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Maj. Miste Strickland and Capt. Brandon Jenkins of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office decorate a patrol SUV in honor of fallen Deputy Jared Allison, who died in an on-duty crash Thanksgiving Day and is set to be buried Friday.

Friday funeral planned for fallen Nash deputy

NASHVILLE — The Nash County Sheriff’s Office has announced funeral arrangements for a deputy who died in a Thanksgiving Day crash. Jared Michael Allison, 26, died Tuesday from injuries …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Wilson, state see record COVID case counts; free drive-thru testing offered Friday

Wilson County set a record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases this week.  Officials reported 66 new cases on Thursday and 68 the day prior. Patients identified in Thursday’s positive …
Manual Physical Therapy owner Kelly Vitale has lit up her home at 7952 Bridgeview Road south of Rocky Mount for the holidays and is inviting folks to enjoy the music-synched show while donating to Veterans Residential Services of Wilson. The light show runs from 5 p.m. to midnight every day with free hot chocolate served on Saturdays.

Merry with a mission: Holiday light show gives back to area veterans

What started as family fun for a Wilson business owner has grown into a fundraiser for area veterans with an elaborate light show. “The biggest thing for us is we have fun, but 100% of what …
Butterfield

Butterfield to succeed John Lewis in House leadership role

WASHINGTON — Rep. G.K. Butterfield will serve as one of two top lieutenants to Majority Whip Jim Clyburn when the 117th Congress is installed next month.  Butterfield, D-Wilson, joins …
Thomas Webb stands in a recently harvested field of corn that was irrigated with a pivot, which helped him produce one of Webb Family Farms' best-ever corn crops.

Crop diversity keeps guest workers busy

STANTONSBURG — Wilson County farmer Thomas Webb understands the value of crop diversity, managing labor and sharing equipment across two farming entities. Armed with a field crops technology …
Janet Holland, Wilson land development manager, speaks during a Tuesday planning board meeting about a rezoning request for a half-acre of land along Baybrooke Drive. Engineer Robert Bartlett also spoke during the meeting.

Rezoning request would unite 11-acre parcel 

A half-acre portion of the Walkers Trace subdivision received an initial rezoning Tuesday to unite with a larger parcel’s residential mixed-use zone.  “At the request of the N.C. …
Gov. Roy Cooper arrives for a June press briefing on the COVID-19 virus at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

Wilson County reports 2 COVID deaths; North Carolina planning for vaccine

Wilson County reported two new deaths associated with COVID-19 on Tuesday.  Officials say the patients were Accordius Health residents. One was a woman in her late 70s, while the other …
Elm City Emergency Services Capt. Michael Lamm stands next to one of the agency's two ambulances. Operated since 1983, the agency closed its doors on Thanksgiving Day.

Elm City Emergency Services, Stantonsburg EMS close doors; agencies struggled to find volunteers

Emergency medical services agencies in Elm City and Stantonsburg have ceased operation due to membership declines and funding issues. In a Nov. 26 Facebook post, Elm City Emergency Services Inc. …
Allison

‘Ultimate sacrifice’: Nash County deputy dies from crash injuries

A Nash County deputy injured in a Thanksgiving Day crash has died. Jared Michael Allison, 26, who’s been hospitalized at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with brain damage since Nov. 26, …
Billy Ray Marshall, 54, was found dead on June 25 on the 1200 block of Ward Boulevard near Buddy's Home Furnishings and the Speedway convenience. His autopsy indicates Marshall died as a result of a stab wound to the neck.

Autopsy: Man died of stab wound

A Wilson man whose body was found on Ward Boulevard in June died as a result of a stab wound to the neck, his autopsy report states.  Billy Ray Marshall, 54, was found June 25 on the 1200 …
Tasha "Tott" Williams, 43, has been found safe. Contributed photo

Police: Missing woman found safe 

Police say a woman who was reported missing in November has been found safe.  Officials say 43-year-old Tasha L. Williams, who goes by the nickname “Tott,” has returned home. …

Officers investigate Sunday shooting

Wilson police are investigating a Sunday night shooting. Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Hines Street just before 7 p.m. and found 23-year-old Antonio D. Anderson with a gunshot wound …
Students gather around Frederick Douglass Elementary School fourth grade teacher Courtney Beckstead's computer in the pre-COVID-19 days during the 2019-20 school year's first nine-week grading period.

46% of Wilson County Schools students failed a class in 1st grading period

In the first nine weeks in this school year, 46% of Wilson County Schools students in grades 3-12 failed a class, according to data supplied by the district. Students were in remote learning during …
Samora Naturals store associate Briona Chavis hand-mixes a batch of Coffee Lovers Face & Body Scrub while shop owner Shawna Moses pours in one of the ingredients.

Entrepreneurs wanted for Wilson business accelerator program

When Shawna Moses was accepted into a business accelerator program in February, she never imagined how invaluable the assistance would be. “Before COVID hit, business was definitely very, …
Knight

Drop-in day care center a dream come true

Wilson parents looking for impromptu child care have a new option with Ms. Knight’s Drop-In Playhouse. The Airport Boulevard business has been a dream of owner Tawana Knight’s since she was a …
Jennings

Murder convict could be paroled in husband’s killing

A woman who’s spent three decades in prison for fatally beating and torturing her elderly husband in a Wilson hotel is eligible for parole.  A Wilson County jury convicted 78-year-old …
A worker walks under the BB&T towers as an excavator works to smash out the first-story glass facade on one tower Tuesday in preparation for the eight-story buildings' December implosion.

BB&T towers’ demolition scheduled for Dec. 19

Decades after becoming an iconic sight in historic downtown Wilson, the BB&T towers will fall to the ground in a simultaneous implosion at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. “Many city departments …
Sallenger

Wilson County charts spike in suicide attempts

In the wake of a pandemic, social unrest and financial instability, Wilson County has seen a rise in suicide attempts in 2020. The Wilson Police Department and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office …
ELECTION 2020 CENTRAL

Why Democrats did poorly in North Carolina

Thirty days out from North Carolina’s 2020 elections, we now have greater perspective on what happened. Cut it and slice it any way you want, the elections were a disaster for Democrats who …

Voters say no to discrimination

When political shorthand gets it wrong

‘Defund the police’ undid the Democrats

States, voters share uneasy balance of power

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Hunt’s Alex Williams (3) flicks the ball at the net as Fike’s Mallory Jenkins (7) and Avery Lentz defend during Wednesday’s match at Fike. The Lady Warriors won in four games to remain unbeaten in 3-A Big East Conference play.

Hanging on to first place: Hunt holds off Fike in Big East battle

Whether the Hunt High varsity volleyball team knew its winning streak against Fike stretches back to 2014, the Lady Warriors found themselves in quite a struggle to win for a 14th straight time …

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LOCAL HEADLINES

Wilson County COVID cases soar: 1 death, facility outbreak reported 

Community Briefs: Free coffee for veterans offered

Celebrating successful food drive

She adds a twist to fitness routine

Barton gives back to community

Weathercast: Temps to plunge as high pressure takes hold

Wilson reports virus death, 159 new cases; Jones Elementary halts in-person classes

Wilson City Council approves 4 items in 4 minutes

Nash deputy fighting for his life after Thanksgiving Day crash

Heed the call of Christmas' spirit of giving

Wilson native earns engineering degree

Barbershop, nonprofit feed 300

Registration open for Save-A-Youth computer program

Weathercast: Low pressure to increase shower, storm chances

College honors faculty, staff members of the year

Pet of the week: Friday the cat gets along with big, small dogs

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

Winstead named to NC A&T alumni council

Community Briefs: Firehouse to host blood drive

DSS: Brighten holidays for older adults and youth

Who was convicted in Wilson County Superior Court?

‘A little bit of light in these dark times’: Annual light show starts Friday

Wilson County Public Library names new books

Nash deputy in critical condition after traffic stop crash

Thanksgiving is one meal, and yet so much more

Thanksgiving baskets delivered

Supreme Court blocks NY governor's coronavirus limits on houses of worship

Tacos join turkey for couple’s Thanksgiving food giveaway

Salvation Army starts holiday fundraising, Angel Tree campaigns

Stores work to keep holiday shoppers safe and happy

Pocket confetti

Collection day doubles pesticide poundage

Officials urge Wilson to follow mask mandate; executive order includes criminal penalties

'We're doing it for Cannon': Boy’s family funds playground renovation, Miracle Field

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 …
WEATHERCAST

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Weathercast: Temps to plunge as high pressure takes hold

A strong Canadian high pressure system is forecast to build into the Wilson Times area Tuesday, keeping high temperatures in the upper 40s. A west wind around 10 mph, occasionally gusting to 15, …

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JOHNSTONIAN NEWS
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

With Smithfield surgeon’s help, a Golden Knight aims to soar again

Virtual learning begins to fray parent, teacher relationships

Roundtable to tackle racism in education

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‘COVID shaming’ targets virus patients

My first cousin, Beth, has found herself the victim of COVID-19 — twice.  First, she contracted the virus, despite following recommended precautions, then, when her affliction made it …

LIFE
Full services return in classroom: In-person learning benefits county’s exceptional children

Exceptional children resource teacher Lisa Harrison could see her fourth grade student was having trouble with the reading lesson. With in-the-moment precision, Harrison made eye contact, helped …

SPORTS
College Sports
The waiting game: Barton players return home before whirlwind season begins

For the first time in his memory, visions of zone presses and boxing out weren’t dancing through Ron Lievense’s head at Thanksgiving. So the Barton College men’s basketball coach …

Black helps No. 14 UNC top Stanford 67-63 in Maui semifinals

Izzo, Spartans finally win at Cameron

Davis, Brooks help No. 14 UNC top UNLV 78-51 in Maui tourney

Gonzaga, Baylor stay atop AP Top 25; Va. Tech, Richmond in

School Sports
Lake Wilson 12U seizes Downeast Fall League title

Sweeping each match in its final two outings, the Lake Wilson Tennis Club 12U Beavers concluded its Downeast Fall League Junior Team Tennis season with a championship by throttling their final two …

‘Bow therapy’ can be needed stress reliever at times

McGuire, Sutton cop WSCC women’s titles

No harm, no foul

Lake Wilson 12U, 18U Green both improve to 5-1