Friday, February 18, 2011

Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Mix of sun and clouds. Breezy…High 72
Increased ‘Fire Danger risk’ on Saturday. Please NO outdoor burning this weekend.

Carowinds will hold its annual job fair this weekend, hiring more than 2,100 employees for seasonal positions. The job fair is being held this Saturday from 10am – 2pm. You are urged to fill out an application online at before attending the job fair. http://www.carowinds.com/
BTW: Applicants need to go to the Carowinds employment office on Catawba Trace Boulevard, across the street from the amusement park.

Fans are remembering the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s tragic wreck that claimed his life on February 18, 2001.  NASCAR’s biggest race the Daytona 500 happens on Sunday @ 1pm.

Three more people have died from the Flu raising the number of Flu deaths in our state to 14. Doctors are saying that Flu season is at its peak right now. Health officials recommend getting a flu shot and hand washing to keep safe.

Runners who stretched before running were no less likely to get injured than runners who didn't bother to stretch. Researchers from George Washington University divided more than 2,000 runners into two groups. One group stretched out…the other group didn't stretch. The runners who completed the study were at least 13 years old and ran 10 or more miles a week. Over a period of three months, the research found that it did not make a difference if you stretched or didn't stretch before a run." http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=650004

An Iowa high school wrestler who was among the favorites to win his weight class, ‘defaulted’ on his first-round state tournament match rather than wrestle his next opponent…a girl.  Joel Northup, a home-schooled sophomore who was 35-4 wrestling for Linn-Mar High this season, said in a statement Thursday that he doesn't feel it would be appropriate’ for him to wrestle freshman Cassy Herkelman, a female wrestler.  Northup said that he has "tremendous" respect for the two girls who made the state tourney, but doesn't feel it's appropriate (and it was against his Christian faith upbringing) for boys to engage girls in a combat sport.   **According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, more than 6,000 girls competed in wrestling in 2009-10 — compared with nearly 275,000 boys. Though most states require girls to wrestle boys, California, Hawaii, Texas, Washington and Tennessee sponsor girls-only high school wrestling tournaments. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/02/17/sports/main20032962.shtml

Two Stokes County teens were arrested on charges of possessing and selling marijuana on school grounds. Three other juveniles were also arrested in the case. The arrests were made through the Sheriff department's ‘Operation School Guard’, that places undercover officers alongside students in all of the county’s high schools. http://www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-story-school-drug-sales-110217,0,4671553.story

An elderly woman was killed yesterday morning after police said she hit two other cars after driving the wrong way on WB I-40 near the Mocksville exit. Two other people were injured in the crash.   www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-story-wrong-way-driver-110217,0,170258.story

A proposal by Gov. Perdue to offer free tuition to community colleges for high school students sounds great…but could cause even more overcrowding in the state’s community colleges. Perdue proposed a "Career and College Promise" during her State of the State Address that guarantees two years of tuition-free community college education to North Carolina students who meet certain criteria and have a good GPA. Enrollment at Forsyth Tech has increased 35 percent since over 2007. www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-story-comm-college-110217,0,4371314.story

Parents that live in the West End of Winston-Salem are speaking out against the school system's plans to close down Brunson Elementary School. The school is more than 50 years old and is in need of major repair. The proposal by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School officials would have elementary school students going to an expanded Cook Elementary School two miles down the road. http://www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-story-brunson-elem-110217,0,608191.story