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June 24, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Monday, June 24, 2013

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 is closing Sunset Drive (connects 278 and Convent Road) for a couple of days — traffic rerouted; patch crews will be working at Greenbrier and Beech Ave. SE; Third Ave. SE; and Greenbrier Drive SW — some traffic delays.



Weather:



Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.



Best bets for today:



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



Looking ahead:



Benefit singing for Shan Hammond: A singing for the heart transplant hopeful will be held at 6 p.m. July 13, at The Cross Baptist Church, 23654 Highway 31, Falkville 35622. All monies raised will help cover medical expenses.

The evening will feature musical guests, Three-In-One from Moulton, the Trammel Family from Cullman, and Brandy Barber from Cullman.

For more information, contact Charlie Allbright at 256-841-1625.



Alumni to hold concert, silent auction and carriage rides: Eva School will be have in concert, the Flashbacks Show Band, a multi-dimensional band playing hits from the '60s through modern day. They will appear from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, in the school gymnasium, 20 School Road, Eva 35621. Tickets are $20 for liminted reserved seating; $15 general admission. Concessions will be available. All proceeds will benefit the Alumni courtyard at the school. Silent auction will take place at this time. Also, horse-and-carriage rides will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. July 12, at the school.

For information on tickets, contact Shirley Arnett at 256-784-9489, text to 256-590-3567 or email to vtcplace5@icloud.com.



Fourth of July at Smith Lake: Smith Lake Park will have a 4th of July event, lots of family fun. Admission is $5/person (5 years and younger are free), does not include pool or putt-putt golf. Music with deejay, Dale Seals, all day. Special entertainment will be Ally Knight, Clog Wild Cloggers, Willie Nelson tribute artist-Wayne Abbott, the Heaton Brothers, and the Blake Scott Band.Unlawful possession of alcohol

Contests to include Milk Chuggin’, Ice Cream Eating, Kids’ Bike Decorating, and Golf Cart Decorating. Children’s contest has prizes of passes for pool or putt putt golf. Adult winners will receive 1 free night of camping.

Food and craft vendors on site.



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. SNOWDEN TRAVELS THE WORLD FOR ASYLUM

The NSA leaker flew from Hong Kong to Moscow with the help of Wikileaks, and has sought asylum in Ecuador.

2. NELSON MANDELA’S HEALTH TURNS FOR WORSE

South Africa’s president says the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader became critically ill in the past 24 hours.

3. OPENING STATEMENTS IN GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL

Florida prosecutors will argue today in the racially charged trial that Zimmerman is a vigilante who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. Zimmerman says he was defending himself.

4. WHO HELPED SANDY SURVIVORS THE MOST

An AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that friends and neighbors, not the government, were the most helpful sources of support.

5. LEBANON CLASHES LEAVE 12 DEAD

Military forces target a mosque where followers of a Sunni cleric are taking cover in some of the country’s worst violence related to bordering Syria.

6. DAREDEVIL CROSSES GORGE ON TIGHTROPE

Nik Wallenda got across a river near the Grand Canyon in 22 minutes on a 2-inch thick steel cable, 1,500 feet high.

7. WHAT SNOWDEN DID IN HONG KONG

Lawmaker Albert Ho says the NSA leaker stayed in a private location, switched places a couple of times and slipped out a few times at night. 

8. RULING FAVORS 6-YEAR-OLD TRANSGENDER CHILD

Colorado officials are holding a news conference today explaining the decision to let Coy Mathis, who identifies as a girl, use the girls’ bathroom at school.

9. GANDOLFINI FUNERAL PLANS SET

The “Sopranos” star will be remembered at an upper Manhattan cathedral on Thursday, after his body was flown from Italy to his home state of New Jersey. 

10. SUPERMOON SHINES

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year cast its light around the world Sunday when it came within 222,000 miles of Earth.