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Business roundup: Salisbury native on panel responsible for state health plan

Salisbury native Timothy Ludwig, vice president of Ancillary Services for CarolinaEast Health System, has been named to the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) by Gov. Beverly Perdue.
The SHCC is responsible for developing the annual State Medical Facilities Plan, which maps out service need across the state for the following 12 months.
Council members, who represent various health care disciplines and regions across North Carolina, pledge to do so cost-effectively while expanding services to the underserved and encouraging quality in the services offered. Council members serve on one of three committees: acute care services, technology and equipment or long-term and behavioral health.
Ludwig joined the CarolinaEast organization in 2000 as radiology manager, advancing to director of imaging and vice president. He received his undergraduate degree from Pfeiffer University and his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will serve two years on the Council and will be eligible or reappointment in 2013. Ludwig is the son of J.D. and Nancy Ludwig of Rockwell. He is a 1976 graduate of East Rowan High School.
Chamber of Commerce plans ribbon cutting ceremonies
A restaurant and massage studio will host upcoming ribbon cutting ceremonies in conjuction with the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.
• Mykonos Grill & Catering, owner Steve Pappas, at 1714 W. Innes St. in the Ketner Center. Ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Thursday. Contact 704-762-9590.
• Massage Studio of China Grove, owner Tiffany Steele, 700 E. Centerview St. in China Grove. Ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., Nov. 9. Contact 704-797-6340.
Audiologist holding seminar, brunch Tuesday morning
Dr. Lorin S Oden, board certified audiologist with Hearing Lifestyles, is hosting an educational seminar and complimentary brunch Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Jennifer Pack, audiologist from the ReSound distributor of hearing aids, will discuss ways to understand and overcome hearing loss. She will introduce the latest technology in hearing aid systems.
Hearing Lifestyles is located at 464 Jake Alexander Blvd. W. Seating is limited so make reservations at 704-633-0023.
Lutheran Services officials attend event at White House
Ted W. Goins Jr., president of Lutheran Services for the Aging and Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas, joined Kaye Leonard, board chair of both organizations, in sharing the priorities of their organizations with White House officials this past week.
Goins and Leonard were invited to attend a day-long event Friday with other leaders from health and human service organizations across the country.
Goins also serves as board chair of Lutheran Services in America, which helped organize the event. More than 160 participants from almost 30 states and more than 50 different Lutheran organizations were expected to attend.
Obama Administration officials offered briefings and participants also participated in a White House tour.
“Kaye and I are very excited to have this opportunity to advocate for our mission, our organization, and the people we serve,” Goins said in a news release.
Food Lion remodels 25 stores in Lynchburg, Danville area of Virginia
Food Lion is opening 25 newly remodeled stores in the Lynchburg, Va., and Danville, Va., areas, according to a report in Progressive Grocer. They have been under construction since March.
“This is an exciting time for Food Lion and our customers, as we celebrate a fresh, new look, a greater selection of products and a renewed focus on service,” Larry Cassels, director of operations for Food Lion’s northeastern region, told Progressive Grocer. “As part of our remodeling efforts, we have new customer service and checkout areas to provide a speedy and efficient checkout process for our customers.”
The first 100 customers at each of the 25 renewed stores received free reusable bags filled with store-brand products.
New signage, graphics and lighting are meant to create the atmosphere of a neighborhood marketplace. Food Lion also held multiple leadership training sessions for employees during the project.
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, is a subsidiary of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group. It operates more than 1,100 supermarkets and employs about 57,000 people in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
Freightliner Trucks 2012 calendar available at select dealerships
Freightliner Trucks has announced a limited edition 2012 calendar is now available.
It showcases the best of Freightliner Trucks and is available at select dealers. Go to www.FreightlinerTrucks.com for more information.
Woman wins Lake Norman sunset cruise from Home Helpers
MOORESVILLE — Home Helpers of Lake Norman & Central N.C. and Lake Norman Ventures partnered to offer a Lake Norman sunset cruise to Juli Norris, the winner from more than 1,000 entries. She and three guests were treated to a tour of Lake Norman by Capt. Gus Gustafson.
Home Helpers offers free in-home consultations and works with clients and their families on flexible care plans involving companionship and light housekeeping to personal care and limited medical services.
Wells Fargo Gold Sponsor for Yadkin Riverkeeper event on Thursday
Yadkin Riverkeeper has announced that Wells Fargo will be the Gold Sponsor for the upcoming presentation by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. when he visits Winston-Salem for a presentation Thursday at Wake Forest University.
Kennedy’s presentation is in partnership with the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability at Wake Forest University. The presentation is free and open to the public starting at 7 p.m. at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University. Seating is first come first served. One lucky person will receive a one-year lease of a Honda Civic Hybrid from Flow Honda of Winston-Salem, the Green Energy Sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors are the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund and Uwharrie Capital Corp.
Yadkin Riverkeeper is hosting a post-presentation reception to meet Kennedy at Graylyn International Conference Center. Tickets to the reception are $250 per person and include reserved seating for the presentation. Proceeds benefit Yadkin Riverkeeper.
For information or to purchase tickets, contact Yadkin Riverkeeper at 336-722-4949 or YadkinRiverkeeper.org.
First Bancorp buying 11 Waccamaw Bank branches in coastal counties
TROY — First Bancorp, the parent company of First Bank, is buying 11 Waccamaw Bank branches from parent company Waccamaw Bankshares Inc.
First Bank will acquire all deposits (approximately $180 million) and selected performing loans (approximately $98 million). The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2012.
The 11 are all of Waccamaw’s branches in Brunswick and New Hanover counties in North Carolina and Horry County in South Carolina.
Southern States annual meeting set for Nov. 12
Southern States Cooperative will review its operations at a series of local annual meetings, including the upcoming meeting for members of Southern States Cooperative Inc. — Salisbury Service.
President and CEO Thomas R. Scribner said the company continues to grow, even in a challenging economy. “We also need to credit our employee base for serving our farmer members,” he said. “Our employees are well trained, and dedicated to helping every customer.”
Sales in fiscal year ending June 30 were just over $2 billion.
Southern States Cooperative Inc. — Salisbury Service will hold its annual membership meeting on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1710 Jake Alexander Blvd. Membership day activities begin at 8 a.m. with the business meeting at 1 p.m. Management will report on both local and company-wide operations, as well as projected budget results for next year. Local board members will be elected and retiring board members will be recognized.
Board nominees include Lane Karriker and Jerry Pless.
District “G” Election Delegate nominees include Sam Correll and George Smith.
“The annual meeting is the best single opportunity to outline our plans for the future to our membership and discuss our progress in meeting our financial goals,” said Jason Callicutt, manager of Southern States Cooperative, Inc. — Salisbury Service.
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