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   A representative of the Cullman Parks and Recreation Department has reported the University of Alabama softball team is planning to play a game at Heritage Park in October.

  The opponent for one of the top programs from the SEC could be Jacksonville State or Samford University.

  More information will be released at a later date.

 

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  Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has taken over a case following the death of a Cullman County inmate Friday morning.

  Sheriff Matt Gentry reports an inmate from the work release program, passed away from a tractor accident.

  The name of the victim and where the accident occurred has not been released until ALEA completes the investigation.

 

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  Investigation continues by the Cullman Police Department following a motorcycle accident Friday morning that claimed the life of two people.

  Twenty-six year old Justin Hardin and 24-year old Josey Johnson, both of Cullman, died when the two-passenger motorcycle they were riding, crashed into a utitlity pole on 2nd Avenue NE.

  Police report the vehicle came into the city limits from U.S. Highway 278, speeding at better than 100 miles per hour. The accident caused a power failure for residents in the area for an undisclosed period of time.

 

 

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  History was made Friday when 14-year old Michaela Morard of Huntsville won the Alabama Golf Association Women's Stroke Play championship at Terri Pines Country Club.

  Morard rallied in the final round, shooting an even par 72 to win the tournament with a three-day score of 1-under par 215. She edged Cammie Gray of Northport, who plays at the University of Alabama by three shots.

  The 26th annual amateur event came to the local country club for the first time with 49 participants, 29 taking part in the championship flight.

  Morard has verbally committed to play at Alabama, once she graduates from high school in 2020.

 

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   A motorcycle accident during the overnight hours claimed the life of two people.

  The accident was reported at 2nd Avenue SE. Two motorcycles came into the city limits on US Highway 278 at speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

  One motorcycle, a two-passenger, lost control and struck a utility pole, killing the driver and a passenger. The other motorcycle went in an opposite direction according to a report from the Cullman PD.

  The names of the driver and passenger have not be released. The search for the other motorcycle was called off due to inclement weather conditions.

 

 

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  MONTGOMERY - Cullman's Justin Patterson and West Point's Kobe Smith contributed to the North winning a rain shortened AHSAA football all-star game 14-0 Thursday night at the Cramton Bowl.

  Patterson was part of a defense that kept the South from getting near the end zone while Smith was part of the longest play of the night, a 52-yard reception on 3rd down with less than 9:00 to play in the second quarter.

 The game was stopped at 7:50 p.m. due to lightning near the stadium. A storm would follow with heavy rain coming down and forcing the AHSAA to call the game at 9:00 p.m.

  By winning the football game, the North All-Stars went 8-2 in three days of all star games to commenrate the 20th anniversary of the mid-summer classic in the Capitol City.

 

 

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   FAIRVIEW - WKUL Sports Reporter Johnny Thornton witnessed a construction crew working on the home bleachers side of Fairview High School's Dafford Smith Stadium Thursday morning.

   Fairview High School and the community is hoping the construction gets completed in time for the Aggies to play at home this football season.

   According to media reports, the timetable may not be until September 16 when the Aggies are to play Mortimer Jordan at Fairview. The Aggies have a home game schedule with East Lawrence August 26 that could change location if construction work is not finished.

 

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  MONTGOMERY - Alabama Department of Transportation reports the Northbound Rest Area Dump Station on Interstate 65 will be closed until further notice due to problems in the plumbing system. 

  This was reported by ALDOT on Wednesday. The rest area is located between the 299 and 304 exits in Cullman County for motorists traveling north on the interstate.

 

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  HUNTSVILLE - Very warm temperatures and a high heat index is a concern for Cullman County and the Tennessee Valley this weekend.

  The National Weather Service is reporting temperatures in Cullman will range in the mid to upper 90s with the heat index to reach 104 for Friday, 105 for Saturday and 102 on Sunday.

  Residents are advised to use extreme caution from the warm weather with heat stress a concern from outdoor activity.

 

 

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  ARAB - A mother and her daughter continue to recover from injuries sustained in a house fire Wednesday morning.

   Forty-year old Jennifer Gilbreath and 13-year old Crimson Chambers were taken to Birmingham area hospitals following a fire that was reported at Marshall County Road 1869 in Arab.

  Both received injuries to their arms and legs and being sedated for approximately 48 hours.

  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

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  HANCEVILLE - Craig Flanigan spent a good part of Wednesday at Hanceville, meeting with principal Jimmy Collins and getting organized.

  Flanigan was officially named the new head football coach Tuesday night.

  Flanigan is a 1992 Hanceville graduate. He played for the Bulldogs from 1988 through 1991 as a quarterback and defensive back. 

  Flanigan told WKUL Sports Wednesday afternoon he is very humbled of getting the opportunity to return home and coach at his alma mater.

  Flanigan will officially meet with his new squad on Friday. He takes over the position that was vacated by the retirement of Danny Miller in June.

 

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  Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating a forum for the mayor's election on Friday.

  It will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the All Steak Restaurant. Incumbent Max Townson and challenger Woody Jacobs will answer a series of questions from an assigned panel.

  The cost of the forum which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non members. To make reservations, contact the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce at 256-734-0454.

  

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  GUNTERSVILLE - Former Cullman County Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross has been hired as interim principal at Douglas High School.

  The hiring came earlier in the week according to media reports along with information provided by the Marshall County School Board.

  Dr. Ross was superintendent for Cullman County from 2013 until November of 2015 when he resigned. Dr. Ross was principal at Robertsdale High School in South Alabama prior to coming to Cullman County.

 

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  MONTGOMERY - Three local athletes and one coach enjoyed victory Tuesday night during the Alabama High School All-Star games.

  Cullman's Owen Lovell drove in two runs in game two of the baseball series with the North routing the South 13-2. That came following a 2-0 win in the opener in which the North allowed the South one hit.

  Cole Gerding of Cullman scored the first goal of the night for the North and helped them defeat the South 4-2 in the soccer match at Auburn University-Montgomery. Gerding was joined on the field by St. Bernard's Benjamin Borths with Cullman's Casey Harbin serving as one of the North coaches.

 

 

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  FAIRVIEW - Cullman Electric Cooperative had to make repairs to the Fairview substation Tuesday afternoon after an outage affected 1,495 customers.

  According to reports, a breaker in the substation malfunctioned. Crews were called to the scene and had the problem fixed shortly after.

 

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  From a regular meeting of the Cullman City School Board Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Susan Patterson announced Kim Hall has been named principal at Cullman High School.

  Hall replaces Dr. Elton Bouldin who retired last month after eight years directing the high school. Hall was previously assistant principal at CHS.

  Hall took over the position after she was announced and approved by the board to become principal. Her first day with students at Cullman High for the 2016-17 school year will be on August 10.

 

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  Nineteen gas stations across Cullman County are currently selling regular unleaded for less than $2.00 a gallon.

  Fuel Z, located on Highway 278 near County Road 747, is the lowest at $1.83. Murphy Oil at Cherokee Avenue comes in with $1.84 a gallon followed by two Jet Pep stores, two Pure stores in the Cullman city limits and Wilco Hess in Good Hope at $1.85.

  A couple of Shell stations, one on Main Avenue in Cullman and the other in Good Hope, has dropped in recent weeks from $2.00 to currently $1.89 per gallon.

  

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  GUNTERSVILLE - From the Marshall County EMA, a series of cooling centers have been opened for residents who may need a place to go during the hottest part of the day.

  In Arab, the locations are Arab Church of Christ, Arab Library, Arab Recreation Center and the Arab Senior Center.

  These locations will stay open til 4:00 p.m. daily for the rest of the week as the area deals with warm temperatures and a heat index around or above 100 degrees.

 

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  Repairs have been made to a ruptured gas line on Main Avenue between Graham Street to Swafford Road. 

  A contracting comany accidentially struck the line on Monday, forcing residents and businesses in the area to evacuate until the problem was fixed.

  City officials reported the completion of the repairs were to be done by Tuesday.

 

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  DODGE CITY - Two employees of Flotation Systems in Dodge City were taken into custody by the Cullman County Sheriff's Department, charged with felony counts of illegally using a credit/debit card.

  Fifty-year old Sandra Shikle and 41-year old Tonia Mitchell reportedly committed 22 violations of the businesses' credit/debit card for personal matters.

  Sheriff Matt Gentry reports a total of $120,000 was taken from the business. Both women were released on bond Monday.

 

 

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