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June 14, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, June 14, 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 part of Birmingham Street sectioned off on one side, creating some traffic delays.



Weather:



Today: Sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69.



Best bets:



NTQG: The Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. today at the Cullman County Museum, 211 2nd Ave. NE, Cullman 35055. Visitors welcome.



Rummage sale: The West Point Majorettes will hold a yard sale today and Saturday at 8 a.m. at Sandra’s Tax Service, 8364 Highway 157, Cullman 35057, with all proceeds going to camp gear and uniforms for the majorettes. Info: Wendy Mann at 256-347-4319.



City vs. County blood drive: LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive contest between the City of Cullman and Cullman County from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 14. Those making “city” donations may give at the Festhalle Market Platz and Cullman Shopping Center. “County” donations may be made at the Cullman County Courthouse and Walmart Supercenter.

Donors may register for cash prizes and gifts on site. A free steak sandwich will be provided for all donors by the Cullman County Cattlemen’s Association.

Support your veterans — take a test drive! Eckenrod Ford, in partnership with Operation Gratitude, will hold a special fundraiser to help send much needed packages to our troops and military members. For every new vehicle that is test driven from today through Saturday, June 15, Ford will send a care package to a military servicemember in the driver’s name.

Test drives last about 7 to 10 minutes. Upon completion of the test drive, drivers will have the opportunity to write a personalized message to be included in the care package. These care packages include snacks, entertainment items, personal letters of appreciation, and many other needed items.

The dealership is located at 5255 Highway 157, Cullman 35058. Participants must be 18 or older with a valid drivers license.



Cattlemen, -women meeting: The Cullman County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday (5 p.m. registration with 6 p.m. meal of grilled 12-oz. ribeye steak, baked beans, slaw, drink, dessert-$10/each adult or child) at the McGukin Civic Center, 510 5th St. SW, Cullman 35055. Door prize awarded; entertainment by FFA string band. Info: Edwin Calvert at 256-339-9869.



Rummage/bake sale/car wash: Fairview Church of the Nazarene, 9605 Highway 69 N, Cullman 35058, will hold a rummage and bake sale, along with a car wash, beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. All proceeds go to the church’s needs.



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. NSA LEAKER BARRED FROM U.K.

Britain warns airlines around the world not to allow Edward Snowden to fly to the United Kingdom because he likely would be “refused entry.”

2. STRONG WORDS FROM IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says “the hell with you” as he rejects U.S. criticism of his country’s presidential election, a reminder that whoever wins, he’ll still be in charge.

3. TURKEY PROTESTS ENTER PIVOTAL STAGE

Erogan’s government promises to halt construction in an Istanbul square as both sides await a court ruling on the plans’ legality and a possible local referendum on its future.

4. U.S. PLAN TO ARM SYRIAN REBELS HAS PITFALLS

Officials grapple with what type of weaponry to send the forces and how to ensure it stays out of the hands of extremists battling for control from Assad.

5. AP: COMMANDER IN NAZI-LED UNIT LIVING IN U.S.

An AP investigation finds that a top SS commander lied to get into the country and has been living in Minnesota since World War II ended.

6. DECK COLLAPSE INJURES DOZENS IN FLORIDA

A packed outdoor deck behind a popular Miami-area sports bar partially collapses during the NBA Finals, sending patrons into the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay.

7. DEFENSE BILL TACKLES SEX ASSAULTS IN MILITARY

The legislation includes a measure requiring a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for a member of the armed services convicted of rape or sexual assault.

8. FIREFIGHTERS MAKE HEADWAY IN COLORADO

After three days, those battling the record-setting blaze have at least temporarily battled to a “draw” with a fast-moving fire that has destroyed hundreds of homes.

9. BONNAROO WON’T SEE HEADLINERS

Mumford & Sons cancels its performance at the festival in Tennessee after bassist Ted Dwane received treatment for a blood clot on his brain.

10. BIG 3 HAS ANSWER FOR SPURS

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh keep Miami’s championship hopes alive with 109-93 win, evening the NBA Finals at two games apiece.