Katie King

Katie King is the assistant editor at Our State.


Downtown: Kinston

In its parks and its art, its food and its beer, this former tobacco hub embodies the spirit of local.


The Chicken Champs

Each year, nearly 600 chickens (and their proud owners) flock to the Rowan County Fairgrounds to compete for the heady title of Old English Game Bantam Champion of the World. When global poultry dominance is at stake, it’s hard not to ruffle a few feathers.


Downtown: Oriental

Once a quiet fishing village, this small town on the Neuse River has become one of the East Coast’s top sailing destinations.


Downtown: Apex

This historic Wake County community is growing quickly, but it’s still the quaint railroad town of the past.


Bean to Bar: Black Mountain Chocolate

When Black Mountain Chocolate opened its “visible factory,” a former tobacco warehouse was transformed into a place of delicious discovery.


Neighborhood: Castle Street

A once-empty stretch of road in downtown Wilmington has transformed into an eclectic arts and antiques district.


Around Town: Wilkes

Two towns with a common heritage of music, moonshine, and mountain biking are the perfect base for exploring the wealth of beauty and culture that this county has to offer.