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    Updated Jan. 26, 2024, at 8:50 a.m. CULLMAN, Ala. - A Logan man died in a two-vehicle crash on Thursday, Jan. 25, just after 12:40 p.m. according to Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick said Jerry Michael Simmons, 72, was killed in a head-on collision in the 9600 block of U.S. Highway 278 West between Jones Chapel and Bethel. Alabama State Troopers...
    Updated Jan. 14, 2024, at 7:22 p.m. CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman County Commission on Sunday called an emergency meeting to discuss the impending winter weather and declared a state of emergency for the county. Chairman Jeff Clemons, along with the other commissioners in attendance, signed the declaration.  The declaration reads:  “WHEREAS, in accordance with State law, which empowers the Cullman County...
    CULLMAN, Ala. -  One of Cullman County’s own, Kyra Bales, a 2023 Hanceville High School graduate, is preparing to strut her stuff and showcase her skills as they’re broadcast to the world when the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Marching Mocs participate in the London’s New Year’s Day Parade.  Speaking of how her majorette career began, Bales fondly recalled her...
    Parkside Outreach Program BAILEYTON, Ala. – The Parkside Outreach Program is one of many nonprofits nestled firmly in the far reaches of Cullman County, this one serving the communities of Baileyton, Fairview and anyone else who needs it. Founder Jennifer Harlow said while her public outreach has a private years-long history, the nonprofit began humbly in 2018 as a way to...
    Updated Dec. 25, 2023, at 10:40 p.m. BERLIN, Ala. - The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a man in connection with the house fire that occurred Saturday, Dec. 23, on County Road 728 in Berlin. Christopher Todd Burton is wanted for questioning about a domestic incident connected with the fire. The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office has been...
    Updated Dec. 12, 2023, at 6:01 p.m. CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City Council on Monday approved an emergency bid for reclamation and repaving of St. Joseph Drive Northwest, starting from Scott Street Northwest and Dripping Springs Road area and going north to Alabama Highway 157. Work was set to begin Tuesday morning, Dec. 12. According to City Engineer Erica...
    BAILEYTON, Ala. – With a line wrapped around the building and seemingly every child in Baileyton in attendance, excitement and anticipation built as the Baileyton Senior Center hosted its annual community Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023.  Amid festive sweaters, a large, decorated tree and decorations hung about the center, kids of all ages ate dinner and visited...
    Updated Nov. 25, 2023, at 10:57 p.m. CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman Christkindlmarkt, the South's largest and most authentic German-inspired Christmas market, has made its grand debut. The opening ceremony, set against the backdrop of the magnificent Weihnachtspyramide (Christmas pyramid) - the tallest in the United States - signaled the beginning of a festive tradition in the heart of Alabama. Cullman...

    Remembering Danny McAfee

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Local businessman Danny McAfee, of Cullman Cabinet & Supply Company, was laid to rest this month. McAfee was remembered as a community leader and visionary who championed Cullman’s growth and development.   McAfee held seats on numerous community boards, including the Cullman Regional Foundation Board, assisting in the fundraising for the new expansion; Downtown Design and Review...
    DANVILLE, Ala. – This year’s AHSAA State Cross Country Championships were hosted at the Oakville Indian Mounds Saturday morning, and it was a great day to be a Cold Springs Eagle. Both the Eagles and Lady Eagles claimed 1-2A state championships and Eagle runners Ethan Edgeworth (14:34.29) and Reagan Parris (19:31.26) each won individual state titles. Edgeworth’s personal best time...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – West Elementary School’s fifth-grade class held its annual Veterans Day program Thursday, Nov. 9, welcoming local veterans to the school’s gymnasium. The school has been holding the event since the late 1980s. Since 2012, its been led by fifth-grade teacher Keenan Fowlkes, who is also a member of the National Guard. Fowlkes took over after Jane...
    BAILEYTON, Ala. – The Town of Baileyton is set to deck the halls – well, the light poles lining Alabama Highway 69, in preparation for the upcoming holiday season on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023.   Mayor Windell Calloway said plans have been put in place to ensure the safety of those hanging the lighted decor along the busy highway. “We’ll have...
    VINEMONT, Ala.  - Teachers, faculty and students at Vinemont Elementary School were recognized on Oct. 17 for their dedication and commitment to ensuring all children in their school are able to read at or above their current grade level before they leave third grade. Vinemont Elementary was one of 12 schools across the state recognized as an Alabama Science...
    FAIRVIEW, Ala. -- The Fairview Lady Aggies celebrated Senior Night on the volleyball court Thursday with a tri-match against Scottsboro and Decatur Heritage. After trailing the Lady Wildcats 2-0, the Lady Aggies rallied to win the next three sets to win the series, 3-2, and they finished off the night by sweeping the Lady Eagles 2-0. Fairview 3 - Scottsboro 2 (First...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – The third annual John E. Hunt Memorial Golf Tournament was hosted at Cross Creek Golf Course Saturday and 134 players on 34 teams packed the course to help honor a friend and support a great cause. The tournament was first held in 2021 after longtime Cullman Parks and Recreation Director John Hunt passed away in March...
    As a Cullman local who lived in the county and worked at a local watering hole, Rock the South had always been synonymous for me with heavy traffic, rowdy bar guests and a vibrato of whatever headliner they snagged pounding through your temples as you tried to sleep after closing the bar. "Can't they just move it to Nashville?!" I...
    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Wallace State Community College’s Diesel Technology program will host a Women in Diesel Meet and Greet on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, for women interested in learning more about the program and the high-demand, high-wage careers available to them. The event will be held in the Diesel Technology shop from 5-7 p.m. Attendees will be able to meet...
    HOLLY POND, Ala. -- In this interview, I talked to Holly Pond senior Alexis Pitts, and she shared some of her favorite memories she made during her time in several school clubs, including the FCCLA. "I was in the FFA, FCCLA, Beta Club, and SGA. The experience I had was great. I made many friends with people I had the...
    BRING YOUR GRANDMA to SEE “THE GRANDMOTHER MAGNOLIA” and BRING YOUR GRANDPA to see “THE GRANDFATHER PINE” at the Sportsman Lake Park TREE MUSEUM—FREE and open to all, 365 days each year. (Directions: Go to Sportsman Lake Park and take the road to the picnic pavilions, look for the bright red “Welcome Arbor” of the Wildflower Garden, enjoy your...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) at its July 13, 2023, meeting approved Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette’s recommendation to hire three new principals. Dr. Johnny Whaley was named the new principal of Fairview High School. Whaley has 21 years of experience as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor and instructional leader at both the middle and high...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's 18th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items is July 21-23. This marks the seventh time the annual tax holiday will take place on the third full weekend of July.From 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 21, until midnight, Sunday, July 23, the state waives its 4% sales tax on school-related supplies and clothing. More than 325 cities...
    WEST POINT, Ala. – In this interview, I talked to West Point’s Cade Welborn about his sophomore seasons on the basketball court and on the baseball field. "I felt like at the JV level, we were a pretty solid squad. Losing in the county finals hurt a lot, but it made us better and gave us more motivation to work...
    SOUTH VINEMONT, Ala. – The South Vinemont Town Council on Tuesday evening discussed several area events.   Mayor Reggie Dodson expressed his excitement for the continued success of the town’s monthly senior citizen events, where the seniors gather on the third Monday of each month at the Vinemont Community Center for fellowship and a meal. “It’s a great thing for the...
    CULLMAN, Ala– Local artists will yet again converge in Cullman’s Warehouse District for the third annual Arts in the Warehouse District event, hosted by Leldon Maxcy of Leldon's. The event will feature local art displayed in a variety of mediums, from traditional canvas to leather and textile works and more. The event is always organized for a good cause, with...
    FAIRVIEW, Ala. – Last year’s volleyball season was another solid one for the Lady Aggies and junior Ava Calvarese recapped the year and talked about what she learned. Ava feels blessed to be playing alongside a great group of teammates. "I think it went pretty good, considering all the challenges we had to overcome. I learned that the most important...
    SOUTH VINEMONT, Ala. – The Vinemont Baseball Diamond Club will host its annual alumni game this Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Mike Cupp Field on the campus of Vinemont High School. Vinemont Baseball Diamond Club President Kevin Hale said he is excited for the event and is looking forward to being around former players and seeing former coaches. “We’ve...

    Pet of the week: Mya

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Mya, an approximately 4-year-old female Labrador mix with an ebony coat and a freckle on her tongue is available for adoption at Cullman County Animal Shelter. Mya was named after a sweet young visitor of the shelter and embodies a spirit of youthfulness. She is talented and takes direction quickly on her leash, and thrives with exercise...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – The new Home2 Suites by Hilton Cullman officially opened Monday, July 10, at 5720 Alabama Highway 157. Construction on the hotel began in June 2021.   According to Mansa Hospitality Chief Executive Officer Rupesh Patel, Home2 Suites is the first and only extended stay hotel in Cullman. He said every room has a kitchenette and a sofa...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – Construction projects at Cullman Middle School and Cullman City Primary School began in May 2022, and according to Cullman City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff, the project at the primary school is set to be completed on schedule in mid-October. He said the road work around the primary school will also be completed at this time as...
    FAIRVIEW, Ala. – The Fairview High School esports team on Saturday, July 8, hosted a fundraiser tournament at Green Brothers Comics in Arab. Winners included: James Gilmer came in first place, winning a cash prize and a free Nintendo Switch game of his choice Cayden Maddox came in second place, winning a cash prize and a Midas Burger gift card Marco McDonald took...
    VINEMONT, Ala. -- The Vinemont Lady Eagles had a solid volleyball season and junior Mabry Thompson learned so much about that year. She got to play alongside some great players and seniors and learned some things from them as well. "We had a great team and I think the season went pretty well. Even though we had some tough losses,...
    HANCEVILLE, Ala. -  Over the last three years, attendance for English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offered at the Wallace State Community College Oneonta Academic Center has more than quadrupled. ESL instructor John Barnett said there are currently 46 students in classes taught at the Oneonta Academic Center in Blount County.  “We’ve gotten so large we’ve started a morning...
    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – The Cullman County branch of People Against a Littered State (PALS) last week celebrated local businesses and groups that help make the community a more attractive place to live and work. The goal of Cullman County PALS is “helping to make our community a pleasant place to visit, shop, play and live.” The awards, according to...
    GOOD HOPE, Ala. – Good Hope cheerleaders Cahaba (first year) and Lauren Falls (second year) have had a great experience cheering for the Raiders on varsity so far and have learned so much from their fellow cheerleaders. "I've had a great time cheering with these girls because they are very supportive and will help you with anything on and off...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - With Rock the South being many seasoned concertgoers’ first experience at a music festival, here is a collection of tips that attendees may find helpful for a fun and safe experience. Check out the grounds When you first arrive, take an hour or so to walk the grounds and familiarize yourself with areas you might need to know,...
    FAIRVIEW, Ala. – In this interview, I talked to Fairview volleyball player Abby McDonald about her junior season and there were a lot of positives that she took away from that experience playing with a great group of teammates. "I feel like last year was a growing season for us as a team. We had only one senior and the...
    HANCEVILLE, Ala. -- Hanceville eighth grader Mattie Keith split time between middle school and varsity last season and she shared some of what she learned from the experience, plus what it was like playing with a great group of teammates. "Middle school helped me learn and improve on my fundamentals, which definitely helped the season tremendously. Moving up to varsity...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Public Library is hosting various events throughout the month of July. DIY Programs in July: Monday, July 10 - Create Your Own Comic StripThursday, July 13- Bad Art DayMonday, July 17 - Paper Bag STEM ChallengeThursday, July 20 - Chalk the Walk (Sidewalk Art)Monday, July 24 - Origami ArtThursday, July 27 - Shark Week Craft From...
    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Wallace State Community College recently announced the start of new programs in applied technologies this fall. It also plans to close of one of its older programs. Significant new offerings include an electric vehicle program for new automotive technologies and an electrical technology program for the training of industrial, commercial and residential electricians. Collision repair will be...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – It was the perfect day for an intimate block party at The Villas at Cloverdale on Friday, July 7. The Link of Cullman, which works closely with the The Villas through its own housing and rental assistance programs, was happy to host Chat & Chew at the main office as a fun treat for residents. The summer...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman City Council on Friday held public hearings regarding rezoning properties. James Nearen was in attendance to give his support that the Nearen Property be rezoned from Entertainment District to Business District. Speaking on behalf of himself and his sister, who co-owns the property, Nearen stated, “We have reviewed the proposed ordinance and we have no...
    SAVE YOUR WATER, SHOWER WITH A FRIEND and SAVE YOUR SANITY WITH FOREST BATHING! “Contrary to its name, Japanese FOREST BATHING, or ‘Shinrin-yoku,’ has nothing to do with wallowing in water surrounded by trees. In reality, it’s the act of being among trees, absorbing the ambience of a forest…Escaping to the outdoors is the natural antidote to our busy lives,...
    Readers who frequent the Cullman County Public Library System share reviews of some of their recently read books. Submission date: June 29, 2003 Reviewer: Elaine Clayton Title: “Identity” Author: Nora Roberts Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Thoughts about the book: A truly fabulous book! A psychopath targets blond, slim women with money- he steals their identity- their assets, and then kills them. He changes...
    From the files of 1900 George Patrick of Ryan’s Cross Roads was here yesterday. C.N. Peek, of Eddy, was in Cullman on Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Sanders and baby are visiting in Scottsboro. J.A. McMinn left Tuesday for New York. Sidney Dunn, of Birmingham, visited relatives here on Sunday. The tax collector and assessor can be found in the sheriff’s office. David and Ernest Tipton,...
    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - With a record number of high school students participating in dual enrollment classes with the Alabama Community College System (ACCS), leaders of the state’s community colleges gathered in Birmingham recently to discuss plans to boost student success. More than 27,000 Alabama high school students use dual enrollment to earn college-level credit at one of the state’s community...
    BREMEN, Ala. - The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference (NLC) was held July 2-6 in Denver, and Cold Spring High School students Savannah Bischoff, Ellanora Slusser and Sophia Slusser, along with their advisor, Stephanie Blair, were in attendance, as were  more than 8,000 FCCLA members from across the country. Cold Springs brought home...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – Diamond, an approximately 1-year-old female Catahoula mix with a calico coat, is available for adoption at Cullman County Animal Shelter. Diamond lives up to her name, enjoying the quiet luxuries the shelter has to offer, treasuring her toys and especially time in the kiddie pool. She is low-to-medium energy, but does enjoy a good frolic through the...
    Local veterans receive Quilts of Valor CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman’s VFW Post 2214 on Thursday saw six of its own members honored with quilts from the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Veterans Neville James Franks, Wendell Thomas Copeland, Charles Ernest Irvin, Robert Rayburn Turner, Terrilynn Seanard and Christopher Ray Dutton received their quilts from QOVF Alabama State Coordinator Mary Harris. “We have...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – The Marsh family welcomed friends and representatives from the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce Friday to help celebrate the opening of its new business. Store owners Freddy and Laura Marsh, along with their children Garrett, Meghan and Noah, are thrilled to open up Xtreme Speed RC Hobbies in downtown Cullman and when they cut the ribbon...
    HOLLY POND, Ala. – In this interview, I talked to Broncos basketball and baseball standout Carson Ryan. Carson shared his thoughts on his sophomore seasons, and he gained a lot from playing with both teams. "I had a lot of fun last year. I felt that we had a successful season. I'm very grateful I got to be a part...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) recently received a $19,400 donation from the Stephen K. Griffith Memorial Fund to support students’ mental health needs. The generous donation comes just days before the sixth anniversary of Griffith’s passing in July 2017. The fund was established in June 2018 to honor the memory of the beloved husband, father,...
    HANCEVILLE, Ala. -  Wallace State Community College is proud to announce that Deborah “Pepper” Hoover will be inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame. Hoover is one of eight nursing professionals who will be part of the 11th Annual Nursing Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 9, 2023. “Wallace State’s Nursing programs and partnerships have grown exponentially and...
    FAIRVIEW, Ala. -- Fairview junior basketball player Sadie Smith missed last season with an injury but was still able to make plenty of memories and learn several great lessons alongside her teammates and coaches. "Last season, we faced a lot of adversity with many of our players sustaining various injuries. Despite not having a successful season and considering the unexpected...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – Smith Lake Park hosted its annual 4th of July event on Tuesday, with various vendors and live music throughout the day, capped off by fireworks after dark. Cullman County Commission Chairman Jeff Clemons stated, “We are thankful for all the citizens that came out and supported the fireworks show at Smith Lake Park. It was a packed...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Regional announced recently that board-certified family practice physician Haley Mabrey, MD will join Cullman Regional Medical Group. Mabrey completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, followed by her medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Montgomery Family Medicine in Montgomery, Alabama. She has been...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – The latest expansion project at Cullman Regional is nearing completion. The hospital broke ground on the project in January 2022, and it is expected to be complete this October. This expansion will increase the hospital’s bed capacity from 145 to 175 and double the size of its critical care unit. The hospital will add 13 new...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - According to Game Check reports, turkey hunters in Alabama harvested almost 2,500 more birds during the 2023 season than the 2022 season. Whether that’s an encouraging indication of the turkey population in the state is subject to significant debate. Hunters reported taking 18,122 birds during the 2023 season, compared to 15,673 during the 2022 season and 14,947...
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Former Alabama head baseball coach Jim Wells was selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as part of the 2024 Class, the ABCA announced on Wednesday morning. Wells, who is the first ABCA Hall of Fame inductee in Alabama program history, is part of 10 former head coaches that make up the 2024 class. He...
    FAIRVIEW, Ala. -- Fairview's JV baseball is coming off another good season. The Aggies ended up taking home the county championship and freshman Jaxson Robertson talked about last season, what he learned and what it was like playing alongside a great group of teammates. "We did good. We ended up winning the county tournament, which was good. I learned some...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - The North Alabama Agriplex recently raised $2,400 with its Grub for the Hub local burger night at Goat Island Brewing, benefiting the community hub capital campaign, “A New Home for the Harvest.”  The leadership of the Agriplex is also celebrating many donations from corporate and community partners.   “We appreciate the support our community has given us to...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman County Commission on Aging (COA) Executive Director Stephanie Lawson said that for the last two years, she has felt right at home leading the charge in advocating for seniors in the community. Along with the help of support staff in the main office and seven full-time senior center directors, the COA makes a huge impact...
    VINEMONT, Ala. -- In this interview, I talked to Vinemont senior Isaac Moody and he shared some of his favorite sports memories from his time as an Eagle. He also got a chance to play alongside some great teammates and seniors as well and he learned a thing or two during that experience. "My favorite memories were always feeding off...
    Readers who frequent the Cullman County Public Library System share reviews of some of their recently read books. Submission date: June 22, 2023 Reviewer: Paulette Gentry Title: “A Corner of the Universe” Author: Ann M. Martin Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Thoughts about the book: This book caused me to think about how a person with autistic behaviors and/or mental illness feels about it....
    Friends of Frankweiler hosts party to celebrate town’s founder CULLMAN, Ala. - A small crowd of Cullmanites of all ages and backgrounds joined together at the Festhalle on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 200th birthday of Cullman founder Colonel John G. Cullmann. Cullmann was born in Frankweiler, Germany, on July 2, 1823. The Festhalle was decked out with German flags, and...
    BATTLEGROUND, Ala. - This summer Camp Liberty in Cullman County is hosting its 10th Extreme Military Challenge (XMC), a seven-week program with participants aged 13-18 from across the nation. From marksmanship drills to combat simulations, every activity at XMC is designed to enhance participants' tactical skills and decision-making abilities. According to Camp Liberty, the challenge fosters discipline, leadership and camaraderie,...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - St. Bernard is proud to announce the launch of a new 3D ornament of the Abbey Church, the first in a series of Christmas ornaments that will be available for the 2023 holiday season. The ornament is a gold-toned replica of the Abbey Church, featuring the bell tower and cross that adorn the historic building. The...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Lady Bearcats are coming off another great softball season in which they finished runners-up in the Class 6A, Area 13 tournament and clinched a spot at the North Regional. Sophomore Sadie Graham saw a lot of growth from her team throughout the season and learned so much from her time with a great group...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – Local nonprofit Cook Ministries is teaming up with Alabama Suicide Prevention & Resources Coalition (ASPARC) to bring suicide prevention education and training to the community. The training will take place Friday, July 28, 2023, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce. Karen Cook Thomas, director of Cook Ministries and no stranger to death...
    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - The application process for several Health Science programs at Wallace State Community College is opening for admission in the Spring 2024 semester. Spring 2024 classes are scheduled to begin Jan. 8, 2024. Nursing The Wallace State Department of Nursing Education will accept applications from July 1-Oct. 1 for entry into the traditional associate degree or certificate program as...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman City Schools is expanding its career and technical education (CTE) programs for the upcoming school year. New programs focused on cybersecurity, engineering and marketing will ramp up in the 2023-2024 school year. “With the addition of three new CTE programs at Cullman High School, we are equipping learners with the foundational, transferable skills they will need...
    From the files of 1936 The Vinemont 4-H Club elected officers at the school on Wednesday. President-Marie Drake, Vice-President- Dorothy Lawrence, Secretary-Daisy Edge, Cheer Leader-Myron Nesmith and Song Leader-Naomi DeMonia. They made baking powder biscuits and ended the meeting doing a cheer. Leroy Box died in Texas. He leaves a wife and four children. His three sisters here are Daisy, Lillie...
    BERLIN, Ala. – Lightning killed 31 cattle on the farm of Daymin Gardner in Berlin during Saturday afternoon’s thunderstorms. The cattle were taking shelter under a large tree when the tree appeared to have been hit. Daymin Gardner’s brother Tim Gardner posted a photo of the scene on social media late Saturday afternoon. According to a 2015 United States Department of...
    HANCEVILLE, Ala. -  The Evelyn Burrow Museum at Wallace State Community College has extended the exhibition featuring paintings by local artist Elizabeth St. John through July 10. The works in the current exhibition are a joyful introduction to spring, perfectly suited to the space, museum staff say. They are bold and colorful, some abstract and some representational, taking their inspiration...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Schools Child Nutrition Program recently announced that for the 2023-2024 school year, breakfasts and lunches will be free for all students who attend Cullman County Schools. Child Nutrition Program Director Emily Blankenship said this is possible because of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). She said Cullman...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Hayneses of Cullman County who run Haynes Farm will receive statewide and national exposure with a feature on Simply Southern TV.  The feature details how and why Haynes Farm earned the title of Alabama’s 2023 Farm of Distinction. As Alabama’s honoree, Darrell and Lydia Haynes will compete against 10 other farmers in the Southeastern Farmer of...
    CULTIVATE CULLMAN: The Countywide Arts and Gardening Celebration is joining with the “sister city” group, “Friends of Frankweiler,” to salute Cullman County’s founder, Colonel John G. Cullmann, on the anniversary of his 200th birthday this Sunday, July 2, 2023. Colonel Cullmann was born 200 years ago in the charming village of Frankweiler, Germany. Today, Frankweiler has about 800 residents, and...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – Pentastar South Car Club has a passion not only for Mopar builds, but also for giving back to the community. For over five years, the club has been organizing “Mopars by the Lake,” a gathering of Mopar-powered vehicles with all funds raised going back to Alabama Credit Union’s Secret Meals for Hungry Children initiative. This year,...
    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Ten students from Wallace State Community College brought home medals, including five gold medals, after competing over the weekend at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Atlanta. The students earned medals in five of the 12 college divisions in which Alabama colleges placed at the national competition, the most of any other in...
    FAIRVIEW, Ala. – In this interview I talked to Fairview junior Laci Segrest about her junior season on the volleyball court and competing in track & field. Laci shared some of what she learned and talked about what it was like playing alongside some great teammates in both sports. "Even though we still have a lot of work to do...
    HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (June 29, 2023) – Championship Thursday on Lake St. Clair started off with a bang, with Berkley pro Jordan Lee of Cullman, Alabama , taking advantage of the early morning bite to put together a  five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 4 ounces to earn his third Bass Pro Tour win and the top award of $100,000 at the Major League Fishing (MLF)...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - St. Bernard Abbey announces the ordination of two of its monks, Father Paschal (Gabriel) Paulter, O.S.B. and Father Pachomius (Gustavo) Alvarado-Garcia, O.S.B., to the priesthood on Saturday, June 10, at the Abbey Church in Cullman by the Most Rev. Elias R. Lorenzo, O.S.B., D.D., V.G., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark. The ordination liturgy was also...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – The Link of Cullman County is gearing up to host another year of kindergarten readiness camps, this year in seven different locations to better serve those incoming students who may not have had the opportunity of attending a preschool or Head Start program. Dakota Trammell, literacy coordinator at The Link, said that while those “hard” skills such...
    FAIRVIEW, Ala. -- The Fairview Lady Aggies are coming off another good softball season as they finished just one game shy of a trip to Regionals. Sophomore Ada Fales talked about that season, what she learned and what it was like playing with a great group of teammates. "I felt like we had a good season. I learned a lot...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – Freida, an approximately 2-year-old female boxer mix with a funky charcoal and cream coat, is available for adoption at Cullman County Animal Shelter. Freida lives up to her name, which is old German for “peace.” She is a low- to medium-energy girl, well-behaved and walks politely on her leash. She sits quietly in her kennel but does...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - The weekend of June 22-25, 2023, was a time of joy and nostalgia for the alumni of St. Bernard, who came from across the United States to be reunited at their Alma Mater. Since its founding in 1891 the school has served others – first as a middle and high school, and as a seminary, then...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - OBGYN Taylor Massengill, MD has joined the Cullman Regional Medical Group. Massengill treats and provides care for uncomplicated pregnancy, high-risk pregnancy, routine well woman exams, routine teen exams, contraception counseling, polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, cervical dysplasia and vulvar disorders. Massengill completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama, followed by her medical degree...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Sportscards & Fun Shop officially opened the doors of its new location in downtown Cullman Wednesday morning and owner Johnny Kampis is excited to welcome everyone to the new space. Kampis first opened the store in April 2021 near East Point Shopping Center but as the business continued to grow, it became clear he would...
    CULLMAN, Ala. -- In this interview, I talked to Cullman senior softball player, Olivia Britton. Olivia made a lot of great memories during her playing days with the Bearcats and feels lucky to have played alongside some amazing teammates at Cullman. "My favorite softball memories all revolve the friendships I made. One of those friendships started when I was in...
    CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Oktoberfest 2023 – which will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of Cullman – will take place Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 28-30.  The expanded biergarten, located at Festhalle, will officially open at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. The must-see parade, including a horse-drawn German beer wagon, entertaining street performers, live music and the 2023 Burgermeister, will travel down First...
    CULLMAN, Ala. - Peoples Bank of Alabama (PBAL) is proud to announce its inclusion in the sixth annual ranking of the Forbes 2023 America’s Best Banks in Each State list released June 20, 2023. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista, Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.  The awards list can be viewed at...
    WEST POINT, Ala. -- The third annual West Point basketball camp has come to a close and more than 60 kids participated in this year’s event. The young players got the opportunity to learn hands on skills from West Point coaches and players Monday and Tuesday and varsity boys head coach Mason Voce was happy to see another great...
    FAIRVIEW, Ala. -- In this interview, I talked to Fairview senior bowler, Cadence Ryan. She bowled for the Aggies for two years and was also in the Key Club and the student council. Cadence talked about that experience and shared some of what she learned. "Being in the Key Club and the student council helped me come out of my...
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A total of 516 students enrolled in UA Early College during spring semester 2023 at The University of Alabama were named to the Director's List with an academic record of 3.6 (or higher). Local students include: Dawson Simmons of Cullman, who attends Holly Pond High School For more details visit news.ua.edu. The University of Alabama, part of The University of...
    LIVINGSTON, Ala. -- The University of West Alabama has announced nearly 700 outstanding undergraduate students named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the Spring 2023 academic semester. The President’s List gives recognition to undergraduate students with exceptionally high grades for the semester, those with grade-point averages of 3.80 or higher, completing at least twelve semester credit hours,...
    FAIRVIEW, Ala. -- Fairview freshman Anna Strane shined on both the volleyball court and during track & field season this past year and Anna had a blast learning as much as she could from all her coaches and teammates. "I enjoyed last season a lot. I ended up getting All-County on the JV team. Coach Ashley Stanley is an amazing...
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A total of 12,487 students enrolled during Spring Semester 2023 at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean's List with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the President's List with an academic record of 4.0 (all As). These driven students are making waves across UA's more than 70 undergraduate programs and 12...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Summer is heating up, but so are the number of scam calls targeting you and your loved ones in an attempt to steal your identity and your hard-earned money. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is urging Alabamians to be vigilant when unknown numbers call asking for personal information. Whether it is someone demanding a payment for...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Two Cullman County students – Landon Green of Fairview and Luke Troutman of Cullman – were recently selected as two of 100 recipients of the 2023-24 Alfa Foundation Scholarship Program.  Green is an upcoming freshman at The University of Alabama, and Troutman is a sophomore at Auburn University majoring in geospatial and environmental informatics. Each received $1,000 to use toward tuition, fees, books or...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The sixth class of the Agricultural Leaders for Alabama (A.L.F.A. Leaders) program was recently announced after a rigorous application and interview process. Eighteen participants will join the ranks of Alabama Farmers Federation county presidents, board members, legislators and other leaders at the local, state and national level whose involvement and personal development grew through the premier...
    CULTIVATE CULLMAN: The Countywide Arts & Gardening Celebration, which includes “Culinary Cullman” and musicians with Cullman County roots, grew from a seed of an idea to a big, beautiful, flowering thing faster than kudzu after an Alabama summer rainstorm.   (Date for the 2024 CULTIVATE CULLMAN Arts & Gardening Show will be announced in August 2023) Last month, Cullman County Master...