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November 29, 2012

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

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 County Street Department will close 4th St. SE between 3rd and 2nd Ave. SE for Power Board workers who will be trenching.



Weather:



Today will be sunny, with a high near 61. East wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 36. Southeast wind around 5 mph.



Best bets today and beyond:



OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 4:45 p.m. today in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 256-747-6218 or 256-352-1143.

A Christmas Carol: The Dickens’ classic tale, “A Christmas Carole” — now adapted by the Cullman High School Theatre as “A CHS Christmas Carol Spectacular,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the CHS auditorium. Tickets are $5/adults; and $3/children and students. Live music will be provided by the CHS Choral Music Department. All proceeds will benefit the CHS Fine Arts Departments.



Christmas tree lot now open: The Cullman High School baseball boosters will sell Christmas trees at the lot across from Eckenrod Ford, at the intersection of Highway 31 and Highway 157. Open now through Dec. 15, hours of operation will be 5 to 8 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, or to preorder, contact Shawn Willingham at 256-734-3531 or Chris Murphree at 256-531-2005. All proceeds to go to the CHS Baseball Boosters.



5K and Kids’ Fun Run for Relay: Merchants Bank Relay For Life team will host a 5K Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Bernard ‘s running trails. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., 5k at 8 a.m. and fun run for kids is after the 5K is finished. Entry fee is $25/5K. Pre-registered runners will get a T-shirt; preregister by dropping form off at any Merchant Bank location or mail to: Merchant Bank Relay For Life, ATTN: Elizabeth Nichols, 900 2nd Ave. SW, Cullman 35055. No T-shirts given to those who register day of. Runners may register day of for the 5K event only. Make all checks payable to Relay For Life/American Cancer Society.



Want to do something fun with the family, but not spend a lot of money? Stroll through Holly Pond Park and view the Christmas Cards in the Park display. Lots of photo opportunities - fun and festive! This event is available all through the month of December. Sponsored by the Town of Holly Pond.



Cullman County Christmas Parade: The Hanceville Civitan Club will present the Cullman County Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at Wallace State Community College and ending at Hanceville City Hall, where Santa will visit with children. This year’s grand marshall will be Herman Reid. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Reid is a decorated war hero, Herman represented Cullman as well as the state of Alabama honorably and courageously. Herman Reid has been an esteemed member of Civitan International for 58 years of service. A lifelong deacon of Good Hope Baptist Church, an honored member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars for over 60 years. Mr. Reid served as the first mayor of Good Hope and served for 22 years. Governor Guy Hunt, by official proclamation, declared Aug. 7 as Herman Reid Day in Alabama. Herman currently serves as chairman of the Cullman County Mental Health Board as well as being a board member of the Margaret Jean Jones Center. He is a charter member of both the Cullman Civitan Club and the Hanceville Civitan Club. Info: Joann Walls at 256-352-9799.



Cullman Art Guild: In place of the regular business meeting, the November/December meeting of the Cullman Art Guild will be a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at the Shop Around the Corner, 908 2nd Ave. NW, Cullman 35055. This is open to any artists and craftspeople. Existing members or those interested in membership are welcome. Bring whatever you like to make. Begin arriving at 6 p.m. RSVP to Laura Walker if you plan to attend at 256-775-1775.



A day with CHS cheerleaders: Children ages kindergarten through sixth grade will have a chance to sign up for a day with CHS cheerleaders Saturday, Dec. 1. They can play games, learn cheers, jumps and dances while you do your Christmas shopping. The day begins at 9 a.m. and ends promptly at noon in the new gym at Cullman High School. Cost is $25 per child. Register at East Elementary (Rita Dean); West Elementary (Vicki Parker); or Cullman Primary (Tracie Kirkwood); or register at door on the day of the event. Info: email Haley Nix at hnix@cullmancats.net.



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 (times in EST):

1. WHAT PALESTINIANS ARE POISED TO GAIN FROM THE UN

Today’s vote on recognizing a Palestinian state could give them leverage in future border talks with Israel.

2. RUSH TOWARD ‘FISCAL CLIFF’ SLOWS A BIT

The White House and a key Democrat hint at concessions on taxes and cuts, while more Republicans seem ready to give ground.

3. WHO IS WAKING UP AS MILLIONAIRES

Powerball officials say winning tickets were sold in Missouri and Arizona to split the $579.9 million jackpot.

4. RULING EXPECTED IN CONCORDE CRASH APPEAL

A French appeals court is set to decide today whether to uphold a manslaughter conviction against Continental Airlines for the fiery crash in which 113 were killed.

5. IN EGYPT, FEARS OF A ‘SECOND REVOLUTION’

President Morsi faces an unprecedented strike by the courts and massive opposition protests after his decrees placing him above oversight of any kind.

6. OBAMA TO ROMNEY: LET’S DO LUNCH

The political rivals will break bread today at the White House. It’ll be their first meeting since the election.

7. HOW A BILL COULD IMPACT POLICE SEARCHES OF EMAILS

The proposed law being considered by a Senate committee today requires authorities to get a warrant before accessing private information.

8. DOZENS OF MONKS HURT AT MYANMAR MINE PROTEST

Security forces used water cannons on the spiritual devotees just hours before opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was to visit the area.

9. WHY GOTHAM’S GLOWING A BIT BRIGHTER

Some 30,000 bulbs festooning the 80-foot Christmas tree in NYC’s Rockefeller Center are now beaming forth.

10. LINDSAY LOHAN ARRESTED IN NYC

In her latest run-in with the law, police say the actress hit a woman during an argument at a nightclub.