- Cullman, Alabama

December 7, 2012

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

Early weather and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — 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

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):


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.


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.


At 8:30 a.m., the government’s jobs report will reveal how much the superstorm crimped employment for November.


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.


Automakers have quietly been tucking “black boxes” into most new cars for years. Now the government wants to make such installations a requirement.


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.


Mohammed Morsi takes an uncompromising stand in a nationally televised address, while the opposition plans another big rally in Tahrir Square.  


Finance reports show that the U.S. presidential campaign cost more than $2 billion — a spending record.


Khaled Mashaal’s trip signals that the Islamic militant group — branded a terror organization by Israel — is gaining acceptance in the region.


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.