Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
The Cullman City Street Department will have crews working on Larkwood Drive, Convent Road, St. Joseph Drive and Logan St. SW. Watch for flag crews in these areas.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 38. North wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 23. North wind around 5 mph becoming south after midnight.
Special concert at Southside Baptist: Southside Baptist Church, 2003 Main Ave. SW, Cullman 35055, will have as their guests, Canaan’s Crossing, in concert at 6 p.m. Info: Pastor Perry Knight at 256-734-4090 or 256-747-4743.
Jam session: The Town of South Vinemont will hold a jam session at 6 p.m. in the Cary C. Montgomery Scout Center, 88 Ridgeway St., Cullman 35058. Info: Vinemont Town Hall at 256-737-5411.
Rummage sale: Hopewell Baptist Church, 492 County Road 582, Hanceville 35077, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church. All proceeds go to the church building fund.
Children’s ministry conference: A children’s ministry conference, “Energize”, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2, at Daystar Church, 200 Daystar Dr., Cullman 35057. Over 28 different workshops on kids’ ministry. Cost is $49. Groups of 15 or more are only $25 each. Details: daystarchurch.tv/energize or call for information: Steve Patrick 256-737-0800, ext. 119.
Chocolate tasting extravaganza: Beta Delta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Teachers Sorority will host this event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, at St. Paul’s School Auditorium, 510 3rd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. Lots of chocolate, even sugar free. Tickets are $5 advance or at door. Takeouts available. Proceeds go to scholarship fund for a student pursuing a career in the teaching profession.
The Times seeks nominations for 2013 Unsung Heroes: The Cullman Times is seeking the community's nominations for our annual list of Unsung Heroes that will be published in our 2013 Profile edition.
Do you know someone who deserves recognition for civic or church work, community service or dedication to an activity or organization? If so, please nominate them as an Unsung Hero.
We're seeking the people who display unselfish acts of kindness, courage or generosity that make Cullman County a better place to live and work.
To nominate someone for the recognition, write us a note that describes what the person does or did that is so special. You cannot nominate yourself. We will choose six to eight for publication in Profile 2013, which is scheduled for March. We will take their photographs and invite them and the people who nominated them to a reception sometime in March.
Mail your suggestion to: Editor, 300 Fourth Ave. SE, Cullman, AL 35055 Attn: Unsung Heroes; or e-mail to email@example.com; or fax them to 736-2972. You can also drop off your suggestion at the newspaper weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to Sallee Chandler. All nominations are due in The Times office by 5 p.m. March 1, 2013.
Please include your name, address and telephone number so we can contact you if needed.
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. SUICIDE BOMBER STRIKES U.S. EMBASSY IN TURKEY
Police say the attacker detonated an explosive device at the entrance to the embassy in Ankara and a report says two security guards were killed.
2. FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR DIES
Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin and embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, dies at 88.
3. AMBER ALERTS MAY BE A TURN OFF TO SOME
A new national alert system recently rolled out to cellphones that a child had been abducted has officials worried people will choose to opt out if their phones come to life unexpectedly.
4. SOMBER CEREMONY TO MARK SHUTTLE TRAGEDY
At 10 a.m., NASA will honor the seven astronauts who perished when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas 10 years ago.
5. WHAT IS PROVING TO BE A QUANDARY IN TERROR FIGHT
AP’s Lara Jakes finds that the U.S. is struggling to confront an uptick in threats from the world’s newest jihadist hot spot — North Africa.
6. JOBS REPORT EXPECTED TO BE A MIXED BAG
The January employment report released at 8:30 a.m. is expected to show that job growth remained steady last month even though Americans began receiving smaller paychecks that could keep the economy sluggish.
7. CHINA POISED TO CONTROL STRATEGIC PAKISTANI PORT
The port, not far from the Strait of Hormuz, gives Beijing another foothold in one of the most sensitive parts of the world.
8. RETIRED PRELATE ENSNARED IN ABUSE ALLEGATIONS
Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony is relieved of his remaining duties as church releases thousands of pages of personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse.
9. A CENTENNIAL AS GRAND AS ITS NAME
Grand Central, once in danger of being demolished, is celebrating its 100th birthday with speeches, a brass band and a rollback to 1913 prices.
10. WHY A POLITICAL ODD COUPLE IS BEING SHOWERED WITH PRAISE
James Carville and Mary Matalin are the faces of the host committee for New Orleans’ biggest event in years — the Super Bowl — and say they’re humbled by the gratitude of the locals.