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Tamekia Pender and Kimberly Bowser comfort their sister Yolanda Robinson, center, during a Friday video message on the COVID-19 pandemic. Their mother, Releatha Bellamy Marrow, was 67 when she died in September after a month in the hospital fighting the virus.

‘Virus is so unpredictable’: Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens describes his own COVID-19 battle

Releatha Bellamy Marrow was nearing the end of a 14-day quarantine due to a COVID-19 exposure when her fever started to spike at night.  When she went to the emergency room, she started …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

39 people, including 5 Spring Arbor residents, test positive for virus

Wilson County added 39 newly confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, a decrease from the day prior. New patients include five Spring Arbor residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to …
A GCL New Energy solar farm in Wilson is shown. Wilson Energy officials say residents should crunch the numbers before purchasing home solar power systems to ensure consumer expectations are realistic.

Wilson Energy urges research before investing in solar power

While solar panels can be a good investment for the environment, Wilson Energy is urging customers to verify cost saving claims before signing on the dotted line. “We do not sell solar …
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Wilson chamber to consider tweaks to policy agenda

For five years, the Wilson Chamber of Commerce’s policy agenda has helped staff convey local business needs to politicians.  “Before 2015, we didn’t have a coherent …
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Bond reduction denied in arrest connected to Cannon Hinnant's death

A Wilson County judge denied a request to reduce bond for a woman facing an accessory charge in connection with 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant’s murder.  Records show 21-year-old Aolani …
Wilson County Board of Elections Chairman Chip Futrell, right, speaks to members Wanda Davis and George Leach during a Tuesday night meeting about a protest by N.C. Supreme Court chief justice candidate Cheri Beasley.

Wilson hearing scheduled for NC chief justice election protest

The Wilson County Board of Elections will reconsider 51 rejected ballots in a Monday hearing spurred by an election protest in the tight race for state chief justice. Incumbent Cheri Beasley filed …
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 …
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 …
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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, …
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, …
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 …
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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COVID-19 relief: What's on the table as Congress seeks deal

House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

Share your input on Wilson’s legislative needs

Weathercast: Windy start to weekend, rain chances Monday

Holiday light show set for Friday, Saturday

Pet of the week: Jax

Foul mood turns day into a comedy of errors

College transfer and guaranteed acceptance

Nominate youths for $10,000 charity grants

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

Barton nurses post 100% exam pass rate

Goodbye, white lights

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

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

Autopsy: Man died of stab wound

Police: Missing woman found safe 

Officers investigate Sunday shooting

Community Briefs: Free coffee for veterans offered

Drop-in day care center a dream come true

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?

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: Windy start to weekend, rain chances Monday

Northwest winds are expected to be blustery in the Wilson Times area Saturday, running around 15 mph with gusts into the mid-20 mph range.  That will make the afternoon high in the upper 50s …

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Volunteers wanted: Spring Hope charity distributes a million pounds of food

SPRING HOPE — A food bank that serves 80,000 people annually is asking for a little help. “We need help sorting boxes coming in and making boxes to go out,” said April Baker, …

Nash sees more female COVID-19 patients

Police: Lock vehicles while shopping

Nash installing virus-fighting equipment

'My roots kept me grounded': Heather Finch returns home to restart wreath business

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Rewards for masks might be a lifesaver

When it comes to making pandemic precautions stick, some people seem to prefer a violent shove to a gentle nudge. The day North Carolina added teeth to its mask mandate, infectious disease …

LIFE
Coastal gallery features clay artist Mark Gordon

CALABASH — Mark Gordon, former Barton College associate professor of art and design, is the Sunset River Marketplace’s featured artist through Jan. 9, gallery owner Ginny Lassiter …

SPORTS
College Sports
No. 8 Wolfpack beats No. 1 South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — North Carolina State coach Wes Moore channeled two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells after the Wolfpack’s landmark victory over No. 1 South Carolina. Raina …

NC State beats UMass Lowell for 3rd straight win

In the ACC, even without fans, there’s no place like home

Coleman, No. 17 Texas beat No. 14 UNC 69-67 for Maui title

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

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