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Cooper announces appointments to boards, commissions


Monday, July 9, 2018

Gov. Roy Cooper announced his nominations and appointments to state boards, commissions, and councils. Several individuals from eastern North Carolina were among those nominated or appointed.

“These committed North Carolinians will serve our state well,” Cooper said. “They have demonstrated their experience and dedication to our state, and I am grateful for their service.”

Appointed to the North Carolina Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists Board of Examiners:

■ Mary Jane Richardson of Lumberton as a Public Member. Richardson is an Assistant District Attorney in District 16B-Robeson County. Previously, she served as an Assistant District Attorney for District 16A-Hoke and Scotland Counties.

Appointed to the North Carolina State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators:

■ Vanessa Burton of Lumberton as a Public Member. Burton serves as an Assistant District Attorney for Robeson County. She previously worked as a Corporate Trust Officer at Wachovia Bank and Trust.

■ Ruth Little of Ayden as a Public Member. Little is the Vice Chair & Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health at East Carolina’s Brody School of Medicine. Little also served as the Public Health Director for the Jones County Health Department.

Appointed to the Governor’s Crime Commission:

■ Judge Marvin Blount III of Greenville as a Superior Court Judge. Blount is the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for Pitt County. Blount has held court in approximately 50 counties in North Carolina presiding over matters ranging from complex civil matters to murder trials. Previously, Blount worked in private practice and also served on the North Carolina Board of Transportation.

■ Sheriff Keith Stone of Rocky Mount as a Sheriff. Stone has served as Sheriff of Nash County since 2014 and was previously a member of the State Highway Patrol for 25 years. Stone started his career in law enforcement in 1984 with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

■ Chris Suggs of Kinston as a Citizen Under 21. Suggs is the Founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization Kinston Teens. Suggs is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Black Youth Network and has served as the youngest appointee to the Crime Commission since August of 2016.

Appointed to the North Carolina Crime Victims Compensation Commission:

■ Matthew Sperati of Rocky Mount as an At-large member. Sperati is a managing partner at Lassiter & Sperati, PLLC and the Co-Owner and legal counsel for Koi Pond Brewing Company, LLC. He has served on local boards for the City of Rocky Mount, including the Planning Board and the Housing Authority Board.

Appointed to the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board:

■ Judge Ronald W. Burris of Albemarle as a Public Member. Burris served in the U.S. Army in military intelligence division. After serving, Burris began to practice law, working as an associate attorney, a partner attorney, and then served as a District and Superior Court Judge. Burris is a certified mediator with the NC Dispute Resolution Commission.

Appointed to the License to Give Trust Fund Commission:

■ Sheila Martin of Rocky Mount as a member who has demonstrated an interest in promoting advance care planning education. Martin is the Executive Director of the Dunn Center for Performing Arts. Martin is the Founder and Chair of the Pitt Charity Golf Tournament, which donates all its proceeds to Organ Donor Education.


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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