Friday, June 10, 2011

Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Partly sunny. Scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms starting today through the weekend. High this afternoon…High 92

Gas prices continued to drop, slowly. In the Triad, the average for regular unleaded has dropped to $3.58 a gallon. 

Use lots of patience if you are making your way to the Joel Coliseum on Saturday. Parking should be interesting.  Its High School graduation time for Winston-Salem / Forsyth County schools inside the Joel...and the Texas Pete ‘Twin City Rib Fest’ happening at the Fairgrounds as well. www.gasbuddy.com/Gas_Prices/North_Carolina/index.aspx

Texas Pete ‘Twin City Rib Fest’ runs through Sunday at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds in Winston-Salem. FREE admission TODAY from 11am to 2pm.
Rest of the time the cost will be $7 dollars for adults. Kids 12 and younger FREE.  Food is an extra cost.    http://www.twincityribfest.com/

Most public pools across the Piedmont will be open on ‘weekdays’ in less than a week. Fox 8 saying that most city pools don't open on weekdays until students are out of school for the summer. In Greensboro and High Point, all pools be open on weekdays starting Monday. In Winston-Salem, weekday pool operations begin on Wednesday.

Hundreds of people parked their vehicles along I-77 in Surry County yesterday to get a glimpse of history. The fuselage of the famed US Airways 'Miracle on the Hudson' plane (on its way to Charlotte) made a stop at a weigh station near the NC-Virginia border. The plane’s fuselage, which is traveling on a 120-foot-long flatbed trailer, will leave the weigh station in Surry County this morning.  Travel down I-77 then onto I-85 reaching its destination (the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte) around lunchtime.
Track the plane’s journey: www.jsupor.com
Fox 8 reporting that Captain Sully Sullenberger and other passengers and crew will get to see the plane in a private showing on Saturday before a fundraiser for the exhibit. FYI: On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 lost power to both engines after birds were sucked into the engines shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport.

Five percent contained. Talking about that massive wildfire in eastern Arizona. Fire officials said Thursday evening they were optimistic that some residents who have been forced to flee the flames would be allowed back home by the weekend.  CNN

The ‘Fairness Doctrine’ a so called well meaning policy, enacted 62 years ago, required radio and TV stations to air both sides of controversial issues will soon be taken OFF the books. Even though the idea was abandoned in the 1980s, ‘Fairness Doctrine’ was never removed from the list of Federal regulations. CitizenLink reports the chairman of the FCC has indicated a willingness to remove the Fairness Doctrine language from the record.  http://www.citizenlink.com/2011/06/09/fairness-doctrine-to-be-removed-from-federal-regulations/

Thanks to everyone who donated blood earlier this week during the Military Blood Drive in Winston-Salem. A record number of donors (103) came out. For every pint of blood donated, four injured soldiers in Afghanistan or Iraq will be helped. The next Military Blood Drive will be August 9th at the American Legion Post #55 on Miller Street.

SPORTS:   Johnathan Taylor and Buddy Lamothe may never play baseball again because of injuries that left them partially paralyzed. That didn't matter to the teams that picked them on Wednesday during final day of the Major League Baseball draft. Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor, a 33rd-round pick of the Texas Rangers, and San Jacinto College reliever Buddy Lamothe, the Houston Astros' 40th-round selection, were both seriously injured recently. -Taylor broke his neck in March during a game when he collided with a teammate. Lamothe was injured last month in a diving accident in San Marcos, Texas. http://www.newser.com/article/d9no08vo0/rangers-astros-select-paralyzed-players-during-baseball-drafts-final-day.html