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Monday, May 13, 2019

Boys & Girls Club board member receives award

Steve Stephenson III was named 2019 Boys & Girls Club of America National Board Member of the Year on May 2 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America 2019 National Conference in Houston, Texas.

Stephenson received the "League of Eagles Award" for his years of dedication to local youth.

Boys & Girls Club of America always has valued the recognition of board volunteers. Since the inception of the National Awards Program in 1947, BGCA has encouraged clubs to foster continued support of dedicated volunteers and professionals by presenting National Awards at annual Club and BGCA events.

“Steve's tireless dedication to the well-being of youth is unparalleled and we are so grateful for his efforts every day. We are so pleased to be able to honor him at this level,” said Kimberly Boyd, president and CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain promotes Academic Success through programs such as Money Matters and Power Hour; Healthy Lifestyles through programs like Passport to Manhood, SMART Moves, and Street SMART; and Good Character and Citizenship by offering programs such as Junior Staff and Keystone Club.

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. There are 17 clubs throughout Pitt, Beaufort, Lenoir, Martin, Greene, Carteret, and Craven Counties serving approximately 1,400 members daily and over 3,100 annually. Club programs focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and citizenship with an over-arching goal of building strong children and communities. For more information, visit the Clubs online at www.bgccp.com or call 355-2345.

Powell named AXA National Honor Associate

AXA Equitable Life financial professional Robert (Bert) Powell IV, CFP, CLU, AIF, has earned the 2018 National Honor Associate award. This is the highest honor that the firm bestows upon an AXA advisor.

The National Honor Associate Award is granted to one financial professional each year who represents the “total professional” through his or her dedication to community service, loyalty, leadership and respect. Powell was chosen for this honor by a committee of peers.

Powell joined AXA Advisors in 2000 as a second-generation financial professional. His father, Robert J. Powell III, CLU, ChFC, has been with the company for 42 years.

As he continued his family legacy throughout the past 18 years with AXA Advisors, Powell earned the title of qualified plan specialist and was awarded the title of retirement planning specialist with his receipt of a Wharton Certificate in Retirement Planning. He has been recognized as a member of AXA Advisors’ National Leaders Corp, Centurion, Circle of Excellence and Hallmark 2. In addition, Powell was elected by his peers to serve on the National Associates Forum, where he served as a branch representative, executive committee member, chairman and, most recently, as national advisor in 2018.

Powell has a longstanding commitment to leadership and community service. He is a past board member of Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, the North Carolina Coastal Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management, Saint Peter’s Catholic School and East Carolina Bank’s Regional Board. He is past president of the University City Kiwanis Club — an international service club — and Literacy Volunteers of America in Pitt County. He remains active in the Kiwanis Club, Pitt-Greenville Soccer Association, Boy Scouts of America and as a director for the board of Glen Raven Global LLC.

Warner, Hood and Culpepper adds new designation

Warner, Hood and Culpepper Family Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors announces a new designation for directors Dee Warner and David Hood.

Financial advisors Warner and Hood have earned the Private Investment Management (PIM) designation.

Investment professionals offering the Wells Fargo Advisors’ PIM program promote discretionary portfolio management for investors seeking long-term capital appreciation through diverse portfolios and a personal relationship. The opportunity to offer this program is given to exceptional advisors who have completed coursework and demonstrated an ability to maintain responsibility for day-to-day investment decisions as portfolio managers.

By being a PIM Advisor, Warner and Hood can pursue superior performance within trading activity, without traditional commissions. Hood, a director of the group, expresses that this additional title increases their “ability and expertise to work toward the highest achievement for our clients’ wealth management.”

“This designation is especially important to WHC as it aligns directly with our team goal,” said Dee Warner, managing director of investments.


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July 21, 2019

Nathan Kohan has been named regional circulation and audience director for Adams Publishing Group-ENC, President and Publisher Robin L. Quillon announced.

Kohan will oversee circulation, marketing and distribution operations for all the company's print and digital editions.

“We are fortunate…

Nathan Kohan

July 01, 2019

Members of the Young Professionals of Pitt County began their community service project with the Adopt a Street program on June 1.

Young Professionals have adopted a portion of 10th Street to encourage community pride and enhance Greenville’s quality of life through clean streets and…


July 01, 2019

ECU senior gets economic development internship

East Carolina University rising senior Jonathan Kahn has joined the university’s Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement as part of its new RISE29 microenterprise program.

The program connects small business ideas with regional…

July 01, 2019

Adams Publishing Group LLC (APG) has announced that it has acquired The Greater Beloit Publishing Company, including the Beloit Daily News, Weekend Daily News and My Stateline Shopper.

Also included in the purchase are all associated websites and the company’s Midwest digital business.


July 01, 2019

Penco Products Inc., a North Carolina-based manufacturing company, is celebrating 150 years of growth and innovation throughout 2019.

Penco’s culture of dedicated service, quality metal lockers and storage products and commitment to continuous improvement has translated into the best fiscal…

July 01, 2019

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry is helping fight hunger in the community by donating to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina through its Say I Do, Share the Love campaign.

For every engagement ring purchased from any Bailey’s Fine Jewelry location, Bailey’s will donate…

July 01, 2019

JULY 9: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-9 p.m. titled “Google Tools for Business.” In this session, we will discuss several of the free Google Apps for work and how they can help your business. Contact Jim Ensor at jensor@email.pittcc.…

July 01, 2019


The City of Greenville Inspections Dept. issued the following permits for June 11-17, 2019:

■ Patheon Manufacturing Services LLC, 5900 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, commercial alterations, $2,000,000.

■ Patheon Manufacturing Services LLC, 5900 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, commercial…

July 01, 2019

The following deeds were recorded with the Pitt County Register of Deeds from June 13-19. Each $2 in revenue stamps is equal to $1,000 in valuation. ( No fee required)

Kevin R. Deibert, Tracy L. Deibert to Holley VH Radford, Troy Lee Radford: tract, Stantonsburg Road; 0.34 acre, Arthur Township;…

July 01, 2019

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed June 13-19 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ A. Prayer’s Creation LLC, agent Anthony Prayer, 1792 O’Farrell Ave., Greenville.

■ Blounts Trucking LLC, agent David Blount, 3649 New Town Court, Farmville.…

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