Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today there’ll be a 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight, expect a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 7 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Best bets for today and beyond:
Yeehaa! The rodeo is here! The Cullman County Sheriffs Office will once again present their annual rodeo Dec. 7-8 at the Cullman County Agriculture and Trade Center located on Highway 31 North. Each night's show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is a production of the Lone Star Rodeo Company, which has been in the rodeo entertainment business for over 60 years.
All children under the age of 6 can participate in the Little Cowpoke Gold Rush, where they could find prizes in a pile of hay. Ladies may enter the Ladies Envelope Scramble, where each night's winner will receive a $250 pair of diamond earrings or diamond necklace, compliments of Gold Rush Jewelers. Three gents can form a team and enter the Gent's Wild Steer Race. Each night's winning team will receive $150. Championship belt buckles and prize money will be awarded to each of the event champions.
Admission at the door will be $12 for adults, $10 for children 6-18; children age 5 and under will be admitted free. Proceeds from the rodeo will benefit special projects of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office. Also, for those who purchased chances to win the custom saddle by Running P Saddlery, it will be given away at this rodeo.
Band to present Christmas concert: The Cullman Community Band will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the McGukin Civic Center, 510 5th St. SW, Cullman 35055. Admission is free and complimentary desserts will be offered. Also, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance. Info: Garry Taylor at 256-636-2754.
Christmas arts and crafts show: Sponsored by Cullman City Parks and Recreation, this show will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the civic center. Admission is free to the public. Lunch will be offered each day for purchase. Over 70 vendors will be there to offer their holiday items, gift items and Christmas decorations.
For information regarding this show, contact the McGukin Civic Center at 256-734-9157 or visit their website at www.cullmanrecreation.org.
Shoot a turkey! The Hanceville Quarterback Club’s turkey shoot will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the vacant lot at 7969 Highway 31, Hanceville 35077, just past Domino’s Pizza. All proceeds to go to Quarterback Club.
Christmas in Baileyton: The Town of Baileyton will hold a Christmas celebration (no charge for admission) at Baileyton Senior Center (195 Fire Station Road), from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Bring your camera and have your photo taken with Santa (free). Also, refreshments will be offered at no charge.
Christmas ornament craft fundraiser: The Purple Skies Relay For Life team will host a fundraiser, painting a Christmas ornament, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8, at the Painted Bisquet, 1607 3rd St. NE, Cullman 35055. Proceeds to go to Relay For Life.
For more information, contact Helen Allen at 256-709-4019.
Swamp John’s meal: The Dodge City Fire Department will hold a Swamp John’s dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Dodge City Fire Department, 1407 Highway 69, Hanceville 35077. $10/plate includes fish, chicken or shrimp; and the usual sides. Advance tickets may be purchased at the town hall, from Dodge City Firefighters or at the door. Proceeds are earmarked to purchase digital radios for the department.
Dodge City’s Lighting of the Park: The Town of Dodge City will host the Lighting of Ray Park - A Christmas to Remember, from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Santa will be there; come and share cookies and cocoa with him. Park will be open for viewing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening in December from 5 to 8 p.m. Park located behind the town hall at 130 Howard Circle.
CMS holiday concert and art showcase: Cullman Middle School’s Christmas Concert and Art Showcase will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 11, in the high school auditorium. The concert will feature the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands along with the CMS Chorus and Violins. Art created by CMS students will also be on display. Prelude music will be performed by the CMS piano students beginning at 6:25 p.m. Admission is free.
CHS bands to perform holiday concert: The Cullman High School Christmas Concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the high school auditorium. The concert will feature the High School Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band. Admission is free.
Good Hope Christmas Parade: The first ever City of Good Hope Christmas Parade will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with entries lining up at 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Good Hope High School. Route will proceed from the school along Trimble Road near Good Hope Baptist Church, then along County Road 437.
Following this event, Christmas in the Park (Municipal Park, 134 Town Hall Drive, Cullman 35057) will be held, free of admission with games, rides and photos with Santa (no charge if using own camera).
Pick up a free food ticket when entering the park for one bowl of chili, one hotdog and one beverage. Additional food may be purchased at the park.
For more information, or to be included in the parade, contact the Good Hope City Hall at 256-739-3757.
Stars in the Harbor event: The City of Guntersville is sponsoring the Stars in the Harbor Winter Waterland boating event from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Boats will be aglow in holiday lights on the water, landside will have a Christmas carnival featuring Santa Claus. Also, games, concessions and gift items available.
For more information, contact Sharon Smith at 256-738-6423 or Jennie McBride at 256-571-0375.
Benedictine Manor’s open house: The residents of Benedictine Manor’s open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Visitors will meet and tour residents’ rooms, the dining facilities and the recreational rooms at Benedictine Manor. Refreshments offered. Members of the public are invited to attend the many entertaining events which take place weekly at Benedictine Manor, beginning with Monday afternoons which see folks gathered around the Bingo tables or the Mexican Train Dominoes tables.
For more information, contact Sister Virginia Rohling, director of the facility, at 256-739-2853.
Guy Hunt historical marker unveiling: The Holly Pond Historical Society will unveil the Guy Hunt historical marker at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Guy Hunt Museum/Library, 60 Lyons Park Road, Holly Pond 35083. Public is invited.
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 (times in EST):
1. FACTORY LOST FIRE SAFETY CERTIFICATION
A Bangladeshi garment factory producing clothes for Wal-Mart, Disney and other major Western companies lost the certification in June, five months before a fire killed 112 workers.
2. POWERFUL QUAKE STRIKES NEAR JAPAN
A 7.3 magnitude temblor strikes off the coast of northeastern Japan in the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami last year, but only a handful of injuries reported thus far.
3. HOW MUCH SANDY MAY HAVE AFFECTED JOB GROWTH
At 8:30 a.m., the government’s jobs report will reveal how much the superstorm crimped employment for November.
4. “A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY”
Crowds will gather at Pearl Harbor to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed thousands and plunged the U.S. into World War II.
5. FIRST PLANES, NOW AUTOS
Automakers have quietly been tucking “black boxes” into most new cars for years. Now the government wants to make such installations a requirement.
6. WHY OBAMA IS FLYING HIGH IN THE POLLS
An AP poll finds that more Americans say the nation is heading in the right direction now than at any time since the start of his first term.
7. EGYPT’S PRESIDENT DIGS IN HIS HEELS
Mohammed Morsi takes an uncompromising stand in a nationally televised address, while the opposition plans another big rally in Tahrir Square.
8. ELECTION DIDN’T COME CHEAP
Finance reports show that the U.S. presidential campaign cost more than $2 billion — a spending record.
9. WHAT LEADER’S LANDMARK VISIT TO GAZA MEANS FOR HAMAS
Khaled Mashaal’s trip signals that the Islamic militant group — branded a terror organization by Israel — is gaining acceptance in the region.
10. PEYTON’S PLACE IS THE BLACK HOLE
Manning throws his 30th touchdown pass of the season and the Denver Broncos roll to their eighth straight victory, 26-13 over the Oakland Raiders.
Early weather and community news
Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
- Top News
Residents want ‘humility,’ ‘accountability’ in next school superintendent
Local residents want a humble, accountable and visionary leader to take over as the next superintendent of the Cullman County Board of Education — at least according to a survey that’ll be used to whittle down the five finalists for the position.
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.
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