Cabarrus County Kannapolis
Register now for the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative breakfast 8-11 a.m. April 23 at the old Cabarrus Bank building in Cannon Village.
Those attending will get a chance to hear the latest from state and local legislators and government officials.
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Iredell County Statesville
A longtime pizzeria that overcame the death of its founder and fires at two of its locations has won the 2010 Greater Lake Norman Community Business Award.
Village Inn Pizza was recognized at a March 4 luncheon in Mooresville. The award recognizes perseverance by a small business facing adversity.
William "Ray" Lackey founded Village Inn Pizza in 1967, when he opened the first of 12 area locations in Statesville.
In 2008, Lackey died unexpectedly, leaving Elizabeth Lackey-Miller as president. Within a year, an arsonist burned two of the Village Inn Pizza restaurants in Hickory to the ground.
Instead of giving up, the family chose to rebuild and rebound.
"We suffered together, we rebuild together, we've grown together and we will stand together," Elizabeth Lackey-Miller said in accepting the award.
Various Lake Norman area chambers of commerce and other business groups endorse the annual award. It is sponsored by Cornelius-based Aquesta Bank and Aquesta Insurance Services Inc.
Lincoln County Denver
Lake Norman Gymnastics Academy, 443 Pilot Knob Road, has added martial arts instruction through a partnership with the Martial Arts Training Institute.
The new MATI@LKNGA offers instruction in the style of Shorinji Kempo Karate.
Classes are 3 and 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. More classes will be added as the new program rolls out, including adult classes and special "Success for Safety for Children and Women" programs.
The MATI@LKNGA instructor is Master Scott Hartsell, who has taught karate for more than 20 years and is a fifth-degree black belt and a master instructor.
A former Mecklenburg County sheriff's deputy, Hartsell is on the board of the International Shorinji Kempo Karate Federation and a member of the World Black Belt Bureau. He was inducted into the World Karate Union's Hall of Fame as 2006 instructor of the year and the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame as 2006 man of the year.
Details: 704-483-1008; www.lkngymnastics.com.
Mecklenburg County Cornelius
Local State Farm agents Jason Colvin, Josh Martin, Butch English and Howard Culbreth presented a $10,000 matching grant on Feb. 27 to the Youth United group of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.
The agents joined Youth United volunteers early that morning to raise an exterior wall frame of a Habitat house.
Davidson Cycle Center will open soon at 109 Main St., selling motorcycle, ATV, personal watercraft and scooter parts and accessories.
Details: 704-578-6741; www.davidsoncycle.com.
Monkee's of Lake Norman opened its second Davidson location recently, on Main Street beside Classic Bride & Formals.
The flagship location is at 624 Jetton St, Suite 130, near Interstate 77 Exit 30. Monkee's sells women's shoes, clothing and accessories.