We all make decisions every day. Some are fairly trivial, like, should I give in to my craving for onion rings or stick to the salad I’d planned for lunch?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how disconnected rural America is from modern technology. 

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To the Class of 2020: Congratulations! We are proud of your accomplishments and excited for what your future holds.

There are lots of things I’ve missed during this strange quarantine time, but this time of year, in particular, I miss festivals. Since moving to Cullman last fall - right after Oktoberfest - I’d been looking forward to experiencing the Bloomin’ Festival and Strawberry Fest.

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This is Teacher Appreciation Week, and if ever there was a time we realized how much we appreciate teachers, it is now. 

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The majority of Americans consider their pets to be part of their families. So when disasters strike, they would no more leave Fido or Fluffy behind than they would a son or daughter. The City of Cullman recognized this and took action to protect pets and their owners during severe weather.

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‘Outside a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx

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On Monday, the Cullman City Council will be voting on providing a loan to HomTex so the manufacturer can purchase equipment that will allow it to begin making disposable face masks. The council members are certain to approve the measure, and they should.

I am, at heart, an optimist. I tend to look for the good in people and generally believe that even when bad things happen, there is good to be found as well.

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The novel coronavirus has us all on edge. Thus we want to fill you in on how The Cullman Times staff is hard at work covering the story locally to inform you with accurate and timely news about the disease.

Today is voting day for the Alabama primaries. If you haven’t yet voted, please do so; the polls are open until 7 p.m. Voting in free and open elections is what makes America great. We have the power to elect our representatives at every level of government and hold them accountable at the ballot box.

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Roughly 3.5 million people are registered to vote in the state of Alabama—a record high number of registrations for the state—but that doesn’t help if the voters don’t actually turn out to vote.

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This month is National Library Month, set aside to celebrate the value of public libraries in our communities. If you haven’t been to the library recently, you need to check it out.

I’ve been in Cullman a little over three months now, and people often ask me what I think of Cullman. I thought I’d share what I’ve observed as an outsider in Cullman.

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This weekend’s sales tax holiday for severe weather preparedness is a great opportunity to save money on items you may need as we enter tornado season. Before you go shopping, though, we encourage you to have a disaster plan for you and your family.

It’s been a rough start to the year for law enforcement in Alabama. People can and will find reasons to find fault with law enforcement, but it’s important to recognize their sacrifices and support them as they deal with two recent tragedies.

News came out this week that Apple’s iOS 13.4 contains technology that will allow people to use their Iphones and Apple watches to unlock, lock and start their cars.

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In just one month, Cullman voters will be going to the polls to make important decisions on taxes and representation.

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The 2020 Alabama Legislative session begins on Tuesday, Feb. 4, and we need to be paying attention to what our legislators are doing.

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, the day our nation has set aside to honor the works of the great civll rights leader. A minister and activist, King preached nonviolent civil disobedience as the catalyst to change despite violent opposition to the civil rights movement.

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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 70 percent of smokers want to quit.

Over the next few days, we will be running columns from some of our community leaders who will share their 2020 goals.

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a special person in your life? A gift that fits no matter how may holiday parties you attend or how often you go to the gym? Well, if I make make a suggestion... Give the gift of local news.

Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism reached elite status this week with the announcement that it hard earned accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies.

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Downtown Cullman just enjoyed the largest 2nd Fridays event in its history, with thousands of people lining the entertainment district last week for shopping, music, rides, classic cars and much more.

The ongoing investigation into the motives of the Dayton, Ohio gunman who killed nine people on Aug. 4 raises more concern about the access to guns, ammunition and equipment that he easily obtained.

As a new school year approaches, the usual anticipation and anxiety about getting adjusted into new classes, meeting new teachers and making friends is perhaps foremost on the minds of students.

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Gov. Kay Ivey is initiating some steps she hopes will stop the Department of Justice from filing a lawsuit over the state’s prison conditions.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

John "Jack" Robert Glenn died Monday, June 29, 2020, at age 87. He was born October 26, 1932, in Cullman County, Ala., to Jesse Pendleton and Nellie Guthery Glenn. He weighed 12 pounds at birth on a cotton scale. He was well known for being colorful, outspoken, and genuine. He had no respect…

Funeral services for Melanie Allinder Parker, 51, of Cullman, will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2020 at Temple Baptist Church. Visitation will be Thursday, July 2, 2020 5-8 p.m. at the church. Rev.Tim Aris and Rev. Malcolm Carter II will officiate. Interment will follow at Emeus Cemetery. Cullm…

Moss Service Funeral Home is saddened by the death of Evelyn Helms Akin, age 68, of Hartselle. Arrangements will be announced later. To leave condolences for the family visit mossservicefh.com. Moss Service Funeral Home directing.