Kinston Named All-America City Finalist

Kinston is in the running to become an All-America City once again. The city is one of 32 finalists in the annual award presented by the National Civic League.

Ten All-America Cities will be named in June in Tampa, Florida.

Kinston was last named an All-America City in 1988 and was a finalist in 1997.
This year's finalists have created jobs, revitalized their downtowns, and reduced crime, among other accomplishments.

Listed alphabetically by state are the 2009 finalists: Phoenix, Ariz.; Fort Smith, Ark.; Inglewood, Calif.; Rancho Cordova, Calif.; Windsor, Colo.; Tampa, Fla.; Bensenville, Ill.; Carbondale, Ill.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Richmond, Ind.; South Bend, Ind.; Des Moines, Iowa; Windsor Heights, Iowa; Wichita, Kan.; Pocomoke City, Md.; Rockville, Md.; Salisbury, Md.; Somerville, Mass.; Belton, Mo.; Albany, N.Y.; Benson, N.C.; Kinston, N.C.; Clinton, N.C.; Statesville, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Wooster, Ohio; Toledo, Ore.; Erie, Penn.; Providence, R.I.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Rowlett, Texas; and Caroline County, Va.

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  • by anonymous on Apr 1, 2009 at 07:33 PM
    Are ya kidding me? Of course the area around the bus station on Vernon St. tends to be seedyish; not many bus stations aren't in suspect parts of town. Nonetheless, this has GOT to be an April Fools' joke! Kinston sucks loads!! Its western neighbor Goldsboro isn't any more aesthetic but the dopes who named Kinston an All-American city finalist are probably on dope lol!! Maybe they should nominate Greenville? Oh yeah besides ECU and a couple other niceties what else is there? At least Morehead City has the nearby beaches and less crime.
  • by jim on Apr 1, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    No way!! It has to be a joke... Kinston?
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Apr 1, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    PFFFFFFFFFT! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Sarah Location: Goldsboro on Apr 1, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    RT.. not a Boeing factory.. it is SPIRIT.. Yes they have hired started building the plant.. already extended the railroad tracks to Beufort.. to ship back to Switzerland. Will be 2 years when plant is fully running.
  • by jojo on Apr 1, 2009 at 02:05 PM
    April FOOL?????
  • by ToBeSureNot Location: K-town on Apr 1, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    Kinston is a nice place to live especially if you love drugs, drive by shootings, home invasions, unemployment, and people walking down the street with their pants way below their waist line.
  • by J Location: Gville on Apr 1, 2009 at 09:08 AM
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2009 at 08:30 AM
    Thanks, Dave. The truth is out there, and it's in Kinston, America.
  • by lm Location: nc on Apr 1, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    They are joking?? Right?? This town is dying faster than growing... It must be a joke...
  • by Ron Location: Merritt,NC on Apr 1, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    Kinston being nominated is just another attempt to legitimize the huge fraud that is the Global Transpark.
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