Tuesday, December 21, 2010

FOUR days until Christmas...

Winter officially begins this evening (Dec 21) at 6:38pm…the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
WBFJ Forecast: Cloudy skies…High 45.  Could we see SNOW for Chrsitmas in the Triad? 

Come celebrate Christmas for the City starting tonight Tuesday –Thursday (Dec 21 -23) 5 – 9pm at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem.  It's a totally 'family friendly' event.  And it’s a FREE gift to the community.  FYI: WBFJ will broadcasting ‘LIVE’ all three nights… Details on our website http://www.wbfj.fm/
Organizers are urging you to park in the Liberty Street / 5th Street Parking deck (near the bus station) in downtown Winston-Salem. Location: Millennium Center, 101 W. 5th St., Winston Salem, NC 27101

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners passed a new policy last night that will allow the county to settle some damage and injury claims instead of denying them under ‘governmental immunity’. The new ruling comes weeks after Forsyth County Sheriff Bill Schatzman was in a wreck while driving his county-issued car. He admitted fault, but the drivers of the other cars still had to file claims on their own insurance. Some commissioners said recently that if a county employee is at fault in a wreck, the county should pay all expenses and not make residents file a claim.  www.journalnow.com/news/2010/dec/21/WSMAIN01-forsyth-county-board-takes-step-toward-el-ar-634104/

The government will release NEW census information today. The state-by-state figures collected from the recent census should show North Carolina's population growing by well over a million people during the past 10 years. But, it may not be enough for another seat in Congress.  North Carolina may miss out on gaining a 14th U.S. House seat. The state gained one extra seat during the 1990 and 2000 counts. FYI: Census officials estimated North Carolina's population last year at almost 9.4 million, compared to just over 8 million in 2000. http://www.journalnow.com/

Toyota Motor Corporation has agreed to pay the U.S. government a record $32.4 million dollars in additional fines to settle an investigation into its handling of two recalls at the heart of its ‘safety’ crisis.  (RnR)

Based on applications the city of King has received from about 80 residents, the only flags that will fly next year at the Veteran's Memorial in King will be Christian flags.  Under a new city policy, enacted December 6th, (after months of debate over the Christian Flag being flown at the memorial) the city decided to let residents apply to have religious flags (including the Christian flag) flown for a week at a time at the Veteran's Memorial to honor those who served in the U.S. military.  All but three of the residents who applied to have a flag flown for a week next year have asked that a Christian flag be flown. The other three asked that no flag be flown, which according to the policy is acceptable. City officials in King will conduct a lottery at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the American Legion Post 290 on South Main Street to select 52 requests for the flags to be flown at the memorial. www.journalnow.com/news/2010/dec/21/wsmain01-king-to-hold-lottery-to-pick-flags-for-ve-ar-634103/

JARS OF CLAY IS GETTING READY TO CELEBRATE THE 1,000th WATER WELL FUNDED BY ITS NON-PROFIT MINISTRY…Blood: Water Mission.   Over the last six years, Blood: Water Mission has served more than 600-thousand people in eleven different countries in a variety of ways such as providing safe water, hygiene and sanitation… including opening four comprehensive care clinics which have served more than 26-thousand people living with HIV/AIDS. You can learn more at http://www.bloodwatermission.com/.

A NEW STUDY FROM LIFEWAY FINDING THAT MOST AMERICANS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.  LifeWay Research found that 91% of Americans personally celebrate Christmas, whether they are Christians or not.  Many people reported enjoying holiday activities not related to the birth of Jesus…62% said that ‘Jesus was their reason for celebrating the season.  In fact, 2% of atheists, 9% of agnostics, and 22% of those in non-Christian religions say they attend ‘church’ during the Christmas season. (RnR)

Monday Night Football: Bears over the Vikings…40 – 14.  Brett Farve was knocked out in the second quarter.

Coach ‘K’ tied Coach Smith on the all time Division I ‘wins list’ last night, with the Blue Devils’ win over Elon…98 - 72