Thursday, July 23, 2009

Petey's Promise Celebrates 1 Year with the Kannapolis Intimidators

HARRISBURG, NC - Petey's Promise celebrated their one year birthday/ anniversary Wednesday, July 22nd with the Kannopolis Intimidators. Not only did Petey be throwing out the first pitch, but all the fans joined together to sing Happy Birthday to Petey during one of the first three innings.

"We are so excited to celebrate our one year anniversary of helping pets and pet owners in need," said Liz Mellott, President and Founder of Petey's Promise - Provisions for Pets in Need. "What better way to do that than a big birthday party at the Kannapolis Intimidators baseball game?"

Those interested in receiving assistance for their pets or are interested in providing pet food, supplies or a monitary donation can visit,
email: or call Liz Mellott at (704)654-9231.

Give blood, help save a life, and get a free haircut while you’re at it.

Sport Clips in North and South Carolina partner with Carolinas Blood Services to increase August Blood Donations.

Sport Clips men’s and boy’s hair care providers in North and South Carolina will give you a free haircut when you donate blood through a Carolinas American Red Cross donor center during the month of August.

Matt Lewis, Sport Clips area developer for North Carolina, a regular blood donor, is heading up the effort to increase blood donations, along with Sport Clips South Carolina Area Developer Rosemary Gozur, and Sport Clips team members at 51 stores.

“Blood donations taper off in the summer due to vacations and holidays, and we hope to encourage more donors to take the time to give by offering them a free haircut as a bonus,” says Lewis. “Shortages in blood banks can be critical at the end of the summer, right before the Labor Day holiday. If we can promote blood donations during August, guys can help save a life and have the added bonus of a free ‘fall’ or ‘back to campus’ haircut while they’re at it.”

Carolina Blood Services Region CEO Robert “Bob” Fechner says, “The summer holiday season is a time when we all look forward to family gatherings and celebrations of the season. Sadly, some people cannot be with their families because they are in hospitals in need of blood or platelet transfusions not just to get well, but often just to survive. While most of us get swept up in the spirit of the holidays, let’s not forget there is a need for blood. This season should be recognized for what it truly is – a chance to give the gift of life for those in need.”

Blood donations drop as much as 15 percent during summer months, according to Carolina Blood Services. In North Carolina 1,600 people must give blood and platelets each weekday, and in South Carolina 500 donations per weekday are needed to meet hospital demand across 157 hospitals.

Donations can be made at any American Red Cross Blood Donor Center in North or South Carolina in order to receive the free haircut coupon. For more information about Sport Clips locations in North and South Carolina where free haircut coupons can be redeemed, visit

Wednesday, October 8, 2008



Recently Married Couples Have Six-Figure Assets, but Lack Adequate

Life Insurance Protection

October 2008 While newlyweds traditionally receive advice from friends and relatives on secrets for a successful marriage, protecting their financial future is one thing seemingly forgotten in these conversations.

A recent survey by Allstate Insurance Company shows the value of newlyweds’ combined assets is approximately $107,000 on average. However, few newlyweds are actually taking steps to protect their financial future through purchases such as life insurance. The majority of the respondents (61%) did not purchase a policy before marriage, and 64% of those still had not purchased life insurance within the first three years of marriage. In fact, only 23% of these spouses claimed to have bought life insurance during their first year of marriage, and this trend continued in years two (2%) and three (7%).

“Newlyweds have several things to consider in their first year of marriage, one of which should be wealth protection and obligations they are now taking on jointly,” said Jim Hohmann, president and CEO of Allstate Financial, a business unit of the Allstate Corporation. “While many individuals may have life insurance coverage through their employer, most of these policies only cover up to two times a person’s current salary and are not portable from one job to another. In general, individuals should purchase policies that are at least five times their current salary, but that needs to be balanced with the couples’ long-term goals. Newlyweds should meet with a life insurance professional to review all their options and considerations.”


First Anniversary – The “Paper” Gift

The survey also found that 42% of respondents think that life insurance would be a thoughtful and meaningful gift for their spouse. However, just 3% of respondents said they received or would likely receive a card or note to meet with a life insurance agent as an anniversary gift.

“While life insurance may not be a romantic anniversary gift, our survey suggests that couples see it as an important gift,” said Hohmann. “Not having life insurance truly could be a costly oversight. That first year of marriage may be hectic, but newlyweds should set aside time to talk to a life insurance professional and begin planning.”

Allstate offers the following checklist as a guideline when thinking about life insurance coverage:

  • Talk to an expert. Work with an Allstate professional to evaluate your financial needs and goals and to determine how much life insurance you and your spouse will need. Each situation is different and it’s important to learn about possible coverage amounts and options.
  • Plan for the future. Do you plan on having children? Will you have debts that would need to be paid? Will you have enough to cover your children’s education costs? Will you have aging parents that may need taking care of? All of these common life situations require planning – having life insurance in the event of untimely death can help provide an added layer of protection for these situations.
  • Don’t rely on savings alone. Many people do not have enough in their personal savings, and if people don’t have enough saved, their family most likely won’t be able to pay off final expenses or be able to hold onto assets like a home. Life insurance is important to have for that added layer of protection.
  • Employer-based coverage is not enough. Typically, group life insurance through an employer isn’t portable – meaning if an employee leaves the job, he or she is probably also leaving the life insurance protection behind. Having an individual life insurance policy purchased through an insurance agent or financial professional, however, will have no effect on the coverage provided by an employer.


Additional Research Findings

The Allstate survey also revealed the following:

· More men (42%) than women (35%) had life insurance beyond their employers’ coverage prior to marriage.

· More than half (53%) of the respondents said purchasing life insurance policies showed a commitment to their future together as spouses.

· More than three-fourths (77%) of respondents gave their spouse a first anniversary gift.

· While the traditional first anniversary gift is paper, two-thirds of respondents did not follow tradition when giving an anniversary gift to their spouse.

For more information on life insurance, contact Allstate agent Mary Kelnhofer at 704-794-9777, or via email at

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*Survey of 1070 men and women who have been married between 1 and 3 years conducted by Impulse Research in August 2007 on behalf of Allstate®. Respondents were not informed that the survey was being conducted on behalf of Allstate®.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®” slogan, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help individuals in approximately 17 million households protect what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Customers can access Allstate products and services such as auto insurance and homeowners insurance through approximately 14,700 exclusive Allstate agencies and financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, or in select states at and 1-800 Allstate®. Encompass® and Deerbrook® Insurance brand property and casualty products are sold exclusively through independent agents. The Allstate Financial Group provides life insurance, supplemental accident and health insurance, annuity, banking and retirement products designed for individual, institutional and worksite customers that are distributed through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, financial institutions and broker-dealers. Customers can also access information about Allstate Financial Group products and services at

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cabarrus County Now

Cabarrus County is situated in the gently rolling countryside of the Carolina Piedmont. Historically Cabarrus county was the home of Cannon Mills Textiles, Phillip Morris Tobacco Company and the home to many NASCAR Shops with the Speedway bringing in it’s own city twice a year.

Over the last several years Cabarrus County has been experiencing a transition. With the assistance of David Murdock, Cabarrus County was able to replaced Cannon Mills with a North Carolina Research Campus, bringing a more technological focus into the community. The loss of Phillip Morris is being greeted with much positive optimism and speculation. The gain of a state of the art Drag strip has the community buzzing.

The 2007 NC Census estimated the population of Cabarrus County to be 163,262.
It is divided into twelve townships: Central Cabarrus, Harrisburg, Concord, Poplar Tent, Kannapolis, New Gilead, Rimertown, Gold Hill, Mount Pleasant, Georgeville, and Midland.

Weather is temperate with hot summers and mild to chilly winters. Severe weather occurs occasionally, with thunderstorms in the warmer months of the year and occasional ice storms and snowfalls occurring in the winter. For more detailed information on Cabarrus County please visit the US Census Bureau’s 2006 American Community Survey.

For a local News, Weather, Businesses, Services, Events and more visit:

Cabarrus Now - What is it? is an up-to-date community website all about Cabarrus County, NC.
With over 100 pages, CabarrusNow provides Cabarrus County news, Local weather, a directory of Cabarrus County businesses, Restaurants, and Churches, Cabarrus County Events, Festivals and Activities as well as individual city resources for Concord, Kannapolis, Midland, and Harrisburg.
It's all in one place! So make it easy on yourself and just Click IT!

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is October 5 - October 11, 2008.
In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.
In Cabarrus County you may contact Norman Franklin, Fire Safety Educator at 704-920-5529 for further information.

Yard Sale Sign Reminder Let’s work together to keep our roadways clean.

Officials with the City of Concord’s Zoning Enforcement would like to remind citizens of the regulations regarding the placement of signs.
• Signs must be no more than six square feet.
• May not be illuminated.
• May remain in place for 72 hours.
• May be placed in a yard or alongside an intersecting street provided they are not located in a sight triangle or street right-of-way.
• Must not be placed on any tree, street sign or utility pole. (Any signs placed in the right of way or on any utility pole will be removed).
• All signs must be self- standing.
City employees will remove signs, which do not meet the above requirements.
For more information please contact:
Deborah Clark Public Relations Manager
Phone: 704-920-5204