Sunny and breezy today…High 43 with Wind Chills in the 30s. Winter Weather Advisory for the Northern Mountains above 3000 feet for snow and low wind chills for Ashe, Watauga, and Grayson counties.
Extended New Year’s holiday for Monday… No banking or mail from the post office today. In Winston-Salem: City and county offices – closed. Most schools have one more day OFF while Normal garbage and recycling schedule this week in Forsyth County.
The average gas price for regular unleaded in the Triad is around $3.15 a gallon. New state ‘Gas Tax’ as of Sunday raising fuel prices 4 cents a gallon. http://gasbuddy.com/Gas_Prices/North_Carolina/index.aspx
Verizon Wireless is canceling its plan to charge customers two dollars every time they pay their bills online. Friday afternoon, the nation’s largest wireless company nixed the plan altogether after an online twitter backlash from consumers. http://www.cbs42.com/content/localnews/story/Verizon-Wireless-Cancels-2-Dollar-Convenience-Fee/-BKkBvnLckCsE-pPqawbGA.cspx
New name change for one area college for the New Year. Piedmont Baptist College is now known as Piedmont International University. The university label should also be less confusing to their international students from other countries where “college” is synonymous with high school. http://www.pbc.edu/page.aspx?pid=802
At the Movies this weekend:
#1 Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocal
#2 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
#4 War Horse
#5 Alvin and Chipmonks: Chipwrecked
More details online at http://boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=2011&p=.htmCheck out movie and music reviews (from a family-friendly, Christian perspective) on the web at www.pluggedin.com/
FYI: Movie ticket sales hit a 16 year low at the Box Office in 2011. Biggest factors: A weak economy and choices (both in movie selection and options of waiting for the DVD or online streaming). http://money.cnn.com/2011/12/29/news/economy/movie_ticket_sales/index.htm
All political eyes on Iowa. The field of GOP candidates for President will likely go down over the next week. Three Republicans — Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum — are the top-three GOP candidates going into tomorrow’s Iowa caucus. www.wxii12.com/politics/30113077/detail.html#ixzz1iIkn12ss
Brandon Heath has picked up three Grammy nominations. For his CD “Leaving Eden” and for his hit song “Your Love”. Among other Christian artists receiving Grammy nominations this week include: Natalie Grant, Matt Maher, Leeland and Royal Tailor. The GRAMMY Awards ceremony will be held in LA on Sunday, February 12th.
NFL: The New Orleans Saints set a slew of NFL and club records yesterday in the 45-17 blowout of the Carolina Panthers. Drew Brees and the Saints head into the playoffs on an eight-game winning streak. The Panthers finished the season at 6 – 10.
Six College Bowl games on television today. ACC team Virginia Tech will play on Tuesday.
(Traffic Alert) Thomasville: MLK at Jacob Street Bridge demolition taking place on Wednesday, (JAN 04). Detour will re-route traffic through the area.
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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