- Cullman, Alabama

July 18, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, July 18, 2013

Early weather and community news — a great way to start your day!

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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


Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

Best bets for today and beyond:

CCMGAI: The Cullman County Master Gardeners Association, Inc., will meet at 10 a.m. today at the Cullman County Extension Conference Room, 402 Arnold St. NE, Cullman 30555. All members encouraged to attend. To attend the next class, RSVP to Charles Pinkston at 256-775-7407.

NAMI: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cullman Chapter, will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Cullman Mental Healthcare Center, Building 2, 1909 Commerce Ave., Cullman 35055.

Cullman Iris/Daylily Society: The Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at The Angler restaurant, 3261 County Road 438, Cullman 35057. All interested persons may attend.

New Vision: This support group will be at 10 a.m. today at the Hilltop Community Center, 1545 Vine Circle SW, Cullman, AL 35055. Guest speaker will be Glen Taylor, Omega Hospice chaplain. Bring something to share for lunch. Info: Linda Estes at 256-739-4653.

OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 4:45 p.m. today in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.

Rummage sale: This sale, to benefit the local women’s shelter, Daytar House, Inc., a United Way Agency of Cullman County, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, weather permitting, at 410 13th St. SE, Cullman 35055. Cash only.

Kick up your heels and rev up your vocal cords at HRWC: Hanceville Recreation and Wellness Center will have country line dancing and karaoke today, at the center at 902 Commercial St. NE, Hancevile 35077. Line dancing classes begin at 6 p.m. with karaoke beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $5/person; children under 12 years are admitted free of charge. Concessions will be available.

For more information, contact Manager Judy Fields at 256-352-8961.

Here are a few class and family reunions in the county:

• Fairview High School Class of 1953 will have their 60-year reunion at 9 a.m. (meet-n-greet) July 20 at the All Steak restaurant. Breakfast at 10 a.m. Info: Marshall Brannan at 256-734-8068 or Jamie Goeller at 256-734-1174.

• West Point High School Class of 1973 will hold their 40th reunion at 5 p.m. July 20, at West Point Town Hall, 3990 County Road 1141, Vinemont 35179. Info: Diane Skinner at 256-747-6002 after 3 p.m.

• Cullman High School Class of 1983 is hosting a 30-year reunion on July 26-27. The CHS Class of 1982 is invited to attend the Saturday, July 27, event. Information and registration can be found on the class Facebook page at

• West Point High School Class of 1962 will meet at 2 p.m. July 27, at Brandin’ Iron Steakhouse. Info: Linda Jordan at 256-747-6883.

• West Point High School Class of 1967 will meet at 5:30 p.m. July 27, at Brandin’ Iron Steakhouse (dutch treat). Info: Minnie Heaton at 256-338-1959 or 256-739-0930.

• Brannan family reunion will be July 28 at Berlin Community Center. Info: Cordis Brannan 256-796-2638.

• Cullman High School of 1960 will host a mixer reunion for classes 1960-1969 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 3, at the Elks Lodge in Cullman. $25/person at the door will include buffet and Horizon band with 60s-70s music. Info: Linda Tyree Hunter at; or Sonja Willoughby Cabri at

• Fairview Class of 1968 will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 3, in the school lunchroom. Info: Ola Bolzle Howard at 256-796-7540.

• The Hipp/Murphree family reunion will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 3, at Rock Springs UMC, 1905 County Road 6. Info: Jerry Alldredge at 205-429-3321 or Ivalee Hipp Darmer at 256-572-1946. Bring covered dish and photos to share.

• The Wallace (W.E.) family reunion will be Aug. 3, at West Point Town Hall, 3990 County Road 1141, Vinemont 35179. Lunch at noon.

• West Point Class of 1978 will hold their 35-year reunion Aug. 3, at Loft 212 in Cullman. Info: Janet Laney at 256-747-1644 or 256-338-6650.

• Cold Springs Class of 1973 will hold their 40-year reunion at 6 p.m. Aug. 10, at the Iron Skillet restaurant in Dodge City. Casual, dutch treat menu or buffet. If you plan to attend, contact Brenda Whaley at 256-287-2222 or email her at

To list your reunion for a class, family or business, contact Sallee Chandler at 734-2131 or email to Include your full name and phone number for our records.

2013 Taste of Cullman Cookbook ‘Let’s Eat’

The Cullman Times is accepting recipes for the 2013 Taste of Cullman Cookbook. So, dust off the recipe box and pull out your favorite recipes to share and submit them for the 2013 Taste of Cullman Cookbook, “Let’s Eat.” Deadline for recipe submission is at 5 p.m. July 19. Recipes may be faxed, emailed, mailed or brought to The Cullman Times, 300 4th Ave. SE, Cullman 35055;; or fax them to 256-737-1006. Please specify the category for each recipe, along with your name, address and phone number. If mailing, faxing or dropping off, please submit it hand printed or typed, one recipe per full sheet of paper. Since each recipe will be put into a category folder, please only put one recipe per page.

Categories are From Cullman Farms (this category is for local items that Cullman is known to grow or produce), Appetizers, Soups&Salads, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Desserts, and Breads. These recipes may be your original or just a family favorite that was once somebody else’s, gleamed from a magazine, friends, family, neighbors or on the Internet. If you’ve changed an ingredient or two from an original recipe to suit your taste, we’d like to have that recipe! If you’ve found a unique dish your friends rave about, send it in! If Grandma’s pancakes are unsurpassable, pass them along to us to share with our readers.

Each recipe submitted will be reviewed and from each category three recipes will be chosen to compete in our recipe contest. A first-, second- and third-place recipe will be chosen for each category and these recipes will be featured in the cookbook. The top three recipes chosen from each category will be asked to prepare their recipe and bring to The Cullman Times at 5 p.m. July 30 for judging. The dishes that are prepared will be photographed prior to judging. You may submit more than one recipe, but a limited number of recipes will be selected for the cookbook.

If you do not want to participate in the contest, you may still submit recipes for the cookbook; just make a notation on your recipe sheet that it isn’t for the contest, just the cookbook.