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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.


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November 12, 2018


The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits for Oct. 30-Nov. 5:

■ Langston Farms LLC, 565 Regency Blvd., commercial uplift, $865,000.

■ Groundbreaking Developers LLC, 3912 W. Vancroft Circle, Units 1-9, multifamily townhome, $592,200.…

November 12, 2018

WINTERVILLE — Boneyard Harley recently celebrated its grand opening with a weekend celebration.

Boneyard Harley-Davidson, formerly Hometown Harley-Davidson, is under the new ownership of Jerry Carrillo of Dayton, Ohio and Marc Ingwersen of Findlay, Ohio.

“We wanted to set ourselves…


November 12, 2018

Eagle Transport Corp. recently was honored with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

“Safe and responsible transportation of chemical and petroleum products are core…


November 12, 2018

Hendon joins team at Gastroenterology East

Gastroenterology East, P.A. and Dr. Jack Cole have announces that Dr. Shane Hendon joined the practice in October.

Hendon’s professional training began with Medical School at University of Pikeville, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kentucky. His…


November 12, 2018

East Carolina University Student Media director John Harvey received one of the nation’s top awards for collegiate media advisers at the annual College Media Association (CMA) Convention on Oct. 28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Harvey was one of four to receive the 2018 award for…

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November 12, 2018

TODAY: 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.…

November 12, 2018

Millions of small business and home owners currently depend on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to protect their property against flooding, the most costly and common natural disaster in the United States. To continue providing flood insurance after November 30, 2018, Congress must…

November 12, 2018

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) recently awarded six Vidant Health locations with an accreditation underscoring exceptional care in helping diabetes patients control their disease.

“We are delighted to be recognized by AADE in this way,” said Dr. Karen Coward,…

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November 12, 2018

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed Nov. 1-17 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ AmbuCare Medical Transport Inc., agent Mary Alice Whitehead, 7187 County Home Road, Ayden.

■ Aqualitate LLC, agent Curtis Bearden, 38 Sir Dillons Lane,…

November 12, 2018

The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from Nov. 1-7:

■ Gregory O. Willis to Union Home Mortgage Corp. $169,900

■ Mary Ann O'Malley, Kevin O'Malley to Quicken Loans Inc. $147,811

■ Sandra A. Hickman to Bank of America NA $100,…

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