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May 24, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, May 24, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news


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 Madison Ave. NW, Waddel Ave. SW and Ave. B SE.



Weather:



Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 48. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light in the evening.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48. Calm wind.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind.

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Memorial Day: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.



Best bets:



Swamp John’s meal: Cold Springs High School Varsity and JV cheerleaders will host a Swamp John’s meal from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Dodge City Town Hall, 130 Howard Circle, Hanceville 35077. Plates are $10 each: choice of fish, shrimp or chicken with fries, hushpuppies, slaw, dessert and beverage. Proceeds to go to cheerleaders.



SLEPC cleanup at Smith Lake: The Smith Lake Environmental Preservation Committee will meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon May 25 at the Smith Lake Boat Ramp, 416 County Road 385, Cullman 35057. Committee persons will pick at large styrofoam and then change to pick up trash. Lunch served each day: Hamburgers and hotdogs.



Ribeye steak sandwiches for sale: The Cullman County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen will sell ribeye steak sandwiches Memorial Day weekend the Cullman Shopping Center. Dates are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Sandwiches are $5 each.



Boston butt and rib sale: The Dodge City Lions Club will sell Boston butts and ribs at 8 a.m. May 24-25 (Memorial Day weekend) at the lot next to S&S Foods in Dodge City. Butts are $25 and a rack of ribs is $20. Proceeds will go to Lions’ community projects.



Memorial Day weekend Smith Lake festival: Celebrate Memorial Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 25, at Smith Lake Park. Events to include arts/crafts vendors, golf cart parade, ice cream eating contest, bike parade, milk chugging contest (all free entry).

No gate fee. Entertainment noon to 9 p.m. with Wayne Abbott (Willie Nelson tribute artist), the Heaton Brothers Band, Blake Scott Band and more. Pool open, putt-putt golf and kids rides.

Sunday, May 26, is Bluegrass Day. Bring lawn chair or blanket to sit on.



CWAC outdoor pools opening: The Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center will open its pools and waterpark for Memorial Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for the summer season. Day passes are available for just $10. Memberships for individuals and families may be purchased at the AC’s front desk.

Regular pool hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Nesmith Pool will also from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission on opening day is just 25 cents/person. Regular hours at this site are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center at 256-775-7946.



Hanceville pool open: The Hanceville Pool will open at noon Saturday. Hours of operation are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Pool is at 113 Michelle St. NW, Hanceville 35077. For more information, contact Hanceville Parks and Recreation office at 256-352-1205.



Autism support group cookout: The Cullman Area Autism Networking Group will hold a family cookout from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the pavilion at the Margaret Jean Jones Center, 1807 Beech Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. Crafts will be sold; bring side dish or dessert. Moon bounce and other activities. Info: Rhonda Davis at 256-962-2208 or Jessica Dyson at 256-339-1151.



Clothing giveaway: Fairview United Methodist Church, 1100 Wesley Ave. N, Cullman 35058, will hold a free clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; hotdogs and drinks provided.



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. Music will be provided by the Boogie Night band. The cost is $5 per person. VFW building rentals are available Fridays. Info: Commander Jerry Willibey at 256-347-0807.



OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.



Memorial Day celebration at Veterans Park: The Cullman VFW Post 2214 will host a ceremony to honor our nation’s war dead at 10 a.m. Monday at Veterans Park on Sportsman Lake Road (inside Sportsman Lake Park). Special guest speakers will include Sons of the American Revolution, Senator Paul Bussman and Representatives Mac Buttram and Randall Shedd and area veterans. The memorial celebration will include 225 American flags planted on the Highway 31 median from Vinemont to Highway 69, south of town, as well as on the graves of all veterans in the City of Cullman Cemetery.



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. WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO GO DOWN WITH THE I-5 BRIDGE IN WASHINGTON STATE

All Dan Sligh saw was a “big puff of dust” and then the water as a section over the Skagit River collapsed. “I hit the brakes and we went off .. you hold on as tight as you can.”

2. WHAT OBAMA SAYS ABOUT HIS COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY

President Barack Obama defends the use of drones and hints at giving law enforcement more authority to seize communications.

3. HOW STORM SURGE KILLS AND HOW TO PREVENT DEATHS

The National Hurricane Center is offering easier-to-understand maps and advice about the abnormal rise of sea water during storms.

4. DECISION ON JODI ARIAS’ FATE POSTPONED

The jury charged with deciding whether Jodi Arias will get the death penalty or life in prison for murdering her ex-boyfriend gives up, meaning the penalty phase of the trial must start over.

5. WHAT’S NEXT AFTER BOY SCOUTS’ ACCEPTANCE OF GAY SCOUTS

The Boy Scouts of America have voted to allow openly gay boys and teens, drawing praise from more liberal factions, but some conservatives are threatening to defect.

6. UNIONS FRET OVER IMPACT OF HEALTH CARE LAW ON MULTIEMPLOYER PLANS

Labor unions were among the new health care law’s strongest supporters, but they now worry whether the law might result in less coverage for their members.

7. TRAVEL INDUSTRY HOPES FOR FEW BUMPS IN ROAD FOR SUMMER SOJOURNS

The forecast for summer travel is showing steady improvement over last year, but consumers might still see higher lodging and transport costs.

8. MANDATING SHELTER FROM THE STORM?

Requiring storm shelters in tornado-prone Oklahoma might sound like a great idea, but local authorities say many can’t afford them, and bristle at government mandates.

9. WHEN PLASTIC IS NOT SO FANTASTIC

Two California legislators introduce a bill that would require manufacturers to figure out how keep plastic out of state waterways.

10. HOPS FOR HEROES

Craft brewers around the country are teaming up raise money for military families through the sale of a specially-brewed beer.