Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
The Cullman City Street Department reports that Sunset Drive off Highway 278 and Convent Road will be closed to traffic; Beech Avenue will have traffic delays due to maintenance. Also, in the downtown area, a crew will be painting curbs — drivers should be aware of their presence and proceed with caution.
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind around 5 mph.
Best bets for today and beyond:
Summer youth camps: Cullman City Parks and Recreation will host several camps this summer. Registration for all activities will be at the McGukin Civic Center-Cullman.
Archery camp: June 25-27, with a second camp from July 29-Aug. 2. Campers will meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cullman Archery Park. For ages 7-14. Cost will be $75.
Junior tennis lessons: Sessions will begin on these three dates: June 17 and July 8. All three sessions will be held at 8 a.m.: Beginners Monday-Thursday; intermediate and advanced on same days at 9 a.m.
For more information, contact the civic center office at 256-734-9157 or email Waid Harbison at email@example.com.
Free goat and sheep pasture walk: Pasture Walk and Farm Tour will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 29. Informal talk and pasture walk will include a tour of Rick Story’s farm. Rick is a livestock producer with a great forage management program, and he has an efficient rainwater collection system to provide some of his water needs on the farm.
Experts from Alabama Cooperative Extension and USDA’s NRCS office will be on hand to discuss beneficial concepts and programs. Representatives from producer groups and other producers will be there to talk and share about their experiences.
The Story farm is at 3775 County Road 783, Cullman 35083 (Holly Pond community).
Preregistration is necessary to ensure adequate refreshments for all, participation is free. Contact the Cullman County Extension Office to register at 256-737-9386 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details and a map to the farm visit the following web address: http://goo.gl/d1U4Z.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
• Livingston Chapel United Methodist Church, 16609 County Road 222, Crane Hill 35053, 6 to 8:30 p.. June 30-July 3. Info: Kaci Williams at 256-747-6392 or Angela Calvert at 256-796-1965.
• Macedonia Baptist Church, 1384 County Road 1101, Vinemont 35179, kickoff 4 to 7 p.m. July 6 with preregistration, water slide, blowup fun, food and other activities. For all ages. VBS is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 8-12.
• Mt. Pleasant Church-Nesmith, kickoff at 5 p.m. July 7; 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 8-12.
• Daystar Church, 6:30 p.m. July 28-31, preregister at www.daystarchurch.tv/kidfest2013. Info: Church office at 256-737-0800.
• Center Grove Baptist Church, 4607 County Road 1545, Cullman 35058, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 8-11; community block party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 12.
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. RUSSIA CALLS DEMAND FOR EXTRADITING SNOWDEN ‘UNACCEPTABLE’
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov lashed out at the U.S. for warning negative consequences if Russia doesn’t turn over the NSA leaker.
2. SEARCHING FOR SNOWDEN
Lavrov says Snowden hadn’t crossed the Russian border. He didn’t board a Cuba-bound flight he was registered on in Moscow and the country where he sought asylum doesn’t know where he is.
3. ATTACK ON AFGHAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
Taliban militants with military-style uniforms infiltrated one of the most secure areas of the capital; all eight attackers died. It wasn’t clear whether Karzai was at the palace.
4. INTERNET SHUTDOWN ON KOREA ANNIVERSARY
Major websites in both North and South Korea crashed for hours on the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean war.
5. WHAT PROSECUTORS WANT ZIMMERMAN JURY TO HEAR
They will ask a judge today to allow phone calls the ex-neighborhood watchman made to police about suspicious people in his neighborhood.
6. OBAMA’S CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN
The president will propose the first-ever carbon dioxide emission limits on new and existing power plants at a speech today.
7. IMMIGRATION TEST CLEARS WAY FOR SENATE VOTE
Senate passage of the overhaul that allows millions a chance at citizenship is likely this week, but House Republicans have shown little support.
8. WHY THE WEATHER IS SO EXTREME
The AP’s Seth Borenstein says the jet stream that generally rushes from west to east in a straight line has been wobbly and going north and south.
9. ANOTHER BUSINESS DROPS PAULA DEEN
Smithfield Foods, which sold hams with Deen’s name on it, ended its relationship with the food celebrity after she admitted using racial slurs.
10. LAST-MINUTE GOALS POWER CHICAGO TO STANLEY CUP
Brian Bickell and Dave Bolland each scored 17 seconds apart to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins and its second Cup in four years.
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