Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
The Cullman City Street Department’s patch crew will be working on 4th St. SE. Also, Broadway Ave. is closed temporarily due to downed tree limbs; the city crew is working to removed the debris.
Today, showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 57. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Tonight, showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 55. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
SWCD meeting: The Cullman Soil and Water Conservation District’s supervisors’ meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. in the USDA Service Center, 501 4th St. SW, Cullman 35055. All interested persons may attend.
Seniors’ drivers safety class: A driver safety class, hosted by the Martha Burchell Insurance Agency, will be offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. today and tomorrow at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce, 301 2nd Ave. SW, Cullman 35055 (256-734-0454). Taking this course may provide a reduction in auto insurance. The fee for this class is $12/AARP members and $14/non-AARP members.
To register, contact Martha Burchell Insurance office at 256-727-7450 or Richard Gurley at 256-739-9883.
Beauty pageant for missions: Grace Community Church, 9350 Highway 278 E, Cullman 35055, is sponsoring a beauty pageant to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the church. All proceeds will go to the church’s missions fund for a trip to Brazil. Early bird discount deadline is Jan. 12, $30 deposit holds place in line and early bird discount. Contestants will compete in beauty/formal wear and can wear optional Valentine outfit of choice. To register/info: Tammy Reid at 256-338-3328 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oktoberfest 2013: The 2013 Cullman Oktoberfest Committee is currently accepting proposals for an entertainment promoter for the fall event (Oct. 5-12, 2013). Those interested in submitting a proposal should contact Julie Burks at the Cullman County Museum at 256-739-1258 or by email at email@example.com; a scope of services will be sent. Deadline for submission is Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.
Rummage/bake sale: Refuge Church, 1115 Highway 278, Cullman 35055, will hold a rummage and bake sale Jan. 25-26. Spaces for rent are $20 (plus a $10 cleanup depost, refunded when area cleaned). All proceeds to go to building fund. Info: Patricia Chapman at 256-796-7070.
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.WHERE THE NRA IS FOCUSING GUN RIGHTS FIGHT
The group is opposing Obama’s judicial nominees seen as likely to enforce stronger gun control laws.
2. MONTHS OF PREPARATION FOR THE COLORADO THEATER SHOOTING
Police testified James Holmes bought tear gas grenades two months before the rampage that killed 12 and chemicals to booby-trap his apartment.
3. A SYRIAN PRISONER SWAP
Rebels freed 48 Iranians held captive since August for more than 2,000 Syrians in what appeared to be the first prisoner swap of the civil war.
4. HOTTEST. YEAR. EVER.
U.S. temperatures were off the charts during 2012, a year marked by drought and a barely there winter.
5. WHAT THE US SEES IN PHOTOS OF MISSING INVESTIGATOR
Intelligence officials tell the AP Iran was behind images and video sent to the family of ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in 2007.
6. SIRI, WHAT SHOULD I WATCH?
TVs of the future will respond to voice commands, allowing viewers to chuck the remote.
7. ARMSTRONG AGREES TO TALK ABOUT DOPING
The interview with Oprah Winfrey addressing charges he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career will air Jan. 17.
8. WHY YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF KANAKANAVU
There are only 10 speakers on the planet of the aboriginal language from Taiwan.
9. TWITTER EXPLODES OVER ‘BAMA QB’S GIRLFRIEND
Ex-Miss Alabama Katherine Webb now has more followers than boyfriend AJ McCarron after ESPN cameras lingered on her at the championship game.
10. WHO’S NOMINATED FOR THE BRITISH ‘OSCARS’
“Lincoln” led with 10 nominations, “Les Miserables” and “Life of Pi” nabbed nine each in the British Academy Film Awards race.
Early weather, traffic and community news
Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
- Top News
Residents want ‘humility,’ ‘accountability’ in next school superintendent
Local residents want a humble, accountable and visionary leader to take over as the next superintendent of the Cullman County Board of Education — at least according to a survey that’ll be used to whittle down the five finalists for the position.
Merchants Bank embraces corporate citizen role
Established in 1907, in Hanceville, Merchants Bank is one of the concerned and caring businesses that make Cullman such a special place to live. Because of businesses like this one, and others who make it a point to give back to the community, Cullman can offer services, recreation and educational opportunities that are enjoyed throughout the county.
Gentry leads February fundraising in sheriff’s race
Cullman County Sheriff candidate Matt Gentry outraised incumbent Mike Rainey in February campaign fundraising, however the sitting sheriff still maintains a larger campaign fund.
HPD: Boaz man charged with attempted murder after trying to run over police chief
A Boaz man is in jail on attempted murder charges after Hanceville police said he tried to run over the city’s police chief Friday afternoon.
County park sponsoring Bassmasters Elite Series Pro fisherman Kevin Hawk
Cullman County hopes to reel in more business and tourism at Smith Lake by signing Bassmasters Elite Series professional fisherman Kevin Hawk to a two-year sponsorship, officials announced Friday.
Hanceville woman arrested for two counts of drug distribution
A Hanceville woman was arrested by Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) agents on Thursday for previously selling meth to undercover officers.
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.
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