Published 12:00 am Friday, January 18, 2008

ALBEMARLE ó Jeff Talley has been named president of Strategic Investment Advisors by the Uwharrie Capital Corp. Board of Directors.
He joined the company that is the holding company for Bank of Stanly in 1997. He most recently was executive vice president with the investment subsidiary, Strategic Investment Advisors.
Talley has a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a master of business administration degree with a concentration in financial institutions and commercial banking, both from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is currently working on Chartered Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA) designation from the Investment Management Consultants Association and the Certified Financial Planners (CFP) designation from the American College.
He and wife Kellie have two daughters, Payton, 5, and Reagan, 2.
Kids’ clothes outlet
David Petre of Salisbury has opened a local outlet for Magickidsusa, a line of discounted children’s clothing.
“My business,” Petre says, “consists of promoting magickidsusa, the cheapest name brand kids clothing in the country.” He has experience in advertising and marketing.
He can be reached at 704-796-5789 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
New CPAs licensed
Susan Denise Balk of Salisbury and Amelia Michalski of Mooresville were among the 92 new certified public accountants recently licensed by the N.C. State Board of CPA Examiners.
All passed the uniform exam and satisfied the education, work experience and moral character requirements.
Free ATM access
First Bank has joined the MoneyPass and AllPoints surcharge-free ATM networks.
First Bank customers now have access to almost 50,000 no-fee, surcharge-free ATMs through the Troy-based bank’s alliances with MoneyPass and AllPoints. Customers also have free access to CashPoints, the N.C. State Employees Credit Union’s surcharge-free ATM network.
First Bank has also added an advanced-technology ATM Locator Service on, which will allow customers to key in any location in the United States and get a list and map of the closest free ATMs.
First Bancorp is a state-chartered community bank that operates 70 branch offices, including several in Salisbury.
Pancake day benefit
Salisbury’s IHOP Restaurant, 105 Faith Road, will offer guests a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network on National Pancake Day on Feb. 12.
IHOP will celebrate its National Pancake Day with a goal to raise more than $750,000 to benefit children’s hospitals.
Guests receiving the free pancakes between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Feb. 12 will be invited to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network program at Levine Children’s Hospital.
Last year, IHOP served 1.1 million free pancakes, which would create a stack more than eight miles high. Donations totaled more than $625,000 for children’s charities. For more information, visit or email
Baseball project
Midwest Baseball Academy, with local operations in Lexington, is partnering with the Major League Urban Youth Academy and the Major League Baseball Players Association on a project that aims to send $1 million worth of equipment to disadvantaged players in the United States and overseas.
Lexington High School is one of 110 locations in 25 states operated by Louisville-based Midwest Baseball Academy, which expects about 16,000 players in its upcoming spring training 2008 program. The company is asking each player and each past player in its program to clean out no longer used baseball equipment and place it in collection bins, including one at Lexington High School. Items can be donated through Feb. 17.
The equipment will find its way to underprivileged players in the United States and other worldwide locations.
For details, e-mail or you can visit You can also call 866-MBA-HITS.nnn
Linda Braswell compiles the Rowan Roundup of companies, organizations and individuals. You can submit information about new businesses, honors and management promotions to her at the Salisbury Post, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, NC 28145-4639; fax it to 704-639-0003; or e-mail lbraswell@
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