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Monday, 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 residency and fellowship were completed at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala.

He is Board Certified in gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Hendon joins the Greenville practice from Paducah, Ken., where he has worked as a hospital gastroenterologist for six years at Mercy Health.

Hendon diagnoses and treats disorders related to the esophagus, stomach, intestines, gallbladder, and pancreas. He specializes in polypectomy removal, early colon cancer detection, and he will be offering Saturday procedures.

He and his wife, Robin, have relocated to Greenville with their two children. Hendon enjoys; hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, and just about anything else outdoors.

Gastroenterology East, P.A. and Endoscopy Center officials said they welcomed Hendon where his advanced skills will benefit the patient of Pitt and the surrounding counties.

Ronald McDonald House adds new staff

The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina has welcomed a new Development Team of local talent and ECU graduates. The team will focus on fundraising and community support for the house.

Melissa Whealton, development director, is a native of Eastern North Carolina and brings over 15 years of fundraising and business development experience to the House. Whealton will be responsible for donor cultivation and planned giving.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her nephews, Connor, Andy and John.

Katie Hall, marketing and communications manager, is a recent graduate of ECU with a degree in family and community services. She began her career two years ago at The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina as a volunteer, then weekend manager and intern.

Hall will be the contact for all media outlets, website development and social media. She has a true love for Coca-Cola, Nala (her cat) and her fiancé, John.

The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina also had added Shenella Eason to its operations staff as the housing operations assistant. Eason has been with The Ronald McDonald House since June 2014, starting as a weekend manager.

She also has been a coverage manager for the Ronald McDonald House of James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital located in the Vidant Medical Center before starting in her current position. Eason is responsible for handling referrals, family relations, community donations and daily housing maintenance.

She is an Edgecombe County native and has a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina in sociology with a concentration in applied social research. She has worked in the nonprofit sector nearly 10 years. In her free time, she enjoys photography and spending time with family and friends.

The Ronald McDonald House of James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital located in Vidant Medical Center has added Betty Hayden as house operations manager. Hayden was a coverage manager before starting her current position.

Hayden is responsible for taking referrals, receiving donations, welcoming families and visitors, assisting with the daily aspects of the running of the House as well as working with hospital staff and social workers to better accommodate our families.

She has lived in Pitt County all her life. She previously worked more than 15 years with special-needs children and adults at various agencies.

In her downtime Hayden loves spending time with her family, being near the water and capturing special moments on film. She credits RMH as one of her great accomplishments.

To learn more about The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina, please visit its website at www.rmhenc.org.

Teacher in spotlight for service to community

The Pitt County unit of North Carolina Retired School Personnel is spotlighting longtime member and former officer Grace Foster.

Foster taught three years with Pitt County Schools as a mathematics teacher at Winterville High and Ayden Grifton, at ECU as a graduate student and at Beaufort County Community College, Washington, N.C. for 26 years.

She has been married to Dwight Foster for more than 50 years. They are the parents of two children, Anna and the late Derek Foster.

Grace served as Pitt NCRSP secretary, president, past-president and treasurer. Until July she held an office each year after joining.

Foster also devotes many hours to Salem United Church serving in various capacities and is an active member in the church’s women’s group.

Local educators attend NCCAT programming

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 Diane G. Marx of Bethel Elementary School; Ginnet Bland of A.G. Cox Middle School; John Matthews and Lisa A. Smith of D.H. Conley High School; Brittany R. Evans of G.R. Whitfield Elementary School; Kyndall Elks of Hope Middle School; Sherifa E. Atwa of Wellcome Middle School; Danielle L. Groseclose of Wintergreen Intermediate School; and Daniel Henderson of East Carolina Laboratory 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.

Money manager attends national conference

Kelly Kurz, founder of Paperwork Solutions, LLC, was among the financial specialists from across the United States who attended the 2018 Annual Conference of the American Association of Daily Money Managers held on Nov. 2 -4 in St. Louis, MO. Kurz, certified by AADMM as a professional daily money manager, served as a panelist in a session about connecting with professionals who serve mutual client groups and reaching potential clients outside normal networks.

The American Association of Daily Money Managers is a national membership organization representing individuals and businesses in the field of daily money management. Daily Money Managers deliver financial services to seniors and older adults, people with disabilities, professionals, high-net worth individuals, small businesses and others. AADMM’s mission is to support daily money management services in an ethical manner, to provide information and education to members and the public, and to develop a network of dedicated professionals.

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The following civil lawsuits were filed Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2018, in Pitt County:

■ Midland Funding LLC v. Paul Hadel, collection on account, Sept. 27; voluntary dismissal without prejudice by plaintiff, Nov. 1; 18CVD 2677.

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With federal flood insurance payments to North Carolinians for Hurricane Florence totaling over a half-billion dollars, officials are urging those who don’t have coverage to purchase it.

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PCS Facility Services promotes two employees

Pitt County Schools Facility Services has announced the promotion of two new employees to its district office of Facility Services.

Cedric Blow of Sam D. Bundy School in Farmville and Reginald Stocks of Ayden Middle School joined the staff of Custodial…


December 10, 2018

AgCarolina Farm Credit has announced a record donation of toys from members and employees for local needy children. A total of nearly 950 toys were collected in the fourth year of AgCarolina’s participation in the toy drive.

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LIFE of NC, a Pitt County nonprofit organization and affiliate of the national STRIVE job readiness and attitudinal training program, has named a new executive director, Robert G. Lee. Lee succeeds long-time leader Joyce C. Jones whose retirement is effective December 20.

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The Rocky Mount Mills has hired a local woman to oversee a new meeting and event space that will be opening next year on the campus of the 150-acre mixed-use development on the Tar River.

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The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from Nov. 29-Dec. 5:

■ James Paul Wynn, Sarah Currin Wynn to Angel Oak Home Loans LLC $172,000

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The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits for Nov. 27-Dec. 3:

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