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Monday, February 12, 2018

Stott named 2017 Realtor of the Year

Liles Stott, Realtor, broker, ABR and co-owner of Real Living Duffus Realty has been awarded the 2017 REALTOR of the Year by the Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors.

Stott has been a realtor in Greenville for 34 years. Duffus Realty, Inc. was founded in 1975 by Stott’s mother, Anne Stott Duffus, and stepfather, John D. Duffus. Since 1984, Stott has worked alongside his family.

Past achievements include serving as secretary/treasurer of the Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors from 2016-18, the Presidents Award in 2006, REALTOR of The Year in 1993, and the Presidents Award in 1993. Stott is a member Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors and served as Multiple Listing Service Committee Chairman in 1991, 1995, 1996, 2006 and 2007.

Stott served as director of the Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors in 1994, 2006 and 2007, and is an active Notary Public.

Cruz joins sales team at CopyPro

CopyPro, Inc. has announced the addition of Robyn Cruz to itsr sales team.

Prior to joining the sales team, Cruz was the Leasing & Maintenance contract supervisor in the company’s corporate office in Greenville. She joined the CopyPro family in 2005, and began as a leasing administrator.

“We are excited for Robyn as she embarks on her new career. Her knowledge of our business and its operations will make her a tremendous asset to the sales team. We wish her success in her new position,” said Jason Jones, COO.

Cruz’s territory will consist of Craven and Pamlico counties. She and her husband, Ric, have two children and live in the Greenville area.

CopyPro, Inc. has been providing the technology and expertise needed to help businesses run smoothly and efficiently since 1971.

Pitt County residents serve on ECU Board of Visitors

Several Pitt County residents are serving on the Board of Visitors at East Carolina University.

They are Michele Whaley of Ayden; Jonathan Brooks, Brian Brown, Doug Byrd, Shirley Carraway, Phillip T. Dixon, Mark Garner, Will Litchfield, Justin Mullarkey and Scott Shook of Greenville; and Jennifer King Congleton and Donna Phillips of Winterville.

The board is composed of volunteer ambassadors and advocates for ECU. They are appointed by the ECU Board of Trustees for a four-year term with the option of serving a second term. They advise and assist the chancellor and the Board of Trustees in advancing ECU’s priorities across North Carolina and beyond.

“It’s an honor for me to serve with such dedicated and engaged ECU alumni and friends who continue to tell the story of the university’s impact on their communities and state,” said Sabrina Bengel, chair of the Board of Visitors.

Strategic priorities of the Board of Visitors include university engagement, advocacy and philanthropy. Board members strive to maintain and improve the excellence and effectiveness of ECU while informing university leadership of the attitudes, beliefs, concerns and expectations of the people of North Carolina.

Robinson named to Legal Elite Hall of Fame

Local attorney Les Robinson recently was named to Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame.

Robinson has been named to Legal Elite in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. As the top vote-getter in the Criminal Law category in 2018, Robinson has now become a member of Legal Elite’s Hall of Fame.

Legal Elite is a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. This prestigious recognition is awarded to a select few of North Carolina’s finest legal practitioners. The voting ballots are distributed to more than 20,000 attorneys who live in the state and are members of the North Carolina State Bar.

Only about 3 percent of the state’s practicing attorneys are selected as Legal Elite, and of that 3 percent the top attorney from each category is named to the Hall of Fame. Once an attorney becomes a member of the Hall of Fame, they are ineligible to win again, but will remain in the Hall of Fame and recognized as the top vote-getter for that year.

Voting legal peers are asked to select an attorney who they consider the best in their chosen field, based on hands-on observation and experience. Attorney Les Robinson is known for his exceptional leadership skills and steadfast commitment to vigorously protect the rights of the criminally accused and charged.

With more than 30 years of in-depth legal experience as a Greenville criminal defense lawyer, Robinson has handled a broad range of criminal cases, with an emphasis on cases involving alcohol and drug offenses. He wrote “The Ultimate DWI Checklist,” which is widely-used among law practitioners. Robinson is also a continuing legal education (CLE) speaker for both the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice where he shares his extensive wealth of knowledge.

Robinson was born and raised in Greenville, North Carolina. He graduated from East Carolina University and attended Campbell University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1986.

After graduating from law school, he returned to Greenville where he entered into private practice in August 1986. Since that time, he has tried more than 3,000 bench and jury trials throughout eastern North Carolina.

He has been repeatedly elected by his peers to leadership positions in local, district and state bar organizations. He served for nine years as the elected Bar Councilor representative to the North Carolina State Bar. As Bar Councilor, he served on numerous committees in the capacity as committee member, vice chairman and chairman.




Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


December 10, 2018

With federal flood insurance payments to North Carolinians for Hurricane Florence totaling over a half-billion dollars, officials are urging those who don’t have coverage to purchase it.

While FEMA has approved more than $118 million in grants to families and the U.S. Small Business…

December 10, 2018

PCS Facility Services promotes two employees

Pitt County Schools Facility Services has announced the promotion of two new employees to its district office of Facility Services.

Cedric Blow of Sam D. Bundy School in Farmville and Reginald Stocks of Ayden Middle School joined the staff of Custodial…


December 10, 2018

AgCarolina Farm Credit has announced a record donation of toys from members and employees for local needy children. A total of nearly 950 toys were collected in the fourth year of AgCarolina’s participation in the toy drive.

The Toys for Tots campaign began in September in conjunction with…


December 10, 2018

LIFE of NC, a Pitt County nonprofit organization and affiliate of the national STRIVE job readiness and attitudinal training program, has named a new executive director, Robert G. Lee. Lee succeeds long-time leader Joyce C. Jones whose retirement is effective December 20.

“We are fortunate to…


December 10, 2018

Within my first six years in the U.S. Army, I had been a member of four different battalions, been a member of two combat arms branches, evaluated leaders from six different battalions, and been across the world and the United States.

Military training had taught me that the commander, the senior…


December 10, 2018

The Rocky Mount Mills has hired a local woman to oversee a new meeting and event space that will be opening next year on the campus of the 150-acre mixed-use development on the Tar River.

Nashville native Leslie Keen recently was hired as the new event space manager of the Power House at the…


December 10, 2018

THURSDAY: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-9 p.m. entitled ‘Writing a Business Plan.’ Success in business begins with a plan. By committing your idea to paper, you face tough questions and identify strengths and weaknesses. Contact Wendy…

December 10, 2018

The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from Nov. 29-Dec. 5:

■ James Paul Wynn, Sarah Currin Wynn to Angel Oak Home Loans LLC $172,000

■ John Brandt Harrell to Movement Mortgage LLC $170,905

■ Johnny Otis Grizzard to Navy Federal Credit…

December 10, 2018


The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits for Nov. 27-Dec. 3:

■ De Luna Enterprises LLC, new commercial business, 200 W. 14th St., $0.

■ William G. Blount, 2101 Mimosa Court, storage/accessory, $15,000.

■ Merrimon Sydnor Bailey, 201 Churchill Drive,…

December 10, 2018

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed Nov. 29-Dec. 5 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ Barnes and Associates LLC, agent Corey Barnes, 206 Candlewood Drive, Greenville.

■ Cleen Sweep LLC, agent Karen Jones, 112 N. Circle Drive, Ste. A, Rocky…

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