June 26, 2015


Summer's first heat didn't deter some 200 Erasing the Lines participants who braved searing sun June 22-26 to take on a number of projects to improve the appearance of downtown Kinston.

Working in waves, crews painted the picket fencing surrounding historic Harmony Hall at 109 E. King Street embellishing the campus surrounding the oldest home standing in Lenoir County.

Similar crews took on a project to improve the appearance of a new entrance into historic Maplewood Cemetery on Queen Street, mowing down a persistent growth of weeds, and preparing sites to install new plants and flowers to make the space more inviting.

"Erasing the Lines" is the brainchild of Sammy Hudson to bring together young people from various backgrounds. He also founded the Refuge, a religious retreat catering to young people near Ayden.


Twenty-seven individuals born in countries other than the United States are scheduled to receive their US citizenship Saturday, July 4, 2015 during ceremonies at historic Harmony Hall, 109 E. Kinston. The event is set for 10:00 am on the grounds of the old museum home which serves as offices for the Lenoir County Historical Association.

According to officials in the immigration services of the US Department of Homeland Security, persons from Algeria, Burma, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, People's Republic of China, Russia, Senegal, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Yemen.

Among the candidates for citizenship is Dr. Pradeep Arumugham, cardiologist of Kinston and native of India who will also be the featured speaker. Also speaking will be US Congressman Walter Jones who has participated in these ceremonies every since the first in Kinston in 2005.

The third concert of the 2015 Sand in the Streets concert series kicks off July 4th at 6:00 pm in downtown's Pearson Park. The music stops at 9:00 pm in time for a spectacular fireworks display courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department.

The featured band will be Liverpool: Beatles Tribute Band based in Raleigh. In an interesting twist, Kinston's July 4th concert pays tribute to a British band on the anniversary of the US Declaration of Independence from Britain. The Beatles turned millions of Americans into rabid fans of their special brand of British music.

Spirit AeroSystems will be the event sponsor.

SUPER GRIT: As the afternoon temperatures creeped down, the crowds picked up in Pearson Park Thursday June 25 when Clyde Mattocks and his Super Grit Cowboy Band ambled on stage to kick off the second concert of the 2015 Sand in the Streets series.

By 6:30 pm the crowd of Super Grit fans had swelled to near capacity within the park, to the tune of Mattocks' special brand of country music. Once called "The South's hottest honky tankers," Mattocks and crew have been entertaining American country music aficionados since 1974.

At the beginning, John Morck, president of the NC chapter of the American Planning Association, presented a certificate honoring entrepreneur Stephen Hill for his renovation of the O'Neil boutique hotel in downtown Kinston.

In a "people's choice" competition, the O'Neil outscored five other renovations around the state based on citizens' votes. During the voting period, thousands of votes poured in from Kinston and Lenoir County and elsewhere to give the O'Neil the win.

In brief remarks, Mr. Hill gave Kinstonians and others credit for producing the winning totals.


While the business has been open for several weeks offering North Carolina products, owner Judy Johnson and manager Paul Mixner were busy offering hamburgers, hot dogs and other food items Friday June 26, 2015 as Hawks Nest and General Store at 100 S. Queen Street swung into full service.

Health department officials had cleared the restaurant and general store late Thursday June 25 enabling Ms. Johnson and Mr. Mixner offer the full range of services as planned from the beginning.

New lunch customers began showing up in the noon hour. A full menu of dining products will be available beginning week of June 29, according to Mr. Mixner.

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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