Pillowtex checks for workers: Nearly 5,500 former Pillowtex employees are getting checks dated May 10 from the Pillowtex Estate totaling $475,000 from the company's bankruptcy. Hourly workers received settlements in 2006, and these May 10 checks come from an agreement to make the distribution if funds remained from 2006 and if others creditors received their distributions. In 2003, Pillowtex closed and more than 6,000 people lost their jobs.
Blood drives: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Public will host blood drives in May. Donors must weigh 120 pounds. Dates include 1-4 p.m. May 13 at The Oaks at Town Center, 6300 Roberta Road, Harrisburg; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. May 15 at First Assembly Christian School, 635 Lyric Ave., Concord; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. May 22 at Providence Baptist Church of Harrisburg, 5315 N.C. 49 S., Harrisburg; and 1-4 p.m. May 27 at Novant Logistics, 1578 Roger Dale Carter Drive, Kannapolis. Details: www.cbcc.us.
Career workshops: Rowan Cabarrus Community College's R3 Center will host free career workshops in May. The Center, 200 West Ave., Kannapolis, assists the unemployed or under-employed.
Teacher honored: Beth Jewell, a kindergarten teacher at W. M. Irvin Elementary School, has been named the 2010-2011 SunTrust Gold Star Award Winner and Teacher of the Year for Cabarrus County Schools. Jewell received $1,000 and a Gold Star Award plaque from SunTrust Bank. She received a laptop from Cabarrus County Schools. Other finalists, who each received $250 from SunTrust Bank: Katherine Highsmith, Mount Pleasant High School; Michelle Kovalchick, Bethel Elementary School; Kim Livengood, Concord High School; and Susan Parker, Central Cabarrus High School.