Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 69. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Best bets for today and beyond:
PALS: The People Against A Littered State will meet at 8 a.m. todaty at the Cullman County Economic Development Board Room, 325 2nd St. SE, Cullman 35055. Topic: Ideas for the fair exhibit this year.
WSCC nursing students’ blood drive: Wallace State Community College’s Association of Nursing Students and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in the parking lot at the Nursing Department building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Info: Laura Chapman, ANS Faculty Advisor at 256-352-8062 or email her at email@example.com.
Free ESOL classes: Sacred Heart School, 112 2nd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055, is offering English classes for speakers of other languages, free of charge. Students need only to purchase the textbook used in the classes. Each class meets for 1 to 2 hours per week at Sacred Heart School. There are daytime, evening, weekday and weekend classes to choose from. This is for anyone wanting to learn to speak English. One does not have to attend Sacred Heart Church. Placement tests are free and there is no obligation once test is taken.
Test dates are at 6:15 p.m. Saturdays (July 20, 27) and at 4:45 p.m. Sundays (July 21, 28). You only need to take the test once, then a determination as to what level of class you will be placed in. Just come to the front door of Sacred Heart School on one of the test dates and someone will let you in to take the test. New English classes will begin again in August. Info: Sylvia Stella at 256-736-3174.
Bunco tourney: Hanceville Assembly of God, 402 Shady Lane Dr. SW, Hanceville 35077, will hold a Bunco tournament at 4 p.m. July 20, with spaghetti dinner. Cost is $20/person. Door prizes during event. All proceeds to go to the church’s building fund. Info: Jean Heaton or Amber Heaton at 256-734-0319 or 256-339-3875.
New motorcycle club: Local motorcycle riders have formed a new chapter of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club (SCRC). The Blount County SCRC, Chapter 483, is open to all riders in Blount, Cullman and surrounding counties with all makes of motorcycles who want to enjoy safe group riding and make new friends. The chapter is the newest of 30 chapters in Alabama.
The Southern Cruisers Riding Club is a free, family-oriented motorcycle national riding club that uses the web to communicate and focuses on the enjoyment and fellowship of riding motorcycles while doing so safely. There are no fees, dues or meeting requirements.
The new chapter will hold an organizational meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at About Bikes, a motorcycle shop located at 9014 US Highway 31 across from the Top Hat restaurant in Blount Springs.
Interested riders may call Tommy Brown at 205-647-8075 or John Dimmock at 205-383-5243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. More information about the SCRC is also available on the national website, http://www.southerncruisers.net/, or the Chapter 483 website, http://bcsc.forumotion.com/.
ACT prep workshops offered by WSCC Alumni Association: Students planning to take the ACT can take advantage of an opportunity provided by the Wallace State Community College Alumni Associate to prepare for the college entrance exam.
The Association will hosts workshops in the summer and fall for students anticipating the exam. The summer workshop will be held on July 25 from 1 to 5 p.m., and the fall workshop will be held on Sept. 19, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
The workshops are geared to help students learn strategies to improve their test-taking approach and provide instruction on test components including science reasoning, math, English and reading. Also included will be tips on how to prepare for the test, what to expect on test day and practice exam questions in each subject.
The $75 fee for the summer and fall workshops includes a copy of the Princeton Review “Cracking the ACT” take-home workbook to continue practice at home. An $85 fee for the fall workshop includes the workbook plus an accompanying CD.
Deadline to register for the summer workshop is July 19, and Sept. 12 for the fall workshop. Info/registration, visit www.wsccalumni.org/act, or call Natalie Godwin at 256-352-7808.
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. SENATE SHOWDOWN ON FILIBUSTERS LOOMS
The Senate makes another run at whether to allow simple-majority votes to confirm presidential nominees after senators tried overnight to hash out a deal.
2. A BLOW TO MEXICO’S MOST FEARED DRUG CARTEL
Zetas gang leader Miguel Angel Trevino was captured by Mexican marines who intercepted a pickup truck with $2 million in cash in it.
3. AG CALLS MARTIN’S SHOOTING ‘UNNECESSARY’
Eric Holder is speaking again about the acquittal of an ex-neighborhood watch man in the teen’s death while an investigation into possible civil rights charges could take months.
4. JUROR: ZIMMERMAN JURY WAS INITIALLY SPLIT
The woman known as Juror B37 tells CNN that three out of six had favored conviction, but changed their minds. The juror has since dropped an idea to write a book.
5. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON A BUDGET
The AP’s polling director Jennifer Agiesta reports that 32 percent of Americans track their income and expenses every month; 30 percent have long-term financial plans.
6. WHO SOUTH KOREA BLAMES FOR CYBERATTACKS
An investigator’s report says North Korea shut down major websites on the Korean War’s 63rd anniversary, based on an analysis of codes and Internet addresses.
7. SHIP SEIZED WITH ARMS IN PANAMA
The country’s president says it has seized a North Korean-flagged boat carrying what appear to be ballistic missiles and other arms from Cuba.
8. JODI ARIAS BACK IN COURT
Her lawyers want to throw out a jury’s finding that made her eligible for the death penalty for shooting and stabbing her on-again, off-again boyfriend.
9. WATERGATE FIGURE DIES
Leonard Garment, an adviser who urged President Richard Nixon not to destroy tapes of his conversations, was 89.
10. ON DECK AT ALL-STAR GAME: YOUNG TALENT
Mike Trout, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are playing in tonight’s game, among a wave of skilled, youthful players changing the makeup of the Big Leagues.
Early weather and community news
Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
- Top News
Work continues on championship field at Ingle Park; bathroom expansion coming at Aquatic Center
A new championship-caliber field at Ingle Park is set to open this spring, along with several other upgrades and additions across the Cullman City Parks and Recreation system.
Appointed county superintendent listing closes March 21
The official job listing for the Cullman County Board of Education’s new appointed superintendent went live a few weeks ago, and the March 21 deadline to apply is quickly approaching.
Newcomer Bruce Whitlock challenging Bussman for District 4 seat
Small business owner Bruce Whitlock is making his first foray into politics by challenging incumbent Alabama Sen. Paul Bussman, R-Cullman, for the Republican nomination for the District 4 seat.
Hundreds walk to raise money for MS cure
Hundreds came out to Heritage Park Saturday morning to support loved ones diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and raise money for a cure by participating in the Cullman MS Walk.
CRMC partners with Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ for luncheon, refresh a room campaign
Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Refresh a Room Campaign partnered with Jim ‘N Nick’s restaurant for a hospital-wide luncheon to help better inform the community about proposed renovations for the hospital, while giving free lunches to the staff members on Thursday.
Blaze destroys equipment at Hanceville business
Multiple vehicles and a storage building were destroyed after an acetylene (oxygen/acetylene) welding torch started a fire at Kretzschmar Motors Inc. in Hanceville Friday just after 11 a.m.
(UPDATED) One-year-old dies on birthday, mother’s boyfriend arrested
A Cullman man has been charged with aggravated child abuse in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son.
Arrests, incidents reports for March 13, 2014
Here is a look at the incidents that were reported to the Cullman City Police Department for Thursday:
Tourism on the rise: Cullman Co. slightly ahead of state growth in travel spending
Riding a wave of major events like Rock the South, along with renewed interest in downtown growth, Cullman County showed a 3.4 percent increase in travel spending for 2013 when compared to the previous year.
Good Hope to add traffic light near Wilco-Hess travel center
A traffic light will be added on Super Saver Road near the Jack’s Western Wear outlet store to accompany the Wilco-Hess travel center expected to be complete in the next six months.
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- Work continues on championship field at Ingle Park; bathroom expansion coming at Aquatic Center