Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast:  Mix of sun and clouds…High 50

GAS PRICES ARE UP MORE THAN A DIME FROM A MONTH AGO. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is three dollars and seven cents. That's up 41 cents from this time last year. The state average is $3.02…In the Triad, you can still find gas below $3 dollars a gallon.  www.gasbuddy.com/Gas_Prices/North_Carolina/index.aspx

The snow and ice from our latest snow storm may be gone, but those dreaded ‘potholes’ are popping up. Officials with the DOT saying that road crews are temporarily patching and filling potholes until the spring and summer, when crews can get in and do a proper repair. The main reason for potholes: Water. Water is asphalt's worst enemy. Report ‘potholes’ to your local city or county streets department. http://www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-story-potholes-110103,0,2423532.story

 The City of Thomasville is now offering FREE bus service. The buses will run from 6am to 6pm…Monday through Saturday. The service will make approximately 40 stops in Thomasville each day.  http://thomasville.myfox8.com/content/city-begins-free-bus-service

According to a new survey by the Barna Group, only about a fifth of Americans say that they definitely plan on making New Years' resolutions for 2011. The top pledges were related to weight loss, finances, and career. Only five percent of Americans pledged any changes in regard to church or spirituality. "Lasting change comes by serving and sacrificing for others", says George Barna, president of the Barna Group.  http://www.barna.org/

The preliminary report from the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission said that thousands of blackbirds that fell from the sky in Arkansas on New Years Eve died from trauma and internal bleeding. No evidence of disease or infection was found in the birds.

Christian singer and speaker Rebecca St James is engaged. Jacob Fink asked for Rebecca’s hand in marriage at her families' Tennessee home on Christmas Day, after asking her parents for their blessing. No wedding date has been set. FYI: Rebecca has a new album coming out this spring and she’s also finishing up work on her ninth book, "What Is He Thinking".

TODD AGNEW SAYS IT WAS A SERMON SERIES AT HIS CHURCH THAT STARTED THE PROCESS FOR HIS NEW ALBUM. That album is titled "Need". The sermon series was based on First Corinthians. Todd tells the website New Release Tuesday-dot-com that he was especially struck by the Apostle Paul's declaration that he wanted to know nothing but "Christ Jesus and Him crucified." You can read the full interview with Todd Agnew at http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/

President Obama will sign a new ‘Food Safety Bill’ into law later today. The $1.4 billion dollar overhaul of the food safety system gives federal agencies including the FDA new power to increase inspections at food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted products. This is the first major overhaul of the U.S. food safety system since the 1930s. http://www.wxii12.com/health/26360516/detail.html

The city manager of Thomasville has been suspended indefinitely with pay after being arrested on drug possession charges over the weekend. William "Kelly" Craver has been the city manager of Thomasville since 2006. Thomasville City Council made the decision last night after the Mayor called an emergency meeting. www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-story-city-manager-drugs-110102,0,5751197.story

Virginia Tech getting ‘hammered’ by Stanford in the Orange Bowl…40 – 12.  Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck passing for 4 TDs in last night’s victory. Maybe good news for the Carolina Panthers if Luck goes pro...