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GRASS FIRE TURNS INTO FULLY INVOLVED, EIGHT VEHICLE INFERNO AT SHADDIX MOTORS

Multiple firefighting agencies have responded to a request from Cullman e-911 involving an out of control grass fire along the 1000 block of Highway 69 North.

With large plumes of dark black smoke clearly visible from downtown Cullman, firefighters from Berlin Fire & Rescue were first to arrive on scene.

These responders quickly discovered the blaze was far more than a common grass fire. The found eight separate vehicles fully involved in a fire along with multiple used tires behind the popular Shaddix Motors facility.

Strong winds gusting up to 25 mph from the southwest clearly accelerated the inferno.

Mutual aid responses soon followed the initial arrival with Cullman Fire Rescue, Gold Ridge & Fairview Fire Departments participating in the multiple angle fire attack.

All eight vehicles involved in the fire have been largely destroyed. It is likely each will ultimately be deemed a total loss.

RAW FOOTAGE: https://www.facebook.com/cullmantoday/videos/1761301364109353/

A Cullman Electric Cooperative power pole was squarely in the middle of the fire. While it remains standing, a line crew is staged at the address to inspect for damages and make repairs, if required.

We spoke briefly with Berlin Fire Chief Ralph Laney (who manned a water hose at the front line of the fire):

"That was a heckuva fire. We are not certain how this got started. These strong wind aren't helping a thing."

One lane of traffic (southbound) on Highway 69 has been partially blocked to accommodate a wide variety of emergency response vehicles.

Motorists are being detoured around the blockage at very slow speeds. If you are traveling through this area, it would be wise to make alternate plans.

Cullman Emergency Medical Services has a medical team staged on the scene. Fortunately, there are no reports of injuries.

There appears to be no damage to nearby structures at Shaddix Motors. A rapid response by all agencies involved has kept a very bad situation from getting far worse.

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EXPIRED LICENSE TAG STOP EARNS JAMEY ARWOOD A TRIP TO THE DETENTION CENTER

Sergeant Chris Thomason and Officer Tyler Jackson of the Cullman Police Department recently conducted a traffic stop focused on an expired license tag.

The incident occurred along U.S. Highway 278 West at the Cleveland Avenue intersection in the City of Cullman. A Honda Accord was the vehicle in question.

During the traffic stop, Sgt. Thomason recovered various contraband from the vehicle:

• Methamphetamine
• Focalin pills (Schedule 2 controlled substance stimulant)
• Drug paraphernalia

As result, Thomason and Jackson promptly arrested:

JAMEY EUGENE ARWOOD (43) of Baldwin

Arwood was charged with:

• Possession with intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance
• Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

After his arrest, Arwood was transported to the Cullman County Detention Center.

He was booked at that facility on a $15,000 bond.

If anyone has information involving illegal drug activities, please contact Cullman Police Department at 256-734-1434 or 256-775-7179.

For the complete story as well as images of the items seized, please see:
http://cullmantoday.com/2017/02/24/expired-tag-stop-earns-jamey-arwood-jail-trip/
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Cullman Beginner Kayak Class Enrollment

Ever wanted to learn to navigate a kayak? Need to brush up on your self-taught kayak skills?

The Cullman City Parks is making it EASY for you to do just that. They are offering a series of three Beginner Kayak Classes that build skills one atop the other. These classes will be on Tuesdays: March 14, 21 and 28, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm.

The Beginner Kayak Classes will focus on paddle strokes, kayak safety, and rolling for whitewater kayaking in the indoor pool. You will graduate with everything you need to know about the proper, safe and effective basics of kayaking.

In addition, the class series will culminate with a trip down a Class I-III river.

Boats and all gear will be provided. The cost is only $90 for the entire package.

Registration is open online, or in-person at the Cullman Civic Center.

Classes will be held at Cullman Wellness & Aquatic Center.

http://cullmantoday.com/cullman-event/cullman-beginner-kayak-class-enrollment/
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CULLMAN COUNTY WEATHER: FRIDAY - February 24, 2017

RECORD HIGH - STORMS - DRAMATIC TEMPERATURE DROP - High 78°

TODAY: Cullman County weather has something for everyone over the next 24 hours. Daylight hours Friday will bring brilliantly sunny skies along with what may end up being a record high for this day (79° is the historical record for February 24th).

A south-southwest wind will pick up dramatically ahead of an on-rushing cold front gusting as high as 25 mph.

TONIGHT: As the cold front closes in on Cullman County, a 70% chance of rain showers and thunderstorms kick in mainly before 3 am.

Skies will be mostly cloudy with a chilly low around 44°. Stout south-southwest winds will switch to the northwest after midnight.

New rainfall amounts up to 1/4 of an inch are likely with higher amounts possible in thunderstorm areas.

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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR TONIGHT: The National Weather Service predicts numerous storms expected along and east of the Interstate 65 corridor with the main hazards being:

* Wind gusts up to 60 mph
* Hail up to one-quarter inch
* A brief tornado is also possible with any discrete storms

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SATURDAY: Temperatures will be 25° cooler than Friday struggling to reach the mid-50’s. Northwest wind gusting as high as 25 mph will make things feel raw and uncomfortable.

At 8:00 am FRIDAY current conditions at the Cullman Folsom Field weather station:

FAIR - 57°
Dew point: 55°
Humidity: 90%
Wind: Southeast 5 mph
Barometer: 29.86 inHg

Sunrise = 6:20 am
Sunset = 5:39 pm

Image: The National Weather Service Issues a Hazardous Weather Advisory for tonight.

For the full overview of Cullman County weather, please see:
http://cullmantoday.com/weather-forecast-cullman-alabama/

sponsorship of the weather by:
CULLMAN REGIONAL
Life Exceptional
Here’s To A Lifetime Of Healthy Choices

http://cullmanhealthy.com

1912 Alabama Highway 157, Cullman, AL 35058
(256) 737-2000
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DANIEL CUMMINGS POISED TO DEFEND TITLE: 911 Chili Cook-Off

Sergeant Daniel Cummings representing the Cullman County Sheriff's Office defends his 911 Chili Cook-Off title on Saturday.

Cummings swept top honors in last year's inaugural event winning both the People's Choice AND the Director's Choice Awards. He utilized a secret recipe to concoct his winning Pork Chipotle chili.

Sgt. Cummings is back in 2017 poised to defend his title in this year's 911 Chili Cook-Off.

In this pre-911 Cook-Off cooking demonstration (from an undisclosed location in western Cullman County), Sergeant Cummings provides the secret details of his winning Pork Chipotle chili recipe from 2016, and walks you through exactly how you too can make your own version of his award-winning chili. He also plugs the 2017 event like a top game show host.

For full details on this fierce competition from which all proceeds will go to defray some of the challenging medical and travel expenses being racked up by Jeff and Heather Byars as they seek a cure for their daughter, Claire.

For full background, please see: http://cullmantoday.com/2017/02/23/daniel-cummings-defends-911-chili-cook-off-title/

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GOT CHILI? Sgt. Daniel Cummings Does ... It is Award Winning: https://youtu.be/DA9iRseFFZ0

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MARK CALENDAR: Cullman Rotary Club Auction ... 44th Annual

All Cullman area residents are invited to the 44th Annual Cullman Rotary Club Auction. This event will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Cullman Civic Center.

This Cullman tradition is an auction open to the public with an assortment of items donated by local merchants such as:

• Bicycles
• Collectibles
• Electronics
• Furniture
• Gift Cards
• Grills
• Home Furnishings
• Legal Services
• Massages
• Oil changes
• Pet Supplies
• Restaurant Meal Certificates
• Televisions
• Tools
• Vacation Packages
• And much, much more

Auctioneer for this event will be the inimitable Joe Hagan.

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HOW TO BID ON AUCTION ITEMS
If you plan to make bids at the auction, you should plan to arrive as early as 4:30 pm in order to get a proper bidder number. After that, you can then stroll around the Civic Center, and browse the many items available for both the live and silent auctions.

On the Cullman Rotary Club Facebook page you can get a sneak preview of some of the items that will be available. Images will be posted for preview there right up to auction time.

The silent auction runs from 5:30 to 6:15 pm; the live auction starts at 6:45 pm. Admission to the auction is 100% free.

According to Fundraising Chair Charlie NeSmith:

“The items up for auction are donated by local businesses, industries, and individuals and are a great representation of the compassion and generosity of our community. Contributors of the items are recognized at the time of auction. The auction is Cullman Rotary Club’s only fundraiser for the year and it helps us to provide charitable donations throughout the community”.

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MAJOR RAFFLE AS WELL
In addition to auction items, there will be a raffle for:

★ A Glock 17 9mm handgun

★ A $500 cash prize (donated by Merchants Bank of Alabama)

Raffle tickets are available from any Cullman Rotary Club member for $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5. Tickets will also be available at the auction and you do not have to be present to win.

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CULLMAN ROTARY HELPS MANY, MANY PEOPLE
The Cullman Rotary Club welcome you out for a night of fun, camaraderie and perhaps some intense bidding to help support local projects.

The Cullman Rotary Club is donating $25,000 to the City of Cullman to re-plant hundreds of trees that were destroyed in the April 2011 tornadoes. Other recent Cullman area projects supported by Rotary throughout the year including:

• American Cancer Society
• Books for area school libraries
• Boy Scouts of America
• Brooks Place/Child Advocacy Center
• Childhaven
• Cullman Area Workforce Solutions
• Cullman Caring for Kids
• Cullman City Schools
• Cullman County Head Start
• Cullman County Schools
• Cullman Farm City
• Cullman Police Special Fund
• Cullman Rotary Park repairs
• D.A.R.E.
• Daystar House
• Developmentally Disabled Adults
• Good Samaritan Health Clinic
• HOPE
• Margaret Jean Jones (CCCDD) Center
• Scholarships for local high school seniors
• Sportsman’s Lake dock and walkway
• Wallace State Foundation

“In the past, we have raised as much as $50,000 to go to local charities and projects and we hope with some hard work we will exceed that total this year,” says current Rotarian President Dale Greer.

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DONATIONS FOR AUCTION NEEDED
Rotary Club Members are currently seeking donations to make this year a success. For more information on the auction or to donate items, contact Charlie NeSmith at 734-8110 or Dale Greer at 739-1891.

Be sure to follow current events for Cullman Rotary Club on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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EVENT DETAILS
Friday, March 10, 2017
4:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Cullman Civic Center
FREE (bring your wallet just in case!)

Food & Drink provided by The Link of Cullman County

Questions? Want To Donate An Item or Service?
Call 256-338-0432

For complete event details, please see:
http://cullmantoday.com/cullman-event/cullman-rotary-club-auction-44th-annual/
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OWEN LOVEL Named USA TODAY National Preseason Baseball American

The well-deserved accolades for Cullman High School Baseball Cats senior pitcher and outfielder Owen Lovell reached a new height today.

★ Lovell as been selected to the 2017 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Baseball Team. ★

Jim Halley of USA TODAY Sports made the selection based on statistics, coaches recommendations, and scouting reports.
Obviously, it is a HUGE honor.

Lovell is a beast at 6′ 4″ and 225 lbs.

The Cats went 41-14 last season finishing as runners-up in the Class 6A state championship series.

Lovell is now a Mississippi State signee who batted .392 with 14 home runs, 15 doubles, 64 RBIs and 47 runs in 2016. In addition, he carried a fat .739 slugging percentage amassing a ridiculous .516 on-base percentage for the Bearcats.

Lovell is not too shabby on the mound either posting a 7-1 record with 59 strikeouts, three shutouts, and an ERA of 1.43 (all in 51 innings).

Major League Baseball scouts were on display at the Cats' recent home opener with many eyes on Lovell as well as some of his lesser know, yet extremely talented teammates. High water floats all boats!

As the reigning Mr. Baseball in Alabama (officially Alabama’s best player), this national attention should present no problem and add no additional pressure for an even better 2017 campaign.

Full story here:
http://cullmantoday.com/2017/02/23/owen-lovell-named-usa-today-preseason-baseball-american/

For ALL of your legal needs contact:
Berry, Berry, Little, Brunner, and Chaney
Attorneys at Law
256-734-6330
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CULLMAN COUNTY WEATHER: THURSDAY - February 23 2017

FULL SPRING NEXT TWO DAYS - High 73°

TODAY: Cullman County weather will feel a lot like true Spring with mostly sunny skies and a high temperature of 73°. Look for a south-southeast wind around 5 mph.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a low around 57°. The south-southeast wind continues on.

FRIDAY: A high of 80° is not out of the question. Mostly sunny with GUSTY south winds up to 20 mph ahead of a cold front that will deliver rain showers and thunderstorms along with a plummeting temperature.

At 7:00 am THURSDAY current conditions at the Cullman Folsom Field weather station:

FAIR - 57°
Dew point: 55°
Humidity: 93%
Wind: Calm
Barometer: 29.90 inHg

Sunrise = 6:22 am
Sunset = 5:39 pm

Image: Get out your purses and wallets. The Cullman Rotary Club is hosting their 44th Annual Cullman Rotary Club Auction. This event will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Cullman Civic Center. To learn more see:
http://cullmantoday.com/cullman-event/cullman-rotary-club-auction-44th-annual/

For the full overview of Cullman County weather, please see:
http://cullmantoday.com/weather-forecast-cullman-alabama/

sponsorship of the weather by:
CULLMAN REGIONAL
Life Exceptional
Here’s To A Lifetime Of Healthy Choices

http://cullmanhealthy.com

1912 Alabama Highway 157, Cullman, AL 35058
(256) 737-2000
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