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Business Roundup: REACH plans senior fair

SALISBURY ó A group dubbed REACH, short for Rowan Education and Advocacy for Choices in Healthcare, will sponsor a Senior Fair Open House at Oak Park Retirement from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 25.
Located at 548 White Oaks Drive off Enon Church Road, the retirement homeís event is free and open to the public. Call 704-636-4600 for directions.
Bob and Nancy Epstein, community relation managers for Oak Park Retirement, said, ěOak Park is happy to be hosting the REACH Senior Fair Open House for the second year, and we look forward to another wonderful event where seniors gather valuable information and assistance from helpful resources.î
REACH takes an active role in educating the community regarding senior care and services available in Rowan County.
Exhibitors will include independent living retirement communities, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, home health care and non-medical home care, senior downsizing and move management, elder law, pharmacy, audiology, transportation companies, senior publications, information for veterans and their families, and more.
ěMost of the professionals that make up the REACH group work for individual for-profit companies,î said Harriet Boner, president of REACH and marketing director at The Laurels of Salisbury. ěWe are working in a non-profit capacity to be the best source of senior care and services provider information in the community.î
For more information about REACH, go to www.REACHforRowan.org or contact Harriet Boner at hboner@REACHforRowan.org .
Kannapolis Intimidators host final networking event for 2011
KANNAPOLIS ó The Kannapolis Intimidators Nine Innings of Networking will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 16.
The baseball game starts at 7:05 p.m. This event will be held in the air-conditioned conference room, and the cost is $15 including a reserve seat ticket, all-you-can-eat hot dogs and hamburgers and beer, sweet tea, lemonade and water.
Call to reserve a ticket 704-932-3267.
R3 Center offers workshops and career advice for job hunters
KANNAPOLIS ó The R3 Center is offering numerous career development workshops and resume clinics in August for adults in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. All programs are provided free of charge.
ěSince opening in 2007, R3 has worked with local employers in order to learn how to best advise our clients,íî said Keri Allman, director of the R3 Center. ěWe are so pleased to announce one of our partnering employers, Aerotek, will be onsite and available to meet with R3 clients this month.î
Located at 200 West Ave. in Kannapolis, the R3 Center is a career development center established by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to assist displaced workers, those who are unemployed or under-employed.
The centerís mission is built on three Rs ó a refocus on individual skills and interests, retraining and further education, and partnering with other workforce development agencies to secure career-oriented re-employment.
The centerís August schedule of workshops includes the following sessions. Due to the popularity of its free sessions, the R3 Center strongly encourages clients to call in advance to reserve a place (704-216-7201).
New Client Launch ń New Client Launch is an orientation program for those who have never attended an R3 Center workshop or taken advantage of its other services. Please call for more information.
Identifying Your Career Options ó 6 p.m. Aug. 1, 9 a.m. Aug. 15
Interview Techniques ó 9 a.m. Aug. 1, 6 p.m. Aug. 29
Aerotek Visit ó 9 a.m. Aug. 22
Healthcare Career Pathways ó 9 a.m. Aug. 4
Itís Not Who You Know; Itís Who You Meet ó 9 a.m. Aug. 17
Stand Out from the Competition ó 11 a.m. Aug. 1, 6 p.m. Aug. 15, 9 a.m. Aug. 30
Looking for Work at 50+ ó 6 p.m. Aug. 2, and 9 a.m. Aug. 29
Looking for Work with a Criminal Record ń 11 a.m. Aug. 18
Letter Writing for the Job Seeker ó 11 a.m. Aug. 2, 9 a.m. Aug. 30
Online Job Hunting ó 9 a.m. Aug. 19
Understanding Credit Reports in a Work Search ó 6 p.m. Aug. 16.
The R3 Center also will offer multiple resume clinics to help job searchers improve their current resume or create a new one from start to finish.
Please call to reserve a seat. The resume clinics are scheduled for:
9 a.m. Aug. 2, 11 and 18
11 a.m. Aug. 23
6 p.m. Aug. 30.
The R3 Center helps adult workers assess their skills, aptitudes, training and academic credentials, and future career interests to develop an action plan for career growth. All R3 Center services are provided free-of-charge. The centerís normal office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The R3 Center partners with other workforce development agencies, including the Centralina Workforce Development Board, JobLink Career Centers of Cabarrus and Rowan counties, N.C. Employment Security Commission, and other area community colleges.
For more information call 704-216-7201 or visit www.rccc.edu/r3center/ .
Collett & Associates appointed receiver for Lexington Center
LEXINGTON ó Collett & Associates, headquartered in Charlotte, has been named the court-appointed receiver for Lexington Center, a community shopping center.
The assignment is an 80,979-square-foot portion of the approximately 133,000-square-foot center, which is anchored by Fredís and Sears. Jim Gamble and Steve Pharr will market the available spaces and outparcels for lease and Becky Miller will manage the property.
This is the 18th receivership assignment handled on behalf of various lending institutions since 2004. Other current lender assignments include Cannon Plaza in Kannapolis, Scotland Crossing in Laurinburg, Grandfather Center in Banner Elk and Shops On Rockwood in Arden.
Five Oaks hosts singing jamboree
CONCORD ó Five Oaks Manor present A Singing Jamboree in the Main Dining Hall, 413 Winecoff School Road in Concord.
The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13 with guest appearances by Jewel Opal, Pastor Brown of New Beginnings Baptist Church, Pastor Larry Mason of Sudden Change, Reverend Beaver and many others. Food and drinks will be served.
Practice offers new laser therapy for pain
LEXINGTON ó Dr. H.L. Kwan at 674 Radio Drive in Lexington announces a new laser therapy in the Lexington and Piedmont Triad area for the chiropractic/acupuncture/pain management field.
Laser therapy has been used effectively for many years, but advances in technology have produced the next generation of laser therapy with the new multiwave locked system, or MLS Therapy Laser, which uses specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions such as back and joint pain, post-surgical recovery, arthritis, disc disease and sprains and strains.
For additional information about laser therapy, call 336-249-6852.
Peoples Bancorp posts lower earnings
NEWTON ó Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc. (Nasdaq:PEBK), the parent company of Peoples Bank, reported net income of $629,000 for the three months ended June 30.
This resulted in 11 cents basic and diluted net earnings per share before adjustment for preferred stock dividends and accretion, as compared to $864,000, or 16 cents basic and diluted net earnings per share, for the same period one year ago.
After adjusting for dividends and accretion on preferred stock, net earnings available to common shareholders for the three months ended June 30 were $281,000 or 5 cents basic and diluted net earnings per common share as compared to $515,000, or 9 cents basic and diluted net earnings per common share, for the same period one year ago.
Tony W. Wolfe, President and Chief Executive Officer, attributed the decrease in second quarter earnings to increases in non-interest expense and the provision for loan losses combined with a decrease in non-interest income, which were partially offset by an increase in net interest income.
Citizens South reports higher quarterly income
GASTONIA ó Citizens South Banking Corporation (Nasdaq:CSBC), the holding company for Citizens South Bank, reported net income available to common shareholders of $2 million, or 18 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30.
This compared to net income available to common shareholders of $98,000, or 1 cent per diluted share, for the same period one year ago.
The financial results for the quarter ended June 30 included a $4.4 million pre-tax gain related to the acquisition of New Horizons Bank and $566,000 in related acquisition and integration expenses.
First Citizens declares 30 cent dividend
RALEIGH ó The Board of Directors of First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCNCA) reported a quarterly dividend of 30 cents per share on the Class A and Class B common stock.
The dividend is payable Oct. 3 to shareholders of record Sept. 19.

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