Business Roundup: Rufty-Holmes offers pre-retirement seminars

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 4, 2015

Rufty-Holmes offers pre-retirement seminars

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center will offer a series of Pre-Retirement Seminars on Tuesday evenings in October for individuals considering retirement in the near future.

On Oct. 6, Cathy Foster with Victory Wealth Management will discuss “Retirement Income Planning.” The second session on Oct. 13 will feature local Social Security District Manager Brian Walker reviewing “Signing Up for Social Security.” On Oct. 20, staff with the Center’s Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will present “Medicare 101.” The final session on Oct. 27 will feature Elder Law Attorney Marjorie J. Brown discussing “Legal Issues for Retirees.”

Interested adults can attend one or all of the sessions, which begin at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is requested so that materials can be adequately provided to all interested parties.

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is located at 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Salisbury, and serves as the community’s aging resource center, providing programs and services designed to enrich the quality of life for Rowan County older adults. For more information, contact the front desk at the center at 704-216-7714.

America’s Farmers making a positive impact in North Carolina

America’s Farmers Grow Communities will partner again with farmers to award more than $3.3 million to community nonprofits across the country. In North Carolina, 43 organizations will receive donations in 2016. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in rural communities by giving farmers a chance to direct $2,500 donations to eligible nonprofit organizations of their choice. Farmer enrollment for Grow Communities kicks off on Aug. 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

Since the program’s inception, farmers have directed donations to help fire departments purchase equipment and complete training, send FFA and 4-H groups to contests and conventions, provide food pantries with meals to serve those in need and boost agriculture curriculum in rural school districts. Other beneficiaries of the program have included health care organizations, youth and community centers, state parks and economic development programs, among many others.

“Thanks to the participation of farmers from across the country, more than 7,000 nonprofit organizations have received donations through Grow Communities in the past five years,” said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund president. “We are excited to team up with farmers once again to help support the causes that mean the most to them and strengthen rural America.”

North Carolina farmers can enroll in the program and find a complete list of program rules and eligibility information at or by calling 877-267-3332 toll-free. Program winners will be announced in January. Follow Grow Communities’ new Facebook page to learn more about the program and connect with past winners at

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Farmers and others in the industry are joining in the conversation to help raise awareness about agriculture and share their stories with their communities. Learn more at

Janet Ward Black among nation’s best lawyers

Greensboro attorney Janet Ward Black has earned the distinction of being named to The Best Lawyers in America listing for 10 consecutive years. The 2016 Best Lawyers list recognizes Black for her expertise in the areas of personal injury litigation and mass tort/class actions litigation.

Black is the founder of Ward Black Law, a 36-person firm located in Greensboro. She is a recipient of the North Carolina State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award and the Duke University School of Law Charles Murphy Award for public service. Black served as the third woman president of the North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers and the fourth woman president of the North Carolina Bar Association. She is only the second lawyer in history to serve as president of both organizations.

Best Lawyers has been recognized as the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice. Attorneys are selected each year based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.

“It is an honor to be recognized by my peers for my work,” says Black. “I love practicing law and serving the people of our state through my profession.”

Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans’ disability, and Social Security disability matters. Ward Black Law has been recognized for five consecutive years as a Best Law Firm for personal injury litigation by US News and World Report’s Best Lawyers list.

To learn more about Ward Black Law, visit

Older adults luncheon Tuesday

Comfort Keepers and Carillon Assisted Living of Salisbury will hold a monthly meeting for older adults on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m.
A free lunch will be served as participants hear information on the options in caring for or making choices on the best care for themselves or a loved one when the time comes for those decisions.
Carolyn Gavin, senior care consultant with Care Patrol Inc. will speak. Options can be for companion and home care, independent living in a retirement center, assisted living and for more skilled needs, a skilled care facility. Options may be a person’s choice, or in certain situations, the recommendation of your primary doctor.
Carillon Assisted Living is at 1915 Mooresville Road in Salisbury.
Bring a friend or family member and reserve your seat no later than Monday, Oct. 5, by email to, or call 704-640-5152.
Realtors hear Spalding

The Salisbury/Rowan Association of Realtors (SRAR) hosted Elaine Spalding, president of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, as the speaker at its September meeting. Spalding reviewed the many positive factors that are driving forces in our community, along with some of the challenges.

Spalding recommended the Realtors encourage political, state and national representatives to support local priority projects such as the I-85 interchange in southern Rowan County and the Rowan County Airport expansion for corporate jets. Both are assets for growing our local economy.

The Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Salisbury Post to host a Local Candidate Forum Thursday, Oct. 13, at Catawba College.

Spalding closed her remarks by encouraging Realtors to call or email the Chamber with any questions, ideas or comments.

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SRAR’s October meeting will host candidates for Salisbury City Council.

Dr. Maureen Murphy of Concord named National Family Physician of the Year

The American Academy of Family Physicians has given its highest honor to a family physician in North Carolina whose profound impact on patients, medical students and future physicians continues to pay big dividends for the state. Dr. Maureen E. Murphy, a family physician and medical educator with Cabarrus Family Medicine in Concord, was recognized Oct. 2 in front of an audience of several thousand family physicians from across the country.

The national award honors one outstanding American family physician who provides patients with compassionate, comprehensive care, and serves as a role model in their communities and to other health professionals. Murphy’s award follows her recognition as North Carolina’s 2014 Family Physician of the Year.

Murphy’s journey into medicine was anything but typical. She began her career as a television reporter in Joplin, Mo., in the early 1970s, and later became a public relations professional in the Kansas City area. It was in 1978, while working as a public relations specialist for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, that she discovered her life calling to become a family physician. As she researched and wrote about the specialty of family medicine, she developed such a strong belief in its tenets that it motivated her to change careers. She re-enrolled in college to complete the necessary science courses, took the Medical College Admission Test, and was accepted at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Determined to become a family physician, Murphy graduated in 1985 with her medical degree and an award for Outstanding Student in Family Practice.

Murphy’s lasting legacy to family medicine centers on her gift as a talented teacher and mentor to medical students and the next generation of family physicians. Throughout her almost 30 years of practice, she has touched the lives of nearly 200 residents and more than 1,000 medical students. Many have chosen careers in family medicine as a result of her passion and enthusiasm for the specialty.


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