The Cullman Times
Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
The Cullman City Street Department will have a patch crew working on Dialsdale Dr. SW and Industrial Dr. SW.
Today: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 73. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild: The Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. today at the Cullman County Museum at 211 2nd Ave. NE, Cullman 35055. Visitors welcome.
Beautification awards nomination deadline is today: Verizon Wireless is the 2013 sponsor of the Cullman Chamber’s 22nd annual Community Improvement Beautification Awards. If you are a Chamber member and have a business that you would like to nominate, forms are available at the Chamber or electronically by contacting Jackie Moore via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-255-0723.
Plant sale: The Cullman County Master Gardeners will sell their plants at the Strawberry Festival today and Saturday at Depot Park. Also, information for the upcoming Master Gardeners Class 2014 will be available. For more information, contact Lora Raley at 256-775-7407.
Pancake breakfast: The Holly Pond Lions Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 6 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Holly Pond Lions Club Park, 147 Lions Club Park Road, Holly Pond 35083. $5 all you can eat: Pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, orange juice, milk. Sugar-free syrup available on request. All proceeds benefit the Lions Club Sight Project.
Book sale at the county library: The Cullman County Public Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at 200 Clark St. NE, Cullman 35055. For more information, contact Lesia Coleman at 256-734-2720, ext. 23. A large variety of adults’/children’s books and audiovisuals will be for sale.
Calling all bikers - Bug Run Saturday: Charlie Leather’s “Bug Run” will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Charlie’s, 230 Highway 278 W, Cullman. The run is to benefit “Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation,” for children 21 years and younger with a life-threatening disease. Pre-register for the 120-mile ride (takes about 2 hours and 37 minutes) at Charlie’s or register day of ride. Cost is $25/rider; $30 with passenger. Food, music, door prizes. Items to be auctioned include 2 helmets and a vest autographed by Ted Nugent. Info: Charles Leather at 256-734-8774; or Rick Halverson at 256-747-8119 or 256-615-3845.
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 WHO MAY HAVE SURVIVED 17 DAYS IN BANGLADESH RUBBLE
Rescue workers stop clearing the site of a collapsed factory building after a soldier says a woman waved her hand at them.
2. WITHDRAWING FROM THE WORLD
A global gang of criminals drains $45 million in a matter of hours from reserves held by banks to fund pre-paid credit cards.
3. POLICE DESCRIBE CLEVELAND CAPTIVES’ ORDEAL
Horrific details emerge about the captivity of three women, while prosecutors weigh seeking the death penalty for suspect Ariel Castro.
4. HOW OBAMA IS PROMOTING HIS HEALTH CARE LAW
The president is targeting women and young people to help him stave off GOP challenges to “Obamacare.”
5. WHERE MEN AND WOMEN ARE BATTLING OVER THE RIGHT TO PRAY
Israeli police are holding back hundreds of men protesting against women praying at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.
6. THE NEW ‘SCOTT’ AND ‘JENNIFER’
Jacob and Sophia have become the top names for baby boys and girls. Parents with perhaps greater expectations are opting for the increasingly popular “Messiah.”
7. WHY AT LEAST ONE SON DOESN’T LIKE MAKING MOM HIS ‘FRIEND’
Some Facebook users don’t care for the comments mothers share on the social media site.
8. OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST KILLED IN YACHT ACCIDENT
A sailboat capsizes in San Francisco Bay during a practice for the upcoming America’s Cup, trapping Andrew “Bart” Simpson of Great Britain underneath.
9. LAST ORIGINAL JUDGE LEAVING ‘AMERICAN IDOL’
Randy Jackson, after 12 seasons, says he wants to focus on his record label and other business opportunities.
10. SPOTLIGHT FINDS AUTHOR ONCE AGAIN
F. Scott Fitzgerald is enjoying a posthumous revival with the latest film remake of “The Great Gatsby,” opening today.