27 Mar: Shiver Person Receives Incentive Package from the Lenoir Committee of 100, Inc.

The Lenoir Committee of 100, Inc. Relocation Incentive Program Committee Chair, Mr. Dan Sale, recently presented Mr. Shiver Person with a $1,000 relocation incentive check.  Mr. Shiver Person recently moved from New Bern to Kinston and bought a home. He currently teaches at Arendell Parrott Academy. For more information about the Lenoir Committee of 100, Inc. Relocation Incentive Program, please contact Dan Sale at For information about the Lenoir Committee of 100, Inc. mission  and programs, please contact President, Tom Vermillion, at For information about the Lenoir Committee of 100, Inc. membership, please contact Membership Committee Chair,  Gordon…


02 Jul: A Chef’s Life honored at North Carolina General Assembly

By Junious Smith III Kinston Free Press An ode to the past gave representation to a local business in the present and future at Tuesday’s North Carolina General Assembly meeting. Vivian Howard and Ben Knight — owners of Chef and the Farmer and stars of the PBS reality show “A Chef’s Life” — were honored with a resolution lauding the legacies of two late individuals who left national and worldwide legacies, cookbook author James Beard and philanthropist George Peabody. The resolution was passed 116-0 and named the works of “A Chef’s Life,” which won a Peabody Award — the highest…

23 May: 29 years and counting for economic development group

By Junious Smith III / Staff writer Kinston Free Press Wednesday’s Lenoir Committee of 100 meeting celebrated the 29th year of the organization, as well as the impact it has made for the area. According to the organization, the Committee of 100 has contributed approximately $1.5 million in economic projects in the county — as well as $500,000 in the past 10 years — for the economic growth in the community. “I thought it was great meeting, and the committee was back on track,” President Tom Vermillion said. “I’ve always believed in Lenoir County. The group started in the mid-1980s, with a lot of folks…


19 May: A Chef’s Life Wins Peabody

Established in 1940, the George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by TV and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals, and the World Wide Web.  “A Chef’s Life” has been announced among the 2013 Award Winners Congratulations!!!


29 Apr: New home owners receive check through Relocation Incentive Program

Sherry Irsik and Cammie Bruce  received a check for $1000 as a part of the Lenoir Committee of 100’s Relocation Incentive Program. Dan Sale – representing the Committee 100 Debbie Brassine – ERA salesperson Mrs. Heath – Builder’s wife Jay Irsik – Spirit Manager Sherry Irsik – new homeowner Steve Heath – Builder Cammie Bruce – new homeowner Chris Humphrey – ERA Real Estate Scott Crocker – representing the Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Program

03 Feb: Main Street champions

Junious Smith III Kinston Free Press February 3, 2014 Downtown development has been the focal point in the renaissance of Kinston over the past several years. On Jan. 30, two downtown entrepreneurs were recognized for their efforts on a state level. Mother Earth co-owners Stephen Hill and Trent Mooring were honored as 2013 Main Street Champions at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in New Bern. The two — along with representatives from 32 other Tar Heel communities — received the award for exceptional contributions to the downtown revitalization process. Kinston hadn’t had a winner in the prestigious…