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To assist parents in teaching their children good savings habits, First Bank has recruited the assistance of Bugs Bunny, the Tasmanian Devil and Tweety Bird, characters for a Looney Tunes Savings Club for kids 12 and under.
First Bank, based in Troy, has branches in Rowan County.
The new savings program encourages good savings habits by rewarding children for positive behaviors. For example, when a child opens a Looney Tunes savings account, they get a kit with membership cards, stickers, pencils and other surprises. Every time a child visits a branch and makes a deposit of any size, they get to select a toy from the Looney Tunes Treasure Chest.
There is a $10 minimum to open a Looney Tunes Savings Club account. The account earns interest and has no monthly service charges. For more information, visit www.FirstBancorp.com.
Victory Wealth move
CHINA GROVE ó Victory Wealth Management Inc. has purchased property at 603 N. Main St. which it plans to renovate before relocating there this summer.
Mary Moose, company president, has obtained zoning approval from the Town of China Grove and driveway permits from the N.C. Department of Transportation for the former physician’s property.
“I have always admired the home,” Moose says. “It is unique and will be the perfect home for my practice. This is the best possible way for us to celebrate 10 years in the financial services industry.
Victory Wealth also operates an office in Bryson City.
Back in business
Patricia Ribelin, former co-owner of Signature Jewelers, is now doing business as Patricia’s Diamonds and Designs.
After closing the West Innes Street jewelry shop, Ben Ribelin now operates a sportfishing business in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Patricia Ribelin says she redesigned her jewelry business to accommodate customers’ busy lives. She now offers a personal jewelry shopping service for special orders and top value on diamonds. Customers can also get professional jewelry appraisals and sell broken jewelry or scrap karat gold for cash.
She has 16 years of experience in jewelry and often travels to Antwerp, Belgium, with her husband to purchase diamonds. She will visit customers’ homes, offices or banks by appointment by calling 704-636-2054.
DeLuca promoted
BB&T has promoted Cynthia DeLuca to senior vice president.
DeLuca, who joined the bank in 1992, is a group mortgage manager in BB&T’s Mortgage department, based at 3701 Barrett Drive in Raleigh. The Salisbury native earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
R3 Center workshops
KANNAPOLIS ó The R3 Center, 164 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., is offering career development workshops and resumé clinics in February for adults in Cabarrus and Rowan counties. All of the programs are provided free-of-charge.
They include:
– Top Jobs for Your Personality, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 4
– Interview Techniques, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 5 and 25
– Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 7 and 9 a.m. Feb. 23
– The ABCs of Computer Usage, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 8 and 22
– Stand Out From the Competition, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 11
– Hanging Tough! Staying Motivated in the Job Search, 10 a.m. Feb. 13
– Preparing for Job Loss, 1 p.m. Feb. 14
– Is It Time for More Training, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 18
– From Career Readiness Certification to Employment, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 20
– Looking for Work with a Criminal Record, 10 a.m. Feb. 26
– Extreme Makeover: Job Seeker Edition, 10 a.m. Feb. 29
The R3 Center also will offer free resume clinics to help job searchers improve their current resume or create a new one from scratch. The resume clinic schedule includes day, evening and Saturday sessions. Clinics will be offered at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 6, 12 and 27, 9 a.m. Feb. 16 and 2 p.m. Feb. 21.
For more information, call 704-216-7201 or visit http://www.rowancabarrus. edu/r3center/. Board certification
Dr. Samuel Roy of Piedmont Plastic & Oral Surgery Center, 330 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., recently became one of the few surgeons in the country board certified in both plastic surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only organization recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, which certifies plastic surgery. Its certification means the surgeon has met all the prescribed education and training requirements in plastic surgery beyond the minimum requirements for licensure.
Roy received this certification after completing written and oral examinations that tested his knowledge in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He scored in the 97th percentile in his recent oral board examination.
Originally from New York, Roy majored in pre-dental at the University of Buffalo and spent four years in dental school at the University of Maryland. After completing a one-year general dental residency program at Albany Medical Center in New York, he entered a dual degree program in Rochester.
He then added training in general surgery and in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Rochester. He completed a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in aesthetic and breast reconstruction surgery. In March 2007 he received his board certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
He has been in practice in Salisbury for just over a year.
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@ salisburypost.com.

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