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LOOK BACK: Pres. Clinton's visit to Whiteville in 2000

President Bill Clinton arrives at the airport in April of 2000. President Bill Clinton arrives at the airport in April of 2000.
President Clinton toured Remote Data Services in Whiteville. President Clinton toured Remote Data Services in Whiteville.
President Clinton stretches through a crowd of people in Whiteville to shake a hand. President Clinton stretches through a crowd of people in Whiteville to shake a hand.

WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - WECT is continuing to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a look back at a big story we covered 14 years ago.

In April of 2000, Columbus County received a Presidential visit. Then-President Bill Clinton chose Whiteville as the first stop on a nationwide tour to help bring high speed internet access to rural areas.      

He toured Remote Data Services and then spoke to a huge crowd. Some people started gathering hours before his speech.

A local restaurant was chosen to cook lunch for the President. He apparently asked for a basket of fresh fruit and decaf coffee.

It was certainly a momentous day in Whiteville, and it had special meaning for one of the current reporters at WECT.

Justin Smith was just a teenager at the time, and he followed a WECT crew around as they covered Clinton's visit. He put together a documentary and put himself on a path to becoming a journalist.

You can watch Justin's entire documentary. Look for it in the list of videos on this page: http://bit.ly/1k1joVw

And for more 60th anniversary coverage, click here: http://bit.ly/PbVKM3

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