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North Carolina already bans texting and driving. Now state lawmakers want to prohibit all handheld use of smartphones and tablet computers behind the wheel. House Bill 144, the Hands-Free N.C. … more
Editor’s Note: In observance of Patriot Day, The Wilson Times is republishing two editorials written shortly after Sept. 11 that reflect the local and national sentiment following a dark day in … more
It’s disheartening but not really surprising that both Republicans seeking their party’s nomination in this fall’s 3rd Congressional District special election are willing to pass on demanding … more
When Carol Folt became chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill, she may have felt like someone who had just moved into a house that was on fire. The school was still embroiled in an ugly and embarrassing … more
In almost every state, no means no. Except in North Carolina, where no means ... that depends. North Carolina law is pretty much the same as every other state when one party tells the other, … more
In a constitutional Catch-22, a divided N.C. Court of Appeals panel agrees motorists have a First Amendment right to flip the bird, but contends traffic cops can detain you for it anyway. Shawn … more
A political Thanksgiving tradition observed last week likely struck Charles Ray Finch and his family as more galling than charming. Gov. Roy Cooper spared 45-pound toms Orville and Wilbur from … more
For nearly six decades, C. Bruce Rose has served Wilson and its people with a singular selflessness. Today, Wilsonians offer their gratitude for a job well done. It’s Bruce Rose Day in the city … more
Religion, speech, press, assembly, petition. If you can recite that list from memory, you’re ahead of 96% of American adults, according to the Freedom Forum Institute’s 2019 State of the … more
No one owns the law, because the law belongs to everyone. It’s a principle that seems so obvious that most people wouldn’t give it a second thought. But that’s what is at issue in Georgia v. … more
In an era in which live sporting events routinely are scrutinized to the inch and micro-millisecond using super-high-definition replays, we are not permitted the same access to footage that, unlike … more
THUMBS UP to the Wilson Downtown Development Corp. for preserving tradition and easing community concerns by restoring “Christmas” to the Historic Downtown Wilson Christmas Parade’s … more
County commissioners can hear you — they just aren’t listening. That’s the only conclusion we can reach following a Wilson Times audit of constituent email contact with the Wilson County … more
There’s Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade or the 2000 “hanging chad” election, but, for the most part, cases before the U.S. Supreme Court are pretty dull. Aside from criminal … more
You may not know much about working conditions for reporters who cover the state legislature in Raleigh. But maybe you should. They’ve been consigned to a room in a basement. Or exiled or … more
Just a couple of years ago, we believed America’s military services had finally begun to deal effectively with a huge and out-of-control problem: a virulent epidemic of sexual assaults. The problem … more
Under the guise of preventing mass shootings, North Carolina lawmakers tried to chip away at the Second Amendment this week. State Rep. Christy Clark, D-Mecklenburg, called a Thursday press … more
Congress could do more than pay lip service to the U.S. Constitution on the 232nd anniversary of its signing today. If they’re serious about honoring the ultimate source of federal, state and … more
Author, businessman and decorated Marine veteran Karl Marlantes wrote, “When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn’t over for the veterans, or the family. It’s just starting.” In 1968, … more
Editor’s note: It is, perhaps, the most well-known and beloved newspaper editorial of all time. On Sept. 21, 1897, The New York Sun answered 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s earnest question … more
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