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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.


May 21, 2018

SpringShire, a continuing care community coming to Greenville, will hold two upcoming events that offer retirees a look at opportunities to compare the value of SpringShire compared to other communities.

SpringShire is offering two event dates for guests to choose from — May 31 at Rock…

May 21, 2018


The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits for May 8-14:

■ 4JPII LLC, 2725 E. 14th St., new commercial business, $1,817,900.

■ TMBH Holdings LLC, 1440 E. Arlington Blvd., Unit A, commercial alterations, $46,714.

■ Roberson Land Development…

May 21, 2018

TODAY: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-9 p.m. entitled “What is a Cash Flow Statement?” Learn how the cash flow statement works, what it contains, and where the numbers come from. Contact Wendy Dunbar at 493-7528 or wdunbar@email.pittcc.…

May 21, 2018

The following civil lawsuits were filed Feb. 15-19, 2018, in Pitt County:

■ Midland Funding LLC v. Katie Duncan, collection on account, Feb. 15; 18CVD 637.

■ Jaekwon Williams and Darrius Williams et al v. Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, order to override objections and…

May 21, 2018

Andrews receives IAMC Fellow designation

The Industrial Asset Management Council has awarded Kelly Andrews, associate director of the Pitt County Development Commission, the IAMC Fellow designation.

IAMC Fellows have completed the Leadership Development Program, participating in five leadership…


May 21, 2018

The Eastern North Carolina Boat Dealers Association recently donated $1,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain.

The Eastern North Carolina Boat Dealers Association sponsored the Eastern North Carolina Boat Sale which was held at the Greenville Convention Center in February. A portion of…


May 21, 2018

Many retirees and Medicare beneficiaries are on a fixed income and want to save money wherever they can. Each year, thousands of people contact the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program throughout the state to help them identify savings in their Medicare coverage.

Throughout the…

May 21, 2018

FARMVILLE — Coleen Starling said she cannot remember a time when she was not interested in baking.

Starling is the oldest of five siblings. Her mother was never comfortable in the kitchen, a trait Starling did not inherit.

“My mother wasn’t allowed in the kitchen growing up. My…

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May 21, 2018

Vidant Health hospitals have received several American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines achievement awards.

These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized,…

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May 21, 2018

Pitt County Schools has announced its School Library Media Award recipients for 2018.

Anitra Cook, media coordinator at Sugg and Bundy Elementary Schools is this year's Media Coordinator of the Year.

Principal Allison Setser stated in Cook's nomination packet, “Ms. Cook is able to instill a…

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