Things We Talked About Today

-The cold weather is a reminder of those who need warm clothing but don't have it. We're trying to change that with our Christmas Cheer Tour. We had a great response yesterday at our first stop in Evans, but we need it to continue. Bring your new or gently used warm clothing donations to Sunrise Grill, next to Big Lots, in North Augusta on Wednesday from 11 to 1.

-This morning, we pondered a recent finding. The average woman can stand their new pair of shoes for just 34 minutes before grimacing with pain. So, if that is the case, why do women wear shoes that hurt their feet? The resounding answer was that women are more interested in fashion, than the fit of the shoes. You can join the conversation on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.

-Matt Hammitt of Sanctus Real, along wife his wife Sarah, told the miraculous story of their baby Bowen to millions last week on ABC's World News Tonight. See the video

-There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Christmas with your family over the next few days. The City of Sylvania has their Christmas Extravaganza downtown tonight from 5 to 8. They'll have food samples from all over Screven County, along with crafts and the Statesboro Blues Band. Aiken is lighting their Christmas tree tomorrow night at 6:30 at the corner of Laurens and Richland. The City of Augusta has the parade and light-up spectacular downtown on Saturday afternoon. Columbia County has The Christmas in America Festival on Saturday at the ampitheater and a parade on Sunday.

Coming up Friday...Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is in Augusta for the next several days to build a new home for a deserving family. Their identity will be revealed this afternoon and we'll have the details tomorrow morning. Travis McNeal from the Golden Harvest Food Bank will tell us how you can help with their Extreme Dream where Everyone Eats! At 7:10, our movie guy, Bob Waliszewksi from Focus on the Family will tell us about two made for TV movies coming on this weekend. We have another Backstage Pass Friday coming up in the 8 AM hour.

Simple Cooking - Oreo Balls

1 Package of Oreos
1 Rectangular package of Cream Cheese
1 Package of white chocolate bars from the baking aisle

-Crush Oreos up really fine in a zip lock bag
-Mix with 1 package of softened cream cheese (to room temp)
-Refrigerate balls for about an hour
-Melt white chocolate on stove and dip oreo balls in chocolate!

Yields: 30 Balls!

Submitted by Terri Spragg of Aiken

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Things We Talked About Today

-We played the popular Go Fish/Brad Stine song "Christmas With a Capital C" that addresses those who wish to be "politically correct" about what we call Christmas. The song is so popular that it has inspired a made for TV movie of the same name that debuts this Sunday evening on the Gospel Music Channel. See the trailer

-We're glad to see that many more retailers are embracing the season as what it really is - Christmas. The American Family Association has their annual "Naughty or Nice Christmas List" and many more retailers are acknowledging this season of the year as Christmas. Read more

-Looking for a great Christmas present or stocking stuffer for the woman in your life? We have the answer with tickets to Girls Night Out in March with Anita Renfroe and Mandisa. You can purchase tickets at

-Our Christmas Cheer Tour kicks off today at Scrubs of Evans. We're collecting warm clothing items for those in need this winter. Next Wednesday, we'll be at Sunrise Grill in North Augusta from 11 AM to 1 PM.

-It was good timing to kick off the Christmas Cheer Tour today because this is National Pay It Forward Day. Read more

-ShopSmart Magazine has the scoop on the sneakiest new shopping scams that could make you a victim during the Christmas season. Read more

-Terri Spragg of Aiken told us about her Oreo Balls in Simple Cooking this week. This is a great Christmas party food. Get the recipe

Things We Talked About Today

-There's a runoff election in Georgia today for a state supreme court justice and a court of appeals judge. Get your sample ballot at

-MAU is hosting a job fair today to fill 40 industrial positions. Find out more

-First there was the junk food diet. Now, there's the potato diet, from none other than the potato commissioner! 60 days of eating only potatoes results in 21 pounds lost. Read more

-Augusta made national headlines on Black Friday after Marine Cpl. Phillip Duggan was stabbed by a shoplifter at Best Buy. His reaction to the situation? "I can't believe he (the shoplifter) messed up my uniform!" Thankfully, a local group has given him a replacement. Read more from The Augusta Chronicle

Coming up Wednesday...Ryan Abel joins us from A Love Project at 7:10 to talk about our warm clothing collection that begins tomorrow with the first stop on John and Cleve's Christmas Cheer Tour. Also, at 8:10, another quick and easy recipe in Simple Cooking with John and Cleve. Terri Spragg of Aiken will share a Christmas party favorite - Oreo balls!

Things We Talked About Today

-Monday Morning Mindbender
Q: 70% of men say this is the worst thing about the holiday shopping season. What is it?
A: Wrapping gifts

-Today is Cleve's 56th birthday! His iPad, Ippy, got all the presents. His family gave her all sorts of new extras making Ippy the most accessorized girl on the planet!

-We shared Thanksgiving celebration highlights this morning. You can tell us about yours on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.

-The Cheapie of the Week is Campbell's Chunky Soups. Get the details

-We're collecting new and gently used warm clothing items for the first stop on John and Cleve's Christmas Cheer Tour. We'll be at Scrubs of Evans this Wednesday from 11 AM to 1 PM. See our other stops at

-There's a runoff election in Georgia tomorrow for a state supreme court justice and a court of appeals judge. Get your sample ballot at

Cheapie of the Week

Jeanette Hernandez of Augusta correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Campbell's Chunky Soups. They are on sale at Publix until Tuesday (11/30) as a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" special. One can will ring up $1.20. Use the printable $.50 coupon, which will double at Publix, and you'll get one can for $.20 plus tax.

*If you don't have a Publix where you live, Walgreens has a deal on the same item, with decent savings. On the same website above, you'll find a coupon for $1 off 2 cans of this soup. Use that along with the coupon in this week's Walgreens in-store ad, and you'll get two cans for $1 each.