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April 17, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Early weather and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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



Weather:



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.