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Monday, March 5, 2018

Holder has joined Colombo Kitchin Attorneys

Colombo Kitchin Attorneys has announced that Ann Marie Holder has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Holder was born in the British West Indies but grew up in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, where she attended high school and college.

After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, she moved to Massachusetts where she worked in big and small firm practices, public counsel service, and the Governor’s Legal Counsel Office. She and her husband, David, moved to Greenville nine years ago with their three daughters.

Holder will practice in the areas of administrative law, estate and trust planning and administration, contract disputes and commercial litigation.

Pitt County educators attend NCCAT

Several local educators recently attended programs held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a recognized national leader in professional development programming for our state’s teachers.

Participants from Pitt County Schools included:

Laurie Stocks of Wahl-Coates Elementary School attended NCCAT’s program “Success From The Start: How to Survive and Thrive Your First Three Years in the Classroom.” Open to teachers in their first, second or third year of teaching, the program supports motivated beginning teachers by strengthening their knowledge base and classroom expertise. Participants built professional competence and confidence, improved student achievement and reinforced their commitment to this critically important profession.

Krista Bunting of Wintergreen Primary School and Molly Byers of Eastern Elementary School attended NCCAT’s program “Leaders for Elementary Literacy Instruction: Coaching the Coach.” This program offered inspiration, guidance, training, modeling of strategies, and evidence based practices for the 21st century elementary literacy coach.

NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. NCCAT conducts a wide variety of professional development for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers. For more information about NCCAT visit www.nccat.org or call 828-293-5202.

Whitmer joins N.C. Wesleyan staff

N.C. Wesleyan College recently announced that Meghan Whitmer has joined the college as the new budget analyst.

In her new role, Whitmer is responsible for budget preparation, financial analysis, internal auditing and review and monitor department spending. She will also be in charge of processing daily requisitions.

“We are excited to have Meghan joining our Finance Department,” Wesleyan Controller Suzanne Brackett said. “Meghan is a recent graduate of our Adult Program and brings the accounting and organizational skills needed to succeed as Wesleyan’s budget analyst.”

Whitmer is an alumnae of the college, earning her undergraduate degree in business administration. Her background is in finance, as she most recently served as the financial services representative for the State Employees’ Credit Union.

Coldwell Banker presents year-end awards

Janet Watson, broker-owner of Coldwell Banker Watson Properties, recently presented 2017 year-end recognition awards for service and sales production.

Ernesta Harrell was recognized as the Rookie of the Year with over 1.2 million in sales production.

Hannah Jones was named Co-Buyer Agent of the Year with 19 buyer side closed sales and over 4 million total in production. Cindy Smith was also named Co-Buyer Agent of the Year with 19 buyer side closed sales and 5.7 million in total closed production.

Also honored for top production and service was Laura Durham. Laura was named Listing Agent of the Year with 23 listing side closed sales and a total sales volume of 5.7 million.

Cindy Smith and Laura Durham were named Co-Realtors of the Year for their total production, top number of total sales and GCI gross commission income.

Coldwell Banker Watson Properties is a member of the Regional and Triangle Multiple Listing Services, and has served the area listing and selling property for the past 31 years.

Pruitt joins staff at Dental Care Center

Dr. Ryan Pruitt has joined the team of dentists at Harrold and Associates Dental Care Center in Rocky Mount.

"Dr. Pruitt's arrival has been such a positive addition to our team. He brings additional experiences in the world of advanced dentistry,” Dr. James Harrold said. “Plus, he and his family have made their home locally, in their commitments to our community."

Pruitt said he chose dentistry due to his desire to help others. He said he has a sincere, genuine passion to make positive changes in people's lives and boost their self confidence by helping them achieve a great smile! He would like, sometime in his dental career, to do dental missions work, in areas that are under served.

Pruitt said that oral health care plays an important role in the overall health of the body. He spends time with his patients educating them on proper oral health care. He said that maintaining healthy teeth allows patients to maintain a healthy diet and body.

“A dentist can look for anything out of the normal and direct the patient to the appropriate medical doctor, if necessary,” he said.


Humans of Greenville


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


December 10, 2018

The following civil lawsuits were filed Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2018, in Pitt County:

■ Midland Funding LLC v. Paul Hadel, collection on account, Sept. 27; voluntary dismissal without prejudice by plaintiff, Nov. 1; 18CVD 2677.

■ Midland Funding LLC v. Merwyn King aka Royce King, collection on account,…

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,…

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