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UPDATE: Missing male found according to Cullman County Sheriff's Department:


* Cullman County Sheriff's Department report Barry Thompson has been found. The 57-year old was reported missing earlier today with Thompson being last seen around Cullman County Road 1498. 

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The anniversary of Bear Bryant's passing is today:


* On the day of January 26, 1983, legendary Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant passed away at the age of 69. He suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead that afternoon inside Druid City Hospital in Tuscaloosa. Bryant has just retired from the sidelines in December with his final Alabama team finishing 8-4 and winning the Liberty Bowl. Bryant led the Crimson Tide to six national championships while coaching at the capstone from 1958 until 1982. 

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Cullman County Sheriff's Department report missing person:


* Cullman County Sheriff's Department report a missing person. 57-year old Barry Clayton Thompson was last seen around County Road 1498. Thompson is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs 170 pounds with red hair. If you have any information on Thompson, contact the Cullman County Sheriff's Department at 256-734-0342.

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West Point Warriors to host 5A, Area 14 Tournament after winning coin toss:


* West Point wins the coin toss Monday with the Warriors now the site for the 5A, Area 14 Basketball Tournament. The Warriors were tied with Lawrence County at 5-1 through area play. The tournament will be next week at Jim Boyd Gymnasium. The Warriors play Fairview in the semifinals with Lawrence County to meet Russellville in the other game. 

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Arrest made on a contractor for stolen copper:


* A Walker County man was arrested Friday after Huntsville Police found him with stolen copper. Clifford Lee Garrison has been charged with 3rd degree burglary in Jefferson County and 1st degree theft of property in Huntsville. Garrison has done several contracting jobs with switching facilities provided by AT&T. This case against Garrison has been going on for several months. The value of the stolen copper has been reported to exceed $1 million dollars.

 

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Cullman County Tournament scores and schedule:


* Cullman County Basketball Tournament scores:

  Holly Pond 36, Good Hope 21 (JV Girls)

  Hanceville 55, Good Hope 51 (JV)

  Fairview 52, Hanceville 34 (Freshmen)

  Cold Springs 53, Fairview 35 (JV)

  Cold Springs 50, Vinemont 9 (JV Girls)

  West Point 58, Vinemont 20 (V)

 

 MONDAY SCHEDULE:

 5:00 p.m. - Holly Pond vs. Hanceville (JV)

 6:15 p.m. - Cold Springs vs. Vinemont (Girls)

 7:30 p.m. - Fairview vs. Vinemont

 

Varsity games to be carried live on WKUL-FM and WKUL.com

 

 

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Wallace State gets Northern Division wins over Southern Union:


* Wallace State Lions and Lady Lions took down Southern Union in ACCC Northern Division basketball Sunday at Tom Drake Coliseum. The Lions upset the Bison 41-39 when Xavier Mills hit the game winner with 0:09 remaining. The Lady Lions scored an 80-67 win thanks to 24 points from Kaneshia Mixon and 17 by BreAnna Thompson. Both teams will host Lawson State Thursday with the Lady Lions playing at 12 p.m. and the Lions at 2. Both games will be carried live on WKUL-FM.

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Long time city clerk of Cullman passes away:


* A long time clerk for the city of Cullman passed away Friday. Lucille Galin died Friday in Tuscaloosa at the ago of 90. Visitation for Miss Galin will be Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Moss Service Funeral Home.

 

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Legislator wants state to do independent review on any police shootings:


* Representative Merika Coleman-Evans is wanting the state to require an independent review when a police officer is involved in any type of a shooting situation. The representative is asking that possible incidents to be examined by an independent prosecutor. The proposal comes after incidents with police officers and the public in recent months across the country.

 

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Cullman Police Department dealing with theft cases:


* Cullman Police is handling several cases reported to the department from over the weekend. They are theft by deception at Napa Auto Parts at 6th Ave SW, theft of property at Wal-Mart at Olive Street SW and criminal mischief at 2nd Street with damage reported to a 1998 Volvo. Call the Cullman PD at 256-734-1434 if you have any information on these cases.

 

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Autopsy to be performed on death of 20-year old female:


* An autopsy is to be performed on a 20-year after she was found dead Wednesday on a sidewalk in Decatur. Shana Gayle Howard of Trinity was found unresponsive at the 400 Block of 10th Avenue SE after 8:00 a.m. The Morgan County Coroner's office reports no foul play is expected in Howard's death. 

 

 

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Local senator plans to introduce bill to assist problems with state cemeteries:


* District IV State Senator Paul Bussman of Cullman is planning to introduce a bill to the legislature to offset problems burial grounds have had since August of last year. This situation started when several crypts inside Cullman Memory Gardens had a series of leaks. The similiar problem was reported last week at Memorial Mound in Bessemer with the property being closed to the public. Senator Bussman is seeking authority to be handled by the Alabama Department of Public Health of the Board of Funeral Services. 

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Hanceville resident waiting to be extradited back to Alabama from Wisconsin:


* A Hanceville resident is waiting to return to Alabama after she waived extradition Thursday in a Wisconsin courtroom. 30-year old Stephanie Underwood is facing theft charges in a case that involves the death of Holly Pond resident David Haynes. Haynes was murdered by Hayden resident Christopher Jones with Haynes' body found along with his vehicle in the town of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Authorities say it could take 10 days or longer for Underwood to be returned to Blount County for her involvment in this case.

 

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Possible mixture of rain and snow for the area on Friday:


* The National Weather Service in Huntsville is calling for rain on Friday, with the rain possibly changing to snow Friday night and into Saturday morning. No accumulation is expected. The chance for percipitation is 90 percent Friday with the high just in the mid 40s. Stay tuned to your Doppler 92 Weather Center for the latest updates.

 

 

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Brantley Gilbert to come to Rock the South for June 19 segment:


* Representatives from Rock the South have announced country recording artist Brantley Gilbert will be the feature act for the June 19 segment. Rock the South is a 2-day event held at Cullman's Heritage Park. This will be the 4th year the event has come to the area with estimated crowds of 30,000 to appear for the festivities. The rest of the schedule will be released at a later date, organizers have announced.

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Two local teams sit on top in Alabama Prep Basketball polls:


* Local basketball teams have made an impact in recognizing Cullman County for its quality in the Alabama High School Athletic Association. The Cold Springs Eagles jumped back to No. 1 in the 2A rankings today while the Holly Pond Broncos remain on top in Class 3A for the third straight week.

 With six consecutive victories, the Cullman Bearcats are 4th in Class 6A. 

 On the girls side, Cold Springs dropped a spot from 2nd to 3rd in 2A, Holly Pond inched up one slot to 9th this week in the 3A Top 10.

 Holly Pond and the Cold Springs teams can reach the 20-win plateau by Friday. The 19-3 Broncos play at Good Hope tonight, the 18-5 Lady Eagles and 18-4 Eagles head to Vinemont then get Good Hope on Friday for homecoming.

 Cullman has a tough task to reach 20 wins. The Bearcats visit Decatur then host Austin Tuesday in 6A, Area 15 games they need to win to force a coin toss with Austin to get home court for the upcoming area tournament.

  

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Rock the South 2015 to be held at Heritage Park:


* Rock the South has announced the dates for the 2015 concert. It will be held the weekend of June 19-20 with the venue to remain at Cullman's Heritage Park. Concert organizers are currently working on the list of entertainers along with ticket prices and locations where to purchase tickets prior to the event.

 

 

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School Board members sworn in during Tuesday night's meeting:


* The following members of the Cullman County School Board were sworn in by judges Greg Nicholas and Martha Willams during its monthly meeting Tuesday night. Chris Carter for District II, Kenny Brockman for District IV, Mike Graves for District VI and Jason Speegle for District VII. Their term will be until January 13 of 2019. 

 

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Cullman's J.C. Penney Store to close in April:


* The J.C. Penney Corporation announced Tuesday 40 stores nationwide will be closing this year including the store that is inside the Cullman Shopping Center. The clothing business made the decision as it is struggling to survive financialy. The store that has been in operation in the shopping center for at least three decades, will close for good on April 4. 

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Federal court now involved in Cullman County drug court scandal:


* Federal court is now involved in a scandal of a Cullman County drug court officer. Eleven participants had their attorneys file lawsuits against former drug court officer Winfred Eugene Vance Jr. Vance was indicted for sodomy and sexual abuse. The suit also implicates the supervisors of the drug court system. Vance remains in the Cullman County Detention Center. The supervisors for Vance haven't been charged with criminal activity.

 

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