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WNCT: Kinston Teens hold town hall with local leaders Friday

By WNCT STAFF
Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports – WNCT.com
KINSTON, N.C. – A group of teenagers in Kinston hope to improve community dialogue and the city’s image.

They hosted their first “Teen Town Hall” at the Woodmen Community Center.

9 On Your Side has covered the youth advocacy group “Kinston Teens” since October.

Founder Chris Suggs created the group as a way to keep teens off the streets and invested in their community.

Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy, Kinston Public Safety Director Bill Johnson, Lenoir County Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Mazingo and other school and county officials participated; it is the first time youth have had the chance to hold their leaders accountable.
“What you’re seeing right now are the future leaders of our community.” Mayor BJ Murphy said.

“I mean these kids really care about their community; they want to hold government accountable but at the same time they’re getting into the trenches and they’re rolling up their sleeves too.”

The group’s concerns were heard loud and clear. This town hall meeting will be followed up with sit downs with not only the Director of Public Safety, but lawmakers in Raleigh to address their concerns.

“I’m truly pleased about how this event turned out.” Kinston Teens President Chris Suggs said. “I think there’s nowhere else we can go but up.”

Follow the “Kinston Teens” on Twitter @KinstonTeens

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WNCT: Kinston mayor takes oath

WNCT
Posted: Dec 02, 2013 9:50 PM EST
Updated: Dec 02, 2013 9:50 PM EST
By WNCT STAFF – email

KINSTON, N.C. -Mayor B.J. Murphy took the oath of office for a second term Monday night.

Murphy won the election with a little over 46% percent of the total votes.

He urged people to be proactive in the Kinston community.

Kinston’s youngest mayor is also the first Republican mayor in 140 years.

http://www.wnct.com/story/24117389/kinston-mayor-takes-oath

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Video: Mayor Murphy appears on Reece Gardner Hour

Mayor Murphy appears at 20:30.

 

 

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TACC-9 Commercial for Mayor BJ Murphy



BJ Murphy

 

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KFP: Kinston mayoral candidates take center stage

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Mayoral candidate Ralph Clark, left, makes his opening statements, while John Marks, center, and B.J. Murphy listen at the mayoral forum Tuesday at community television station TACC-9 on Queen Street.

Sara Pezzoni / The Free Press

Kinston’s three candidates for mayor each had their lone opportunity to address viewers on the issues of the city on Tuesday evening.

Ralph Clark, John Marks and B.J. Murphy spoke at the TACC-9 community television station for a mayoral forum, as the three are looking to be appointed into office by the people after the Nov. 5 election.

Clark, who has spent 32 years in public office, including eight as the former city manager of Kinston, believes his extensive experience and knowledge would be vital in helping the community he has called home since 1999.

“Kinston has been great to me as a city manager and a citizen,” Clark said. “I have a lot to give, and hope (the city) allow(s) me to be the mayor.”

Clark also talked about education in his opening statement, acknowledging that the city council would not be able to intervene in the decision-making process.

“I would be remiss not to mention something about education,” Clark said. “Even though the city has nothing to do with the education in the community, it has to be supported.”

Marks, the pastor and founder of Increasing the Faith Ministries, believes Kinston needs to move in an alternate direction in fixing some of the issues in the community.

“We do need change,” Marks said. “Everybody that I ask or come in contact with, they are always saying that the city needs to be changed. I’m just grateful that our city and the leadership that is present are still doing things, but we still need solutions to a lot of problems. I just want to be an improvement on assets to the city of Kinston.”

Murphy, the incumbent seeking his second term in office, used his opening statement to speak on some of the positives he has seen in Kinston since he became the mayor in 2009.

“I have never been more excited about the opportunities before our community than I am right now,” Murphy said. “Our community is growing, and there are a lot of positive things happening. Just over the past four years, we have had a major focus on redeveloping our community, on making sure we have better streets, and we’ve had a more accountable government than ever before.”

Early voting starts on Thursday, and will run until Nov. 2, with Election Day on Nov. 5.

 

Junious Smith III can be reached at 252-559-1077 andJunious.Smith@Kinston.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JuniousSmithIII.

For more information on reruns of the city council and mayor forums, visit tacc9.com.

http://www.kinston.com/news/local/kinston-mayoral-candidates-take-center-stage-1.219056?tc=cr

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TACC9: Reece Gardner Hour



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WITN7: Windows Plant Expansion Creating 250 New Jobs In Kinston

 

More than 250 jobs are coming to Kinston, thanks to a major expansion by a manufacturing company.

Associated Materials, Incorporated operates its Alside Window plant off Airport Road.

Governor Pat McCrory’s office says the company will invest more than $5 million over the next five years in Kinston and add 252 jobs. The parent company already employs more that 540 people in the state and is one of Kinston’s largest employers.

“Creating new manufacturing jobs across North Carolina has been a priority of my administration’s economic plan. We remain focused on expanding partnerships with existing North Carolina businesses like Associated Materials,” said the governor. “Kinston and Associated Materials will both benefit greatly from this major expansion

Alside began in 1947 and has six other U.S. plants.

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Mayor Murphy appears on the Reece Gardner Hour

Reece Gardner Hour Featuring Mayor BJ Murphy

August 12 2013

Source: http://www.tacc9.com/reece_august_12_2013.htm

 

 

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WITN: Kinston Mayor Changes Mind, Seeks Re-Election

 

 

Kinston’s mayor has had a change of heart and will seek re-election afterall.

B.J. Murphy filed paperwork at the Lenoir County Board of Elections Office shortly after 11:00 a.m. Today is the last day to file, and that ends at noon.

Murphy was first elected in 2009 and at the time was the first Republican elected to the post since Reconstruction. Earlier this year he announced he would not seek a second term.

But Murphy says his wife and supporters encouraged him in recent weeks to run again.

Two other people have already filed. Former city manager Ralph Clark and Kinston pastor John Marks, Jr. are running for the office as well.

http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Kinston-Mayor-Changes-Mind-Will-Seek-Re-Election-216159391.html?device=phone

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WITN: Kinston Mayor Changes Mind, Seeks Re-election


Kinston’s mayor has had a change of heart and will seek re-election afterall.

B.J. Murphy filed paperwork at the Lenoir County Board of Elections Office shortly after 11:00 a.m. Today is the last day to file, and that ends at noon.

Murphy was first elected in 2009 and at the time was the first Republican elected to the post since Reconstruction. Earlier this year he announced he would not seek a second term.

But Murphy says his wife and supporters encouraged him in recent weeks to run again.

Two other people have already filed. Former city manager Ralph Clark and Kinston pastor John Marks, Jr. are running for the office as well.

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