Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 43. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of snow after 1 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.
Saturday: A chance of snow, possibly mixing with rain after 7 a.m., then gradually ending. Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
Best bets for today:
CHS’ big band dance: The 18th annual Big Band Dance, featuring the Cullman High School Jazz Band, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today, at the McGukin Civic Center, 510 5th St. SW, Cullman 35055. Admission to the dance is $6/person or $10/couple. Tickets available at the door. The jazz band will perform a variety of music for dancing with an emphasis on big band swing, but also includes waltzes, Latin selections and ballads. As an added treat, instructors will present a free dance class for anyone interested 30 minutes prior to the start of the dance. Complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the evening.
Candidate forums; Republican quals end today: Republican candidates qualification ends Friday, Feb. 7, for the June 3 Republican primary. There is a qualifying fee of $25. GOP Executive Committee candidates are not required to file government reports and may qualify at any of the candidate qualifying events. Contact Kenneth Cornelius (256-550-0493) for more information.
CAANG meeting: The Cullman Area Austim Networking Group will meet at 5 p.m. for light meal and at 5:45 p.m. Saturday for sensory issues for older students/adults and more, at the Margaret Jean Jones Center, 1807 Beech Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. Childcare must be reserved by Feb. 6. Info: Rhonda Davis at 256-962-2208 or Jessica Dyson at 256-339-1151.
Democrats’ breakfast/meeting: The Cullman County Democrat Party will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse, 1720 Cherokee Ave. SW, Cullman 35055.
Turkey shoot: Hanceville Quarterback Club will hold a turkey shoot at 8 a.m. Saturday on Highway 31 south of Domino’s Pizza in Hanceville. Cost is $4/meat (ham/turkey); $5/money shot. All proceeds to go to the Hanceville Quarterback Club.
Did you know?
More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day each year.
On average, men shell out $130 each on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates. That’s more than double what women commit to spending.
About 8 billion candy hearts will be produced this year; that’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again.
About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
Women purchase 85% of all valentines.
In order of popularity, Valentine's Day cards are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine's Day.
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.
Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an "Improvement in Telegraphy", on Valentine's Day, 1876.
The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians around 3500 BC.
In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St Valentine's Day to make them dream of their future husband.
These fun facts are brought to you courtesy of www.stvalentinesday.org.
Early weather 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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