July 10, 2015


The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) has pushed back the closing of the Queen Street bridges again to begin replacement construction. The new date for closing the bridges is now set for August 3, 2015.

Chris Bantos of the Kinston regional office says that delay with utilities placement issues makes the new closing date necessary. The initial plan for closing the bridges was set for July 8. That date was pushed back to July 20. The new date for closing the bridges for replacement construction is August 3.

The multi-million replacement plan has been in the works for at least 10 years. DOT estimates that it will take 10-12 months to complete the project during which auto traffic along the southern end of south Queen Street will be restricted. Southern entrance into downtown Kinston will be via King Street off Hwy. 70 by pass at the Skinner Bypass.

DOT officials have been asked to edit an electronic sign announcing Queen Street closing with dates. It has been noted that the bridges are being closed but not the whole of Queen Street, Kinston main business avenue.


When the Charlotte-based band TOO MUCH SYLVIA climbed onto the Sand in the Streets stage July 9, 2015, they faced a park full of concert goers with questions in their minds.

Many had never heard or heard of Too Much Sylvia with its interesting name.

By the time they walked off the stage at 8:00 pm, they four-man ensemble had earned a new wave of Eastern North Carolina enthusiastic fans. The musicians – with a wide ranging repertoire of music—were bathed with enthusiastic applause with many fans insisting that Pride of Kinston invite the group again to Sand in the Streets.

Too Much Sylvia musicians (left to right) Steve Long, Eddy Howie and Rick Lee entertain Sand in the Streets crowds July 9, 2015 with a string of hits spanning several decades and interacting with fans throughout the concert.

Talented drummer Don Leonard kept the beat with Too Much Sylvia's July 9, 2015 Sand in the Streets concert in Pearson Park.


Concert POSTPONED due to Weather

The next outdoor concert is set for July 23, 2015 featuring The Entertainers. The visit to Pearson Park will be the Entertainers’ first trip to a Sand in the Streets stage.

The band has been around since the 1970’s with beach music its favored style.

The July 23 concert will be styled “Pepsi Night” acknowledging Minges Bottling Group/Pepsi’s long standing support for Sand in the Streets. Jeff Minges and the bottling group provide Pepsi products, a cash contribution, and advertising support for the outdoor concert series.

“Jeff and Minges Bottling Group have been serious advocates and supporters for Sand in the Streets for a long time, and we are very appreciative,” remarked Pride director Adrian King.

Enticing new investors

317 - 321 N. Queen StreetPride of Kinston is ramping up its efforts to attract new investors to the downtown business district.

A growing campaign to highlight properties available for lease or purchase details information about each under the Invest in Downtown site on Pride’s website.

A project of Pride’s Economic and Property Development committee headed by Stuart Lindley, buildings deemed to be in good condition and available for immediate use are candidates for the enlarged promotional effort.

The current listing includes:
127 N. Queen Street
215 N. Queen Street
311 N. Queen Street
106 W. Gordon Street


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