May 3rd, 2016

May 8-14, 2016

While Kinston's historic Grainger Stadium has mothered thousands of athletes over the years, it stands as a solid testament that its good for business.or economic development.

Poised to acknowledge Economic Development Week and National Small Business Week (May 8-14) college baseball players from eight junior colleges in North and South Carolina take to Grainger Stadium's playing field May 7 thru the 11th.

Games begin at 10 am Saturday, May 7. Four will be played Saturday, four to be played Sunday, four on Monday and two playoff games set for Tuesday.

This means approximately 250 players and coaches will avail themselves to Kinston hospitality for dining, sleeping and transportation. Five of the teams are based in South Carolina and three come from North Carolina: Pitt Community College, Louisburg College and Guilford Tech. The South Carolina teams are from Sumter, Florence, Lancaster, Spartanburg and Salkehatchie. (Seven of the teams have booked rooms in Kinston and one in New Bern.)

The May 7-11 games (Division 1, Region 10) are prelude to the College World Series also to be played at Grainger Stadium May 27 thru June 1 bringing another large contingent of ball players, coaches and fans from many parts of the nation.

The games have been organized by Kinston-Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Department cheering "Play Ball! And spend lots of $$$ in Kinston!" And Grainger Stadium smiles down on the excitement.


Kinston native and Pride director since 2005 has announced that he plans to step down from his current position as Executive Director December 31, 2016.

He took the 11th anniversary of being hired as permanent director to make his announcement. He told the Board of Directors of his decision at its April 28 meeting. He was made permanent director April 28, 2005. King had served two months as the interim following the resignation of B.J. Murphy which took effect March 4, 2005.

King expressed thanks to board members, volunteers, downtown business people and investors, three mayors, three city managers, city government colleagues and many friends near and far who helped make the 11 years very rewarding.

King retired from The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta and returned to his Kinston hometown in June 2003.

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May 3rd, 2016
Economic Development Week

April 8th, 2016
A call for "clean" volunteers

March 24th, 2016
Carolina Greenhouses gives soil for hanging baskets

March 15th, 2016
Master Gardeners Giving Support To Pride of Kinston

February 12th, 2016
Public Meeting Set To Approve Ordinance Changes

January 29th, 2016
Sugar Hill Pizzeria Opens for Business

December 8, 2015
Holly Day Event Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

November 30, 2015
Night of a Thousand Candles

September 1, 2015
New Businesses Poised for Downtown

August 25, 2015
Sand In The Streets Launch a "Rainy Day Fund" at the August 27 Concert

July 31
Pride Begins New Year With New Leaders

July 10, 2015
Queen Street Bridge Closing Pushed Back Again

July 6, 2015
Independence Day 2015 a Full Day in Kinston

June 26, 2015
Erasing the Lines Undertake Downtown Projects

June 2, 2015
Sand in the Streets
Launches 12th Season

May 21, 2015
Kinston Highlighted As Regional Destination

April 28, 2015
Downtown Trash Gets Trashed

April 21, 2015
Downtown Kinston Changes Continue

April 14, 2015
Downtown Clean Up Day Set for April 25, 2015

March 31, 2015
2015 Run for the River in the Record Books

March 12, 2015
Downtown Living Becoming a Reality

February 27, 2015
The Magic Mile / Herritage Landing Shopping Contest

January 30, 2015
Downtown Kinston Update (Part 1)
Downtown Kinston Update (continued)

Janaury 15, 2015
Giant American Flag Unfolded Before Freedom Classic Games

December 16, 2014
Holly Days and annual parage light downtown Kinston

November 18, 2014
The 8th Holly Day Celebreation Set to Kick Off on Dec. 2nd, 2014

August 29, 2014
Herritage Landing Businesses Welcome Customers

August 8, 2014
More Changes in the Air

July 31, 2014
Major new developments
Underway Downtown Kinston

July 21, 2014
Kinston streets a picture of past, present and future

June 27, 2014
Pride hosts 3rd Sand in the Streets And elects new 2014-2015 officers

June 13, 2014
The Embers and fans dodge rain squalls to launch Pride's 30th anniversary

May 29, 2014
Sand in the Streets to Acknowledge Prides 30th Anniversary

April 16, 2014
More Downtown Kinston News

April 1, 2014
Another Kinston Race in the Record Books

March 24, 2014
9th Annual Run for the River Poised to Take Off

March 6, 2014
Another Business Set to Open Downtown Kinston

January 1, 2014
2013 Downtown Kinston Report

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