This week, President/CEO Chris Leggett presented checks for $15,000 each to representatives of Calvary Children’s Home, Warehouse of Hope, and MUST Ministries.
“These organizations play such a pivotal role in our community because of their missions, and we hope that this check today will enable your organizations to continue to do great things for our neighbors in need,” Leggett said.
Remaining funds were distributed to 15 other charities and families in need.
NAACP honors local resident
MARIETTA — Marietta resident Eric E. Jacobson, executive director for the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, was honored by the NAACP for the Real Communities Initiative concept.
Launched in 2009, the initiative provides cutting edge, intentionally inclusive activities throughout the State with a focus on projects that create opportunities for all people — with and without disabilities — to be fully engaged in the social life and civic development of their communities.
Jacobson accepted the award at the 14th annual Atlanta NAACP Jondelle Johnson Freedom Fund Dinner on Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
* Emory Healthcare has joined WellCare Health Plans, Inc., offering expanded access to WellCare Medicare Advantage members in Georgia. This partnership adds nearly 1,800 Emory physicians and health care providers to the WellCare network, including Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna. For more information, call 1 (866) 334-7730.
* The Weather Channel and weather.com has expanded the My Friends Weather social feature on weather.com to surface friends and family affected by local severe weather alerts such as tornado warnings, winter storm warnings, flood warnings and more.
* Sculpted Body Pilates, owned by Kathy Dickson, opened at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 133 in Woodlawn Square. Thirty small group classes are offered seven days a week. The first class is free if you book on line at www.sculptedbodypilates.com. For more information, call (770) 971-9999.
Delta to hire 400 attendants
ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines Inc. is looking for up to 400 flight attendants, many of them for overseas flights for next summer.
Roughly one-third of the hires will be people who speak the language in some of the overseas cities where Delta flies. It’s looking for speakers of Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin and Hindi.
Delta says it has received 22,000 applications. CEO Richard Anderson said in a message to employees that Delta is getting two applications every minute.
Delta plans to begin interviewing applicants in January, with training beginning in the spring.
Starting two years ago, Delta added 1,000 flight attendants, including recalling 425 from furlough.
The hiring doesn’t mean Delta is growing. It has said it will do the same amount of flying next year as it did in 2012.
Deal: Mando to add 660 jobs
HOGANSVILLE — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says a Korean auto manufacturer plans to build a new casting facility at its manufacturing complex in west Georgia, creating 660 jobs by 2020.
Mando Corp. announced plans in 2011 to construct its existing manufacturing facility in Meriwether County.
Deal said in a statement Friday that it selected the west Georgia site for an expansion involving the new casting facility after a competitive search.
Deal said that with the expansion, Mando will become the largest employer in Meriwether County.
The governor said the new 317,000-square-foot casting facility will be in the Meriwether Industrial Park in the Hogansville area, about 60 miles southwest of Atlanta.
Walgreen’s 1Q profits sink
Walgreen’s fiscal first-quarter earnings sank nearly 26 percent as costs tied to a couple of big deals and Superstorm Sandy helped put a bigger-than-expected dent in the drugstore chain’s performance.
CEO Greg Wasson told analysts he saw the quarter as a “turning point” for the Deerfield, Ill., company, which has been working to recapture customers it lost during a contract dispute with Express Scripts Holding Co. But investors didn’t buy that message, at least initially, as the stock fell deeper than broader market declines in Friday trading.
Walgreen Co. spent $4 billion in cash earlier this year to buy a stake in Alliance Boots, a Swiss company that runs the largest drugstore chain in the United Kingdom. It also spent $438 million on a drugstore chain focused on the mid-South under the USA Drug, Super D Drug and Med-X names.
Hostess may split up brands
NEW YORK — Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Devil Dogs are likely to return to shelves in coming months, but probably not under the same owners.
Hostess Brands Inc. said in bankruptcy court Friday that it’s narrowing down the bids it received for its brands and expects to sell off its snack cakes and bread to separate buyers. The testimony came from an investment banker for Hostess, which is in the process of liquidating.
A likely suitor has emerged for the namesake Hostess brand, which includes Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos, along with Dolly Madison cakes, which includes Coffee Cakes and Zingers, said Joshua Scherer of Perella Weinberg Partners. He said another viable bid was made for Drake’s cakes, which includes Devil Dogs, Funny Bones and Yodels. That bidder also wants to buy the Drake’s plant in Wayne, N.J., which Scherer said is the country’s only kosher bakery plant.