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Monday, May 27, 2019

Hawley receives Communicator of the Year award

Greenville Utilities’ communications manager/public information officer Steve Hawley was named 2019 Communicator of the Year by the North Carolina City & County Communicators (NC3C). The award was presented as part of NC3C’s annual Excellence in Communications Awards at NC3C’s annual Spring Conference in Durham.

The Communicator of the Year Award is named in honor and memory of Chris Coulson, a founding member of NC3C. The award is presented to an NC3C member who demonstrates a passion for making a difference in the profession and in the lives of citizens. The awardee is a person whose character, career and service represent the highest standards and who excels in the practice of local government communications and/or has accomplished an outstanding one-time achievement.

Hawley was recognized not only for his work with Greenville Utilities, but also his success as public information officer for the City of Greenville, where he was responsible for transforming, growing, and modernizing the city’s communications efforts.

He also was recognized for the key role he has played in the formation, growth, stability, and success of NC3C. Steve is a founding member of NC3C and has served a variety of roles, including two terms as president, from 2009-11. He os known for his work for the organization and assisting individual members, his sense of humor, and making new members feel welcome.

North Carolina City & County Communicators was created to encourage professional development and networking among local governmental communications professionals. The organization was formed in March 2007 and is made up of professional government communicators from across the state. This is just the seventh time the award has been given and the first time it was given to two people. Sharing the honors with Hawley this year is Carolyn Justice-Hinson from Fayetteville Public Works Commission.

For more information about NC3C, visit the website, www.nc3c.com.

Desgrosseillers joins Camp Corral Board of Directors

Todd Desgrosseillers, president and CEO of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. joined the board of directors for Camp Corral, a nonprofit that provides a free week of summer camp for children of wounded, injured, ill or fallen military service members. PHWFF is a nationwide veteran service nonprofit organization dedicated to the physical and emotional recovery of disabled active duty servicemen and servicewomen, and disabled veterans through its innovative fly-fishing programs.

Desgrosseillers is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and infantry officer who served the U.S. for 31 years. Previously, he served as the executive officer for the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines — deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-05. He is also a veteran of numerous other operations and 11 unit deployments overseas.

“We’re thrilled to have Todd join our board of directors,” said Leigh Longino, CEO of Camp Corral. “As a veteran himself, he has firsthand knowledge of the needs and services of our military families. His input and experience will help us continue to work towards providing the best service we can to military children and their families.”

His personal military decorations include the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals both with Valor Devices, two Purple Heart Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Desgrosseillers holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Boston University and a master’s degree in military studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He also completed the National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a graduate of the Marine Corps Summer Mountain Leaders’ Course, and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Fly Fishers International, Academy of United States Veterans, and a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, and The Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Camp Corral’s board of directors helps support the organization’s vision, mission and fund-raising goals. For more information about Camp Corral, visit www.campcorral.org.

DeVille appointed chief integrity officer

Michelle C. DeVille, MPA has been named chief integrity officer and HIPAA privacy and security officer for East Carolina University effective May 1, 2019. DeVille has been serving as interim chief integrity officer since February 2018 and previously served as the director and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) security officer for the Office of Institutional Integrity in the Division of Health Sciences.

In her role as chief integrity officer, DeVille will serve as the chief administrator for the Office of Institutional Integrity and will continue the development, oversight and administration of successful compliance solutions for key compliance activities and regulations in the Division of Health Sciences.

As ECU’s HIPAA privacy and security officer, her service will include identifying the university’s HIPAA regulatory compliance obligations, serving as the HIPAA consultant to the university and providing leadership on specific regulatory issues related to HIPAA requirements.

DeVille completed her master’s in public administration at ECU. In addition, she holds certifications in health care compliance and health care privacy compliance.

DeVille has nearly 20 years of regulatory experience that encompasses the pharmaceutical, hospice, college health, outpatient and inpatient settings including service as compliance specialist at ECU’s School of Dental Medicine, risk manager in ECU Student Health Services, risk analyst for Vidant Health’s Office of Legal Affairs and Risk Management and HIPAA security officer for ECU.

Emanuel qualifies for financial leaders conference

Tim Emanuel, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Greenville, qualified for the firm's 2019 Financial Advisor Leaders Conference.

This conference recognizes financial advisors who are among the leaders in the financial services firm. The conference also will provide additional training to help them serve more individual investors in their communities.

Emanuel was among the 800 financial advisors who qualified out of the firm's more than 17,000 financial advisors in the U.S. and Canada.

The 2019 conference was held May 14-17 in St. Louis.

"This level of achievement only occurs when you have outstanding support," he said. "Our team makes it possible for me to focus my time and attention on implementing financial solutions to our clients."

Working with Emanuel is Sr. Branch Office Administrator, Allyson Edwards.

This is Emanuel's fifth time attending the conference.


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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