Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Crews from the Cullman City Street Department will be working on a pipe on 7th St. SE.
Today: Rain or freezing rain likely, becoming all rain after 9 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 47. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. North wind around 5 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 47. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52.
Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Rummage/bake sale: Refuge Church, 1115 Highway 278, Cullman 35055, will hold a rummage and bake sale Jan. 25-26. Spaces for rent are $20 (plus a $10 cleanup depost, refunded when area cleaned). All proceeds to go to building fund. Info: Patricia Chapman at 256-796-7070.
The Cullman Times’ history book: The Cullman Times is currently soliciting photos and information for the 1950s and 1960s era of Cullman County for their history book - a nostalgic look back at people, churches, schools, businesses, etc., for that time frame. Those who’d like to share their pics from the Baby Boomer years, may email it, along with information about the photos, to firstname.lastname@example.org (include your name and phone number for our records) or stop by and allow us to scan your photo for consideration in the upcoming book. We’ll be sure to credit you for providing those photos.
Miss Welti Preschool Pageant: Welti Preschool is looking for applicants to particpate in their pageant, to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the school. Basic pageant fee is $40; with side contests at $5 each or all four for $15 (most photogenic, prettiest eyes, prettiest hair and prettiest smile). Divisions are birth to 1 year: Baby Miss Welti; 13-24 months: Wee Miss Welti; 2 and 3 years: Petite Miss Welti; and 4 and 5 years: Miniature Miss Welti. Welti students will compete in the school pageant at 2 p.m. All participants will receive a crown. Info: Gina Webb at 256-734-4956.
Dinner, bake sale and a raffle: The Child Development Center’s annual fundraiser will consist of dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, along with a bake sale and raffle. The dinner is loaded jumbo potato with your choice of barbecue or chili, and a drink. Dine in or carry out. Raffle tickets are a $1 each and many items will be raffled throughout the evening. Also, a sale will be ongoing for those who’d like to take home some baked goodies. The event will be held at the center, 17600 U.S. Highway 31, Cullman 35055; and all proceeds will benefit the center.
Little Miss Vinemont pageant: Vinemont Band Boosters will hold a pageant March 16, 2013, in the VHS gymnasium. Division winners will receive a crown, trophy and sash. Crowning follows each division. Open to girls from bith through 5 years (non student status); the kindergarten through fifth grade is Vinemont Elementary students only. Early entry fee is $40 and includes all side events. Preregistration is from 2 to 4 p.m. March 2, in the VHS lunchroom. Register the day of the pageant-$50. Discounts for sibling registrations. Deadline for mailed applications is March 8. Each applicant must supply at 3x5 or 8x10 unframed photo. Additional photos for entries are $5 each. Photos should be turned in or received by mail by noon at the school. Late photos will not be accepted for judging. Wardrobe up to contestants. Bring large SASE for score sheets after the pageant, if desired, or purchase one at the concession stand for $2. Child’s name and division must be printed on back of the envelope. Mail checks payable to: Vinemont Band Boosters Pageant, P.O. Box 294, Vinemont 35179. For more information, contact Jeri Lee at 256-339-1841 or email@example.com or Valetta Baker at 256-339-4551 (no calls after 9 p.m.).
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. 787 ANYTHING BUT A DREAM
In interviews with the AP, Boeing employees discuss how the gap between vision and reality quickly widened during production of the Dreamliner.
2. WHY GUN-CONTROL ADVOCATES FACE UPHILL CLIMB
Thanks to the maze of gun statutes and the lack of certain federal laws, there is a legal avenue to try to get any gun you want somewhere in the U.S. Gun-rights proponents say enforcing existing laws is the way to go.
3. EGYPTIANS MARK MUBARAK OUSTER
Thousands head to Cairo’s Tahrir Square in an atmosphere of tension and confrontation to mark the second anniversary of the start of the uprising that ousted the longtime dictator.
4. IMAGINING A SCENARIO WHERE MACHINES REPLACE HUMANS
A growing number of economists are beginning to worry that technology will throw most humans out of work permanently.
5. FEDS SAY SPORTS ARE A CIVIL RIGHT FOR DISABLED
The Education Department says students with disabilities must be given a fair shot to play on a traditional sports team or have their own leagues.
6. HOW SOME PAKISTANIS ARE HOLDING THE AFFLUENT TO ACCOUNT
Social media was the impetus that drew attention to the shooting death of a 20-year-old in one of Karachi’s most upscale neighborhoods.
7. WHY GONZO’S MUSH IS SO INCREDIBLE
At the urging of a New Hampshire veterinarian, Gonzo the sled dog has made an inspiring comeback, all the more remarkable because the Alaskan husky is blind.
8. HOW WOMEN CAN QUALIFY FOR COMBAT
Under the military’s new rules, they’ll have to meet the same physical requirements as men.
9. MBAs PUT ON THEIR POKER FACE
Forget the firm handshake and networking chit chat. Business students who want a job at Caesars Entertainment were screened as potential hires while they played cards.
10. TE’O’S LAMENT: “IT SOUNDS LIKE A GIRL, DOESN’T IT?”
During a TV interview, Manti Te’o unveils voicemails from a person pretending to be his girlfriend. The person tells the Notre Dame linebacker: “I love you.”
Early weather, traffic and community news
Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
- Top News
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:
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.
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