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February 27, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Early weather and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:



Weather:



Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. West wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 5 to 10 mph.



Looking forward:



Severe weather USDA programs available: USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers several important programs that help producers recover from disaster damage and livestock deaths. Among the key programs available to address impacts from disasters are the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. Fact sheets for all of these programs can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov [http://www.fsa.usda.gov]; click on “Newsroom”, then “Fact Sheets”.



Calling all WSCC alumni: Here are a few WSCC Alumni events:

March 8: Pickin’ Adventure, the American Pickers Antique Archeology Store and the Factory Arts Mall trip to Nashville from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $30 and includes transportation. Lunch is at own expense at the mall.

March 11: Preparing for the ACT Workshop from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $75 and includes instruction and take-home workbook.

March 22: Setting Up a Simple Website from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $25.

April 19: Nursing Alumni Connection from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $35 in advance, $45 day of event. 6 hours of CEU credit.

Anyone aged 13 and above may participate in the activities, but if they are under 18 for the Pickin’ Adventure, they must be accompanied by an adult.

All proceeds from these events benefits the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund for WSCC students and to set up transfer scholarships to four-year institutions.

For more information or to register (debit/credit card), visit www.wsccalumni.org or contact (to pay by check) Natalie Godwin at 256-352-7808. Deadline is one week prior to event.



Miss Fairala pageant: The Fairview PTO is accepting entries for the Little Miss Fairala Pageant that will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, in the Fairview High School auditorium. This pageant is open to girls from any community. There are four age divisions: Baby Miss birth-11 months, Toddler Miss 12-23 months, Tiny Miss 2-3 years, Petite Miss 4-5 years (not in kindergarten). Receive an early bird discount of $10 if you register by March 1. Fairview students will compete in the school pageant at 2 p.m. All participants will receive a participation crown. For more information, contact Sherri Tankersley at 256-339-1914.



Dinner, bake sale and a raffle: The Child Development Center’s annual fundraiser will consist of dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, along with a bake sale and raffle. The dinner is loaded jumbo potato with your choice of barbecue or chili, and a drink. Dine in or carry out. Raffle tickets are a $1 each and many items will be raffled throughout the evening. Also, a sale will be ongoing for those who’d like to take home some baked goodies.  The event will be held at the center, 17600 U.S. Highway 31, Cullman 35055; and all proceeds will benefit the center.



Annual chittlin' supper: Winston County’s 54th annual chittlin' supper will be from 5 to 9 p.m. March 8 in the Meek Elementary Gym in Arley. Advanced tickets $7 and are available at Meek High School office or Williams Grocery on Highway 41 in Arley. Tickets at the door are $8. All proceeds go to the Meek High School "Band of Champions" event.



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. CIAO, BENEDICT XVI

The pope recalls “joy and light” and also moments of difficulty in his last final audience as pontiff before he retires.

2. HAGEL CONFIRMED AFTER BITTER SENATE FIGHT

Among his daunting challenges as defense secretary: dealing with $46 billion in budget cuts set to kick in on Friday. 

3. CONGRESSMAN PROPOSES END TO AUTOMATIC BUDGET CUTS

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith’s bill would cut more than $300 billion over the next eight years and put off the sequester.

4. WHO’S TO BLAME IN A DEADLY HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH

Some Egyptians said safety standards had declined amid political turmoil, others said the pilot may bear responsibility.

5. US CONSIDERS DIRECT AID TO SYRIAN REBELS

The AP reports the Obama administration is considering supplying help to the Free Syria Army.

6. SLOW-MOVING STORM AIMS AT NEW ENGLAND

The heavy wet, snow as headed east after closing schools and making travel treacherous.

7. NYC MAYOR HELPS ELECT JACKSON REPLACEMENT

Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly, who favors strict gun control, was helped by Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC in the race.

8. WHY OFFICIALS SUSPECT MISSING BOATERS ARE A HOAX

The Coast Guard found no registration of the boat described and no one reported a family of four missing.

9. GETTING YOUR COMPUTER TO TALK TO YOUR COFFEE MAKER

Machine-to-machine communication, or the “Internet of Things,” is getting a lot buzz at this year’s wireless trade show.

10. HOW TO EAT FAMILY-STYLE IN THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA

Philadelphia charter school students pass serving dishes around circular tables, use real plates and silverware and bypass French fries for fennel salad.