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Kyle Huggins, left, and Andrew Edwards recently took the wastewater treatment plant certification test. After passing the exams, Huggins was certified as a grade 2 operator and Edwards was certified as a grade 1 operator.


Monday, July 9, 2018

CMSD employees receive certifications

Contentnea Metropolitan Sewerage District recognized two employees at its June 27 board meeting.

Kyle Huggins and Andrew Edwards recently took the wastewater treatment plant certification test. After passing the exams, Huggins was certified as a grade 2 operator and Edwards was certified as a grade 1 operator.

“These are accomplishments worthy of recognition,” said District Manager Chuck Smithwick. “These tests are not a joke.”

Most wastewater treatment plant operators are grade 1 and 2. It typically takes an employee five years to become a grade 4 operator, according to Smithwick.

“This is a grade 4 facility, so we’re required to have a grade 4 operator and response controller and a backup operator and response controller of grade 3,” he said. “We try to hire local, so we can grow our communities and get a good return on our investment.”

Local Educators Attend NCCAT

Several area educators recently attended programs held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a recognized national leader in professional development programming for our state’s teachers.

Participating educators from Pitt County Schools included Mary-Allison Gray and Deborah W. Mooring of A.G. Cox Middle School; Martha M. Bryant and Jennifer C. Bullard of Chicod Elementary School; Vanessa L. Rogers of E.B. Aycock Middle School; Melissa H. Coxe of Eastern Elementary School; Meredith Partin of H.B. Sugg Elementary School; Jennifer Casey of Lakeforest Elementary School; Maribeth Adams and Noelle K. Tucker of Ridgewood Elementary School; Jonna M. Kurr-Murphy of Wellcome Middle School; and Elizabeth Ulffers of Wintergreen Primary School.

Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. NCCAT conducts a wide variety of high-quality professional development for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers. For more information about NCCAT visit www.nccat.org or call 828-293-5202.

Wesleyan taps Mann to be social media manager

N.C. Wesleyan College recently named Stephen Mann as social media manager.

Mann has gained public relations and marketing experience over the last eight years through various jobs in the public sector.

In his new role with Wesleyan, Mann will oversee all college social media accounts across various platforms, develop strategies to increase awareness and engagement among current and prospective students and oversee all online advertising and digital marketing efforts. Beyond his social media responsibilities, Mann will plan and manage college events and be a key contributor on various college publications.

Mann received a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in business administration from N.C. State University. Most recently, his focus has been primarily on social media marketing, serving as social media coordinator for the state Department of Transportation in Raleigh. In this role, he managed over 37 social media accounts, created paid advertising campaigns and increased brand awareness and website engagement.

Prior to his role with the NC DOT, Mann served as knowledge management specialist for the Retirement Services Division of the Department of State Treasurer, where he created the social media presence for the division.

Rhodes elected president of CPCU Society

Thomas Rhodes was recently elected as President of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the CPCU Society.

In order to be inducted into the CPCU Society, individuals must pass eight national exams on topics including insurance law, accounting, risk management, and ethics. CPCUs continually update their base of insurance expertise by participating in technical and professional development workshops and seminars.

CPCUs promise to abide by a code of professional ethics, placing their clients’ needs before their own.

Rhodes has held his CPCU designation since 2012.

The CPCU Society is the premier international insurance and risk management professional organization, administered by The Institutes. The Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the CPCU Society spans from the Triangle all the way to the coast.


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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