Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today, a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight, a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southeast wind around 10 mph.
Just a note:
Bates Masonic scholarships: Cullman County seniors in both city and county schools may now apply for the $1,000 Bates Masonic Scholarship through your schools’ counselors.
Pots galore! View the pre-1900s Alabama Pottery Exhibition at The Evelyn Burrow Museum. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is located on the campus of Wallace State.
Get started on your family tree: Cullman County Museum is offering to the public, free access to Ancestry.com, available Monday, Wednesday and Friday, by appointment only. Contact Julie Burks at 256-739-1258 for reservations. Bring your USB device/jump Drive, paper and pencil to save your findings. Info: Julie Burks at 256-739-1258.
2012 Nat’l Champs auto plates for sale: The Hanceville Lions Club still has some Alabama Number 15 championship plates for $5. All proceeds of the decorative auto plates benefit community projects of the Hanceville Lions Club. Those interested in purchasing a “Roll Tide” commemorative plate, may contact Kenneth Quick at 256-352-6397 or Ray Barnett at 256-352-6670.
Wallace State’s Adult Education Department encourages GED completion in 2013: Starting Jan. 2, 2014, there will be a new GED test. Anyone interested in completing the GED is encouraged to finish the test now, and take advantage of the $50 test fee that will triple in 2014. Scores will also expire at the end of 2013 if all portions of the test have not been successfully completed. Free classes to help individuals prepare for the GED are available through Wallace State’s Adult Education Department, with class locations in Cullman, Blount, Morgan and Winston counties. Call 256-352-8077 or visit www.wallacestate.edu/adulted to learn more.
Has the Rescue Squad visited your house? 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.
Sacred Heart cookbooks still available: The newly published Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church’s Building Centennial Cookbooks have arrived. The books contain over 950 pages of recipes and 100 pages of kitchen and home helpful hints. There is a comprehensive section on the uses of herbs, seasonings and spices, compiled by Master Gardener Vanda Antaillia and 12 categories of foods.
Books are a donation of $25 and will be available in the church office through Jean Brooks at 256-736-5403. Also, copies are at Deb’s Bookstore, Ave Maria Grotto and the Col. Cullmann Museum. All proceeds of the donations will be used for the upkeep of the church sanctuary.
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. BOMBINGS INVESTIGATOR: ‘SOMEBODY KNOWS WHO DID THIS’
The FBI appealed to the public for pictures or information that could lead them to arrests in the marathon explosions.
2. WHAT BOMBS IN BOSTON WERE MADE OF
The explosives-builder used kitchen pressure cookers packed with metal shards, nails and ball bearings.
3. WHO SENT POISON-LACED LETTER TO MISSISSIPPI SENATOR
Lawmakers say a person who writes letters often to them is the suspect in the mailing of a letter containing ricin to Sen. Roger Wicker.
4. STEPPED-UP SECURITY FOR THATCHER FUNERAL
World leaders from 170 countries are attending today and 4,000 police officers will secure the route that will take the former prime minister’s coffin to a London cathedral.
5. BACKGROUND CHECKS BILL IN PERIL
An Associated Press-GfK poll shows public support for gun control fell from 58 percent to 49 percent as the Senate debates tougher restrictions.
6. AIRLINE PROMISES NORMAL OPERATIONS AFTER COMPUTER CRASH
American Airlines’ outage forced it to ground all U.S. flights for hours, leaving tens of thousands passengers stranded.
7. SANFORD IN TROUBLE WITH EX-WIFE
The former South Carolina governor who divorced after admitting an affair was accused of trespassing at her home.
8. MARATHON ANOTHER ‘SOFT TARGET’ IN U.S.
The AP’s Allen G. Breed reports that the Boston bombings join movie theaters, malls and schools as one of many public spaces targeted for mass violence.
9. WHY FOX PULLED ‘FAMILY GUY’ EPISODE ON BOSTON MARATHON
The March 17 episode removed from websites shows main character Peter Griffin mowing down runners with his car at the race.
10. MADDEN REMEMBERS SUMMERALL AS ‘THE VOICE OF FOOTBALL’
The NFL-player-turned -broadcaster, who died at 82 spent half of his four-decade career famously paired with Madden.
Early weather and community news
Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
- Top News
CPD Chief, sheriff, candidates weigh in on gun bill
Candidates for Cullman County Sheriff weighed in on a bill that would let people carry loaded pistols in their vehicles without a concealed carry permit.
Arrests, incidents reports for March 6, 2014
Here is a look at the incidents that were reported to the Cullman City Police Department for Thursday:
Career tech, dual-enrollment scholarship bill passes
Local education officials hope a new dual-enrollment scholarship program created by the Alabama Legislature will help open up career opportunities for more students, by providing assistance to high school students wanting to take technology courses simultaneously at a community college.
Sheriff's office excavating for evidence in 2009 Tabitha Franklin missing woman case
The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is currently excavating at a Cullman County home in search of evidence related to the 2009 disappearance of 29-year-old Tabitha Franklin of Cullman.
Swedish singer, songwriter returning to Berkeley Bob’s (With video)
Sophia Talvik began to play the piano at the age of eight. Like a lot of youngsters she grew tired of playing scales and dropped the piano for other interests.
Duck Dynasty star joins Rock the South 2014
Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s hit reality series Duck Dynasty, has joined the Rock the South 2014 line-up as a special guest.
Rockers Shallow Side coming home for Saturday show (With video)
When Eric Boatright started playing rock and roll music with four of his closest friends back in 2010, it was mostly a hobby. But now, with a few nationwide tours and some major market radio airplay under his belt, it’s officially a career.
The Times' Morning Update for Friday, March 7, 2014
Good morning, readers, take a look at what’s going on today and this weekend:
Berlin man charged in murder of alleged girlfriend
The Berlin man arrested in connection with the shooting death of his alleged girlfriend on Sunday at their residence has now formally been charged with her murder.
Arrests, incidents reports for March 5, 2014
Here is a look at the incidents that were reported to the Cullman City Police Department for Wednesday:
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