Job applications being accepted at sweetFrog

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 05:22 AM

Applications for employment are now being accepted at sweetFrog, located between Plum Natural Market and Folk’s Cleaners on Oak Street Extension in Forest City.

Individuals 16 years of age or older interested in applying as sweetFrog team members should stop by the store and pick up an application. Completed forms can be returned to the store.

Local business owner Mickey Waters intends to open his sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt store this spring, depending on the progression of construction.

As the founder of one of the first health and fitness centers in Rutherford County with a goal of helping the county become the healthiest in North Carolina, Waters is expanding his emphasis on total wellness with the opening of sweetFrog.

“We’re excited about sweetFrog. We believe we’re going to give a great experience to the community and allow people to come in and have a good time of fellowship while enjoying some premium frozen yogurt,” Waters said.

Currently one of the most rapidly expanding frozen yogurt concepts and franchises in the country, sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt began when entrepreneur Derek Cha, along with his wife Annah Kim and two children, moved to Richmond, Va. in 2009. At that time, frozen yogurt shops were primarily located on the West Coast, but Cha was attracted to the concept because of its simplicity and low cost. 

With faith, prayer and the support of his family and friends, Cha opened the first sweetFrog store in 2009 in the Short Pump subdivision of Richmond. Five years later, sweetFrog has grown significantly, with more than 320 stores operating in 25 states and international locations in the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic.

The goal of sweetFrog is to create the best frozen yogurt experience guests have ever had, while fostering local partnerships, fundraisers and commitment to the surrounding community. The F.R.O.G. in sweetFrog stands for ‘Fully Rely on God,’ which the franchise strives to show at every store location.

Early registration for FSA programs is April 15

FOREST CITY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance.  Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Center before April 15.

Enrollment for the disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, including the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will begin by April 15.

“We expect significant interest in these programs,” said Garcia. “Early registration should help improve the sign-up process and allow us to expedite implementation of the programs. I strongly encourage producers to complete their paperwork ahead of time.”

Examples of updates or changes to report include:

•New producers or producers who have not reported farm records to FSA;

•Producers who have recently bought, sold or rented land.  Those producers need to ensure that changes have been reported and properly recorded by local FSA county office personnel. Reports of purchased or sold property should include a copy of the land deed, and if land has been leased, then documentation should be provided that indicates the producer had/has control of the acreage.

•Producers that have changed business structures (e.g. formed a partnership or LLC) need to ensure that these relationships and shares are properly recorded with FSA.  Even family farms that have records on file may want to ensure that this is recorded accurately as it may impact payment limits.

 Producers can contact their local FSA Service Center, at 121 Laurel Road in Rutherfordton,  in advance to find out what paperwork they may need.  In addition, bank account information should be supplied or updated if necessary to ensure that producers receive payments as quickly as possible through direct deposit.