2018-02-14 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

Today (Wednesday) is Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate those we love. And it is a really big holiday according to statisticbrain.com.

The average annual Valentine’s Day spending is $13,290,000; the number of Valentine’s Day cards exchanged annually is 180 million; the average number of roses produced for Valentine’s Day is 198 million; 85 percent of Valentine’s Day cards are bought by women; 73% of all flowers are purchased by men; and 14% of women send themselves flowers or Valentine’s Day.

The average customer spends $116.21 on Valentines’ Day; 61.8% of customers celebrate Valentine’s Day; 53% of women would end their relationship if they didn’t get something for Valentine’s Day; and the average number of children conceived on Valentine’s Day is $11,000.

The gifts most given on Valentine’s Day: candy, 47.5%; flowers, 34.3%; cards, 52.1%; jewelry, 17.3%; dining in/ eating out, 34.6%; clothing, 14.4%; gift cards, 12.6%; and other gifts, 11.2%.

So, if you haven’t yet taken care of your “better half” and others you consider “special” - head to the store in a hurry!

Happy birthday this week to: Emily Pierce, Carroll Gay, Chasity Wilkerson, Melvin Dickey, Scoot Jenkins Harrell, Don Hopkins, Megan Fields, Randy Thompson, Perry Hearn, Bob Fields, Edna Grace Royal, Lori Pickett, Shannon D. Lane, Gena Lane, Viola Davis, Brandy Thompson Lane, Sandy Lanier, Jan Griffin and Lois Godbee Wilson.

Celebrating wedding anniversaries are: Mr. and Mrs. Jason Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Fleming, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Oglesby and Mr. and Mrs. Hud McTeer.

Military Active Duty

Col. James Eldridge Davis, U.S. Air Force, DoD Pentagon, Washington D.C.; TSgt. Jeremy M. Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; CPT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Tech Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-4 Christopher Simmons, U.S. Army, Missouri; E-3 Ralphael Franklin Lovett, U.S. Army, Kuwait; E-4 Rhonda Lovett, U.S. Army Reserve, Augusta, GA; Airman First Class Aaron Comstock, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-5 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 25th Sustainment Brigade, HHC 25th Special Troops Battalion, Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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