Aquesta Bank elects board members

CORNELIUS – Aquesta Financial Holdings elected David Pickens and Paul Jaszewski as board members to the Aquesta Bank's board of directors. 

Pickens, of Cornelius, works as CEO and majority owner of PSI Control Solutions. He moved the company's headquarters from Kentucky to North Carolina in December 2000.

Jaszewski, of Cornelius, joined Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants at Carolinas Medical Center in 1989.


Uncle Maddio’s giving away pizza

CHARLOTTE – Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint is opening its second Charlotte-area location in Huntersville, at 10009 NorthCross Center Court.

To celebrate, Uncle Maddio’s will give away one 9-inch-three topping, fully customizable pizza to all customers in line 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 12.

Uncle Maddio's specializes in a build-your-own pizza, panini and salad concept. The chain offers pizzas in four size options.

Guests choose one of three crusts and 48 toppings, including 27 vegetables, 15 meats and six sauces.



Leadership Lake Norman accepts applications

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its Leadership Lake Norman program.

The program develops a group of people capable of providing visionary and progressive leadership for the region.  

Applications are due by Aug. 22.


Website helps clients complete tasks

CORNELIUS – A new website unites those who have tasks that need completion with freelancers looking to help others get jobs done. 

The web service was started by a busy working mom, Julie Miller, who noticed two things: Her “to-do” list kept growing and she could never seem to tackle some of the tasks. A number of people around her were either underemployed, working overtime for extra pay or looking to turn a hobby into a business.

Miller designed TaskMasters to help people get help with chores or get paid to help others complete those tasks.



Duke Energy accepts grant applications

CHARLOTTE – Duke Energy is offering grants through the Habitat Enhancement Program to agencies and nonprofits that want to enhance, create and protect fish and wildlife habitats along the Catawba-Wateree River and its tributaries. 

The program is funded annually from a fee charged to people and residential marina developers seeking permits to build piers on the Catawba-Wateree lakes.

More than $150,000 was awarded in 2013 for projects ranging from construction of waterfowl nesting platforms to the creation of large underwater reefs.

Find applications at by July 31. 


Hendrick expands auto empire

CHARLOTTE – Hendrick Automotive Group opened Hendrick Auto Mall Concord, encompassing six dealerships and 10 manufacturer nameplates on Bruton Smith Boulevard.

The auto mall features four new dealership facilities including three new franchises to the area: Hendrick KIA of Concord, Hendrick Volkswagen of Concord and Hendrick FIAT of Concord.

Including the April 2012 launch of Hendrick Luxury Auto Mall at Northlake, Hendrick Auto Mall Concord is the second major project in North Charlotte for Hendrick Automotive Group.



Mecklenburg jobless rate rose

RALEIGH — Unemployment rates increased in 92 of North Carolina’s counties, including Mecklenburg, in May, according to statistics recently released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate increased from 6.3 percent in April to 6.7 percent in May. Mecklenburg reported a 8.2 percent jobless rate in May 2013.


Cavin-Cook building Heritage House

MOORESVILLE – Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory has broken ground on Heritage House, a 4,000-square-foot multipurpose hall for families of the bereaved to use.

According to President/Owner Mike Cook, preferences for how to say goodbye to a loved one are changing. He said the traditional viewing of the body is not as popular. Families are opting, instead for gathering together for one final meal before heading home.

The building will house a catering kitchen and capacity for 220 people to sit and 300 standing individuals. The building is scheduled to be ready for business by Christmas. The hall will be available to rent for baby showers, graduation parties or family reunions.