* Regular season games are scheduled tonight for the Holly Pond Broncos and Hanceville Bulldogs. Holly Pond travels to Arab while Hanceville takes a trip to Gardendale. The Broncos are currently 2nd in the 3A state rankings while the Lady Broncos are 10th. Hanceville takes a 2-game winning streak into Gardendale while the Lady Bulldogs have 6 wins under rookie coach Christina Warren, more than they did at this point last year.
* After creating positive attention with wins over last year's Class 5A and Class 6A state champion, the Cullman Bearcats close out their trip to the Steel City Classic tonight, facing Theodore in the 3rd place game at Samford University. The Bearcats will tip off at 5:30 p.m. at the Pete Hanna Center. Cullman defeated 5A champion Parker 62-46 in the first round and upset 6A champion Mountain 72-71 in the quarterfinals. The Bearcats were knocked out of the championship game to Faith Academy Saturday night by the score of 84-58 in the semifinal round.
* The concert hall inside the Von Braun Center Sunday afternoon had to be evacuated after curtains caught on fire during a performance of the Cirque Dreams Holidaze. No injuries were reported as the fire to the curtains was put out immediately. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
* Inclement weather could effect traveling for residents during Tuesday and Wednesday. According to current reports, showers will be in the area Tuesday afternoon with some thunderstorms possible on to Tuesday night. The risk for severe weather in the immediate area is low, but could change as the cold front comes through from the state of Texas. Stay tuned to your Doppler 92 Weather Center for updates.
* Eleven candidates for the vacated position of Chairman of the Cullman County Commission on Aging will be interviewed Tuesday, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Cullman County Commission office, located inside the courthouse. The interviews will be coordinated by the commission. The spot became vacated last month when Randall Shedd announced his retirement. Current County Commission Chairman Kenneth Walker is running the commission on aging until a successor is selected from the interviews.
* An accident Friday morning at the intersection of Highway 278 & 157 claimed the life of a Mississippi woman and sent two people to the hospital with injuries. 70-year old Frankie Gaillard of Faulkner, Mississippi died at the scene while a passenger in her vehicle, 36-year old Christina Mason, was transferred to Huntsville Hospital. The driver of the other vehicle, 43-year old Gary Mitchell of Cullman, was taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation by the Alabama State Troopers Decatur Post.
* PREP BASKETBALL WEEKEND SCOREBOARD:
Cullman 62, Parker 46 (Steel City Classic)
Good Hope 58, Vinemont 9 (G) (K92 Game of the Week)
Vinemont 72, Good Hope 47 (K92 Game of the Week)
Cold Springs 56, Falkville 36 (G)
Cold Springs 54, Falkville 49
Hanceville 64, Holy Family 61 (Corner Tournament)
Fairview 58, West Point 53 (G)
West Point 67, Fairview 28
Cullman 72, Mountain Brook 71 (Steel City Quarterfinals)
Faith Academy 84 Cullman 58 (Steel City semifinals)
Hanceville 46, Springville 43 (Corner Tournament)
Good Hope 39, Fairview (County MS Girls championship)
West Point 47, Parkside 39 (County MS Championship)
* THURSDAY'S PREP BASKETBALL SCORES:
West Point 67, Vinemont 59
West Point 58, Vinemont 19 (Girls)
Cullman 70, Hartselle 55
Cullman 46, Hartselle 33 (Girls)
Good Hope @ Vinemont (K92 prep games of the week)
Cold Springs @ Falkville
Fairview @ West Point
Cullman vs. Parker in Steel City Classic @ Samford University
* Cullman County Middle School Basketball Tournament scores:
Good Hope 41, West Point 17
Fairview 28, Holly Pond 18
Parkside 51, Holly Pond 44
West Point 55, Hanceville 34
SATURDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:
At Jesse George Gymnasium - Cold Springs:
# 1 Good Hope vs. # 3 Fairview 2 p.m.
# 1 Parkside vs. # 2 West Point 3:15 p.m.
* Former Alabama Governor Don Siegleman will remain in prison after a United State District Judge Thursday denied him his request to be released. The former governor is currently serving 6.5 years after being convicted for bribery. He currently resides in a prison camp in Louisiana. Siegleman's attorney has appealed the conviction, but the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is unlikely to honor the former governor's request for a new trial.
* The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued its forecast for the Christmas holidays with a chance of snow for the Tennessee Valley on Christmas Eve. The weather service reported the system could present snow to give the area a possible "White Christmas," but no accumulation is expected. The last time the area experienced snow during the Christmas holidays was in 2010. Stay tuned for updates throughout the weekend from your Doppler 92 Weather Center.
* Morgan County law enforcement arrested two people Thursday, charging them with drug trafficking and drug loitering. Patrick Whiseanant and Jill Bledsoe were taken into custody after authorties discovered a drug sale was going down. Whisenant's bond was set at $750,000 for trafficking while Bledsoe has a $300 bond for loietering. A third person, Heather Golden, is being sought by the sheriff's department for her involvement in the case.
* Traffic lights went into operation Thursday in the town of Dodge City. The lights were installed on Highway 69 at the intersection leading to the Dodge City Town Hall. City officials had the lights installed to combat traffic issues in reducing the potential for accidents on Highway 69, especially with traffic coming into the city off Interstate 65.
* Cold Springs No. 1 this week in the Class 2A state basketball poll. Eagles are 10-2, currently on a 3-game winning streak.
Holly Pond Broncos moved to No. 2 this week in the 3A Top 10. The Broncos are 10-2 and have rolled off six consecutive victories.
Cold Springs Lady Eagles remained No. 3 in 2A, Holly Pond Lady Broncos fell to 10th this week in the 3A rankings despite wins against Fairview and Vinemont.
Other teams around the coverage area rated this week:
Austin - No. 3 in 6A, Athens - 10th in 6A, Austin Lady Bears - 3rd in 6A, Arab Lady Knights - 6th in 6A, Lawrence County Lady Devils - 9th in 5A, Oneonta Lady Redskins - 6th in 4A, Falkville Lady Blue Devils - 7th in 2A.
* Cullman County Middle School Basketball Tournament.
Semifinals tonight at Cold Springs' Jesse George Gymnasium.
# 1 seed Good Hope vs. # 5 West Point girls 4 p.m.
# 2 seed Holly Pond vs. # 3 Fairview girls 5 p.m.
# 1 Parkside vs. # 4 Holly Pond 6 p.m.
# 2 West Point vs. # 3 Hanceville 7 p.m.
Winners advance to the championship round on Saturday. Girls title game at 2 p.m., boys will play at 3:15 p.m.
* Cullman Police Department is investigating a series of theft of property from earlier in the week. Theft of property and theft of services was reported at Best Western Fairwinds Inn on Commerce Ave. A total of $1,400 was taken. Miscellaneous items was stolen from Wal-Mart with the total of merchandise taken over $450. Books-A-Million also reported more than $100 of miscellaneous items taken. If you have information on any of these cases, call the Cullman PD at 256-734-1434.
* Holiday travel during Christmas could be better than it was last year. Current fuel prices are much lower than they were at this time in 2013. Jet Pep, Pure and Murphy Oil is selling regular unleaded at $2.28 a gallon. Exxon is $2.31, Marathon $2.35, Shell $2.37. Prices across Alabama range at least 50 cents lower than the national average heading into the Christmas break.
* Cullman County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate an incident that involved a student at Good Hope High School. The student was arrested Tuesday, charged with a Class C felony for a terrorist threat. More students were back in the classroom Wednesday in comparison to Tuesday. School officials report cell phones will remain banned until after the holiday period. Final exams for Good Hope students will be today and Friday.
* PREP BASKETBALL SCOREBORD:
Cold Springs 43, Good Hope 35
Holly Pond 70, Vinemont 17
Hanceville 50, Susan Moore 29
Cold Springs 71, Good Hope 25
Holly Pond 83, Vinemont 68
Hanceville 82, Susan Moore 19
Austin 82, Cullman 76
* A sonic boom was reported by the Walker County Emergency Management Agency Monday morning. The sound could be heard by residents living in the Southern part of Cullman County too, according to reports. EMA officials report no readings of the sound came across their seismic graph, with the sound being declared a sonic boom. The reason for the sound has not been determined.