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August 22, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, Aug. 22, 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 have patch crews working on Tanner Drive NW and 3rd Ave. NW, and a crew working on curbing on Swafford Road between Cherokee and Highway 31.



Weather:



Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Calm wind.



Best bets for today and beyond:



Cullman City Board of Education: The Board will meet at 1 p.m. today for a capital plan committee meeting, in the City Board of Education board room, 301 1st St. NE, Cullman 35055.



Midway community dance: The Midway Community Center will hold a dance at 7 p.m. today featuring the Classic Country Band. Admission is $4; all proceeds go to upkeep of community center, 164 Midway Road, Union Grove 35175.



OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 4:45 p.m. today in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.



Bow-wow of a dogfest: St. Paul’s Lutheran School will hold Dogfest 2013 at 9 a.m. (registration) Saturday, Aug. 24, at the school at 510 3rd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. ALL dogs must be on a leash.

Events begin at 9:30 a.m. and include the wiener dog race ($5 entry fee), $10 for all side categories: Cutest, most talented, ugliest, cutest bathing suit, best dressed, most like owner and best kisser (lick owner’s face). Also, a dog parade will follow. Concessions available for humans: Hotdogs, chips, soda. Proceeds to benefit the Cullman Animal Shelter and St. Paul’s Lutheran School Scholarship Fund.



Girl Scouts swim party: All girls in K-5th grades are invited to a swim party from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 24, at Nesmith Pool. Information will be available on current troops and starting new troops. The fee is $2 for each swimmer and is good for all day; parents must sign a permission form for children to swim. The registration fee to join Girl Scouts is $15. For information, contact Jennifer Parker at 256-620-0828 or jparker@girlscoutsnca.org.



Farm Y’all: This farm-to-fork festival will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Festhalle Market Platz near Cullman’s Warehouse District. There will be local food, celebrity chefs, musical entertainment and contests, and vendors for cold drinks, chicken, produce for sale and homemade ice cream. Admission is free, so y’all come!

Also, a giant watermelon contest will be held; local kids to participate in giant pumpkin weigh-in.

For more information, visit www.farmyall.com or contact the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce at 256-734-0454.



10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. NSA REVEALS DATA-MINING MISTAKES

The agency says it mended its ways after scooping up tens of thousands of emails and other communications with no connection to terrorism.

2. MANNING HANDED 35-YEAR SENTENCE

But with good behavior and credit for time served, the soldier who spilled secrets to WikiLeaks could be paroled in as little as seven years, his lawyer says.

3. US, ALLIES PRESSURE ASSAD

The West is demanding that Syria allow a U.N. team to investigate the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack that may have killed hundreds, including many children.

4, FOR MUBARAK, LIMITED FREEDOM

The deposed autocrat will be freed from jail — but put under house arrest, Egypt’s military government decrees.

5. DEFENDANT IN FORT HOOD MASSACRE YIELDS TO HIS FATE

The Army psychiatrist rests his case without calling a single witness or testifying in his own defense.

6. WHAT’S CHANGED SINCE THE ‘63 MARCH ON WASHINGTON

The civil rights movement has come to embrace gay rights in the half-century since the galvanizing march led by Martin Luther King Jr.

7. VEEP’S SON ON THE MEND

After “a successful procedure” at a Texas cancer center, Beau Biden will be discharged Thursday, his father says.

8. WHERE THE MOVIE INDUSTRY LAGS TV

Major studios still are reluctant to feature gay and lesbian characters in film roles, an advocacy group says.

9. DOLPHIN DETECTIVE HUNTS KILLER

The founder of a stranding center joins an intensive inquiry into the hundreds of East Coast dolphin deaths this summer. Some of the mammals have tested positive for a virus blamed in a 1987 die-off.

10. WHY GOOGLE’S A HOT TOPIC

Talks with the NFL raise speculation that the Internet behemoth covets the contract for the league’s Sunday Ticket package.