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Coronavirus Crisis

County reports 13 new COVID-19 cases; hospitalizations up statewide 

County health officials reported 13 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, none of which were facility related. Of the county’s 758 total positive COVID-19 cases, 73% of people have recovered, according …
The K&W Cafeteria sign was removed from the Wilson Mall location after officials failed to reach an agreement during lease negotiations.

K&W Cafeteria closes Wilson location

After four decades in Wilson, K&W Cafeteria will no longer be a part of the city’s restaurant options. “When we last spoke, there was an option on the table to negotiate a renewal …
Bautista-Osorio

Man sentenced in wife's 2011 stabbing

A former Wilson man who was wanted for nearly a decade will spend several years in prison after authorities say he stabbed his wife and fled with their son.  Rey Fernando Bautista-Osorio …
Simons

Wilson Chamber of Commerce offers affordable health care option

Wilson has a new option for small businesses to offer employees affordable health care. “Ever since the Affordable Care Act became law, the chamber has been exploring ways for our members to …
Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is located at 403 Crestview Ave.

Officials clarify Wilson Pines’ virus stats; Wilson County sees 20th COVID-19 death

Officials are clarifying information on a COVID-19 outbreak reported Tuesday at Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  “After additional clarification from Wilson Pines, the …
Gatling

Teen charged in elderly man's killing

A Wilson teen faces a murder charge in connection to Sunday’s killing of a 78-year-old man.  Police have arrested 18-year-old Alin J. Gatling in the shooting death of Donald G. Aycock …
Lawmakers, aides and members of the public and press begin filing into the North Carolina Senate chamber before new senators take the oath of office as the General Assembly opens its 2017 session.
SPECIAL COMMENTARY

Done in the dark, Senate Bill 168 should be undone in sunlight

Everyone from Ice Cube to Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone thinks state Senate Bill 168 is a bad idea. How apropos that the worst attack on state sunshine laws in recent memory came in the dark of …
Swim America instructor Marty Madar of Wilson helps 4-year-old Sidney Blount learn to float on her back at the Recreation Park pool in June 2017.

COVID-19 cancels Wilson swim classes, day camps

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on many parents’ plans for summer fun, with the city of Wilson announcing Monday that all summer swimming lessons and two weeks of day camps have been …
Contentnea Volunteeer Fire Department firefighters J.D. Sherrod and Darrius Parker spray foam into a Jeep Cherokee's engine compartment Tuesday. The vehicle caught fire while being towed from a motor home on Interstate 95.

Passing motorists help with Jeep fire

Two Florida men were grateful for passing motorists’ help when the Jeep they were towing caught fire Tuesday. Victor Giordano and Matt Weissenbach, both of Tampa, were towing a 2000 Jeep …
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Wilson County Superior Court

Man pleads guilty in 2017 Wilson nightclub shooting 

A man will spend time in prison for his role in a 2017 Wilson nightclub shooting.  Julio Villegas-Perez pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury last week in …
Crews with Fred Smith Co. work on constructing a mammoth StormTrap system in downtown Wilson. The system will slow the release while also filtering stormwater to reduce localized flooding.

Downtown system to reduce flooding

Wilson’s stormwater infrastructure is getting a major upgrade thanks to an underground system being installed downtown. “The flooding that has occurred on Kenan Street will be alleviated …
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WHAT HAPPENED TO TRAVIS LYNCH?

Family searches for spotlight in missing man's case

The family of a man missing for more than a decade now searches for ways to bring his case back into the spotlight. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished without a trace from southern Nash County on …
James Bailey, a former state special agent and retired criminal justice professor, holds a copy of his new self-published book, "History of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation," at the Spring Hope Public Library.

Former special agent pens book on State Bureau of Investigation's history

BAILEY — One of the world’s foremost experts on forensics who’s living an unassuming life in southern Nash County has chronicled the history of the state’s elite …
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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

Johnston leaders welcome pipeline ruling

Fight between family members leads to shooting arrest

Weathercast: Sunny skies for the Fourth of July

'Flowers that fly and all but sing'

Nash soldier encourages youths to enlist in Army

Trash fire destroys storage shed

Garrett Johnson attains Eagle Scout rank

Pandemic gives us a new start at listening

Wilson County reports COVID-19 death, 5th facility outbreak

Weathercast: Expect high midweek storm chances

Nash County sheriff won't enforce COVID-19 mask mandate

Nash County reports 2 coronavirus deaths, bringing county's total to 6

Police investigating Sunday homicide of 78-year-old man

Virus cases spike in Hispanic population

Wilson County Public Library announces new books

Jazz great Freddy Cole dies; Cole had connections to Wilson

Police investigating Sunday homicide of 78-year-old man

Virus response, reopen fights mark North Carolina legislative session

Even before virus, communities were feeling loss of local newspapers

Cooper signs bill giving teachers a $350 bonus

Pandemic won't stop entrepreneurs: Former quick lube manager opening Synergy Auto Care

Wilson County deed transfers for the week of June 15-19

Wilson County deed transfers for the week of June 8-12

Getting back to more than the basics

Officials report more COVID-19 cases here Saturday

Weathercast: Hot, dry weekend, then a chance of storms on Tuesday

Pet of the week: Playful, lovable Rex seeks fur-ever home

Wilson City Council meeting practices adapt to COVID-19 safety guidelines

Wilson school board haggles over high school tracks' size, cost

Surprise parade honors longtime volunteer Jerney Minshew

Before you call 911, make sure it's not a controlled burn: Wheat fields on fire a common sight after harvest

Barton professor named William C. Friday fellow, one of only 24 in state

Celebrity cat surprises owner with legal demands

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Fike quarterback Josh Avery takes the snap during an offensive drill at Fike's first official practice of the season two years ago. Summer workouts will be different this year because of COVID-19 athletic protocols.

COVID-19 athletic protocols challenge schools

Superintendent Lane Mills told the Wilson County Board of Education on Monday that while school athletics will start July 6, programs will be “very, very limited.” “You …
Colton High hangs a bird feeder outside resident windows at Wilson House Assisted Living and Memory Care on Monday.

Church group hopes bird feeders will brighten assisted living home residents' lives

Volunteers hung 28 bird feeders outside windows at Wilson House Assisted Living and Memory Care in the hopes that they’ll attract colorful winged visitors to brighten residents’ …
D. Lobo, of the city of Wilson sign shop, removes the Josephus Daniels historical marker from Tarboro Street Thursday.

City manager had Daniels marker removed

Wilson City Manager Grant Goings explained to council members Thursday night how the city became involved in removing Josephus Daniels’ historical marker earlier that day. Goings said he …
Tempers flared between Tom Fyle, left, and Michael Bell at Thursday night's Wilson City Council meeting. Times archive

Two city councilmen feud during race discussion

Tempers flared between councilmen Thursday night during a discussion about the racial divide in Wilson and across the country. “Mr. Mayor, it is time for action. Racism is real,” said …
Artist Jose Luis Vilchez and Theresa Boye paint a mural on the side of Art Happens on Tarboro in downtown Wilson last year. The Wilson City Council has delayed action on eliminating the permit requirement for temporary signs and broadening the scope of murals in downtown.

Wilson City Council waits on sign, mural rule changes

After a short debate, the Wilson City Council on Monday opted to delay action on eliminating the permit requirement for temporary signs and allowing larger murals downtown.  Council members …
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Weathercast: Sunny skies for the Fourth of July

The Wilson Times area is set for sunshine and typical eastern North Carolina summertime heat over the long Independence Day weekend. While there is a chance of a scattered shower or thunderstorm, …

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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
Baseball is back: Tobs mask River Bandits in exhibition opener
It was the seventh inning of Friday’s 2020 exhibition opener for the Wilson Tobs, and “Cotton Eye Joe” blared over the Fleming … Read More
Mayor Stevens' weekly video update
Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens discusses the Executive Order 147 from Gov. Roy Cooper and the statewide mandatory mask requirement in … Read More
Wilson removes Josephus Daniels historical marker: Family cited his 'indefensible positions on race'
Wilson city workers on Thursday removed a historical marker paying tribute to Josephus Daniels, who’s widely regarded as a white … Read More
Mayor Stevens' weekly video update
Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens delivered his weekly update Monday, June 15, in video format on his Facebook page. Read More
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THE ENTERPRISE
State rehires probation officer after alleged affair with probationer

NASHVILLE — A Rocky Mount man charged with extortion for confronting a female probation officer over a purported tryst with one of her probationers is upset the state quietly rehired her to …

New leads bring hope to missing man's mother

Nash schools distribute message about racist social media posts

New general surgery practice to open in Rocky Mount

Cool cops hand out shaved ice on hot day

JOHNSTONIAN NEWS
Southern National ready to go racing

LUCAMA — This time of year, the grandstands at Southern National Motorsports Park are usually filled with fans cheering on their favorite drivers on the asphalt oval. But since early March, the …

Clayton police make arrest in 2016 shooting death

Kenly names interim manager

Johnston schools exploring how to reopen

County adopts $253 million budget: Commissioners add $2 million to schools’ request

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Don't discriminate against Southern history

Hal Tarleton’s commentary on Confederate statues (“Confederate statues’ days are numbered,” June 19) is illustrative of the problems with so much modern thinking on this …

LIFE
Can’t say no to this cookie dough

I remember it was a treat to lick cake batter from the beaters when Mama made cakes, but I don’t remember trying raw chocolate cookie dough. It just doesn’t appeal to me, but I know many folks …

SPORTS
College Sports
Tobs blast Locos in exhibition play, 14-2

The Wilson Tobs kept up its stingy exhibition offensive approach Sunday night, scoring in each trip to the plate en route to toppling the High Point-Thomasville Locos 14-2 in six innings at Fleming …

Tobs enter condensed CPL season with confidence

No fans in the stands: As Phase 2 continues, Tobs home games closed to public

Bulldogs commence barking for Conference Carolinas football

Tobs to bring back Grauer, sign 2 other LHPs

School Sports
Not yet Elite: Wilson sunk by Battleships in summer league opener

ROCKY MOUNT — A three-plus month absence from the baseball in a competitive capacity for members of Wilson Team Elite showed on occasion during Monday’s independent summer league opener …

Combine camping, off-road for new experience

Hang on! Baseball, racing are around the corner

Wilson Cup set to return Aug. 30-31

An uncommon summer: Promising roster set for Wilson Team Elite

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