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Wallace Lady Lions roll in ACCC play-in, playoff game:

* Wallace State connected on 18 first half field goals, six from 3-point range to take command of its ACCC play-in, playoff game Sunday, routing Enterprise State 89-62. The Lady Lions led 48-18 at halftime and coasted in the second half to move on to the "Elite Eight" against Faulkner State Thursday in Bay Minette at 3 p.m. BreAnna Thompson scored 20, Haven Albright had 18, Kaneshia Mixon 13, Morgan Smith 10 as Wallace improves to 25-4 on the year and finishes 16-1 at Tom Drake Coliseum.

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Conditions continue to improve across Cullman County roadways:

* Conditions on roadways throughout Cullman County continue to improve. The EMA has lifted the travel advisory that was in effect for over two days. Caution is still advised for travel, especially on secondary roads across the county until temperatures continue to move above the freezing mark and remain there for the rest of the afternoon.


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Sixty-one customers out of power in the Hanceville area:

* Cullman Electric Cooperative reports the Hanceville community has 61 customers out of power as of 12 p.m. Friday. The outage is near Highway 31 in the Hanceville city limits. Crews continue to work on getting power restored in this area. 

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Icy conditions has closed Wallace State Community College:

* HANCEVILLE - Hazardous traveling conditions has caused Wallace State Community College to be closed for today. The college was planning to open, but with icy conditions and snow still on the ground in secondary areas of the county, school officials have decided to close campus and resume regular activity on Monday.

 The Wallace State singers' performance tonight will go on at 7:00 inside the Student Center.

Also, the Wallace State Lady Lions will play Enterprise State in an ACCC basketball playoff game Sunday at Tom Drake Coliseum at 2 p.m.


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EMA reports roads are showing signs of improvement across Cullman County:

* Cullman County Emergency Management Agency reports roads across the county are showing signs of improvement. Caution is still advised, especially on secondary roads in the county. No roads are closed in the city limits or across the county. 

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Power outages continue to decrease in Co-Op service area:

* As of 9:20 a.m., the Cullman Electric Cooperative reports 30 members remain without power. The areas that are still effected by power loss are in the Helican community (25) with one customer still out in Bremen and four customers in the Hanceville area. Over 10,000 customers have suffered power outage from this severe winterstorm that left 10 inches of snow around Cullman and neighboring counties.

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Wallace State signers show on tap for tonight:

* Wallace State Community College singers' presentation of Disney "Through the Decades" will go on tap this evening at 7 p.m. at the Student Center Building. Tickets on sale at the door prior to the start of the performance.

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Cullman Aquatics & Wellness Center open today:

* Cullman Aquatics & Wellness Center is open today. Residents are advised to use caution entering the building with possible slick spots due to Wednesday's snowstorm. 

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Roads in Blount County still have issues:

* Blount County Emergency Management Agency reports traveling conditions across the county remain a concern. All state highways in Blount County have been cleared, but county roads remain impassable. Residents are asked to stay off the roadways until conditions improve later in the day. The Blount County Courthouse will open at 12 p.m. 

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Sheriff's Department reports patchy ice across Cullman County:

* Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry reports that portions of the county has patchy ice conditions. The sheriff advises motorists to use caution while traveling with conditions to improve when the temperature begins to increase later in the day. 

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A busy day of state championship basketball games in the "Magic City."

* BIRMINGHAM -  Weather conditions should be no problem for a busy Friday of championship games in the Alabama High School Athletic Assocation Basketball Tournament.

 A total of eight games will be played on this day, starting at 8:45 a.m. as Spring Garden & Keith meet in the 1A girls title game. 

 Game times are set on an hour and 45 minutes apart. Class 1A will play its state title games first followed by 2A, then 3A and later this evening, the Class 4A championships.

 Representatives from the Northwest Regional at Wallace State have fared well. Five teams that took regional crowns last week at Tom Drake Coliseum, survived challenges in the semifinal round of their respective class and now will be playing for the blue hardware at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

 Red Bay Lady Tigers meet Geneva County at 12:15 in the Class 2A championship, the Lauderdale County Lady Tigers are out for their 84th consecutive win as they meet Pisgah at 3:45 in the 3A title bout.

 No. 2 Madison Academy gets Piedmont at 5:30 in the 3A championship, top ranked Deshler Lady Tigers deal with Jacksonville for the 4A title at 7:15 and the finale is set at 9 p.m. between West Limestone and Westminster Christian in Class 4A.

 The 5A, 6A, & 7A state championships will be played Saturday at its regularly scheduled time.


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RECAP: Majority of school systems across the area closed on Friday (Feb. 27):

* Most of the school systems in the WKUL coverage area are closed for today due to potential travel issues for buses, especially on secondary roads. The Cullman City School system is on a 3-hour delay. Wallace State Community College will be open today at 10, but no classes will take place on campus. As weather conditions improve, schools should get back to regular routine on Monday. 

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Road conditions in Cullman County are good; Traffic is moving right along:

* Roads across Cullman County are good, but caution is advised for traveling in the morning hours. Secondary roads across the county could present a challenge for motorists. Reports are the main roadways across the city of Cullman are good, but drive with caution until conditions improve later in the day. No roads are officially closed at the present time.



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POWER OUTAGE UPDATE: Power continues to be restored to Co-Op customers:

* As of 5:30 a.m. Friday, Cullman Electric Cooperative reports 60 customers are without power. A total of 19 customers are still without power in Hanceville while 41 in the Helican community are hoping to get power restored as soon as possible.


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POWER OUTAGE UPDATE: Number continues to decrease in Co-Op service area:

* Currently, the Cullman Electric Cooperative is reporting 484 outages across its coverage area. A total of 104 customers in the Bremen area are without power, 38 in the Hanceville area, 23 in Trimble, 109 in the Helican community and 212 in Addison. The Co-Op has been assisted since the late afternoon by crews from Cherokee and Tallapoosa in trying to restore power due to the winter storm that produced 10 inches of snow. 

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Wallace State Community College to open Friday at 10 a.m.:

* Wallace State Community College will open on Friday at 10:00 a.m. No classes will be held tomorrow on campus at the Hanceville-based school due to inclement weather conditions.



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POWER UPDATE: Co-Op getting help to take care of power outage:

* Cullman Electric Cooperative has gotten some help from two other power crews to reduce a major power outage across the southern part of the co-op's coverage area. As of 7:30 p.m., the power outage has been reduced to 1,007 customers. The co-op is getting assistance from the Cherokee and Tallapoosa co-ops with 106 outages still in need of repair from the winter storm. 

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Cullman County EMA discouraging traveling until weather improves:

* Cullman County Emergency Management Agency is advising residents not to travel tonight and Friday until the weather conditions improve. Only emergency travel would be recommended through this evening as temperatures will drop below freezing. Wet areas are capable of re-freezing that could cause travel issues throughout the county on Friday morning, especially on bridges & overpasses.


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Cullman County schools will be closed on Friday, February 27:

* Cullman County School system has decided to be closed on Friday due to inclement weather conditions that would effect buses trying to bring students to each school across the county. The school system plans to resume its regular schedule on Monday, March 2.



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Cullman City Schools to be on 3-hour delay for Friday:

* Cullman City Schools will be on a 3-hour delay for Friday, February 27. The school system advises students and parents to drive careful Friday with possible inclement weather conditions at the time school is scheduled to begin.


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