Thousands will soon be hitting the road this holiday weekend. AAA of the Carolinas says Hurricane Irene didn’t have a huge impact on gas prices. The average price of a gallon of gas in North Carolina is around $3.59 a gallon. Most of the North Carolina coast is open for business. FYI: You may want to call ahead for lodging and travel detours closer to the Carolina coastal areas. The state’s info # is 511.
A Paraphrase, on the newly unveiled Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in our Nations Capital, has many frustrated, including Wake Forest University Professor and Poet Maya Angelou. The actual words were from a sermon King delivered in 1968, two months before he was assassinated, about a eulogy that could be given when he died. Angelou, who consulted on the memorial, said it makes the civil rights leader sounds egotistical because it’s out of context. The proposed inscription reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” www.journalnow.com
New Studies showing that in 36 states, one year of infant day care in a center is more expensive than a year of public college. Prices ranging from $4,600 to $18,000 a year on average. Day care centers say their food and labor costs are going up, and they are trying to keep their clients onboard despite rate increases. Other trends include parents enlisting the help of grandparents and other relatives to lessen childcare costs, also calling upon neighbors or friends keeping parents from having to dip into their savings.