CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today: Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. High near 75. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Tonight: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 58. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Best bets for today and beyond:
Americold dutch lunchon: This luncheon for former employees, spouses and friends, will be at 11:15 a.m. today at Brandin’ Iron Steakhouse, 87 County Road 1242, Cullman 35057.
Benefit ham shoot: A “whole” ham shoot will be held at 8 a.m. Oct. 19; Nov. 2, 16 and 28, at the lot next to Simcoe Baptist Church on Highway 69. Cost is $4/shot.
All proceeds will go towards a trip expenses to Australia in 2014 for Fairview Elementary Student Ambassador Maddie Sims.
Autism family fun night: For those with developmental delays/disabilities and their siblings: 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 19, at the Margaret Jean Jones Center, 1807 Beech Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. Bring covered dish. Pumpkin patch ($2/pumpkin) will be open to children to decorate and/or carve. Info: Rhonda Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica Dyson 256-339-1151 or email@example.com.
Therapeutic Recreation’s halloween to-do: Cullman City Parks and Recreation Department’s Therapeutic Recreation will host a halloween party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21, at Stonebridge Farms. Food, candy, hayride, haunted chapel maze, dancing and more. Children are welcome to wear halloween costumes. The party is free to those with special needs along with their families. Info: Holly Gutierrez at 256-734-9157 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. SOME FURLOUGHED WORKERS CALLED BACK
The status of thousands of employees changed from nonessential to essential over the course of the partial government shutdown.
2. BAGGAGE HANDLER ARRESTED IN DRY ICE BLASTS
Bail is set at $1 million for an airport employee accused of taking the stuff from a plane at LAX and putting it in plastic bottles that later exploded.
3. DEADLY TYPHOON, MUDSLIDES HIT JAPAN
Dozens are missing after a storm hits an island south of Tokyo and sweeps up the coast.
4. OBAMA BESTOWS MEDAL OF HONOR ON AFGHAN VET
William D. Swenson, recognized for bravery in a battle against Taliban insurgents in 2009, wants to return to active duty.
5. ALLEGED TERRORIST CAPTURED IN LIBYA PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN NYC
The case renews debate about whether to try terror suspects in military or civilian courts.
6. SHERIFF: GIRL’S TORMENTOR ARRESTED AFTER FACEBOOK BOAST
A teen said to be primarily responsible for bullying a classmate who then committed suicide brags about it online. She and a 12-year-old now face charges.
7. WHO’S IN THE RUNNING FOR ROCK HALL OF FAME
Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Peter Gabriel are among first-time nominees.
8. WHY ALL TRACES OF CONN. SCHOOL ARE BEING ERADICATED
The goal during demolition of the site of the Sandy Hook shootings will be to prevent exploitation of any remnants of the building.
9. DODGERS FIND THEMSELVES ON THE EDGE
Game 5 of the NLCS will be Los Angeles’ last this year unless the team can muster a win against the Cardinals.
10. WHERE A RARE SEA CREATURE WAS DISCOVERED
A woman snorkeling off the California coast finds the carcass of an 18-foot oarfish — a deep-water species that can grow up to 50 feet long.