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Sheriff Calvin Woodard's SUV arrives at the scene of a quadruple homicide on Christmas Day 2016. Four people were killed inside a home on Banks Lane outside Wilson the night before. Investigators are still seeking leads in the case.

Leads sought in quadruple homicide: Investigators mark 4 years since Christmas Eve killings

Christmas Eve marks four years since investigators made a grisly and bloody discovery inside a Wilson County home. Four people were shot to death in a home on Banks Lane near Wilson. It was …
Wilson police officers gather with bicycles and bags of gifts before distributing them to needy families on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Officers play Santa: Christmas in the South delivers joy

Christmas came early for hundreds of children thanks to the Wilson Police Department. “It just brightened my day and it’s brightened my kids’ day,” said Jami High, whose children were …
A nurse holds a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London.

Wilson County Health Department begins COVID-19 vaccinations

The Wilson County Health Department has received COVID-19 vaccinations and began inoculations on Wednesday. Assistant County Manager Ron Hunt said vaccinations will continue next week after the …

Sims woman dies in midnight fire

SIMS — A woman died in an accidental house fire Monday night. Shelia Renee Brown, 61, lost her life in the blaze at 6635-B Wall St., according to Wanda Samuel, Wilson County Sheriff’s …

In pandemic year, Wilson's United Way faces $500,000 shortfall

The United Way of Wilson County is facing a $500,000 decrease in donations that will hit area agencies hard, but Wilson residents can help. “We want the community to know that we are …
Wilson resident Pedro Gomez, left, sizes up a new sweater with Colavito Tyson during a giveaway of 50 gift bags, sweaters and coats for men. Pretty and Precious Girls and Total Impact Outreach Ministries organized the distribution held Wednesday at the Community Soup Kitchen of Wilson County.

Couple distributes gift bags, coats for Christmas

Instead of giving gifts to their own family this Christmas, Bobby and Colavito Tyson organized a giveaway for Wilson residents in need. “The reason we are doing this today is our pastor had …
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Butterfield applauds coronavirus aid package

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield gave his stamp of approval to the COVID-19 relief bill that sailed through Congress on Monday following weeks of negotiations, noting that the $1.4 trillion omnibus …
Local health officials ask county residents to practice the three Ws: Wear a cloth face covering when with other people, remain 6 feet apart, avoiding close contact, and wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

Wilson County reports 2 COVID-19 deaths

Wilson County reported two COVID-19-related deaths Tuesday as hospitalizations here were the lowest they’ve been since October.  County health officials say the decedents are a man in …
Cannon Hinnant's family members distribute Christmas gifts to families in need Sunday in honor of the little boy who was shot and killed on Aug. 9.

Grieving family spreads Christmas joy: ‘Every stocking has a gift from Cannon’

Jaylen Thorpe’s eyes were as wide as his smile. “For me?” the 6-year-old asked when he first saw a new bicycle and a pile of gifts wrapped up to look like a snowman. Jaylen’s Santa …
Coronavirus Crisis

Cooper signs order allowing carryout mixed drinks

North Carolinians ordering takeout during the COVID-19 pandemic can take their cocktails to go — with a few limitations. Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday signed an executive order allowing the N.C. …
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Coronavirus Crisis

Health officials: Keep family safe and well

County and state health officials are concerned they will see an additional spike in coronavirus cases as Christmas and New Year’s Day approach. “While we urge residents to gather with their …
The top of one of the towers didn't quite make it to the ground Saturday during the implosion of the BB&T Towers. Drew C. Wilson | Times

BB&T tower implosion heard, felt for miles

As a series of percussive booms rang out Saturday morning, the BB&T towers were reduced to rubble, and the skyline in historic downtown Wilson was forever changed. “I guess I expected it …
D.H. Griffin workers clean up broken glass at the Wilson Chamber of Commerce after the BB&T towers' implosion on Saturday.

Surrounding buildings sustain ‘minimal’ damage in BB&T implosion

Saturday morning’s implosion of the BB&T towers caused minimal damage to surrounding businesses. “I received a phone call from the demolition company soon after the implosion on …
D.H. Griffin worker Rueben Gonzalez throws a section of cord down from the BB&T towers' rubble on Monday.

Going, going, gone: Recording the BB&T implosion required creativity

Many have called the BB&T towers’ implosion one of the biggest events in Wilson’s history. As such, still and video photographers have struggled with the exactly how to capture imagery of …
Burger Boy was transformed into Mr. Beast Burger for a Nov. 10 event that drew thousands to the Ward Bouelvard restaurant. Now the popular drive-thru restaurant is preparing nine items for delivery through the Mr. Beast Burger app, as none will be available for in-person orders.

Burger Boy now on Mr. Beast Burger app

Marion Boykin didn’t understand how the concept of a virtual restaurant worked, but the 86-year-old Burger Boy founder knew success when he saw it. “Granddaddy used to say, ‘If it sounds too …
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The Wilson Times launches new website

The Wilson Times is giving its website a face-lift for the new year. A redesigned Times website has launched, and print and online subscribers received a Tuesday email with login instructions and …
ELECTION 2020 CENTRAL

Beasley concedes defeat to Newby in NC chief justice race

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley conceded on Saturday to Republican Paul Newby in their extremely close election after two rounds of recounts saw little …

Wilson County recount confirms chief justice vote totals

19 states sue to challenge mail-in ballots

Beasley withdraws Wilson election protest

Wilson elections board continues hearing on chief justice race

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North Johnston's Gabby Hales (22) starts the offense as teammate Logan Hodge (23) looks on during Monday's nonconference match against Southern Nash in Kenly. The Lady Panthers won in three sets.

Lady Panthers sweep interstellar clash from Ladybirds

KENLY — Varsity volleyball teams from North Johnston High and Southern Nash conspired to commit an astronomy delay of game Monday night that was nearly 400 years in the making. No one seemed …

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LOCAL HEADLINES

Business program granted $100,000 boost

Artists receive grant funding

Stantonsburg police shop for local families

Stephenson Millwork donation buys bikes and skateboards

Wilson County Public Library announces new titles

Wilson is pilot site for medicine drone delivery

Veteran's family receives new home for the holidays

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

Be thankful for a merry Christmas

Wilson Community College's year in review

Pets of the week: Ice Cream and Popsicle seek loving home

A Christmas message to my community

Wilson County NAACP elects new leaders

All I want for Christmas is ...

Christmas still merry despite pandemic

Weathercast: Sunny skies, cold temps for Christmas

SaYum offers free Christmas meals

Kitchen fire displaces Wilson resident

Wilson Community College students receive scholarships

Marriage licenses: Who tied the knot in Wilson County?

COVID shutters license plate office

New state troopers headed to area

Authorities plan holiday DWI crackdown

A Christmas wish brought to life

Motorcycle club installs blessing box

Free Police: Missing woman found safe

Weathercast: White Christmas? Chance of snow flurries on horizon

Wilson Medical Center workers among first to take COVID-19 vaccine

Wilson County reports 101st virus death

Will these 7 predictions come true in 2021?

State picks Wilson schools for virus test pilot program

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

Wilson County deputy escapes injury in crash

Community Briefs: Food box giveaway scheduled

The wait of fulfillment

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: Sunny skies, cold temps for Christmas

Seasonable temperatures and mostly sunny skies should give the Wilson Times area near-perfect last-minute shopping weather Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, numerous showers appear on tap for …

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Hospital settles with blind patient over billing issue

ROCKY MOUNT — Nash UNC Health Care recently settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a blind patient claiming he didn’t receive bills in Braille. John Bone received $150,000 in damages, …

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Social media can 'defriend' direct sellers

Facebook and Twitter courted controversy by flagging and fact-checking voter fraud claims on their platforms, but when it comes to socially responsible moderation, video-sharing app TikTok is leading …

LIFE
Coastal gallery features clay artist Mark Gordon

CALABASH — Mark Gordon, former Barton College associate professor of art and design, is the Sunset River Marketplace’s featured artist through Jan. 9, gallery owner Ginny Lassiter …

SPORTS
College Sports
COVID, legislation, lawsuits signal change in college sports

The coronavirus was only one factor in a chain of events that consumed college sports in 2020, and is poised to do more of the same in 2021 and beyond. The virus, combined with the harsh …

Bulldogs to get a dry run with five-game spring football slate

Daniels, N.C. State beat 17th-ranked UNC 79-76

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NC Baseball Museum’s Celebrity Golf Tournament moved to Aug. 12

The North Carolina Baseball Museum’s 18th annual Celebrity Golf Tournament has not been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the event has been moved from its traditional May spot to …

Fighting for retirement: King back in familiar saddle, return to ring imminent

Pitfalls exist with tree stands

WYSA sends 4 to North Carolina's U12 Olympic Development Program Event Team

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