Area sports scoreboard from Thursday:
Hanceville 11, Vinemont 0
Cold Springs 6, Addison 5
Fairview 7, West Point 3
Meek 11, St. Bernard 0
Wallace State 5, Shelton State 3 (G # 1)
Wallace State 3, Shelton State 2 (G # 2)
St. Bernard 2, J.B. Pennington 2
St. Bernard 4, J.B. Pennington 0 (G)
Oneonta 5, Fairview 0
Cullman 4, Homewood 0
* Two schools in the Cullman County system currently have coaching vacancies. Last month, Vinemont football coach Alan Scott resigned and accepted a similiar position at Good Hope High School.
On Wednesday, Kurt Knight submitted his resignation as basketball coach at Fairview High School. Knight had been in charge of the varsity program for two seasons. No timetable has been announced by either school in the process of filling these vacancies.
* GUNTERSVILLE - Three members of the Marshall County Sherrif's Department were arrested Wednesday, charged with criminal mischief. Chris Bearden, Jeremiah McCormick and Heath Thomas were taken into custody. The three were reportedly involved in damaging a political sign of Marshall County Sheriff candidate Chuck Ellis last August. Thomas is also charged with harrassment for reportedly pushing a representative of the Ellis' campaign committee who filed a complaint against the three deputies.
* A Cullman woman didn't appear Wednesday according to a report from Cullman County District Attorney Wilson Blaylock. Crystial Ballinger is charged with aggrivated child abuse after her 1-year old son Hoss Benham died in March of 2014. Ballinger and her boyfriend, Jeffery Hugh Brown, were arrested following an investigation with the child passing away from signs of abuse. This was the first time Ballinger was scheduled to appear in court. The reason for her absence has not been released by her attorney.
* HANCEVILLE - Cullman County Sheriff's Department report a shooting with one person wounded Thursday night at Cullman County Road 542. The shooting was reported after 9 p.m. A suspect has been taken in custody. The extent of the injuries to the person shot is undetermined at the present time.
* GADSDEN - The jury has recommended Joyce Garrard to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. That decision was announced by the Etowah County grand jury Thursday afternoon.
Garrard was found guilty of capitol murder in the death of her 9-year old granddaughter, Savanna Hardin. Hardin died after running for over 3 hours on February 17 of 2012 as punishment by Garrard for lying to her about eating a candy bar while coming home from school.
The sentencing will take place May 11 by judge William Ogletree in the Etowah County Courthouse. The jury had seven in favor of Garrard to serve life without parole while five requested for the death penalty.
* HANCEVILLE - Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team, along with the Cullman and Hanceville police departments, captured a suspect Thursday afternoon. 34-year old David Jerry Reynolds was chased on Highway 31 South with Reynolds crashing his pickup truck in the White City community. Reynolds was wanted for a federal parole violation. He was taken to the Cullman County Detention Center and was to be questioned by federal agents.
Cullman 6, Decatur 5 (8 innings) (G # 1)
Cullman 7, Decatur 2 (G # 2)
Cold Springs 7, Addison 5
Lawrence County 10, West Point 9 (10 innings) (G # 1)
Lawrence County 6, West Point 1 (G # 2)
Vinemont @ Hanceville 4:00 p.m.
Holly Pond @ Susan Moore 4:00/6:30 p.m.
J.B. Pennington @ Fairview 4:00 p.m.
West Point @ Fairview 4:00 p.m.
Addison @ Cold Springs 4:30 p.m.
J.B. Pennington @ St. Bernard 5:00/6:30 p.m.
Fairview @ Oneonta 5:00/6:30 p.m.
Cullman @ Homewood 5:00/6:30 p.m.
* HANCEVILLE - Wallace State Community College's baseball twinbill vs. Lawson State today at James C. Bailey Stadium has been rescheduled to Friday. The reason, Lawson State players wanted to be on campus today when President Obama is scheduled to visit. The Lions are tied for 1st place in the Northern Division with Shelton at 3-1. WSCC is 15-6 overall. The series with Lawson Friday will begin at 4 p.m. The two head to Birmingham to play a twinbill on Saturday at 12 p.m.
* Less than a week into spring, it will not feel like spring this weekend. After thunderstorms for today, the weather will clear out and the temperature will be much cooler for late March. The high for Friday is expected to be in the mid 50s with the temp to be only in the upper 40s for Saturday. A warming trend is expected by Sunday and into early next week.
* Alabama State Troopers have identified the victims in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 278/69 at East Point. 24-year old Elisha Joslyn and 57-year old Debra Lawrence were taken to area hopsitals with injuries. Joslyn is in serious condition at UAB, Lawrence was transported to CRMC. The accident remains under investigation by the Decatur Post of the state troopers.
* Authroities in Marshall County continue to search for a teen that has been missing since February 8. Fifteen-year old Jason Glenn Richards was last seen at a restuarant in Guntersville on February 8. He is a student at Albertville High School, 5-feet, 10-inches tall, 150 pounds with dark hair and brown eyes. If you have information on Richards, contact the Albertville Police Department at 256-878-1212.
* HARTSELLE - Morgan County Drug Task Force arrested a couple from the Blountsville area Tuesday for manufacturing a controlled substance. Christopher Bird and Kara Nicole Ratliff, both 22, were taken into custody shortly after making a purchase of over the counter medicine at Walgreen's. Both admitted the purchase was to take the medicine back to Blount County to cook it for meth. A 7-month old child was inside the vehicle during the arrest and later turned over to the Morgan County Department of Human Resources.
* PREP SCOREBOARD FROM TUESDAY:
Cullman 8, Decatur 6 (G # 1)
Cullman 13, Decatur 7 (G # 2)
Cold Springs 9, Addison 2 (G #1)
Addison 5, Cold Springs 4 (G # 2)
Susan Moore 8, Holly Pond 6 (G # 1)
Holly Pond 5, Susan Moore 3 ( G # 2)
Good Hope 7, Locust Fork 4 ( G # 1)
Locust Fork 16, Good Hope 4 (G # 2)
Lawrence County 5, West Point 1
Susan Moore 12, Holly Pond 3
Good Hope 5, Locust Fork 4
West Point 8, Arab 5
Cullman 9, Fort Payne 0
Cullman 9, Fort Payne 0 (G)
Fort Payne 6, Cullman 3
J.B. Pennington 10, Fairview 0
* A $5,000 reward is available for information on the whereabouts of James Eric Cates. Cates' vehicle, a chevy pickup, was found badly burned Saturday behind Empire School. A body along with the body of a dog was found in the burned vehicle. An autopsy is being conducted. If you have information, call the Walker County Sheriff's Department at 205-302-6464.
* Alabama Department of Agriculture food safety is conducting recall checks on Blue Bell ice cream. The checks are for 3 ounce ice cream cups in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors. Some of the cream discovered contained listeria, an organism that be fatal to young children. The cups were sold in Alabama and other southern states such as Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina. Consumers can call 979-836-7977 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. til 5 p.m. for more information.
* Cullman Police officers Jeff Sanford and Jeff Warnke were recognized for their dedication in serving the city of Cullman. The Cullman City Council honored the two during its regular meeting Monday night. Sanford is a captain with the police force and has served 30 years. Warnke serves as a sargeant and has been with the CPD for 20 years.
* Cullman County Commission Chairman Kenneth Walker and Cullman County EMA Director Phyllis Little signed an EMPG supplemental grant Tuesday at the county commission meeting. The grant is in the amount of $11,868. Miss Little reported the grant is for training and excerise with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
* Cullman County Commission presented two proclamations during its regular meeting Tuesday morning. The proclamations went to Cullman Caring for Kids for Child Abuse Prevention month and Victim Services of Cullman for Sexual Assault Awareness month. The prevention and awareness by the two agencies is effective for the month of April.
* Two people were sent to local hopsitals following an auto accident Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 278/69 at East Point. The accident was reported at 4:15 p.m. with one person going to Cullman Regional Medical Center and the other transported to UAB Hopsital. The extent of their injuries were undetermined. The names of the people involved were not immediately released by law enforcement.