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Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson, is shown campaigning during the 2018 general election. Gov. Roy Cooper appointed her to serve on the N.C. Employment Security Board of Review, a salaried state position that requires Farmer-Butterfield to vacate her House District 24 seat.

Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield leaves NC House for appointed post

State lawmakers on Wednesday confirmed Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield’s appointment to North Carolina’s appeals board for unemployment benefits, resulting in her resignation from the N.C. …
Days Inn by Wyndham on Tarboro provides a kit to guests with a mask, gloves and wipes upon check-in.

Wilson hotel helps limit COVID-19 spread

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a unique challenge on housing the homeless, but a Wilson hotel has stepped up to protect everyone. “We’re here to help the community,” MTEL …
Samantha Edmundson of Wilson, a customer service representative at the Westview Lanes bowling alley, wipes a table after spraying sanitizer on Wednesday.

Lawsuit allows bowling alleys, including Wilson's, to reopen

A Tuesday court ruling is allowing Westview Lanes and 74 other bowling alleys across the state to defy the governor’s executive order and reopen this week. Bowling alleys were among the …
Local health officials serve as panelists Tuesday during a virtual town hall meeting about COVID-19.

COVID forum addresses herd immunity, masks and testing

Wilson County officials joined health care professionals in a virtual town hall Tuesday to talk about COVID-19, the effectiveness of masks and herd immunity. “Herd immunity is something that …
Wilson County commissioners denied a rezoning request that would have made way for a new Dollar General in the Buckhorn crommunity. The property is located at 8068 N.C. 42 W. outside Kenly, at the N.C. 581 intersection and across from Papa Jack's.

Commissioners reject rezoning request for Buckhorn-area Dollar General

Wilson County commissioners denied a rezoning request to make way for a new Dollar General store in the Buckhorn crossroads area.  Commissioners voted not to rezone the 2.84 acres of land …
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Wilson Energy honored with industry awards for electricity, natural gas

Wilson Energy recently earned national accolades for its electric and natural gas systems. The American Public Power Association announced that Wilson Energy received the Reliable Public Power …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

State issues standing order for COVID-19 testing; 2 Longleaf patients test positive

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services issued a statewide standing order for COVID-19 testing. Officials also announced a temporary order on COVID-19 diagnostic test …
Operators of the Hampton Inn & Suites Wilson I-95, shown here on Thursday, face a discrimination lawsuit in federal court.

Hampton Inn operator rebuffs discrimination claim: 'We handled the incident properly'

A company operating Wilson’s Hampton Inn & Suites I-95 says a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the hotel “has no merit.” Delores and Alvin Corbett on Thursday …
A sign at Frederick Douglass Elementary School conveys how the staff members feel about their students. More than 3,000 survey responses were received by Wilson County Schools in recent days. The survey asked parents' opinions on the return to school in the fall.

Parents respond to school survey

A survey of Wilson County Schools families on what they think the fall school opening should look like had brought in 3,834 responses by Monday afternoon. The survey’s purpose was to help the …
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Community COVID-19 town hall video

This video from the city of Wilson's Vimeo page shows Tuesday's virtual town hall on the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants in the event were Dr. David Kiragu of Wilson Medical …

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The prayer of rest

Coronavirus affecting blue and red counties alike

Fishers for Christ pray outside Wilson, Greene, Wayne courthouses

Wilson Medical Center names Mercy Award winner

Sims mayor appointed to regional board leadership

'Lift Every Voice and Sing' can lift America

2020: A good year to practice reciprocity

Listening, sharing brings families closer

Fire destroys storage building behind rural Wilson County home

Weathercast: Searing heat to follow storms this week

Nash board considers liberty activist's gun rights resolution

Cooking fire damages Wilson apartment

Bailey Chamber of Commerce leader steps down: Hawley helped update bylaws, launch popular events

Convict in Edgecombe cab driver's killing receives parole

Nash County reports 2 dozen new COVID-19 cases

Wilson panelists will answer COVID-19 questions

Hotel occupancy begins to rebound

New shop offers decor, antiques, gifts

‘We fought Goliath, and we won': Atlantic Coast Pipeline project scrapped

Wilson reports 4 COVID-19-related deaths over holiday weekend

Nash soldier encourages youths to enlist in Army

More testing opportunities on the way

You don't have to teach full-time to be a teacher

Pet of the week: Dottie would make a great addition to a family with teenagers

Asbestos leads First United Methodist Church to demolish outdated building

Duke Energy and Dominion cancel pipeline plans

Wilson panel will answer COVID-19 questions

Trump endorses Dan Forest in North Carolina governor's race

Wilson celebrates Independence Day with fairgrounds fireworks show

Churches with schools can't allow concealed carry after Cooper veto

Cooper vetoes string of reopening bills as COVID-19 cases rise

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Anthony Artis, 16, works alongside Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity construction committee chairman Ken Jones and volunteer Rich Miller to construct a shed. The nonprofit is building a home for the Artis family on Grove Street with small crews of volunteers to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

Pandemic puts crunch on next Habitat for Humanity house

Tenesha Artis has been dreaming of homeownership for years, and the mother of three couldn’t contain her smile at the Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity’s March 1 groundbreaking. Then COVID-19 …
The Creamery cashier Becky Cooper takes meal orders Thursday from Wilson residents Karen and Madalyn Barringer with their relatives from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jim and Kim Corya. The Ward Boulevard restaurant requires customers to wear masks unless they have a medical exemption from the executive order.

Businesses deal with mask mandate: ‘I don’t want to go overboard, but I don’t want to go under either’

Even before Gov. Roy Cooper mandated masks in restaurants, Kim Tutor bought them for her staff at The Creamery. “I had already purchased masks because I knew it was coming,” said Tutor, CEO …
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 …
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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 …
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Weathercast: Searing heat to follow storms this week

Stormy weather is expected to move into the Wilson Times area Tuesday afternoon, with searing heat due to arrive by Saturday. A trough and low pressure system to the south, eventually setting up …

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No pen pals here: Tobs remain fiery at the plate, rout Fungo 18-6 in 7 innings
The disappointment in the voice of Wilson Tobs head coach Harry Markotay was palpable. His team had just turned in another … Read More
Team Elite scratches past Redbirds for first win
ROCKY MOUNT — Twenty innings at the plate have elapsed for Wilson Team Elite to date, and through three contests, the independent … Read More
Surprise parade honors longtime volunteer Jerney Minshew
Jerney Minshew figured he could quietly recede into the background when it came to his work with the Wilson County Master … Read More
Before you call 911, make sure it's not a controlled burn: Wheat fields on fire a common sight after harvest
Short-lived clouds of black smoke have been rising around Wilson County as farmers burn off straw from harvested wheat fields. “I … 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
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Wearing mask to protect fellow Americans is patriotic

This was the most unusual July Fourth holiday most of us ever experienced. It just wasn’t the same without the traditional bands, parades, fireworks and cookouts. With all we’ve been …

LIFE
Student tops national science contests

Lydia Denton is no average kid. The 11-year-old rising seventh-grader at Sallie B. Howard School recently won the $20,000 grand prize in the Citgo-Discovery Fueling Education competition for her …

SPORTS
College Sports
Tobs’ Baker claims 1st CPL Hitter of the Week honor

Dusty Baker was a Coastal Plain League All-Star in the 2019 season while helping the Morehead City Marlins win their second straight Petitt Cup. While the CPL All-Star Game and Petitt Cup playoffs …

Carr still swinging the hot bat as Tobs clip Pilots to remain unbeaten

Tobs hammer Pilots for second straight night, 20-8

Opening night bash: Tobs create own fireworks with 19-0 rout of Pilots

Former Duke star George Clark dies at 94

School Sports
Creativity, gratitude keeps local baseball afloat

In pandemic-era baseball, it takes a village to keep some sense of normalcy afloat. That’s been put on display in the summer of 2020 by the Coastal Plain League and representatives of …

Bruins coach aces Wedgewood’s No. 5

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

Combine camping, off-road for new experience

Hang on! Baseball, racing are around the corner

Schools
Barton College announces 2020 graduates
The 239 Barton College students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December and May and baccalaureate candidates … Read More
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