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Complimentary November 2016

Living the Good Life

Connecting You to the World IREDELL LIVING • NOVEMBER 2016







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Welcome to the November issue.


What a busy month this is going to be! As American citizens, we all have a duty to vote on November 8th. I want to encourage everyone in our area to exercise your right by getting out to the polls and letting your voice be heard. This is an important election, so if you don't vote, you have no right to complain! I am so grateful and appreciative to the men and women who have served our country and for the sacrifices they have made. Please remember the veterans in our area on November 11th, which is Veteran's Day. A special thank you to all veterans for your service! Thanksgiving means more than food, football games and a day off work. This is truly a special time of year when we can gather with family and friends and give thanks for the many blessings that we have. I hope you have a moment to reflect on the things you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Living the Good Life

November 2016

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November 2016

8 • Counting My Blessings 12 • Yadtel

Connecting You To The World

19 • Planning Your Holiday Events

The Easy Way!

20 • Aqua B Boutique

Affordable Style For Everyone

22 • Victor McIntyre


Member Of The Greatest Generation

27 • Inspiration From Presidential


29 • What's Cooking?!

Apple-Glazed Turkey With Stuffing And Gravy

32 • A Word From The

Statesville Chamber Things To Do In Statesville

34 • A Word From The

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and my failures brought me closer to success; the work that I’m allowed to enjoy and the people I have the privilege to work with; AND my friends who get me. They know my past and my present. They are always happy when I succeed and there to console and encourage me when I fail.

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Counting My Blessings By Cheryl Grant


his Thanksgiving season, I have been contemplating my list of things that I am grateful for. At the top of the list was family–sharing DNA seems to bind you together like nothing else; my husband of 37 years, who always encourages me to reach for the stars; my sons, who share their love with me and whose accomplishments bring me much joy; God, who is limitless; my country and those who have served and are serving, who make it possible for me to pursue my dreams; monetary things that I have been blessed with–money doesn’t make you happy, but the lack of it can make life hard; my successes and failures–I’ve learned from both,

Recently, I planned on making a large purchase for my birthday, just a little real estate. It was really more of an investment than a frivolous purchase. Nonetheless, it could be considered extravagant. In my group of friends, I’ve learned who I can and cannot discuss future plans with, only telling the latter group after the deed is done. Be careful who you share your aspirations with. Some will talk you right out of your vision, and if things go wrong, they are the first to say, “I told you so.” Advice can be a helpful thing from the right people, but it can be debilitating from those who want to put you in a box that they are comfortable with. This purchase was large enough that I felt I should test the waters to see what one friend in particular would say. I have the utmost respect and admiration for her. I knew she wouldn’t fill me with fear but would tell me if I was crazy for considering such a thing. So I called her up and simply laid out stage one of my plan. All she said was, “That sounds wonderful.” I laughed and told her I was halfway hoping that she would talk me out of it. She replied, “Never!” This is the kind of friend I am most thankful for! If you have someone in your life who you trust, who doesn’t put limitations on themselves or you, and are happy to see you succeed, you truly have something that money can’t buy. This Thanksgiving, when you are sitting around the table enjoying your friends and family, try not to get so caught up in the details, but rather, reflect on what those people mean to you. The most treasured things in life cannot be valued monetarily; they are priceless. I hope you take the time this season to make your list of blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Connecting You to the World By Kristie Darling

When I met with Kyle Martin at his Yadtel office, we talked about telecommunications for business. I’ll admit, the term was familiar, but I wasn’t sure exactly what that meant. So, like most people these days, I used telecommunications to look up “telecommunications.” It’s the transmission of signs, signals, messages, writing, images, sounds, or intelligence by wire, radio, optical, or other electromagnetic systems. It’s the exchange of information between people using technology. See? It’s simple, really, especially when you work with professionals at Yadtel who have the solutions that your business needs. Yadtel Group is a communications company that has provided services for over 60 years. Several divisions serve our area: Yadtel Telecom, North Valley Media, and Yadtel Publishing. Yadtel can be a huge player in ensuring that your technology is up-to-date with top quality, professionally installed and serviced equipment by a team of certified engineers and technicians who know a whole lot more than most of us. YADTEL TELECOM “In the early 1950s, just after the end of World War II, incumbent carriers were not bringing phone service into rural areas,” Kyle explained. “So local folks organized a cooperative telephone company, the Yadkin Valley Telephone Membership Corporation. Since that start-up of about 140 lines and a manual switchboard, we have established the company as the go-to business communications technology service provider in the greater Yadkin Valley area. We are so

much more than a phone company; we continue to investigate new technologies and services for the businesses and families we serve.” Indeed, Yadtel Telecom’s focus includes business and residential phone systems of any size: long-distance and voice mail; high speed Internet (service up to 100 meg) and Wi-Fi; structured wiring and network planning, installation and service; data security and network management; commercial TV services for business, as well as in-home television; PC sales and service; surveillance systems; and AT&T wireless, available in certain areas. “Pretty much, anything tech-wise inside your business that supports running your business, we are experts at providing,” Kyle said. “To name just a few of our customers, we have installed phone, wiring, surveillance and/or network equipment systems for Davie County government, Southern Farm Supply, the towns of Harmony and


On the cover–The Yadtel Business Sales team–left to right; Sales Specialists Barry Rentz and Trish Todd; Manager Kyle Martin; Engineer Phyllis Presley; Sales Representative Jesse Miles (Photo by Shane Greene Photography)

Opposite page–Phyllis Presley and Jesse Miles (Photo by Shane Greene Photography) Pictured–Phyllis Presley works with a client to set up his new ESI phone system. (Photo by Hayden Bauguess) Yadkinville, Union Grove Saw and Knife, and Southern Cross Logistics, a new business located north of Statesville.” TODAY’S PHONE SYSTEMS Phone communication, despite all the devices, social media, and new gadgets we have, continues to be the workhorse IREDELL LIVING • NOVEMBER 2016


of any business set-up. Every business operation must have reliable, hardworking phones and equipment, as well as timely service and maintenance. Yadtel offers a variety of phone systems and features, such as cordless options, digital and IP, paging, and call management software. Single and multi-access lines, long distance plans, conference calling, and toll free numbers can be set up for mom and pop operations, retail, corporate, or industrial settings. “Our employees install and maintain all our solutions and systems, and because we are a cooperative with a community supportive mentality, our customers are typically one of our member/owners,” Kyle told me, “and our employees live in the communities we serve so that quality customer service and support are our focus. We want everyone we work with to be completely satisfied in all that we offer.” WIRELESS FOR BUSINESS AND RESIDENTIAL Smartphones and mobile phones are a necessary component of our busy lives these days. Phones and tablets in just about every flavor, from Apple to Samsung, with Amazon, AT&T, HTC, Kyocera, LG, and Motorola in between, are available at Yadtel retail stores. Contract, no-contract, and prepaid plans are available with AT&T Wireless. Four retail stores are located in Bermuda Run, Jonesville, Mocksville, and Yadkinville. If you need better cell coverage and signal boosters, information about how they can help are available in the stores. STATE-OF-THE-ART NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE “We are putting Fiber-To-The-Home service in our area now,” Kyle continued. “FTTH allows customers to access the most up-to-date telecommunications services. Currently, FTTH is available to more than 65% of the homes and businesses throughout our service area.”

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• Trish Todd in Business Sales and Solutions offers personal care for her clients from the initial order throughout their partnership with Yadtel. • Barry Rentz, business sales and solutions specialist, is a 15-year veteran in Yadtel’s services. • Joe Adams, IT specialist, works to maintain Yadtel’s bank of network servers. (Photos by Hayden Bauguess) 14


VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES North Valley Media is the creative side of Yadtel. “We are totally unique in the community,” Kyle told me. “For regional businesses, we can start with concept, scripts, and storyboards for commercials, corporate, industrial and training videos, documentaries, customer testimonials, and events. North Valley’s professional filming studio is equipped with a full-height screen, state-of-the-art cameras and editing technology. North Valley Media can help you create memorable social media sites and colorful, dynamic websites that will capture audiences most effectively. Don’t just think about your video, get in touch with this creative production team and start brainstorming your ideas together.

SECURITY FOR PROPERTY, DATA, AND PEOPLE SURVEILLANCE: Full video surveillance with 24/7 Internet monitoring is critical in commercial settings, from retail stores to corporate offices, manufacturing and industry. Everything that happens at your business can be captured with a multi-camera setup, or you might just want to see what goes on at the counter where sales are made or storerooms where inventory is stored. The team will help you analyze what you need, then plan and install a system that you feel safe with, that’s easy to operate and maintain. In-home monitoring can give homeowners and parents peace of mind. DATA: Data protection requires reliable backup, storage, and recovery. Local and/or cloud storage is critical to protect against damage or disaster. Yadtel’s Y-Protect data backup solutions include hard copy delivery options for fast restoration. Y-Shield service protects against malicious threats to your data through a Yadtel managed firewall that has content filtering, remote access, and secure Wi-Fi connections. PEOPLE: Yadtel can help protect you and your loved ones. With Y-Home installed, you can remotely lock doors, turn lights on or off, adjust the temperature, monitor motion, sense smoke and carbon monoxide, and capture video in critical spaces in and around your home. Want to learn more? A call to 336-463-5022 will put you in touch with Yadtel’s many services and products. The website,, answers questions and helps you fine-tune your telecommunications needs. I recommend to anyone who would like new or improved services for their business or at home to get in touch–your questions will be answered and you will be very well served by the folks at Yadtel.

Yadtel 336-463-5022

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• Harmony Town Hall, a customer of Yadtel's phone system services (Photo by Mark Cartner) • Johnathan Loflin and Joe Adams, members of Yadtel’s IT team, are experts in phone system installation and maintenance. • Jesse Miles explaining Yadtel services to potential clients at SCAN of Iredell. (Photos by Hayden Bauguess) IREDELL LIVING • NOVEMBER 2016







Owner and Military Veteran, Sou Chef Alexander, Patti Dayton, Jill Crosby and the entire LANGTREE Catering team have served Lake Norman for over 15 years focusing on the presentation, the food and the service! Catering - Chef Tim Schafer & Cafe - Chef Nate (Formally of Jeffrey’s)

331 Alcove Road, Suite 101 • Mooresville

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Planning Your

Holiday Events the Easy Way! By Kathy Wheeler

I recently attended a very impressive wedding reception at Langtree Plantation catered by Langtree Catering and Events. The food was excellent, the desserts were to die for, and it was all beautifully displayed. The servers were on spot clearing plates and taking special requests. I loved that there were three food stations with three different entrées to choose from and no long lines. The attention to detail was obvious! The holidays are just around the corner. Are you hosting an event? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a professional team handling the details, so you can enjoy your guests? If you are looking to hire a caterer for your corporate Christmas party, holiday wedding, or maybe you just need some help with your family’s holiday get together, look no further! Langtree Catering has been catering to the Lake Norman area for over 15 years with fresh food, creative menus, artistic presentation, and impeccable service–one without the other is less than perfection. Owner and Sous Chef Alexander and his culinary staff are equally focused on the presentation, the food, and the service, making your event a pleasant and memorable experience for everyone. They can customize a menu and handle the details, leaving you to mingle with your guests. As with any business, Langtree Catering is not a one-manshow. Chef Tim Schafer, Executive Chef Nate (formally of Jeffery’s), and Chef Andrew bring years of experience and expertise to the culinary team of Langtree Catering. In addition, Chris, Patti, and Sous Chef Alexander–the culinary support staff–know what they are doing when it comes to making your event exceptional.

Chef Tim was the 2016 Lake Norman Top Chef winner. Chefs participate in an “Iron Chef” style competition, and the proceeds go to support CareNet Counseling of Statesville and Lake Norman. Langtree Catering supports the community in many ways, from catering functions for nonprofits like Lowes YMCA, Serenity House, Mooresville Soup Kitchen and others, to making sure that leftover food does not go to waste. Alexander said, “We want our food to change people’s lives. At any event, there are always leftovers. We don’t waste those but have organizations we work with in distributing the leftover food to those in need.” Langtree Catering works with various venues including Langtree Plantation and Charles Mack Citizen Center, to name a couple. “Small private functions receive the same attention to detail as large events. We want to make each memorable for all guests, for all the right reasons,” Alexander explained.


For holiday events, contact Langtree Catering and Events (the sooner, the better) by calling 704-438-9777 or visit Their new catering showroom called “SoLuna Cafe & Bakery, Wine & Dessert Bar,” will also be opening soon at the Langtree North Building, off of Alcove Road, next to Schumacher Homes Design Center and the entrance to the Langtree Charter Academy.




Left–Owner Michele Willis and Mooresville Manager Amanda Trouille Opposite page, clockwise– • Z Supply is everyone’s new favorite brand. • Aqua B carries a large selection of Simply Southern tees and accessories. • Erimish bracelets–5/$35– make a great gift! • Show your North Carolina pride with Home Ts.

Affordable Style for Everyone By Meredith Collins | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

Want to add a few unique, comfortable, and fashionable items to your winter wardrobe? Stop by Aqua B Boutiques in Mooresville and Hickory. With multiple shipments of classy items arriving daily, they are always adding new merchandise. “We get lots of boxes each day,” Aqua B owner Michele Willis said. “You can shop every single day of the week, and you’re going to see fun, new articles each time. We are constantly moving items, and we remerchandise at least once or twice a week.” Michele says customers appreciate the variety and get excited when new items 20


arrive. Many returning customers have built relationships with store staff who recommend new items. Purchase options include clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, and handbags. Simply Southern, Miss Me, Z Supply, Brighton jewelry (only available at Hickory location), Lily & Laura jewelry, and The Home T are among the popular brands at Aqua B. Michele and her staff carefully choose each brand and product based on fabrics, quality, comfort, and affordability. And, of course, they choose trending colors and styles. “We sell jeans starting at $32 and tops in the mid $20s to $30s,” Michele

said. “We try to keep our selections affordable and offer a wide range of prices to meet everyone’s budget. You’re going to find a lot of items in the mid-range, with some in the lower and higher ranges.” Michele says one of their best sellers this year is $8 to $15 leggings. Michele wants people to be able to find something they like that’s affordable. One misconception is that only teens and young adults shop at Aqua B. They have many customers in their 40s and 50s, and are pleased to serve several regular customers in their 70s who find great fashions that work very well; they leave with things they love. “Our target market is everyone,” Michele said. “We have women in their 70s who might say, as they come in, that they probably won’t find anything, but they do. Your age is just a number. The way you dress is the way you feel. The same piece can look good on a 17-year-old or a 70-year-old. You can look stylish and well-dressed and stay within your comfort zone.”

For Michele and her sales team, customer service is a huge focus. “We pride ourselves on customer service,” Michele said. “We have many repeat customers, and want all of our customers to feel welcome.” Aqua B sells their goods online, too. At least once a week, new items get added to the online store, but many items sell out before they can even upload to the website. You should check often! “This is my passion,” Michele said. “It’s about helping women feel good about

themselves and have a great experience. I want everyone to enjoy the time they spend in our store and always have fun shopping here.” With Christmas around the corner, Aqua B is the place to shop for great gifts, and they offer free giftwrapping! Mooresville Hickory 688-B Bluefield Rd. 262 Union Square 704-664-7229 828-323-7200

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Victor McIntyre today in the uniform he wore at retirement in 1985.

He gave himself to his country and off he went to Bainbridge, Maryland for training. By mid 1944, he was on the USS General William Mitchell AP 114 in the South Pacific hitting the beach at Guam. “The Marines hit the beach at 4:30, and we were on the beach at 6,” Vic recalls. When Vic was sent home in 1946, he joined the Navy Reserves. “I started at a Navy Reserve unit in 1946 in downtown Statesville. We first met in the basement of the City Hall building,” Vic shared. In 1950, he was called up again for the Korean War and reported back to Norfolk and then to Long Beach, California, offering his talents again to get ships back into commission. Vic retired in 1985 after 42 years of service to his country at the rank of chief petty officer. After serving in two wars, you would think he had done his duty for his country and mankind, but Vic still wanted to give.

Victor McIntyre– Member of the Greatest Generation Photo and Article by Linda B. Wilson

It is said that people born during the 1920s and 1930s are from “the greatest generation.” At least that is what Tom Brokaw believed when he wrote a book on the subject. After interviewing Victor McIntyre, I tend to believe that Mr. Brokaw was on to something. That generation grew up with the economic depression of the 1930s, they served in one of the deadliest wars of our history, and after that, they came home to build the greatest nation. Through the hardships that most of us cannot imagine, they never shirked responsibility or made excuses that life was too hard. After graduating high school, Victor McIntyre went to work in the shipyards in Norfolk, Virginia. “It started getting really cold outside on the water, so I joined the Navy. I thought it would be warmer inside the ship than outside,” he laughs. 22


In 2000 he joined the Red Cross. Feeling the need to help more people, and since he had a gift working with wood and building, he volunteered with the Western North Carolina Methodist building teams. He traveled overseas and in the United States constructing and renovating churches, schools, and anything else that was needed. He made over 60 overseas trips and many in the United States with the Red Cross and the missions organization. “We spent six weeks in the Congo building churches and schools,” he recalls. “Also went out to California twice fighting the wild fires.” All the while volunteering at the Cool Spring Fire Department in his spare time. Just three years ago, when Vic was 88-years-old, he went to Alaska and helped expand a church, put a new roof on, and refinish pews. While Vic was away so much his wife, Louise, kept the home fires burning and took care of everything, including their sons Loring and Kristan, and two other sons they claim as their own, Dennis and Robby. Now, at a young 91 years, Vic says he has retired. Although we still find him greeting and serving as usher at New Salem United Methodist almost every Sunday, I have a feeling he will keep giving whenever he can.









Inspiration From Presidential Greats

It’s been a big year for our country, one that was full of anxiety, changes, and uncertainty. No matter your political affiliation, we can all learn from some of the most influential presidents of yesteryear. Let the great deeds of past presidents inspire you to do great things in your daily life.

By Lauren Davidson

George Washington: Did you know that our first president was a dropout? His mother didn’t have enough money to send Washington to college, so he became a surveyor. Washington believed that he could do great things, and where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you doubt your ability to do something, go the extra mile to learn more about how you can make it happen. Create opportunities for yourself by keeping an open mind and a firm belief in your capabilities. Theodore Roosevelt: Roosevelt was the first sitting president to leave the country. In 1906, he made history by going to oversee the construction of the Panama Canal. The lesson here is to think big. Just because no one else has done it before, doesn’t mean that you can’t. We are living in a time of extreme innovation–why not make your mark? Anything is possible. Abraham Lincoln: Did you know that Honest Abe ran for senate twice and lost by five votes? He is quoted in 1859 as saying, “I would rather have a full term in the senate than in the presidency.” Because of his impressive speeches, he was destined for a greater job as the president of the United States, but at the time, all he saw was a crushing defeat. Sometimes, small losses may seem like big ones, but the future held greater things for Lincoln. It can be so for you, too, if you believe in yourself and your purpose.

Thomas Jefferson: Jefferson was a true Renaissance man. He was interested in learning everything that he could. The owner of over 6,000 books, Jefferson pursued knowledge in astronomy, paleontology, architecture, agriculture, food, wine, and more. Throughout his life, Jefferson never lost interest in learning new things. Today, we have more resources at hand than ever. Why not sign up for a class on or listen to a Ted Talk? You never know what might inspire you. Jefferson found learning to be fun: “There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.” Find the joy in learning new things–you’re never too old. James K. Polk: James Polk married Sarah Childress, who was well educated, especially so for the time. She went to Salem Female Academy, here in North Carolina, and helped write Polk’s speeches. Take a note from his playbook, and surround yourself with people who support your dreams and make you better. Andrew Johnson: Before becoming president, Johnson apprenticed as a tailor and continued making his own suits even after ascending to the presidency. Johnson took pride in his suit-making skills, and it made him happy. If you have a hobby that you’re passionate about, make time for it. It doesn’t have to be your career, but if it makes you feel good and accomplished, work it into your daily life.

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What's Cooking?! Apple-Glazed Turkey with Stuffing & Gravy

Apple-Glazed Turkey with Stuffing & Gravy

Serves 14 | Prep Time 30 Min. | Total 3+ Hours

STUFFING 12 oz. bacon slices cut in ½ inch pieces 4 cups chopped onions 3 cups chopped celery 1 cup chopped dried apples 6 cups chopped pecans, toasted 1½ tsp. dried thyme 1 tsp. dried sage 1 package (16 oz.) cornbread stuffing crumbs 2½ cups low-sodium chicken broth ½ cup butter, melted Non-stick cooking spray TURKEY 1 cup apple jelly 1 cup apple juice ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar ¼ cup honey ½ tsp. salt 16-18 lb. Butterball® Fresh or Frozen Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen GRAVY ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 cans (14½ oz. each) low sodium chicken broth


STUFFING Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels. Reserve 2 tbsp. drippings in skillet. Set bacon aside. Add onion and celery to drippings. Cook on medium-high heat 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Combine bacon, onion mixture, apples, pecans, thyme and sage. Stir in stuffing crumbs. Stir in broth and butter. Remove

7 cups of stuffing for stuffing turkey. Spoon remaining stuffing into a 1½ quart baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Bake covered 30 minutes; uncover and bake 15 minutes. TURKEY Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine jelly, juice, vinegar, honey and salt in small, heavy saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 1¼ cups, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reserve ¼ cup mixture for gravy. Set remaining mixture aside for basting turkey. Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities of turkey. Drain juices from turkey. Pat dry with paper towels. Fill neck cavity with part of the stuffing. Turn wings back to hold neck skin against back of turkey. Fill body cavity with remaining stuffing. Place turkey, breast up, on flat roasting rack in shallow roasting pan. Spray turkey with cooking spray. Place small pieces of aluminum foil over skin of neck

cavity and over stuffing at body cavity opening to prevent over browning during roasting. Brush turkey with some glaze mixture. Loosely cover breast and tops of drumsticks with aluminum foil to prevent overcooking. Bake 2 hours. Uncover turkey breast and brush turkey with additional glaze mixture. Return foil to top of turkey and continue roasting until meat thermometer inserted deep in thigh reaches 180°F. Let turkey stand 15 minutes before removing stuffing and carving. GRAVY Pour drippings into 1 quart measure; skim fat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Add reserved glaze mixture and enough water or broth to make 3½ cups. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Recipe and photo compliments of Butterball. IREDELL LIVING • NOVEMBER 2016








Things To Do In Statesville

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



ave you ever been asked to be a secret shopper? You know, the type of thing where you go to a restaurant or a local retail shop posing as a customer but are really rating the establishment for courtesy, information, quality, and overall experience. Several years ago, when we went through a community branding and marketing campaign, we had some folks who served in that capacity. They would ask front line staff at local hotels and convenience stores, “What is there to do in Statesville?” Can you guess what the response was? “Not much of anything, really!” Fast forward six years, and we are hearing that “lack of anything to do” response less and less. The partnership of organizations in the downtown community has spent an incredible amount of time and energy creating events and initiatives that give our community an incredible energy: • Piedmont HealthCare Friday After Five concert series–About nine summer concerts on alternating Friday nights at the end of West Broad Street. • Spring and Fall Art Crawls–As many as 80 artists in over 30 retail locations on cool Friday evenings in respective seasons throughout downtown. • Juneteenth–A national celebration that brings a diversity of folks together to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Typically held on South Center Street each June. • Bike Criterium–Hundreds of biking enthusiasts compete in laps around the downtown core attracting thousands of spectators. Held on a Friday evening in August. • Performing Arts Live–Six world class entertainment ensembles present Saturday performances throughout the year; a variety of international artists that will amaze you.

• Full Bloom Film Festival–Typically the third weekend in September, the festival showcases over 80 international films in four downtown venues, attracting national attention. • Carolina BalloonFest–Largest event in Iredell County that celebrates our unique heritage in hot air ballooning. Over 40,000 people attend this threeday event. • Hops and Harmony–Statesville’s first craft beer festival, held in early October, brought in over 1,000 people to sample the region’s best craft beer and hear great music. The list of events over the course of the year could take up several pages of this magazine. Upcoming events through the end of the year, include: • Haunted Statesville Tours–Two weekends of tours touting stories (real and imagined) about the spooky history of our community. • Statesville Pumpkinfest–Saturday, November 5. Join over 100 vendors, three entertainment stages, a kid’s zone, craft beer garden, and thousands of friends in downtown Statesville. • Small Business Saturday–November 26. Celebrate great bargains at local merchants’ establishments. • Statesville Christmas Parade–December 11. This is a community tradition and one of the most well-run parades in the state. • Downtown Shop & Stroll–December 2, 9, and 16–Enjoy great shopping in downtown when merchants stay open late. Horse drawn carriage rides, carolers, and great crowds. It is hard to imagine these words being used, “There’s not much to do in Statesville,” anymore. For information on these and other events and activities, please call the Statesville Chamber at 704-873-2892 or go to our website at



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tarting December 1st of this year, millions more workers will become eligible for overtime pay.


New Overtime Payment Rule

Under a new rule announced by the White House, anybody making a salary of less than $47,476 ($913 a week) will automatically qualify for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. That's roughly double the $23,660 threshold that's currently in place. This is intended to expand access to overtime pay for otherwise low-salaried workers who log long hours, but have been treated as exempt from overtime because they perform some managerial duties. The percent of salaried workers automatically eligible for overtime has fallen to 7% from 62% in 1975. Now, 35% of salaried workers will become eligible. This threshold will be updated every three years to keep it at the 40th percentile of full-time salaries in the lowest income region of the country. Based on wage growth projections, it could rise to $51,000 by 2020. This Final Rule updates the regulations for determining whether white collar salaried employees are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime protections. Executive, administrative, and professional employees are exempt. This exemption is sometimes referred to as the “white collar” or “EAP” exemption. To qualify, a white collar employee generally must:

Kirk Ballard President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce



• be salaried–paid a predetermined and fixed salary that is not subject to reduction because of variations in the quality or quantity of work performed; the salary basis test. • be paid more than a specified weekly salary of $913 per week (the equivalent of $47,476 annually for a full-year worker); the salary level test. • primarily perform executive, administrative, or professional duties; the duties test.

Certain employees are not subject to either the salary basis or salary level tests, for example doctors, teachers, and lawyers. The Department's regulations also provide an exemption for certain highly compensated employees who earn above a higher total annual compensation level, $134,004 under this Final Rule and satisfy a minimal duties test. The salary level test is supposed to help identify salaried workers who are entitled to overtime pay when they work long hours. The current salary level is outdated and no longer does its job of helping separate salaried white collar employees who should get overtime pay for working extra hours from those who should be exempt. The Department is updating these regulations to ensure that the FLSA's intended overtime protections are fully implemented and to simplify the identification of overtime-eligible workers, thus making the exemption easier for employers and workers to understand and apply. These revisions will also help ensure that, in the future, the regulations continue to appropriately separate workers who are entitled to overtime protections and those who may be exempt. The change is expected to affect retail and restaurant industries the most. But it will also affect all private sector industries, as well as government offices and nonprofits, from social service organizations to universities. Companies have some steps to complete and decisions to make to comply with the Department of Labor's new overtime regulations, which take effect Dec. 1. If you need help staying abreast of current laws, mandates, and upcoming issues, talk to an expert HR consultant, along with your business accountant and attorney. Additional information is available at the Department of Labor website:





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