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In this April 6, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg applauds after a performance in her honor after she spoke about her life and work during a discussion at Georgetown Law School in Washington. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87; served quarter-century on high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home …
Wilson City Council members debated allowing the construction of about 60 houses in a commercial district off Wooten Boulevard during a Thursday meeting.

Wilson council debates rezoning requests for planned restaurant, 60 new homes

Wilson City Councilman James Johnson sided with existing properties in two rezoning cases Thursday.  “Just like when we’re protecting a neighborhood from a restaurant that wants …
Local health officials ask county residents to practice the three Ws: Wear a cloth face covering when with other people, remain 6 feet apart, avoiding close contact, and wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

Wilson County reports 28 new COVID-19 cases

Wilson County reported 28 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday. Patients include a Brian Center resident and a Longleaf Neuro-Medical Treatment Center employee, according to county health …
Students eat lunch at Wilson's Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education in 2019.

Sallie B. Howard School to continue remote instruction through year's end

The Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education says it will continue remote instruction through Dec. 22. School spokeswoman Saptosa Foster said in a Friday news release that the decision …
Samuel Ruiz, right, tosses a pumpkin to Dawson Batts as a truckload of Wilson-grown pumpkins arrives Friday at Nash Street Produce.

Wilson-grown pumpkins arrive at market just in time for fall

Growing pumpkins in Wilson County is essentially a roll of the dice. “Other guys have said if you grow them four years, you will have one good year and three bad ones. The stars will align …
Jana Winder, music teacher at Lucama Elementary School, suggests her students use stuffed animals as beat buddies to help them keep time while practicing their lessons remotely.

Cooper: Grades K-5 can return to classrooms for full-time, face-to-face learning

Gov. Roy Cooper cleared the way for North Carolina’s elementary schools to open full-time, but it’s up to each district to decide which option works best.  Cooper announced …
Elm City Middle School band and general music teacher Adam Schultz said remote learning has given him the opportunity to focus on individuals rather than the band as a whole.

Teachers get creative with lessons: Virtual learning has its challenges

Elm City Middle School band and general music teacher Adam Schultz knew teaching by remote learning would be difficult at the beginning of this school year. So he just shifted his focus from the …
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3 charged in Wilson man’s killing

Three Wilson men have been charged with first-degree murder in the July killing of 24-year-old Tylyike A. Pigford. Wilson police and U.S. Marshals Carolina Regional Fugitive Task Force members …
Jose Lopez, left, and Cisco Reyes of Lopez Handyman remove the upper part of a bench set to comply with Wilson city codes.

Changes brewing at Casita in effort to safely open beer garden

After a few weeks of attempting to reach a compromise, Casita Brewing Co. owners have chopped the tops off the beer garden cabanas and are hiring workers to make the space accessible for …
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Three men charged in 24-year-old’s July killing  

Three Wilson men have been charged with first-degree murder in the July killing of a 24-year-old Tylyike A. Pigford.  Wilson police and U.S. Marshals Carolina Regional Fugitive Task Force …
Grady "Bucky" Robbins, right, listens to Norman Harrell, director of Wilson County's N.C. Cooperative Extension office, during an agriculture meeting in 2018. Robbins died Tuesday at age 73.

Bucky Robbins remembered as a friend to Wilson

Friends, relatives and colleagues remember Grady “Bucky” Robbins as a statesman with a heart full of love who wanted to help Wilson achieve what was best for all its people. Robbins, …
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.
THE BLACK EXPERIENCE

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.
THE BLACK EXPERIENCE

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.
THE BLACK EXPERIENCE

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 …
Wilson County has applied for a community grant to add a carport and drive-thru testing area at the front of the Wilson County Senior Activity Center on Goldsboro Street.

Wilson County seeks $900,000 grant for senior center project 

Wilson County is seeking a $900,000 community grant that will rehabilitate the Wilson County Senior Activity Center on Goldsboro Street.  The funding is COVID-19 specific, and if the county …
Wilson County Board of Education and Wilson County Board of Commissioners members are shown during a joint March 2019 tour of high school athletic facilities.

Commissioners want more discussion on high school track decision

Wilson County commissioners disagreed with the county school board’s Monday morning decision to build six-lane tracks at Beddingfield and Hunt high schools. During their own meeting Monday …
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Wilson police seize 2 kilos of heroin

Two men face drug trafficking charges after Wilson police seized 2 kilograms of black tar heroin Sunday. Police stopped a vehicle after observing traffic violations around 11:30 a.m. on the 4300 …
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Police: PCP seized in drug raid

Two Wilson men face criminal charges after police seized drugs including PCP on Saturday. Police responded to a 10:11 a.m. disturbance call in the 3900 block of Nash Street. Officers spoke to …
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Greenfield's Sebastian Partida (6) makes his way past Wilson Christian's Ethan Mitchell during Friday's match at Wilson Christian. Partida converted a penalty kick in the first half as part of Greenfield's 3-0 victory.

Knights dictate to Chargers in 3-0 victory

For the second straight match to open 2020, an energy shift for the Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team in the second half made all the difference in the world. After collecting a …

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Daniel Franklin Heath, 33, appears in Wilson County District Court on May 10, 2019. Heath, who pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge in October, was sentenced to roughly 11 years in federal prison on Friday.

Former Wilson pastor sentenced in child porn case

A former Wilson pastor who pleaded guilty to coercing an underage Texas girl into creating child pornography will spend roughly a decade in federal prison.  U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan …
Arthur Rogers looks at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park from properties on South Street he and AE Property partner Josh Hawn purchased recently.

Developer plans space for downtown Wilson restaurant

Work is underway to transform 217 South St. into Casita Brewing Co., but the developer said work will begin soon to prepare the adjacent properties for at least one restaurant. “We’ll do a …
Louretha Virginia Renfrow Johnson looks over genealogical charts detailing the lineage of Rocky Branch United Church of Christ members.

Church celebrates 150th anniversary

Five years after the Civil War ended, a handful of former slaves established a worship place under a “bush shelter” near a rocky stream in western Wilson County. Members of Rocky Branch United …
Equipment ruined by a July 22 fire at Custom Quality Packers near Bailey sits in the sun Friday afternoon.

Destroyed hog plant had slaughter violations: PETA seeks federal prosecution

BAILEY — A meatpacking plant destroyed in a fire late last month received two federal suspensions this year and had drawn the ire of an international animal rights group. Custom Quality …
Evan's Snack Cabinet owner Evan Tucker, 12, checks in with Chick-N-Stix owner BetiJo Ballin, who's teamed up with the young entreprenuer to sell his gourmet popcorn and candied nuts at her Wilson restaurant.

12-year-old’s love of snacks turns into business

Family and friends know Evan Tucker as the “snack monster.” “I love snacks,” the 12-year-old said. With a little help from his parents, Tasharra and Nick Tucker, the young …
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Weathercast: Cooler temps mark first week of fall

The Wilson Times area should enjoy very stable conditions at least Saturday through Tuesday, with cool temperatures and lots of sunshine. A high-pressure system dropping from the Great Lakes to …

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Defense allows Knights to overcome slow start in 5-0 opening victory
With seniors anchoring the back line of the defense for the Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team, the defending North Carolina … Read More
Motorcyclists offer support to Cannon Hinnant’s family
As Belle Waddell waited Saturday, she looked up at the sky.  “I can look up there in those clouds, and I know he’s riding … Read More
Lady Chargers can’t crack Liberty Christian defense, falter in 4 sets
There’s something to be said about a defense that simply won’t permit a rally to end. With each ball returned over the net, the … Read More
Chargers make short work of Knights in opener
As far as debuts go, the 2020 opener for the Wilson Christian varsity boys soccer team was settled in short order. Needing just 40 … Read More
Lady Chargers shake off rust, defeat Greenville in 4 sets
The new lineup for the Wilson Christian varsity volleyball team was put to the test early Tuesday night. Facing Greenville … Read More
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Murder convict in 1994 shooting death set to receive parole

A convicted killer serving a life sentence in prison will be a free man in three years. A jury convicted Benjamin Rowen Williams of first-degree murder in the 1994 shooting death of Kenneth L. …

Nash woman dies in house fire

Troopers: Tesla on ‘autopilot’ strikes Nash deputy’s car

Crime in Spring Hope mostly from out-of-towners

Nash charts 4 coronavirus deaths; county's death toll rises to 22

JOHNSTONIAN NEWS
School board abandons in-person learning for grades K-5

SMITHFIELD — A divided Johnston County Board of Education on Thursday reversed its decision to have K-5 students come to school for in-person learning. Citing safety concerns, Superintendent …

Coaches, band directors to receive supplements

Treatment plant moving forward but faces hurdles

Johnstonians don’t mind getting counted, data shows

Council OKs Powhatan Road rezoning 3-2

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Attack ads, Trump rhetoric weaken our democracy

The collegiate and professional football leagues started their delayed seasons last weekend, and, if it means anything, I was glad to see the new seasons begin. But the Saturday and Sunday games were …

LIFE
So many ways to use those summer tomatoes

My husband and I planted lots of tomatoes this year: cherry, Roma and big old slicing tomatoes. We grew some of the Cherokee Purple variety from seed and others from plants we purchased at a local …

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