Week in review

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Triangle Visions acquires

Bladenboro eye clinic

LUMBERTON — Triangle Visions Optometry announced Tuesday the acquisition of Dr. Donald Helms Bladenboro Eye Clinic of Bladenboro. Due to the tragic flooding brought on by Hurricane Matthew, Dr. Donald Helms’ practice will be rolling into the existing Triangle Visions Lumberton location on Oakridge Blvd, and Dr. Helms will be seeing patients at this location.

The merger of Bladenboro Eye Clinic comes at a great time for patients wanting to start the year off with an eye exam, or maybe a new pair of glasses for a brand-new look.

To find out more about what Triangle Visions Optometry has to offer, please go to their website at www.trianglevisions.com.


Deputy city manager

formally resigns post

FAYETTEVILLE — Rochelle Small-Toney, a former deputy city manager, has formally severed ties with the city of Fayetteville.

She resigned effective Dec. 31 “to obtain employment elsewhere,” a city spokesman said Tuesday in response to a public records request.

According to several sources, Small-Toney had been on extended medical leave since last fall to care for ailing parents.

Small-Toney began working for Fayetteville as a deputy city manager in March 2013. Six months before her hire in Fayetteville, she resigned as city manager of Savannah, Ga., where she worked for about five years.


Whiteville native named

Highway Patrol head

WHITEVILLE — Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Major Charles “Vic” Ward to serve as acting commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Ward will replace Colonel William J. Grey who retired from the Patrol on Tuesday after more than 25 years of service.

A native of Whiteville, Ward graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in criminal justice. He is currently pursuing a master’s cdegree in justice administration from Methodist University. He is also a graduate of the 249th Session of the FBI National Academy.

Ward has served with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol since 1990.

From staff and wire reports.

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