President Bill Clinton arrives at the airport in April of 2000.
President Clinton toured Remote Data Services in Whiteville.
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
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