January 29th, 2016


Downtown Kinston dining acquired a new option Thursday (January 28, 2016) when the new Sugar Hill Pizzeria officially opened its doors at 11:00 am at 211 N. Herritage (corner of North and Herritage Streets.)

The restaurant, brainchild of Jackie and Brad Elmore with friends Chris and Nicole Moore, celebrated a "soft" opening Tuesday (January 26, 2016) attracting a full house at the spaces formerly occupied by SweetiePie's Cupcakery and Stitches & Stuff.

The space once occupied by the embroidery shop has been turned into the main dining space for the pizza restaurant. The restaurant also contains a kitchen where the pizzas are made. Hours are: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Sunday through Wednesday. 11:00 am until.Thursday through Saturday.

The Elmores are no stranger to serving the public. Captain's Corner on Plaza Boulevard, popular as a hanging out place and for its hot dogs, is one of their enterprises, as well as Rib Eye Steak House in Greenville.


Crews from the City of Kinston continue their work along downtown's Queen Street replacing aging water lines. The major project, currently being conducted on a block-by-block basis between Blount and King Streets, is expected to take 14-16 weeks. Water lines are being replaced on both sides of the street, according to Director of Public Services Rhonda Barwick.

Construction of water lines from Springhill to King Street has been completed, she said. Eventually the replacement project will extend to the intersection of North Queen and Herritage Streets.

The next phase will be the installation of new sewer lines down the middle of Queen Street. The aim is to complete the Queen Street related projects to coincide with the completion of replacing bridges across the Neuse River. At that time, the NC Department of Transportation will re-pave Queen Street from the bridge to the intersection of Herritage and Queen Streets.

Pending plans call for re-designing Queen Street from a 4-lane corridor to a 2-lane street, and installing an angled parking system creating more parking in the downtown. The two-lane concept was proposed two years ago by the Economic and Property Development Committee of Pride of Kinston.


Bernie Mann, owner and publisher of Our State Magazine, spent the day in Kinston January 21, 2016 describing the positive approach utilized by the magazine in covering the people, places, events and food of North Carolina.

He attended a brunch in his honor at the Queen Street Deli to receive thanks from the Pride of Kinston for Our State's coverage of Kinston events and people. He was guest speaker at the Kinston Rotary Club, and then participated in a Down East television interview conducted by Tutt Media's program host Rick Vernon.

At all three events, Mr. Mann described the mission of the popular magazine to be a "mirror" of the best of North Carolina.

The November 2015 edition of Our State featured "A Chef's Life" PBS series star Vivian Howard and the impact the show has had on Kinston's recent renaissance.

Following a career in the radio business, Mr. Mann bought Our State, founded in 1933 by Carl Georch, in 1996 and moved it to Greensboro. Nationally, it has become one of the highest ranked magazines of its genre, winning numerous awards for its positive approach to covering North Carolinians and their work.


The 6th annual edition of the Freedom Classic Navy vs. Air Force baseball series is just around the corner. The two military academy teams will meet at historic Grainger Stadium February 26-28, 2016 bringing baseball fans from all over to Kinston.

One of the features of the three-game series is the unveiling of a giant American flag on the ball field during the National Anthem. The task requires 60-90 people to unfold the flag.

The flag ceremony will take place for the 6:00 pm game on February 26. Again at the 2:00 pm game on February 27. And finally at the 12:30 pm game on February 28.

Volunteers interested in participating in the flag ceremony are asked to notify Pride of Kinston at aking.director@suddenlinkmail.com, giving your name, email address and the preferred date and time for participating.

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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
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