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End of an era: Jerry Moore, longtime head football coach at Appalachian State, is stepping down after 24 seasons. The 73 year old coach led the Mountaineers to three FCS national championships and 10 Southern Conference football championships since 1989. www.goasu.com
RECALL: Ford is recalling more than 89,000 new Escape SUVs and Fusion sedans because the engine can overheat and catch fire. www.ford.com
Beware of E-15? AAA requesting that the EPA and gasoline retailers across that nation should stop the sale of E-15, a new ethanol blend that could damage millions of vehicles and void car warranties until further testing is done. AAA reporting that only 12 million – out of more than 240 million cars, trucks and SUVs now on the roads – have manufacturers’ approval for E-15. www.digtriad.com/news/article/256638/57/AAA-Warns-E15-Gasoline-Could-Cause-Car-Damage
Another great find at Goodwill: Karen Mallet bought a print titled “Red Nose” for just $12.34 at a Goodwill store in Milwaukee, recently. The print turned out to be a lithograph by American artist Alexander Calder worth $9,000 dollars. Talk about good fortune: At least 4 times in the past six months, valuable art has turned up at Goodwill retail stores across the nation. Last month, a Salvador Dali sketch found at a Goodwill shop in Tacoma, Washington sold for $21,000. Last summer, a woman from North Carolina pocketed more than $27,000 for a painting she bought for just $9.99 at a Goodwill location. www.thonline.com/news/iowa-illinois-wisconsin/article_28bee16c-462d-5800-85f2-ef8e7741dde9.html
Six ACC teams have earned ‘Bowl’ invitations including the Duke Blue Devils (making their first post-season bowl appearance since 1994).
The Winston-Salem State Rams have advanced to the semifinals in the Division II playoffs. www.journalnow.com/sports/wssu/football/article_6446b0ce-3bf2-11e2-a752-0019bb30f31a.html
Positive flu tests in the state have quadrupled since early November. Health officials emphasize that it’s not too late to get a flu shot. If you get sick: Please stay home, rest and get better or you will likely infect everyone else around you. Wash your hands. Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of germs and infections. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. More information about preventing the flu: www.flu.nc.gov