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September 19, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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



Traffic:



The City of Cullman Sewer Department closed Mary Jane Drive NW and Rosemont Ave. NW closed between Rose St. NW and Maple Drive NW on Monday, Sept. 16, for sewer line reconstruction. This road will be closed for approximately 3 to 4 weeks but will be open to local traffic only. The City of Cullman Water Department apologizes for this inconvenience, but it is necessary to perform this maintenance.



Weather:



Today: Sunny, with a high near 88. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 62. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.



Best bets for today and beyond:



CCMGAI: The Cullman County Master Gardeners, Inc., will meet at 10 a.m. in the County Extension conference room, 402 Arnold St. NE, Cullman 35055. Raydonna will present a cooking program. All members encouraged to attend. RSVP to Charles Pinkston at 256-737-9386 or visit the county extension office.



Cullman County Commission on Education: The Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Cullman County Board of Education, central office board room, 402 Arnold St. NE, Cullman 35055. Work session at 5:30 p.m.



Cullman Iris/Daylily Society: The Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. at The Angler restaurant, 3261 County Road 438, Cullman 35057. All interested may attend.



Community dance: The Midway Community Center will hold a dance at 7 p.m. featuring the Classic Country Band. Admission is $4; all proceeds go to upkeep of community center, 164 Midway Road, Union Grove 35175.



NAMI: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cullman Chapter, will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Cullman Mental Healthcare, Building 2, 1909 Commerce Ave., Cullman 35055. Guest speaker is Steve Sides of Cullman Housing Authority.



New Vision Support Group: The group will meet at 10 a.m. at Hilltop Senior Center, 1545 Vine Circle SW, Cullman 35055. Bring something to share for lunch. Program: Brenda Fox, singer. Info: Linda Estes at 256-739-4653.



OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.



Pre-Oktoberfest ballroom dance lessons — free!: Whether you’re a novice or a pro, or would just like to learn some new steps, get ready for free ballroom dance lessons at 6 p.m. today, and another session will be held Sept. 26, at the Donald E. Green building at Ingle Park. Instructors are Jean and Dodd Holt. Show up with or without a partner and learn to trip the light fantastic — German style!



Fire hydrant testing: The Baileyton VFD will conduct fire hydrant testing today in the Baileyton Fire Department coverage area. Hydrants will be tested and flushed at this time. Please monitor your water for temporary discoloring during this time.



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. STOCKS HIT RECORD AFTER FED KEEPS STIMULUS IN PLACE

Wall Street cheers the Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program.

2. NAVY YARD GUNMAN GAVE NO CLEAR WARNING

During two hospital visits in the weeks before the rampage, Aaron Alexis complained of insomnia — but denied having any thoughts of harming himself or others, officials say.

3. FLASHPOINT IN ATTEMPT TO SCUTTLE OBAMACARE    

A fight looms in Congress over conservatives’ efforts to yank the funding from Obama’s health care overhaul.

4. WHERE AN ISLAMIST STRONGHOLD IS UNDER SEIGE

Egyptian security forces encircle a town near Cairo that was the scene last month of an attack by suspected Morsi supporters that left 15 police officers dead.

5. ASSAD ARGUES HIS CASE

The Syrian dictator insists in a TV interview that terrorists, not his regime, were to blame for last month’s deadly chemical weapons attack.

6. HOW HIGHER EDUCATION HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED IN AFGHANISTAN

Since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, the number of college students in the country has soared 26-fold to almost 204,000 — as many as a fifth of them women.

7. MANUEL MUSCLES UP

The tropical storm that devastated Acapulco over the weekend strengthens into a hurricane and takes fresh aim at Mexico’s northwestern coast.

8. WHY OBESE PEOPLE ARE LESS LIKELY TO SURVIVE CANCER

One reason may be that doctors often short them on chemotherapy by not basing the dose on size.

9. AND THE WINNER IS...

The AP’s Lynn Elber predicts “House of Cards” will earn the Emmy on Sunday for best drama. Fellow AP critic Frazier Moore says it’ll be “Breaking Bad.”

10. EX-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP DIES AT 70

Ken Norton was best known for defeating Muhammad Ali, breaking Ali’s jaw and sending him to the hospital in a bout in 1973.