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Mooresville Dog Wizard owner Doug Woods.
Mooresville Dog Wizard owner Doug Woods. Mooresville Dog Wizard

Pierce will work at new vet clinic

Dr. Andrew Pierce, formerly of East Lincoln Animal Hospital in Denver, will be the attending veterinarian at the new Denver Animal Emergency clinic opening in mid-May.

The new clinic at 1420 N. NC 16 is located just north of Unity Church Road and across from Denver Defense. With 4,000-square feet, the clinic will feature a laborator with state-of-the-art blood and urine machines, digital X-ray and real-time ultrasound capabilities. Denver Animal Emergency will be the only emergency animal hospital in Lincoln County.

In addition to emergency care, the clinic will offer overnight supervised hospitalization with a veterinary technician.

Pierce was raised on a beef cattle farm in Harrisburg. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from UNC Charlotte while working as a veterinary assistant at East Lincoln Animal Hospital and graduated from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Pierce has a particular interest in emergency medicine, oncology, internal medicine and cardiology.

He lives in Denver with his wife, Shannon, their three young children, two dogs and a cat.

For more information, visit or call 980-222-7115.

Niswonger named finance director

Julie Niswonger was recently named finance director for the Town of Cornelius.

A town employee since 2002, she most recently worked as Accounting Operations Manager. Niswonger has assisted in preparing the town’s budgets, financial analyses, tax collections and auditing processes.

She began the new position on April 11.

Mooresville Dog Wizard ooffers services

Doug Woods is offering dog training services through the new Mooresville Dog Wizard.

“Our job as trainers is to train dogs to be obedient and loyal companions while also teaching owners to become confident and skilled handlers for their dogs,” Woods said. “Well-trained dogs are happier and a joy to be around, which makes for happier owners.”

Services include obedience training, socialization, aggression rehab and leash training. Puppy Preschool classes are offered Wednesdays at Lake Norman Puppy Planet, 896 Dove Court, Denver.

For a list of services and to learn about the Mooresville Dog Wizard, go to or call 704-625-1061.

Students win video contest

Community School of Davidson juniors Caroline Knight of Huntersville and Meghan O’Brien of Cornelius were among the top 10 winners of the 2016 New York Times Learning Network Vocabulary Video contest.

More than 800 contestants worldwide entered the video competition. Caroline illustrated the word “equinox” and Meghan illustrated “guffaw.”

Eliza Robinson of Davidson, also a student CSD, was honored in a separate category created specifically for her entry.

Community School of Davidson is a North Carolina public charter school serving students K-12.

Attorneys, firm recognize

Attorneys Sandy Carnegie and Jim Fuller of The McIntosh Law Firm in Davidson were recently named to this year’s Best Lawyers in America list in the field of personal injury and general litigation.

The McIntosh Law Firm also was named to the 2016 U.S. News And World Report Best Law Firms List for Metropolitan Tier 3 Rankings in Charlotte, in the field of personal injury litigation.

For information, visit or call 704-892-1699.

Karp named to Top of the Table status

Jeffrey Karp of Karp Financial Strategies in Mooresville recently qualified for the exclusive Top of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table – The Premier Association of Financial Professionals.

Karp is a 17-year Million Dollar Round Table member with five Top of the Table and 11 Court of the Table honors. Top of the Table status is the highest level of MDRT membership. Selection is based on exceptional professional knowledge, client service and ethical conduct.

MDRT is an independent association of more than 43,000 life insurance and financial services professionals.

For information, call Karp at 704-658-1929 or visit

Hospital recognized for Wound Center

Davis Regional Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center in Statesville recently received the Center of Distinction Award from Healogics, a provider of advanced wound care services.

The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent.

Chad French is the Davis Regional CEO, and Dr. Alan Keys is the medical director at Davis Regional Wound Healing Center.

New location

Larry Powers of Larry Powers CPA PLLC has moved his Mooresville firm from 542 Williamson Road in to 131 Plantation Ridge Drive, Suite 400, behind Auto Bell and across the street from the Lowe’s YMCA in Morrison Plantation. The new location is 3,120 square feet, nearly twice the size of the former office. For information call Powers at 704-799-3058 or visit

Compiled by Leigh Pressley