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Monday, May 28, 2018

Hufford graduates from ec development institute

Brad Hufford graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute on May 3 at the OU EDI spring session held in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hufford is the associate director for retention and expansion at the Pitt County Development Commission. He has held this position since 2015. Hufford’s economic development experience also includes work as the community and economic development planner for the Town of Ayden as well as a program coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

OU EDI is a 117 hour certificate program which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional.

Mary Ann Moon, Dean, said, “OU EDI is the premier organization dedicated to training economic development professionals. These graduates represent some of the finest economic development practitioners in the U.S. working to support their local communities. My congratulations to them.”

OU EDI classes focus on three major core areas: business retention and expansion, real estate, and credit analysis, as well as areas of concentration in marketing, strategic planning, entrepreneurship and managing economic development organizations. Students typically take 1-2 years to complete the program through a series of in-person seminars, workshops and discussion groups.

OU EDI began in 1962 and is celebrating its 56th year of service to the economic development community. Fully accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the program has trained more than 5,000 graduates and remains the world’s leading economic development teacher.

SILVERcare holds education sessions, awards ceremony

SILVERcare recently held two in-services and continuing education workshops for their caregivers.

The topic was on hurricane preparedness for SILVERcare clients. The class was conducted by Bridget Miller, RN, of SILVERcare. Also, a presentation on “Laughter Yoga” was given by Tamyra Jovel, family caregiver specialist with Mid East Commission- Area Agency on Aging.

Honored and recognized during the session was Cindy Butler for featured caregiver of the quarter and Alice Hart, for her 20 years of service with SILVERcare. Miller announced her retirement after 13 years.

SILVERcare, located at 2865 Charles Blvd., is a locally owned, licensed home care agency established in 1993. Among the services are providing in-home assistance to the elderly, including personal care, light housekeeping, meal preparation, companionship and post-hospitalization care. SILVERcare serves Pitt, Beaufort, Martin, Lenoir, Greene, Washington and Craven counties.

ECU students pass certfication exam

Several East Carolina University students in Merwan Mehta’s spring 2018 IENG 4900 Capstone course recently passed the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Certified Technology Manager (CTM) certification exam.

Passing the exam were: Elvis Bonilla, Cory Cavallero, Wesley Foy, Keith Gaier, Jeffrey Hood, Roy Howard, Richard Kamweru, Tyrus Keen, Mazen Kinany, Andrew Lewis, Christopher Lyon, Jordan Martin, Andrew McKeithan, D'asha Murphy, Benjamin Sheridan, Chancery Smitherman, Nathan Stafford, Collin Sullivan, Ronzell Telfair, Long Tran, Colby Wallmow, Randy Woolard, and Andy Woolard.

Also passing the exam were: Bryan Brown, Danielle Compean, Kevwand Dixon, Taylor Dockety, Katrena Duff, Brady Eaton, Charlie Holloman, Wayne Howerton III, Jalal Jalal, Deven Lockhart, Christopher Lunn, Nelson Martinez-Borja, William McLean, Sarika Merchant, Punya Nanudon, Jacob Ormond, Hayden Sawyer, Scott Serig, Devon Sutton, Jordan Wilderman, and Amanda Xiong.

All were students in Robert Chin’s spring 2018 DESN 4030/1 Descriptive Geometry course, and all are pursuing a BS in design with a concentration in either architectural technology or mechanical technology.

The BS in design and the BS in industrial engineering technology are among five undergraduate and two graduate programs accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering. All are administered by the Department of Technology Systems, College of Engineering and Technology.

Passing ATMAE’s CTM exam means a person is recognized technology manager — which provides external validation of a person’s knowledge and competence among others not familiar with the profession, and demonstrates one’s commitment to the profession and professional growth.

Certification at the senior level (CSTM) requires a dedication to continuing education, promoting one’s continued growth, and development as a professional.

Southern Bank announces awards

Angela Sugg, teller supervisor in Bethel, was recognized as Division III Teller of the Year at Southern Bank’s Annual Best Bankers event held at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.

A Pitt County native, Sugg attended North Pitt High School. She has been in the banking industry for 32 years.

Sugg currently resides in Bethel with her husband, Billy Ray. She has one daughter, Leslie. She attends the Rock Church of Tarboro.

Paul Anderson, a commercial banker in the Greenville and Winterville areas, recently received a Top Commercial Banker award at Southern Bank’s Annual Best Bankers event.

A native of Clyde, Anderson earned his bachelor of science degree from East Carolina University and a master of business administration degree from Fayetteville State University. Anderson also ia a graduate of the North Carolina School of Banking, which is held at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has been in the banking industry for the past 15 years.

Anderson serves as the treasurer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain and he is a member of the University City Kiwanis. He is a past member of the United Way of Pitt County.

Anderson and his wife, Mary, reside in Greenville with their daughters, Emma and Madeline. He attends Oakmont Baptist Church in Greenville.

Lori Martin, senior vice president in Treasury Services, was recognized as a top cash management performer at Southern Bank’s Annual Best Bankers event.

An Ahoskie native, Martin attended Chowan University in Murfreesboro. She also attended the North Carolina School of Banking in Chapel Hill. She has been in the banking industry for 31 years.

Martin resides in Greenville. She has two children, Chris and Kelsey. She attends Covenant Methodist Church.

Founded in 1901, Southern Bank and Trust Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern BancShares (N.C.), Inc. With its Corporate Headquarters located in Mount Olive, the bank has total assets of approximately $2.6 billion and over 60 locations serving North Carolina and Virginia. More information about Southern Bank is available on the Internet at www.southernbank.com.


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May 20, 2019

Fleming appointed to SECU Board of Directors

State Employees’ Credit Union  has announced the appointment of Mark Fleming to the SECU Board of Directors. Fleming will fill the seat of Jim Johnson, who served on the board from 2001 until his retirement in April.

Fleming is serving as a…

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May 20, 2019

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.— A 2012 J.H. Rose High School graduate and Greenville native is currently serving with a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron which flies one of the world’s most advanced warplanes.

Lt. j.g. Michelle De Vente is a weapons system operator with the Gladiators of VFA 106,…


May 20, 2019

Helena Feder, director of East Carolina University’s Great Books Program and associate professor of literature and environment, is one of the inaugural recipients of the Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Scholars & Society Fellowship.

“Upon hearing the news, I felt…

May 20, 2019

The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from May 2-15:

■ Justin T. Foell, Lauren W. Foell to First Bank $227,317

■ Brittany Thompson, Nicholas Thompson to Branch Banking and Trust Company $142,500

■ Jennifer D. Rainsberger to Branch Banking and Trust…

May 20, 2019

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed May 2-15 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ 2401-02 East 3rd Street LLC, agent Stephen F. Horne III, 300 Cotanche St., Greenville.

■ A & H Precise Cleaning Services LLC, agent Willie Atkins, 369 River Branch…

May 20, 2019

The following deeds were recorded with the Pitt County Register of Deeds from May 2-8. Each $2 in revenue stamps is equal to $1,000 in valuation. ( * No fee required)

■ Domitila Gonzalez Romero to Maria Castro Martinez: Lot 4, Emma Cannon Crossing, Ayden Township $50

■ Doreka S. Nobles to Michele…

May 20, 2019

JUNE 7: North Carolina has the sixth highest stroke death rate in the nation. Health care professionals of all disciplines will come together to address stroke and other acute and chronic neurological conditions in eastern N.C. at the 2019 Neuroscience Conference at Eastern Area Health Education…

May 20, 2019

Dr. Kendall M. Campbell has been named senior associate dean for academic affairs for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, effective on May 1, after serving in the interim position since fall 2018.

He will continue to oversee Brody’s offices of admissions, medical and…


May 13, 2019

WEDNESDAY: Mental health professionals are invited to a continuing education program called “The Relationship Between Chronic Medical Illness and Behavioral Health: The Chicken or the Egg?” hosted by Eastern Area Health Education Center. Mental health issues can increase the risks of…

May 13, 2019

The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from May 2-8:

■ Justin T. Foell, Lauren W. Foell to First Bank $227,317

■ Brittany Thompson, Nicholas Thompson to Branch Banking and Trust Company $142,500

■ Jennifer D. Rainsberger to Branch Banking and Trust…

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