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August 16, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, Aug. 16, 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:



A portion of Warnke Road is closed for repairs; there’ll be traffic delays on Swafford Road for curb repairs; and curb installations on 10th St. at 3rd Ave. NE; possible traffic delays at both sites. Drivers should be cautious of the workers who’ll be in and out of the road.



Weather:



Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Calm wind.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.



Best bets for today and beyond:



Rockin’ for Change event: The band, Exit 310, will perform at The Link of Cullman County Rockin’ for Change concert event at Depot Park from 6 to 10 p.m. today. Cost is $5, children 10 years and younger are free. Bring lawn chairs.

Concessions will be available. There’ll also be raffles - tickets may be purchased on site; also, free face painting and balloon animals and a bouncy house for the kids.

Proceeds to benefit The Link, a local faith-based non-profit working to overcome the barriers of poverty by providing support services. Info: The Link office at 256-775-0028.



‘Joy’ concert for the March of Dimes: The March of Dimes will have Percy Sledge in concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 17, at TPCC, 700 Pine Hill Drive, Cullman 35057; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Amber Lamote, chairman for the event, at 256-338-8410 or Hannah Hicks, TPCC events coordinator, at 256-739-0720.



Swamp John’s meal: St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church will hold a Swamp John’s meal from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, $10/plate. Choice of fish, chicken or shrimp with all fixings. Advance tickets from any Charity Circle members or at the door. All proceeds to benefit church mission projects. Church at 615 Main Ave. SW, Cullman 35055.



Blue/Gold Day at AHS: Addison High School will hold Blue and Gold Day from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, at A.G. Hicks Stadium. Gate admission is free. Tickets sold for bounce house, slides, dunking booth and more. Concessions available. All proceeds go to Addison Football program. Also, three sets of season tickets will be given away.



Midway community dance: The Midway Community Center will hold a dance at 7 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Lick Skillet Band. Admission is $4; all proceeds go to upkeep of community center, 164 Midway Road, Union Grove 35175.



Pancake breakfast: The Holly Pond Lions Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 6 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Senior Citizens building, 147 Lions Club Park Road, Holly Pond 35083. Cost is $5 for pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, milk, orange juice. All proceeds benefit the Veterans Memorial Construction Fund at Holly Pond Cemetery.



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.  ‘DAY OF RAGE’ IN EGYPT

The Muslim Brotherhood pushed for nationwide marches to denounce this week’s bloodshed that left over 600 dead and broke up two major protest camps.

2. WHAT UN ASKED FOR IN EGYPT

The Security Council called on the Brotherhood and Egypt’s military-backed leadership to exercise “maximum restraint” during the upheaval.

3. REPORT CITES THOUSANDS OF TIMES NSA BROKE THE LAW

The Washington Post says the agency conducted unauthorized surveillance of foreign intelligence targets in the U.S., citing documents it received from leaker Edward Snowden.

4. LETTERS FROM TEEN AT SUSPECT’S HOME

Hannah Anderson appeared publicly at a California restaurant since she was freed as court papers reported discoveries of letters to DiMaggio and an incendiary device.

5. 3 BODIES FOUND ON INDIAN SUB

The bodies were badly burned, and Indian officials said the 15 other sailors who had been trapped inside the sub when it exploded are likely dead.

6. BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER DEADLY TWISTER

Students at two Oklahoma schools battered by the tornado three months ago are apprehensively returning to class in new buildings.

7. WHERE THE MOST OBESE PEOPLE ARE

Louisiana and Mississippi headed the top of a CDC study. At least 30 percent of adults are obese in 13 states from Michigan to Alabama.

8. AREA 51 IS OUT THERE

The CIA recently acknowledged the existence of the Nevada facility where the government tests intelligence tools and weapons.

9. SIMMONS APOLOGIZES FOR PARODY VIDEO OF HARRIET TUBMAN

The clip on Simmons’ YouTube channel featured an actress playing the escaped slave having sex with her white slave master.

10. RUSSIAN ATHLETE BACKTRACKS ON ANTIGAY COMMENTS

Pole vault gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva says she was misunderstood when she made comments condemning homosexuality at the world championships.