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February 26, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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



Traffic:



The Cullman City Street Department will be working at the Agriplex Center. Patch crews will be working on Dahlke Drive NE and 4th Ave. SE.



Weather:



Today: A 30 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 53. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph.

Tonight: Cloudy, with a low around 36. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.



Best bets for today and beyond:



VFW Tuesday night dance: A country dance will be held at 7 p.m. today at the VFW, 112 Veterans Ave., Cullman 35055. Concessions available — no alcohol or smoking allowed. Admission is $5, public welcome. Stoney Lonesome Band will be entertainment. Info: Jeanette Caples at 256-287-0221. Drawing for door prizes. Special gift for those who bring most guests with them for the dance. $5 at door to cover rental of building. Info: David Caples at 256-287-0221.



Musical evening at Daystar: A benefit concert will be held for heart patient Jimmy Brown to help with medical expenses at 7 p.m. March 8, at Daystar Church, 200 Daystar Drive, Cullman 35057. Straitway Quartet and the Ms. Senior Alabama winners will be performing. Love offering will be taken. Anyone may attend.



Pick up your entry form for the Queen of Hearts pageant: Harmony School, 4910 County Road 940, Logan 35098, will hold the Queen of Hearts pageant at 2 p.m. March 9, in the school gym. Open to the public, from birth to 18 years. Forms available at Harmony School, Avenue Bridals and McGukin Civic Center. All proceeds benefits school’s needs. Info: School office at 256-747-1427.



Dinner, bake sale and a raffle! The Child Development Center’s annual fundraiser will consist of dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, 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.



Calling all artists: The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts announce the 27th annual Arts Alive juried fine arts and crafts festival in Florence, May 18-19, 2013. Deadline for entries is March 1, 2013. Artists may exhibit their work in the arts center gallery (work remains up until June 21, 2013), outdoors in Wilson Park for the festival weekend, or in both places. Arts Alive is a juried show awarding over $6,200. Categories are clay, fiber, glass, metal work, jewelry, painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media and photography. Entry fee for the gallery exhibition is $30 (non refundable) — maximum of three pieces. Fee to enter and have a booth in Wilson Park is $100. If not accepted for park, fees minus a jury fee of $30 will be refunded. To request an entry form and more information, write to: Arts Alive Festival, 217 E. Tuscaloosa St., Florence, AL 35630; call: Mhairi Frank, Chair at 256-757-9913; e-mail: TihairifranK@bellsouth.net; download entry form at www.ArtsAliveAlabama.com.



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. EGYPT BALLOON ACCIDENT KILLS 18 TOURISTS

Nine tourists from Hong Kong were among the victims of the crash of the hot air balloon into sugar cane fields near the ancient city of Luxor.

2. DOOMSDAY PREDICTIONS FOR AUTOMATIC BUDGET CUTS

Obama is drumming up public concern with predictions of lost military resources, jobless benefits and vital services.

3. STAKES HIGH FOR IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS

World powers are offering Iran new sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program, but set low expectations for diplomatic talks beginning today.

4. ROCKET FIRED FROM GAZA INTO ISRAEL

The attack into the southern city of Ashkelon caused no injuries but raised tensions two weeks ahead of Obama’s visi.

5. MIDWEST BRACES FOR SECOND BLIZZARD

Kansas City declared a state of emergency after the storm lashed the Texas Panhandle with hurricane-force winds.

6. LESSONS FROM A CAREER WITH FOUR POPES

AP correspondent Victor L. Simpson says that over 35 years, he’s learned popes can be forthcoming when on planes.

7. FIRST TERROR ATTACK ON WORLD TRADE CENTER

Today is the 20th anniversary of the 1993 truck bombing that killed six people and injured more than 1,000.

8. HOW A FORMER SURGEON GENERAL SURPRISED CONSERVATIVES

The late C. Everett Koop set aside his personal views on homosexuality and become a leader in sex education to prevent the spread of AIDS.  

9. GET READY FOR .APP, .VEGAS, .TECH AND MORE

By year’s end, hundreds of Internet address suffixes to rival “.com” should be available for people and businesses to use.

10. WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOUR MESSAGES AREN’T ANSWERED

Sometimes there’s a technical glitch that gets in the way of receiving it. Or, they just don’t want to talk to you.