Today: Becoming Mostly Sunny …High 59
NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS STILL WORKING TO CLEAN UP FROM SUPERSTORM SANDY ARE AMONG THOSE NOW DEALING WITH A POWERFUL WINTER STORM. The nor’easter is delivering snow, sleet, and wind from New Jersey up into New England. Hundreds of thousands of customers were already without power because of superstorm Sandy and thousands more began losing power on Wednesday as a result of the winterstorm. The storm has forced flights to be cancelled and schools to be closed in parts of the affected region.
RECOVERY CONTINUES TODAY FROM A DEADLY EARTHQUAKE IN WESTERN GUATEMALA. News outlets in Guatemala report that the seven-point-four magnitude temblor has affected at least 17 thousand people. It was centered off the western coast of Guatemala. The quake was felt as far away as Mexico City, which is about five hundred miles northwest of the affected region of Guatemala.
Kernersville Fire Chief Walt Summerville passed away unexpectedly yesterday evening from an apparent heart attack.
A state elections official says voter turnout in North Carolina’s election won’t reach 2008 record levels, but it’ll get pretty close. Elections numbers Wednesday afternoon showed 4.5 million ballots had been cast for a voter turnout so far of 67.7 percent based on more than 6.6 million registered voters in the state. That number is expected to edge toward 69 percent after mail-in absentee ballots are collected through Friday and provisional ballots are reviewed. Turnout for the 2008 general election reached more than 69.5 percent — the highest in recent North Carolina political history….It is still unclear which presidential candidate won Florida or the popular vote nationwide.
Believe it or not – Barack and Mitt will live on together as brothers … Twin boys born halfway across the globe were named after the newly elected leader of the U.S. and the runner up. Brothers Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were born Tuesday in Kenya. Millicent Owuor, the twins’ 20-year-old mom, is from a town near the village of Kogelo where President Obama’s father was born.
BTW: It looks like Republican Dan Forest has won the race for Lieutenant Governor by a mere quarter of a percent…well…maybe not – Forest and Democrat Linda Coleman are separated by only 11,000 votes with 46,000 provisional ballots yet to be tallied – stay tuned, we may be looking at re-count…
Alabama’s “Ten Commandments judge” has climbed back to the mountain top. Roy Moore was elected to a six-year term as the state Supreme Court’s chief justice, a position from which he was ousted in 2003 for refusing to remove a 5,200-pound granite monument to the commandments from the rotunda of the state Supreme Court’s building. Moore embraced his rebellious past during his campaign to retake the chief justice seat. Campaign signs referred to him as the “Ten Commandments judge,” and his victory party Tuesday night featured a cake shaped like the tablets of the Ten Commandments.
The rate of North Carolina teachers leaving their jobs increased slightly last year to nearly one out of eight working in the classroom. A report out today shows that nearly 12,000 of the nearly 100,000 teachers employed in the state’s school systems left last year. The 12 percent turnover rate is up slightly from last school year. Retirement was the biggest reason for turnover. Eighty percent of the state’s 115 school districts said they’ve had trouble finding instructors licensed to teach high school mathematics, while about two-thirds of the state’s local schools reported having trouble finding high school science and special education teachers. (SIDE NOTE) The Randolph County school system will begin a search for a new superintendent after Donald Andrews announced he’ll step down at the end of the current school year.
ADD A STAR TO THAT FLAG, BETTY: VOTERS IN PUERTO RICO HAVE APPROVED A NON-BINDING MEASURE FOR U.S. STATEHOOD. The measure requires approval from the U.S. Congress before Puerto Rico could become a state. President Obama has already said he would respect the outcome of the vote.
It’s two weeks from tomorrow! Wal-Mart wants you to forget Black Friday this year. Instead, the store is kicking off some of its hottest “Black Friday” deals on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, beginning at 8 p.m. The retailer says its best deals will be on electronics, tablets, TVs, gaming consoles, home appliances and toys. Last year, Wal-Mart rolled out its Black Friday deals at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This year is the earliest that Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, has ever jumpstarted its holiday sales bonanza.
Old Staley’s on Reynolda Road is becoming an Italian Steakhouse. Fratelli’s Italian Steakhouse will be 40’s style supper club and plans to open early next year. And in case you were wondering: Winston the Bull will be staying on site
Traffic Alert: Planned road work…Hwy 52 SB at the I-40 interchange in Winston-Salem – Crews will close the RAMP from Hwy 52 South to I-40 East in Winston-Salem through 7:30pm this evening. Detour: If you need to go I-40 East from 52 SB go down to the Clemmonsville Road exit and back track back onto 52 NB to I-40 east ramp…
The outside lane of US 311 North in Winston-Salem near High Point Road will be closed for shoulder repairs from 9AM-2PM today
SB 52 at Liberty Street will be down to one lane through Nov 19 Expect delays from Akron Drive to 25th Street
Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Today: Becoming Mostly Sunny …High 59 Tonight: Mostly clear …Low 36 Friday: Sunny…High 64 Weekend Forecast: Sunshine with temps in the mid 60’s