Seeking to become a top force in the North Carolina insurance field, Centura Bancorp has announced deals to buy two insurance agencies in recent weeks.

This month the Rocky Mount, N.C.-based company announced that it had agreed to buy Raleigh-based Moore & Johnson Agency Inc. in a deal that is expected to be finalized at the end of January. Last month Centura bought Betts & Co., also of Rocky Mount.

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