Senator Thom Tillis Visits Kinston – Hurricane Matthew Relief

Rest assured that the movement we’ve started discussing options for flood prevention has already reached the halls of Congress. We are building a coalition along the Neuse River Basin to ensure this conversation is happening with our Federal and State Leaders. Here’s a story from yesterday’s meeting with US Senator Thom Tillis and NC House Majority Leader Representative John R. Bell, IV.

“A member of North Carolina’s federal delegation was in Kinston Thursday to talk flood relief.

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis met with business owners, city officials and county officials from Kinston, Goldsboro, Seven Springs and Greenville to discuss how flood relief efforts are progressing six months after Hurricane Matthew.”

http://www.kinston.com/news/20170414/sen-thom-tillis-visits-kinston-to-access-flood-recovery

 

Opening Day – Down East Wood Ducks

I woke my girls up this morning with an excited shake telling them we’ve worked for 5 years to bring baseball back to Kinston. FIVE YEARS!

Also this morning at a Lenoir County Public Schools Legislative breakfast, LCPS Board Chair Jon Sargeant spoke about doing the impossible in our schools and he referenced this very day…the day we welcome professional baseball back to where it belongs. Our community is doing something many thought could not happen…the impossible!

The field is ready! The stadium is in incredible shape thanks to our City Management, City Council, and Kinston/Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Dept.

And we’ve ordered beautiful weather for you. 😉 See you tonight #DEWD fans! Let’s go Down East Wood Ducks! Thank you Texas Rangers!

Hurricane Matthew Six Months Later

Six months ago today, I left the house about 4pm to pick up a sappy movie for my wife at the Redbox, then I would swing by the Kinston Public Services operations center to say thanks to our employees working the 24 hour service calls through the heavy rain, and off to the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue to say hello to Chief Crawford. You see the spaghetti model shown was the projected path of #HurricaneMatthew as of 6:51 am. One of the other pictures I took was in front of Bojangles on Vernon Avenue at 2:30 am the next morning…amazed at the number of abandoned cars. Little did we know the true path, the amount of rain from Raleigh to the coast, and the number of lives that would be lost.

I never made it to the fire station as we opened our Emergency Operations Center around 5:00 pm, effectively calling a curfew for our 21,000 citizens. As I watched our Kinston Police Department, Fire, and Kinston/Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Dept. professionals literally triage over 300 rescue operations in Kinston alone, it became apparent that the City of Kinston employees are some of the finest in the country. And, that we work with the best and brightest at Lenoir County Emergency Services, Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Department of Public Safety, NC Emergency Management, and North Carolina National Guard.

Because of their tireless bravery and training many lives were spared.
  

 

Alzheimer’s Memory Walk

Great meeting Anna Bulszewicz with WCTI NewsChannel 12 today and thankful she helped emcee the 3rd annual Alzheimer’s Memory Walk. We have 2,000 residents in Lenoir County affected by dementia and there’s no cure or survivors. Please pray for a cure.

 

WITN7 – Hurricane Matthew After Six Months

Our Planetarium hosted their first school group this week nearly 6 months after #HurricaneMatthew. Very thankful for all the volunteers who helped us replace floors, scrub displays, paint and more. See some of the results for yourself in this video and then stop by soon!

WITN Anna Phillips
April 6 at 10:10pm ·
The Neuseway Nature Park’s Planetarium & Science Museum reopened on Wednesday and the Nature Center should be ready by May. Kinston/Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Dept. staff have been working alongside community volunteers for months… as local leaders like Mayor BJ Murphy and Neuse Sport Shop President & CEO Russell Rhodes work to get legislators talking about how to minimize future flood risk.
http://www.witn.com/content/news/Neuseway-Nature-Center-near-reopening-six-months-since-Hurricane-Matthew-418581793.html

City of Goldsboro Passes Flood Prevention Resolution

Happy to announce that the City Government of Goldsboro, NC has also adopted a Flood Prevention Resolution for the Lower Neuse River Basin in addition to the City of Kinston and Lenoir County. Mayor Chuck Allen and his team showed strong leadership during Hurricane Matthew and I’m honored to serve alongside him.

  
    

City of Kinston Visits NCGA for Flood Prevention

Very productive meeting with NC House Majority Leader John Bell, Deputy Senate Pro Tem Louis Pate, and Representative George Graham. Also, had a great meeting with Don Davis. We discussed multiple issues including the Neuse River Basin, a revolving loan pool to facilitate more dilapidated housing demolition, the future of the NC Global TransPark, and more. We are very lucky in Kinston and Lenoir County to have this group working on our behalf!