- Cullman, Alabama

September 2, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Monday, Sept. 2, 2013

Early weather and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:


Today: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.

Best bets for today and beyond:

Labor Day horse parade: Horse and horse-n-buggy lovers will get to ride/view the parade that begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 2, at Buck Jester’s field, 1355 County Road 1129, Cullman 35055. Those riding should meet at 9 a.m. to assemble and prepare for the parade. Procession will end at Clarkston Covered Bridge on County Road 1043. Free to see and ride in. Info: Rickye McBrayer at 256-734-6803.

Holiday business closings:

Here is a look at businesses closed for Monday, Sept. 2, 2013:

• Cullman Caring For Kids

• Cullman City Hall

• Cullman County Courthouse

• Cullman County Health Dept.

• Cullman County Public Library

• Dept. of Human Resources

• Post Office

• The Cullman Times

• Cullman County Landfill

Garbage pickup

• County garbage will run as normal. City will pick up Monday’s residential garbage with Tuesday’s - commercial will run as usual.

Note: The Ave Maria Grotto is open on Labor Day.

Sweet Spud Day: The Sweet Tater Festival will be Sept. 1-2, at a new location — Smith Lake Park! This site has more parking and more booths. Vendors who’d like to set up a booth may find a vendor registration form at Spaces are $35 each.

The festival will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. Admission is $3/person, which includes free parking. Enjoy all-day entertainment, door prizes, arts/crafts, food vendors, children’s rides, and more. Musical entertainment to include Gospel, Country, Bluegrass and special appearances by Traci Hite - Patsy Cline tribute artist; and Wayne Abbott, Willie Nelson tribute artist. Also, the Tall Timber Medicine Show.

Sweet Tater lovers can sample sweet tater pies, fried pies, tater fries, baked sweet taters with butter and cinnamon, and sweet tater bread. Also, sweet potatoes will be sold in 10-lb. bags.

This year will be the first Street Rod car show - $10 participant fee. Contact David Speegle for more information on the car show at 256-385-1401.

Labor Day celebration: The Fairview Lions Club is sponsoring a Labor Day celebration at Fairview Park, 648 Wesley Ave., Cullman 35058, Sept. 2. A parade will take place at 11 a.m. with lineup at 10 a.m.; also moonjumps and turtle races and a shooting gallery for kids. All proceeds will benefit the Town of Fairview and Lions Club projects.

Vendors welcome - contact Kita Chambers at 256-385-8805 to reserve your space ($20/spot). Area churches, cheerleaders, football players, tractors, horses, or anyone who would like to ride in the parade are welcome.

Of Note:

Farming Feeds Alabama cookbook ordering: Those who’d like to purchase the “Farming Feeds Alabama; Favorite Recipes From Alabama’s Country Kitchens” cookbook ($25 plus tax and shipping), from the Terri Gilley story by Loretta Gillespie, may do so by visiting the website: or by calling the publisher, Journal Communications, at 800-333-8842, ext. 315.

You may also send a letter and check (total $29.20 per cookbook) to the Alabama Farmers Federation, Farming Feeds Alabama cookbook, P.O. Box 11000, Montgomery, AL 36191. Make checks payable to Alabama Farmers Federation. State how many cookbooks in the letter you want to order and address where the book(s) should be sent. The shipping process can take 4 to 6 weeks.

Vendors welcome at founders day: Holly Pond Founders Day will be Saturday, Sept. 28, at Holly Pond Park, 60 Lions Park Road, Holly Pond 35083. Crafts or flea market vendors may download forms at

For more information, call Carolyn Bryan at 256-796-2429 or Brenda Scott at 256-796-5806.

Got your tickets? Hal Linden to perform in Cullman Sept. 12: Live On Stage, Inc. and Cullman Community Concert Association announce Hal Linden as part of their 2013-2014 concert season!

Hal Linden, jazz musician and legendary star of Broadway and television, will present a program of classic tunes, stories and nostalgia at the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre on the Wallace Stage Community College campus on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at 7 p.m. Season subscriptions for the five-concert season are $55 (adult), $35 (student/children) and $140 (family). Single tickets will be available at the door for $20. For more information, contact Kathy Scruggs at 256-339-4447, or visit our website

Hal Linden, a 65 year entertainment veteran, is best known for his portrayal of the police precinct captain in the hit television series “Barney Miller,” for which he earned multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. In 1957, he made his Broadway debut in the musical “Bells Are Ringing” opposite Judy Holliday, and has continued to perform in more than 20 Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including “Pajama Game,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Chicago” and “Cabaret.” In 1971, he won the Tony Award for “Best Actor in a Musical” for his role in “The Rothschilds.” An accomplished jazz clarinetist and vocalist, Linden is backed by a seven-piece band performing America’s classic songs, along with a lifetime of showmanship and charm. 

For riders in Alabama: Revvin’ 4 Research motorcyle ride is a Dixie Divas Riding Club fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama Sept. 7, at the Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson, 333 Cahaba Valley Pkwy N, Pelham, AL 35124 (205-560-1234).

Registration is at 9 a.m., kickstands up at 11 a.m. The charity ride is a police-escorted event, ending back where it started. An after-party event with live entertainment will include Rory and the Riff-Raffs, a catered lunch compliments of Habañeros, beverages from Coca Cola Bottling Company, and live and silent auctions. Prizes given away all afternoon to registered riders.

Preregister at