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* HUNTSVILLE - A heat advisory has been extended into Wednesday evening for Cullman County & the Tennessee Valley.

 The National Weather Service reports temperatures for the day will be in the mid 90s with the heat index to be between 105 and 110 degrees.

 The advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. There is a possiblity the advisory could be extended if warm conditions continue with very little rainfall expected.

 

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* HANCEVILLE - Twenty varsity teams and 10 junior varsity teams have battled it out for two days at the Wallace State volleyball play-day series.

 Games have gone on at Tom Drake Coliseum and the Wellness Center. Good Hope is the only participant out of Cullman County while other teams from around the K92 coverage area are Arab, Brewer, Walker, Curry and Oneonta.

The tournament format swings into play on Wednesday. First round matchups in both divisions start at 11:00, quarterfinals at 2:00, semifinals at 4:00 with championship to be at 5:00.

 

 

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* Associate Commissioner Garry Marchman remains in a Birmingham hospital according to information provided to K92 News by Associate Commissioner Kerry Watson following Tuesday's regular meeting of the county commission.

 Watson reported Marchman is receiving treatment for a liver condition and is showing signs of improvement. Marchman has been in the hospital since June 24 when he was admitted to St. Vincent's for pain and discomfort in his back, then transferred to UAB on June 27.

 Thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Marchman, in his first time as commissioner on the West side of the county.

 

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* Cullman County Commission held its regular meeting on Tuesday. The commission approved a request from the Oktoberfest committee for $5,000 in support of Oktobertfest in Cullman for this year.

 The commission also approved resurfacing Cullman County Road 747 from the Blount County line to County Road 1545. Also, a resolution was approved to set the speed limit on Cullman County Road 1640 to 40 miles per hour. County Road 1640 is east of Berlin, near the Oak Level community.

 

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* DECATUR - Morgan County Coroner's Office has identified the victim who passed away after drowning Monday night at Louis Bluff.

 Twenty-year old Andrew Harrison reportedly jumped into the Tennessee River while swimming with friends. Harrison never resurfaced in which rescue boats were called on, finding his body after a 30-minute search.

Harrison is the second victim to die in this area of Morgan County. The first was reported in June when a male fell off the bluff and into the water.

 

 

 

 

 

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* A drowning has been reported by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department from Monday night. Sheriff Ana Franklin reports the drowning was at Lewis Bluff around 8:00 p.m.

 The victim is reported to be a male 20 years old. The name of the victim has not been released as the sheriff's department continue its investigation.

 

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* HUNTSVILLE - A heat advisory is in effect for Cullman County and the Tennessee Valley from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. today. Heat index values are to range from 105 to 110 degrees.

 Residents are advised to stay hydrated during the hottest part of the day, wear light colored clothing, avoid the sun as much as possible and check on outdoor pets and the elderly regularly.

 Stay tuned for the latest from the Doppler 92 Weather Center.

 

 

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* MONTGOMERY - Governor Robert Bentley has ordered armed national guardsmen to be placed at all military recruiting centers statewide. The Governor met with National Guard personnel Monday then made his decision for the safety of military people and citizens of this state.

 This comes following the incident at a facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 16 that left five military people dead along with the shooter.

 

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* BOSTON, Massachusetts - Former Cullman standout Josh Rutledge has a new home in Major League Baseball. On Monday evening, Rutledge was traded from the Los Angeles Angels alomng with cash considerations to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Shane Victorino.

 Rutledge has played 266 games in the majors, all with the Colorado Rockies. He was traded to the Angels where he spent the entire season in the minor leagues.

 The trade happened an hour before game time between the Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox. Victorino was scheduled to start for Boston, then was notified he had been sent to the leaders in the AL West, the Angels.

 

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* An annual event for students and their parents takes place the weekend of August 7-9. It's the 10th annual back to school sales tax holiday. 

 Parents and their children will be allowed to purchase supplies and clothing with tax exemption on clothing for $100 or less, computers and software for $750 or less and $50 for books and supplies such as notebooks, paper, pencils, lunch boxes.

 A total of 301 businesses across the state are participating in the school sales tax holiday according to information released by the Alabama Department of Revenue.

 

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* BREMEN - Jennifer Bircheat is currently in serious condition at UAB Hospital following an ATV accident Saturday at the Stony Lonesome OHV Park. Bircheat reportedly tried to go up an embankment on the trail when it flipped over. The location she sustained the accident was not part of the trail for 4-wheelers according to Cullman County Parks and Recreation Director Doug Davenport.

 Bircheat was lifted out of the vehicle as a precuationary measure, then flown by helicopter to UAB with serious injuries sustained.

 

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* Cullman Police Department stayed busy during the weekend, dealing with eight cases. Among the cases were forgery, theft of propety, burglary, domestic violence, striking an unattended vehicle and criminal tresspassing.

 Thirteen people were arrested between Friday and Sunday, charged with public intoxication, failure to appear, driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, unlawful possession of drug paraphanelia, unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal tresspassing.

 

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* Family and friends were on hand Sunday evening at the Cullman County Courthouse to remember the life of local postal worker Jay Kendall. Kendall was killed in an auto accident May 21 of 2014 with the driver of the other vehicle was texting when the crashed occurred near the Cullman County Water Department on Highway 31.

 A group of motorcycles circled the courthouse a few times around 6:20 p.m. The ceremony also included comments from Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry, House of Representative ED Henry, former House of Representative James Fields and Reverend Malcolm Carter.

 The event was also to emphasize the importance of texting while driving. This was the case of the crash that took the life of Kendall while he was on his way to work at the Hanceville Post Office. Texting and driving has become a serious issue for motorists across Alabama and the United States.

 

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* A weekend of professional and amateur archers gathered at St. Bernard Prep School for the ASA Delta McKenzie Pro-Am. Participants ranged from across the state and other locations throughout the South and Midwest.

 The tournament was hosted by the Cullman Parks and Recreation Department. By 3:30 Sunday afternoon, the campus at St. Bernard was rather quiet as park and rec employees along with ASA represenatives were taking down booths and accessories.

 This event was a boost to the local economy for a weekend in regards of lodging, restaurants and shopping.

 

 

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* ROGERSVILLE - A member of the fame Wallen basketball family is now beginning rehab after having knee surgery. Lauderdale County point guard Ivy Wallen suffered torn ligaments in her right knee. The surgery was successful with the senior to be sidelined for four to six months.

 Wallen was replaced by her sister Emma Wallen on the North All-Star team last week in Montgomery, sharing the spotlight with Bailey West of Cold Springs.

Lauderdale County has won three consecutive 3A state championships, including back-to-back-to-back Northwest Regional titles at Wallace State Community College and currently have an 84-game winning streak entering the 2015-16 season.

 

 

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* HARTSELLE - A total of 10 positions inside the Hartselle City School system need to be filled prior to the start of the new school year. 

 Among the openings are bus drivers, special services administrator, bookkeeper, guidance counselors and athletic director.

 The athletic director position became vacant in June when Johnny Berry resigned to accept the position of principal at Brookhaven Middle School. The next meeting for the school system will be Thursday at 6 p.m. at the central board office in Hartselle.

 

 

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* HANCEVILLE - Two people with outstanding warrants are being sought by the Hanceville Police Department. Donnie Kay Dodgen is wanted for writing bad checks. Aaron Colby Rice has charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest against him.

 If you have any information on either suspect, call the Hanceville PD at 256-352-9811.

 

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* MONTGOMERY - Governor Bentley today has ordered signs banning weapons at rest stops across the state to be taken down. "I have ordered the Alabama Department of Transportation to remove signs banning weapons at Alabama rest stops to comply with state law," the Governor said in a press release.

 The Alabama Department of Transportation has begun to remove the signs from rest stops, including the rest area in Cullman County off Interstate 65 at mile marker 300.

  

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* ST. LOUIS, Missouri - After taking two of three from the leaders in the National League West, the LA Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves now deal with the best record in Major League Baseball this weekend at Busch Stadium.

 The Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals clash in a 3-game series. Game 1 is tonight at 7:15 p.m., Game 2 Saturday 6:10 p.m. and Game 3 Sunday at 1:15 p.m. All games will be live on WKUL-FM.

 The Cardinals are 61-34 and lead the NL Central by 6 games over the Pirates. The Braves are 45-50 and are 6.5 games behind the Nationals in the NL East standings.

 St. Louis is 34-12 at home, coming off a win Thursday night at Busch over the Kansas City Royals. The Braves are 19-30 in games away from Atlanta.

 This is the start of a 10-game road trip for the Braves. From here, they head to Baltimore for 3 games in Camden Yards with the Orioles, then close out July and start August with a 4-game battle in Philadelphia against the Phillies.

 

 

 

 

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* St. Bernard Prep School is covered with plenty of participants and fans in the Delta Mckenzie Pro-Am Archery Tournament. The event is hosted by the Cullman Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by Delta Mckenzie targets.

 Preliminary rounds were held Friday with tournament competition to take place Saturday and champions to be crowned Sunday.

Among the divisions going for the championship trophy are men's pro, women's pro, senior pro, semi pro, Open A, senior open, unlimited, senior women, high school pins, middle school pins and elementary school pins.

 Admission is $5.00 daily.

 

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