Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today we have a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Tonight, expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 52. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent .
CRMC’s Breastfeeding support group: This group will meet at 9 a.m. in the CRMC Community Education Center in Professional Office Building II (1912 Alabama Highway 157, POB II, Cullman, AL 35058). Info: CRMC Nursery at 256-737-2221.
VFW Tuesday night dance: A country dance will be held at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the VFW, 112 Veterans Ave., Cullman 35055. Concessions available — no alcohol or smoking allowed. Admission is $5, public welcome. Stoney Lonesome Band will be entertainment. Info: Jeanette Caples at 256-287-0221. VFW building rentals are available Sunday through Friday. Info: Commander Jerry Willibey at 256-347-0807. Proceeds cover cost of renting building.
SSCWA dinner reminder: The SSCWA dinner will be today at the Red Rooster Retreat. Info: John Teague at 205-621-9591 or Beth Scalf at 678-570-5246.
For Kids’ Sake Variety Show auditions: The 2013 Bownes Memorial For Kid’s Sake Variety Show Auditions will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Professional Office Building II – 1912 AL Highway 157, POB 2, Cullman 35058.
The auditions are open to children age 4 through 20. Vocalists, dancers, twirlers, instrumentalists and groups/ensembles are invited to audition. Judging is based on audience appeal and family entertainment value. Audition length is two minutes for solo performers and three minutes for groups of two or more. There is a $30 tax-deductible donation for individual performers and $60 tax-deductible donation for groups of two or more performers.
Those interested in auditioning should bring a completed “Entry and Audition” form to the audition. Forms may be obtained online at www.crmchospital.com/FKS, by contacting the Foundation office at 256-737-2604 or forms will be available at the registration table the evening of the auditions.
Performers auditioning should remember that the Variety Show features talent for family entertainment, not competition, and that the same talent performed during auditions must be performed at the For Kid’s Sake Show Feb. 16, 2013. All performers are encouraged to make sure all attire and performances are age appropriate and outfits worn for auditions should be the same as the ones worn in the performance. Any participants that require music for their audition must bring a CD for their audition and performance. If any participant requires a keyboard for your audition, please notify the CRMC Foundation office by no later than Thursday, Dec. 13.
The 2013 Bownes Memorial For Kid’s Sake Variety Show will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre located in the Student Center at Wallace State Community College.
For additional information on the For Kids’ Sake event, contact the CRMC Foundation Office at 256-737-2604 or 256-737-2565. The CRMC Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by IRS rules. All proceeds from this event benefit the nursery and pediatric care at Cullman Regional Medical Center.
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. ATTACKED BY AN UNEXPECTED ENEMY
The AP’s Robert Burns reports that Afghan soldiers, not the Taliban, were responsible for an attack that killed two U.S. soldiers inside an Afghan army base in 2011.
2. WHY EGYPT’S MEDIA SHUT DOWN
Several newspapers suspended publication to protest decrees that would give President Mohammed Morsi nearly unrestricted powers.
3. RYAN MOVES FROM CAMPAIGN TO ‘FISCAL CLIFF’
The former vice presidential contender has joined GOP strategy meetings for dodging a budget meltdown.
4. WHO IS HAPPIEST ABOUT THE ROYAL PREGNANCY
Americans just might rival their British cousins in their excitement over a new heir to the throne.
Flu season came earlier than it has in a decade, and with a strain that tends to make people sicker.
6. REBUILD, DON’T MOVE OUT
A New York City program aims to repair storm-battered homes rather than finding new digs for thousands.
7. WHY PHOENIX POLICE WANT TO FIND AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL
Authorities say the girl has leukemia and could die within days if her parents don’t bring her back to the hospital.
8. NEW JUDGE NEEDED IN FORT HOOD TRIAL
A military court tosses the judge from the case, saying he didn’t appear impartial after ordering the suspect in the 2009 rampage to shave his beard.
9. TAKING A TEST TO BECOME A TEACHER
The national teachers’ union calls for a written test much like a lawyer’s bar exam and a minimum grade point average.
10. ROOKIE’S 1-POINT WIN TIGHTENS THE RACE FOR THE NFC EAST
Robert Griffin III’s touchdown gave the Washington Redskins a 17-16 win over the New York Giants and put the Redskins a game out of first place.
Early weather and community news
Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
- Top News
Merchants Bank embraces corporate citizen role
Established in 1907, in Hanceville, Merchants Bank is one of the concerned and caring businesses that make Cullman such a special place to live. Because of businesses like this one, and others who make it a point to give back to the community, Cullman can offer services, recreation and educational opportunities that are enjoyed throughout the county.
Gentry leads February fundraising in sheriff’s race
Cullman County Sheriff candidate Matt Gentry outraised incumbent Mike Rainey in February campaign fundraising, however the sitting sheriff still maintains a larger campaign fund.
HPD: Boaz man charged with attempted murder after trying to run over police chief
A Boaz man is in jail on attempted murder charges after Hanceville police said he tried to run over the city’s police chief Friday afternoon.
County park sponsoring Bassmasters Elite Series Pro fisherman Kevin Hawk
Cullman County hopes to reel in more business and tourism at Smith Lake by signing Bassmasters Elite Series professional fisherman Kevin Hawk to a two-year sponsorship, officials announced Friday.
Hanceville woman arrested for two counts of drug distribution
A Hanceville woman was arrested by Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) agents on Thursday for previously selling meth to undercover officers.
CPD Chief, sheriff, candidates weigh in on gun bill
Candidates for Cullman County Sheriff weighed in on a bill that would let people carry loaded pistols in their vehicles without a concealed carry permit.
Arrests, incidents reports for March 6, 2014
Here is a look at the incidents that were reported to the Cullman City Police Department for Thursday:
Career tech, dual-enrollment scholarship bill passes
Local education officials hope a new dual-enrollment scholarship program created by the Alabama Legislature will help open up career opportunities for more students, by providing assistance to high school students wanting to take technology courses simultaneously at a community college.
Sheriff's office excavating for evidence in 2009 Tabitha Franklin missing woman case
The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is currently excavating at a Cullman County home in search of evidence related to the 2009 disappearance of 29-year-old Tabitha Franklin of Cullman.
Swedish singer, songwriter returning to Berkeley Bob’s (With video)
Sophia Talvik began to play the piano at the age of eight. Like a lot of youngsters she grew tired of playing scales and dropped the piano for other interests.
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