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January 22, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

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 35. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.



Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 24. Light and variable wind becoming north 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.



Best bets for today:



VFW Karaoke Night: The VFW 2214 will have a karaoke night at 7 p.m. today at 112 Veterans Dr. SW, Cullman 35055. Admission is $5/person and anyone may attend. Info: Randy McGraw at 256-595-0836.



Looking ahead:



Box supper night: Baldwin Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 126 County Road 1153, Cullman 35057, will hold a box supper contest at 4 p.m. Feb. 22. Bring your family’s meal and a decorated box for the contest-prizes awarded for “Best 3”. Meal, games and fellowship to follow, pies sold during this time, with all proceeds going to the fellowship fund. Anyone from the community may join in all the fun; just show up with your family, their meal, and a decorated box (big enough to just carry your meal).



Register now for your Master Gardener class: The Cullman County Office of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in cooperation with the Cullman County Master Gardener Association is offering the Alabama Master Gardener Course beginning Jan. 29, and concluding April 23.

Fun and informative, the class will meet each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the County Conference Room located in the basement of the County Office Building at 402 Arnold Street in Cullman. Participants may be beginning gardeners or experienced gardeners. There will be speakers on 14 different gardening topics ranging from growing and maintaining lawns, ornamentals, fruits and vegetables to landscape design.  

For more information, or to register, contact the Cullman County Extension Office at 256-737-9386 by Jan. 27.



Upcoming programs at the North Alabama Agriplex, 1714 Talley Ho St. SW, Cullman 35055. To register, call 256-297-1044 or cullmanag@gmail.com (unless indicated otherwise):

• January 23: 6 to 9 p.m. Heritage Skills-Winemaking Workshop. Class on beginning winemaking. $10. Pre-registration is required by Jan. 21., Cullman County Extension 256-737-9386, www.aces.edu/counties/Cullman/cullmancounty@auburn.edu; or email to cullmancounty@auburn.edu.

• January 28: Living Landscapes-Attracting Bluebirds. Learn about bluebirds and how to attract them. Make a bluebird house to keep. $5. Registration required. 6 to 8 p.m.

• February 1: Farm Kid’s Club-Building for the Birds. Create birdhouses and nesters to attract birds at your home. For kids ages 5 and up with an adult. $5 per child. Chaperones free. $10 max per family. Registration required. 9 to 10:30 a.m.



Today’s tidbit:

January 22 is National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day and National Blonde Brownie Day. The recipe for Blonde Brownies follows, but the cat thing is up to you!



Blonde Brownies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups (12-ounce package) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.



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. SYRIA PEACE TALKS GETTING STARTED IN SWITZERLAND

The world’s most powerful diplomats will push for an end to the brutal conflict, but Assad has little reason to offer big concessions.

2. AS IF SNOW, COLD AND CANCELLATIONS AREN’T ENOUGH

The blast of winter weather is sapping fuel supplies in many regions in the U.S. and sending prices for propane and natural gas to record highs.  

3. SECURITY ISSUES AT LA AIRPORT BEFORE SHOOTING

AP’s Tami Abdollah reports that two armed officers assigned to the area had left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required, officials say.

4. STANDOFF INTENSIFYING IN UKRAINE

Clashes between protesters and police in Kiev left at least three dead, a grim escalation of the country’s two-month-long political crisis.

5. STATE OF EMERGENCY BEGINS IN THAILAND

Gunmen shoot and wound a top leader of a major pro-government movement in northern Thailand, as demonstrators defy a state of emergency.

6. HOW CHILD CAR SEATS MAY HAVE TO CHANGE

AP’s Joan Lowy finds that the government wants regulations that would require the seats to protect kids in side-impact crashes.

7. WHY THE LUNAR NEW YEAR IS A HEALTH CONCERN

There’s already been a spate of bird flu cases in China, and hundreds of people and birds will jam buses to travel for the holiday.

8.  FORMER VIRGINIA GOV. MCDONNELL, WIFE INDICTED

The former GOP rising star is accused of accepting gifts from the owner of a health supplement company, an allegation he denies.

9. ON DRY LAND AT LAST, AFTER BEING TRAPPED ON ICE

The 52 people who got stranded in the Antarctic are back in Australia. What’s not clear is who will pay the bill for the rescue involving four countries.

10. NEW VIDEO OF ROB FORD SHOWS HIM SLURRING WORDS

The Toronto mayor, seen apparently imitating a Jamaican accent, later told reporters: “What I do in my personal life with my personal friends, that’s up to me.”