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Monday, September 11, 2017

College of Education dean to serve on state Principal Fellows Commission

Dr. Grant B. Hayes, dean of the East Carolina University College of Education, has been appointed to the North Carolina Principal Fellows Commission, the governing body of the Principal Fellows Program.

Created in 1993 by the General Assembly, the Principal Fellows Program is a competitive, merit-based scholarship that provides loans to individuals with relevant experience and exceptional academic ability who want to enter education administration in North Carolina public schools. The commission administers the program in collaboration with the State Education Assistance Authority.

Hayes is one of two deans from schools of education in the UNC system appointed by President Margaret Spellings. The commission requires that two deans serve on the 12-member board with the remaining members appointed by state organizations or elected officials.

“I am honored to be appointed to the commission and I look forward to working with the other members to do this important work,” Hayes said.

More than 1,200 fellows have completed the program since its inception. Individuals selected for the Principal Fellows Programs have the opportunity to attend school on a full-time basis and earn a master’s in school administration in two years. The program is offered at 11 UNC system campuses including ECU, and provides one year of full-time academic study and a one-year, full-time internship in a North Carolina public school.

Coffman’s Menswear hires Franklin as new sales associated

Coffman’s Menswear has hired Will Franklin as its newest sales associate.

Franklin, a Greenville native, graduated from J.H Rose High School and East Carolina University before becoming part of the Coffman's team. He said he is passionate about clothing, fit and craftsmanship.

“We are delighted to welcome Will to our store. He is a wonderful addition to our team, and we encourage our client’s to stop in and meet him during this fall shopping season,” said Bill Coffman, vice president at Coffman’s.

“Coffman’s has built their business by continuing to meet the changing needs of their customers in eastern North Carolina for over 60 years,” Franklin said. “I look forward to providing Coffman’s customers, old and new, with the same high level of customer service they’ve always received.”

Zachary named to state Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Linda McGee has appointed Judge Valerie Zachary to the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission. Judge Zachary succeeds Judge Rick Elmore of the Court of Appeals, who served on the commission for nearly 10 years.

“Judge Zachary has served with distinction and I am confident that her extensive experience will serve the Commission and North Carolina well to ensure the proper administration of justice in our courts," said Chief Judge McGee.

Judge Zachary has served on the Court of Appeals since appointed in 2015 and was elected to an eight-year term in 2016. She previously practiced law in Yadkinville for 26 years.

Zachary is a graduate of Harvard Law School in 1987 and worked as a research assistant for constitutional law professor Laurence H. Tribe. After law school, she was a litigation associate with Kennedy, Covington, Lobbell & Hickman prior to joining Zachary Law Offices. Her undergraduate degree is from Michigan State University where she majored in multi-disciplinary programs with concentration in French, economics, and political science.

She is a member of the bar for all North Carolina state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina, as well as a bar member for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Tax Court.

Dwyer & Associates hires Blankenship as associate

World Properties International Dwyer & Associates recently introduced its newest associate, Mike Blankenship.

Blankenship has resided in Edgecombe and Nash counties for the past 19 years. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Fairmont State University as well as a master’s degree in sociology at East Carolina University. He received his real estate license and training from J.Y. Monk School of Real Estate in Raleigh.

He has extensive experience as an educator at Edgecombe Community College and also is a certified personal trainer. He is a member of Parkwood Baptist Church and the father of five.

Blankenship enjoys teaching, fitness and cycling. He is energetic, committed to helping others, and loves a challenge. He said he is excited about embarking on a career in real estate and looks forward to building future relationships with buyer/seller clients.



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July 16, 2018


The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits for July 3-July 9:

■ Po Han Kwon and Corey Layton Kwon, 2114 Royal Drive, single-family alteration, $15,000.

■ Keystone Management Co., 120 River Bluff Road, multifamily alterations/repairs, $4,835.…

July 16, 2018

PCC staff gives classroom management presentation

For the second year in a row, Pitt Community College’s Jasmin Spain and Nicholas Vick gave a presentation on classroom management during the National Institute for Staff and Organization Development’s (NISOD) International Conference on…


July 16, 2018

The following civil lawsuits were filed June 12-June 19 in Pitt County:

■ Branch Banking & Trust Co. v. Matthew J. Ashorn, collection on account, June 12; 18CVD 1703.

■ OneMain Financial Group LLC v. Crystal Little, collection on account, June 12; 18CVD 1704.

■ Wentworth Construction…

July 16, 2018

Towne Insurance, ranked by revenue as one of the nation’s largest, independent insurance brokers, today announced they are expanding their current relationship with Nationwide through the completion of its acquisition of Charlotte’s largest Independent Nationwide agency. Founded in 1994…

July 16, 2018

Chocowinity native takes part in imaritime warfare exercise

PEARL HARBOR — A 2017 Southside High School graduate and Chocowinity native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

Seaman Apprentice…


July 16, 2018

MONDAY: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-9 p.m. entitled ‘What is an Income Statement?’ Learn how an income statement works, what it contains, and where the numbers come from. Contact Wendy Dunbar at 493-7528 or wdunbar@email.pittcc.edu…

July 16, 2018

An Eastern North Carolina radio station in Rocky Mount is the latest company to be moving to the Rocky Mount Mills.

Life 103.1 WLQC-FM will be moving from its current location at 3048 Zebulon Road and occupy 2,100-square-feet of space in the main mill building being remodeled on the campus of the…


July 16, 2018

FARMVILLE — WarePack Self Storage LLC is the July Farmville Chamber of Commerce Merchant of the Month.

Housed in an old tobacco warehouse, WarePack Self Storage is a unique storage facility that allows customers to drive directly into the building to their storage unit and then out again.



July 16, 2018

Food Bank of the Albemarle announced that the Mobile Food Pantry serving western Bertie County will continue to provide nutritious food to those in need thanks to a $10,000 grant from The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and a donation of more than 21,000 pounds of chicken.

The Mobile…

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July 16, 2018

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed July 5-11 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ 1154 W Raleigh Blvd LLC, agent Khalid Almakaleh, 1154 W. Raleigh Blvd., Rocky Mount.

■ A & M Private Insurance Group Inc., agent Kelli R. Augustson, 2731…

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