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Coronavirus Crisis

4 new cases here; state sees highest one-day positive cases

  From staff reports Four new cases of COVID-19 were added to Wilson County’s tally on Saturday, bringing the total to 428 cases. Of those cases, 300 have recovered. There are 17 …
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3 Wilson Rehabilitation and Nursing Center workers test positive for COVID-19

Wilson County reported 13 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. Three of the new patients are staff members at Wilson Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Tarboro Street.  On Wednesday, Wilson …
Alma Smolen always wanted to ride a motorcycle, so a friend recently fulfilled the 91-year-old woman's wish. Contributed photo

From war to pandemic, flea market vendor has seen and worked it all

World War II stole Alma Smolen’s chance at a normal childhood when she was just 10 years old. With frequent bombings across London, she found respite in working. Eight decades later, she …
Jeff Bell, executive director of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, stands adjacent to the CBS/NBC whirligig.

Park relaunches WhirliKids sponsorship effort

The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park has relaunched its WhirliKids naming sponsorship project for the newly restored CBS/NBC whirligig. Sponsorships help organizers offset the cost of maintaining, …
Maurice Barnes delivers an impassioned prayer in front of protesters on the Wilson County Courthouse steps Sunday afternoon.

Interfaith walk for justice planned Sunday

Wilson’s faith leaders will join with local officials and neighbors downtown Sunday in a racial justice march. “The ‘It Ends Now’ march of faith and community leaders was organized to show …
John Winslow and his girlfriend Caroline Herring enjoy a beer Thursday on the Downtown Public House patio.

Brewery, taproom or bar? Businessmen navigate reopening process

Even if Gov. Roy Cooper sides with the legislature in reopening bars, Carolina Billiards owner Bill Houston isn’t sure it will help since business will be limited to outdoor …
Dior’s House of Weave’s windows and door locks were damaged Sunday night after a peaceful protest turned violent. The business, now closed, is located at the corner of Nash and Douglas streets.

Shop owner closes up: Not willing to risk more vandalism

Less than 48 hours after the windows were shattered at Dior’s House of Weave, a “for lease” sign was posted on plywood covering the shuttered downtown business. The day after a peaceful …

Protest charges include inciting riot, theft

Wilson police charged more than a dozen individuals in connection to Sunday night’s protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Charges range from inciting a riot to …
A group of young men rides through Nash Street on Sunday evening as protests erupt near the Wilson County Courthouse.  Drew C. Wilson | Times

23 damage reports follow protest

A clearer picture has emerged on how much damage Wilson businesses sustained in Sunday night’s civil unrest following a day of peaceful protest. In addition to property damage, at least two …
The budget approved by the Wilson County Board of Commissioners includes capital improvements at the Wilson County Public Library.

Commissioners adopt $103.8M county budget

Commissioners unanimously adopted the 2020-21 county budget without raising property taxes Tuesday night. A public hearing was held prior to the vote at the Wilson County Agricultural Center. No …
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Thousands watch protest in downtown Wilson

Free Staff writer Drew Wilson reported live as thousands watched the protest in downtown Wilson. Now he's here again for the clean up

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LOCAL HEADLINES

Weathercast: Expect plenty of warmth, but less humidity

As demonstrations grip US, new COVID-19 cases reported

US unemployment drops unexpectedly to a still-high 13.3%

New library books available

Another Wilson COVID-19 Forum in June

Community college students receive CARES Act funds

Community briefs: Food giveaway planned Monday

Protest charges include inciting riot, theft

Wilson County names new tax administrator

Making peace

2 nursing home deaths reported this week: Wilson Rehab and Nursing Center reports 16 virus cases

Rosenstein says he wouldn't approve Russia warrant now

'One Wilson' stands in solidarity for George Floyd

Works of Yeats, Achebe come to mind during turbulent times

Wilson County reports COVID-19 death and 4th facility outbreak

Wilson County Schools names top teacher, principal

Peaceful protest unites residents, police in Spring Hope

Greenfield School graduates 18

Wilson County reports 5 new COVID-19 patients; active cases continue to decline

Wilson man charged with murder in fatal Friday shooting

Artists lend talents to replace broken windows

Active COVID-19 cases continue to decline

Crews put out Burger King blaze

Testing sites listed on NCDHHS website

Stocks open higher as investors hope for economic recovery

9 states, DC vote amid coronavirus pandemic, social unrest

Family, friends march to remember A.J. McAllister

Quiet night in Wilson; curfew starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday

Retired troopers: Crash likely didn't cause man's disappearance

Middlesex grabs federal grant for town vehicles, equipment

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This photo shows a 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix similar to the one Travis Lynch drove when he disappeared on Christmas Eve 2003. Retired state troopers believe the car would have been found by now if it had been wrecked on the roadside.
WHAT HAPPENED TO TRAVIS LYNCH?

Retired troopers: Crash likely didn't cause man's disappearance

A Wilson man who disappeared in southern Nash County more than a decade ago would more than likely have been found if he ran his car off the road as a suspect in the case contends, according to …
Michelle Brown, senior planner for the city of Wilson, hands out cards at the Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market earlier this month reminding residents to turn in their census information.

More than 4 in 10 Wilsonians haven't taken census: City, county urge participation

While Wilson’s 2020 census self-response rate continues to increase, local officials continue to push for residents in both the city and county to make themselves count.  The U.S. …
Joan B. Gibbs, director of music for the last 35 years at First Presbyterian Church in Wilson, is retiring.

Making music at church for 35 years: Joan Gibbs retiring from First Presbyterian

Joan Gibbs said her favorite moments as a music director have been when multigenerational choirs came together to sing as one. Gibbs is retiring as director of music ministries for First …
T. Sharp and his pig Hudson won the prize for grand champion market hog in a statewide virtual livestock show.

Wilson youths win virtual livestock show prizes

When it came time to watch results come in for the “Showing From Home” Virtual Livestock Show, the Sharp family about tore the house down hearing the winners. T. Sharp was among the top …
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State treasurer: Wilson better prepared to bounce back from COVID-19 than some other NC cities

Wilson is set to fare better than other North Carolina cities in the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic aftermath and the expected loss of tax revenues, according to State Treasurer Dale …
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Weathercast: Expect plenty of warmth, but less humidity

After a chance of showers or thunderstorms Saturday, the Wilson Times area should enjoy several days of less humid but otherwise typical June weather. Temperatures Saturday will get close to 90 …

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101 take drive-thru COVID-19 test
With health conditions that place Cynthia Lucas at high risk for COVID-19, the Wilson woman jumped at the chance to get tested … Read More
Wilson Academy of Applied Technology celebrates 1st graduating class
The Wilson Academy of Applied Technology handed diplomas and degrees to its first class of graduates Saturday. “In 2016 we opened … Read More
Prayer for Our City: Pastor Bobby Harrell, Wave Church
Pastor Bobby Harrell of Wave Church delivered this week’s Prayer for Our City on Wednesday with an introduction by Wilson Mayor … Read More
Prayer for Our City: Pastor Dameion L. Royal of Contending for the Faith Church Ministries
Pastor Dameion L. Royal of Contending for the Faith Church Ministries delivered Friday’s Prayer for Our City with an introduction by … Read More
Prayer for Our City: Rev. Lamont Foster Sr., St. John AME Zion Church
Rev. Lamont Foster Sr. of St. John AME Zion Church delivered Wednesday’s Prayer for Our City with an introduction by Wilson Mayor … Read More
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Man sentenced to federal prison time in Nash County's biggest drug bust

A man captured during the biggest heroin bust in Nash County history has been sentenced to four years in federal prison. Luis Octavio Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 32, previously pleaded guilty to possession …

Spring Hope shooting tied to long federal prison term

Southern Nash restaurants reopen dining rooms: 'Phase 2' brings business boost

Nash County reports 4th coronavirus death

Murder suspect can bail out of jail

JOHNSTONIAN NEWS
Johnston schools name new superintendent

SMITHFIELD — Eric Bracy is moving next door. The superintendent of Sampson County schools will take the helm of Johnston County schools on July 1. The Johnston County Board of Education …

‘It doesn’t make any sense’: Governor allows restaurants with bars to reopen, but standalone bars must remain closed

COVID-19 packed a punch, first hospital patient says

Bowling alley owner sad, angry

For restaurants, quick return won’t be easy

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Bystander cops followed leader down deadly path

It took a hard-boiled Minneapolis cop nearly nine minutes to end George Floyd’s life. But it took three other officers’ silence to let it happen. Derek Chauvin, the veteran former …

LIFE
Fruit a good choice for this favorite salad

It’s salad season at my house. I can’t wait for the day this summer that I can walk in my backyard and pick a tomato, cucumber and bell pepper for my salad. That is, perhaps, my favorite part …

SPORTS
College Sports
Social media post puts Barton student’s admission under review

An incoming Barton College freshman continues to hold an admission offer from the school in the wake of a racially insensitive comment posted to social media. However, that acceptance is currently …

Flores, McInerny, Hackney highlight Barton HOF class for 2020

Lewis takes small-town roots to Elizabeth City State

Division II programs will play less games in 2020-21 season

Tobs add 2 catchers to roster

School Sports
Sports can help heal us

Do something. Say something. Stand for something. That’s the message this week as America once again is forced to confront its most uncomfortable issue — racism. I’m not …

Definition of a Little Leaguer – ‘Mali’

Let them be

Barton baseball camps dates pushed back

Fishing keeps us together while we’re apart

Schools
COVID-19 breaks graduation traditions: Class of 2020 to get drive-by diplomas at most schools
For most Wilson County high school seniors, graduating will involve a drive-thru or drive-in commencement. While it might not be … Read More
Student uses soap sales to feed children
Sixth grader Grace Gibson had time on her hands, but she put it to a good use. The 12-year-old Greenfield School student sold … Read More
Virtual art show features student work
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an animated “walk-through”video featuring Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education student … Read More