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Monday, March 18, 2019

ECU physician is governor-elect of College of Physicians

Dr. Lacy Hobgood, medical director of the ECU Physicians Adult and Pediatric Health Center, has been named governor-elect of the American College of Physicians (ACP). He will serve in that capacity from April 13 until he assumes the role of governor effective Oct. 1, 2019.

The ACP is an international organization composed of 154,000 internists, subspecialists, residents, fellows and medical students and is considered the professional home for internal medicine.

Hobgood, also the division head and clinical associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, will serve as the official representative of the ACP’s North Carolina Chapter to the national organization.

“It is an honor and an extraordinary opportunity to represent North Carolina in the American College of Physicians,” Hobgood said. “The experience will give me new perspectives in medicine and allow me to exchange ideas on best practices in internal medicine with my peers on an international level.”

Hobgood is a member of the N.C. Chapter of the ACP Governors Council as well as the ACP’s National Council of Early Career Physicians and Medical Practice and Quality Committee. He serves on the Vidant Medical Center Ethics Committee and the Vidant Health/ECU Physicians Ambulatory Advisory Council.

Hobgood’s awards include a 2017 ECU Centennial Award for Excellence and the Dale Newton and Andy Brinn Award in 2016 and 2017 for exceptional teaching and compassionate mentorship of ECU medicine-pediatrics residents.

Hobgood practiced in Anson County with Wadesboro Family Medicine before joining the ECU faculty in 2010.

He earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and completed his residency training in medicine and pediatrics at Christiana Care Health Systems in Newark, Del.

Gastroenterology East adds new staff members

Gastroenterology East P.A. has added three new staff members to its practice.

Olivia Jackson joined the team as a registered nurse. Jackson received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from East Carolina University in 2016.

Amanda Stephens joined the practice as a medical receptionist. She has several years’ experience in the medical field working as a receptionist.

Stephanie Griffin recently joined the team in the insurance department. She has worked in the healthcare field for several years.

Gastroenterology East, P.A. was founded by Dr. Jack Cole. He has been providing care to patients in Pitt County as well as 37 surrounding counties in Eastern North Carolina for 28 years.

Keller Williams Points East hires agents

Keller Williams Points East Realty has hired several new agents.

Carla Modlin is a native of Plymouth and has lived in the Greenville area for 26 years.

She attended ECU and completed her real estate education through JY Monk.

Modlin has been involved in different aspects of the real estate business for about 28 years.

She is married and has two sons. In her spare time, she keeps busy as an interior designer and fixer-upper, and has an interest in the ECU Pirates.

Lauren Rawls is a native of Greenville and has lived in the area her entire life.

She has a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. She is new to the real estate business.

Rawls is married and has one child.

Nicholas Ryback is a native of New Hampshire who has lived in the area for seven years.

He is single and has an interest in theater, arts and music.

He has been involved in real estate for the past eight months.

Tiffany Fleming was born in Greenville and has lived in the area all her life.

She is single, and loves spending time with her family, friends and her corgi puppyy.

Fleming has an art education degree from East Carolina University. 

She has been in real estate a year this month.

Attorneys named Rising Stars in NC Super Lawyers

Tracy Stroud and Kevin Sayed both are included in the 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers’ List. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multiphase selection process that includes nominations by their own peers. It is an honor reserved for those attorneys who exhibit excellence in their practice.

Stroud has been chosen as a 2019 Rising Star in the practice area of employment and labor law. She has practiced in Greenville since 2009 and was named as a partner of the firm in 2015. She practices in the areas of employment law, contract disputes and commercial litigation, estate and trust disputes, and real estate litigation.

Sayed also was chosen as a 2019 Rising Star in the practice area of business/corporate law. He received his bachelor of science in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Juris Doctor from Charlotte School of Law, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida-Levin College of Law. he has practiced with Colombo Kitchin Attorneys since March 2013. Sayed practices in the areas of taxation, including corporate, partnership, trust, estate tax, and business planning and business transactions.

Mike Colombo also has been named to 2019 Super Lawyers list for the practice area of Estate Planning and Probate. He has received the designation of Super Lawyer for the past 12 years.

Colombo is a past president of the North Carolina Bar Association and founding partner of Colombo, Kitchin, Dunn, Ball & Porter, LLP. He is a North Carolina Board certified estate planning and probate specialist, and he also practices in the areas of business planning and taxation.

Other attorneys previously named to the Super Lawyer or Rising Star list include Walt Kitchin (Super Lawyer 2010-2011) and Jay Holland (Rising Star 2012).

Colombo, Kitchin, Dunn, Ball and Porter, LLP has been serving the citizens of Eastern North Carolina for over 35 years, and recently opened a second office in Washington, N.C. The firm’s practice areas include administrative law; arbitration and mediation; bankruptcy; business planning and transactions; construction law and litigation; contract disputes and commercial litigation; creditors’ rights, foreclosures, and collections; elder law; employment law and litigation; estate and trust disputes, planning, and administration; family law; commercial and residential real estate; real estate litigation; and tax planning and disputes.

Taylor completes farm management program

Beth Fisher Taylor of Fisher Farms Partnership in Whitakers recently completed the Executive Farm Management program.

In this program, participants focus on all aspects of management needed to successfully manage today’s large, commercial, family-owned farms across the southeast. The 12-day pro-gram is delivered over six weeks in three locations; Savannah, Ga, Raleigh and Charleston, S.C.

During the program, 28 individual participants representing 21 unique operations and organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia were exposed to new tools and practices in areas of strategy, innovation, financial management, human resources, labor management, risk management, succession planning, market research, marketing, social media and crisis management and communication.

All participants are put into teams on the first day of the program and work within their teams throughout the duration. The program implements a fictional but fact-based case study to teach all of the management tools emphasized during the program, allowing the opportunity for the participants to practice applying these tools.

The foundational tool of the program is the use of the Business Model Canvas, which provides both a tactile and visual methodology for identifying new value propositions and is an excellent first step in creating new business plans, as it forces the user to consider all nine blocks of the tool that align with the nine essential components of a business plan.

The Executive Farm Management program is in its second year and is offered by N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its partners; NC State Cooperative Extension Service, Poole College of Management, Clemson Cooperative Ex-tension, ECU College of Business and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.


Humans of Greenville


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


June 10, 2019

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed May 30-June 5 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ 3 Peterson Brothers Tire and Auto LLC, agent Melvin Peterson, 301 S. Elm St., Williamston.

■ A Safe Place to Land, nonprofit, agent Christie W. James, 345 Vineyard…

June 10, 2019

Moody's Investor Services has upgraded Greenville Utilities Commission's credit rating to 'Aa1' with a stable outlook in advance of upcoming bond sales.

Fellow global rating agency Fitch Ratings affirmed GUC's credit rating of 'AA-'. Both ratings are considered "High Grade" and should help GUC at…


June 10, 2019

Greene County educator wins arts contest

Daphanie Jones, a teacher at West Greene Elementary School, is a state winner of the North Carolina Association of Educators’ Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Arts Contest.

Jones won first place for her poem “Pass Me the Torch,” in the…

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June 10, 2019

TUESDAY: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-7:30 p.m. titled “Create Stunning Graphics with Canva.” This step-by-step session will demonstrate how to create professional looking graphics in Canva that you can upload to your website and all…

June 10, 2019

A nurse specialist in pediatrics has been selected by her peers as the 2019 Nurse of the Year at ECU Physicians, the medical practice of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Megan Taylor, a Chocowinity native, works in pediatric pulmonology at ECU Pediatric Specialty Care. The…


June 03, 2019

The following civil lawsuits were filed Feb. 14-27, 2019, in Pitt County:

■ Barclays Bank Delaware v. Tim Bogenn, contract, Feb. 14; notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice by plaintiff, April 2; 19CVD 478.

■ Tameka Rachedia Frazier v. Kristina Carmon and Shameka Renee Moye, motor vehicle…

June 03, 2019


The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits for April 30-May 27, 2019:

■ Phelps Chevrolet, 3325 S. Memorial Drive, commercial addition, $200,000.

■ Walmart, 210 S.W. Greenville Blvd., commercial alterations, $20,000.

■ Venture Properties I LLC,…

June 03, 2019

With the help of Pitt Community College and ApprenticeshipNC, ECVC, Inc. (Eastern Carolina Vocational Center), started a Custodian Apprenticeship Program on April 1.

It is one of the first types of apprenticeship programs in North Carolina and supports ECVC’s mission, as well as Gov. Roy…


June 03, 2019

 With 1 in 8 neighbors, including 1 in 6 children, facing hunger across its 10-state footprint, Food Lion set out to help its neighbors by launching Food Lion Feeds, the company’s hunger relief initiative, in 2014. After committing to donate 500 million meals by the end of 2020, Food…

June 03, 2019

Kendall joins LBA’s in-house marketing team 

LBA Group, Inc. is growing its group marketing resources with the appointment of Paul Kendall as web developer. Kendall will focus on continuing to build the LBA brand with strategic technical and creative development of its web presence.…

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