Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today we have a slight chance of rain and snow showers after 3 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.
Tonight, a chance of rain and snow before midnight, then a chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.
Dinner, bake sale and a raffle: The Child Development Center’s annual fundraiser will consist of dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. today, along with a bake sale and raffle. The dinner is loaded jumbo potato with your choice of barbecue or chili, and a drink. Dine in or carry out. Raffle tickets are a $1 each and many items will be raffled throughout the evening. Also, a sale will be ongoing for those who’d like to take home some baked goodies.
The event will be held at the center, 17600 U.S. Highway 31, Cullman 35055; and all proceeds will benefit the center.
Jam session: The Town of South Vinemont will hold a jam session at 6 p.m. in the Cary C. Montgomery Scout Center, 88 Ridgeway St., Cullman 35058. Info: Town hall at 256-737-5411.
Little Miss Vinemont pageant: Vinemont Band Boosters will hold a pageant March 16, 2013, in the VHS gymnasium. Division winners will receive a crown, trophy and sash. Crowning follows each division. Open to girls from bith through 5 years (non student status); the kindergarten through fifth grade is Vinemont Elementary students only. Early entry fee is $40 and includes all side events. Preregistration is from 2 to 4 p.m. March 2, in the VHS lunchroom. Register the day of the pageant-$50. Discounts for sibling registrations. Deadline for mailed applications is March 8. Each applicant must supply at 3x5 or 8x10 unframed photo. Additional photos for entries are $5 each. Photos should be turned in or received by mail by noon at the school. Late photos will not be accepted for judging. Wardrobe up to contestants. Bring large SASE for score sheets after the pageant, if desired, or purchase one at the concession stand for $2. Child’s name and division must be printed on back of the envelope.Mail checks payable to: Vinemont Band Boosters Pageant, P.O. Box 294, Vinemont 35179. For more information, contact Jeri Lee at 256-339-1841 or email@example.com or Valetta Baker at 256-339-4551 (no calls after 9 p.m.).
Rescue squad fundraiser: The Cullman County Rescue Squad will be going door-to-door through May 2013, requesting donations for the upkeep of their equipment, repairs on the rescue squad building, and operating expenses. They are asking for $40/household, and as a thank-you, they are offering a complimentary 10x13 color family portrait. Those that sign up for the offer will be notified of the date and time to be photographed. Receipts are available; or make your checks payable to the Cullman County Rescue Squad. Info: Captain Tim Willis at 256-736-4932 or 256-739-0786.
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. WHO’S RUNNING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
With the pope’s retirement, ultimate power now resides with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and the College of Cardinals.
2. NO EXPECTATIONS OF BREAKTHROUGH AS CLOCK TICKS TOWARD SPENDING CUTS
Obama summons leaders from both parties to the White House to stake out their fiscal positions hours away from sequestration.
3. WHY ‘DIGITAL ASSETS’ ARE CAUSING A NATIONAL DEBATE
As more and more memories are stored online, families are seeking access to social media accounts that belong to their deceased loved ones.
4. HOW A MINNESOTA TOWN IS TACKLING GUN VIOLENCE
Police are setting up satellite offices in city’s public schools to discourage would-be armed attackers.
5. WHITE HOUSE BOLSTERS GAY MARRIAGE
The Obama administration, in a “friend-of-the-court” brief, urges the Supreme Court to allow same-sex unions to resume in California.
6. WORKPLACE BULLYING GETS HIGHER PROFILE
Advocacy groups and some employers are working to bring an end to toxic work environments.
7. AN UNLIKELY REBEL
The AP’s Ben Hubbard recounts the life and death in Syria of a veterinarian-turned-revolutionary fighter.
8. FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED IN PRIZED PET’S DEATH
Show dog owner is not ruling out that someone poisoned her Samoyed while it competed at the Westminster Kennel Club Show.
9. ANOTHER KIND OF BUZZ KILL
Two studies conclude that wild bees like the American bumblebee are, at least in the Midwest, dwindling at an alarming rate.
10. THE HEART OF A LION
France’s King Richard I, the 12th-century warrior known as Lionheart, ended up with a heart full of daisies, myrtle, mint and frankincense, an analysis of the embalmed organ shows.
Early weather and community news
Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
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Sugar Bowl matches No. 3 Alabama, No. 11 Oklahoma
In a rare meeting between two of the nation's most storied programs, No. 3 Alabama and No. 11 Oklahoma will face off Jan. 2 in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans.
Auburn ranked No. 2 in final BCS; will play Florida State in final BCS Championship Game
No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn will play in the final BCS championship game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Baileyton council receives free hospital supplies, shares it throughout community
A resident donated nearly $10,000 worth of hospital supplies to the Baileyton senior citizen center, where the town council elected to also share it among those locally in need.
Countywide wet-dry alcohol petition still in the works
Though things have gone quiet over the past year, Bremen resident Dale Lamar hasn’t given up on his campaign to allow Cullman County residents to vote on the legal sale of alcohol — it’s just that the 2012 election slowed things down a bit.
Fairview moves forward with road project
A deceleration lane and a right turning lane will be added on Alabama Highway 69 in early January near the up-and-coming Brandin’ Iron Steakhouse.
Baileyton residents enjoy annual senior Christmas party
While drinking sweet tea and enjoying banana pudding, three local sisters said they have been attending the lunch and activities the Baileyton senior citizen center offers on Thursday’s because it’s something they look forward to all week.
- Residents chill for Cullman County Christmas parade
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: FSU rolls, OSU upset , Auburn heads to title game
No. 1 Florida State romped and No. 2 Ohio State stumbled, and now the SEC has chance to win its eighth straight BCS championship.
Four arrested after robbing man at gunpoint
Four people were arrested in Bug Tussle after a Boaz man was beaten and robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night around 7 p.m.
County splash pad over budget
With estimates to build Cullman County’s first public splash pad rising, county employees may take on some of the work to try to trim the project’s budget.
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