CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
The Cullman City Street Department’s patch crew will be working on 3rd St. SW and 4th St. SE.
Today: A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 64. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight: A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms after 7 p.m. Low around 60. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Heartland Quilters Guild: Members will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1310 St. Joseph Dr. NW, Cullman 35055.
Dodge City Neighborhood watch: Volunteers will meet at 6 p.m. at the Dodge City Community Center, 130 Howard Circle, Dodge City 35077.
OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 4:45 p.m. in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 256-747-6218 or 256-352-1143.
Oktoberfest: The 2013 Cullman Oktoberfest Committee is currently accepting proposals for an entertainment promoter for the fall event (Oct. 5-12, 2013). Those interested in submitting a proposal should contact Julie Burks at the Cullman County Museum at 256-739-1258 or by email at email@example.com; a scope of services will be sent. Deadline for submission is Jan. 10, 2013.
Senior pageant this Saturday: The Ms. Senior Cullman County pageant will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Wallace State Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre. Tickets are $5 and are on sale at the door. Entertainment provided by the contestants; break entertainment will be provided by Wayne Abbot and a former pageant winner. Proceeds will go to ensure future pageants. Contestants this year are Jannette Morrow, Annette Bates, Dianne White, Juanita McQueen, Faye Harris and Kathy Sinyard.
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. OBAMA TURNS TO BUDGET EXPERT FOR CABINET PICK
Chief of staff Jack Lew would become Treasury Secretary as the administration braces for Republican battles over national debt.
2. WHITE HOUSE REACHES OUT TO GUN OWNERS
Vice President Joe Biden meets with sportsmen and the National Rifle Association as he develops Obama’s gun control plan.
3. THE MOST DANGEROUS NATION
A study says more Americans die of violent deaths than in any other wealthy country in the world.
4. INDIA GANG RAPE SUSPECTS GO TO COURT
A lawyer says police beat the five men charged with the assault and killing of a young woman aboard a moving bus.
5. INAUGURATION SEATS FOR THE HIGHEST BIDDER
Tickets for Obama’s swearing-in are being peddled on eBay and Craigslist for up to $2,000 apiece.
6. TROOP DEPLOYMENT KEY TO U.S.-AFGHANISTAN TALKS
How many soldiers are needed to protect diplomats will be a likely topic as Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
7. PASSENGERS THROWN FROM FERRY IN NYC CRASH
At least 70 people were hurt when the Seastreak Wall Street slammed into a lower Manhattan dock.
8. WILL IT BE THE DOG, THE SHOE OR THE THIMBLE
Hasbro is holding a Facebook contest to eliminate one of the eight Monopoly player tokens and introduce another one.
9. STEROIDS CAST A LONG SHADOW
For only the second time in four decades, no player is selected for baseball’s Hall of Fame.
10. WHO’S ON THE LIST FOR HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST NIGHT
“Lincoln,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Les Miserables” are all favorites to become multiple Oscar nominees at 8:38 a.m.