
Good morning, readers, take a look at what’s happening today in Cullman County:
Residents want ‘humility,’ ‘accountability’ in next school superintendent
Local residents want a humble, accountable and visionary leader to take over as the next superintendent of the Cullman County Board of Education — at least according to a survey that’ll be used to whittle down the five finalists for the position.
Merchants Bank embraces corporate citizen role
Established in 1907, in Hanceville, Merchants Bank is one of the concerned and caring businesses that make Cullman such a special place to live. Because of businesses like this one, and others who make it a point to give back to the community, Cullman can offer services, recreation and educational opportunities that are enjoyed throughout the county.
Gentry leads February fundraising in sheriff’s race
Cullman County Sheriff candidate Matt Gentry outraised incumbent Mike Rainey in February campaign fundraising, however the sitting sheriff still maintains a larger campaign fund.
HPD: Boaz man charged with attempted murder after trying to run over police chief
A Boaz man is in jail on attempted murder charges after Hanceville police said he tried to run over the city’s police chief Friday afternoon.
County park sponsoring Bassmasters Elite Series Pro fisherman Kevin Hawk
Cullman County hopes to reel in more business and tourism at Smith Lake by signing Bassmasters Elite Series professional fisherman Kevin Hawk to a two-year sponsorship, officials announced Friday.
Hanceville woman arrested for two counts of drug distribution
A Hanceville woman was arrested by Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) agents on Thursday for previously selling meth to undercover officers.
CPD Chief, sheriff, candidates weigh in on gun bill
Candidates for Cullman County Sheriff weighed in on a bill that would let people carry loaded pistols in their vehicles without a concealed carry permit.
Arrests, incidents reports for March 6, 2014
Here is a look at the incidents that were reported to the Cullman City Police Department for Thursday:
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- UPDATED: Director John Hunt announces retirement from city parks dept.