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Gov. Roy Cooper arrives for a June press briefing on the COVID-19 virus at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

Citing 'pivotal moment' in virus fight, Cooper tightens state’s mask mandate

Gov. Roy Cooper gave North Carolinians a stark warning Monday as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase statewide.  “We are in danger,” Cooper said during a …
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Wilson deputies help capture Lenoir County shooting suspect

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team helped capture a suspect accused of shooting a Lenoir County deputy and another man.  Officers shot 30-year-old Robert Lee …
Tammy Grady’s family members stand together at Toisnot Park on Sunday as they remember the 35-year-old who went missing a year ago.

Vigil pays tribute to missing daughter, sister

Candles flickered as Tammy Grady’s family and friends formed a circle underneath the Sunday evening sky at Toisnot Park. Tears were shed as those gathered spoke about the 35-year-old, who has …
Turkey are stacked up for Wilson residents along with Thanksgiving dinners, clothing and other commodities provided by members of Crossroad Street Ministry at Lamm Park.
Thanksgiving

Families appreciate turkey giveaway

Volunteers from Crossroad Street Ministry gathered at Lamm Park on Sunday to hand out frozen turkeys to the needy. “Our ministry is a street ministry, and it is important because we want to …
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Resident rallies for electric vehicles in Wilson parking deck

Wilson City Council members briefly discussed electric vehicle charging stations in the planned downtown parking garage following a resident’s remarks in a Thursday public hearing on the …
Steve Price of Joyner's Memorial, right, sets a new marker at the paupers' section at Maplewood Cemetery as Wilson Cemetery Commission members JoAnn Hickman and Charlie Farris stand nearby.

Cemetery memorial installed in paupers’ section

The Wilson Cemetery Commission has placed a new granite memorial marker describing the paupers’ section at Maplewood Cemetery. The commission will hold a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. …
Jim Fitzgerald, right, stands with his son Christopher. Jim, a diabetic, needs a new kidney.

Diabetic needs a kidney transplant

Jim Fitzgerald doesn’t ask for much. He can raise money for the American Diabetes Association, but he doesn’t like borrowing it from people. If he forgets his wallet at lunch, he is uncomfortable …
Wes Berry, senior vice president and Wilson market executive for Truist, presents a $20,000 replica check to Tenesha Artis, Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity board Chairman Don Blackmon and construction committee Chairman Ken Jones. The Truist Foundation grant will help cover construction costs for Artis' home.

Truist Foundation bolsters Habitat home construction

A $20,000 grant has provided a much-needed financial boost to the latest Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity house.  “I most definitely would like to say thank you and I’m very …
Cathy Brown Hardison, executive director of Wilson Arts, paints an ice cream castle on the Edna Boykin Cultural Center's front widnows. Wilson Arts is helping downtown businesses decorate for the Candyland Christmas theme.

Artists adding Christmas cheer to downtown Wilson shop windows

Area artists will be downtown Saturday painting merchant shops in festive scenes with a Candyland Christmas theme. Susan Kellum, Wilson’s downtown marketing and communications …
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, left, and Senior Associate Justice Paul Newby ran for the N.C. Supreme Court's chief justice seat. Beasley requested a statewide recount after unofficial results show Newby with a narrow lead.

Wilson County to recount votes in NC chief justice race

Trailing by 409 votes, N.C. Chief Justice Cheri Beasley’s campaign has requested a statewide recount in Beasley’s race against Paul Newby, the state Supreme Court’s senior associate …
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Vigil marks a year since Wilson woman vanished

It’s been nearly a year since 35-year-old Tammy Grady vanished without a trace.  Living with the unknowns day after day, month after month, has taken a toll on Grady’s sister, …
A person converses with a staff member through the front door at Wilson Intermediate Care on Tarboro Street. The facility offers COVID-19 testing.

Wilson fights COVID-19 spread: Hospital, health department urge precautions

Wilson Medical Center’s tighter visitor restrictions went into effect Thursday due to increasing COVID-19 community spread.  The hospital’s change came two days after Wilson was …
Barton baseball staff pitched in to unload nearly 300 Christmas trees Thursday for the Wilson Evening Optimist Club lot on Ward Boulevard near Tilghman Road.

Optimist Club opens Christmas tree lot

Generations of Wilsonians have turned to area Optimists for live Christmas trees and wreaths, but this year, locals will only have one lot to support. The Wilson Evening Optimist Club lot opens …
N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper D.C. Wuebbles investigates a Wednesday crash between an SUV and Amtrak train near Van Slyke Road north of Wilson.

Driver injured when SUV strikes train

An Elm City man was taken to the hospital Wednesday after striking an Amtrak train at a rural crossing near Wilson.  The wreck happened at the Van Slyke Road railroad crossing just north of Wilson …
Firefighter Jordan Childress from the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department sprays water into the Silver Lake Growers Cotton Gin trash building on Tuesday.

High winds spread fire at cotton gin

ELM CITY — Some 50 firefighters from five departments fought a stubborn cotton waste fire adjacent to the Silver Lake Growers Gin on Tuesday afternoon. Jason Bissette, assistant chief of the …
Kaydi Roberson, left, Amanda Creech and Terry Pierce tie winter gear to trees on the Wilson County Public Library lawn on Tuesday.

Winter gear available for Wilsonians in need

Scarves, gloves, hats and other winter wearables are adorning trees on the Wilson County Public Library lawn. Anyone in need, including homeless residents, can take the free items to keep warm as the …
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Four sentenced in teen’s 2018 killing

A teenager will spend nearly two decades in prison in connection to the July 2018 killing of a teen victim who was gunned down in a failed robbery attempt. On Monday, Jah’marion Fleming was …
Wesley Shelter Executive Director Lynne White checks on the pump dumping several inches of water from the basement on Monday. Torrential rains last week flooded the agency's basement with 7 feet of water.

Rain floods Wesley Shelter basement, causing $10,000 in damage

It only took about 9 inches of rain to flood the Wesley Shelter’s basement with 7 feet of water after Tropical Storm Eta pummeled Wilson last week.  “I’ve never seen water …
Mary Marlin, aging program director for the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, pets an animatronic dog to elicit a happy yip. Seniors throughout the region will receive dogs and cats to fight isolation without the responsibilities of caring for a live animal.

For seniors, animatronic pets provide comfort without the cost

Owning a pet can be a costly endeavor, but a new initiative is working to give area seniors the companionship of a dog or cat without the financial burden. “One of the reasons why I am so …
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Gracie Farmer (1) of Wilson Christian tries to get a step on Greenfield's Serenity McNair during the second half of Thursday's game at Wilson Christian. Farmer knocked down four 3-point shots, one in each quarter, to help propel the Lady Chargers to a runaway 53-28 victory.

Lady Chargers shackle Greenfield for third straight win

Brian Trull would much rather talk about his team’s defense. But if the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team can continue this shooting touch from the outside, then the Lady …

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LOCAL HEADLINES

Weathercast: Cool temps, mostly sunny skies for Thanksgiving

Kenly native publishes uncle’s World War II memoir

Finding reasons for gratitude in a dumpster fire

Barnes named state trucking association chairman

Weathercast: Cold front set to follow mild weekend

Pet of the week: Graham

BB&T tower prepared for demolition

Brian Center receives national award

Giving thanks to our community

Deed transfers: Who bought, sold property in Wilson County?

Nash County reports 13 new coronavirus deaths

Community Briefs: Thanksgiving meal, turkey giveaway planned

14 more Accordius residents diagnosed

Davis named Outstanding Optimist

Raffle helps with medical costs

Tourism board recognizes retiring member

NC criminal justice panel: Small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized

Trash clogs city line, cases wastewater spill

Wilson County sees decrease in percentage of positive COVID-19 tests

School supply drive seeks online donations

University of Mount Olive students help Whirligig Festival go virtual

Wilson County Schools hires 10 employees

State COVID-19 alert system flags Wilson County for ‘critical spread’

Bell reelected as NC House majority leader

Save room for lovers at Thanksgiving table

Wilson County DSS needs adoptive, foster parents

Police: Man shot co-worker in his car

Community Briefs: Fremont board to meet

New funeral home offers personalized service

Wilson’s active virus case count hovers around 300

Lucama officials replacing water distribution pipe

BIKING FOR LIFE: Cyclists cross the state to fight veteran suicide

Downtown Wilson's Christmas tree installed

Evening Optimists install officers

THE BLACK EXPERIENCE
Randolph Sessoms, who served as Wilson County Schools' first African American superintendent, is pictured at his home near the Buckhorn community.

Leveling the playing field in education: Sessoms reflects on career in leadership

As the youngest of nine children in a rural Wilson County tenant farming family, Randolph Sessoms grew up to be Wilson County Schools’ first African American superintendent. “We grew …
Dante Pittman listens to Ruth Baines, curator at the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum, which celebrates African American history in Wilson County.

Black history often untold: Wilson native says museum helps fill educational gaps

Since moving back home to Wilson, Dante Pittman has visited the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum several times. “I am always blown away when I walk in and read,” Pittman said. The …
Bettie Applewhite of Wilson spent 25 years working in and around Washington for the federal government and the private sector before returning to Wilson in 2004.

Raising a child on a maid’s wages: College instructor’s mother was live-in domestic worker

When Bettie Applewhite was about 9, she remembers discovering that it was awfully hard to find a Black kid on television. Her rural Wilson County family had just installed a black and white …
Wilson resident Joan Pender Davis holds racial segregation placards she's collected over the years.

Segregation left lasting impressions

Joan Davis remembers the way things were when she was growing up in Wilson. The 77-year-old said the railroad tracks that slice through downtown Wilson were a line of demarcation with white on the …
Paul Sherrod, 86, stands in the mezzanine of The Boykin Center. Before the civil rights movement, African-Americans had to watch movies and shows from the top floor.

Sherrod sees changes upon return to Wilson

Civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ recent death caused Paul Sherrod to think about how far the nation has come and how far it has to go. Sherrod grew up trucking tobacco and picking …
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Weathercast: Cool temps, mostly sunny skies for Thanksgiving

High pressure is forecast to stay around Tuesday to give the Wilson Times area mostly sunny skies and cool high temperatures in the mid-50s. After an overnight low in the upper 30s, winds will …

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JOHNSTONIAN NEWS
Son to face murder charges in parents’ deaths

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office plans to charge a 53-year-old man with murdering his parents. On Oct. 4, sheriff’s deputies went to 960 Olivia Way, Selma, to conduct on well-being check …

Former Kenly police officer pleads guilty

With Smithfield surgeon’s help, a Golden Knight aims to soar again

Virtual learning begins to fray parent, teacher relationships

Roundtable to tackle racism in education

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Let's disagree more constructively

RALEIGH — When the Associated Press and other news organizations asked North Carolina voters for their perspectives on the just-concluded 2020 elections, there was no shortage of …

LIFE
Full services return in classroom: In-person learning benefits county’s exceptional children

Exceptional children resource teacher Lisa Harrison could see her fourth grade student was having trouble with the reading lesson. With in-the-moment precision, Harrison made eye contact, helped …

SPORTS
College Sports
No. 21 Liberty visits NC State seeking 3rd win vs. ACC teams

Liberty’s wins against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents have been a highlight of its unbeaten start. Now the 21st-ranked Flames have a chance to claim another with Saturday night’s …

ACC could benefit from show of force behind 3 ranked teams

March Madness in one place? NCAA looking at Indianapolis

Tulsa in at 25; Indiana set for top-10 matchup

Knight exploding into kick return role for Wolfpack

School Sports
McGuire, Sutton cop WSCC women’s titles

The turnout was low but the drama was high as Willow Springs Country Club held its annual women’s golf club championships the weekend of Nov. 8-9. Sue McGuire rallied Sunday with a …

No harm, no foul

Lake Wilson 12U, 18U Green both improve to 5-1

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‘06 Explosion ends regular season with 4th tie