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Womble survives trial by fire

When a lightning strike last July ignited a devastating blaze at 230 Tarboro St. S., several businesses were affected. For Womble Real Estate Co. broker Allyson Moye, the shock of the overnight fire on a Sunday was replaced with questions about …
LOCAL NEWS

Hot cars place children, elderly at risk

With the official start of summer last week, safety officials want to remind people to never leave a child alone in a car. Dangerous temperatures can have devastating effects on not only children, but senior citizens as well, officials …

SaYum blends tropical flavor, Southern hospitality

Every few weeks, Wayne Means steps off the 80 Carolinian train, walks across the street from the historic Wilson Amtrak station and orders lunch at SaYum Jamaican Food. The retired Army man from Salisbury drops his traveling bags and plops down …

Junior Optimist Club chartered at Beddingfield

Beddingfield High School’s new Junior Optimist International Club received its charter in a June 15 ceremony at Stoneybrook Christian Church. Kathy Creech Sandifer, president of the Wilson-based Golden Circle Optimist Club sponsoring the …

NORTH CAROLINA NEWS
Cooper urges GOP to devote more money to his priorities

RALEIGH (AP) — Seeking to change the minds of Republicans despite having little leverage over them, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wants GOP legislators to put more in the final budget toward his favored ideas and less in tax breaks …

Free Supreme Court ruling could help N.C. Democrats rein in GOP

Supreme Court strikes down N.C. legislative districts

NATION & WORLD NEWS
Justice Department ending settlement payments to outside groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department will no longer allow big companies and banks to settle cases by donating to outside organizations, ending a little-known practice that had become a rallying cry for some conservatives. In a memo released …

Russia fires cruise missiles, targets IS positions in Syria

Nooses showing up more in hate incidents around country

COLUMN

We pay, but we have no say

RALEIGH — Decades from now, the most enduring and defining mark of this Republican legislature may well be charter schools. In 2011, Republicans came to power intent on lifting the 100-school cap that had existed since the mid-1990s. This …

LIFE

Learning to swim: Lessons keep kids safe around water

Zoe Alices might have just been blowing bubbles, but that was a huge accomplishment on the way to learning how to swim. “I’m excited for her,” said her mother, Krystal Alices. “She is actually progressing.” Prior …

College Sports
June swoon continues

The frustrations and losses continued to mount for the Wilson Tobs, who couldn’t convert a solid pitching performance into a win Sunday. The Tobs got a strong effort from starting pitcher Cody Smith but their offense didn’t follow …

Shelling the fish

Bulldogs land 117 on conference honor roll

Rain keeps Tobs sidelined for a second straight night

Tobs-Steamers rained out Wednesday

Community sports
Area Calendar, June 26-27

Monday, June 26 American Legion Baseball Post 13 at Farmville Post 151 (Farmville Central High), 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 American Legion Baseball Post 13 at Pitt County Post 39 (Pitt C.C.), 7 p.m. American Legion Junior …

Area Calendar, June 24-25

Area Calendar, June 23-24

Wilson Recreation Department results

Area Calendar, June 21-22

CHURCH NEWS
Church news for week of June 24

Unitarian — Rocky Mount Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will have service at 10 a.m. Sunday. First Apostolic — Bailey First Apostolic Church will have Sunday school at 10 a.m. and evening worship at 6 with the Rev. Preston …

Church news for the week of June 17

Church news for the week of June 10

EDITORIALS
State must keep legal notices in the public view

Local governments are required to post legal notices where the public is most likely to see them. Traditionally, that has been in general-circulation newspapers. It still is. But the state legislature is threatening to rescind requirements for …

Free Our Opinion: Tarleton devoted Wilson career to service above self

Free Our Opinion: Raising the age for adult court was wise move

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Broken Obamacare needs GOP fixes

Broken Obamacare needs GOP fixes Re: “GOP lacks the skills to govern,” by William T. (Nick) Smith, June 21: I couldn’t discuss all of the issues you raised, so I’ll use one and show why I disagree. I’ll pick …

Teacher requests retired N.C. license plate

Leave crusher run in place at Cavalier Park

U.S. forfeits leadership on climate change

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EDUCATION

Barton College announces graduates

Two hundred and seventy-seven Barton College undergraduate seniors and graduate students received diplomas on May 14 during the school’s 115th annual commencement exercises. Participating in the ceremony were Barton students who completed …