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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.


Humans of Greenville


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


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Pecheles Automotive has celebrated the first month of its “Pecheles Gives Back” initiative.

Innovation Early College High School, winners of the first round, were awarded $1,000 toward positive behavior intervention strategies. This month’s contest, hosted by Pecheles Automotive…


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FASTSIGNS of Greenville, an established local sign and visual graphics provider, was recognized as a top performing center at the 2019 FASTSIGNS International Convention recently held in Orlando, Fla.

Owned by Steve and Maria Kouroupas, FASTSIGNS of Greenville received the Rookie of the Year Award…


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The neurosurgical team at Vidant Medical Center (VMC) was ranked among the top 100 hospitals in the nation for specialized neuroscience and spine programs by Becker’s Healthcare, a leading source of business and legal information for health care leaders.

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The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter has named Jessica Holton the 2019 Social Worker of the Year.

The NASW-NC Social Worker of the Year Award is an annual award given to a social work professional who has demonstrated commendable social work practice and involvement…

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Local Edward Jones team participates in training

Neal J. Fox, a financial advisor with the financial services firm Edward Jones in Farmville, and Branch Office Administrator Sarah Peninger recently attended an invitation-only training opportunity at the firm's St. Louis headquarters.

The two-day…


February 18, 2019

The following civil lawsuits were filed Dec. 6-17, 2018, in Pitt County:

■ Ravi Desraj, administrator of the estate of Neela Sai Desraj, deceased v. El-Dan Benhacoun aka L’Danel-Dan Benhacoun aka Elie-Dan Benhacoun aka Dun Skee and N.C. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, motor vehicle…

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The North Carolina Association of County Boards of Social Services hosted a regional meeting in Greenville on Jan. 22.

Held in the Mark V. Owens, Jr. Auditorium, more than 50 individuals attended representing 19 eastern North Carolina counties. Attendees included Social Services directors, county…

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The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2019:

■ B & Z Property Holdings LLC, 1014 W. Fourth St., single-family alteration, $15,000.

■ Rayn Enterprises LLC, 714 Dickinson Ave., commercial alterations, $35,000.

■ James F.…

February 18, 2019

TUESDAY: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-9 p.m. titled “Creating Beautiful WordPress Websites for Small Business.”Learn the fundamentals of building websites through WordPress including setup, launch and maintenance. Contact Wendy Dunbar…

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The following deeds were recorded with the Pitt County Register of Deeds from Jan. 31-Feb. 6. Each $2 in revenue stamps is equal to $1,000 in valuation. ( * No fee required)

■ William H. Cluck, Ruth B. Cluck to William H. Cluck and Ruth B. Cluck (co-trustees): Lot 2, Quail Pointe Acres, Chicod…

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