Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
The Cullman City Street Department will have a patch crew working on Convent Road in the Northwood subdivision. Traffic should proceed with caution.
Today: Increasing clouds, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms. Low around 69. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Best bets for today and beyond:
Swamp John’s meal: The Fairview Youth Football Association will hold a homecoming supper, catered by Swamp John’s, from 3 to 7 p.m. today. Plates can be picked up at Fairview School cafeteria. $10/plate. Menu: Choice of fish, shrimp or chicken served with fries, coleslaw, hushpuppies, dessert and drink.
For more information, contact Amber Rodriguez at 256-962-3718.
SLEPC: The Smith Lake Environmental Preservation Committee invites volunteers to help with cleanup from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Smith Lake Park boat ramp. Bags, gloves, etc. provided. Lunch of hamburgers/hotdogs provided for those involved in the trash pickup. Info: Eddie Hand at 256-287-1545.
Autism support group: The Cullman Area Autism Networking Group will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Margaret Jean Jones Center, 1807 Beech Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. Light lunch offered; childcare available. Info: Rhonda Davis at 256-962-2208 or Jessica Dyson at 256-339-1151.
Midway community dance: The Midway Community Center will hold a dance at 7 p.m. Saturday featuring Lick Skillet Band. Admission is $4; all proceeds go to upkeep of community center, 164 Midway Road, Union Grove 35175.
VFW Saturday night dance: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 will have a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the VFW. Music will be provided by the Boogie Night band. The cost is $5 per person. Info: Randy McGraw at 256-595-0836.
Eva Frontier Days: The Eva Art Guild will hold Eva Frontier Days from Saturday through Sept. 28. Begining with the beauty pageant (admission is $3) at 10 a.m. Saturday, the day will end with a Bluegrass festival (admission $6/person) beginning at 6 p.m. with Stan Nelson and the Hurricane Creek Band. While waiting for the band to begin, pickers can join in the jam session at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 24, boasts a big hay ride at 6:30 p.m. at the Saddle Club Arena on Frost Road. Cost is $1/person and includes free hotdog and soda.
On Friday, Sept. 27, a community singing will take place at Bethel United Methodist Church at 7 p.m.; and at 6 p.m. there’ll be Music On The Square in downtown Eva.
Saturday, Sept. 28, there’ll be an antique tractor show, car show, parade, arts/crafts show, best dressed contest, frog jumping contest and greased pig chase (both at the ballfields), baking contest and live entertainment under the big tent. Also, look for the Skin and Bones Comedy Circus. Enjoy games for all ages, rides, train and more. Saturday evening will be a free barbecue dinner hosted by Journey Church with fireworks, all at the church. Food vendors on site. Proceeds go to the Eva Art Guild.
10 Things to Know for Today SLEPC cleanup
By The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. GUNFIRE ERUPTS AT CHICAGO PARK
A witness says dreadlocked men in a car open fire in a nighttime attack on people in a city park. At least 13 are wounded, including a 3-year-old child.
2. AL-QAIDA MILITANTS LAUNCH ATTACK IN YEMEN
At least 38 soldiers are killed and dozens wounded when extremist fighters surprise the troops in their barracks in coordinated attacks at dawn.
3. CLASH LOOMS OVER OBAMACARE
The GOP-led House is poised to ship a bill to the Senate aimed at crippling the president’s signature health care law.
4. ‘GET DOWN!’: WOMAN’S FRANTIC ESCAPE FROM THE NAVY YARD
A worker describes what it was like inside the building when a former serviceman went on a shooting rampage, killing 12.
5. HOUSE VOTES TO CUT FOOD STAMPS
The bill would slice nearly $4 billion a year — a 5 percent reduction — from the program used by about 1 in 7 Americans.
6. WHERE DOZENS ARE MISSING AFTER A LANDSLIDE
The hamlet of La Pintada in southern Mexico is devastated and grieving after a tidal wave of dirt leaves 68 people missing.
7. HOPE RISES FOR US-IRAN THAW
Obama and Rouhani have exchanged letters, and may meet briefly next week when the Iranian president attends the U.N. General Assembly.
8. WHY CLARENCE THOMAS IS OFTEN SEEN BUT NOT HEARD
The quietest of the Supreme Court’s justices says his college nuns taught him the most important word he has ever learned: “Shhh!”
9. PRINCE OF A GUY WORKS AT DAIRY QUEEN
An employee sees a woman pick up $20 dropped by a visually impaired man and refuses to serve her until she gives it back. When she refuses, he gives the man $20 from his own pocket.
10. WHO PROVES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN
Andy Reid makes a successful return to Philadelphia as his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs, downs his old one 26-16.
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