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March 8, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, March 8, 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 a patching crew on Broadway Dr. SW.



Weather:



Today: Sunny, with a high near 61. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight.



Best bets for today:

Rummage sale: St. Paul’s Lutheran School will hold a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8-9, at the school at 513 4th Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. All proceeds to benefit school’s needs.

Benefit concert: A benefit concert will be held for heart patient, Jimmy Brown, to help with medical expenses, at 7 p.m. at Daystar Church, 200 Daystar Drive, Cullman 35057. Straitway Quartet and the Ms. Senior Alabama winners will be performing. Love offering will be taken. Anyone may attend.



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory play at SH: Sacred Heart School’s students will present the play at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, in the school cafeteria. Tickets are limited: $5 and are available at the door. All proceeds benefit school’s needs.



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.



Looking ahead:



Distinguished Young Women meeting: The 2014 Distinguished Young Women of Cullman County Scholarship Program meeting will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in the Hearin Hall at First United Methodist Church, 320 3rd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. Parents of girls in their junior years of a Cullman County high school who are interested in participating in the upcoming event should attend with their daughters. Those who are interested, but cannot attend, may contact Patty Grier at 256-734-8184 or visit cullman@distinguishedyw.org.



Miss West Point Rodeo pageant: The West Point High School Band, in conjunction with the IPRA Rodeo, will sponsor this pageant at 10 a.m. March 9, at the Cullman County Agricultural Center, 17645 Highway 31, Cullman 35058. All proceeds to benefit the West Point High School Band. Info: visit www.westpointband.org/rodeo or contact Nelda Coker at 256-796-5820.



Harmony School’s Queen of Hearts pageant: Harmony School, 4910 County Road 940, Logan 35098, will hold the pageant at 2 p.m. March 9, in the school gym. Open to the public, from birth to 18 years. Forms available at Harmony School, Avenue Bridals and McGukin Civic Center.  All proceeds benefits school’s needs. Info: school office at 256-747-1427.



Fast Track Academy meeting for parents/students: The Wallace State Fast Track Academy will hold an informational meeting  at 6 p.m. March 11 in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre at the Wallace State Student Center. For high school students entering the 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2013 interested in learning more about Fast Track Academy. The Academy is a joint partnership between Wallace State and local school systems. It offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to simultaneously enroll in high school and college coursework on the campus of Wallace State. The courses meet state requirements for high school graduation while also providing the general education requirements for college certificate and associate degree programs. Info: Dale Palmer at 256-352-8051 or email dale.palmer@wallacestate.edu.



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. WHO WILL ATTEND CHAVEZ’S FUNERAL

At 10:30 a.m., world leaders and celebrities will join Venezuelans to honor and mourn the late socialist leader in a funeral shrouded in astonishing secrecy.

2. WHAT EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT NORTH KOREA THREATS

They say Pyongyang lacks the technology for a nuclear strike on the U.S. and analysts say the rhetoric has the added effect of reaching North Korea’s own people.

3. WHO IS OPPOSED TO TSA ACTION

Flight attendants, pilots, federal air marshals and even insurance companies are part of a growing backlash to a new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives and sports equipment onto planes.

4. HOW THE BUDGET BATTLE MAY AFFECT WORKERS

Federal workers at HUD, Homeland Security and the EPA face the possibility of furloughs — of varying lengths.

5. THE LIKELY CAUSE OF LION MAULING

The 550-pound lion that killed a 24-year-old volunteer at a California animal park likely escaped from a feeding cage and attacked her while she was cleaning its larger enclosure area, authorities say. 

6. AL-QAIDA LEADER FACING JUSTICE IN U.S.

Captured in Jordan, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith — Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and a member of his inner circle — is to appear at 10 a.m. in a federal court in New York.

7. CALLING IT A POLITICAL CAREER

Democrat Carl Levin, a six-term senator, will not seek re-election in 2014, calling his decision “extremely difficult because I love representing the people of Michigan.”

8. RACISTS NEED NOT APPLY

A police chief hired to rebuild a tiny Tennessee department dismantled by scandal is using a lie-detector test in a bid to keep bigots off his force.

9. WHAT YOUR FACEBOOK NEWS FEED WILL LOOK LIKE

The social network is revamping its main feature to make it appear more like the different sections of a newspaper.

10. BIEBS FEELIN’ BETTER

Justin Bieber says he is “getting better,” after fainting backstage at a concert in London, and the venue says tonight’s show is scheduled to go ahead as planned.