Friday, January 28, 2011

It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since the tragic and shocking explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle. Two people with North Carolina ties were among the seven passengers on board the shuttle when it exploded just over a minute after takeoff. Flags will fly at half staff today in memory of the lives lost that day.

Answered prayers finally for a bunch of out of work aircraft mechanics in the Triad. Governor Bev Perdue was here yesterday to help NS Aviation announce the plans for opening a new airplane maintenance operation. They’re getting 800 thousand dollars in incentives to bring their operation here, along with 308 jobs over the next four years, many of which will be filled by workers who were hung out to dry when Pace Airlines shut down last year. About 125 workers will be hired by the end of this year.

Nobody was hurt yesterday when a car slammed into a Winston Salem school bus. The bus was picking up students, and bound for Parkland high school, when the crash happened. Police said it wasn’t weather related, the driver of the car was just going too fast to stop.

Personal information for more than 18 thousand NC residents who received help for hearing or speech aids is now sitting in the landfill. How nice… the state dept of health and human services says some disks containing social security numbers, birthdates, income levels, etc was thrown out by mistake.

School officials in the eastern part of the state are trying to work something out with a fifth grader who was kicked out of class because of her wild hairstyle. 10 year old Jakyra Kearse showed up sporting a multi colored Mohawk with blue and red dyed braids. And before you say, where are the parents…you should know…Jakyra’s mom is the hairstylist. The school system in Edenton said her hair was a distraction to the other students, but they’re working to get her back into her classes.