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MAJOR ROADS US 70 US 258 NC Hwy 11 NC Hwy 55 NC 58 CLIMATE Normal Average High – 72.6 Normal Average Low – 51.7 Normal Average Precipitation – 53.11 IMPORTANT NUMBERS TO KNOW Motor Vehicle (252) 523-5292 Drivers License (252) 526-4432 Employment Security Commission 2100 Presbyterian Lane Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 526-4435 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Lenoir County Economic Development 301 N. Queen St. Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 527-1963 Pride of Kinston 327 N. Queen St. Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 522-4676 LIBRARY Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library (252) 527-7066 LaGrange (252) 566-3722 Pink Hill (252) 568-3631 Lenoir Community College Library 231 Highway 58 South Kinston, NC 28502 (252) 527-6223 x 507 HEALTHCARE Lenoir Memorial Hospital 100 Airport Rd, Kinston, NC (252) 522-7000 Lenoir County Health Dept. 201 N McLewean St, Kinston, NC (252) 526-4200

Kinston Community Health 324 N. Queen St, Kinston, NC (252) 522-9485 MEDIA Kinston Free Press - (252) 527-3191 www.kinston.com The News & Observer - (919) 829-4500 www.newsobserver.com Weekly Gazette - (252) 566-3028 La Grange KINSTON PARKS & RECREATION City of Kinston Recreation 405 N. McLewean St. Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 939-3332 Neuseway Planetarium and Health & Science Museum 401 W. Caswell St. Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 939-3302 Neuseway Nature Center & Campground (252) 939-3367 Tull’s Mill Pond (252) 568-4634 ACCOMODATIONS The Bentley Bed & Breakfast Inn (252) 523-2337 Country Hearth Inn Kinston, NC (252) 527-6064 Econo Lodge Kinston, NC (252) 527-4155 Hampton Inn Kinston, NC (252) 523-1400 Holiday Inn Express Kinston, NC (252) 559-8888 Quality Inn Kinston, NC (252) 527-3200

REAL ESTATE COMPANIES Coldwell Banker/Conway & Co. (252) 522-1911

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ERA Montague & Associates (252) 526-0401 Foster Realty Company, Inc. (252) 523-1794 Nell A. Jarman & Associates (252) 527-2122 Malone Realty (252)527-4800 Perry Management (252) 523-5107 Century 21/Harry Cummings (252) 522-0011 EDUCATION Lenoir County Public Schools 2017 W. Vernon Ave. Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 527-1109 Partnership for Children 1465 Highway 258 N Kinston, NC 28504 (252) 939-1200

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Lenoir Community College P.O. Box 188 Kinston, NC 28502-0188 (252) 527-6223 Arendell Parrott Academy 1901 Dobbs Farm Road Kinston, NC 28504 (252) 522-4222 Kinston Charter Academy 2000 MLK Jr. Blvd. Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 522-0210 Bethel Christian Academy 1936 Banks School Road Kinston, NC 28504 (252) 522-2451 Children’s Village Academy 404 Dixon St. Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 520-4536

West Parke Inn & Suites Kinston, NC (252) 527-1500

301 North Queen Street • PO Box 157 • Kinston, NC 28502 • Phone 252-523-2500 or 1-800-869-0032 • Fax 252-527-1914

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(252) 523-2500 www.visitkinston.com Kinston and Lenoir County is an ideal choice for any relocating individual, family or business. Kinston area businesses and residents enjoy an unparalleled quality of life. Southern hospitality, a rich history, natural beauty, warm weather and year-round activities and events, are just a few of the reasons many are happy to call the area home. So if you haven't already, we invite you to bring your family or business to the Kinston area and experience for yourself the charm and beauty of Kinston. After a trip to the area, you'll want to join the local businesses and families who already call the area home.

by Richard Caswell, who made his home there and later served as the first Governor of the State of North Carolina from 1776 to 1780. Richard Caswell has become known as the Father of our State, so named because of his service to the state as a military leader and a statesman during such trying times during the Revolutionary War. It was during this period the town dropped the “g” from the name Kingston and it became known as Kinston.

became a major tobacco and cotton trading center by the early twentieth century. More than five million pounds of tobacco were being sold in Kinston's warehouses annually. The twentieth century saw a variety of industries come to Kinston including lumber mills, cotton mills, and even professional sports in the form of a minor league baseball team. Later growth would come in the form of a Du Pont plant for the manufacture of polyester fibers as well as pharmaceutical factories.

During the onset of the Civil War, Camp Campbell and Camp Johnston were established near the city as training camps, and a bakery on

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“We’ve recently relocated to Kinston from a very vibrant, international city located in the Southeast so we obviously had some reservations. Prior to that, we had lived overseas so between all our moves, we’ve got a pretty good sense for how good (or not) a new location can be. Without a doubt, the people we’ve met here in Kinston have been the most welcoming we’ve ever encountered. Close to the beach, great airport access, even a microbrewery and award winning restaurant we’re happy to be a part of this up-and-coming community.” Donna Wilfong HISTORY Kinston was once known as Atkins Bank, which referred to a bluff just above the Neuse River once owned by Robert Atkins. Prior to the English settlement, the area was inhabited by the Neusiok Indians. Kinston was created by an act of the North Carolina General Assembly in December of 1762 as Kingston, in honor of King George III who had just recently ascended to the throne. The bill to incorporate it was introduced

CSS Neuse State Historic Site

Queen Street was converted to produce hardtack in large quantities. The Battle of Kinston took place in and around the city on December 14, 1862. The Battle of Wyse Fork (March 8, 1865) also occurred very near the city. It was at this later battle that the Confederate Ram Neuse was scuttled. Union forces occupied the city following the battle and remained through the Reconstruction period. Despite the hardships of war and Reconstruction, the population of the city continued to grow. Kinston Kinston Indians

exploring our Civil War Battlefields and visiting the CSS Neuse and CSS Neuse II. Discover Harmony Hall, where North Carolina’s Government held office during the Revolutionary War. Capture the minds and hearts of your little ones as they visit the Neuseway Nature Center’s raccoons, osprey, red-tailed hawk turtles, alligators, and many other creatures native to Eastern North Carolina. Catch a ride on Big Daddy’s Express and reach for the stars at the Neuseway Planetarium and Health & Science Museum. Just a few miles away you may Big Daddy's Express

hear the roar of dragsters competing at the Kinston Drag Strip, where racers from Connecticut to Florida compete for lucrative purses. The whack of a baseball in historic Grainger Stadium, home of the Kinston Indians, a farm team of the Cleveland Indians, offers a taste of the way the game was meant to be played. Kinston has long been a hub for the Cultural Arts and our Community Council for the Arts is definitely one of the finest arts centers in the state. Visitors can relax and enjoy the exhibits in the state of the art center housed in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Southern cooking, fresh seafood, and Eastern North Carolina barbeque are features of Kinston restaurants and a variety of festivals and events provide year round family fun! Location Lenoir County, NC is centrally located in eastern NC approximately 75 miles east of Raleigh (our state’s capital) and 75 miles west of Morehead City (one of our seaports and the beautiful crystal coast). Our county is a blend of agriculture and manufacturing. Lenoir County has three incorporated municipalities: Kinston is the county seat, LaGrange, lies approximately 10 miles west of Kinston and Pink Hill approximately 15 miles south of Kinston. We are proud to be 1 of 10 communities selected by the National Civic League as an All-America City in 2009. The All-America City Award is America’s oldest and most prestigious community recognition award. Since 1949, the All-America City Award has encouraged and recognized civic excellence, honoring communities of all sizes cities, towns, counties, neighborhoods, and regions in which citizens, government, businesses, and voluntary organizations work together to address critical local issues.

VISITOR INFO/REFERENCE VisitKinston.com 301 N. Queen St. Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 523-2500 www.visitkinston.com Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce 301 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 527-1131 www.kinstonchamber.com Kinston- Lenoir Visitor’s and Information Center 101 E. New Bern Road Kinston, NC 28504 (252) 522-0004 TRANSPORTATION Greyhound Bus Lines Express Mart & Yummies 3701 W. Vernon Ave. Kinston, NC 28504 (252) 523-4146 Eagle Taxi (252) 523-2240 Lenoir County Transit (252) 523-4171 Kinston Regional Jetport (252) 522-2922 Raleigh-Durham Airport (919) 840-7700 Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (252) 638-8591 Pitt Greenville Airport (252) 758-4707

Amtrak 1-800 872-7245 Avis Car Rental (252) 520-7511 or 1-800-331-1212 Enterprise Rent-A-Car 1-800 736-8222 POPULATION Kinston (2000) 23,729 Lenoir County (2000) 59,662 Electric, Water & Sewer City of Kinston Public Services (252) 939-3282 North Lenoir Water (252) 527-8352 Deep Run Water Corp (252) 568-3006 Progress Energy 1-800 452-2777 Town of La Grange (252) 566-3186 Town of Pink Hill (252) 568-3181 Tri County Electric (800) 548-4869 Communications Century Link - (252) 633-9011 or (800) 829-8009 Suddenlink (888) 592-3861 Gas Amerigas - (252) 527-4148 Cherry Energy - (252) 523-3874 Jenkins Gas - (252) 527-4049 Mallard Oil & LP Gas - (252) 637-2524 Piedmont Natural Gas - 1-800 752-7504

Moving to a new city requires a vast amount of information — details about neighborhoods and housing, automobile licenses, schools, cultural and recreational opportunities and much more. Whether relocating your family, a business or just yourself, let us help make the task of moving to Kinston and Lenoir County more enjoyable. We can provide you with more information on: • Schools • Banks/Mortgage Companies • Taxes • Retirement Information • Builders • Healthcare • Realtors Please contact the Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-869-0032 or visit www.kinstonchamber.com for more information.


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