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Kathy Sprau


Monday, April 16, 2018

Sprau presents ses­sions on work re­la­tion­ships

Kathy Sprau, pres­i­dent of Kathy Sprau Mo­ti­vat­ing Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, speaker, au­thor, and lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tor, re­cently pre­sented one of her most re­quested ses­sions, “Are You Fraz­zled or Fo­cused?: Cop­ing with Stress On and Off the Job.” for Carteret Health Care, Onslow Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal, and Caroli­naEast Health Sys­tems. The New Bern pre­sen­ta­tion was fol­lowed by the short ses­sion, “It Is All About You … You Can Make A Pos­i­tive Dif­fer­ence!” which fo­cuses on re­fram­ing what you say to oth­ers for more pos­i­tive out­comes, co­op­er­a­tion, and cre­at­ing a more pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive work en­vi­ron­ment.

Sprau later pre­sented an­other ses­sion for Onslow Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal, “How To Be Nice and Mean It (Em­pow­er­ing Others Through Praise in the Work­place.)”

Author of her a book en­ti­tled, “It Is All About Me … I Can Make A Pos­i­tive Dif­fer­ence!,” Sprau works with or­ga­ni­za­tions com­mit­ted to build­ing an at­mos­phere de­signed to achieve more pos­i­tive and dy­namic work re­la­tion­ships. The fi­nal sec­tion of her book in­cludes scores of life and work sce­nar­ios with ev­ery­day ex­am­ples of re­fram­ing neg­a­tive state­ments to pos­i­tive ones.

Since 1981, Sprau has pre­sented ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars and key­notes both lo­cally and na­tion­ally. She ad­dresses the key lead­er­ship and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment top­ics of cus­tomer ser­vice, nu­mer­ous as­pects of com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, cop­ing with stress, all de­signed to equip and in­spire par­tic­i­pants for height­ened work and life sat­is­fac­tion.

Keller Wil­liams hires new staff mem­bers

Keller Wil­liams Realty Points East has hired sev­eral new staff mem­bers.

Con­ner Eller, a na­tive of Raleigh, has joined the agency.

Eller is a stu­dent at East Carolina Univer­sity and has lived in the Greenville area for three years.

He is sin­gle, and is new to real es­tate.

Denise Jones also has joined the agency. She was born in Bath and raised in Pine­town.

She has lived in Greenville for the past four years. Be­fore that, she lived in Bel­haven for more than 20 years.

Jones is sin­gle, with two grown sons, two grand­chil­dren and one grand­dog. In her spare time she en­joys Har­ley rid­ing, go­ing to the beach and other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

She has 18 years of ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­pe­ri­ence in real es­tate.

Tykita Boyd, a na­tive of Greenville, is an­other new hire.

Boyd has one daugh­ter, and en­joys sewing, bak­ing and arts and crafts. She is a fra­grance ven­dor and au­thor.

She has an as­so­ciate’s de­gree in busi­ness and mar­ket­ing.

Boyd has been in real es­tate for four years.

Mary Bauer has also joined the agency. She is a na­tive of Illi­nois, who has lived in the Greenville area for the past 12 years.

Bauer is mar­ried with two daugh­ters. She en­joys ten­nis, travel and spend­ing time with her fam­ily.

She at­tended North­ern Illi­nois Univer­sity and served as a se­nior ac­count man­ager for a large dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany for 10 years. She has been in real esatte for one year.

Scott Cham­bers, a na­tive of Mas­sachusetts, has lived in the area for two years.

Cham­bers is sin­gle and has three chil­dren.

He has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion sys­tems, and has worked in real es­tate for four years.

New Bern na­tive Paul Gar­diner has lived in the area for 18 years.

Gar­diner is mar­ried and has two daugh­ters.

He en­joys bas­ket­ball, ten­nis, golf, bowl­ing and at­tend­ing ECU sport­ing events.

He re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in fi­nance and a mas­ters of busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from East Carolina Univer­sity.

He worked in re­tail man­age­ment for 14 years, and is new to real es­tate.

Edge­combe com­mis­sioner at­tends Thrive sum­mit

Edge­combe County Com­mis­sioner Vi­ola Har­ris re­cently at­tended the “100 Coun­ties: Help­ing Our Chil­dren Thrive” Sum­mit hosted by the N.C. As­so­ci­a­tion of County Com­mis­sion­ers.

The sum­mit was part of the pres­i­den­tial ini­tia­tive led by Brenda How­er­ton, NCACC pres­i­dent and Durham County com­mis­sioner, which is fo­cused on iden­ti­fy­ing ways for county gov­ern­ment to make a pos­i­tive im­pact in chil­dren’s lives.

“I was very in­trigued at the many ways our com­mu­nity lead­ers and other cit­i­zens could help our chil­dren thrive,” Har­ris said. “If each adult in our com­mu­nity would give one hour a week at a school or day­care to en­cour­age­ment our chil­dren and their par­ents, it would make such a dif­fer­ence.”

The two-day sum­mit fea­tured coun­ties through­out the state that of­fer pro­grams to help keep kids healthy and safe, pro­vide men­tor­ing, parental, and fam­ily sup­port, ad­dress aca­demic and work­force readi­ness, and pro­mote youth civic en­gage­ment and lead­er­ship. Par­tic­i­pants also heard pre­sen­ta­tions from var­i­ous grant mak­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions to learn about fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for projects that help chil­dren.

“I was happy to share our the Boys and Girls Club, the Downeast Part­ner­ship Chil­dren, the Cone­toe Fam­ily Cen­ter, Michaels An­gels and the Com­mu­nity En­rich­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tions, to name a few, part­ner with our school sys­tem to give our youth a fight­ing chance at suc­cess.” Har­ris said. “There’s more we need to do. If we can bring all of these part­ners as well as busi­nesses to­gether, we could move our county in a more pos­i­tive di­rec­tion.

“Although I was the only one from my county to at­tend, I have a lot of ideas I plan to share with the other part­ners in our com­mu­nity,” Har­ris said. “All of the county pre­sen­ta­tions left a last­ing im­pres­sion on me.”


Humans of Greenville


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


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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