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Business Roundup: Kohl’s keeping stores open 24 hours during the days before Christmas

It’s official, people now have no reason to say they couldn’t find time to get their holiday shopping done.

Kohl’s Department Stores across the country, including the one in Wallace Commons off Klumac Road in Salisbury, will stay open from 6 a.m. Friday until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve Dec. 24.

Yes, you read that correctly, the department store will be open for more than 100 hours straight.

“Customers can rely on us around the clock for their last-minute gift giving solutions, and we are providing 24-hour access to Kohl’s stores right up to Christmas Eve,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief customer officer, in a press release.

Bounce City hosting fundraisers for elementary schools

Bounce City in downtown Salisbury is helping to raise money for schools during January and February.

The 8,000-square-foot facility, located at 120 N. Church St., is an indoor inflatable amusement park with bouncers, slides, obstacle course, giddy up rides, toddler play area and more.

For the months of January and February, each elementary school will have a fundraiser on a Tuesday or Thursday. The top three schools participating will earn free passes for perfect attendance or honor roll.

Purchase of a regular-priced admission ticket will benefit your child’s school on their fundraising date; $2 per child will be donated back to your school’s PTA.

Fundraising events are being booked for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the nights of Jan. 6, 8, 13 and 15; Jan. 20, 22 and Jan. 27 and 29. And also for Feb. 4, 6, 11 and 13; Feb. 18 and 20 and Feb. 25 and 27.

To request an event, call 704-310-5610. Bounce City opened in September.

Farm Bureau insurance personnel honored

Rowan County Farm Bureau President Doug Patterson was recognized among his peers at the Presidents’ and Agents’ Luncheon during the annual meeting of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation held Dec. 7-9  in Greensboro.

Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten presented each winning county president with a limited edition Case knife. Each county’s agency force worked hard to qualify their County President for this recognition.

Special plaques were presented to the agents and agencies whose production was superior during the contest period.

Farm Bureau Insurance Company Agent Lindsay Starrett Cotton, from Rowan County, qualified as a top five agent statewide.

Lindsay Starrett Cotton

Lindsay Starrett Cotton

Driver for China Grove Company honored

A driver for a local trucking company has been named one of the best drivers of the year by the National Association of Small Truck Companies.

Thomas Reid, with Corriher Trucking Inc. in China Grove, has been selected to the 2014 “Drivers of the Year” team.

Reid has been with the company for over 14 years and has been a professional driver for over 39 years, accumulating more than 4.6 million miles without an accident.

Reid is the 7th Corriher driver to be honored with the award since 2000

The National Association of Small Truck Companies represents over 4,600 trucking companies in the U.S. and Canada that employ over 65,000 drivers collectively.

Jordan named to state commission

Darrin D. Jordan, a partner in the Law Firm of Whitley & Jordan P.A., located in Salisbury, has been appointed as a commissioner on the N.C. Indigent Defense Services Commission.

Darrin Jordan

Darrin Jordan

The commission is the governing body of the N.C. Indigent Defense Services agency, which oversees the provision of legal representation to indigent defendants and others entitled to counsel under North Carolina law. The organization also is responsible for developing training, qualification and performance standards to govern these legal services, determining the most appropriate methods of representing poor people and providing services in the most cost-effective manner possible. The commission is made up of 13 people appointed by various stakeholders in indigent defense. Jordan serves as the representative from the N. C. Advocates’ for Justice, a nonpartisan association of legal professionals dedicated to protecting people’s rights through community, education and advocacy. His appointment is for four years.

Jordan has been a North Carolina State Bar Councilor since 2010, representing the Rowan County Bar (Judicial District 19-C) at the North Carolina State Bar. With the State Bar, he serves on the ethics, administrative, publication and executive committees and he is vice-chair of the Lawyer Assistance Program board. He is a board certified state criminal law specialist and has been practicing with his law partner Cecil Whitley since 2002. He lives in Kannapolis with his wife and two children.

19-C Judicial District Bar elects new officers

The 19-C Judicial District Bar held its annual meeting Nov. 19 at the Salisbury Country Club. Randy Reamer made a special presentation honoring retiring District Court Judge William C. Kluttz.

Kathryn C. Setzer, with Doran Shelby Pethel & Hudson, was elected president for 2015 while M. Reid Acree was elected vice president. Reamer was elected as secretary/treasurer.

Darrin Jordan will continue to serve as the bar councilor.

Ron Gibson, president of the N.C. State Bar, also made remarks at the meeting.

Five organizations honored for service

MOORESVILLE — The Volunteer Auxiliary of Lake Norman Regional Medical Center has named the 2014 recipients of their Charitable Giving Program. Five area organizations were chosen for the valuable services each provide for people in the greater Mooresville and Lake Norman area who are experiencing hardship or challenges in their daily lives.

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The recipients are HealthReach Community Clinic, Ada Jenkins Center, The Christian Mission, Mooresville Soup Kitchen, and Carolina Comfort Coalition at Serenity House.

The Auxiliary honored the organizations at a luncheon at the hospital. Auxiliary President Janet White presided over the luncheon, recognized and presented each organization with a donation check.

This is the seventh consecutive year for the hospital Auxiliary’s Charitable Giving program where the volunteers donate, through their fundraising efforts, thousands of dollars annually to community organizations. These community donations are in addition to the annual student scholarships given by the Auxiliary.

For information about the Charitable Giving Program, or for any question regarding the hospital’s Volunteer Auxiliary, call the Auxiliary office at 704-660-4112.

Benton honored by American Society for Healthcare Risk Management

Joyce Benton, daughter of Donald and Geraldine Holshouser of Salisbury, was presented with the Presidential Citation Award from the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management during the organization’s annual conference in October.

Benton is a Risk Control Director for CNA HealthPro.

The award recognizes an ASHRM member who provides outstanding and exceptional service to the specialty of healthcare risk management. Benton has been a member of ASHRM for more than 25 years and served on the board of directors in 2003 and 2004.

The organization has previously honored Benton with its Excellence in Writing Award and the Distinguished Service Award.

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