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July 26, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, July 26, 2013

Early weather and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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



Weather:



Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.

Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61.



Best bets for today and beyond:



Autism group outing: For all families of those with developmental delays and disabilities: An outing for Air It Out at Cullman’s Fun Zone is planned fro 4 p.m. today. A light meal will be served. 1 parent and family admitted free; additional adults are $2. Reservations required by July 25; additional information given: Rhonda Davis 256-962-2208 or pdrd@hotmail.com.



Brandin' Iron Steakhouse and LifeSouth blood drive: This blood drive will be held at the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. First 50 donors receive a free steak dinner (6oz ribeye, side item and Texas toast). All donors receive a free game at Cullman Bowling Alley, coupon for free pound of cookie dough from Papa Murphy's, and a LifeSouth T-shirt!



Swamp John’s meal: The Dodge City Fire Department will hold a Swamp John’s meal from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, at Dodge City Fire Department, 1407 Highway 69 S, Hanceville 35077. Cost is $10/plate: Fish, chicken or shrimp and all the “fixings.” Advance tickets may be purchased at Dodge City Town Hall, Dodge City firefighters or at the door. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for the fire department.



Food bank open: Garden City Church of God will open its food bank from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 123 Short St. SW, Garden City 35070. Info: Diane West 256-739-3791; or Kathy Day 256-352-5787.



Free ESOL classes: Sacred Heart School, 112 2nd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055, is offering English classes for speakers of other languages, free of charge. Students need only to purchase the textbook used in the classes. Each class meets for 1 to 2 hours per week at Sacred Heart School. There are daytime, evening, weekday and weekend classes to choose from. This is for anyone wanting to learn to speak English. One does not have to attend Sacred Heart Church. Placement tests are free and there is no obligation once test is taken.

Test dates are at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, July 27 and at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, July 28. You only need to take the test once, then a determination as to what level of class you will be placed in. Just come to the front door of Sacred Heart School on one of the test dates and someone will let you in to take the test. New English classes will begin again in August. Info: Sylvia Stella at 256-736-3174.



VFW dance: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 will have a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the VFW. Music will be provided by the Boogie Night band. The cost is $5 per person. VFW building rentals are available Fridays. Info: Commander Randy McGraw at 256-590-9405.



Meet the Coach! Coach Pat Dye will be at the Southern Accents building Saturday, July 27, to meet and greet folks and to tell them all about his Japanese maples. Everyone is invited to this event.

Southern Accents will start handing out the tickets free of charge at 9:30 a.m. in front of the showroom. Anyone wanting to meet Coach Dye and get an autograph will need a ticket.



CARC Hamfest 2013: The annual Cullman Amateur Radio Club will present CARC Hamfest 2013 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the McGukin Civic Center, 510 5th St. SW, Cullman 35055. Free parking at the civic center. Admission to the event is $5; under 10 years is free with paid adult. Tables are $10 each, with setup at 7 a.m. Join the Talk-In at NRTUN - 145.310 mHz (-600 offset - 100 hz).

Prize drawings will be held throughout the day. Prize tickets are $1 each or 11 tickets for $10. Grand prize is YAESU FT-897D Transceiver.

Special speaker will be NASA Astrophysics Project Scientist Colleen A. Wilson-Hodge on her experience with NASA’s High Energy Replicated Optics to Explore the Sun (HEROES) project. For more information, visit these websites: http://qsl.net/cullmanarc or www.cullmanarc.webs.com.







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. DRIVER A FOCUS IN SPAIN CRASH PROBE

Investigators say the driver and the train’s speed regulation systems could have contributed to the disaster that killed nearly 80.

2. EGYPT’S OUSTED LEADER DETAINED

Morsi was detained for 15 days on charges of collaborating with Hamas while mass rallies were planned across the country.

3. POPE TELLS YOUNG TO MAKE ‘TROUBLE IN THE DIOCESES’

Francis, elected on a mandate to reform the church, has visited one of Rio’s most violent slums and cast off his security detail to get close to his flock.

4. CLEVELAND KIDNAP SUSPECT IN PLEA TALKS TO AVOID DEATH PENALTY

Another hearing is set today for Ariel Castro, charged with holding three women in his home for years, beating and raping them.

5. A BLACK EYE FOR HEDGE FUNDS

The AP’s Christina Rexrode writes the insider-trading indictment of SAC Capital Advisers is the latest blow to an industry once seen as an easy path to fortune.

6. HOW FAST TRAIN WAS GOING IN SPAIN

Survivor Stephen Ward says a screen in front of him signaled the train was going 121 mph shortly before it crashed.

7. JUSTICE DEPT. LAUNCHES VOTING RIGHTS CHALLENGE

After the Supreme Court weakened the landmark civic rights legislation, the White House promised legal action in Texas and other states passing stricter laws.

8. GULF SPILL CONTRACTOR ADMITS TO DESTROYING EVIDENCE

Halliburton Energy Services provided cement to the drilling rig that exploded in 2010, spilling millions of gallons of oil.

9. WEINER MAKES NEW ADMISSION IN SEXTING SCANDAL

He says he exchanged racy messages with up to 10 women, including up to three after he resigned from Congress.

10. JUROR SAYS ZIMMERMAN ‘GOT AWAY WITH MURDER’

Juror B29 told ABC News she favored convicting him in Trayvon Martin’s killing, but said there wasn’t enough evidence under Florida law.