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Maleku Jewelry designer completes certification

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Ileana Rojas-Bennett models a rare pearl necklace valued at more than $700,000.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Ileana Rojas-Bennett, owner and chief designer of Maleku Jewelry Designs is a self-described life-long learner. Since beginning her career in jewelry over a decade ago, she has traveled across the state and nation in search of ways to improve her expertise.

“I believe in taking classes from instructors who are the best in their niche in jewelry fabrication and design,” Rojas-Bennett said. “It is important to me to do quality work and I have been fortunate to learn from many well-known artists.”

This month She recently traveled to Tennessee for a five-day comprehensive stone setting course taught by Blaine Lewis who is renowned for Pave setting techniques that only he teaches.

“This class was one of the most intense I have ever taken,” Rojas-Bennett said. “I can understand why Tiffany and Company has chosen to send 60 of their jewelers to be trained by Lewis. During the week, I also attended a meeting with the American Gem Society and the Gemological Institute of America which gave me fresh information about the gem market. I am excited to bring refreshed and refined methods and design ideas back home. I look forward to not only incorporating these techniques and ideas into my designs, but to also help clients who are looking for a custom order piece of jewelry.”

Rojas-Bennett announced that Chris Darway, a 40-year metal instructor and winner of the International Pearl Design Contest in Japan, has accepted an invitation to instruct a two-day workshop in October on Copper Precious Metal Clay and Sterling Silver Precious Metal Clay. Darway is an artist, metal smith, teacher and designer based in Philadelphia. As a PMC (precious metal clay) senior instructor for the Rio Grande Company, he has been involved with this material since its first introduction.

For more information, visit Maleku Jewelry Designs on Facebook or call 252-717-5481


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Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


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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