Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today: Sunny, with a high near 58. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.
Best bets for today and beyond:
Heartland Quilt Guild: The Heartland Quilt Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1310 St. Joseph Dr. NE, Cullman 35055. Anyone may attend.
Midway community dance: The Midway Community Center will hold a dance at 7 p.m. today featuring the Classic Country Band. Admission is $4; all proceeds go to upkeep of community center, 164 Midway Road, Union Grove 35175.
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.
Wound healing seminar: Cullman Regional Medical Center’s WomenFirst & SeniorChoice Programs are pleased to offer the lunch and learn seminar “Healing Old Wounds – New Options for Hard to Heal Wounds” today, in CRMC’s Col. Cullman Room in the Community Education Center in Professional Office Building 2 (1912 AL Highway 157, POB 2, Cullman, AL 35058). Join the CRMC Wound Care Team for a panel discussion on the do's and don'ts for wound care, when to seek medical attention, and when to seek advanced treatment.
Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and the seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost of the lunch and learns program is $5 for WomenFirst & SeniorChoice members and $8 for others. Reserve your spot online at www.crmchospital.com or call 256-737-2600.
Continuing education courses offered at Wallace State: Wallace State Community College’s Continuing Education program is providing a number of opportunities to learn new skills or receive necessary certification. The classes offer everything from cupcake decorating, to CPR, piano or computer skills. These courses range from one-day classes to a two-month online course.
• CPR classes will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, in room 615 of the Tom Bevill building. The cost for the class is $50.
• Instant piano will be taught from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18, on the ninth floor of the Bailey Building. The fee is $50, plus $25 for supplies.
• Advance computer for seniors will be taught from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2 in Computer Science Lab Room 9(B). The fee is $25.
• The Defensive Driving course will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 18 on the 12th floor of the Bailey Center. The cost is $25.
• The CCS Exam Prep online course for ICD 9 and CPT Coding will be held Dec. 2-Feb. 28. The cost is $280.
• A class for decorating Christmas cupcakes will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 on the 12th floor of the Bailey Center. The cost is $20.
For more information, or to register for any of the courses, call 256-352-7826.
Letters to Santa: This year, once again, we will print a few letters to Santa in a special edition of The Cullman Times. Letters from children in classes up through second grade will be accepted. Please email these to Sallee, honorary “elf” at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the name of the school, teacher’s name and class grade.
Louise and Willie, this year’s project elves, will present all the letters to Santa via his special North Pole email express, forwarded from The Cullman Times.
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. WHITE HOUSE SCRAMBLES FOR A HEALTH INSURANCE FIX
The administration is looking for a way to counter the millions of coverage cancellations going to consumers.
2. HOW PEOPLE CAN BEST HELP TYPHOON VICTIMS
Forget sending rummage sale clothes, old toys and building supplies. Instead, make a donation to a respected charity.
3. MARINES KILLED DURING SAFETY SWEEP AT BASE
The four were clearing unexploded ordnance at Camp Pendleton in California, officials say.
4. TSA’S BEHAVIOR PROFILING CRITICIZED
The nearly $1 billion program to screen suspicious behavior of passengers at airports is “no better than chance,” according to a government report.
5. FORMER NFL PLAYER GETS 15 YEARS IN DRUG CASE
Sam Hurd, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears, is sentenced for his role in a cocaine and marijuana distribution scheme.
6. TORONTO MAYOR STILL REFUSING TO STEP DOWN
Rob Ford admits buying illegal drugs while in office, but insists he remains “a positive role model for kids.”
7. WHY ALEC BALDWIN’S ACCUSED STALKER IS ALREADY IN JAIL
Genevieve Sabourin’s remarks, gasps and sobs from the defense table get her declared in contempt of court, regardless of the outcome of the trial.
8. PINK DIAMOND BRINGS $83 MILLION AT AUCTION
The 59.6-carat stone sells for a record amount at Christie’s a day after a 14.82-carat orange sparkler went for $36 million.
9. WHO’S ELIGIBLE FOR A BRITISH PENSION
At 65, Prince Charles is still waiting to succeed his mother to the throne. But the longest-waiting heir in the kingdom’s history is now eligible for government benefits.
10. TEACHING YOUR DOG TO SIT, STAY — AND SORT LAUNDRY
Veteran dog trainer to the stars Babette Haggerty shows you how in her book, “The Best Dog Tricks on the Planet.”