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    Human Trafficking Awareness Month: What is sex trafficking?

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - January is Human Trafficking Awareness month across the United States, and the Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force is working with its media partner The Cullman Tribune to help the public better understand the complex issue of human trafficking. Task Force...

    Cullman EC launches Sprout Fiber Internet

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    Updated 6-18-20 at 3:38 p.m. CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Electric Cooperative on Thursday announced big news for its customers: the launch of Sprout Fiber Internet. The need for internet access in rural areas of Cullman County has been a pressing issue, one that has...

    Exclusive: Duck River Reservoir level to be lowered for inspection of dam

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman Power Board, which oversees the Duck River Reservoir, is preparing to lower the water level--which is already down slightly due to a recent lack of rain--to allow inspection of the face of the dam for leaking issues which began...

    RV park, more planned for Cullman’s Burrow property

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The City of Cullman recently revealed plans to develop a recreational vehicle (RV) park on a southwest Cullman property at 1315 County Road 222. Construction has already begun. The land, known locally as the Burrow property, was once the proposed as...

    Can law enforcement really arrest people for violating the stay-at-home order?

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After Gov. Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order March 27, some people immediately began to question the validity of the order, arguing that the U.S. Constitution, Alabama Constitution and/or state law prohibit such...

    Where is the ammunition?

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Across the country, hunters, sport shooters and citizens concerned about home or self-defense are scrambling to purchase ammunition, contending with empty shelves and long backorder lists. In the Cullman area, customers are lining up outside stores for a chance to purchase...

    Cullman native, human trafficking survivor addresses Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force met Wednesday and welcomed Cullman native Jordan Giddens, former finance director for Alabama Rep. Anthony Daniels, D-Huntsville and current child trafficking care coordinator for the Children’s Policy Council and Family Court of Jefferson County....

    Meet Cullman County Attorney Emily Johnston

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Emily Niezer Johnston was recently hired by the Cullman County Commission as the new Cullman County attorney. Johnston replaces former Cullman County Attorney Chad Floyd, who was appointed March 13 by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as Cullman County District Judge, Place...

    Vehicle collision claims life of Vinemont woman, injures two others

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    VINEMONT, Ala. – Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick confirmed one fatality following a two-car collision in Vinemont.  According to Kilpatrick, Chessi Waddell, 47, of Vinemont was declared deceased on scene. The two car collision occurred at the intersection of Hwy. 157 and CR 1246 in Vinemont....

    COMMUNITY MATTERS: Cullman Tribune Citizen of the Year: Ashley Wilson

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    The following was printed in The Cullman Tribune's special yearly edition, "Community Matters." CULLMAN, Ala. - It takes a special person to turn unthinkable tragedy into something beautiful. Ashley Wilson did it, and for that reason she is The Cullman Tribune Citizen of the Year. The...

    ‘Couple skate!’: Sports World Skate Center still truckin’ after all these years

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    VINEMONT, Ala. - While there may be many differences between older and younger generations, one thing surely everyone can agree on is some of their greatest memories are times spent with friends at the skating rink. The music and fashion have changed, but walking...

    42 years, more than 8K babies: Dr. Howard Williamson, beloved by his patients, retires

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After 42 years practicing obstetrics and gynecology in Cullman, Dr. Howard Williamson recently retired. Williamson, who began practicing in 1978, estimates he has delivered more than 8,000 babies. After taking a leave of absence due to COVID-19, he explained in a letter...

    Miracle at 30,000 feet: Vinemont veteran survives stroke on flight, promotes awareness and response

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    VINEMONT, Ala. - Stroke is the fifth most common cause of death in the United States, and one Cullman County veteran who survived an incident with circumstances being called miraculous is spreading the word to help others know how to recognize and respond to...

    Community rallying around friend, co-worker and animal rescuer

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    Updated 7-10-19 12:40 p.m. CULLMAN, Ala. – It was Saturday morning June 29 when Chris Torrisi told his mother Nancy Thomas that he would be back in 30 minutes before he left their home in the Walter community to pick up a friend. Once he...

    Paradise lost: 1989 Fairview graduate survives Hurricane Dorian, working to help other survivors, refugees

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Great Guana Cay, Bahamas is a narrow islet of the Abaco Islands and also where Cullman County native and 1989 Fairview graduate Dwight Aldridge has called home for the past 12 years. He and his neighbors knew Hurricane Dorian was headed...

    Baby boom! ‘Shot heard around Cullman’ revealed Jaxson and Lauren Earwood expecting baby boy

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    The ‘shot heard around Cullman’ revealed that Jaxson and Lauren Earwood are expecting a baby boy, whom they have named Foster Kole CULLMAN, Ala. - It was a nice Sunday afternoon when the family of Jaxson and Lauren Earwood came out to celebrate with the...

    ‘I can’t say enough how it’s changed my life’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Saving Forgotten Warriors (SFW) announced last week its creation of the “800 Club,” a program to provide veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) an opportunity for a better life by giving them access to Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) shots, which...

    Duchess Bakery owner announces retirement; Future of bakery uncertain

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - For 81 years, The Duchess Bakery has been a Cullman landmark, its famous donuts attracting customers from all over Alabama. Owner Larry Bontrager has been at the bakery for 43 years, and after nearly a year of consideration, recently announced he...

    ‘I want to share my story with you about growing up under Hitler’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Author Rosemarie Reinhard Musso grew up in the village of Sterbfritz (Hessen), Germany. Wednesday, she spoke to a crowded Cullman County Public Library, greeting those gathered to hear her by saying, “I want to share my story with you about growing...

    Meeting a living legend: CATA precision machining students sit down with world record-holding machinist Joe Hayden

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Precision machining students at the Cullman Area Technology Academy (CATA) last week were treated to a rare surprise and unique learning opportunity as Joe Hayden, a world record-holding machinist and lappist who has been referred to as the “Rembrandt of precision...

    WellStone to launch mobile mental health crisis response team in Cullman County

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - WellStone, provider of mental health services to Cullman and Madison Counties, sent notification to The Tribune on Monday that “a Mobile Crisis Team will officially be added to WellStone Cullman’s program list. An initiative led by Senator Garlan Gudger, the two-person...

    ALDOT opens bids for Highway 157 4-lane project

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) on July 31 opened bids for its project to widen Alabama Highway 157 through Cullman’s north side to four lanes- from just east of U.S. Highway 31 to just past Cullman Regional. A 3.5-mile stretch...

    SGB shots available closer to home

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Almost 90 Cullman area veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are enjoying the benefits of the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) shot that offers them a chance to “reset their brains,” in a manner of speaking. Through a partnership between...

    Duck River Reservoir: Looking back at the project, part 1

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Mayor Woody Jacobs announced Friday, July 17 that the city of Cullman has begun drawing water from the Duck River Reservoir to the city water treatment plant, and that the city is now receiving drinking water from the reservoir. During his...

    Living with Lyme: Meet 12-year-old Madeline of Walter

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    WALTER, Ala. - When Madeline Hill was 4 years old, she spent a fun day with her family at a petting zoo in Key Largo, Florida. It was when the family returned home that evening that her mom, Becca, discovered a bullseye rash on...

    More than 40 area veterans have received SGB shot to combat PTSD

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - A growing number of Cullman area veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are enjoying the benefits of the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) shot that offers them a chance to reset their brains, in a manner of speaking. Through Saving...

    Col. Fallin’s new adventure: Local veteran takes on Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise scholarship funds

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Retired U.S. Army Colonel and Fairview High School alumnus Don Fallin is planning his second endurance challenge fundraiser for the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund (JMSF) which honors military service and sacrifice by providing scholarships to veterans and military family members, especially...

    In remembrance of Jay

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Suzette was set up on a blind date at a karaoke place in Pensacola, Florida. A mutual friend arranged for her and Jay to meet, and the sparks flew right away. After meeting on that date in July 2005, they became...

    Coronavirus: Local schools, EMA prepared, not panicked

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – As of Monday evening, there are no reported cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the disease known as COVID-19, in Alabama. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly....

    State health officer talks asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The state’s top health official said Tuesday he was surprised when the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said Monday that transmission of the coronavirus by asymptomatic people is “very rare.” The WHO walked that statement back Tuesday, after...

    ‘It’s not going to slow us down’: Cullman County DHR continues to serve and recruit foster families during COVID-19 shutdowns, restrictions

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Foster parents definitely fall under the definition of “essential” during the COVID-19 shutdown. Their work does not pause, their shifts do not end, and making kids “safer at home” was a guiding principle of their efforts long before coronavirus became a...

    A shot at hope: Local businessman and philanthropist Apel donates $12K to launch PTSD program with Saving Forgotten Warriors

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    CORRECTION- 3-11-20 at 6:55 p.m. In The Tribune’s coverage of the stellate ganglion block (SGB) shot, we have said, “The SGB shot is FDA-approved.” In fact, the medications administered through the shot are FDA-approved. The shot itself does not require FDA approval. “You know, $800 can...

    Defund or defend? Long, Gentry, Culpepper talk about current attitudes toward law enforcement

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Life has recently become far more difficult for law enforcement officers across the country, as protest groups call for police agencies to be defunded and even dismantled, and political leaders in certain places have supported the movement. Some groups have called...

    ‘This truly is a historic moment’

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    Updated 1-19-21 1:06 p.m. CULLMAN, Ala. - Seven months to the day after the Cullman Electric Cooperative announced Sprout Fiber Internet, the first customers were connected to the service- gigabit-speed internet- Monday morning. “This is an exciting day for (the) Cullman Electric Co-op,” beamed Manager of...

    Human Trafficking: What is a Trafficking-Free Zone?

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    Birmingham and Mountain Brook join Vestavia Hills in ‘Trafficking-Free Zone’ declarations  CULLMAN, Ala. - A day after the Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force met with the Cullman City Council about a proclamation declaring the city a Trafficking-Free Zone, the cities of Birmingham and Mountain...

    Stellar student: Holly Pond senior Zack Reynolds scores 35 on ACT, named National Merit Scholarship Finalist

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    HOLLY POND, Ala. - Holly Pond High School senior Zack Reynolds just this week learned he has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Before that, the all-around stellar student added another achievement to his growing list. Reynolds scored a 35 on his ACT. The...

    In memory of Laura: Pre-sales needed for new GYN cancer awareness car tag in Alabama

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    Laura Crandall Brown was just 25 years old when she passed away from ovarian cancer. Now, the foundation she helped start with her father, Jim Crandall, is trying to raise awareness and funds for those battling gynecological (GYN) cancers.  A new Accelerate the Fight Alabama...

    ‘He’s finally home’

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    CORRECTION- 3-11-20 at 6:55 p.m. In The Tribune’s coverage of the stellate ganglion block (SGB) shot, we have said, “The SGB shot is FDA-approved.” In fact, the medications administered through the shot are FDA-approved. The shot itself does not require FDA approval. CULLMAN, Ala. – Late...

    ‘There is no manual for what to do next’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Since mid-March, the Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled (CCCDD)’s Margaret Jean Jones Center has not been able to operate its adult day program due to COVID-19. On June 15, the Alabama Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities (ADMH-DDD)...

    Always remembered, never forgotten

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    VINEMONT, Ala. - A very special event for a very special person took place in Vinemont Saturday. The Vinemont Eagles Youth Football Association retired the late Christian Hart's no. 5 jersey before Saturday’s youth games in front of an emotional home crowd. Christian, 12,...

    Dusty Baker leaving Commission on Aging: ‘It’s bittersweet.’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After six years leading the Cullman County Commission on Aging, Director Dusty Baker has stepped down. His last day will be Friday, Feb. 12, and he calls his decision “bittersweet.” The Tribune sat down with Baker Tuesday to learn more. Baker said...

    ‘He was an absolutely incredible human being’

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    BREMEN, Ala. -  “He will always be remembered here at Cold Springs,” Cold Spring High School Principal Eric Dickerson said of the late Michael Parker. Parker passed away Friday, Aug. 28 at the age of 61. Parker, whose service was held Monday at Kinney...

    ‘I felt myself come out of the blue’: 4 local veterans share testimonies about SGB shot success, honor Apel Steel for donation

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    CORRECTION- 3-11-20 at 6:55 p.m. In The Tribune’s coverage of the stellate ganglion block (SGB) shot, we have said, “The SGB shot is FDA-approved.” In fact, the medications administered through the shot are FDA-approved. The shot itself does not require FDA approval. CULLMAN, Ala. – A...

    Unsung Hero: Nancy Bryant

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Child advocacy and child abuse prevention agency Cullman Caring for Kids (CCK) has enjoyed the service of Nancy Bryant for more than 20 years. The current assistant director joined CCK as a volunteer in August 2000 and has served as assistant...

    Sharp rise in domestic violence during quarantine

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Friday, Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper reported to The Tribune that cases of domestic violence are on the rise around Cullman, as families become more confined to their homes under the stress of uncertainty. Said Culpepper, “As people are having to...

    Have still, will travel

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Back in March, Gary “Sarge” Sargeant was just like many local business owners in Cullman. He worried about how COVID-19 and potential shutdowns would affect his motorcycle shop, Hawg Engineering. Little did he know that it would be his knowledge of...

    Bountiful blueberries: Local, family-owned Bagwell Blueberry Farm a summer treat

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Along County Road 721 in eastern Cullman County, you’ll find Bagwell Blueberry Farm. It’s a small farm owned by local couple Darrell and Karen Bagwell, who grow mainly blueberries, some blackberries and raspberries and some vegetables. “My husband is from Walker County,”...

    Family of stabbing victim to state legislators: Change mandatory early release law

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The family of murder victim Herndon “Junior” Self is appealing to Alabama’s legislators to review and amend the law that freed Self’s accused killer in a separate case only two days before the murder, despite his being denied parole in that...

    Meet Oktoberfest 2019 Burgermeister Steve Moore

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Being Burgermeister of Cullman’s Oktoberfest celebration can be a hectic duty during the event, but Steve Moore, the city’s 2019 selection, may actually have to slow down a little to take on the task.  Moore, an Arkadelphia native and 1979 graduate of...

    Cullman City Schools Strategic Building Initiative includes new intermediate, middle schools, expanded primary school

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    Updated 8-20-20 at 11:25 p.m. Cullman City School Board President Joey Orr originally said, "This past year, the timing and the rates were such that it made perfect sense to pass a bond issue. We did so for the value of $14 million." She has...

    Bicentennial blowout! Cullman celebrates 200 years of Alabama statehood

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Saturday evening, Cullman joined communities across the state to celebrate 200 years of Alabama statehood. On Dec. 14, 1819, delegates in Huntsville signed the constitution to change Alabama from a territory to America’s 22nd state. Mrs. Mona Hopper served as Mistress...

    ‘I promise everybody it’s real’: Local man recounts experience with COVID-19

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - “At first, I never had a bad fever. The highest it got was 102. I came home from work and I felt so weak that I couldn’t move. That day, I couldn’t hardly work because I had no energy. I laid...

    ‘Most aren’t aware of just how much he has done’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Longtime president of the Cullman County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments (CCAVFD), Joe Golden stepped down Thursday night after serving 15 years in the position. Although he will no longer head the association, Golden said he does not intend to stop...

    ‘I have 4 sons . . . Will I see them killed and no one cares?’

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    COLONY, Ala. - Colony’s mayor and town council, the county’s only currently-serving black elected officials, have a distinct perspective on recent events surrounding the death of George Floyd, the protests and riots that followed and life in Cullman County. The Tribune sat down with...

    ‘You’ve got to be thankful’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – It has been almost a full year since former three-term (1987-2005) Cullman County District Attorney Len Brooks and his wife, June Brooks, the former chair of the Wallace State Community College Paralegal and Political Science Departments, walked off the Grand Princess...

    ‘Horticulture is my true love’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. -  After almost four decades with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), Cullman County Extension Coordinator Tony Glover is hanging up his hat. Glover has served ACES for 37 years and has led the Cullman office for the last 10. In his final...

    Partnering for mental health

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    SOUTH VINEMONT, Ala. - Haven Counseling Services and Good Samaritan Health Clinic cut the ribbon Friday morning at Haven’s office at 18291 U.S. Highway 31 in South Vinemont, to announce a new partnership between the two agencies and the Stephen K. Griffith (SKG) Memorial...

    Remembering Robert Squires

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - In its series that invites the community to remember its loved ones lost to COVID-19, The Tribune shares memories of Robert Dale Squires, known to many as the friendly face and hat expert at Victoria’s Hope Thrift and Treasures in Cullman. After...

    ‘A great day in Cullman and the state of Alabama’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), City of Cullman, Cullman Economic Development Agency (CEDA) and Cullman County’s legislative delegation on Thursday morning “broke ground” to mark the official launch of the construction project that will finally complete the four-lane expansion of...

    Christmas gifts with local flavor, part 2

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman’s local merchants are full of popular and unique Christmas gift ideas. Thursday, The Tribune stopped by a few more of the city’s local businesses in an effort to find out what’s hot this year and to give the last-minute shoppers...

    For the love of Claire: Local dad launches patient advocacy service

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After working in health care for more than a decade, Cullman County resident Jeff Byars thought he had a firm grasp of the system when his daughter Claire was diagnosed with cancer at 7 months old. He was shocked to find...

    No. 1 Bearcat fan

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - There were four seconds on the clock when the Cullman Bearcats sent kicker Brody Adams out for a possible game-winning field goal. While others might have been counting the Bearcats out before their exhilarating comeback over Muscle Shoals Friday night, Tina...

    Welcome back! Local restaurants reopen their doors to diners

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman restaurants eased into reopening to dine-in customers Monday after Governor Kay Ivey announced last Friday that some COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted. While a few local eateries were ready to open their doors, many local favorites remained closed. Those prepared...

    ‘I try to keep it as natural as possible’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - West Elementary second-grade teacher Kelly Hayes’ no. 1 passion is teaching, but from an early age, nutrition and the love of all things natural have also been particularly important. Besides having a degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in exercise...

    Remembering Wendell Guthrie

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    The Tribune is paying tribute to those in our community lost to COVID-19. If you would like to share your family's story, email Christy@CullmanTribune.com. BAILEYTON, Ala.- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that...

    Cullman Caring for Kids: Child Abuse Awareness Month on hold, child abuse is not

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - As Cullman settles into a quarantine routine, April’s status as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month is easy to overlook, but the recently countywide (and worldwide, for that matter) spike in quarantine-fueled cases of domestic violence means that awareness is more...

    Local salons, barbers cautiously reopening

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday announced the rollout of the next phase of her Safer at Home Order, “Proceeding with Caution,” effective Monday, May 11, 2020. These changes are in effect until May 22, 2020 at 5 p.m. As part...

    Remembering Hermina Johnson

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    The Tribune is paying tribute to those in our community lost to COVID-19. If you would like to share your family’s story, email Christy@CullmanTribune.com. VINEMONT, Ala. - After battling COVID-19 for a month, Hermina Johnson died Dec. 1, 2020. Johnson tested positive and was...

    Human Trafficking Awareness Month: What is labor trafficking?

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The popular image of human trafficking typically involves the forced abduction of young women to be transported across national lines into lives of coerced prostitution. While this does happen, one very common form of human trafficking does not involve sex at...

    Local long-term care facilities respond to COVID-19

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Medical professionals continue to face the effects of COVID-19, especially in Alabama and parts of the Southeast, and the Cullman area’s medical facilities have not been immune. The Tribune reached out to ask how local nursing home and assisted living facilities are...

    Spotlight on Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force participated in Human Trafficking Awareness Day activities Friday, and Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs officially proclaimed Saturday, Jan. 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the city for the fifth consecutive year. Many municipalities have also...

    Heroes Among Us: A look at the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department

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    This is part 1 of a special series in which The Tribune will visit with each volunteer fire department across Cullman County. FAIRVIEW, Ala. – Heroes live among us all throughout Cullman County. They are among the first on the scene when tragedy strikes,...

    Learning from one another: Cullman, Selma delegations meet to share ideas

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - A delegation from Selma traveled to Cullman Thursday to talk about how two remarkably different communities with polar opposite historical backgrounds might address differences and discuss future partnerships that allow each community to benefit from the successes of the other. Sen. Garlan Gudger,...

    Christmas gifts with local flavor

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Christmas is almost here and last-minute shoppers are out and about or online looking for the perfect gifts for family and friends. Luckily for Cullman shoppers, there are many unique local shops that can help you find the best gifts this...

    Survivor story: Noted human trafficking expert to offer training in Cullman County

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Kathy Wilson, director of the Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force, announced that Amy Joy, a human trafficking survivor who went on to become a social worker, psychologist and lecturer on human trafficking response and prevention, will be in Cullman County...

    Holly Pond Bronco Band welcomes new director

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    HOLLY POND, Ala. - After three years under Evan Curtis, the Holly Pond Bronco Band welcomed a new director to the team just in time for band camp. Stephen Cook, a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a master's degree from the...

    Honoring Mr. Heinze

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - St. Paul’s Lutheran School at its alumni dinner on Saturday evening presented retired teacher and longtime school/church organist Fred Heinze its first ever Impact Award for his “significant impact on the lives of the young people in our school community with...

    Mr. Harwood goes to Washington: ‘I really appreciated more than ever what it means to be an American’

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    ARAB, Ala. - When we first met Arab resident Randy Harwood, he had just learned that one of his dreams would be coming true. He was one of the 100 volunteers in the country chosen to help decorate the White House for Christmas. He...

    ‘An absolute miracle’: Good Hope Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Garmon home recovering from H1N1 after monthslong hospital stay

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    GOOD HOPE, Ala. - This year, a lengthy and harrowing hospital stay had the Good Hope community rallying to support its volunteer fire department and the family of Assistant Chief Jamie Garmon. He finally got to come home in this month, "an absolute miracle,"...

    Finding their way home

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - When thunderstorms roll through Cullman County as they did Monday evening, inevitably there will be an increase in the number of lost and found pets in the area. Luckily, there are individuals out there who have taken their love for animals...

    Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Keeping your children safe

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - As part of its ongoing series during Human Trafficking Awareness Month, The Cullman Tribune talked with Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force Chairperson Kathy Wilson about keeping children safe. Said Wilson, “What makes your child vulnerable to a predator? If your child...

    Loving with all his heart… and a little more

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - It was a long year for the McNeal family. In March 2019, Sandre McNeal had just lost her father and was making arrangements for his funeral when she fell ill and had to go to urgent care, which sent her to...

    Always preparing

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – With the 10-year anniversary of the destructive April 27, 2011 tornadoes approaching, Cullman Electric Cooperative (CEC) hosted a meeting with local law enforcement and emergency management leaders Thursday to discuss the upcoming spring storm season and how things have changed since...

    Truth in Nature: An outdoor ministry to fatherless boys

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Brian and Beth Burchett knew when they bought their farm adjacent to the Bankhead National Forest that God had a greater purpose for them. They soon learned of a program, Truth in Nature, started in Georgia to teach life skills and...

    ‘We could have this thing ended by the spring’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Dr. Scott Warner, a pulmonologist who practices at Chest Medicine of Cullman and who has advised community leaders on the COVID-19 pandemic offered a stark warning ahead of Christmas: the local health care system does not have the capacity to handle...

    Sheriff, chiefs say COVID impact minimal in their departments

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - A Cullman County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant requested citizens attending this week’s Colony Town Council meeting to “Be in prayer for us. Got the COVID stuff going on. We have been hit hard . . . We were blessed the very...

    Did ADEM withhold information on river contamination levels after June 6 Tyson/River Valley Ingredients spill?

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Black Warrior Riverkeeper (BWR), a north Alabama environmental organization on Wednesday posted to its Facebook page a large multi-page document found in an e-file on the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) website, containing detailed information about the June 6, 2019...

    COVID-19: 4 local moms share their strategies, worries

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          CULLMAN, Ala. - With schools across the county closed for the next few weeks (or longer), many parents are now tasked with juggling work, helping with schoolwork and searching for childcare. The parents we spoke to have another characteristic in common: they are worried...

    Cullman Police: Traffic crashes in city down 14.5% in 2020

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman Police Department on Monday reported that vehicle crashes dropped to 839 in the city in 2020 from 982 in 2019, a reduction of approximately 14.5%. While traffic was thinned out at times by COVID-19 shutdowns, the department could also...

    New NASA mission to Mars flies on Alabama-built rockets

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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Thursday morning launched Mars 2020, a mission to send robotic rover Perseverance and experimental helicopter (a first in space exploration) Ingenuity toward a February 2021 landing on Mars, where, according to NASA,...

    Duck River Reservoir: Looking back at the project, part 2

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - In July 2018, as officials awaited pending litigation over the Duck River Dam, the City of Cullman went forward with plans to open the 640-acre Duck River Reservoir to boats and fishers, and to open the entire 22 miles of interconnected...

    Local tattoo parlors following, establishing health guidelines for customers

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey last Friday announced the rollout of the next phase of her Safer at Home Order, “Proceeding with Caution,” effective Monday, May 11, 2020. These changes are in effect until May 22, 2020 at 5 p.m. As part...

    2020 Cullman Veterans Day Celebration could be biggest ever

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - In spite of the challenges of COVID-19, Cullman’s 2020 Veterans Day Celebration at Cullman Regional Airport Saturday, Nov. 7 could be the largest ever, according to the Cullman VFW’s Col. Ken Brown. This year’s event will include original WWII aircraft that...

    CPD sees fewer wrecks, significant drop in traffic fatalities in 2019

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After 2018 proved to be the worst year ever for traffic fatalities in the city of Cullman, the Cullman Police Department (CPD) is relieved to report a drop of more than 50% in 2019, even though the overall number of wrecks...

    Local gyms reopen to guests

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After Governor Kay Ivey issued her amended Safer at Home Order last Friday, many local businesses began looking forward to reopening - including gyms and fitness centers. While many people have found ways to keep in shape and continue working out...

    ‘Failure is not an option’

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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The U.S. Space and Rocket Center has been fascinating kids and adults alike, giving the west side of Huntsville one of the most distinct skylines in the United States since its opening in 1970. The museum opened shortly after the second...

    Ivey awards Cullman’s Cyber Broadband $1.33M to provide service in Baileyton, Joppa

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    CULLMAN, Ala.  – Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday announced she has awarded $2.9 million in grants to continue providing more Alabamians with access to high-speed internet services. The recipient of the largest grant is Cullman’s Cyber Broadband, Inc., which will receive $1.33 million to provide...

    ‘I have enjoyed my time here’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Wednesday, the City of Cullman said an official farewell to Rick Fulmer, its Building, Planning and Zoning director of the last 17 years. Friends and coworkers past and present gathered at city hall for a reception food, fellowship, a lot...

    Going places

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    FAIRVIEW, Ala. - Fairview High School senior Mason Roberts has a lot to celebrate. Not only did he score a 35 on his ACT, he is also one of only two Cullman County students to be named a National Merit Finalist. Roberts, the son...

    Remembering Jerry Willibey

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    The Tribune is paying tribute to those in our community lost to COVID-19. If you would like to share your family’s story, email Christy@CullmanTribune.com. CULLMAN, Ala. - “He was a pretty quiet guy. If you went into a room full of veterans and started...