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Maia’s Fashions turning to formal, evening wear with relaunch

SALISBURY — After nine years in business, Maia’s Fashions at 103 S. Main St. has stopped carrying casual wear and re-launched the boutique as a formal and evening wear shop, starting this spring.
Owned by Maia Smith, the shop will continue to carry Jovani, Tiffany and Pretty Maids, along with dresses for the mother of the bride. Smith said she will update her shoe collection as well.
Maia’s will continue to offer professional alterations and custom-made clothing and dresses, as well as tanning and an all-natural, organic, anti-aging skincare line.
The Cabarrus Senior Resource Link, professionals who work with the senior population, will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 11, at 11:30 a.m.. Guest speaker will be writer and business owner Diane Sandell, who will talk about elder abuse.
For additional information, contact Susan Wear at Gentiva Home Health 704-933-1001.
Candidates seeking employment in health care are invited to a job fair hosted by the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College in partnership with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council March 11 from 9 a.m. to noon.
The event will be at the Davie Administration Building, DCCC’s Davie Campus, 1205 Salisbury Road, Mocksville. 

The Catawba College Institute of Business & Accounting is presenting a series of free, one-hour seminars on Thursdays.
The next one is for anyone who owes employment taxes. It is on complying with IRS rules for determining the status as an employee or independent contractor.
It will be on Thursday, March 20, at 1 p.m. in the Tom Smith Auditorium.
Senior financial and legal workshop sponsored and presented by Estate & Elder Planning Center of North Carolina is Thursday, March 13, at 1 p.m. at the JF Hurley Family YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Boulevard W.
This free information workshop offers topics including 2014 update of income taxes, probate and federal and state guidelines to protect you from nursing home expense, keeping assets and investments safe, advantages and disadvantages of bank CDs and more.
Both spouses will benefit by attending and seating is limited.  RSVP your reservation by calling 800-445-1157.
Food Lion is trying to get consumers to learn about sustainable fishing practices by offering a chance to win a free one-year supply of groceries, according to Supermarket News.
All those who take a Facebook quiz can enter by supplying their email addresses. Players must first “like” the Food Lion Facebook page.
The quiz includes about 10 true or false questions about sustainable fishing. Among them:
• Commercial fishermen remove more than 150 billion pounds of wildlife annually from the seas. (True).
• Fish farms produce half of all seafood consumed worldwide. (True)
• Sustainable seafood is a new concept that Food Lion just adopted. (False. Food Lion adopted sustainable fishing practices in May 2012).
Assistance League of Charlotte, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “changing lives, child by child” in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community, has received a grant of $5,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. Assistance League will use the gift to provide food for Operation Check Hunger, which feeds at-risk elementary school students.
“Hungry children do not perform as well in school as those who are well fed,” observed Assistance League of Charlotte President Carol Daly. “Food Lion’s gift helps to ensure that we continue to provide healthy snacks to 4,000 children every school day.”
Operation Check Hunger was initiated in 1993 and now distributes more than 720,000 snacks to elementary school students during the school year. Food-filled backpacks are also provided for select students to supplement their weekend meals.
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry.
MOORESVILLE — Lake Norman Regional Medical Center has named Stephen Midkiff as chief executive officer.
Midkiff had been serving as the hospital’s interim CEO since June. His health care career brings more than 16 years of experience as the CEO of various Health Management Associate Inc., hospitals across the country to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.
In addition, he has more than 12 years of experience in a regional role for Health Management as an operations leader for numerous hospitals. Most recently, over the last two years, Midkiff had been serving in liaison positions with new acquisitions and interim CEO roles.
Midkiff and his wife, Janet, have one son. The Midkiffs are relocating to the Mooresville/Lake Norman area.
Cozart made a donation of various building materials with a fair market value of $29,785 to World Vision.
The materials were requested to be used  in the eastern United States.
 World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice.
 
In response to the growing interest in starting and maintaining a backyard poultry flock, Southern States is sponsoring a “Backyard Chickens 101” educational event at many of its locations on Saturday, March 29.
The events are intended not only for the home flock owners, but for experienced poultry-raisers and hobby farmers as well. Programs will include poultry information, seminars on getting started and tips from experienced producers on bird health and safety as well as local regulations. Special pricing will be available for poultry-related products and participants can register for prizes and giveaways.
Southern States’ website will offer a “Chick-Days Sweepstakes” through March 14 with prizes ranging from “chicken themed” birdhouses, chicken toys and treats, to pre-fab chicken coops, gift cards and free chicken feed for a year. Visit www.southernstates.com/chick-days for more information.
The company also offers PoultryPal, a free mobile app for iPhone and Android users with information and support for backyard chicken enthusiasts.
Polling numbers show North Carolina small firms are suffering significant financial impacts from extreme weather, which has forced some to suspend operations and lay off workers.
The poll for Small Business Majority shows North Carolina small employers have experienced a significant financial impact due to extreme weather, with more than four in 10 temporarily shutting their doors and one in five having to lay off workers.
The poll, conducted Feb. 7-9 by Public Policy Polling on behalf of Small Business Majority, found nearly half of small businesses have been impacted by extreme weather and 90 percent of those say they’ve experienced a “significant” financial impact because of it. Nearly four in 10 small business owners report they’ve experienced damages between $5,000 and $25,000.

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