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Monday, April 29, 2019

Zeck awarded Senior Center Management Certificate

Council on Aging Executive Director Richard Zeck was awarded the Senior Center Management Certificate in April by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.

He successfully completed the Ann Johnson Institute for Senior Center Management, the state’s three-year program for senior center excellence. The program included areas like empowering staff, the art of supervision and developing human resources, senior center operations and financing, senior center planning, evaluation and governance, developing outstanding programs, dynamic communications, publicly and marketing.

“The training was a long process that was well worth the time and commitment which ultimately leads to improving programs and services for our older adults,” Zeck said. “The state of North Carolina’s Division of Aging and Adult Services is committed to raising our senior center’s staff, programs and services to the highest possible level of excellence with the Ann Johnson curriculum.”

The Council on Aging is an agency located on 4551 County Home Road that has been designated as a Center of Excellence which means it provides exemplary services and opportunities to the community and serves as a mentor and model to developing centers across North Carolina. 

The mission of Pitt County Council on Aging is to enhance the quality of life for adults by providing access to a continuum of services and programs that promote healthy aging and independence. For more information on the Pitt County Council on Aging contact Zeck at  752-1717, Ext. 203 or at rzeck@pittcoa.com.

AMEXCAN director appointed state commission

Juvencio Rocha-Peralta, director of the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN), has been appointed to serve as a member of the North Carolina Complete Count Commission by Gov. Roy Cooper.

The purpose of the Complete Count Commission is to “increase awareness and understanding of the 2020 Census and encourage the participation of North Carolinians through education and outreach,” and Its goal is to “ensure accurate data is collected for the 2020 Census, particularly hard-to-reach populations and areas, through planning, outreach, local government involvement, and community education.”

The objective of the appointed members of the commission is to advise the governor and the North Carolina General Assembly on census activities in the state, identify barriers that might impede the progress of the 2020 Census in North Carolina, promote and advertise the 2020 Census, respond to residents' questions and concerns about the census, develop partnerships with regional and local Complete Count Committees to increase participation, distribute and share census information with traditionally hard-to-count areas and populations and seek to ensure the highest census participation rate possible, according to the NC DOA website.

Help Rocha-Peralta carry out his duties by participating in the 2020 U.S. Census as well as reaching out to AMEXCAN to see how to learn more about the 2020 Census and other services provided by AMEXCAN by calling 258-9967.

Owens honored by Naval Air Training HQ

Chief of Naval Air Training headquarters recently recognized its top civilians for superior job performance and contributions to the command mission.

Rear Adm. Greg Harris named Farmville native Anne Owens as Civilian of the Year.

“All of the nominees presented for CNATRA’s Civilian of the Year program represent the immense knowledge, dedication, and experience of our entire staff,” Harris said. “I’m incredibly lucky to work with a team so committed to bettering the future of Naval Aviation and I am very proud to honor our two distinguished winners for this year.”

Owens serves as the deputy public affairs officer and staff photographer for CNATRA. She was selected as the Civilian of the Year for her continued dedication and her expansive contributions to the Naval Aviation training community.

“The people I work with are fiercely dedicated to our mission and I’m so happy to be a part of this team,” Owens said. “I love that I’m able to support students as they begin their aviation journey and capture important moments in the lives of our instructors and their families.”

Owens is an experienced photographer and public affairs practitioner, previously serving as the editor of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi’s newspaper “Wingspan.”

She played a key role in founding South Texas Aviator Memorial Association in 2017, a non-profit organization that supports the families of fallen aviators, and continues to provide extensive support to its mission.

As the command ombudsman, Owens provides a direct line of communication between the command and its members’ families.

She also provides photography support of the Pilot for a Day program, which allows seriously ill children to experience the life of a pilot.

Owens’ work in the past year has affected every aspect of Naval Aviation. She has supported student naval aviators, instructor pilots, as well as active fleet pilots who visit NAS Corpus Christi and neighboring areas

Owens is the daughter of Ed and Gay Davenport of Farmville and Michael and Brenda Owens of West Virginia. She graduated from Farmville Central High School and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Snyder named assistant VP at CresCom Bank

CresCom Bank, the second largest community bank in North and South Carolina, has named Sharon Snyder as manager of the Upstate Loan Servicing Department.

In her new position at CresCom Bank, Snyder will oversee the day-to-day operational programs, policies, procedures and sales while ensuring a high level of customer care. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Southern Wesleyan Central.

“The CresCom Bank team is excited to welcome Sharon as assistant vice president and manager,” said David L. Morrow, CEO of CresCom Bank. “Sharon is an exceptional banking professional and will serve the Upstate communities well in her new role.”

For additional information about CresCom Bank, visit www.haveanicebank.com.

Conley students place in business leaders events

D.H. Conley High School students placed in many events at the recent Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference in Greensboro.

First place winners: Sarah McGee — Business Communication; Ethan Patel — Health Care Administration; Kate Callahan — Intro to FBLA Facts; Cameron Callahan, Reed Chandler and Shane Tillet — Management Information Systems.

Second Place winners: Mary Beth Cole and Emma Jane Cole — Business Plan; Pythagoras Cringan — Insurance and Risk Management; Sophie Mallinson, Madison Rose and Brooke Sullivan — Management Decision Making; John Anderson, Marissa Miller and Brad Weyand — Website Design.

Third Place winners: Ramya Mabry and Reyna Pinto — Business Financial Plan; Eric Atkinson — Computer Problem Solving; Alex Banning, Carlton House and Alec Logan — Digital Video Production; Jonathan Hurst, Jordan McEachern and Anna Morse — Emerging Business Issues.

Fourth Place winners: Kiki Wang — Business Calculations; Allison Parker — Business Plan; Emma Bice, Ashton Harrison and Laney Mullis — Mobile App Development; Allie Jackson, Casey Vickery and Anna West — Publication Design.

D.H. Conley High School also won the Gold Seal Chapter award. These students will advance to the national level held in San Antonio this summer.


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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