Good morning, readers, here's what's happening locally:
Today: Sunny, with a high near 47. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Calm wind.
OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 4:45 p.m. today in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.
Cullman City Schools Foundation awards: Nominations for the Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Service, and Promising Alumni awards are due Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Nomination forms and a list of past recipients are available three ways. Contact Dawn Klinger at 256-590-3159 for a copy of the form sent by mail, visit the website at www.cullmancityschoolsfoundation.org/ or stop by the Central Office, 301 1st St. NE, Cullman 35055, to pick up a form.
Scale Back Alabama official weigh-in site: Medical Weight Loss by Healthogenics 3259 Alabama Highway 157 (Catoma Plaza) is an official weigh-in site for Scale Back Alabama. The program is a 10-week statewide contest held the first of each year to encourage Alabamians to get healthier by losing weight and exercising. The official registration and weigh-in dates are Jan. 20-24. To register, or for more information, contact the center at 256-739-4010.
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. RUSSIAN SCIENTISTS SAY YASSER ARAFAT DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES
They say there is no indication that the Palestinian leader was poisoned by radioactive polonium.
2. WHY JAPAN LEADER’S WORLD WAR II SHRINE VISIT IRKS ASIAN NEIGHBORS
China and South Korea say it glorifies Japan’s militaristic past.
3. SILENT NIGHT, DARK NIGHT FOR SOME IN U.S., CANADA
Thousands of people left without electricity due to ice storms might not get power restored until Friday.
4. ANNIVERSARY OF MAO’S BIRTHDAY MARKED IN CHINA
Communist Party leaders pay tribute to Mao Zedong, and censors work to remove criticism of him from social media.
5. HOW AMERICANS ARE FEELING ABOUT 2013
A new AP poll indicates that 46 percent of respondents feel 2013 was about the same for them as 2012, 20 percent say it was worse, and 32 percent say it was better.
6. ABDUCTED DEVELOPMENT WORKER’S PLEA FOR HELP
Warren Weinstein, the elderly American kidnapped from Pakistan in 2011, has appeared in a new video asking President Obama to negotiate his release.
7. WHICH ETHNIC TRADITIONS AMONG MYANMAR’S TRIBES ARE DISAPPEARING
As Myanmar opens up after decades of military rule, tribes like the Chin and Maun give up customs like facial tattooing and use of tribal dialects.
8. WHAT REPUBLICANS AGREE ON ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL’S POTENTIAL
The GOP wants to use the overhaul’s bumpy trajectory as leverage in 2014 midterm elections, but can’t agree on a strategy for opposing it.
9. SENEGAL CHILD BEGGARS EXPLOITED BY TEACHERS
Authorities have yet to arrest anyone months after a fire killed eight children crammed into a room where they were living as Islamic religious pupils often forced to beg.
10. WHO IS TRYING TO BROKER PEACE IN SOUTH SUDAN
The presidents of Kenya and Ethiopia will meet with South Sudan’s president, hoping to mediate an increasingly deadly conflict.
Early weather and community news
Good morning, readers, here's what's happening locally:
- Top News
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:
Career tech, dual-enrollment scholarship bill passes
Local education officials hope a new dual-enrollment scholarship program created by the Alabama Legislature will help open up career opportunities for more students, by providing assistance to high school students wanting to take technology courses simultaneously at a community college.
Sheriff's office excavating for evidence in 2009 Tabitha Franklin missing woman case
The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is currently excavating at a Cullman County home in search of evidence related to the 2009 disappearance of 29-year-old Tabitha Franklin of Cullman.
Swedish singer, songwriter returning to Berkeley Bob’s (With video)
Sophia Talvik began to play the piano at the age of eight. Like a lot of youngsters she grew tired of playing scales and dropped the piano for other interests.
Duck Dynasty star joins Rock the South 2014
Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s hit reality series Duck Dynasty, has joined the Rock the South 2014 line-up as a special guest.
Rockers Shallow Side coming home for Saturday show (With video)
When Eric Boatright started playing rock and roll music with four of his closest friends back in 2010, it was mostly a hobby. But now, with a few nationwide tours and some major market radio airplay under his belt, it’s officially a career.
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