The Cullman Times
Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers after 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the morning.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 48. Calm wind.
Saturday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Saturday night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 8 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 54. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Sunday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8 a.m., then showers and thunderstorms likely after 8 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Sunday night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Best bets for today:
CCFK food bank closed for holiday: Cullman Caring For Kids’ Food Bank will be closed Friday, March 29, in celebration of Good Friday. The food bank will reopen April 1, 2013.
Flashlight Easter eggstravaganza: Refuge Church of God will hold their annual Flashlight Easter Eggstravaganza at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the church at 1115 Highway 278 E, Cullman 35055. Free food, lots of prizes, puppets, pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bring a flashlight and easter basket for tons of fun. For more information, contact Kristy Harris at 256-507-0559.
Bake sale: Holly Pond Homemakers Club will hold an Easter bake sale at 8 a.m. at Holly Pond Town Hall, 10885 U.S. Highway 278 E, Holly Pond 35083. Proceeds go to upkeep of Holly Pond Cemetery. Info: Agnes Grimes at 256-796-7318.
VFW Saturday night dance: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 will have a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays at the VFW. No alcohol or smoking allowed. Music will be provided by the Boogie Night band. The cost is $5 per person; public welcome. VFW building rentals are available Sunday through Friday. Info: Commander Jerry Willibey at 256-347-0807.
Easter egg drop/carnival: Desperation Church will host an Easter carnival at Heritage Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, with 2 egg drops: The first is for younguns through age six at 11 a.m.; the second is for 7-11 years old at noon. Free admission; concessions available.
Children should bring own egg collection baskets or bags.
A total of 50,000 eggs will be dropped by helicopter — the Easter Bunny’s ride to the park. Participants are asked to bring one hard-boiled egg per person in the family to help break two Guinness Book of World records.
Activities to include carnival rides, inflatables, popcorn, games, kiddie land for the itty-bitty kids, Easter Egg dying and more!
Nighttime egg hunt: Shady Grove Baptist Church, 4690 County Road 437, Cullman 35057, will hold a nighttime egg hunt at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 30.
Stop Polio Now! kite flying contest: Cullman Rotary’s Stop Polio Now! awareness event, a free kite flying contest, will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Heritage Park’s soccer fields. Bring your own kite and build one there. Open to all ages, kites will be judged for best engineered design (bring original designs or neat factory designs), best theme (paint your kite), and best artistic design. Trophies for third, second and first places (judging at 1:30 p.m.).
Cullman Rotary will give away Stop Polio Now! stickers to first 1,000 and free kites with string to first 130 flyers. For anyone wanting to participate.
Easter sunrise services, March 31
• New Freedom Baptist Church, 1365 County Road 1196, Cullman 35057, will hold sunrise services at 7 a.m. Bring lawn chair. Refreshments following.
• McKinley Chapel UMC, along with other community churches, will host Easter sunrise services at 6:30 a.m. at Dodge City Park, 130 Howard Circle, Hanceville 35077. Info: Allen Hawkins at 256-287-1071.
• God’s House of Praise, 828 Morring Road, Cullman 35057, will host a reenactment of the resurrection of Jesus at 11 a.m. Info: Grace Stanley at 256-620-0084 or Brenda Newberry at 256-620-5875.
• Johnson Grove Methodist Church, 275 County Road 151, Bremen 35033, 6:30 a.m. with breakfast to follow. Easter worship at 11 a.m.
• Shady Grove Baptist Church, 4690 County Road 437, Cullman 35057, will hold sunrise services at 5 p.m. with breakfast offered at 6 a.m. at the church.
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:
1. THEIR OWN CALVARY
Devotees in the Philippines reenact the crucifixion of Christ to mark Good Friday, a celebration that mixes Catholic devotion and Filipino folk beliefs.
2. WHAT’S REALLY BEHIND NORTH KOREA’S SABER-RATTLING
Kim orders his troops to “settle accounts with the U.S.” but he doesn’t really want war —he wants an official peace, and the security that would come with it.
3. WHY NON-LETHAL CIVILIAN DRONES ARE STRUGGLING TO TAKE OFF
Makers of civilian unmanned aircraft say their practical applications are hindered by fears that the technology can be abused and delays in government-issued safety standards.
4. “OUR HOMELAND HAS EXPERIENCED WORSE”
Cyprus is preparing to draw on the resilience it practiced after the 1974 invasion and division of the island as it tries to envision an economic reboot.
5. VIETNAM REMEMBERED, 40 YEARS AFTER
U.S. combat troops’ departure from Vietnam 40 years ago left soldiers on both sides, as well as anti-war protesters, with a mixture of pride, disappointment and optimism.
6. NEWTOWN SHOOTER HAD ARSENAL IN HIS HOME
Newly released search warrants carried out at Lanza’s home reveal a stockpile of weapons and ammunition, but shed little light on what drove him to massacre 26 people inside a school.
7. ORAL SURGEON ACCUSED OF HAVING UNSANITARY INSTRUMENTS
Health officials in Tulsa, Okla., are urging 7,000 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV after inspectors found unsafe practices that could spread disease at his dental offices.
8. SHOTGUN GIVEAWAY
Gun proponents in Tucson, Ariz., are giving free shotguns and firearms training to residents in crime-ridden neighborhoods, but violence prevention experts say that it’s unlikely to reduce crime rates.
9. THE COMEBACK PUP
A harbor seal pup comes back from a brutal attack, infection and amputation of a crucial flipper thanks to animal rescuers at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.
10. STILL BEASTS OF THE EAST
With Syracuse and Marquette both victors in the East Regional semifinals, the Big East will definitely have a Final Four team — just as it has the last three or four decades.