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    Bonus Pet of the Week: Become besties with Holly!

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      CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Animal Shelter has love to spare these days, so Donna Ruttkay shares a bonus Cullman Tribune Pet of...

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

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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...

    ‘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...

    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...

    (Update) Holly Pond woman killed in 3-vehicle wreck at Hwy. 278/Hwy....

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    Updated 2-25-21 7:54 a.m. CULLMAN, Ala. – One person was killed and four injured in a three-vehicle crash at U.S. Highway 278 and Alabama Highway...

    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...

    ‘If it weren’t for Him and prayer, I would not be...

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    “Mom, God has this!” Those are the words that still go through Dr. Lance Boyd’s mind each day. Words his daughter Sadie said as...

    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...

    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...

    ‘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...

    As vaccine rollout continues, locals talk 2nd dose

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Frontline health care workers and nursing home residents were among the first group (Phase 1a) eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    CHS gearing up for ‘Bright Star’ production, social distancing and all

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The arts will find a way — even through a pandemic. With ample social distancing and precautions in place, the Cullman...

    ‘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...

    ‘Mission complete’: Col. Fallin, Team Johnny Mac reach Kilimanjaro summit, pass...

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    TANZANIA - Col. Don Fallin, retired Army special operations aviator and Fairview High School alumnus, along with fellow United States Military Academy (USMA/West Point)...

    ‘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...

    Fairview’s Col. Donald Fallin begins climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro

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    TANZANIA - Army veteran and Fairview High School alumnus Col. Don Fallin and a team of fellow vets representing the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund...

    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....

    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....

    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...

    ‘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...

    ‘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...

    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...

    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...

    ‘Christmas Star’: Astronomical phenomenon to be visible for 1st time in...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - An astronomical phenomenon is getting a lot of attention due to its proximity to Christmas on the calendar this year. Jupiter...

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

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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...

    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...

    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...

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

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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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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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...

    ‘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...

    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...

    ‘Nothing can replace that’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Every business field and industry in the country has suffered from the effects of COVID-19 and the accompanying shutdown and restrictions,...

    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...

    ‘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...

    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....

    Empty buildings, full hearts

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday extended Alabama’s Safer at Home Order through Oct. 2, meaning senior centers will remain closed. The...

    ‘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...

    Cullman City Schools Strategic Building Initiative includes new intermediate, middle schools,...

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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...

    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...

    ‘I think we’ve made some progress’

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    HOLLY POND, Ala. - With a long career of coaching and education behind him, and after serving one term as Holly Pond's mayor, “Coach”...

    ‘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...

    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...

    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...

    ‘It’s not going to slow us down’: Cullman County DHR continues...

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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...

    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...

    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...

    Band, club, sports fundraisers disrupted by COVID-19

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - During a normal summer you are likely to see smiling and waving kids with signs for car washes, bake sales and...

    ‘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...

    ‘An absolute miracle’: Good Hope Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Garmon home...

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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...

    DOJ recommends measures to respond to excessive use of force in...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released the results of a three-year (2016-19) investigation into claims that prisoners in...

    Summer safety: Preventing vehicular heatstroke

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - When it’s hot outside, it's important to remember not to leave anyone- person or pet- in a vehicle unattended. For tips...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ‘I have 4 sons . . . Will I see them...

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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...

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

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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...

    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...

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

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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...

    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...

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

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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...

    More than 400 law enforcement officers injured in riots across U.S.,...

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    UNITED STATES - The riots that have followed many peaceful protests across the country over the last several days have resulted in millions of...

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

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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...

    Sen. Doug Jones: ‘This is for long-term economic investment in a...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Recently, U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, a member of both the Senate Health and Banking Committees, introduced legislation to encourage businesses to...

    Connection, interrupted: Baileyton residents express frustration over lack of internet services

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    BAILEYTON, Ala. - Frustrated Baileyton residents and leaders had an opportunity Monday night to speak with Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview and Sen. Garlan Gudger,...

    HomTex repays $1.5M, plus interest, to City of Cullman

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Textile manufacturer HomTex on Wednesday afternoon presented a check to the City of Cullman to repay a $1.5 million loan made...

    Memorial Day: ‘He was my best buddy, old Dwaine was’

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    Dwaine McGriff and David Golden were just young boys when they became friends. Both sons of Cullman County sharecroppers and students at East Point...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    #IAmCullman: Meet Jay Jones

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    With this feature series, The Cullman Tribune is highlighting everyday individuals all around Cullman County who make our community a great place. #IAmCullman Although Jay...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    ‘I felt myself come out of the blue’: 4 local veterans...

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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...

    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...

    ‘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...

    Cold Springs High focusing on academics, positive culture

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    BREMEN, Ala. – This school year is the first in the principal’s seat at Cold Springs High School for Eric Dickerson, who assumed the...

    Community meetings promote CCBOE’s plan for proposed 1-cent tax

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette visited Hanceville High School Tuesday evening as part of a cross-county...

    A mile in their shoes: CCPS faculty, staff participate in ‘poverty...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman City Primary School (CCPS) faculty and staff spent their Presidents Day holiday at school, learning about the predicaments of Cullman’s...

    Stellar student: Holly Pond senior Zack Reynolds scores 35 on ACT,...

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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....

    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...

    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...

    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...