Friday, October 22, 2010

Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Mostly sunny with Highs in the 70s through the weekend.

Planning a trip to the High Country to see the leaves this weekend? The weather in Boone will be perfect. Lots of sunshine…Highs in the upper 60s
Beautiful weather for The Barbeque Festival going on Saturday in uptown Lexington…Sunny and 75 degrees.

If you are going out to the Reynolds vs North Davidson game or SW Guilford vs East Forsyth game or Asheboro vs Ledford game or West Davidson vs Thomasville… Take a blanket and grab the hot chocolate by halftime.

New government data showing that more than one in eight Americans are on food stamps. Participation in the program has jumped about 70% since 2007. 32 states have adopted rules making it easier to qualify for food stamps over the past 3 years. http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/
Does your family qualify for food assistance (FNS) in North Carolina? ePASS is short for Electronic Pre-Assessment Screening Service and is a quick and easy way for customers to get information about benefits and services that may help them. https://epass.nc.gov/ePASS/cw/PlayerPage.do?

According to a new report from the CDC, fewer teens are dying in car accidents. Experts saying that state and federal laws are tougher…and cars and highways are safer. (CDC)

National Public Radio is facing sharp criticism for firing news analyst Juan Williams. The network cancelled his contract on Wednesday for violating its ethics policy over comments he made on The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel News about Muslims earlier in the week. Since getting fired from NPR, Fox News has offered Juan Williams a new three-year, $2 million dollar contract. (Fox News)

Water on the moon? NASA has spent the last year studying data from its lunar-impact probe. That data reveals that up to a billion gallons of water ice sits in the floor of a crater that's in a permanent shadow near the moon's south pole. The probe also revealed the existence of silver, mercury, carbon monoxide, and ammonia on the moon. (RnR)

Women give more to charities than men. According to a study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, women give more to charities in every income bracket except one: those with incomes of between $23 to $43,000 dollars. FYI: Leaders with World Vision were not surprised by the results of the study. For decades, World Vision’s ‘target donor’ is a 47-year-old, college-educated female. The American Red Cross also has targeted women for bigger gifts throughout its history, but added a donor group just for women in 2005.

Officials in Winston-Salem are searching for the perfect local Christmas tree. If you have a spruce or fir tree on your property that's at least 50 feet tall, you may have the next ‘Christmas tree’ be displayed at Corpening Plaza in downtown Winston-Salem. There are incentives (beyond bragging rights) if your tree is chosen: The city will pay you for the tree. Plus, crews will cut it down and grind the stump for free. Submit your tree entries on line by November 10. Contact the vegetation management team by email: citylink@cityofws.org
Call 727-8000 www.cityofws.org/Home/Departments/MarketingAndCommunications/NewsArchive/News2010/Articles/CityLookingForAHomeGrownChristmasTree

Less than two weeks until the November 2nd mid-term Elections. For a list of early voting sites in your city or county go to http://www.novemberiscomingnc.com/ Early voting continues in North Carolina through the end of October. FYI: Back in 2008, 60% of votes in our state were cast before Election Day.

Speaking of voting: Casting Crowns, MercyMe and TobyMac are nominated in the Contemporary / Inspirational Favorite Artist Category’ for the American Music Awards. You can vote at www.amavote.com . The 38th annual American Music Awards will air Sunday, November 21st on ABC.

More information about ‘Darren Stevens Family Fund’ can be found on our website…click on the top blue banner with Darren’s picture on it. www.wbfj.fm/event1.html
Darren Stevens, our dear friend and Morning Show host passed away unexpectedly on October 13th. He was 42 years young. Please remember his wife Jennifer and their three children
Hannah, Samuel and Grace in your prayers…

Authorities are suspecting arson in the early morning fire at a warehouse on West Forth Street in Lexington on Thursday. The building is used to store inventory for Shumaker Furniture’s showroom in Lexington. www.wxii12.com/news/25464072/detail.html

Representative Hugh Holliman (D - Davidson County) getting an apology from Tom Fetzer the state Republican chairman for a GOP campaign flier suggesting that Holliman wanted death-row inmates released from prison. Back in 1985, Holliman’s 16 year old daughter was sexually assaulted and murdered. Holliman eventually witnessed the execution of her killer…and does support the death penalty. FYI: The flier refers to Holliman’s 2009 vote for the Racial Justice Act which allows death row inmates to make appeals to change their sentences to life in prison without parole. (journalnow.com)

Major League Baseball: (NLCS) The Phillies stay alive in Game 5 last night with a win over
the Giants). 4 – 2 was the final. Game 6 will be Saturday night.
(ALCS) Game 6: Tonight with Texas hosting the Yankees

College Football: Duke at Virginia Tech…UNC at Miami…ASU at Western Carolina
NASCAR: Racing at Martinsville (5 races to go in the Chase for the Cup)
NFL: Panthers hosting the 49ers Sunday afternoon.

Wake Forest fans, kick off the college basketball season on Saturday evening at 8pm… Black and Gold Madness at Reynolds Gym. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be in action. Shooting competition, Dunk contest and inner squad scrimmages.
FREE… http://wakeforestsports.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/101410aac.html