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A four-wheeled final salute: Joyner’s offers Humvee for military, first-responder funerals

Free There was no moment of epiphany when Dell Joyner set out to turn a Humvee into a hearse. It was a series of happenstance events that led to transforming the mammoth military utility vehicle into a fitting tribute to veterans, public service …
LOCAL NEWS

Suspect in court on ax murder charges

Free A man accused of killing his wife and father with an ax made his first court appearance in Wilson County Friday, several days after officials had him extradited from California. Michael Allen Joyner, 38, clad in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, stood before the court as Chief District Judge William C. Farris read …

Federal jury convicts Wilson man in heroin death

Free A Wilson man has been convicted on federal charges in connection with a 43-year-old man’s heroin overdose death. A federal jury found 66-year-old Elton Wayne Walston guilty of one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, four …

Tobacco fungus thriving in wet weather

Above-average rainfall in June is causing advance of the destructive disease target spot in Wilson County tobacco plants. Norman Harrell, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension office in Wilson County, said Thursday …

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

The ageless joy of being a grandparent

Free There used to be a bumper sticker on cars that said “Ask Me About My Grandchildren.” We younger folks use to think it was funny when we got alongside the car and saw it was a tiny old lady who could barely see over the wheel or a …

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
Shelling the fish

Wilson Tobs hitters responded with their most impressive slugging display of the season in claiming a 9-5 Coastal Plain League summer collegiate baseball victory against the Morehead City Marlins in Fleming Stadium on Friday night. The Tobs, …

Bulldogs land 117 on conference honor roll

Rain keeps Tobs sidelined for a second straight night

Tobs-Steamers rained out Wednesday

Coastal Plain League announces team for Macon, Ga., in 2018

Community sports
Area Calendar, June 24-25

Saturday, June 24 American Legion Baseball Apex Post 124 at Wilson Post 13 (Fleming), 7 p.m. Sunday, June 25 American Legion Junior Baseball Albemarle at Post 13 (Beddingfield), 1 p.m. (DH)

Area Calendar, June 23-24

Wilson Recreation Department results

Area Calendar, June 21-22

Post 13 twinbill with Edenton reset to Wednesday at Beddingfield

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
Our Opinion: Tarleton devoted Wilson career to service above self

Free After laboring to make Wilson a better place for nearly four decades, Hal Tarleton is leaving the workforce for a well-deserved retirement. At month’s end, Tarleton will hang up his hammer at the Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity, the …

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

Free Our Opinion: Pipeline land grab sets stage for limit on eminent domain

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Teacher requests retired N.C. license plate

I am a elementary teacher in Idaho and I am in need of some help. I want to do a school project for the upcoming 2017-18 school year with my class. I need a retired license plate from the Tar Heel State. If you have one you could donate to me, I …

Leave crusher run in place at Cavalier Park

U.S. forfeits leadership on climate change

GOP lacks the skills to govern

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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 …