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January 2, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 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 painting and cleaning crews at the city parking deck.



Weather:



Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 44. North wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.



Of note:



Hand quilting workshop: The Cullman County Extension Agency will hold a hand quilting workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8, and Jan. 10, at the North Alabama Heritage Center, 1714 Tallyho Road SW, Cullman 35055. Cost is $20. All supplies will be furnished. Register by calling the Extension Agency at 256-737-9386. Workshop fee needs to be paid by Jan. 7, at the Extension Agency office at 402 Arnold St. NE, Ste. G-1, Cullman 35055.



The art of rug making: The Cullman County Extension Agency will hold a rug crafting workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21. Cost is $10. All supplies will be furnished; participants will complete a small trivet to take home - maybe to use or add more material to create a floor rug or throw rug! Register by calling the Extension Agency at 256-737-9386; fee due by Feb. 20...bring by the office at 402 Arnold St. NE, Ste. G-1, Cullman 35055.



Beauty pageant for missions: Grace Community Church, 9350 Highway 278 E, Cullman 35055, is sponsoring a beauty pageant to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the church. All proceeds will go to the church’s missions fund for a trip to Brazil. Early bird discount deadline is Jan. 12, $30 deposit holds place in line and early bird discount. Contestants will compete in beauty/formal wear and can wear optional Valentine outfit of choice. To register, or for more information, contact Tammy Reid at 256-338-3328 or email to garyzluv7@aol.com.



CCFK closed until Monday: The Cullman Caring For Kids Food Bank (402 Arnold St. NE, Ste. W-1, Cullman 35055) will be closed until Monday, Jan. 7, when it will open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. These are the food bank’s regular hours for Monday, Tuesday and Friday. The food bank is not open on other days of the week.



CPR/first aid class offered: Alabama Medical Solutions is offering a CPR/first aid class at 10 a.m. Jan. 5, at Bethsadia Volunteer Fire Department, 454 County Road 804, Cullman 35057. Cost is $30 for the CPR portion only of the instruction; or $50 for CPR/first aid. To register, email information to CPR@alabamamedicalsolutions.com or call their office at 205-441-1128.



Seniors’ driver safety class: A driver safety class, hosted by the Martha Burchell Insurance Agency, will be offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 9-10 at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce, 301 2nd Ave. SW, Cullman 35055 (256-734-0454). Taking this course may provide a reduction in auto insurance. The fee for this class is $12/AARP members and $14/non-AARP members. To register, contact Martha Burchell Insurance office at 256-727-7450 or Richard Gurley at 256-739-9883.



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. CONGRESS STAVES OFF THE ‘FISCAL CLIFF’

The House votes 257-167 to give final approval to the bill that averted spending cuts and tax hikes on the middle class.

2. THE TAX HIKE NO ONE’S TALKING ABOUT

Ending the Social Security payroll tax cut means that someone earning $50,000 will pay $1,000 more a year in taxes.

3. ANGER OVER SANDY AID

New York-area lawmakers are outraged that the House planned to end its term without approving a $60.4 billion bill for storm-battered victims.

4. BIEBER PAPARAZZO KILLED IN ACCCIDENT

The photographer is struck by a car after trying to shoot a picture of Bieber’s Ferrari.

5. A DEADLY FIREWORKS STAMPEDE

Sixty-one people were killed and more than 200 injured in the crowd after a New Year’s fireworks show on Africa’s Ivory Coast.

6. WHAT CLOSED DOWN IN SYRIA’S LARGEST CITY

Fighting between government troops and rebels forced the international airport in Aleppo to close.

7. WHO PENNSYLVANIA IS TAKING TO COURT OVER PENN STATE

The state planned to file a federal lawsuit over stiff sanctions imposed after the Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

8. MORE BACKLASH AGAINST INDIA GANG RAPE

India’s top court is deciding whether to suspend facing sexual assault charges as protests continue.

9. AN ANSWER UNEARTHED IN HATFIELD-MCCOY FEUD

Excavators found bullets believed to have been fired by the McCoys in an 1888 gun battle in eastern Kentucky.

10. BACK ON THE AIR AFTER GRILL ACCIDENT

ESPN’s Hannah Storm waved her bandaged left hand as she hosted the Rose Parade in her first appearance since she was burned three weeks ago.