Morning Update

Good morning, readers, take a look at what’s going on today:

Traffic:

The Cullman City Street Department’s patch crew working on Maynor Dr. NE and Dialsdale Drive SW; whilst the maintenance crew will be clearing ditches on Lehman Drive and Hart Drive SE and cleaning up around guardrails in town.

Weather:

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the morning.

Saturday night: A 40 percent chance of showers after 8 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Sunday: A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 8 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 75. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Sunday night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Best bets for today and the weekend:

Chamber fourth-Friday luncheon: The Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce’s September Community Luncheon is today, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the All Steak restaurant. Andy Pilgrim will be guest speaker on “America's Distracted Driving Epidemic: How Bad Is It and How Can We Cure It?” Pilgrim, a professional race driver for 29 years, has 20 years experience talking to students, parents and educators about traffic safety and distracted driving.

Cost for Chamber members is $15; future members $20. There is a 48-hour cancellation policy. Register at cullmanchamber.org, 256-734-0454, or info@cullmanchamber.org. For more information, visit www.theparentdrivingzone.com or www.andypilgrimfoundation.org.

Senior Center flu shot clinics: Flu shot clinics will be conducted today at the following senior centers:

• 9 to 9:45 a.m.: Colony Senior Center

• 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Cullman Senior Center

Fish fry: New Hope No. 2 Baptist Church, 2290 County Road 1682, Cullman 35058, will hold a fish fry (choice of fish or chicken fingers; slaw, hushpuppies, fries and dessert) from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, eat in or carry out. All proceeds will go to building maintenance fund.

Food bank open: Garden City Church of God, 123 Short St. SW, Garden City 35070, will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Bring proof of income and food stamps information/card. Info: Diane West at 256-739-3791 or Kathy Day at 256-352-5787.

Midway community dance: The Midway Community Center will hold a dance at 7 p.m. Saturday featuring the Classic Country Band. Admission is $4; all proceeds go to upkeep of community center, 164 Midway Road, Union Grove 35175.

Pancake breakfast: The Hanceville Lions Club will serve a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Moody Center, 111 Michelle St. NW, Hanceville 35077. Cost is $5 all you can eat. All proceeds go to the Billy Rau scholarship fund.

Booksigning at Deb’s: A booksigning of “Maxnificent!” (which is about a rescued dog) will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Deb’s Bookstore, 207 3rd St. SW, Cullman 35055. Dianne Burch will sign her book and her Great Pyrenees Max will be there; Max will be pawtographing copies of "his" book. In conjunction with the booksigning, the local animal rescue groups will offer adoptions of dogs and cats to forever homes, and will be in the parking lot on the side of the store.

Prescription drug disposal service: The Drug Enforcement Agency, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and the Cullman City Police Department will be offering a prescription drug disposal service to the county today.

Aged medications can be toxic and dangerous to individuals in households, and proper disposal of them can prevent accidental contamination.

On the disposal date, there will be a drop-box at the Cullman City Police Department accepting the unused or expired medications.

For additional information, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 256-734-0342 and the Cullman City Police Department can be reached at 256-734-1434.

Community bazaar: The Berlin Sunshine Club will host a bazaar from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Berlin Community Center (3309 Highway 278 E, Cullman 35055). Arts and crafts, white elephant treasures, homemade goodies, and chances on a beautiful quilt and wooden swing. Homemade chili, vegetable soup, and hotdogs will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Club’s community service projects. 

Reunions: The Holly Pond Class of 1961 will meet at 6 p.m. Saturday, at the Brandin’ Iron in Fairview, 430 Welcome Road, Cullman 35058.

Skydive fundraiser: Skydive Alabama will be holding a jump day beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, at Skydive Alabama-Cullman Municipal Airport, 231 County Road 1360, Vinemont 35179, with all proceeds going to the International Foundation for Cyclin-Dependent Kinase-Like 5 (CDKL5) Research. Many public notables will be jumping including U.S. Congressional candidate, Gary Palmer; Mayor Gary Waters (Pelham); Jeffco Commission President David Carrington; Alabama State School Board Member Mary Hunter (District 8); radio personality, Matt Murphy; Fox6 News’ Janet Hall and many more. There’ll be live music with Kover Down band; Bob Sykes Barbecue (plates are $5).

Al-Anon: The Cullman Serenity Al-Anon Family Group will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday at 1519 St. Joseph St. NW, Cullman 35055. All meetings are non-smoking.

Regional Sculptors Invitational Exhibit at Wallace State: The final days of the Regional Sculptors Invitational Exhibit at the Evelyn Burrow Museum at Wallace State Community College are winding down. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will continue until September 30.

There are 17 sculptors participating in the exhibit, with most showing three pieces of artwork. The artwork on display ranges from the abstract to the figurative, from the delicate to the bold, and is created in a variety if mediums, including bronze, glass, wood and other materials.

As always, admission to the museum is free. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 256-352-8457 or visit www.burrowmseum.org.

Of note:

Vanna White afghan to be auctioned: The American Legion Auxiliary recently received a donation of a hand-crafted baby afghan by Wheel of Fortune’sVanna White. Proceeds will go to the Auxiliary so they can regain their tax exempt status. It is listed on E-Bay under American Legion Auxiliary Vanna White. $400 is needed; donations are also accepted. To donate, contact the American Legion Auxiliary, Cullman Unit 4, P.O. Box 391, Cullman 35055.

Community center closed for maintenance: The Donald E. Green Senior Center will is closed now through October 5, 2014, to strip and refinish the gymnasium floor. The center will reopen on October 6, for regular scheduled programs.

Holiday craft show booths available for vendors: The annual Vinemont Band Boosters Craft Show will be November 21-22, at the McGukin Civic Center 510 5th St. SW, Cullman 35055. Booth spaces are still available for the main auditorium and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The side rooms will be used after the main auditorium is full. To rent, contact Angela Hughes at 256-566-1508, Kim Smith at 256-636-2040 or Carrie Burch at 256-590-8747.

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10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. U.S. STRIKES MILITANT OIL SITES FOR 2ND DAY

More American-led airstrikes targeted oil installations and other facilities in territory under the control of the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, activists say.

2. HOLDER ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION

The attorney general, one of the most liberal voices in the Obama administration, says he’ll remain at the Justice Department until his successor is in place.

3. U.S. CONSIDERS NEW OFFER TO IRAN AT NUKE TALKS

Diplomats tell The Associated Press that the administration may soften present demands that Iran gut its uranium enrichment program in favor of a new proposal that would allow Tehran to keep nearly half of the project intact while placing other constraints on its possible use as a path to nuclear weapons.

4. MEXICO DETAINS SOLDIERS

An army officer and seven soldiers are being held in connection with the killing of 22 people, an encounter that the military initially reported as a shootout but that a witness later described as a massacre.

5. U.S. MAY HAVE IDENTIFIED MAN IN BEHEADING FOOTAGE

The FBI director says the government believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the killings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, but doesn’t reveal his name or nationality.

6. MANY IMMIGRANTS FAILED TO REPORT

About 70 percent of immigrant families released earlier this year by the Obama administration into the U.S. never showed up weeks later for follow-up appointments, the AP learns.

7. FERGUSON POLICE CHIEF JOINS MARCH, SCUFFLES ENSUE

Just hours after he issued an apology to the family of Michael Brown, protesters briefly clashed with police as Tom Jackson marched along with them late at night.

8. TEACHER TO BE RE-SENTENCED IN MONTANA RAPE CASE

The man who spent just a month in prison for the rape of a 14-year-old is going back to court after the original judge was censured over comments that placed responsibility on the victim.

9. TONY STEWART SPEAKS TO THE AP

In an interview at his home in North Carolina, the NASCAR star tells the Associated Press that the crash that killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. was “100 percent an accident.”

10. DEREK JETER’S FINAL BIG HIT AT HOME

The retiring Yankees captain gave New York one more thrill with a game-winning single in the ninth inning, then took two trips out to shortstop, waving to the adoring crowd.

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