Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 3, 2011

Abundant Living Adult Day Services and Comfort Keepers will offer a free seminar called “Being Safe at Home” on Thursday, April 14, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Abundant Living, 1416 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Attendees will receive information on the “Are You OK?” program, the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Safe Return” program, North Carolina’s “Silver Alert” program and resources in the community that assist with keeping seniors safe in their homes.
Attendees will receive a free in-home assessment guide and tips for making their homes safe for seniors.
Free caregiving service is available for individuals with disabilities while their family caregivers attend the seminar. Advanced registration is required by calling Abundant Living at 704-637-3940 no later than Monday, April 11. To RSVP for the event, call Comfort Keepers at 704-630-0370 by Tuesday, April 12.
Massage therapist opens Vital Touch practice downtown
Peggy Judd, formerly the exclusive massage therapist for the Country Club of Charleston and more recently the Country Club of Salisbury, has started her own massage practice in downtown Salisbury.
Judd completed her training in Oregon and is a member of Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals. She is nationally certified and licensed in South Carolina and North Carolina.
While she enjoys providing a relaxing massage in a soothing environment, her true passion is therapeutic massage. She has spent five years working alongside chiropractic and physical therapy modalities, working on clients with acute and chronic pain as well as common injuries.
Judd lives in Lexington with her husband, Jeremy, two cats and a basset hound.
Vital Touch Massage Therapy is located at 121 W. Innes St. Suite B and offers flexible hours and massage that is personalized for clients’ specific problem areas.
Contact Judd for appointments and packages at 704-431-5762 or peggy.judd@yahoo. com. Visit
First Legacy Community Credit Union moves to new location
First Legacy Community Credit Union held a relocation ceremony Saturday at 2146 Statesville Blvd., where it moved from 1400 W. Bank St.
The minority owned and operated nonprofit credit union is celebrating 70 years of financial services this year.
Albert Perkins is branch manager.
New Asian restaurant opens at N.C. Research Campus
KANNAPOLIS — Sunshine’s Asian Cuisine, a new restaurant at the N.C. Research Campus, will host a grand opening starting with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Located in the former Depompa’s restaurant at 215 West A St., the restaurant will feature Hibachi and Pan-Asian cuisine along with traditional dishes from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and China.
Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Catering is offered.
Free samples will be available at the grand opening.
Walker Marketing finalist for national public relations award
— Walker Marketing has been named a finalist in the Public Relations Society of America’s 2011 national Silver Anvil Awards for its work on the Save Ben Mynatt Chevrolet Cadillac campaign.
The PRSA Silver Anvil Awards are the public relations profession’s most prestigious award. Nominations are broken down into different categories, depending on the campaign’s target audience and strategy. The annual event honors organizations that have successfully addressed a contemporary public relations issue with commendable professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness.
Walker Marketing’s Save Ben Mynatt Chevrolet Cadillac campaign helped the Concord car dealership keep its franchise after being targeted for closure in 2010.
This year’s PRSA awards received more than 850 entries, and less than 15 percent of those entries were named as finalists.
Silver Anvil winners will be announced June 9 in New York City.
Tickets on sale now for Belk charity sale on April 16
Belk’s Charity Sale on April 16, from 6 to 10 a.m., will benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area.
Belk’s previous charity sale in November raised more than $4.75 million for hundreds of participating nonprofit organizations.
The event provides a chance for customers to support charities and take advantage of special discounts. In exchange for a $5 donation, customers will receive a ticket admitting them to the sale and entitling them to merchandise discounts ranging from 20 to 70 percent. Special savings will be offered on rarely discounted designer brands and include an extra 25 percent off in the dresses, handbags, shoes and kids departments and up to 60 percent off in fine jewelry.
Customers who purchase tickets will receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk Rewards cardholders will receive double Rewards points, and Belk Elite cardholders triple Rewards points, for card purchases.
The first 100 customers in each store receive a free Belk gift card and three lucky winners company-wide will receive a gift card valued at $1,000. In addition, all participating charities and schools will be automatically registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk in a company-wide drawing.
Participating local charities will sell tickets in advance and all proceeds from each $5 ticket will be retained by the charity. Beginning Friday, April 8, tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores with all in-store ticket sale donations divided among the participating charities and schools in each location.
EnergyUnited names new communications manager
STATESVILLE — Natasha A. Suber was recently named communications manager at EnergyUnited.
As communications manager, Suber is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining an effective and ongoing member, employee and regional communications strategy for EnergyUnited. She reports to Kathleen Hart, chief information officer and vice president of customer care.
Prior to EnergyUnited, Suber was director of communications at Pfeiffer University. She has also served as media relations supervisor and as a district spokesperson for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She held similar communications positions at UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Greensboro. Suber also worked as a reporter for the Salisbury Post and the Daily Courier in Forest City.
She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from N.C. A&T State University and UNC-Greensboro, respectively. A North Carolina native, Suber and her husband, Darryl, live in Cornelius.
Gentiva Home Health a‘senior-friendly business’
Gentiva Home Health has been certified as a “Senior-Friendly Business” in Rowan County, according to the Rowan County Council on Aging.
Gentiva Home Health offers nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy; cardiac and respiratory care; disease and pain management; infusion administration; medical social worker services; and home health aide services. Specialties include orthopedics, balance dysfunction, wound care and lymph edema management. Services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, most insurance benefits and private pay.
The Council on Aging has offered the business certification program to local businesses since 2009. Ten businesses have received the local designation.
To learn more about the Senior Friendly Business Certification Program or the Rowan County Council on Aging, contact Rufty-Holmes Senior Center in Salisbury.
Food Lion Speed Street moves to NASCAR Hall of Fame entrance
Food Lion Speed Street, a three-day festival May 26-28 in Charlotte, has relocated to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at the entrance to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
“The City of Charlotte is dedicated to Food Lion Speed Street and combining its strength with strategic locations in the city like the NASCAR Hall of Fame,” said Jay Howard, president of JHE Production Group and promoter and producer of the 17-year-old event. “The new layout will allow NASCAR’s biggest fans and Charlotte families to enjoy all the festival has to offer and experience the many attributes of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.”
The festival will offer live entertainment, access to NASCAR stars and vendor displays from sponsors Food Lion, Coca-Cola, Miller Lite, Chevrolet and more. Food Lion Speed Street will entertain more than 400,000 guests over the course of the three-day event.
Fan-friendly destinations include:
• Food Lion Kids’ Zone presented by General Mills – Tryon Street between Fourth Street and Trade Street
• Miller Lite Stage — Parking lot at the corner of Third Street and Poplar Street
• Coca-Cola Stage — Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Brevard Street and Caldwell Street at the NASCAR Hall of Fame entrance
The event is free and the festival opens each day at noon. For more information, visit or FoodLionSpeedStreet.
CMC-Northeast among hospitals recognized by magazine
U.S. News & World Report recognized four Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) hospitals among the top six facilities in the Charlotte metro area in its latest rankings of the nation’s best hospitals.
The four CMC hospitals are Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte (ranked No. 1 overall), CMC-NorthEast in Concord, CMC-Mercy in Charlotte and CMC-Union in Monroe. They are among the 33 hospitals in Carolinas HealthCare System.
The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties. The list includes 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.
U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling complex cases. For a full list of metro area rankings visit
The Charlotte Metro Area rankings from U.S. News & World Report are: No. 1 – Carolinas Medical Center; No. 2 – Gaston Memorial Hospital; No. 3 – Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast; No. 4 – Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy (tied with) Carolinas Medical Center-Union and Presbyterian Hospital.
Carolina Farm Credit to issue patronage checks
STATESVILLE — In April, member-borrowers of Carolina Farm Credit will receive patronage refunds checks for 2010, according to CEO Michael R. Morton.
The amount of patronage to be paid and revolved in the future for borrowers of Carolina Farm Credit will total $18 million. Borrowers will receive a refund of 23.5 percent of the interest that accrued on their loans in 2010.
A cash refund of $5.4 million will be paid, and the remainder will be placed in allocated capital accounts for future revolvement.
This marks the 23rd consecutive year Carolina Farm Credit has paid a patronage refund. The board of directors plans to continue to retire the allocated surplus according to their plan in the fall of 2011.
Doug Herbert’s warehouse, shop to be in Concord
Doug Herbert Performance is moving its warehouse and the Brakes nonprofit operation from Lincoln County to a site adjacent to Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.
The high performance warehouse, which had been located in Lincolnton since 1991, supplies performance products to the motorsports industry with products for drag racing, circle track and street performance.
The Herbert Performance High Energy Engines division builds and supplies engines to teams and individuals in all forms of motorsports. Brakes provides free driver training to teenagers. It was started after Herbert’s two sons were killed in a car accident on Jetton Road in Cornelius two years ago. Herbert lives in Cornelius.
IAPLeopardo Construction seeks subcontractors
CHARLOTTE — The N.C. Military Business Center, in partnership with the city of Charlotte’s Small Business Opportunity Program, will cohost a subcontractor networking event for IAPLeopardo Construction. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the CharlotteMecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St.
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