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

Traffic:

Cullman City Street Department has a patch crew working on 6th St. SW, Tanner Dr. SW and Greenwood Dr. NE. A maintenance crew will be working on a light pedestal at Sharpton Road NE at Highway 157 and another one will be striping Industrial Dr. SW. Some interference with traffic is expected.

Weather:

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind around 5 mph.

Best bets for today:

Summer drivers course offered: A summer driving class for full credit for drivers education, for those 15 to 18 years with a permit, will be held beginning June 4 (Wednesday). A full week of class and one day driving, enrollee must attend all. Fee is $150 for students in the Cullman County School System; $200 for all others. Can receive boating license, drivers license, and full credit for insurance discount.

To register, contact Ed Oakes at 256-737-9564 or 256-595-7050.

Library’s summer reading program: The Cullman County Public Library’s summer reading program is ongoing through July 3 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m.), at 400 Clark St. NE, Cullman 35055. Many great guests and activities planned. Read books for prizes and save the list for school’s required reading.

Guests to include: Super Science Show, Peinhardt Farms, Stoney Lonesome Park, McWane Center Magic Show, Get Growing (and take home a plant), Polly Easterwood, Auntie Litter, Cullman County Water Board and more.

Prizes include: Rod/reel, T-shirts, beanbag chair, exploration station, restaurant coupons, science/construction kits, Merle Norman gift set and more.

Outdoor warning siren test: The Cullman County EMA will conduct an outdoor siren warning test at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, weather permitting.

Road closure: The Town of South Vinemont will close Patton Drive from Sherrill St. to Highway 31 on June 4, at 7 a.m. for road repairs. Road is expected to reopen June 5.

Memorial unveiling: The unveiling of the Fallen Firefighter Memorial will be held Wednesday, June 4, weather permitting, at Fire Station Two (1711 Main Avenue SW).

The memorial, dedicated to fallen firefighters, will now feature the original fire bell used in Cullman’s first fire station built in 1895. This fire bell, recognized as being one of the original three bells cast for the City of Cullman in the late 1800s, sounded the alarm for fires. At that time, firemen responded with horse-drawn hose buggies and fire equipment. Not much is known about where the bell was kept after the first fire station, until it was rededicated to the Fire Department in 1974.

The unveiling ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the unveiling will be postponed to a later date.

Of note:

Fairways and Flags Golf Tournament: The Cullman High School Marching Band Color Guard will host its fifth annual golf tournament Saturday, June 14, at Cullman Municipal Golf Course, 8 a.m. shotgun start.

The three-man scramble is $60 per player or $180 per team. Includes green fees, cart, breakfast, lunch, T-shirt, and range balls. Par three prizes include a gas grill, pair of wooden Adirondack chairs, gas fish cooker, and many other door prizes.

All proceeds benefit the band. For information, contact Pam Blair 256-338-1616, Janey Ray 256-347-0976, or Shellie Blackwood 256-297-0725.

Winston County special education records: Winston County is notifying parents/guardians of children who attended the Winston County schools, that the Special Education records will be destroyed for students who graduated or exited the special education program May 2009 or before.

If parents or students would like to pick up their records, contact the school attended in August 2014 to make arrangements to pick up your records.

Winston County Child Find program: Child Find is a statewide program that is sponsored by the Alabama State Department of Education. Child Find is an effort by the Department to locate, identify, and evaluate individuals from birth to 21 years of age with disabilities, or who are suspected of having disabilities.

Alabama is required to make the Child Find program available statewide in order to meet the federal requirements established under Public Law 91-230, as amended, which governs services for individuals with disabilities.

The Alabama State Department of Education works with community service agencies, parents, and local school systems to locate individuals with disabilities. The Department makes available a toll-free telephone number for use by any concerned individuals. Callers may utilize the toll-free number to refer individuals suspected of having disabililites, and may obtain information regarding services which may be available within the individual’s community.

Anyone may make a referral to Child Find via the toll-free number: 1-800-543-3098, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. People who use telecommunications devices for the deaf, or TDDs, may access Child Find by calling the Alabama Relay Center at 1-800-548-2547. The Alabama Relay Center service is also available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

County central office’s summer hours: The Cullman County Schools central office summer hours for June/July will be Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Friday.

Senior Shindig is Friday: The 2014 Cullman County Retiree and Senior Shindig will be at 9 a.m. Friday, June 6, at Sportsman Lake Park. Floyd Bradford and Friends will kick off the event with music on stage. The program will begin at 10 a.m. and will include a number of fun contests such as Buck-Dancing and Best-Bonnet contests. Trophies will be awarded to the contest winners and the Oldest Woman and Oldest Man in attendance, the Oldest Veteran in Attendance and the Couple Married the Longest (both in attendance).

$100 and a trophy will be awarded to the winner of the Unique Hat Contest, which is an annual tradition at the Shindig. Anyone age 60 or older can enter this contest and a “unique hat” is anything you can get on your head that impresses the judges! The “Unique Hat Contest” will award $50 to the second place winner and $25 to the third place winner.

A picnic lunch will be served at noon.

Shuttlebuses will be operating from the fairgrounds parking lot to the Shindig location on the lake at Sportsman Lake Park. Info: Commission On Aging office at 256-734-1241.

Charity motorcycle ride: Cullman County Bosom Buddies Foundation will hold a motorcycle ride June 14 (rain date June 28), to benefit cancer victims. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Cullman County Fairgrounds on Sportsman Lake Road in Cullman. $20/rider; $5/passenger. Ride begins at 10 a.m. Members of the AL-VIII of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club will lead the ride.

Biscuits for breakfast will be furnished; water/crackers will be furnished at Guntersville State Park. Following the event, barbecue and all the trimmings will be furnished for all riders. Also, there will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Carnival fundraiser: A carnival will be held at CW Day Park in Hanceville from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, for Shawn Anderton. Shawn was in a diving accident at the beach, which caused a severe spinal injury that has left him partially paralyzed.

All proceeds from the carnival will go directly to help Shawn and his family with medical bills relating to his treatment and recovery.

Along with fun carnival games, treats and other stuff, there will be raffle prizes such as Spring Valley Beach passes, cut/style packages from Bella Faire, Origami Owl Jewelry, a 60-inch flat screen TV and more.

Public forum: The Cullman County Commission will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 9, at the Walter Community Center (65 County Road 663, Hanceville 35077), to discuss the FY 2013 Community Development Block Grant program. The discussion will center around the County’s plans to submit to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for funding consideration. All citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting. Any citizen in need of special assistance to attend this hearing should contact Cherie Haney, grants manager, at 256-775-2906.

CRMC’s blood drive: Cullman Regional Medical Center is hosting a Community Blood Drive from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 10. Donations will be accepted on the LifeSouth Community Blood Center Blood Donor Bus at the Main Entrance of the hospital (1912 AL Highway 157, Cullman, AL 35058). Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 year-olds may donate with written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood within the last 56 days. There is no upper age limit to donate blood. Info: lifesouth.org or call the local LifeSouth Donor Office at 256-736-1594.

CRMC to host farm fresh produce sale: Cullman Regional Medical Center will be hosting a fresh farm produce sale every Monday at 3 p.m. Local farmers will sell seasonal fruits and vegetables in the front main hospital parking lot.

The next mini-farmers market will be June 9. This event is open to the public as well as CRMC employees. Info: CRMC at 256-737-2141.

‘From the Ground Up’ seminar rescheduled: The Jim Swanner “From the Ground Up” seminar (”horse whisperer”) has been rescheduled to 10 a.m. to noon June 7; with an afternoon session from 1 to 3 p.m.  at Tractor Supply in Cullman (1807 2nd Ave. SW).

Kenya photo safari trip: This year, Kenya Relief, will offer a photo safari trip designed specifically for photographers or those looking for a great vacation while traveling to a number of the best safari lodges in Kenya.

The head tour guide will be Frances Wakaba, who has 25 years leading safaris. The trip will be from Aug. 6-15, with schedule as follows:

Aug. 6: Arrival with a stay overnight in Nairobi

Aug. 7: Depart Nairobi for Masai Mara where you will join the others who will already be on the ground, where you will be for 2 nights

Aug. 8: Mara

Aug. 9: Depart Masai Mara for Lake Nakuru where you will be for 1 night)

Aug. 10: Mountain Lodge (leave Nakuru for Mountain Lodge where you will be for 1 night)

Aug. 11: Depart for Samburu in the morning where you will be for 2 nights

Aug. 12: Samburu

Aug. 13: After breakfast, you will leave Samburu for Sweet Waters where you will also be for 2 nights

Aug. 14: Sweet Waters

Aug. 15: Depart after lunch and proceed on to Nairobi for the flight back home

Total Cost: $3,000. Sign up by contacting Kenya Relief at 256-531-2535.

VBS notices: We are now accepting notices for Vacation Bible School and summer ministries and camps for children. Notices will be printing in a listing with others on the Friday religion page. Send your notices to sallee@cullmantimes.com, complete with a contact name (first and last) and a phone number. Include complete church address and requirements (adults must accompany child, preregistration required, etc.).

Calling all bikers: The Cullman County Bosom Buddies Foundation is sponsoring a motorcycle ride June 14. All proceeds will directly benefit cancer patients in Cullman and the surrounding areas. Bosom Buddies also helps provides funding for CRMC Foundation’s Oncology Patient Assistance Fund, which helps local oncology patients with living expenses.

Registration will be held at the Cullman Fairgrounds at 8 a.m. and the ride will begin at 10 a.m. Cost is $20/rider and $5/passenger. The route will take riders from the Cullman Fairgrounds to Guntersville State Park and back to the Cullman Fairgrounds.

Bojangles will provide biscuits to be served during registration at the Cullman Fairgrounds. Refreshments will be provided during a 45-minute stop at Guntersville State Park, and barbecue will be served at the Cullman Fairgrounds once the riders return. Door prizes will also be awarded.

Members of AL-VIII of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club will lead the ride. Riders will travel on Highway 31 to AL Highway 157 to Highway 69 to Guntersville and return via Highway 79 and US 278.

In case of inclement weather, the ride will be rescheduled for June 28. For more information, contact Nurse Navigation at 256-737-2588.

Chamber’s Hops and Shops event: Gather your friends and family and head on down to Downtown Cullman  and enjoy our unique shopping, restaurants, and craft beer from Alabama breweries. The event will be from 4 to 9 p.m. June 12, and you can register online at cullmanchamber.org. Select calendar of events, then June 12 “Hops and Shops”.

Chamber’s Summer Samplers in the Breezeway: The Cullman Area's premier business networking event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5, in "The Breezeway" at the Chamber building. Enjoy a warm summer night sampling a showcase of the fantastic local flavors that the Cullman area has to offer. Be sure to pack plenty of business cards and come ready to make some serious new contacts. The cost to attend is $15 per person for members and $20 for future members. Includes hors d'oeuvres and beverages. 48-hour cancellation policy.

Reservations required; register at cullmanchamber.org/events; 256-734-0454; or via email to info@cullmanchamber.org.

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. WHY BERGDAHL ISN’T IN THE CLEAR

The Army might still pursue an investigation, a top general tells the AP, and that could lead to desertion or other charges against the soldier.

2. OBAMA PLEDGES MILITARY BOOST IN EUROPE

If Congress approves, the Pentagon would ramp up military exercises and position more equipment on the continent in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. 

3. KEY INTERSTATE HIGHWAY BRIDGE CLOSED INDEFINITELY

The span near Wilmington, Delaware, has been deemed unsafe. Some 90,000 vehicles cross it every day.

4. POSSIBLE CRUCIAL RIPPLE EFFECT OF OBAMA’S POLLUTION PLAN

The proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. by a third from 2005 levels could give China an incentive to cut greenhouse gases.

5. WHERE BALLOTS WERE CAST WITH BLOOD

Tens of thousands of Syrians vote for Assad’s re-election, some marking their vote with pricked fingers — an act of allegiance and patriotism.

6. MORE REPORTS OF SECRET WAITING LISTS AT VA HOSPITALS

Officials say lists that led to delayed care in Arizona also existed in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

7. HOW CHINA IS TAMPING DOWN TALK OF TIANANMEN SQUARE

The government has detained political activists, artists, lawyers and dissidents ahead of the 25th anniversary of the pro-democracy protests.

8. CATHOLIC CHURCH FACING FRESH ACCUSATIONS OF CHILD NEGLECT

A researcher finds evidence of nearly 800 young children believed to be buried in a mass grave in Ireland beside a former orphanage.

9. THAIS ADOPT SILENT PROTEST INSPIRED BY ‘HUNGER GAMES’

Protesters of the military coup are flashing the three-finger salute from the movie in a call for political freedom.

10. RANGERS, KINGS CHASING STANLEY CUP FROM COAST TO COAST

It’s been 33 years since teams from New York and Los Angeles have met for a title in any major sport.

 

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