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February 27, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, Feb. 27, 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 47. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.



Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 22. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.



Best bets for today:



Heart seminar: Cullman Regional Medical Center will present a lunch and learn seminar, “Understanding Your Heart,” at 11 a.m. today, in the Col. Cullmann Room, 1912 Highway 157, POB 2, Cullman 35058. Guest speaker will be Edward Mahan, M.D. $5/WomenFirst and SeniorChoice members; $8 for all others. Reserve your spot at 256-737-2600 or www.crmchospital.com.



Tree sale scheduled today: The annual Arbor Day Tree Sale will be at 8 a.m. today (corrected date) at the McGukin Civic Center in Cullman. Many varieties of trees such as Red Maple, Red Bud, Bald Cypress and assorted Oaks will be available for $1 each. Be sure to come early as many varieties sell out quickly.

All proceeds will go toward the Forestry Awareness Week Now (FAWN) school program and the FFA Forestry Judging contest.

For more information on the tree sale, contact the Alabama Forestry Commission at 256-734-0573 or the Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District at 256-734-1431.



Open house at CACC: The Cullman Area Career Center will hold open house from 5 to 7 p.m. today, at 17640 Highway 31 N, Cullman 35058. Local business and industry, parents, students, and the community are invited. Refreshments provided.



Looking ahead:



Student Investment Dinner set for Friday: West Point High School graduate, Brian Nesmith, will share his success story at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. registration/silent auction) Friday, Feb. 28, at Stone Bridge Farms, 281 County Road 717, Cullman 35055. Tickets are $25. To sponsor a table or purchase tickets, contact T.J. Franey at 256-590-4803, or call Doris Patterson at 256-734-6192.



$10,000 draw down: The Fairview Alumni Association and the Fairview Band Boosters will sponsor a $10,000 draw down Saturday, March 15, in the Fairview School lunchroom. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the draw down will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 and includes dinner for two.

For tickets or more information, contact Barbara Carter at 256-734-3189 or Felicia Carden at 256-796-2931/feliciacarden@yahoo.com.



Upcoming Agriplex programs at the North Alabama Agriplex, 1714 Talley Ho St. SW, Cullman 35055. To register, call 256-297-1044 or cullmanag@gmail.com (unless indicated otherwise):

• March 1: Farm Kid’s Club-Chick Time: See baby chicks up close and learn how eggs hatch. For kids ages 5 and up with an adult. $5 per child. Chaperones free. $10 max per family. Registration required. 9 to 10:30 a.m.

• March 6: Heritage Skills-Growing Your Own Fishing Bait. Learn how to grow your own worms for fishing and to plant catalpa trees for catalpa worms. Ages 8 and up 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $5.

• March 11: Living Landscapes-Cultivating Mushrooms. Mushroom expert Rhonda Britton will teach this class about growing shiitake mushrooms. The class will innoculate small pieces of logs to take home to grow your own mushrooms. Limited space; for ages 13 and up. 6 to 8 p.m. $10.



Did you know?



Daylight Savings Time will be on March 9 of this year. Daylight saving time (DST) is a change in the standard time with the purpose of getting better use of the daylight by having the sun rise one hour later in the morning and set one hour later in the evening.  Although it has only been used in the past hundred years, the idea of DST was first conceived many years before.

The Origin: DST has been a subject of recurring debate in the United States, the United Kingdom, and many other countries around the world for about a hundred years. Ancient civilizations were known to practice a similar process of the concept of DST where they would adjust their daily schedules in accordance to the sun, such as the Roman water clocks that used different scales for different months of the year.

The idea of daylight saving time was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 during his stay in Paris. He published an essay titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” that proposed to economize the use of candles by rising earlier to make use of the morning sunlight.

Although many believe that Benjamin Franklin invented DST, some say that modern DST was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand. Hudson presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society that proposed a two-hour shift forward in October and a two-hour shift back in March. He followed up his proposal with an article in 1898, and although there was interest in the idea, it was never followed through.



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. GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS SEIZED IN CRIMEA

Ukraine puts its police on high alert after dozens of armed men storm local government buildings and raise a Russian flag.

2. YANUKOVYCH SURFACES IN MOSCOW

A Russian official says the fugitive Ukraine president has asked for — and received — protection.

3. POLICE HAMPERED BY COMMUNICATIONS SLIP

The AP reports exclusively that a dispatcher who received a call seconds after a gunman opened fire last year at Los Angeles International Airport didn’t know where to send officers because the communications system didn’t identify where the call was coming from.

4. ARIZONA GOVERNOR VETOES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BILL

She says the bill, which would have granted people the right to refuse service to gays, is divisive and could result in unintended negative consequences. 

5. WHERE TAX REFORM IS HEADED

Nowhere fast. The package seems destined to take its place in Congress’ “do not disturb” corner with immigration legislation.

6. FEDS REDESIGNING ‘NUTRITION FACTS’ LABELS ON FOOD PACKAGES

Calories would be in larger, bolder type, and consumers would know whether foods have added sugars.

7. WHO’S PROVIDING THE HIGH LIFE

Global airlines are increasingly extending a perk to wealthy fliers: physical distance between them and everyone else. The idea is to provide an exclusive experience inaccessible, even invisible, to the masses in coach.

8. RALLYING BEHIND ‘EL CHAPO’

Hundreds march in the streets in the western city of Culiacan, demanding that Mexican authorities free the boss of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, who they say provides jobs for the poor.

9. WHY GALAXY IS LOOKING MORE CROWDED

NASA’s Kepler telescope confirms the discovery of 715 new planets outside our solar system.

10. TV PERSONALITY JIM LANGE DIES AT 81

He was the first host of the popular game show “The Dating Game.”