Mostly sunny. Breezy this afternoon…High 62. Big COOL down on the way.
Be part of the historic North Carolina launch of Trail Life USA happening this afternoon (between 4 and 6pm) at the Sechrist building at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. *Trail Life USA is a Christian based adventure, character, and leadership program for boys and men K-12. Representatives will be on-hand. We will be cooking up SMORES over a REAL campfire…Chick-fil-a at Peacehaven will be on site offering supper goodies…WBFJ will be broadcasting LIVE… Learn more: www.traillife942.com/
Do you have ‘unwanted’ medicines that need to be disposed of properly? “Operation Medicine Drop” going on this morning til noon at the Joel Coliseum parking lot in Winston-Salem. Drop off / NO questions asked. 773-7835 www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_7024fda0-36cf-11e3-a421-0019bb30f31a.html
Still confused about all of the healthcare changes? Learn more about the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) – and your options. A panel of experts will be answering your questions TODAY during two sessions at 10:30am and 7pm. These FREE informational sessions happening at St Peter’s World Outreach center in Winston-Salem. Details, call 650-0200…
The cost of College Tuition has gone up (again) this year. The Good News: The 2.9% increase is the smallest one-year increase in more than 30 years (according to the College Board in their annual report on college prices). Most students don’t actually pay that, though. There are grants, tax credits and deductions that help ease the cost of going to college. About two-thirds of full-time students get grants, most from the federal government. FYI: About 60% of students who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2011-2012 graduated with debt, borrowing a total of $26,500 on average. www.collegeboard.org/
October is Clergy (or Pastor) Appreciation Month http://thrivingpastor.org/clergyappreciation/
Safe to drink, but not for washing clothes? Residents in western Forsyth County (west of Stratford Road to Reynolda Road), may see discolored water over the next few days. Repairs to a 10-million gallon water tank have been completed. The tank was brought back on-line on Tuesday. http://myfox8.com/2013/10/22/repair-work-may-result-in-discolored-water-in-w-s/
Last night, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education designated our struggling schools as “focus schools,” which could mean the system will replace all or most of the schools’ staffs in addition to taking other steps to improve student performance. The schools are Gibson and Ashley elementary schools and Wiley and Mineral Springs middle schools. No timetable for changes was discussed. http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_a8c882fe-3b83-11e3-ad0b-001a4bcf6878.html
Chance of a lifetime: 13-year-old Dustin Edmondson is the team manager for the Southern Guilford Middle School football team, and his lifelong dream on playing football has always been ‘sidelined’ due to his cerebral palsy. In Tuesday’s matchup against Eastern Guilford, Dustin’s coaches put him in…if only for one play! See the VIDEO from Fox 8 http://myfox8.com/2013/10/22/team-manager-with-cerebral-palsy-fulfils-dream-of-playing-football/
The ‘Spending’ appeal of Halloween? The National Retail Federation saying that Halloween is a $6.5 billion dollar holiday, second in spending only to Christmas. The average family in the US will spend $75 dollars during Halloween (on everything from costumes, decorations and candy).
One-stop early voting continues through November 2. The General election is set for Tuesday, November 5th. Details about Early Voting sites in your area. 2013 Municipal Elections: One-stop early voting sites for 11/5/13 elections and runoffs www.ncsbe.gov/Default.aspx?s=0
State Fair in Raleigh: Mercy Me will be in concert at Dorton Arena this Friday (OCT 25). The State Fair in Raleigh runs through Sunday (OCT 27) www.ncstatefair.org/2013/ FYI: Fair admission is NOT included in ticket price. All concerts begin at 7:30pm
The Fall Furniture Market continues through Thursday in High Point. Expect heavier traffic in the downtown area: Main, Commerce, Green, Kivett . * FREE shuttle service: Park and Ride from Oak Hollow Mall to downtown HP
Traffic Alert in southern Winston-Salem – Highway 52 SB at Waughtown Street. *Traffic down to ONE LANE just past Vargrave Street because of bridge work –