April 8th, 2016


A call for volunteers to participate in the April 30, 2016 annual downtown Kinston Clean Up Day has been issued by Pride of Kinston.

The project, held every year since 2006, calls attention to the need for a clean and attractive downtown. Clean Up Day is scheduled on the eve of the huge Barbecue Festival on the Neuse each year which attracts thousands to the center of Kinston.

Miss Kinston-Lenoir County, Lily Faulconer, will lead a special team in the Clean Up Day activities. The platform she espoused in winning the title is based on protecting the environment and recycling. "This is very near and dear to her heart," according to Jessica Murphy, Co-Executive Director of the Miss Kinston-Lenoir County Pageant.

The 2016 Festival is scheduled for May 6-7 in and around Pearson Park along the Neuse River in downtown Kinston.

Clean Up volunteers are being asked to arrive at Pearson Park at 9:00 am for assignments. At 11:30 am, Clean Up participants will be treated to a complimentary lunch.

Pride organizers of the event commented that "a clean and inviting downtown is good for aesthetics as well as for the economy. Visitors and investors taste first with their eyes."

RIDE MAY 7, 2016

Cyclists with stamina are being invited to ride their bicycles for 10 miles, 30 miles, or even 70 miles to raise money for scholarships.

The Bicycle Fitness ride, an official BBQ Festival on the Neuse event, is being staged by the Fonnie B. Murrill & Ruth M. Jones Scholarship Foundation and the Riverside Bicycle Shop in Kinston. Sponsors include Best Diamond, LLC and Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

The rides begin at 7:00 am with a 10 mile circuit in Kinston, a 30 mile track in Kinston and Northern Lenoir County, and a Kinston-Lenoir County-LaGrange 70 mile route.

A call has been issued to 75 adult and student volunteers to assist with the Fitness rides. For additional information call: 252-527-0039 or ecjcscs@aol.com.


Two Lenoir County service organizations -- the Kinston Rotary Club and the Lenoir County Community Foundation -- have announced the availability of financial contributions totaling some $16,500 for non profit organizations serving community needs.

The Community Foundation announced March 25 that it is offering support for groups that "serve general charitable needs in the areas of arts and humanities, education, the environment, health, human services and youth development" in the county with approximately $6,500 available for contributions.

Deadline for Community Foundation applications is noon April 26, 2016.

The Kinston Rotary Club, with a grants budget of $10,000, announced April 7, 2016 that it is offering grants to support the work of non profit and educational groups "which focus on the educational needs and opportunities for young people in Lenoir County."

Rotary applicants are being encouraged "to be creative, innovative and perhaps seek new collaborations to enhance the impact of programs and projects supported by Rotarians."

Deadline for Rotary applications is April 30, 2016.

For additional/application information for Lenoir Community Foundation grants contact NCCF regional associate at 252-288-5706.

For additional/application information contact for the Rotary Club grants call 252-686-6355.

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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
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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
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January 30, 2015
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Janaury 15, 2015
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December 16, 2014
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November 18, 2014
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August 29, 2014
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August 8, 2014
More Changes in the Air

July 31, 2014
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July 21, 2014
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June 27, 2014
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June 13, 2014
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May 29, 2014
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April 1, 2014
Another Kinston Race in the Record Books

March 24, 2014
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