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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.”


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April 23, 2018

TODAY: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-9 p.m. entitled Beginning QuickBooks for Business. This seminar is an introduction to the popular QuickBooks accounting software (desktop version). You must have basic computer skills - how to use a mouse, etc.…

April 23, 2018

Region 7B of the North Carolina Retired School Personnel held its annual Legislative Recognition Luncheon on April 9 at King’s Restaurant in Kinston.

All legislators representing the region’s 12 counties were invited. Those in attendance were Sen. Don Davis and Sen. Louis Pate and Reps…


April 23, 2018

Each year the Ayden Rotary Club hosts its annual Pancake Jamboree. Rotary Club members prepared pancakes and sausage for the community. The members of the Ayden Rotary Club believe Ayden is a great place to live and through this project wish to support the community and its growth.

Due to the…


April 23, 2018

ONLINE information Services names employees of the month

Michael Yester, a developer, was named ONLINE Information Services’ Employee of the month for November 2017 by a committee of his co-workers.

As a developer, Yester is responsible for developing applications and enhancements for…

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April 23, 2018

The following civil lawsuits were filed Feb. 6-9, 2018, in Pitt County:

■ Mitzi Amber Cade v. Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, petition for release of custodial law enforcement agency recording, Feb. 7; petition granted March 14; 18CVS 524.

■ Troy Capital LLC v. Shannon Whitaker,…

April 23, 2018


The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits for April 10-16:

■ City of Greenville, 105 E. First St., storage/accessory, $88,000.

■ John Johnston III and Kelli Johnston, 1205 Whitehall Road, new single family residential, $300,000.…

April 23, 2018

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed April 16-18 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ Boexi Investments Inc., agent Benjamin Wagner, 1657 Cambria Drive, Ste. B, Greenville.

■ Carolinas HVAC True Solutions LLC, agent Liliana Gomez, 334 Harold…

April 23, 2018

WINTERVILLE –– The Winterville Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Tyndall Stroud Wealth Management and Tyndall Stroud CPAs with an April 3 ribbon cutting.

The two companies are owned and operated by the same three men, Chris and Larry Tyndall and Derek Stroud.

Chris brings…

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April 23, 2018

The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from April 12-18:

■ Jennifer Thielen, Thomas E. Thielen to State Employees' Credit Union $129,000

■ Lashonda L. Cannon to Quicken Loans Inc. $146,300

■ Raquel R. Sebastian, Luis E. Castanon to Local…

April 23, 2018

The following deeds were recorded with the Pitt County Register of Deeds from March April 12-18. Each $2 in revenue stamps is equal to $1,000 in valuation. ( * No fee required)

■ Laughinghouse Properties LLC to Sandra Butterworth: Lot 6, J.H. Waldrop and A.C. Tadlock property, Greenville…

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