Friday morning briefing: Holiday safety, bluegrass music and about that ball

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.

Fair warning

Be careful celebrating the New Year.

Clovis police will be conducting DWI saturation patrols targeting drunk and impaired drivers somewhere in the city on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Most area establishments are participating in the Curry County Sheriff’s Designated Driver Program for the holiday.

Ask your server how you can earn free gifts and ensure a safe ride home.

Music, music, music

The Friends of Bluegrass Club meet at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Farwell Civic Center to play and listen to Bluegrass and Old Time Music using acoustical instruments.

These gatherings are open to anyone.

Information: Harold Kilmer, 763-6361.

Fun New Year’s fact

The modern ball dropped at Times Square in New York is made from Waterford Crystal and weighs more than 1,000 pounds.

There are more than 9,000 LED lights, but uses hardly any energy. The ball begins to drop at 11:59 and completes the journey exactly at midnight to ring in the New Year.

Today in history

On this day in 1978, Ohio State University (OSU) makes the decision to fire its legendary football coach, Woody Hayes, one day after he punched a player on the opposing team near the end of the Gator Bowl.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/osu-fires-coach-woody-hayes-for-attacking-an-opposing-player

Weather

Today — Sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south.

Tonight — Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Southwest wind around 10 mph.