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Monday, April 15, 2019

Ross Smith joins Terracon’s Winterville office

Ross Smith has joined the Winterville office of Terracon as the Southeast Division client development manager for environmental services.

Smith comes to Terracon with more than 20 years of experience in environmental permitting and compliance. He will focus on business development opportunities with industrial and manufacturing organizations.

Smith has lived in the Greenville area for almost 30 years with his wife, Michell, and has two married daughters, Rachel and Lindsey.

Terracon is a nationally known engineering consulting firm with over 140 offices and 4,000 employees specializing in environmental, geotechnical, and facilities engineering, and construction materials testing.

Cotton named employee of the month at ONLINE 

Kim Cotton, major utility client support representative, has been named ONLINE Information Services’ Employee of the Month for January.

Cotton is responsible for supporting all of the company’s major utility clients not only with their day-to-day needs but she is also responsible for making sure files are processed correctly, balance reconciliations are completed each month for her clients, and validations are processed in a timely manner.

Cotton has helped identify and has worked closely with ONLINE’S IT Department to improve processes.

“She is truly valued and all of her hard work is appreciated,” officials said.

Cotton’s name will be added to a plaque at ONLINE commemorating the Employees of the Month for 2019 at ONLINE Information Services.

Riley’s Army New Hire for Volunteer Coordinator

Riley’s Army Board of Directors has hired Emleigh Hughes as its new Volunteer Coordinator.

Hughes has been with Riley’s Army for seven years, serving as a volunteer and volunteer coordinator for several past events.

Hughes started her service with Riley’s Army as a freshman in high school with a passion to love and serve children with cancer. In her new role with Riley’s Army, she will be responsible for coordinating respite care visits and meal delivery for families at Vidant Medical Center, assist the executive director with event planning and volunteer coordination for events, working with local organizations to recruit and train volunteers, assist volunteers with completion of Vidant hospital training requirements, and engage with volunteers.

“We are thrilled to welcome Emleigh as the new Volunteer Coordinator,” said Kirk Philpot, founder of Riley’s Army. “She has heart for volunteering and will help support our families and volunteers with her new role.”

Lasure is HR director at Greene County Health Care

Greene County Health Care recently named Megan Lasure to the position of Human Resources director. She started April 1.

As Human Resources (HR) director, Lasure will supervise the organization’s HR department, including compensation, benefits, training and development, employee relations and management, recruitment and strategic planning for HR. She also serves as a member of the Management Team at Greene County Health Care.

Lasure comes to Greene County Health Care from Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where she served for more than three years as a Human Resources business partner. Her 18 years of experience in human resources have focused primarily in health care, including serving as HR director for a federally qualified health center in West Virginia. Greene County Health Care is also an FQHC.

She has a master’s degree in industrial and employee relations from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Holy Family University in Philadelphia.

“I’m excited about coming back to community health centers, where I want to focus,” Lasure said. “My passion is FQHCs. I enjoy serving and supporting the people who take care of our community. I want to grow and develop the people in our organization. That’s my heart’s work.”

“Greene County Health Care continues to grow in serving the needs of our community and our staff,” CEO Doug Smith said. “We believe Megan’s experience with FQHCs and in employee relations well positions us in making Greene County Health Care both an employer and provider of choice.”

Hoyt designated ‘Premier Advisor’ by Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network has designated J. Keais Hoyt Jr. a Certified Financial Planner and managing principal, as a member of the firm’s Premier Advisor Program for the fourth consecutive year.

The Premier Advisor designation is held by a select group of financial advisors who have met or exceeded the firm's standards of three or more of the following: length of service with the firm, completion of educational components, business production, and professionalism.

“It’s an honor to receive this designation” Hoyt said. “I am proud to have been given the opportunity to work with my clients and I am committed to helping them reach their financial goals.”

Hoyt has been with Hoyt Family Wealth Management, LLC for five years and has 19 years of experience in the financial services industry. He holds a BS in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and resides in Winterville.

Cordell completes doctorate in business administration

Nicole R. Cordell has completed her doctorate in business administration.

Cordell’s concentration in entrepreneurship and experience in the direct sales industry led to researching the increasing trend in entrepreneurial turnover and failure rate. Cordell’s dissertation, “Strategies for Sustainability in Multilevel Marketing Organizations,” included interviewing 10 entrepreneurs who successfully owned a business in direct sales more than five years to explore common leadership strategies that may have led to their sustainability.

Cordell’s plans to continue her research and pursue speaking engagements, entrepreneurial mentoring and business ownership.

A 2005 graduate of Rocky Mount High School, Cordell is the daughter of Timothy and Janice Cordell.


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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