Price of Gas– The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents nationally during the past two weeks, to $2.35. Industry analyst said that despite the rise, gas prices are likely to dip slightly because crude oil costs are falling and refinery production is strong. The national average is up 51 cents per gallon over the price a year ago. https://goo.gl/XQrwVg
Extrovert or Introvert is the question- Are employees who speak up in meetings favored by the boss? Not necessarily, as a new study says introverted tendencies are not only coveted, but also vital at the office space. Introverts can use their listening skills to their advantage when formulating well thought out ideas to the boss. Where an extrovert may make a best office buddy today, the study adds introverts can take advantage of their strengths by building positive relationships over time. The research also says be careful about having an extrovert lead a team of extroverts, as nobody will likely listen to one another.
A new way of tipping– Lately, some restaurants have been doing away with the act of tipping the wait staff, by paying them more. Now, a couple of west coast establishments are trying something new. Not only do you leave a tip for the wait staff, but there’s also a line on the check to tip the cook. The cook’s gratuity was a way these restaurants rallied around their chefs, and allowing the diners to chip in their appreciation for a well prepared meal.
NCAA Championship Hiccups– Teams chasing a college basketball title are contending with an unexpected wrinkle that’s making last-minute travel plans difficult — a fierce storm bearing down on the Northeast that’s expected to dump up to two feet of snow and create blizzard-like conditions. Thousands of flights have been cancelled in anticipation of the storm. Nobody is facing a more difficult week than Princeton, a school new to the scramble. Last minute arrangements due to their late win on Saturday and exams. A professor will be traveling with them to proctor their exams. www.journalnow.com
In Ask Sam:
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will be holding a free document shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon April 1 in the parking lot of the Administration Services building on Cloverdale Ave. There will be no charge for the service, but donations will be accepted, with all proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association’s Winston-Salem Heart & Stroke Walk, and the ALS Association’s Walk to Defeat ALS.. www.journalnow.com
The Triad is being spared — for now — from Gander Mountain Co.’s decision to close 32 “underperforming” stores as part of entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this past Friday. The company confirmed Monday it is closing a store in Charlotte and Raleigh, but keeping open its Winston-Salem and Greensboro stores. Well my boys will be glad it’s not closing. www.journalnow.com
Other types of BBall– A wheelchair basketball team, based in the Triad, is getting ready for nationals. It’s the first time they have ever been invited. It’s been a long time coming for these athletes. The Triad Trackers have been around since 1985; they were formerly known as the Winston-Salem Smokers. The Triad Trackers are No. 2 in the nation, but they hope to become No. 1 at nationals. The group plans to leave by March 29 as the tournament starts on Thursday, March 30. The Triad Trackers are one of 64 teams participating in the tournament. www.wxii.com
Late Winter Storm – Meteorologists are calling for snowfall totals as high as 20 inches in New York City, and blizzard conditions over much of the Northeast as a late winter storm pummels the region. Forecasters and officials are urging people to stay put.. Power outages are to be expected. And many schools in the Northeast will be having snow days. After this system leaves, more snow is expected in the Northeast this weekend. This is affecting the triad with hundreds of flights being canceled from Northeast airports. www.wxii.com
HB2 Law– Rep. Mark Brody of Monroe a Republican lawmaker from Union County wants to challenge the NCAA and ACC for boycotting North Carolina over its HB2 law. Brody says “There comes a time when the citizens of North Carolina need to stand up and say “Enough of Foolishness”. Brody says he plans to introduce a bill that would determine whether the NCAA and ACC violated their tax-exempt status… “by using economic retaliation against NC for the purpose of forcing the General Assembly to adopt social legislation that is not connected to their core mission” www.wxii.com