July 18, 2014
Below normal temperatures through the weekend…
Today is PEACH Ice Cream Day. Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. Back in 1984, then President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month…along with National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in July.
In search of answers: International inspectors are surveying the crash site of that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in search for the flight data recorders among the debris. Close to 300 passengers and crew lost their lives after their jet was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border… *There’s a lot of finger pointing, but few hard answers at this point.
Praying for Peace in the Middle East. The Israeli military now has ground troops and tanks inside Gaza as tensions between Israel and Hamas continue. Fox News http://myfox8.com/2014/07/17/israel-launches-ground-operation-into-gaza/
Going to the movies this weekend? Check out ‘Plugged in’ from Focus on the Family for the latest movie and media reviews http://www.pluggedin.com/movies.aspx
Looking for a few good ‘ball boys’ or ‘ball girls’: Try-outs for the upcoming Winston-Salem Open Pro-Tennis event happening this afternoon @ 4 – 6pm & Saturday @ 10am – noon. Location: Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center (next to BB&T Football Field). in Winston-Salem. *Youth must be at least 13 years old…BTW: The Winston-Salem Open set for August 16-23, 2014
Dove Award-winning artist and Season 11 American Idol finalist, COLTON DIXON premiered his new music video for his single “More of You”. Colton’s new project ‘Anchor” comes out August 19th…
Check out Colton Dixon’s new video for ‘More of You’… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYXjXi8PtzQ&feature=youtu.be
Sun and surf…Music, charity and community: Last weekend, the 10th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest and concert drew over 15,000 people to Moonlight Beach near San Diego, California. Since 2005, the Bro-Am has raised more than a million dollars for several children’s charities. www.switchfoot.com
UPDATE: The newly appointed North Carolina poet laureate has decided to ‘step down’ from her position effective…immediately. Last week, Gov. Pat McCrory chose Valerie Macon of Fuquay-Varina to serve a two-year term as poet laureate. Previous state poets laureate criticized McCrory for bypassing the traditional process of having the North Carolina Arts Council set up a committee of writers to review applications and recommend poets. Governor McCrory… “I’ve decided to regretfully accept Valerie Macon’s resignation, but I hope that she continues to share her talents with others,” said McCrory in a statement. “I’m also disappointed by the way some in the poetry community have expressed such hostility and condescension toward an individual who has great passion for poetry and our state. WTVD-TV.
BTW: Maya Angelou, who died May 28 in Winston-Salem, is North Carolina’s most celebrated figure in contemporary poetry…but she was NOT a NC poet laureate… http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/editorial-opinion/5269412/OUR-VIEW-No-need-to-name-an-official-poet#.U8e8_vldXiw