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Monday, May 14, 2018

Boys & Girls Clubs celebrate Bland’s service

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is celebrating Trisha Bland , the current regional vice president, for 20 years of service to the clubs.

Bland graduated from East Carolina University with a child development and family relations degree in May of 1998. Her hard work and dedication began with her first step inside of Boys & Girls Clubs. She started out with an internship at the Minges Unit, immediately developing relationships with members and staff. When her internship ended, she was brought on board as a Game Room Supervisor and excelled with the kid’s education in more than just games.

Throughout the years, Bland has been promoted to teen director, program director and unit directors of multiple clubs. In February of 2016, she became director of operations and only a year later, regional vice president serving Lenoir, Beaufort, Greene and Martin Counties.

Chief Operating Officer Donyell Jones said, “Trisha is one of the elite. She never stops working for our kids. Twenty years is such a milestone, and we surely wouldn’t be where we are today without her.”

Bland’s commitment to excellence for the youth in eastern North Carolina is obvious through her years of service and the positive progress of members through her leadership. Her values shine through with her family and community service. She attends church at Koinonia Christian Center in Greenville and gives back to the community as much as her time allows her. Her husband, Kendrick, and son, Damien, are the backbone of her life. Her love for them is unwavering, and so is the love from the Clubs love for her.

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. There are 17 Clubs throughout Pitt, Beaufort, Lenoir, Martin, Greene, Carteret, and Craven Counties serving approximately 1,400 members daily and 3,600 yearly. For more information, visit the Clubs online at www.bgccp.com or call 355-2345.

Griffin to head business development at Crown

Crown LSP Group Inc. recently announced that John Griffin has accepted the position of director of business development.

Griffin will focus on managing existing customers as well as the development of new customer accounts within all divisions. He will work closely with operations to insure all customer needs are met.

Griffin was raised in Nash County and graduated from Northern Nash High School, going on to attend the UNC-Wilmington where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Griffin has over 12 years of experience in logistics with extensive experience in customer service, evaluation of customer’s needs and project management.

He shares Crown’s core values and dedication to superior customer service. Company officials are confident that he will be excellent in this position and a strong asset to Crown.

Crown LSP Group is a supply chain solutions company located in eastern North Carolina that provides transportation and logistics, warehousing, value added-services and on-site warehouse operations. Its goal is to provide the absolute best customer experience on every shipment, treating every job with a sense of urgency and providing exceptional attention to every detail in the process.

Cantrell receives financial planner certification

Jordan Cantrell of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Washington, N.C., has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to as a certified financial planner.

Cantrell successfully completed the CFP board's initial certification requirements, which include completion of financial planning coursework and passing a comprehensive examination.

Individuals who hold CFP certification must agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and uphold the CFP Board's code of ethics and professional responsibility and financial planning practice standards.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada.

Oakwood teacher completes Apple, Google certifications

Eddie Grabill, a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at The Oakwood School, is now certified as an Apple Teacher.

Grabill has spent more than 20 hours to meet all of the requirements to become a certified Apple Teacher for iPad, Mac, and Swift coding. The Apple Teacher certification is designed to support educators using Apple products for teaching.

Grabill is also a certified level 1, level 2 and trainer Google teacher. This program trains and tests teachers in the use of the G Suite for Education (previously known as Google Apps For Education) and implementation in the classroom.

This is a total of about 30 hours of online training. He has also completed the training for the Google Apps For Education Administrators to have an in-depth knowledge of the Google Apps and settings available to students and staff.

Wilson inducted into lineman’s Hall of Fame

Woodie Wilson of Greenville has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the International Lineman’s Museum. He was one of only six people selected this year for the international award.

The ceremony took place on April 28 in the Raleigh Convention Center.

Wilson has spent his career working directly with line crews to complete tasks efficiently and safely, according to officials. As a senior safety and training specialist, Wilson has influenced safety on a local, national and international level. His expertise has qualified his to serve as chief judge for the Public Powers Lineworkers Rodeo. 

Wilson has worked in the electrical industry for 40 years. His family attended the induction ceremony.

Freshwater-Smith named to juvenile justice committee

Wilson County District Court Judge Beth Freshwater-Smith has been named a member of the N.C. Juvenile Justice Planning Committee.

Gov. Roy Cooper appointed 18 people to the panel, according to a Thursday news release. Those individuals comprised the majority of 21 appointees announced that day.

“These appointees bring important experience and knowledge to key state boards and commissions,” Cooper said in the release. “I appreciate their willingness to serve our state and look forward to working with them to build a better North Carolina.”

Freshwater-Smith is a district court judge for Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe counties and was previously senior assistant district attorney. She has served on the Center for Juvenile Justice and Reform’s National Juvenile Prosecutors Network.

As an assistant district attorney, she was responsible for all juvenile and undisciplined minor proceedings in the district and served as the liaison between the district and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina for drug and gun cases.

After 28 years as a prosecutor, Freshwater-Smith was appointed to the bench in April 2016 following District Court Judge William G. Stewart’s retirement. She was elected to a four-year term in November 2016.

Juvenile Justice Planning Committee members were appointed in various categories. Freshwater-Smith’s seat on the panel was to be filled by an elected official representing general-purpose local government, while other seats were reserved for representatives of local law enforcement and representatives of youth workers and nonprofit agencies working with children and families.



Humans of Greenville


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


January 21, 2019

Martin Enterprises, located in Williamston, recently received another three-year CARF accreditation for services.

CARF is a worldwide independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services an agency offers to meet needs for the best possible outcomes. An accreditation from…

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January 21, 2019

AgCarolina Farm Credit, Cape Fear Farm Credit, and Carolina Farm Credit have announced the fundraising results of the second annual Pull for Youth Charity Sporting Clays events benefitting NC 4-H and FFA.

A total of over $200,000 has been donated directly to NC 4-H and FFA during the past two years.…

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January 21, 2019

The charity Sheetz For the Kidz raised more than $700,821 during its annual December campaign through customer donations.

This is a record for the Sheetz employee-driven charity and exceeds last year's campaign fundraising total by more than $82,000.

Each year, 100 percent of customer donations are…

January 21, 2019

WILSON — There is nothing cheesy about a downtown Wilson candy shop making it big. Well, there is if you count the product — cheese-infused caramels — that has put the Krueger’s Candies name on shelves across the country.

“We chose Krueger’s Candies as our co-…


January 21, 2019

Dean named as Hilton general manager

The Hilton Greenville has recently named John Dean as its general manager.

Dean is a 12-year resident of Greenville. He began his career in Greenville with the Battleground Restaurant Group and opened Tripps Restaurant.

In 2014 Dean began work as general manager…

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January 21, 2019


FARMVILLE — In an effort to increase foot traffic, Farmville Flea Market and Auction has moved part of its operations from its West Marlboro Road location to 3724 N. Main Street to create The Vintage Market.

The business offers customers a variety of vintage and antique merchandise.…

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January 21, 2019

TODAY: The City of Greenville is seeking volunteers to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service event from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 21. Participants will help clean up various streets, entrances to the city, neighborhoods, the river, and greenways. To sign up or to get more information,…

January 21, 2019

The following civil lawsuits were filed Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2018, in Pitt County:

■ Kevin Francis Meszaros, petitioner, petition for release of custodial law enforcement agency recording from N.C. State Highway Patrol, Oct. 29; order on petition, Dec. 10; 18CVS 2978.

■ Kevin Francis Meszaros,…

January 21, 2019


The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits Jan. 8-14:

■ Greenville Board of Education, 1100 S. Elm St., storage/accessory, $70,000.

■ Tarheel Holdings LLC, 814 Dickinson Ave., commercial alterations, $120,000.

■ Vallen Distribution Inc.,…

January 21, 2019

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed Jan. 10-16 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ 2 Dawg Kitchen LLC, agent Mary D. Keel, 314 Clay Bottom School Road, Chocowinity.

■ Absolute Paradise Villas LLC, agent Entity Solutions LLC, 108 S. Pitt St.,…

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