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McKenzie Blackwell and Spencer Lyndon ride stationary bikes Wednesday during the newly launched outdoor recreation classes at the Wilson Family YMCA. Capacity is limited to 25 people with the instructor and members are asked to bring their own towel, mat and water while staying socially distanced in the class.

A tale of 2 gyms: Wilson businesses take varied approaches to reopening

When Victory Fitness opened its doors on May 22, owners knew it likely was only a matter of time before they’d be shut down for violating the governor’s order. Less than 24 hours after …
Wilson County Health Department health education specialist Susan Dover answers the county's COVID-19 hotline Thursday.

Wilson County to see $1.58 million in virus relief funds

Wilson County is slated to receive roughly $1.58 million from the congressionally authorized and state-administered Coronavirus Relief Fund. While Congress didn’t require North Carolina to …
Gov. Roy Cooper discusses North Carolina's COVID-19 response in this screen capture from an April 2 press conference.

Media coalition sues Cooper, NC cabinet agencies for COVID-19 records

A coalition of more than two dozen media outlets filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking the release of a list of records related to COVID-19 that the state had, so far, refused to provide. The …
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Deputies: Infant stabbed with screwdriver in fight between parents

Authorities say a 2-month-old is hospitalized with a skull fracture after being stabbed in the head during a fight between the baby’s parents.  Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched …
State Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson, is shown at left beside Mick Rankin of Stantonsburg, the Republican candidate for N.C. House District 24.

Wilson campaigns, political parties shift to digital strategy amid COVID-19

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, a day on the election trail for a candidate often involved multiple meetings and events covering a gamut of topics. Political hopefuls have had to evolve with the …
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Deputies charge suspect in decade-old child sex abuse case

After being investigated and accused of child sex abuse more than a decade ago, a Selma man now faces two dozen charges in three Wilson County cases involving two victims, officials say. The …
Michelle Brown, senior planner for the city of Wilson, hands out cards at the Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market earlier this month reminding residents to turn in their census information.

More than 4 in 10 Wilsonians haven't taken census: City, county urge participation

While Wilson’s 2020 census self-response rate continues to increase, local officials continue to push for residents in both the city and county to make themselves count.  The U.S. …
Joan B. Gibbs, director of music for the last 35 years at First Presbyterian Church in Wilson, is retiring.

Making music at church for 35 years: Joan Gibbs retiring from First Presbyterian

Joan Gibbs said her favorite moments as a music director have been when multigenerational choirs came together to sing as one. Gibbs is retiring as director of music ministries for First …
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LOCAL HEADLINES

Bipartisan bill to reopen bars heads to Cooper

Wilson's public pools closed through Phase 2; walk-in traffic still restricted in city offices

Hospital loosening some COVID-19 visitor restrictions: New rules start Monday

Hotel vacancies ripple into tourism funding

The heavy work

Community Briefs: Ministry offers free meal for first responders

Wilson youths win virtual livestock show prizes

US coronavirus deaths by county

Many more likely sought US jobless aid even as layoffs slow

Business leaders seek proactive COVID-19 rebound

Prayer for Our City: Pastor Bobby Harrell, Wave Church

COVID-19 recoveries up; active cases decrease in Wilson County

Victory Fitness closes after police charge owner; groups preparing lawsuits over gym closures

Man arrested in attempted robbery at Speedway 

Deputies charge suspect in decade-old child sex abuse case

Stantonsburg college student tracking birds' attraction to longleaf pines

Remembering the mid-20th century polio epidemic

Rocky Mount councilmen, mayor spar over state audit's claims of wasted money

Assisted living resident dies, marking Wilson County's 10th coronavirus death

The SPOT serves 100,000th emergency meal

Weathercast: Sticky, cloudy and warm week ahead

Hospital strives to maintain patient health, ensure safety

Littering leads to police chase, crash

Witness speaking to detectives in missing person case

Rocky Mount dealing with state audit's aftermath: Councilman rebuffs report in TV interview

More about ‘Safer At Home Phase 2’

Public hearing set for landfill expansion

Hospice helps patients, families

Wilson County health officials report 8 new COVID-19 cases

Honoring military sacrifices: Memorial Day service held without traditional courthouse crowd

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T. Sharp and his pig Hudson won the prize for grand champion market hog in a statewide virtual livestock show.

Wilson youths win virtual livestock show prizes

When it came time to watch results come in for the “Showing From Home” Virtual Livestock Show, the Sharp family about tore the house down hearing the winners. T. Sharp was among the top …
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Business leaders seek proactive COVID-19 rebound

More than 100 eastern North Carolina business leaders gathered virtually Wednesday to assess the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic effect and learn how to best weather the storm. “In …
Victory Fitness owners Ann and Neil Strother plan to open the Wilson and Rocky Mount locations at 5 p.m. Friday despite a state order barring gyms from reopening.

Victory Fitness closes after police charge owner; groups preparing lawsuits over gym closures

Roughly 93 hours after Victory Fitness defied a state closure, the doors were locked and Wilson police have filed a criminal charge against the owner. “We’ve received overwhelming …
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club members swim at the Wilson Recreation Park Pool as an activity for their summer day camp in August 2018.

Wilson's public pools closed through Phase 2; walk-in traffic still restricted in city offices

City parks will remain open during North Carolina’s Phase 2 of COVID-19 recovery, but pools, playgrounds and bathrooms will stay closed. “We were required to make many tough decisions about …
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State treasurer: Wilson better prepared to bounce back from COVID-19 than some other NC cities

Wilson is set to fare better than other North Carolina cities in the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic aftermath and the expected loss of tax revenues, according to State Treasurer Dale …
WEATHERCAST

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Weathercast: Sticky, cloudy and warm week ahead

Sky-high humidity and plenty of showers and thunderstorms highlight this week’s weather in the Wilson Times area. An offshore trough and a low-pressure system over Florida are expected to …

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101 take drive-thru COVID-19 test
With health conditions that place Cynthia Lucas at high risk for COVID-19, the Wilson woman jumped at the chance to get tested … Read More
Prayer for Our City: Pastor Dameion L. Royal of Contending for the Faith Church Ministries
Pastor Dameion L. Royal of Contending for the Faith Church Ministries delivered Friday’s Prayer for Our City with an introduction by … Read More
Prayer for Our City: Rev. Lamont Foster Sr., St. John AME Zion Church
Rev. Lamont Foster Sr. of St. John AME Zion Church delivered Wednesday’s Prayer for Our City with an introduction by Wilson Mayor … Read More
Prayer for Our City: Pastor Tyler Campbell, Raleigh Road Baptist Church
Pastor Tyler Campbell of Raleigh Road Baptist Church delivered Tuesday’s Prayer for Our City with an introduction by Wilson Mayor … Read More
Innovation hub nearly complete
From peeling paint and rotted steps, the Gig East Exchange’s future home has come a long way, and crews are hard at work to get the … Read More
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THE ENTERPRISE
Man sentenced to federal prison time in Nash County's biggest drug bust

A man captured during the biggest heroin bust in Nash County history has been sentenced to four years in federal prison. Luis Octavio Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 32, previously pleaded guilty to possession …

Spring Hope shooting tied to long federal prison term

Southern Nash restaurants reopen dining rooms: 'Phase 2' brings business boost

Nash County reports 4th coronavirus death

Murder suspect can bail out of jail

JOHNSTONIAN NEWS
Johnston schools name new superintendent

SMITHFIELD — Eric Bracy is moving next door. The superintendent of Sampson County schools will take the helm of Johnston County schools on July 1. The Johnston County Board of Education …

‘It doesn’t make any sense’: Governor allows restaurants with bars to reopen, but standalone bars must remain closed

COVID-19 packed a punch, first hospital patient says

Bowling alley owner sad, angry

For restaurants, quick return won’t be easy

FUN STUFF
COLUMN
Burr's affable nature didn't suggest scandal

Maybe I misjudged Richard Burr from the very beginning. He’s in deep doo-doo right now, as the first President Bush used that term, and The Wilson Times has termed him “toast.” He …

LIFE
Use cake mix to make these easy cookies

Who’s made cake mix cookies before? I know I have. Our favorites have included lemon crinkle and a chocolate with peanut butter chips. So good. For those of you who have never tried them, cake …

SPORTS
College Sports
Tobs add 2 catchers to roster

With their roster still in flux as the calendar inches closer to the delayed opening of the 24th Coastal Plain League season, the Wilson Tobs have signed two more catchers. The addition of Oliver …

Amid mounting debt, ECU eliminates 4 sports

Pandemic only exacerbates ECU financial woes

Tobs pick up Davidson mound trio

Florence shuts down its CPL season after losing field

School Sports
Barton baseball camps dates pushed back

The dates for Barton College’s youth baseball camps have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both camps are for youngsters in kindergarten through eighth grade. Softball players are …

Fishing keeps us together while we’re apart

Me, MJ and dark-thirty golf

Staying ticked off

NC Baseball Museum’s Celebrity Golf Tournament moved to Aug. 12

Schools
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
Virtual art show features student work
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an animated “walk-through”video featuring Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education student … Read More