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President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administers the Constitutional Oath to Amy Coney Barrett on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday after Barrett was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the evening.

Senate confirms Barrett to Supreme Court; new justice takes oath at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, with Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s …
Ben Justice, Goshen Medical Center clinical staff member, holds a test tube while family nurse practitioner Aixa Kimes places a complete swab in the tube for a COVID-19 test in Wilson earlier this year. Free drive-thru testing returns to Wilson on Nov. 7.

Wilson County reports 108 new COVID cases since Friday; free drive-thru testing available

Wilson County reported 108 new COVID-19 cases over a three-day period, as well as another death related to the virus. Wilson County Health Director Teresa Ellen said a man in his early 50s with …
Claudia Baker, executive director of Veterans Residential Services of Wilson, shows a bare freezer at the agency's headquarters. Baker said demand for food among homeless and at-risk veterans has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. As fast as the agency receives food, it goes right back to those who need it most.

Pandemic especially hard on some veterans

Over the past several months, Claudia Baker has seen up close how COVID-19 has affected a particular population. “The world as it is now for my veterans is like they’re fighting their own …
Voters line up to cast a ballot Monday morning at the Wilson County Board of Elections office on Douglas Street in historic downtown Wilson. Early voting continues from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the elections office, the Wilson County Administrative building on Miller Road and the Wilson County Rescue Squad on Tarboro Street. Brie Handgraaf | Times

Early voting going ‘smoothly’

With one week until Election Day, roughly 37% of Wilson County voters have cast a ballot at one-stop sites or through mail-in voting. “Actually, I am very, very pleased,” said Wilson County …
Eyes on Main Street workers, from left, Dales Trump, Wesley Trump, Maria Popowitch, Darick Davis and Theresa Scott, hang an oversized print on the old Wilson Upholstery building in downtown Wilson.

‘Gigantic’ photo exhibit begins: Eyes on Main Street in 6th year

One in every five photographs at this year’s Eyes on Main Street exhibition will be oversized. Some 100 prints from 100 photographers representing 45 countries around the world have been going …
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Wilson County Sheriff's Office to implement de-escalation training

By year’s end, the entire Wilson County Sheriff’s Office staff will have another tool when it comes to communicating with the public it serves. Sheriff Calvin Woodard said two detention …
Coastal Posh Boutique owner Regina Medlin, from left, browses clothing Friday with customer Ashley Parrish. The Brentwood shop opened in September.

Pandemic presents business opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to businesses, but many Wilson entrepreneurs have used the experience to evolve. • For example, Coastal Posh Boutique owner Regina Medlin …
Delmer Langley holds a hemp seedling at DEL Hemp Farms in Wilson County.

Wilson County company sees future in smokeable hemp

For Delmer Langley, founder and CEO of DEL Hemp Farms, the hemp learning curve has been steep. “I have had a lot of ups and downs,” Langley said earlier this month at his rural western Wilson …
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Retired Wilson fire chief receives national honor

Former Wilson Fire Chief Don Oliver has been named to the National Fire Heritage Center’s Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders. “Don has served in the fire services of several states, the …
A bowl of candy is filled and waiting for Halloween.

Plan to go trick-or-treating Saturday? Officials have recommendations for safe fun

With Halloween on Saturday, families have been wondering what changes they will see here, if any, because of the pandemic. The city of Wilson traditionally has not regulated Halloween …
Vendors will have items for sale in a virtual vendor marketplace this year.

NC Whirligig Festival plans virtual, in-person events

For months, the 20-person N.C. Whirligig Festival Committee has worked to develop a plan for the 16th annual festival, knowing that the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic would probably prevent a large-scale, …
Scott Bryant and Willie Person steer their respective cars on Oct. 17 during the Dirt Oval Club Race at Thunder Alley R/C Speedway and the World of R/C Parts on U.S. 301 in Lucama.

Size not an issue for these motorheads: Former flea market becomes RC car track

LUCAMA — Unlike their full-scale counterparts, the cars racing around the track at Thunder Alley let out more of a whir than a roar as they whip past spectators. “Anyone who wants to get into …
Pictured is Wilson County's radio tower, which provides emergency communications. The county's 911 center recently received a grant to replace an aging generator that will provide reliable backup power to the tower.

Thanks to grant, Wilson County replacing generator

Grant funding will make it possible for Wilson County to replace its aging radio tower generator. That radio tower is critical and has transmitters the county’s 911 center uses to relay calls …
Artist Frans van Baars illustrated the long lines of voters at the Wilson County Board of Elections on Douglas Street.
2020 Election

Polling places painted for posterity

When early voting began in Wilson, artist Frans van Baars couldn’t believe the turnout. Van Baars, 84, lives two doors down from Wilson County Board of Elections building on Douglas …
Arturo Hernandez, top, and Valentin Perez, both workers with Evolve Companies, frame up an Evolve at Heritage Apartments building Friday on U.S. 264 Alternate in western Wilson.

New apartments going skyward

Motorists along Raleigh Road Parkway may have noticed progress being made on the new Evolve at Heritage Apartments. Just west of the Hubert Vester Chevrolet dealership, carpenters are framing up …
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Wilson police seize 5 kilos of meth; 2 charged with trafficking

Two men were jailed after Wilson police seized 5 kilograms of crystal meth in a traffic stop earlier this month.  Police arrested 32-year-old Irving Gomez-Herrera of Atlanta and 42-year-old …
Hill

2nd suspect charged in shooting that injured 5 people

A second suspect faces attempted first-degree murder charges in connection to a Sept. 12 shooting that left five people injured.  Twenty-two-year-old Cameron Malik Hill of Wilson is charged …
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Man charged in July shooting

Police arrested a Wilson man Thursday in connection to a July shooting that left a man injured.  Jeremy H. Guion, 29, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. …
Alisia Ratliff, technical director at Avient Biosciences' analytical laboratory, holds two grades of distillate being produced from hemp at the company's new Wilson facility.

Industrial hemp plant opens doors: ‘In Wilson, we will be selling to the world’

Avient Biosciences, an industrial hemp research and extraction facility launched in Wilson this week, expects to double the number of employees in the next three months as it ramps up production at …
Barnes Elementary School Principal Claudia Spencer watches as Ava Spruill, a kindergartner, waves to her parent after being dropped off at school Thursday.

Students return to classroom: It’s their first time back since March 13

For the first time in more than seven months, Wilson County Schools classrooms were occupied with children, albeit mask-wearing children. The district’s schools have been vacant of their student …
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Wilson Christian junior Will Hoskins (8) leads the break downfield during Saturday’s NCCSA 2-A quarterfinals match against Cramerton Christian at WCA. Hoskins had four goals and an assist in the Chargers’ 9-0 victory. Paul Durham | Times

Chargers click in runaway win over Cramerton Christian

With an adept display of passing, particularly within the opponent’s 18-yard line, Wilson Christian dazzled Cramerton Christian 9-0 in a mercy rule-shortened quarterfinals match in the North …

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LOCAL HEADLINES

Wilson County Public Library announces new books

Community Briefs: Virtual veterans’ job fair slated

Wilson Arts accepting grant applications for pandemic relief

City workers raise $126,000 for United Way

Memorial service honors hospice patients

NC Whirligig Festival embraces fitness

WCC practical nursing pass rate at 100%

Nash charts 4 coronavirus deaths in single day

Halloween Booze It & Lose It campaign underway

Bailey Fire Department vandalized

Weathercast: Zeta’s remnants could bring showers, gusty winds

Insurance commissioner: Medicare scams on the rise

Artificial intelligence is fighting the pandemic

Pet of the week: Lucy seeks loving home

Deed transfers: Who bought, sold property in Wilson County?

Wilson County reports 30 new COVID-19 cases

Weathercast: Mild temps, clear skies until midweek

Preparing for the surgery (degree)

Automatic extinguisher quashes cooking fire

We must start being honest with ourselves

New film has Wilson connection

Senior center receives $900,000 grant

Family of educators launches barbecue sauce

252 Black Wall Street plans Sunday networking session

2 deaths, 51 more cases confirmed

Rotary's polio eradication efforts persist through pandemic

Board approves $1 million in school improvements

Flu vaccine, blood donation both help save lives

Grandchildren’s youthful joy, frozen in time

Plastic twist ties useful, versatile and at risk

Broken specs set stage for a day of bad luck

Deed transfers: Who bought, sold property in Wilson County?

State remains in Phase 3 as COVID-19 cases surge

3 robbery suspects captured

Wreck sends 2 to hospital

Drive-thru business expo set for Saturday

Wilson County reports 14 new coronavirus cases; hospitalizations increase

THE BLACK EXPERIENCE
Randolph Sessoms, who served as Wilson County Schools' first African American superintendent, is pictured at his home near the Buckhorn community.

Leveling the playing field in education: Sessoms reflects on career in leadership

As the youngest of nine children in a rural Wilson County tenant farming family, Randolph Sessoms grew up to be Wilson County Schools’ first African American superintendent. “We grew …
Dante Pittman listens to Ruth Baines, curator at the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum, which celebrates African American history in Wilson County.

Black history often untold: Wilson native says museum helps fill educational gaps

Since moving back home to Wilson, Dante Pittman has visited the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum several times. “I am always blown away when I walk in and read,” Pittman said. The …
Bettie Applewhite of Wilson spent 25 years working in and around Washington for the federal government and the private sector before returning to Wilson in 2004.

Raising a child on a maid’s wages: College instructor’s mother was live-in domestic worker

When Bettie Applewhite was about 9, she remembers discovering that it was awfully hard to find a Black kid on television. Her rural Wilson County family had just installed a black and white …
Wilson resident Joan Pender Davis holds racial segregation placards she's collected over the years.

Segregation left lasting impressions

Joan Davis remembers the way things were when she was growing up in Wilson. The 77-year-old said the railroad tracks that slice through downtown Wilson were a line of demarcation with white on the …
Paul Sherrod, 86, stands in the mezzanine of The Boykin Center. Before the civil rights movement, African-Americans had to watch movies and shows from the top floor.

Sherrod sees changes upon return to Wilson

Civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ recent death caused Paul Sherrod to think about how far the nation has come and how far it has to go. Sherrod grew up trucking tobacco and picking …
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Weathercast: Zeta’s remnants could bring showers, gusty winds

Mostly sunny skies, after some early morning fog, and mild temperatures are forecast for the Wilson Times area Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures both days should get to the 76- to 78-degree …

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Son to face murder charges in parents’ deaths

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office plans to charge a 53-year-old man with murdering his parents. On Oct. 4, sheriff’s deputies went to 960 Olivia Way, Selma, to conduct on well-being check …

Former Kenly police officer pleads guilty

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Virtual learning begins to fray parent, teacher relationships

Roundtable to tackle racism in education

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Can we agree on some tax concepts?

Taxes are almost always a big part of political elections. Questions about who pays taxes, whether taxes are too high or too low and complexities in the tax system are usually parts of debates and …

LIFE
Students learn on 3D anatomy program

In the Barton College anatomy lab, shelves are filled with giant eyeballs and ears, cutaway brain models, dismembered and skinless arms and legs and a box of bones sitting next to a skull on a …

SPORTS
College Sports
Blue Devils dealing with injuries after off week

Duke football is back on the game-week preparation clock following a open date, but not everybody has returned to the practice field. The struggling Blue Devils (1-5) continue to struggle with …

Looking back on one of the greatest finishes in college basketball history

Tar Heels win the turf war with Wolfpack

Thomas accounts for 5 TDs as App State beats Arkansas State

No. 14 Tar Heels, No. 23 Wolfpack meet in instate rivalry

School Sports
Unbeaten weekend pushes ‘06 Explosion into Piedmont Conference showdown

IRMO, S.C. — A 2-1 victory and a scoreless tie over the weekend of Oct. 17-18 left the Wilson Youth Soccer Association ‘06 Explosion undefeated in U.S. Youth Soccer’s National …

Wilson City Little League Glance

The fish are still smarter but I’m learning

Lake Wilson 14U beginners cap unbeaten season

Mulligans Fore Kids golf tourney endures