Good News: It’s official – Herbalife is coming to town and bringing close to 500 full time jobs. The LA based vitamin and weight loss supplement company will
make the former Dell plant in Winston-Salem its new East Coast distribution
center. The new jobs will pay around 40,000 thousand dollars a year. Herbalife hopes to be up and running by this June .http://myfox8.com/2012/12/18/herbalife-to-make-former-dell-plant-new-home/
Important ‘mailing’ dates to remember: The postal service recommends mailing First Class mail (including your Christmas cards) by TODAY (Thur). Priority packages need to be sent by Friday. Express mail must be shipped by this Saturday.
Expect lower gas prices for your holiday travels: AAA of the Carolinas reporting that gas prices have continued to fall since Thanksgiving. The average price for regular unleaded in the Triad is around $3.18 a gallon. BTW:
Nearly 2.8 million of us (in North Carolina) are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home through the holidays.
Be Prepared: The American Red Cross is offering their “babysitting boot-camps” for students ages 11- to -15-years-old through the end of January. The three day course includes training in babysitting, first aid, CPR, AED. Visit the American Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/ FYI: According to North Carolina fire code, no child 8-years-old or younger should be left alone.
When it comes to making coins, the US Mint isn’t getting its ‘money’s worth’. For instance, a penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute. The government has been looking for ways to shave the millions it spends every year to make bills and coins. A 400-page report presented last week to Congress outlines nearly two years of trials conducted at the Mint in Philadelphia, where a variety of metal recipes were put through their paces in the massive facility’s high-speed coin-making machinery. So, after evaluations
of 29 different alloys, the Treasury Department concluded that NONE of the
alloys was an ‘ideal’ substitute. BTW: The vending industry estimates it would cost $700 million dollars (or more) to recalibrate machines to recognize coins with an additional magnetic signature. The Mint’s researchers reached a lower but still pricey estimate of $380 million to $630 million. Fact: The US Mint produces 6billion pennies a year. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20121220/DA39CBP81.html
Trimming of the trees going a little too far? Duke Energy received a “cease and desist” order on yesterday from the City of Greensboro. Fox 8 reporting that many Greensboro residents are upset over the way the company is trimming trees around the city…saying that ‘trimming’ is one thing, but destroying the tree…is taking it too far.