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TRENDING NEWS 02-26-15

For a list of closings and delays go to fb- b937 all the hits

The winter storm . prompted Gov. Nikki Haley to put 31 South Carolina counties …on a state of emergency footing…. The declaration directed state agencies to coordinate a response to any emergencies and to help local governments as the latest round of winter weather hit the Upstate area overnight.

ga and nc are also under a state of emergency

The biggest impact from the storm..was in the Foothills zone… and northern sections of the Greenville and Spartanburg …where close to 5" fell in some areas/ it  is  expected to  melt quickly as temperature rise throughout  the day/ 

SC DOT  crews  worked  on rotating 12-hour shifts applying salt and other anti-icing/deicing materials until conditions improved.

Due to the potential for hazardous conditions , drivers  are asked to  stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary and to use extreme caution if they have to travel. /They are wet and slushy with icy spots in higher elevations and some bridges and overpasses/

As of midnight, 829 employees were working to treat and clear the roads…using more than 2200 tins of salt/  and over 300k gallons of salt brine to treat roads in the state

At Clemson’s Memorial stadium…   Howard's Rock and the pedestal it rests on… have been temporarily removed from the west end zone / the rocks… protective case was vandalized early yesterday.. about 6  in the morning //.
 
Flip for Free Pancakes! Next week Tuesday, March 3, 2015/get a free stack of pancakes at  IHOP …leave a donation for Children's Miracle Network for your local childrens hospital…from 7 a.m.-10 p.m../
 
 
The South Carolina Senate has given key approval to a bill that would create tougher sentences and take guns away from people convicted of domestic violence. The bill, which passed Wednesday on a 38-3 vote, creates three degrees of domestic violence charges based in large part on the level of violence or previous convictions.
 
 
MetLife's home lending unit will pay $123.5 million to end an investigation into allegations it gave government-backed mortgages to people who didn't meet federal requirements.
 FHA and taxpayers were stuck with the bill when defaults followed
 
The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores will boost  workers pay. to at least $9 an hour starting in June./  Wal-Mart Stores will do the same  increase starting wages for its U.S. employees to at least by April and to at least $10 by February 2016. /.
 
 
 
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TRENDING NEWS 02-15-15


There are closings and delays- school – churches –business’- get the list- on FB at B937 all the hits..

a winter storm warning.. is in effect from 4 p.m. today thru tomoro morning 7am.../     Rain- snow mix begins around -  3pm…/ then snow ..takes over after 7pm. .til about 2 am…...../  

  4-6” of snow along the 85 corridor, with higher amounts north of I85, .../   
States of emergency have been declared in tennessee, Alabama and Georgia-/  The state of emergency spans 50 counties in north Georgia… beginning at 2 p.m.today /   In Georgia-  state offices will close at noon to avoid traffic jams during possible snowfall

Southwest Airlines . has grounded 128 planes… -  after failing to inspect backup hydraulic systems… / 90 flights have been canceled  

Pot becomes legal in the nation's capital tomorrow ..after  a voter passed initiative to legalize weed it./ now,  people 21 or older ….can  possess up to 2 ounces of pot …

A Massachusetts man has found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard:/ he’s selling it- to people in warmer climates/  $89 for six pounds… the package can still make 10 to 15 snowballs…. He says he'll keep selling until people stop ordering. ShipSnowYo.com.

./ Uber passengers can now earn one Starwood Hotel  rewards point... for each dollar they spend on a ride

A class action lawsuit claims beneful dog food has killed or sickened thousands of dogs.

More mysterious  drones are flying over Paris /- The sightings come a day after five drones were reportedly seen flying over other sensitive and well-known landmarks in that French city .

The IRS says budget cuts forced the agency to reduce the number of tax audits last year to the lowest level in a decade.

In the past four years, consumers have made more than 3,000 online complaints about dogs becoming ill or dying after eating Beneful/ theres a lawsuit against  Nestle Purina PetCare, ..claiming it  issued a statement denying the allegations in the lawsuit.

This is the first global deal where ground transportation passengers can earn hotel points for trips./ Uber passengers can now earn one Starwood Hotel  rewards point... for each dollar they spend on a ride

.Uber is partnering with hotel chain Starwood to give riders....one Starwood Hotel rewards point... for each dollar they spend on a ride 

Apple will soon offer a wider range of skin colors for emojis…to  better reflect the way people look in different parts of the world./ Family emojis wil offer more combinations of family members

-   The winter storm warning is in effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday./     Rain and snow will develop after 3pm,... then snow will take over for much of the Upstate after 7pm. .....Heavy snow will be possible along I85 and northward, while a rain/snow mix ...will persist longer south of I85./     We could see 4-6” of snow along the 85 corridor, with higher amounts north of I85, .../    Snow will likely fall from Wednesday evening through about 2am Thursday morning, with only flurries and light showers lingering after that.

A Senate finance committee has advanced Gov. Nikki Haley's choice to be South Carolina's first Department of Administration secretary. Tuesday's committee vote sent Marcia Adams' nomination to the chamber floor. Adams currently leads the Budget and Control Board, the agency that handles much of state government's bureaucracy.

Hundreds of thousands of restaurant servers, hotel housekeepers and other tipped workers in New York state will soon make $7.50 an hour before tips/Right now, servers in New York make $5 per hour,

 A Senate panel has advanced a proposal to fire the trustees of financially troubled South Carolina State University, a day after the board put the school's embattled president on paid leave. Legislators say they are frustrated by the school's inability to rein in millions of dollars in debt and come up with a realistic plan toward paying those debts

Apple is changing their  emojis- the electronic shorthand for emotions usually have a white skin tone or a cartoonish looking yellow/ they wil now have different skin tones and family emojis will have different cobinatins of family members/

From towering basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain's hillside home to downtown's towering US Bank building, Los Angeles is putting all its landmarks online.
 
Officials gathered Tuesday on the 26th floor of City Hall, itself a historic landmark, to roll out a new website called HistoricPlacesLA.org.

The highest amounts will be found along and north of Interstate 85 and south of Interstate 40. That area includes Greenville, Spartanburg, Hendersonville, Asheville, and most of Oconee and Pickens counties.These areas could see 3 to 7 inches of snow.

Read more: http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/28178260/looking-ahead-to-more-snow#ixzz3Skl7yBp0
 
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TRENDING NEWS 02-14-15

get closings and delays on  facebook – B937all the hits/ drivers – use caution roads are becoming slick and iced over in spots..

385 SB at 85 – a car has spun out – causing delays..- portions of i26  and US 176 are icing..
Snow – thru mid-morning will be a dusting to … an inch for the Upstate, / The mountains will see 1-2 inches of snow,/. Temps warming this afternoon so ,roads,will recover a bit.
This is system number one- /system two -  tomoro evening could drop up to 4 inches of snow /

The recent $564 million powerball was won by 3 people- in texas. Puerto Rico and in shalotte NC north of myrtle beach. The 26-single mom of 4 – won $127 million..88 mill after taxes/
Spartanburg City council voted unanimously to approve a plan to bring a Hotel to the corner of Main Street and Daniel Morgan Avenue/ , the city will spend around $750,000 on streetscape improvements

No, the Gaffney Peachoid isn't covered up because it's cold.  The water tower is draped in a protective curtain as crews work to give it a facelift.

Google is teaming up with three major. wireless carriers ..to have Google's tap-and-pay service – wallet- built into Android smartphones sold by AT&T /Verizon / and T-Mobile / beginning later his year.

The South Carolina Automotive Summit and Auto Week  are underway  in Greenville./ 300 executives… from leading …equipment manufacturers …suppliers and educators… will attend the three-day conference

The YouTube Kids app launched yesterday. The Google-owned company /  browse channels and playlists in four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore.
Viewship for the  academy awards last Sunday- was down 16% /.Neil Patrick Harris hosted this year. Last year, when Ellen DeGeneres  hosted- the Oscars had the biggest audience since 2000.

The celebs in the 10th anniversary season of ``Dancing With the Stars'' are to be announced on ``Good Morning America'' today. The new season  premieres March 16.
Ben Woolf from ``American Horror Story'' has died. The 4-foot-4 actor was hospitalized in critical condition Thursday after he was hit by the side mirror …of a passing SUV/  The driver stopped at the scene and wasn't charged.

It may be hard to believe that a dinner bill could reach $300,000,- it did/  Vice Media executives spent that much for dinner in Las Vegas at Prime Streakhouse at the Bellagio Hotel… last month, /30 people ordering $85 filets..and $20k bottles of wine/  the 18% gratuity was autiomatically included/$46,000.

A Townville man has come forward to collect his $1 million lottery prize after buying a winning Powerball


 
With the continued operation of the Homeland Security Department in jeopardy this week, the scramble is in Congress... to find a way around ...an impasse over immigration./   The agency's budget expires at midnight Friday /. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to split the immigration language... from the funding measure.
 
 
 South Carolina State University trustees have voted to put President Thomas Elzey on administrative leave /. S.C. State has $11 million in unpaid bills.
 
South Carolina's prison system is changing the way it handles inmates in solitary confinement. /with a new  limit on what the prison system calls ``disciplinary detention.'' /  It's part of a new disciplinary policy that also lets inmates earn back privileges with good behavior./
 
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TRENDING NEWS 02-23-15

The Bassmaster Classic champion is from sc-     Casey Ashley  from the Donalds Abbeville area /going in to the final day in 5th place... casey weighed in with over 50 pounds of fish  over the 3 day tourney.. using bait his dad made for him… netting him - first place, $300,000 and a spot in next year's  bassmaster Classic.

the price of gas is climbing/the average price of a gallon of regular…jumped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.33/   labor strikes at several refineries and a rise in crude oil prices are the reason/

Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly 150K – station wagons and E350 sedans..  2013 through 2015 model years… to fix a problem with an engine compartment seal.. that could spark a fire.
 The motion picture academy's… Oscar site.. has the complete list ofacademy award winners….at .oscars.org /highlights include;
Best picture: "Birdman     / Actor: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything."/  Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice."/grand Budapest hotel won in a number of production categories.

Ellen DeGeneres may have taken the selfie of all selfies at last year's Oscar show. But this year Reese Witherspoon's snaps were the hit of the red carpet and the fans in the bleachers. Witherspoon took grinning photos of herself in front of the bleachers with happy fans..

Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive./  Walt Disney has raised ticket prices for California’s Disneyland- to , is now $99 for anyone 10 or older/. Single-day tickets for the Magic Kingdom in florida, are now $105
 
More than 20 years after his death, there will be a new project from Dr. Seuss. / a recently found manuscript with illustrations. called ``What Pet Should I Get'' and is due out July 28. /  two other books will follow/ Dr sues-  Theodor Geisel died in 1991.
 
Authorities say that a shooting victim died over the weekend after shots erupted during a backyard argument in Duncan. Police arrested 33-year-old Cameron Glynn Lamb of Duncan on a murder charge. The name of the victim wasn't immediately released.

America's biggest tobacco companies say they're ready and willing to pass along factual public health information about cigarettes. But they say they won't go along with being forced to underwrite an ad campaign that would have the companies brand themselves as liars
 
 A longtime friend of Gov. Nikki Haley has decided to withdraw as nominee for director of South Carolina's public health and environmental control agency. The Department of Health and Environmental Control issued a news release saying that Eleanor Kitzman had informed them she was dropping from consideration for the post.
 
A lawyer for Bobbi Kristina Brown's father, Bobby Brown, says that Bobbi Kristina's partner, Nick Gordon, was offered an opportunity to potentially visit her if he agreed to meet certain conditions. But Gordon's attorneys said yesterday that Brown has consistently denied Gordon permission to visit.

- The push to more broadly legalize medical marijuana in Florida is going before state lawmakers.
 Republicans who were once opposed medical pot are now embracing it. They are motivated by the strong show of support voters gave it in November. A constitutional amendment received about 58 percent of the vote, but needed 60 percent to pass under Florida law.
 
It was a rare defeat amid a wave of efforts across the U.S. to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use, but it sent a powerful message to legislators in Tallahassee. Amendment 2 garnered more support than any statewide candidate and served as the impetus for the introduction of medical marijuana bills for the legislative session, which begins March 3.
 
 A new study finds that the nearly $4 billion investment over 50 years by the agency created to fight poverty in Appalachia has helped its counties grow faster than rural areas elsewhere. But the region still lags the rest of the country in some important areas. The study ordered up by the Appalachian Regional Commission cites progress in some areas such as poverty rates.
 
Authorities say that a shooting victim died over the weekend after shots erupted during a backyard argument in Duncan. Police arrested 33-year-old Cameron Glynn Lamb of Duncan on a murder charge. The name of the victim wasn't immediately released.

gasoline prices have gone up more than 26 cents in thepast month—13 cents over the past 2 weeks..to a price of $2.33 for a gallon of regular//
 
 
 
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TRENDING NEWS 02-20-15

There are closing and delays –again, today –  a list is on fb at b937 all the hits
a winter weather advisory,is in effect thru  through Saturday at 6 p.m/ wind chills will be dangeropusly low/ Temperatures will be cold enough for snow and ice to fall in the both the mountains and Upstate through the mid-morning hours of Saturday.

Depending on how much moisture moves in, the mountains could see 1 to 3 inches and the Upstate could seea quick 1/2 inch to 1 inch of snow, mainly north of I-85.

parts of north Georgia… including metro Atlanta …could see up to an inch of snow and a thin layer of ice.

By lunchtime Saturday temperatures will warm enough to support only rainfall. That rain will continue off and on through Monday morning.

the start of the Bassmaster Classic …three-day tournament has been delayed about 90 minutes, pushing first launch to about 8:30 a.m. this morning.... they’ll  launch from Green Pond Landing on Lake Hartwell.. thru Sunday -   ./  weigh-ins… will be held at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville..best catch wins a million dollars

Clemson is moving its weekend baseball series with Maine out of state because groundskeepers say the field at Doug Kingsmore Stadium is frozen and unplayable. Clemson officials announced the series will open today with a doubleheader Saturday at Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, Georgia home of the minor league Augusta GreenJackets.
 
There are Closings and delays – across the upstate/  theres a 2 hour delay – for many upstate school districts/ / many schools districts in  western NC are closed
 Clemson is moving its weekend baseball series with Maine out of state because groundskeepers say the field at Doug Kingsmore Stadium is frozen and unplayable. Clemson officials announced the series will open today with a doubleheader Saturday at Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, Georgia home of the minor league Augusta GreenJackets.
 
Butterball says it will re-open a Hoke County turkey-cooking plant closed in December by House of Raeford and create 367 jobs. The Garner-based poultry giant announced yesterday it would purchase a House of Raeford plant in the town of Raeford.
 
The top 40 bass fishermen in the world ..competing in the Bassmaster Classic …will launch from Green Pond Landing on Lake Hartwell, tomoro thru Sunday -   ./  weigh-ins… will be held at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville..best catch wins a million dollars

Bobbi Kristina Brown, will now be ventilated through a hole in her throat-/the  daughter of late singing star Whitney Houston,was found  three weeks ago.. face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub of her Georgia home

More than 20 years after his death, there will be a new project from Dr. Seuss. / a recently found manuscript with illustrations. called ``What Pet Should I Get'' and is due out July 28. /  two other books will follow/ Dr sues-  Theodor Geisel died in 1991.

 The Fine Arts Center (FAC), 40th anniversary gala is this Saturday, at the Hyatt’ Greenville /www.tastethearts.com.

Bobbi Kristina Brown has had surgery to replace her breathing tube with a tracheostomy tube. The surgery comes nearly three weeks after Whitney Houston's daughter was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub of her Georgia home
 
 The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns./ The teams announced plans for the $1.7 billion stadium in Carson in a joint statement Thursday night.
 
Police say a worker at a suburban Philadelphia meat rendering plant has been charged with fatally stabbing a colleague a day after the co-worker yanked a chair out from under him as a prank.
 
Thirty-two-year-old Peter Atem has been charged with first-degree murder in the Wednesday death of 25-year-old Danny Vazquez./  Vazquez was killed at the MOPAC plant in pennsylvania/. His last words were: ``Tell my wife I love her.'' Police say they found Atem hiding in a shed with self-inflicted stab wounds, . Heis hospitalized in good condition
A wind chill warning remains in effect until 10 a.m. today.. for the mountains, and a wind chill advisory is out for the Upstate until 10 a.m./     The best chance for snow in the Upstate would be after midnight tonight- through 9 a.m. on tomoro.. to  mainly effect those around the I-85 line and points northward.
/ rain on sunday
Bobbi Kristina Brown has had surgery to replace her breathing tube with a tracheostomy tube. The surgery comes nearly three weeks after Whitney Houston's daughter was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub of her Georgia home
 
 The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns./ The teams announced plans for the $1.7 billion stadium in Carson in a joint statement Thursday night.
 
Zimbabwe's censorship board says erotic scenes from the film Fifty Shades of Grey must be deleted before it is shown in that southern African country./ the lenght of the movie is now just 3 minutes/
 
 
 
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TRENDING NEWS 02-19-15


a Wind Chill Warning has been issued for the mountains,/ a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for the Upstate and northeast Georgia/ thru  tomoro morning

Snow will push in late tomoro night, …quickly turn to rain on Saturday.

There are Closings and delays – across the upstate/  theres a 2 hour delay – for many upstate school districts/ / many schools districts in  western NC are closed
Warmimg stations are open across the area… / theres a list on fb at my Heidi Aiken page /

A warning for those w/ peanut allergies/ Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice. The recall includes spice mixes, marinades and ,meats among other items
The top 40 bass fishermen in the world ..competing in the Bassmaster Classic …will launch from Green Pond Landing on Lake Hartwell, tomoro thru Sunday -   ./  weigh-ins… will be held at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville..best catch wins a million dollars
 
A watch collector spotted a rare Swiss timepiece in a Phoenix  thrift shop, bought it on sale for $5.99 and then sold it for $35,000. /it was a  1959 Jaeger-LeCoultre (YAY'-ger la-CULL'-treh) diving watch. . He says the proceeds will help pay for his wedding.
 
Vanilla Ice has been released from custody in Florida after being arrested and charged with breaking into and stealing from an abandoned home. Police in Lantana say the recording artist and home-improvement-show host had been renovating a home next to the victim's. The 47-year-old, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, tells TV station WPTV that the situation was a ``misunderstanding'' that's been ``blown out of proportion.

Fifty Shades of Grey'' is not as hot as first thought/ . The final box office numbers show the movie took in $93 million during the four-day President's Day holiday…, the record for best February opening ever.
A member of rapper Nicki Minaj's touring crew… died …and another was critically injured early Wednesday during a stabbing in Philadelphia.- they had only been with minaj for two days

Miss P became America's top dog – a beagle – won  best in show, yesterday,  at the Westminster Kennel Club. .. the nation's most prominent dog show.
 
Gov. Nikki Haley says an agreement between Cabinet agencies will increase litter collections along South Carolina's roadways. The Republican governor says there's too much trash on roadsides. But while the problem persists, the Department of Corrections is stepping up collections.
 
Hospital officials say contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients with an antibiotic-resistant and potentially deadly ``superbug'' at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. UCLA says the bacteria may have been a ``contributing factor'' in two deaths. A total of 179 patients may be infected, and the university says those patients are being sent free home-testing kits that UCLA will analyze.
 
Potentially.. record-breaking single-digit cold is on the  way… with lows , overnight,  of 1 below zero …in the mountains.. and  11… in the Upstate around sunrise.
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There are Closings and delays – across the upstate/  theres a 2 hour delay – for many upstae school districts/ including school systems in  - Anderson –gvl –cherokee-greenwood- pickens –sptnbg- union –and  York- counties/  many schools districts in  in western NC are closed including - (ash-buncbm-grham-madison-mitchel)
 
  Authorities say a fire at an animal rescue center in York County has killed 16 dogs. Investigators told media outlets that barking dogs woke up the owners of Richardson Rescue near York early yesterday morning. About 65 other dogs and cats on the site survived.

 Another blast of arctic cold is plunging North Carolina and South Carolina into a deep freeze with temperatures in the single digits and wind chills dipping to zero or lower. Watches and warnings have been issued for for the carolinas..

Hospital officials say contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients with an antibiotic-resistant and potentially deadly ``superbug'' at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. UCLA says the bacteria may have been a ``contributing factor'' in two deaths. A total of 179 patients may be infected, and the university says those patients are being sent free home-testing kits that UCLA will analyze.
 
 
Vanilla Ice has been charged with stealing items from an abandoned home. Police in Lantana, Florida, say Vanilla Ice had been renovating a home next door when he took furniture, a pool heater, bikes and other items from the abandoned home sometime during December and February. They say some of the items were found at his property. Vanilla Ice was charged yesterday with burglary of residence and grand theft. He was taken into custody, then released last night on a $6,000 bond.

Vanilla Ice has been released from custody in Florida after being arrested and charged with breaking into and stealing from an abandoned home. Police in Lantana say the recording artist and home-improvement-show host had been renovating a home next to the victim's. The 47-year-old, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, tells TV station WPTV that the situation was a ``misunderstanding'' that's been ``blown out of proportion.''
 
 
Gov. Nikki Haley says an agreement between Cabinet agencies will increase litter collections along South Carolina's roadways. The Republican governor says there's too much trash on roadsides. But while the problem persists, the Department of Corrections is stepping up collections.

Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice. The recall has been ongoing since December, as more retailers identify products that contain the cumin. The Food and Drug Administration is now warning all people with peanut allergies to avoid cumin and products that contain cumin.

 Authorities say a fire at an animal rescue center in York County has killed 16 dogs. Investigators told media outlets that barking dogs woke up the owners of Richardson Rescue near York early yesterday morning. About 65 other dogs and cats on the site survived.

 U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn and his wife are calling for the ouster of South Carolina State University's embattled president. They say Thomas Elzey has ``minimal credibility'' with lawmakers. Their call comes one week after the Legislative Black Caucus called on Elzey to resign. Elzey refused, and the board stood behind him.
 
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WARMING STATIONS 02-19-05

http://www.wspa.com/story/28139933/cold-weather-shelters-open-during-extreme-cold
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TRENDING NEWS 02-18-15

Black ice is a concern on area roadways.. Moisture on roads froze overnight causing slick spots

Many School districts and government offices… are closed…or delayed –today//   theres a list on our facebook page--..b937allthehits

As many as 25K Duke customers remain without power this morning../ service should be  restored in both counties by 11:45 tonight/

Potentially.. record-breaking single-digit cold is on the  way… with lows , overnight,  of 1 below zero …in the mountains.. and  11… in the Upstate around sunrise.

Warmimg stations are open in Anderson, Clinton, laurens, and wallhalla
Bass pro shops is opening in greer- off Interstate 85 at Highway 101 in 2016… It will feature an Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill, a popular nautical-themed restaurant…and  12-bowling lanes

A new open-air.. outlet mall will open in Asheville  May first/ in the former Biltmore Square Mall on Brevard Road. with  75 outlets, and a food / theres a hiring event March 26, at the WNC Ag Center from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There are two hiring events today- In Anderson County, Corporate Staffing Services will fill industrial positions- from 9-1130am /and at sc works in  newberry- hiring manufacturing production tecs – starts at 10am

Today  is Unclaimed Property Day…. South Carolinians have more than $462 million in unclaimed property/   go to  treasurer. sc. gov/

Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Mount Pleasant today to  discuss the need to fix the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure./

The party's over  in New Orleans. At midnight, New Orleans police on horseback cleared out the French Quarter's last tipsy revelers, closing out ``Carnival'' season. Today is Ash wednesday

Fifth Shades of Grey'' is not as hot as first thought/ . The final box office numbers show the movie took in $93 million during the four-day President's Day holiday…, the record for best February opening ever.

Miss P became America's top dog – a beagle – won  best in show, yesterday,  at the Westminster Kennel Club. .. the nation's most prominent dog show.
 
 
The White House estimates that more than 11 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama's law this year./ Sunday was the official deadline..but a grace period ends  this  sunday

As Jeff Gordon wins down his long career, the kid who grew up idolizing him is just getting started: Kyle Larson is ready to become NASCAR's next superstar. Larson's sophomore season in the Sprint Cup Series begins Sunday with the Daytona 500 and there are high expectations for Larson to have a breakout year.
 
More than 2,000 travelers spent the night at Charlotte Douglas International Airport as a winter storm roared through North Carolina dropping snow, sleet and freezing rain on the region

The Fine Arts Center (FAC), a school for gifted high school students in the literary, visual and performing arts, will host its 40th anniversary gala, A Taste of the Fine Arts, on Saturday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hyatt’s Studio 220 in Greenville.

 Oscar  nominations will be announced this morning/ frontrunners are … Michael Keaton in ``Birdman'' and Julianne Moore in ``Still Alice ….Potential best picture nominees.. include ```Selma,'' ``The Budapest Hotel,''and ' ``Boyhood,'' ```/ the academy awards are  February 22.
 
A Taste of the Fine Arts is made possible by the Fine Arts Center Partners, a volunteer organization aimed to support the mission of the Fine Arts Center. The event will offer silent and live auctions of works by local Greenville artists, an exhibit of student artwork, entertainment by the Fine Arts Chamber Music quartet and Jazz Quintet and an open bar. 100% of the proceeds raised will be used for student scholarships and faculty professional development. Tickets are $75 and could be purchased at the Fine Arts Center or online at www.tastethearts.com.
 
Some patches of ice remain after our recent winter storm… Many School districts are closed…like greenville, pickens, Oconee counties..anderson district 5/
 or delayed – 2hrs- today—like Abbeville laurens,  Newberry,Anderson districts 1 thru 4

some government agencies remain closed- or delayed opening./    theres a list on our facebook page--..b937allthehits

As many as 25K Duke customers remain without power this morning..
In Greenwood, 8k and Anderson.. 11k are without power.. service should be  restored in both counties by 11:45 tonight/ Crews from as far away as Florida….are  assisting  with repairs.

 
http://www.wspa.com/story/28120373/warming-stations-organized-for-upstate
Laurens City Police Department
201 W Main Street
864-984-3532
Started today at 1 pm and open for 96 hours
Any communities, or large groups of cold displaced people without power will result in a change of venue
Handicap accessible
 
Clinton Public Safety
404 N Broad Street
864-833-7512
Station opened at noon and will be open for 96 hours
Handicap accessible
 
 
Walhalla Rescue Squad
314 South Church Street
864-833-7512
Station opened until 7 a.m.
 
 
Red Cross Shelter- Anderon
 
213 South Towers Street
 
 
Salvation Army- Anderon
 
112 Tolly Street
 
864-225-7381
 
 
East Pickens Baptist Church
2244 Gentry Memorial Hwy864-878-4510
Opened at 6 p.m.



 
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TRENDING NEWS 02-17-15


 


 There are about a thousand closings..

Most school systems are closed today..a very few are operating on a delay- government offices are opening on a delay- with most open by noon today/

Some Airline filghts are delayed 

 More than 95,000 people without power across the Carolinas…and that number continues to rise…as more trees, branches, and power lines… fall under the weight of the ice that has accumulated due to the winter storm

The most outages reprted in greenwood, Anderson,greenvillepickens and Oconee counties/ .Most homes should be restored by 9am – if you have an outage do not call 911-

 The South Carolina Department of Transportation …is  urging drivers to stay off the road… unless absolutely necessary./    there are  hazardous driving conditions on Interstates thruout  the upstate into NC/   

SC DOT  is focusing on keeping interstates passable, which means primary and secondary roads.. may be icy ..until mid-morning

The icy conditions left behind by the winter storm caused dozens of weather-related injuries .. More than 46 had been treated since 3:15 a.m., this morning at Greenville Health System hospitals--38 from car crashes/. Six injuries… due to falls/
 
If you lose power because of the winter storm, be sure to call your provider to report the outage.
 
Duke Energy: 1-800-POWER-ON and select Option 2
Laurens Electric: 1-800-942-3141
Blue Ridge Electric: 1-888-BLUE-RIDGE
Broad River Electric Cooperative: In Cherokee County: 864-489-5738. In the other counties in the service area: 866-COOP OUT or 866-266-7688

If you see downed power lines, stay and away and keep others away until help arrives./ For your safety, do not touch a power line or anything that is touching a power line such as limbs, tools and toys.

Power lines that have fallen are dangerous and should not be moved.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until noon.for  most of our region  including the carolinas , and georgia, / The National Weather Service has extended a winter storm warning for freezing rain farther south that covers  areas from Anderson to Laurens to Chester and north. 

Read more: http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/28124456/icy-weather-leads-to-several-injuries#ixzz3S0BHHY00

Milliken is closing its Judson plant in Greenville.. said many of the 200 employees will continue their employment at one of the company's six other Upstate facilities.

U.S. power companies are watching closely as two state-of-the-art nuclear power plants are delayed in China. . The project ...there,,, is closely watched by U.S. firms building similar power plants in Georgia and South Carolina

New Orleans is doing what it's famous for -- Mardi Gras./ Revelers in evening gowns and tuxedoes danced into the wee hours today at glitzy balls, kicking off the annual bash that spills costumed merrymakers into the streets of New Orleans for partying, parades and trinkets tossed from floats. The all-out revelry known as ``Fat Tuesday'' won't end until midnight

 today is ..Mardi Gras -  French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins  tomoro-  Ash Wednesday 2015 its feb 17/2016 feb 9

Leaders in two beachfront Lowcountry towns say they hope by summer to pass ordinances requiring visitors to buy a parking pass to park on the side of the road. Isle of Palms Mayor Dick Cronin told The Post and Courier of Charleston that the town has permission to regulate parking on the shoulder of the state road that runs through the town.
 

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The average price of a  gallon of regular gasoline  jumped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.20, ending a sustained drop...according to the  Lundberg survey.

At the Grammys, last night…Sam Smith dominated…winning 3 of the top four awards, including best new artist,…and  song and record of the year for ``Stay With Me,''… while Beck  won…. album of the year for ``Morning Phase,'' which also won best rock album.

The Powerball  jackpot is up to $450 mil..for Wednesdays drawing

This year’s  Oscar Nominee… Gift Bag, artwork , gourmet food, , trips, jewelry is valued at over of $50,000…

Fans of the PBS series ``Downton Abbey'' can see more than 40  costumes from the show at the Biltmore House in Asheville. ..thru -May 25..

the only autographed photo… of Shoeless Joe Jackson. remembered in the movie "Field of Dreams,"… is expected to go for $100k at auction/

 going up for auction…. the only autographed photo… of Shoeless Joe Jackson , who was… tossed out of baseball …for throwing the 1919 World Series and was illiterate and rarely signed anything but paychecks and legal documents, making his autographs among the rarest in sports…its expected to bring in  $100k at auction

Dean Smith, the North Carolina basketball coaching great who won two national championships, has died. He was 83

Embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams is backing out of a scheduled appearance on David Letterman's ``Late Show'' on Thursday. The announcement came Sunday, a day after Williams said he was stepping away from NBC's ``Nightly News'' for several days as the network looks into his admission that he told a false story about an incident during the Iraq war

Was Kanye West about to pull another Kanye at Sunday's Grammy Awards? West briefly walked on stage when it was announced that Beck won album of the year, beating out the expected winner, Beyoncé. West famously interrupted Taylor Swift when she beat Beyoncé at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009.

The lowest gas prices in years and a robust economy should combine for another record tourism year in South Carolina. Duane Parrish, the director of the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, expects 2015 to be the third straight year of record numbers for the $18 billion industry.

50 shadesof gray will hit theaters feb 13 with an r rating..because of some racey scenes and language/ those involved in the project want  moviegoers to remember  "Fifty Shades" is a love story at its heart.

Sam Smith is the king of the Grammys, taking home three of the top four awards, including song and record of the year for ``Stay With Me,'' and best new artist, while Beck won album of the year for ``Morning Phase,'' which also won best rock album. Smith also won best pop vocal album for ``In the Lonely Hour.'' Pharrell and Rosanne Cash won three awards each

A new poll suggests that Americans are feeling a bit better about the health of the economy. Nearly half of those surveyed for the Associated Press-GfK poll said the economy is good now, up from 41 percent in December and 33 percent in December of 2013.
 
Still, only 35 percent said their own family has completely or mostly recovered from economic downturn
 
 
 More than 260 potential jurors are headed to a district court today in the Texas town of Stephenville (STEE'-ven-vil), southwest of Fort Worth where the trial is about to begin in the ``American Sniper'' killing. Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh (rowth) is charged in the gun range deaths of 38-year-old Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, 35-year-old Chad Littlefield. Kyle was the man depicted in the popular film.
 
 Embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams is backing out of a scheduled appearance on David Letterman's ``Late Show'' on Thursday. The announcement came Sunday, a day after Williams said he was stepping away from NBC's ``Nightly News'' for several days as the network looks into his admission that he told a false story about an incident during the Iraq war
 
Bruce Jenner's publicist says the Olympic gold medalist was not texting while driving when he got into a chain-reaction crash in Southern California that left a woman dead. He says Jenner will provide cellphone records if requested by investigators looking into the cause of Saturday's four-vehicle wreck. Jenner has extended his condolences to the victim's loved ones.
 
Land Rover and Jaguar are recalling..vehickles -06 through 12....model years.. because of problems with the brakes and lights.
 
 
Sam Smith is the king of the Grammys, taking home three of the top four awards, including song and record of the year for ``Stay With Me,'' and best new artist,......while Beck won album of the year for ``Morning Phase,'' which also won best rock album. '' Pharrell won three awards
 
``The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water'' finally unseated Clint Eastwood's runaway hit ``American Sniper'' at the weekend box office, while a pair of high-priced fantasies flopped.

According to estimates Sunday, Paramount Pictures' ``SpongeBob Movie'' earned $56 million, a huge debut for the animated Nickelodeon big-screen transfer. That finally pushed ``American Sniper'' into the No. 2 spot after three weeks on top. The Navy SEAL drama took in $24.2 million in its fourth week of wide release.
But the Wachowskis' science-fiction adventure ``Jupiter Ascending'' opened at No. 3 with just $19 million, a meager amount for a $175 million production. Warner Bros. delayed the movie's release from last summer.
Universal's ``Seventh Son,'' a supernatural thriller set in medieval times, debuted with a scant $7.1 million despite costing nearly $100 million to make.

Last night the grammys... LL Cool J will return to host for the fourth time/performers include: Usher Sam Smith and Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams

According to the National Retail Federation’s Annual Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey* Americans will spend $1.7 billion on candy, $2.1 billion of flowers and $4.8 billion on jewelry this year . VALENTINE’S DAY DO’S & DON’TS : Talk to Relationship & Lifestyle Expert, Dr. Judith Wright, author of Transformed! The Science of Spectacular Living. Judith has appeared as a featured relationship and lifestyle expert on 20/20, Oprah, Good Morning America, Today Show and many more.
•           What is the gift women hate but won’t tell that they hate it?
•           Are supermarket flowers a “crap! I forgot to buy something” gift?
•           Should you send a bouquet to your love’s workplace? Why or why not?
•           Are women always dropping hints about Valentine’s Day?
•           How can guys pick up on the clues?
•           Should women buy something for the guys?
•           What if you don’t want to celebrate Valentine’s Day and your significant other does? How do you broach the topic?
 
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