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February 26, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

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:



The Cullman City Street Department will have a patch crew working on 7th St. SW and Dripping Springs NW. Some interference with traffic is probable; drivers are cautioned to remain alert and wary in these areas.



Weather:



Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. North wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.



Tonight: Clear, with a low around 18. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.



Best bets for today:



Scale Back Alabama midway weigh-ins: Those who weighed in at Professional Weight Loss Center, 1939 Main Ave. SW, for the state weight-loss challenge is encouraged to come back for a halfway weight check from Feb. 24-28. There's plenty of time to lose the required 10 lbs. by April 7-11, so stop by for support. For more information, contact the office at 256-739-2600.



Looking ahead:



Resolving conflicts seminar: Dorothy Yeager will present “Simple Solutions for Resolving Conflicts” from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 2052 Hayes Drive NW, Cullman 35055. Cost is $99. Continuing Education Credit has been approved for Alabama nurses, social workers, and nursing home administrators.

To register, or for more information, contact Dorothy & Associates Inc. at 1-888-836-7684 or go to www.DorothyAndAssociates.com.



WSCC offers courses for homeschool students: Parents and guardians of homeschooled children in the area will have an extra resource for studies next year. Wallace State Community College is offering a number of courses tailored for homeschooled students.

Currently, there are two series in art and music offered for a total of six separate classes. Students can enroll in one or both series or in individual classes from the series. The fee is $25 per series or $10 per class. The classes will be held on Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m., in the Burrow Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

This series of classes will be geared toward music and will be held Feb. 28, March 7 and March 14.

The Art Series ($25 per series or $10 per class) will include:

•  The Music Series ($25 per series or $10 per class) will include:

•  Reading Music on Feb. 28: students will learn notes as tones and time values, and start building on that base and broaden their ability to read music.

•  Playing the Recorder on March 7: students will be introduced to the woodwind musical instrument and learn to play it through methods taught in the workshop.

•  Singing on Sight on March 14: students will learn to sing the notes written with WSCC musical staff and expand their musical ability and knowledge.

Class sizes are limited and early registration is encouraged. To register, visit, wsccalumni.org and click on the Events link.



The Times seeks nominations for 2014 Unsung Heroes: The Cullman Times is seeking the community's nominations for our annual list of Unsung Heroes that will be published in our 2014 Profile edition.

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for civic or church work, community service or dedication to an activity or organization? If so, please nominate them as an Unsung Hero.

We're seeking the people who display unselfish acts of kindness, courage or generosity that make Cullman County a better place to live and work.

To nominate someone for the recognition, write us a note that describes what the person does or did that is so special. You cannot nominate yourself. We will choose six to eight for publication in Profile 2014, which is scheduled for March. We will take their photographs and invite them and the people who nominated them to a reception sometime in March.

Mail your suggestion to: Editor, 300 Fourth Ave. SE, Cullman, AL 35055 Attn: Unsung Heroes; or e-mail to dpalmer@cullmantimes.com; or fax them to 256-736-2972. You can also drop off your suggestion at the newspaper weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to Sallee Chandler. Include your daytime phone number, as well as that of the nominee. All nominations are due in The Times office by 5 p.m. Feb. 28, 2014.



Recipe for a good breakfast:



Not excited about the same old toast and cereal breakfast? Here’s a tried-and-true recipe my children used to enjoy on cold mornings - its easy and delicious! I came up with this recipe when I was out of bread and didn’t have cereal in the house.



Breakfast Pizza

1 single serve prepared pie shell from your grocery store per person

1 large or two small eggs, scrambled well

1/2 tsp. Hormel real bacon bits

1 pat of butter

Smattering of finely shredded cheese to taste

Heat oven to 400º (if using toaster oven, don’t preheat). Spread butter over pizza shell, pour on scrambled egg. Sprinkle on cheese and bacon and any herbs or seasonings you desire. Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Egg should be cooked through and not wiggle when pan is gently shaked. Let stand five minutes, then cut like a pizza for easy eating.



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. OBAMA ISSUES WARNING TO KARZAI

The president threatens to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan if Kabul doesn’t sign a security pact giving the military a legal basis for staying in the country.

2. FEARED RIOT POLICE UNIT DISBANDED IN UKRAINE

The Berkut, whose name means “golden eagle,” are blamed for violent attacks on protesters during the country’s recent political turmoil.

3. FEW WOMEN WANT ARMY COMBAT JOBS

A Pentagon survey shows that soldiers of both genders are nervous about females entering battle.

4. HOW ‘EL CHAPO’ ELUDED CAPTURE FOR 13 YEARS

The AP learns that Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel leader employed the latest high-tech communications gadgetry and sophisticated counterespionage tools.

5. GLIMMER OF HOPE IN CHILD OBESITY BATTLE

U.S. researchers find that obesity among children ages 2 to 5 has decreased — to 8 percent, from 14 percent a decade ago, a 43 percent drop.

6. WHO’S BEING DOGGED BY MISSTEPS

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may have worsened his series of blunders by stonewalling the media at every turn.

7. AN EVEN SMARTER PHONE

The AP’s Anick Jesdanum reports that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 will have a fingerprint sensor for security — and for shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal.

8. WHAT’S RAISING AVALANCHE FEARS

New snow in the West threatens to increase this winter’s death toll. Already, 17 people have died in avalanches in the U.S., 11 of them since early February.

9. KERRY KENNEDY SET TO TESTIFY

The daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy is on trial for alleged drugged-driving after swerving her Lexus into a tractor-trailer.

10. CALIFORNIA COUPLE FIND ‘POT OF GOLD’

The husband and wife discover $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins dating from 1847 to 1894 buried in the shadow of an old tree in their backyard.