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Vice President of Diversity Affairs: Nick Harvey Jr., Lenoir County Public Schools
Staff: Laura Lee Sylvester, President
The Diversity Affairs Committee is an extension of the Chamber of Commerce that works to identify and pursue projects that will result in developing and expanding the economic prosperity of diverse businesses within Kinston and Lenoir County.
In 2013, the Chamber’s Lenoir 2020 Committee identified the need for a community lead Human Relations Committee. In 2014, the Chamber, with the help of City and County government, formed the Human Relations Council which acts independently of the Chamber. The appointed group will be responsible for promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment among our residents. As we move forward, the VP of Diversity Affairs with be the liaison between the Council and the Chamber reporting council activities to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The Chamber Board may also make suggestions or inquires to the Council through the VP of Diversity Affairs.
Important links: Office of Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Institute of Minority Economic Development Resources/Networking Links North Carolina Department of Administration Latin Business Association U.S. Small Business Administration
The Junior Leadership Lenoir will be heading to Disney World March 24-28 for Disney’s Youth Education Series. The series offers high school seniors a chance to learn about future careers, business and servant leadership. This allows the students from Lenoir County Public Schools to possibly stay in or return to Lenoir County after graduation.
Students need money for meals, flights and transportation. Seven of the 15 students have never been to Disney World, and four have never flown on a plane. This is a great opportunity to help Lenoir County students find a career path in our county.
1. Sponsorship: Receive a social media marketing package from the students to be posted on the Junior Leadership Lenoir Facebook page for 5 days to promote your business
2. Chick-fil-A Night on February 12 from 5-8pm
3. Private donations: Make donations out to the Lenoir County Education Foundation. You will receive a tax deduction for your donation.
Thank you for your support and participation in the Lenoir County Education Foundation’s program, Junior Leadership Lenoir. This group of high school seniors has been actively involved with our Chamber as well as other professional associations, civic groups and service organizations since October. They have met many local leaders and interacted with them in various settings. In addition, they visited and explored many businesses in the effort to become more informed about our local community. These activities will continue throughout the remainder of the school year.
Our long-range goal with Junior Leadership Lenoir is to encourage individual involvement in leadership roles within our community. We hope to see this group of young people continue their education and become leaders in their community, regardless of location. Hopefully many will remain or return to Kinston and Lenoir County!
You can pay at the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce or mail your payment to 301 N. Queen Street, PO Box 157, Kinston NC 28502 or call 252-527-1131.
Ashley Chadwick, Coordinator
Let’s celebrate season’s greetings with our annual city event…Kinston Winterfest at Pearson Park off of Herritage Street in downtown Kinston! Many merry games, activities, face painting, & more befitting of the most wonderful time of the year! Family friendly, bring all the relatives! It is just the right time of year to bring everyone together.
Rick and Jane Vernon will present an afternoon with Friends at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library at 510 N. Queen St. They will perform traditional Christmas carols and lead the audience in sing-a-longs. Take an afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of shopping to enjoy heart-warming holiday music. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, please call 252-527-7066, ext. 134.
From museums and historic homes to outdoor activities and sporting events, Kinston and Lenoir County offers something fun for everyone to enjoy.
191 E. New Bern Rd. at Hwy 70 & 258 Intersection
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Visitors Center is located on the historic battlefield of the First Battle of Kinston. Indoor and outdoor displays are representative of the Civil War. The site features a 50-seat auditorium with films showing Lenoir County as its current attraction and Kinston’s Civil War battle history.
Battlefield Memorial Site
Directions: On U.S. 70, turn at King’s Restaurant and go one block. The site is at the corner of Meadowbrook and Harriet Drive
Hours: Dawn until dusk
Hwy 258 South, one quarter of a mile south of the intersection of U.S. 70 East and N.C. 258 South (1/4 of a mile from the Kinston-Lenoir County Visitor and Information Center)
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Admission: Free but donations appreciated
The First Battle of Kinston took place in December 1862. It was part of Foster’s Raid and the far-reaching Union strategy to capture Richmond. Visit Kinston to learn the rest of the story.
403 W. Caswell St. (West side of the Neuse River)
9:30 to 5 Tuesday-Friday
Closed on Saturday
1pm to 5pm Sunday
Kids will love the fun and never realize they’re learning as they crawl through a gaint model of intestines, a mouth, a stomach, and underground tunnel of blood vessels, or watch a puppet show in the museum. They will love the hands on science exhibits designed to teach and amuse children of all ages. The 52 seat planetarium has a giant dome to display the sun, moon, stars and planets. Children and adults will gaze with wonder at the galactic shows offered at 1 and 3 pm Tuesdays through Fridays. On Saturdays, the shows start on the hours from 1am until 4 pm and on Sundays, from 2pm to 4pm. The Nature Center has exhibits of wild animals. A ride on the Big Daddy train provides fun for the young and the old.
Corner of Herritage and Gordon Streets
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday
9 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday
1 p.m.-5 p.m
Sunday Admission: Free.
Donations appreciated Visit the world’s only full-sized facsimile of a Confederate gunboat to realize what a sailor’s life was like during the Civil War. The project was under the direction of master shipbuilder Alton Stapleford. The 158-foot long boat draws visitors from across the United States and from foreign countries. If you’re fortunate, you may visit the Neuse II while teens train as Confederate naval cadets. The boat rests a scant distance from the ”cat hole” in the Neuse River where the original ironclad gunboat was fitted with iron plating.
109 East King St. 252-522-0421 Hours: 10am to 4pm Tuesday-Saturday, Admission Free. The house was built 4 years before the American Revolution. Richard Caswell, Revolutionary War hero and NC’s first elected governor, once owned the house and for a brief time it became the state’s capital, housing important records and accounts. The home has been restored and is open to the general public. A one room furnished 1900 schoolhouse is located at the rear of the site.
http://www.kinstoncca.com 400 North Queen Street 252-527-2517 Hours: 10am to 5pm Tuesday-Friday Saturday10am - 2pm The state-of-the-art 30,000-square-foot center is today on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the finest arts centers in the state. Visual art occupies one-third of the space, with exhibits changing every six to eight weeks. As many as 300 works by up to 200 local, regional, national and international artists are on display at any given time. A large, detailed model train display is part of the permanent exhibit, and runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every first and fourth Saturday of the month. Look, linger and shop in the premier showplace for artists working in a variety of media. The tiny gift shop is crammed floor to ceiling with beautiful examples of jewelry, pottery, paintings, drawings, photography, woodcrafts, children’s toys, glass and other highly desirable, and reasonably priced, products from local artists, artisans and writers. You can even select from seasonal decorations.
2613 W. Vernon Ave. (U.S. 70 Bus.) (252) 522-2091 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays Admission: Free The story of Richard Caswell’s life is memorialized in a museum at the state site bearing his name. Caswell was a Revolutionary War hero, North Carolinaâs first elected governor and a prominent businessman. He was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, and only ill health prevented him from becoming a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
118 South Queen Street 252-521-5648 Admission Free Kinston has been plagued with many fires over the years. Learn the story of the devastating fire of 1895 that destroyed much of downtown business and the courthouse. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the city’s original fire station and the oldest brick structure in Kinston
heritage.lenoircc.edu/heritageplace 231 NC 58 South on the Lenoir Community College Campus in the main library 252-527-6223 ext 508 Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday-Thursday You won’t find a better collection of historical information about eastern North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina than at Heritage Place. Walking into the room is like taking a step back in time. Pick up a family tree packet and trace your roots. Read priceless family notes and records donated to the center, as well as wills, deeds and vital statistics. You can even study U.S. Census reports from 1790 to 1930, or local newspaper records from 1855 through current issues. Online help from Ancestery.com and HeritageQuest is available
Phone(252) 208-2437 Email email@example.com http://www.motherearthbrewing.com Mother Earth Brewing Company is located on the corner of Heritage and North Street in Kinston NC. The facility includes the brewery itself, a bottling facility and Mother Earth’s corporate offices. For tour enter at the Tap Room The tap room is open Tuesday – Thursday 4pm-10pm and Friday – Saturday 1pm-10pm. Tours are on the hour.
100 N. Queen St. 9:00 a. m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday FREE The CSS Neuse was a Confederate Ironclad that was used in the Kinston, NC area during the Civil War. The ship was built at White Hall (now Seen Springs, NC) in 1862 and was completed in Kinston in 1864. The Gunboat was involved in the Battle of Wyse Fork. The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center showcases the State’s largest historic artifact. The remains of the CSS Neuse and the associated artifacts were relocated to a fully enclosed and climate controlled facility. Currently the remains of the CSS Neuse are on display with a ghosting above it, exhibits with artifacts, and an orientation video.
UNION BANK gives $25K to help five North Carolina Salvation Army Locations
Gift will make season brighter for neighbors impacted by Hurricane Florence
Kinston, N.C. (November 29, 2018)—A gift of $25,000 from Greenville, NC based Union Bank, to The Salvation Army will provide much needed help and new hope this Christmas season to hundreds of families and individuals in Eastern North Carolina who were impacted by Hurricane Florence. The gift will be divided between five Salvation Army locations to assist residents of Kinston, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Jacksonville, and New Bern during the 2018 holiday season and will serve a variety of needs in The Salvation Army’s holiday programs.
“On behalf of our Union Bank family, we are pleased to offer an element of relief and cheer during this holiday season,” said Rob Jones, CEO of Union Bank. “This contribution recognizes that family challenges continue to linger long after the storm and associated flooding goes away. This is especially true with individuals and families that have limited resources available for recovery. The Salvation Army has a long history of helping individuals and families in need, and we are happy to contribute to such a worthy cause.”
Annually The Salvation Army serves thousands of people during the Christmas season through programs that provide feeding assistance for families and individuals, Christmas bikes for kids, toys and clothes for the Angel Tree program, and grocery gift cards for families through the Christmas Cheer program. Hurricane Florence has posed major financial setbacks for Eastern Carolina residents and The Salvation Army has received an influx in requests for assistance because of the storm.
“Hurricane Florence continues to bring challenges for many people,” said Captain Chris Lyles of The Salvation Army of the Kinston area. “With Christmas just a few short weeks away, the need for Salvation Army social service programming is essential in our community. This gift from Union Bank will strengthen our Christmas programs to help people facing financial difficulties after the storm.”
About The Salvation Army
Since 1865, The Salvation Army has preached the gospel of Jesus Christ and worked to meet human needs in his name without discrimination. Today, The Salvation Army serves in every state in the United States and more than 129 countries throughout the world. The Salvation Army has many programs that address social concerns in our community, which include utility and rent assistance, nutrition services, Christmas assistance, worship, disaster relief, and youth programming. For more information visit salvationarmycarolinas.org.
About Union Bank
Union Bank is a $750 million community bank headquartered in Greenville, NC. The Bank provides full service banking solutions to businesses and individuals throughout the Triangle, Central and Eastern NC. Union Bank celebrated 20 years of operations in November of this year. Union Bank stock trades on the OTCQX exchange under the symbol “UBNC”.
Captain Chris Lyles
The Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce has been serving Kinston and Lenoir County since 1911. The Chamber acts as a voice and advocate for the community regarding economic, community and government issues and represents Kinston and Lenoir County as a great place to live, work and play.