Rowan Commissioners: We're still praying in the ‘name of Jesus’ (NEWS)

Spring-like weather through Friday: Mostly sunny and breezy…High 64. Near the ‘record’ of 72 degrees on Thursday.

Today is “Ash Wednesday” the beginning of the Lenten season…40 days leading up to Easter.  #1 thing to ‘give up’ during Lent – meat.  #2 – chocolate?

Pray and Donate:  Funds are being collected for the Cretzman family, the missionary family of four from Canada who lost their 3 year old little girl during that single vehicle crash on I-74 in Surry County on Monday morning.  DONATE: Funds are being collected for the Cretzman family through Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown. -Their three biggest financial needs: medical expenses, bereavement expenses and a vehicle (their mini van was totaled in Monday’s accident).  PRAYER: Pray for healing: as Lana (the mom) recovers from a broken leg and pray for the family as they grieve the loss of their 3 year old.   BTW: The Cretzman family from Ontario, Canada are Baptist missionaries raising support to serve in Cuba.   Details?  Phone: 722-9700     Cretzman family’s website:

 The 3rd annual “Face the Facts / Battle of the Beards”  starts today in Wilkes County.  Men are encouraged to grow their beards over the next 40 days to bring awareness about domestic violence (and raise funds) for “SAFE” (Sheltered Aid to Families in Emergencies). Clean shaven contestants are getting their “before” pictures made today plus they will receive an “Ask Me About My SAFE Face” buttons to wear through out the next 40 days. “Face the Facts” ends Thursday, April 5th. 

Still praying in the ‘name of Jesus’.  The Rowan County Board of Commissioners vowing to keep ‘sectarian prayers’ in particular ‘in the name of Jesus’ to continue at the opening of commissioner meetings.   Rowan was among 25 to 30 governing boards across the state to get a letter recently from the ACLU urging them to to stop opening its meetings with sectarian prayers, a month after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that ‘sectarian’ prayers at the opening of Forsyth County commissioners’ meetings are ‘unconstitutional’.  Hundreds of people came out in support of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners Monday night

Learn more about your ‘Love Language’ with Dr Gary Chapman on today’s daily broadcast of Focus on the Family. Listen to Focus on the Family tonight at 9pm on WBFJ.  

State representative Larry Womble will not seek re-election.  Womble is recuperating after being seriously injured during a head on car crash back in December. The driver of the second vehicle (54 year old David Carmichael) was killed in the accident. WXII

Health officials are reporting that a 6-year-old is the state’s first flu death of the season.  The child, whose name and city were not disclosed, died February 4.  Officials clarify that the child had underlying medical conditions and was in a ‘high risk’ category before coming down with the flu.

 The Winston-Salem City Council has given the green light to extended hours for downtown restaurants, updating an older noise ordinance.   The city has extended sidewalk dining hours to 1am during the week and 2am on the weekends.

Job Fair: The Winston-Salem Dash organization is holding a ‘customer service’ Job Fair from 9 to noon this Saturday (FEB 25) at BB&T Ballpark.  Numerous part-time positions are available including ticket takers, concession workers…even Bat Boys.  You must be 16 years and older to apply.

 Wanted:  Individuals or groups to sing the National Anthem at the Winston-Salem Dash baseball games this season.   Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 03 at Hanes Mall (lower level near the food court) from noon to 5pm.   The first 150 registrations will get a scheduled time slot to audition.  Sign up online at

 ACC Basketball:  The last night:  The Tarheels too much for the Wolfpack 86 – 74.   Thursday night:  Duke at FSU (7pm)

State High Schoolbasketball ‘sectionals’ continue:  Complete schedule and brackets:

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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)