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January 14, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 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:  Sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.



Tonight: A slight chance of rain showers before midnight, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between midnight and 3 a.m., then a slight chance of snow showers after 3 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.



For tomorrow, get your scarf, gloves and winter footwear out for Wednesday morn. Pack a hot lunch and a thermos of your favorite hot beverage...Brrr!



Best bets for today:



CCSF: The Cullman City Schools Foundation will meet at noon at the Central Office, 301 1st St. NE, Cullman 35055 in the Bearcat conference room. Lunch proivded. All board members should attend. Info: Dawn Klinger at 256-590-3159.



Community meeting to choose superintendent of schools: Cullman County Schools is currently conducting a search for a new superintendent. The community is invited to a meeting from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Cullman County Board of Education central office, 402 Arnold St. NE, Cullman 35055.

Other meetings to follow are:

• 1 to 2 p.m. for school and system administrators;

• 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for public officials;

• 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. for certified staff;

• 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for support staff.

The survey is available online until Jan. 19, at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CullmanCounty2014.

Both the survey link and community meetings schedule are posted on the system website www.ccboe.org.

The meetings and survey focus on identifying the experiences, skills and traits Cullman County residents believe the next superintendent should have. Also addressed will be what challenges the next leader will need to address in the first 18 months or so on the job. All input is anonymous.



Looking ahead:



Health assessment survey ends Jan. 15: The Alabama Department of Public Health is seeking survey input from diverse organizations, agencies, businesses, programs, individuals, consumers and others in identifying appropriate and relevant health issues that they would like to have considered for inclusion in a statewide and local health assessment. Names of participants are not requested in the survey. The brief online survey can be responded to by visiting http://bit.ly/1cqyvEr. Please respond by Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

The assessment that is being developed through this survey and other related activities will help identify and prioritize the health needs of the state, establish a measurable starting point for tracking progress, and serve as a foundation for a statewide health improvement plan.

In addition to other benefits, the health assessment will position the department to apply for accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Accreditation will advance the quality and performance of the agency. It provides a means to identify performance improvement opportunities, improve management, develop leadership, and improve relationships with other community components.



Today’s tidbit:



Since it is Tuesday, and we have some expected cold weather on the way, I’d like to share a favorite recipe for Baja Cocoa. Just get everything together and have this ready for the morning while you “warm up” for the day...



Baja Cocoa

1 serving hot cocoa mix, plus ingredients called for in the package directions

1/2 teaspoon instant coffee

2 pinches chili pepper

2 pinches ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream

Prepare the hot cocoa mix according to the package directions. Mix instant coffee with half the chili and half the cinnamon. Top with the whipped cream and sprinkle with the remaining chili and cinnamon.

If this is too spicy for you, substitute nutmeg for the chili. Still a very good drink.



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. LOTS OF SECURITY AS EGYPTIANS VOTE ON CONSTITUTION

Some 160,000 soldiers and 200,000 policemen are guarding Cairo polling stations in the post-Morsi vote.

2. SPENDING BILL COULD END BUDGET BATTLE

The House votes Wednesday on a measure that maintains rent subsidies for the poor, gives federal civilian and military workers a 1 percent raise and beefs up security at U.S. embassies.

3. DEADLY BLAZE STRIKES CHINESE FACTORY

At least 16 people are killed in a fire at a shoe factory in the eastern city of Wenling in Zhejiang province.

4. 200 DEAD IN SOUTH SUDAN AFTER BOAT SINKS

The boat carrying mostly women and children fleeing war sank while crossing the Nile River.

5. POLICE ACQUITTED IN HOMELESS MAN’S VIDEOTAPED DEATH

Now the FBI says it will determine whether to take federal action against the former Fullerton, Calif., officers.

6. HOW CHRISTIE IS TRYING TO REBOUND

The embattled New Jersey governor will propose longer school days, but that could anger the teachers union.

7. WATER BILL DISPUTE SHUTS SOME TEXAS CLASSROOMS

The city of La Villa imposed an increase but the school district refused to pay, so the doors closed. “We need to get back to school,” one student says.

8. POLICE: MOVIE THEATER DISPUTE OVER TEXTING SPURS FATAL SHOOTING

A retired Tampa, Fla., police captain is charged with second-degree murder before a screening of “Lone Survivor.”

9. WHAT KIM DOTCOM’S PLANNING NOW

The indicted Internet entrepreneur says he’s starting a political party in New Zealand, though he can’t be a candidate.

10. WHERE YOU CAN SEE VINTAGE FOOTBALL TRADING CARDS

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is putting some 150 on exhibition Jan. 24-Feb. 10, including a series from 1894