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Monday, April 22, 2019

Jones designated Premier Advisor by Well Fargo 

Wells Fargo Advisors has, for the ninth consecutive year, designated L. Mitchell Jones III, managing director and investment officer, as a member of the firm’s Premier Advisor Program. 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.

Jones has been with Wells Fargo Advisors for 12 years and has 22 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Jones lives in Greenville with his wife, Mandi, and their three children. He serves on the Vidant Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees and the Vidant Medical Center Foundation as Capital Campaign Co-Chair. Jones is the chairman of the Investment Advisory Board for the Community Foundation of NC East, Inc. and is a member of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce.

Cummings named caregiver of the quarter

SILVERcare has named Neatrice Cummings has been named featured caregiver for this quarter.

Cummings has been with SILVERcare for almost three years. Her positive attitude, professionalism and compassion she shows towards her clients are why she is the recipient of this award, SILVERcare officials said.

She now is eligible for the Caregiver of the Year award.

SILVERcare is a locally owned, licensed home care agency established in 1993 to provide in-home assistance to the elderly, including personal care, light housekeeping, meal preparation and post-hospitalization care. SILVERcare can provide services 365 days a year with hourly and shift rate options. SILVERcare serves Pitt, Beaufort, Martin, Lenoir and Greene counties.

Bailey’s honors Greenville award winners

 Bailey’s Fine Jewelry has announced the 2018 Employee Award recipients for its Greenville store location. Employees were recognized at the company’s annual awards banquet, which was held at North Hills Club in Raleigh.

Molly Warren received the Core Values award for the Greenville location. The winner is voted on by fellow associates and is given to an individual who best exemplifies the core values of Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, which include honesty, integrity, professionalism, sincerity and graciousness. Warren is the general manager of this location.

Joyce Barnes was recognized with the Salesperson of the Year award for the Greenville store. The award is given to an individual who not only was among the top sales performers in 2018, but also went above and beyond for patrons and fellow associates in addition to always being a team player.

Alyssa Broadhurst was recognized as the Hugger of the Year in Greenville. The award is given to the person who goes above and beyond to provide patrons with excellent customer service.

In addition, Warren was recognized as one of two Rookie of the Years company-wide. A rookie has to have been with the company for a minimum of six months.

Bailey’s Greenville store is located at the Lynndale Shoppes at 511 Red Banks Road.

Gastroenterology East adds staff members

Gastroenterology East has added two new staff members to its practice.

Hannah Buck joins the expanding team as an insurance representative. She has worked in the medical field for more than six years.

Joy Smith joins the practice as an endoscopy receptionist, with more than 20 years of medical office experience.

Buck and Smith are from Martin County.

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.

Gastroenterology East employs a full staff of medical professionals, including Dr. Jack Cole, Dr. Shane Hendon, Dr. Kurt Vernon, and Nurse Practitioners; Jessica Brown and Heather Larsen.

Gilland joins First Citizens as director

Steve Gilland has joined First Citizens Bank as director of private banking.

In this role, Gilland is responsible for building, growing and managing the company’s private banking business, which provides clients with customized credit and deposit services and access to products and services that help manage more complex banking and cash management needs.

“Steve brings to First Citizens an extensive private banking background, a deep knowledge of the industry and a proven track record of success,” said Michael Wilson, First Citizens wealth management executive. “He’s a great fit for our relationship-focused way of conducting business as we continue to develop and expand private banking at First Citizens. He’ll be a tremendous asset to our team, and I look forward to seeing the impact he’ll make moving forward.”

Gilland joins First Citizens from CIBC U.S. (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce U.S.), where he served as managing director, national private banking practice lead. He brings to his role nearly 30 years of financial services and strategy experience, working at JP Morgan and Citi Private Bank, prior to CIBC U.S. He also was employed in finance with Nordstrom and product management at Nortel Networks.

Gilland is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he earned his MBA in finance and marketing. He also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University. 

Keller Williams adds new agents

Keller Williams Points East Realty has added two new agents to its staff.

Shannon Hodges is a native of Greenville and has lived in the area for 46 years.

She is married and has two children. When she is not working, Hodges enjoys spending time with her family.

She has been in real estate for 16 years.

Mandy Briley is a native of Rocky Mount and has lived in the area for 40 years.

She is married and has two children.

She has been in real estate for five months.


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


May 20, 2019

Fleming appointed to SECU Board of Directors

State Employees’ Credit Union  has announced the appointment of Mark Fleming to the SECU Board of Directors. Fleming will fill the seat of Jim Johnson, who served on the board from 2001 until his retirement in April.

Fleming is serving as a…

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May 20, 2019

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.— A 2012 J.H. Rose High School graduate and Greenville native is currently serving with a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron which flies one of the world’s most advanced warplanes.

Lt. j.g. Michelle De Vente is a weapons system operator with the Gladiators of VFA 106,…


May 20, 2019

Helena Feder, director of East Carolina University’s Great Books Program and associate professor of literature and environment, is one of the inaugural recipients of the Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Scholars & Society Fellowship.

“Upon hearing the news, I felt…

May 20, 2019

The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from May 2-15:

■ Justin T. Foell, Lauren W. Foell to First Bank $227,317

■ Brittany Thompson, Nicholas Thompson to Branch Banking and Trust Company $142,500

■ Jennifer D. Rainsberger to Branch Banking and Trust…

May 20, 2019

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed May 2-15 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ 2401-02 East 3rd Street LLC, agent Stephen F. Horne III, 300 Cotanche St., Greenville.

■ A & H Precise Cleaning Services LLC, agent Willie Atkins, 369 River Branch…

May 20, 2019

The following deeds were recorded with the Pitt County Register of Deeds from May 2-8. Each $2 in revenue stamps is equal to $1,000 in valuation. ( * No fee required)

■ Domitila Gonzalez Romero to Maria Castro Martinez: Lot 4, Emma Cannon Crossing, Ayden Township $50

■ Doreka S. Nobles to Michele…

May 20, 2019

JUNE 7: North Carolina has the sixth highest stroke death rate in the nation. Health care professionals of all disciplines will come together to address stroke and other acute and chronic neurological conditions in eastern N.C. at the 2019 Neuroscience Conference at Eastern Area Health Education…

May 20, 2019

Dr. Kendall M. Campbell has been named senior associate dean for academic affairs for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, effective on May 1, after serving in the interim position since fall 2018.

He will continue to oversee Brody’s offices of admissions, medical and…


May 13, 2019

WEDNESDAY: Mental health professionals are invited to a continuing education program called “The Relationship Between Chronic Medical Illness and Behavioral Health: The Chicken or the Egg?” hosted by Eastern Area Health Education Center. Mental health issues can increase the risks of…

May 13, 2019

The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from May 2-8:

■ Justin T. Foell, Lauren W. Foell to First Bank $227,317

■ Brittany Thompson, Nicholas Thompson to Branch Banking and Trust Company $142,500

■ Jennifer D. Rainsberger to Branch Banking and Trust…

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