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Students visit Wells Elementary School to pick up lunches during remote learning earlier this year. The school board will discuss reentry for local students next week. Drew C. Wilson | Times file photo
Wilson County Schools

School board to discuss reentry plans next week

The Wilson County Board of Education decided Monday to discuss possible reentry plans for Wilson County Schools children in a special meeting Wednesday. Superintendent Lane Mills commented on Gov. …
Members of the Wilson County Board of Commissioners and the Wilson County Board of Education look at a drop off in a portion of the track oval at Hunt High School in 2019. Drew C. Wilson | Times
Wilson County Schools

School board to reconsider track renovations

The Wilson County Board of Education has called a special meeting to discuss track and field improvements at Hunt and Beddingfield high schools. The board voted 5-1 on Sept. 14 to have existing …
Hudson

Defendant in Wilson man’s killing ruled insane; Tyrique Hudson’s legacy lives on through scholarship

A Maryland judge ruled Tuesday that a man who gunned down a Wilson Early College Academy graduate inside the young man’s apartment stairwell in April 2019 was insane at the time of the …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

2 more COVID-19-related deaths reported in Wilson County

Two more Wilson County residents have died from COVID-19-related causes, county health officials say.  One patient was a Brian Center resident in her mid-80s. The other patient was a woman in …
Pettit

Woman faces accessory charge in Cannon Hinnant’s murder

Police have arrested a Wilson woman on an accessory charge in connection with 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant’s murder.  Aolani Takemi Marie Pettit, 21, was arrested Tuesday on a felony …

2 face charges in Wilson alcohol enforcement raids

Two Wilson men were arrested after local and state authorities raided homes in illegal gun, drug and alcohol investigations. N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement, the Wilson Police Department and the …
The Wilson City Council voted Monday not to allow a restaurant on Lot 2 of this planned development on the 2900 block of Raleigh Road Parkway.  Planning board members approved the proposal in August, but the final decision rested with the council.

Wilson City Council rejects rezoning request for new restaurant

In a 6-1 vote, the Wilson City Council on Monday denied a second restaurant on the 2900 block of Raleigh Road Parkway. “I would be in favor of the plan we have and continuing the momentum of …
Gov. Roy Cooper arrives for a June press briefing on the COVID-19 virus at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

Cooper announces $40M in small business relief; state launches COVID-19 exposure app

Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday announced a $40 million pool of COVID-19 relief funds for small businesses, new capacity limits for large outdoor venues and a statewide smartphone app to alert people when …
Hinnant

Cannon Hinnant's family plans Saturday celebration of life in Kenly

Five-year-old Cannon Hinnant was never afraid to tell people — even strangers — that he loved them. “That was his favorite sentence — ‘I love you,’” said the boy’s mother, Bonny …
Clothes Line associate Lisa Mercer, left, and manager Teresa Joyner organize items. Employees revamped the thrift store while it was closed for seven weeks during the statewide stay-at-home order. Now reopened for business, the Clothes Line is accepting merchandise donations to fund Wesley Shelter programs.

Wesley Shelter weathers pandemic: Agency adapts to safety guidelines, effects on victims

Wesley Shelter clients have needed more services than ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. And the agency has adapted to ensure clients’ needs are met on a daily basis. “We want people to …
Dante Pittman listens to Ruth Baines, curator at the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum, which celebrates African American history in Wilson County.
THE BLACK EXPERIENCE

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 …
Finch Fancy Nail Spa owner Melinda Finch takes a moment in her new salon at 421 Nash St. in the Walston Center.

New downtown salon opening amid COVID-19

Not even the coronavirus pandemic can stop Melinda Finch from realizing her dream of opening a nail salon. “We started with plans for this place back in February,” Finch said. “I was …
Lalor Armstrong Smith, second from left, is sworn in as a Wilson Community College Board of Trustees member. From left are college President Tim Wright; Smith; Tracy Lane, executive assistant to the president and secretary to the board; and trustee Chairman David L. West.

Lalor Smith sworn in as Wilson Community College trustee

Lalor Armstrong Smith was sworn in as a new member of the Wilson Community College Board of Trustees last week. Smith is a Wilson County native who grew up in a small farming community near …
Democrat Linda Cooper-Suggs, left, and Republican Mick Rankin are vying for Wilson County's seat in the N.C. House.

House District 24 virtual candidate forum set for Wednesday

Candidates for Wilson County’s state House seat will share their vision for public service and field questions from the press and public during The Wilson Times’ virtual candidate forum …
Natasha Darden of Wilson, an extraction technician at United Natural Hemp Extracts, works to extract CBD from hemp in the solids recovery room at the Wilson facility as coworkers Christian Clifton of Raleigh and Joseph Dzisam of Ghana observe.

New hemp processing facility operational: DEA rule changes viewed as an industry concern

In the highly secure, climate-controlled processing facilities at United Natural Hemp Extracts, workers in white lab coats, hairnets and safety glasses work among stainless steel vats and pipes …
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.
THE BLACK EXPERIENCE

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 …
Elm City Middle School band and general music teacher Adam Schultz said remote learning has given him the opportunity to focus on individuals rather than the band as a whole.

Teachers get creative with lessons: Virtual learning has its challenges

Elm City Middle School band and general music teacher Adam Schultz knew teaching by remote learning would be difficult at the beginning of this school year. So he just shifted his focus from the …
Runners throw packets of nontoxic colored powder in the air at the start of last year's RC3 Live Life in Color run. This year, the Recovery Concepts Community Center is holding a virtual run due to COVID-19.

‘Live Life in Color’ run goes virtual

RC3 is gearing up for its third annual Live Life in Color run to support the nonprofit in substance use prevention and recovery support efforts in Wilson County. This year’s run is a bit …
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Wilson Christian's Ethan Mitchell hurdles a prone Daniel Lewis of Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian during Monday's match at Wilson Christian. Mitchell had a second-half goal in WCA's 6-1 victory.

Patience guides WCA to win in battle of Chargers

Three minutes into the second half Monday night, Wilson Christian junior Nestor Castro dribbled in the direction of the end line as the Chargers returned to North Carolina Christian School …

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Health department offers vaccine clinic Saturday

Wilson County reports 47th COVID-19-related death

Weathercast: Sunny skies, mild temps in store this week

Bailey cancels Christmas parade due to COVID-19 concerns

Statewide litter cleanup canceled due to COVID-19

Hundreds isolated at home with coronavirus; Nash County's death toll climbs to 40

Pinetops improves fire protection rating

Wilson County reports 55 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

Kenly receives 15 applications for town manager

Sallie B. Howard School to continue remote instruction through year's end

Wilson council debates rezoning requests for planned restaurant, 60 new homes

Wilson County reports 28 new COVID-19 cases

Pet of the week: Siamese kitten loves attention and is constantly purring

Weathercast: Cooler temps mark first week of fall

Wilson-grown pumpkins arrive at market just in time for fall

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

Wilson Community College offers free student resources

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87; served quarter-century on high court

Car hits utility pole

Hominy Creek improvement projects receive federal boost

Wilson County Superior Court

3 charged in Wilson man’s killing

Community briefs: Alumni plate sale planned

Wilson DSS earns financial management award

Cooper: Grades K-5 can return to classrooms for full-time, face-to-face learning

Wilson County reports 19 new COVID-19 cases

Kenly museum to reopen Sept. 24

Three men charged in 24-year-old’s July killing  

Judd achieves Eagle Scout rank

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Daniel Franklin Heath, 33, appears in Wilson County District Court on May 10, 2019. Heath, who pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge in October, was sentenced to roughly 11 years in federal prison on Friday.

Former Wilson pastor sentenced in child porn case

A former Wilson pastor who pleaded guilty to coercing an underage Texas girl into creating child pornography will spend roughly a decade in federal prison.  U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan …
Arthur Rogers looks at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park from properties on South Street he and AE Property partner Josh Hawn purchased recently.

Developer plans space for downtown Wilson restaurant

Work is underway to transform 217 South St. into Casita Brewing Co., but the developer said work will begin soon to prepare the adjacent properties for at least one restaurant. “We’ll do a …
Louretha Virginia Renfrow Johnson looks over genealogical charts detailing the lineage of Rocky Branch United Church of Christ members.

Church celebrates 150th anniversary

Five years after the Civil War ended, a handful of former slaves established a worship place under a “bush shelter” near a rocky stream in western Wilson County. Members of Rocky Branch United …
Equipment ruined by a July 22 fire at Custom Quality Packers near Bailey sits in the sun Friday afternoon.

Destroyed hog plant had slaughter violations: PETA seeks federal prosecution

BAILEY — A meatpacking plant destroyed in a fire late last month received two federal suspensions this year and had drawn the ire of an international animal rights group. Custom Quality …
Evan's Snack Cabinet owner Evan Tucker, 12, checks in with Chick-N-Stix owner BetiJo Ballin, who's teamed up with the young entreprenuer to sell his gourmet popcorn and candied nuts at her Wilson restaurant.

12-year-old’s love of snacks turns into business

Family and friends know Evan Tucker as the “snack monster.” “I love snacks,” the 12-year-old said. With a little help from his parents, Tasharra and Nick Tucker, the young …
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Weathercast: Sunny skies, mild temps in store this week

The Wilson Times area is forecast to enjoy pleasant temperatures and sunny skies Tuesday through Thursday.   The first meaningful chance of showers does not show up until Friday, and even …

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Murder convict in 1994 shooting death set to receive parole

A convicted killer serving a life sentence in prison will be a free man in three years. A jury convicted Benjamin Rowen Williams of first-degree murder in the 1994 shooting death of Kenneth L. …

Nash woman dies in house fire

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Crime in Spring Hope mostly from out-of-towners

Nash charts 4 coronavirus deaths; county's death toll rises to 22

JOHNSTONIAN NEWS
School board abandons in-person learning for grades K-5

SMITHFIELD — A divided Johnston County Board of Education on Thursday reversed its decision to have K-5 students come to school for in-person learning. Citing safety concerns, Superintendent …

Coaches, band directors to receive supplements

Treatment plant moving forward but faces hurdles

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Control nature? We wish

I contacted a friend — and former Wilson resident — now living in Oregon last week to ask how he’s faring amid the wildfires near his Oregon home.  Wildfires are burning in …

LIFE
So many ways to use those summer tomatoes

My husband and I planted lots of tomatoes this year: cherry, Roma and big old slicing tomatoes. We grew some of the Cherokee Purple variety from seed and others from plants we purchased at a local …

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