Kinston NC

Entertainment, sports and recreation news and events for Kinston, North Carolina including the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center and the Gov. Richard Caswell Memorial State Historic Site.

End of Story for CSS Neuse

End of Story for CSS Neuse

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 11, 2014 – On March 11, 1865, the Confederate ironclad CSS Neuse was scuttled in the Neuse River, just downstream from Kinston, to prevent its capture by advancing Union forces. Following the Battle of Wyse Fork, fought the three days earlier, Gen. Braxton Bragg ordered the gunboat’s commander, Capt. Joseph Price, to use his vessel to hold off Union Gen. Jacob D. Cox’s force while the Confederate Army evacuated the town and retreated west toward Goldsboro. The ship was then to be destroyed.   The CSS Neuse had been partially constructed at what is now Seven Springs, starting in October 1862. It was floated downriver to Kinston in the summer of 1863, where it was outfitted with […]

Battle of Wyse Fork, Overlooked Encounter on the Eve of Bentonville

Battle of Wyse Fork, Overlooked Encounter on the Eve of Bentonville

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 8, 2014 – On March 8, 1865, the Battle of Wyse Fork began near Kinston. The first day of action would prove to be the high point for Confederate forces. More than 13,000 Union forces under Maj. Gen. Jacob D. Cox were intent on moving up the rail line from New Bern through Kinston to Goldsboro to unite with Gen. William T. Sherman and open a supply route through eastern North Carolina. Around 12,500 Confederate troops under Gen. Braxton Bragg entrenched on Southwest Creek sought to impede Union progress. The two forces clashed there, and the ensuring battle lasted for three days. The Battle of Wyse Fork involved one of the largest concentrations of troops ever on […]

Search for Remnants of Confederate Ironclad CSS Neuse Begins This Monday

Search for Remnants of Confederate Ironclad CSS Neuse Begins This Monday

KINSTON, NC Mar. 6, 2014 – This Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m., the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ State Underwater Archeology team will be on the Neuse River to search for remnants of the ironclad CSS Neuse using the latest in high resolution technology. Their vessel, a 23′ boat named the R/V Snap dragon II, will patrol the river between the King Street bridge and the Queen Street bridge for about five hours. The focus of the expedition will be to gather data on any objects from the Confederate built ironclad that was destroyed in March 1865. There will be an initial pre-launch briefing at 10 a.m. at the boat ramp off Highway 70 in Kinston and a follow-up […]

NC Senator Harry Brown Constituent Update February 20, 2014

NC Senator Harry Brown Constituent Update February 20, 2014

Senator Harry Brown CONSTITUENT UPDATE Jones and Onslow Counties- 6th District 300-B Legislative Office Building 300 N. Salisbury Street Raleigh, NC 27603 Phone (919)-715-3034 Fax (919)-715-7586 E-mail harry.brown@ncleg.net February 20, 2014 This is just a reminder that my office will be accepting applications for the North Carolina Senate Page Program through Friday, February 28, 2014.  This program allows youth the opportunity to see first-hand how laws are made by participating in the legislative process.  Each page is appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate upon the recommendation of a Senator and serves for one week when the General Assembly is in session.  The General Assembly will reconvene for the 2014 Short Session on Wednesday, May 14.   Applicants […]

Maceo Parker of Kinston Brought the Funk

Maceo Parker of Kinston Brought the Funk

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 14, 2014 – On February 14, 1943, saxophonist Maceo Parker was born in Kinston. Perhaps best known for his work with James Brown, his percussive rhythmic style brought funk to the soul music of the James Brown Band. For nearly 20 years, Brown’s call “Maceo, I want you to Blow!” summoned his unique sound. Parker was exposed to music early. His father played at least two instruments, and both of his parents sang for their church. His brother was also musical, and the pair joined James Brown’s band together in 1964. He has gone on to collaborate with a host of artists including George Clinton, Prince, Ray Charles, James Taylor, the Dave Matthews Band and the Red […]

Closings at North Carolina State Historic Sites and Museums for Feb. 11

Closings at North Carolina State Historic Sites and Museums for Feb. 11

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 11, 2014 – Due to adverse weather conditions, several N.C. State Historic Sites and museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources are operating on different schedules Feb. 11. They include: East CSS Neuse, Kinston – closes Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace, Fremont – closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras  N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort  Somerset Place, Creswell – closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. Tryon Palace, New Bern – closed Feb. 11 Central Bentonville Battlefield, Four Oaks – closes Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Museum of the Cape Fear, Fayetteville  – closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. President James K. Polk Historic Site — closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. All other state historic sites and museums currently are on a normal schedule. Call ahead […]

Annie O’Berry, New Deal Administrator

Annie O’Berry, New Deal Administrator

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 4, 2014 – On February 4, 1944, Annie Land O’Berry, administrator of the North Carolina Emergency Relief Administration , or NCERA, and president of the Rural Rehabilitation Corporation, died while undergoing treatment for an illness. Born in Edgecombe County in 1885, she lived on the family farm there until she was sent to live with her sister in Littleton after her parents’ deaths. She graduated first in her class from what is now Peace College in Raleigh, and went to live with her brother in Kinston. Active in civic organizations and the North Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs, O’Berry demonstrated leadership that garnered the attention of Governor Angus McLean, who appointed her to the Commission to Study […]

Loonis McGlohon: North Carolina Was His Home

Loonis McGlohon: North Carolina Was His Home

RALEIGH, NC January 26, 2014 – On January 26, 2002, noted pianist and composer Loonis McGlohon died. Born in Ayden in 1921, he grew up listening to big band music and learning the piano from the church organist. After graduating from East Carolina University, McGlohon moved to Charlotte where he began working for WBTV, first with a jazz show. He moved up to become music director and producer, among other positions there. McGlohon is perhaps best known for forming the Loonis McGlohon Trio, which recorded more than two dozen albums and toured the world. His compositions include “The Wine of May” and “Songbird,” and have been recorded by scores of performers including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Judy Garland and Rosemary […]

Black History Month Programs Presented by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

Black History Month Programs Presented by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

RALEIGH, NC January 16, 2014 – A sampling of multiple and varied experiences of African-American life will be celebrated in recognition of Black History Month by divisions within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The joyful chorus of gospel choirs, the plaintive laments of slave narratives, and the fight for equality by America’s first black Marines are among the month’s offerings.   The African-American Cultural Celebration at the N.C. Museum of History is the Jan. 25 kickoff event for the department’s celebration. The free program from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. offers a dizzying array of performances of drama, literature and music; discussions of black enterprise and film; roving performers; chefs and food historians; artisans and even a female NASCAR […]

NC Senator Harry Brown Constituent Update January 8, 2014

NC Senator Harry Brown Constituent Update January 8, 2014

Senator Harry Brown CONSTITUENT UPDATE Jones and Onslow Counties- 6th District 300-B Legislative Office Building 300 N. Salisbury Street Raleigh, NC 27603 Phone (919)-715-3034 Fax (919)-715-7586 E-mail harry.brown@ncleg.net January 8, 2014 The North Carolina Department of Insurance has posted the proposed homeowners insurance rate adjustments by territory on their website.  The proposed changes can be viewed at the following link: http://www.ncdoi.com/Media/Documents/1-7%20Homeowners%20Proposed%20Changes%20by%20Territory.pdf Jones County is included in territory 49 and parts of Onslow County are listed by zip code in territories 8, 52 A and 52 B. If approved by the Department of Insurance, new rates would be effective August 1, 2014.