Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to be in Kinston, North Carolina on Wednesday evening for a rally at the Kinston Jet Center.
The event will be at 7 p.m. local time, and gates will open at 4 p.m. Tickets can be requested at DonaldJTrump.com.
North Carolina Republican Party Vice-Chairwoman and Kinston resident Michelle Nix encouraged Trump supporters to attend, and non-Trump supports to attend the event so they will have heard both sides of the issues.
“I think it’s fantastic that Donald Trump is paying attention to Eastern N.C., and for him to know how important and vital we are for him to win his campaign,” Ms. Nix said.
Residents interested in attending the rally are encouraged to get there early.
“I think it’s fantastic that Donald Trump is paying attention to ENC and for him to know how important and vital we are for him to win his campaign,” Nix said.
Residents interested in attending the rally are encouraged to get there early. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton does not have any appearances scheduled for Kinston or Eastern North Carolina at press time.
KINSTON, NORTH CAROLINA
Kinston is a city in Lenoir County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 21,677 at the 2010 Census. It has been the county seat of Lenoir County since its formation in 1791. Kinston is located in the coastal plains region of Eastern North Carolina.
In 2009, it was announced that Kinston is a recipient of the prestigious All-America City Award. This marked the second time in twenty years the city has won the title, the last time being in 1988.
New industries were founded, including lumber and cotton mills, as North Carolina businessmen invested in processing their own crops. Professional sports was introduced in the form of a minor league baseball team. Later growth would come in the form of a DuPont plant for the manufacture of polyester fibers, and manufacturing plants for pharmaceuticals. Growth finally slowed following the 1960s, with the shift in textile production overseas. Efforts to reinvigorate the economy through various means have had limited success. The North American Free Trade Agreement, signed by President Bill Clinton, has had a disastrous effect on the economy of North Carolina, after which many factories closed.
Kinston was heavily impacted by flooding in 1996 and 1999. Hurricane Fran struck the North Carolina coast on September 5, 1996 and brought 16 inches (406 mm) of rain to the area., causing the Neuse River to flood portions of the city. On September 16, 1999, Hurricane Floyd struck the area, bringing 17 inches (430 mm) of rain. It caused what locals have called “The Flood of the Century.”
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,677 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 67.7% Black, 27.8% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 1.1% from two or more races. 2.4% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The National Register of Historic Places lists the American Tobacco Company Prizery, Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad Freight Depot, Baptist Parsonage, Robert L. Blalock House, B. W. Canady House, CSS Neuse, Hill-Grainger Historic District, Hotel Kinston, Jesse Jackson House, Kennedy Memorial Home Historic District,Kinston Apartments, Kinston Baptist-White Rock Presbyterian Church, Kinston Battlefield, Kinston Commercial Historic District, Kinston Fire Station-City Hall, Lenoir County Courthouse, Mitchelltown Historic District, Peebles House, Peoples Bank Building, Queen-Gordon Streets Historic District, Standard Drug No. 2, Sumrell and McCoy Building, Trianon Historic District, Tull-Worth-Holland Farm, and Dempsey Wood House.
As of the census of 2000, there were 23,688 people, 9,829 households, and 6,074 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,415.7 people per square mile (546.7/km²). There were 11,229 housing units at an average density of 671.1 per square mile (259.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 35.27% White, 62.64% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.57%Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.