One week til Christmas…Connell Maynor is leaving WSSU…Toys "R" Us to open 87 straight hours…Harvard student fakes bomb threat over 'exam stress' (Wed News)

Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast  Mostly sunny skies…High 48. Warming up by the end of the week

ONE week until Christmas  –  Still have some shopping to do?  Procrastinators unite. Typically the week leading up to Christmas, stores slash prices. Hundreds of online retailers offering free shipping today (Wed). http://myfox8.com/2013/12/17/holiday-shopping-it-pays-to-procrastinate/

Toy shopping marathon: Toys “R” Us will keep its doors open for 87 hours straight leading up to Christmas.  Stores nationwide will open this Saturday at 6am and remain open until 9pm on Christmas Eve.    ABC News

Connell Maynor is leaving Winston-Salem State University for the head football coaching job at Hampton University.  The Rams successful head football coach compiled a 45-6 record in four seasons, the best four-year period in the history of WSSU football.  http://myfox8.com/

GOT TALENT?  NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” will hold an open casting call in Greensboro in January. The casting call is open to all ages and every type of performer. Prospective contestants will perform for producers from the show. Interested? Pre-register at on www.americasgottalentauditions.com     Click on the “Greensboro” banner and filling out the registration information.  Details: Greensboro Marriott Downtown on Green Street on Wednesday January 29, 2014.   (8am to 7pm)

Kinda stressful when it comes to college and exam time, but… Police say a 20-year-old Harvard University student who was dreading final exams sent in bomb threats this week. The threats caused a mass evacuation, a cancellation of tests and ultimately led to the suspect’s arrest.  The panic over exams could cost the student a maximum of 5 years in prison. http://newday.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/18/5-things-to-know-for-your-new-day-wednesday-december-18/?hpt=hp_t2

Harold Camping, the longtime radio preacher known for his doomsday prophesies, passed away on Sunday…after suffering a fall at his home on Nov 30th.  He was 92.   Camping suffered a stroke in June 2011, a few weeks after his doomsday date came and went. http://www.worldmag.com/2013/12/harold_camping_doomsday_preacher_dies_at_age_92

Safe Reminder: Keep an eye out for deer while driving especially around dawn and dusk. According to experts:  If you spot a deer,  DON’T panic. BTW:  Guilford County had the 2nd highest number of deer accidents last year. *More than 20,000 animal-related accidents happened last year in NC. *90% of those accidents were involved deer mainly between Oct and Dec.  The Wildlife Resources Commission https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/details.aspx?r=8870

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I enjoy many things: Music. Family movie nights. My American flag flapping in the wind. Sunsets at the beach. Snow days. The Sweet Tea Party. Salvation through Grace… 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.” MON-SAT 6A-10A (& Sunday@5 host) verne@wbfj.fm