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July 9, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Tuesday, July 9, 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 Cullman City Street Department will have a patch crew at 2nd Ave. NE, which will be partially closed and a crew will be on Sunset Drive for curbing. CSX will also close Mitchell Road while performing repairs.



Weather:



Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Calm wind.



Best bets for today:



Saddle up! The Vintage Cowboys will appear in concert at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Heritage Park. This concert is part of the Cullman City Parks and Recreation Department’s Coca Cola Summer Concerts. Seating is not provided, but space is available for chairs which patrons may bring to event.

For more information, contact McGukin Civic Center at 256-734-9157 or email to ablaxton@cullmanrecreation.org.

Tomato Workshop and Field Day: The County Extension office and the Auburn Experiment Station will host a tomato workshop and field day from 2 to 7 p.m. today. The meeting will begin at the Cullman Electric Cooperative at 1749 Eva Rd NE and move to the Auburn Experiment Station at 765 County Road 1466 for a hamburger cookout and homemade ice cream supper.

The cost is $10 and reservations must be made in advance at the County Extension office or by calling 256-737-9386. Visit http://goo.gl/VFcT2 for more details.



Did you know? A free Divorce Care for Kids program is now being offered at Daystar Church. This program, designed for ages 6-12, is beneficial for children whose parents are currently in the midst of a divorce or have been divorced in the past. The course is free and includes workbooks and all materials. Info: Church office at 256-737-0800 or go to the Daystar Children’s Ministry web site: www.kidspowercompany.org.



Looking ahead:



Calling all readers! A book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 20, at the Guy Hunt Library, 60 Lions Park Road, Holly Pond 35083, with all proceeds benefitting the library’s needs. Lots of reading materials to choose from.



Day of fun: Eva School alumni will be have in concert, the Flashbacks Show Band, a multi-dimensional band playing hits from the '60s through modern day. They will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, in the school gymnasium, 20 School Road, Eva 35621. Tickets are $20 for limited reserved seating; $15 general admission. Concessions available. All proceeds will benefit the Alumni courtyard at the school. Silent auction will take place at this time. Also, horse-and-carriage rides will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. July 12, at the school. Info: Shirley Arnett at 256-784-9489, text to 256-590-3567 or email to vtcplace5@icloud.com.



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. MORSI ALLIES CALL FOR UPRISING

The Muslim Brotherhood pushed for retaliation after security forces killed more than 50 supporters of Egypt’s ousted president.

2. HOW THE US IS RESPONDING

The Obama administration has backed Egypt’s military, but Congress is looking at withholding part of its $1.5 billion in aid if a civilian government isn’t restored.

3. LANDING SPEED FOCUS IN SAN FRANCISCO CRASH

The Asiana Airlines flight dropped below the threshold for a safe landing speed about half a minute from the airport.

4. CLEVELAND WOMEN BREAK THEIR SILENCE

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight said they are recovering from their “ordeal.” They hadn’t appeared in public since police found them in a home where they said they were kidnapped and abused.

5. HEZBOLLAH STRONGHOLD HIT BY EXPLOSION

The blast set several cars on fire and wounded at least 15 in a suburb of Beirut. 

6. CANADA INVESTIGATORS FOCUS ON EARLIER TRAIN FIRE

The blaze that happened hours before the train derailed, killing at least 13, may have damaged the breaks.

7. SCREAMS ON A 911 CALL BECOME KEY TO ZIMMERMAN TRIAL

Witnesses for both sides have testified that it was either George Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin screaming for help.

8. BIDEN TO REMEMBER ARIZONA FIREFIGHTERS

The vice president is coming to a memorial service today not far from where the 19-man crew perished on a charred mountainside.

9. HOW OBAMACARE GIVES SMOKERS A BREAK

A computer glitch in the new health care system will limit penalties that companies can charge smokers, and will take at least a year to fix.

10. TOUGH RUN CONTINUES FOR RANDY TRAVIS

The “Three Wooden Crosses” country singer who has a string of recent arrests is now critically ill with a heart ailment.