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Arturo Hernandez, top, and Valentin Perez, both workers with Evolve Companies, frame up an Evolve at Heritage Apartments building Friday on U.S. 264 Alternate in western Wilson.

New apartments going skyward

Motorists along Raleigh Road Parkway may have noticed progress being made on the new Evolve at Heritage Apartments. Just west of the Hubert Vester Chevrolet dealership, carpenters are framing up …
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Wilson police seize 5 kilos of meth; 2 charged with trafficking

Two men were jailed after Wilson police seized 5 kilograms of crystal meth in a traffic stop earlier this month.  Police arrested 32-year-old Irving Gomez-Herrera of Atlanta and 42-year-old …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Wilson County reports 30 new COVID-19 cases

Wilson County reported 30 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday. Officials say one case involves a Longleaf Neuro-Medical Treatment Center employee.  Longleaf is one of four congregate living …
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2nd suspect charged in shooting that injured 5 people

A second suspect faces attempted first-degree murder charges in connection to a Sept. 12 shooting that left five people injured.  Twenty-two-year-old Cameron Malik Hill of Wilson is charged …
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Man charged in July shooting

Police arrested a Wilson man Thursday in connection to a July shooting that left a man injured.  Jeremy H. Guion, 29, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. …

Automatic extinguisher quashes cooking fire

A cooking fire was extinguished before firefighters arrived thanks to a stovetop-mounted fire extinguisher.  “This is the second fire within three weeks that was successfully …
Alisia Ratliff, technical director at Avient Biosciences' analytical laboratory, holds two grades of distillate being produced from hemp at the company's new Wilson facility.

Industrial hemp plant opens doors: ‘In Wilson, we will be selling to the world’

Avient Biosciences, an industrial hemp research and extraction facility launched in Wilson this week, expects to double the number of employees in the next three months as it ramps up production at …
Barnes Elementary School Principal Claudia Spencer watches as Ava Spruill, a kindergartner, waves to her parent after being dropped off at school Thursday.

Students return to classroom: It’s their first time back since March 13

For the first time in more than seven months, Wilson County Schools classrooms were occupied with children, albeit mask-wearing children. The district’s schools have been vacant of their student …
Wilson County has received a $900,000 community and COVID-19-specific grant to enhance the Wilson County Senior Activity Center on Goldsboro Street. Improvements will include a carport, drive-thru testing areas, wellness and clinic rooms and social distancing areas.

Senior center receives $900,000 grant

Big changes are on the horizon for the Wilson County Senior Activity Center thanks to a nearly $1 million grant. The funding will allow the center to add new services, expand existing ones and add …
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Butterfield: Legalize marijuana and expunge pot convictions

Rep. G.K. Butterfield says Congress should remove federal restrictions on marijuana and North Carolina should legalize adult use and purge pot possession from criminal records.  Butterfield, …
Khalilah Hamlett is CEO of 252 Black Wall Street, which is holding a Sunday networking event in downtown Wilson.

252 Black Wall Street plans Sunday networking session

252 Black Wall Street will hold is second annual “Together We....” event from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday. The Together We Win networking event will be held outside the Family Car Wash at 600 Nash St. …
From left, Krystal Lane Cox, Willis Lane, Angela Lane and Ashley Lane Davis are pictured with Willboy's Barbecue Sauce, which the Wilson family sells online.

Family of educators launches barbecue sauce

Each bottle of Willboy’s Barbecue Sauce promises to not only deliver down-home flavor, but entrepreneurial inspiration to area students. Principal Krystal Lane Cox said each year, Wilson Academy …
Superintendent Lane Mills is pictured during the Wilson County Board of Education's regular meeting Monday.

Board approves $1 million in school improvements

The Wilson County Board of Education approved $1 million in capital improvements during its regular meeting Monday. Improvements include $110,000 to replace the chiller at Lee Woodard Elementary …

Rotary's polio eradication efforts persist through pandemic

While polio is no longer a concern for Wilsonians, local Rotarians are doing their part to eradicate the paralyzing disease Saturday through World Polio Day. “It is an ongoing …
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Wilson Christian junior Will Hoskins (8) leads the break downfield during Saturday’s NCCSA 2-A quarterfinals match against Cramerton Christian at WCA. Hoskins had four goals and an assist in the Chargers’ 9-0 victory. Paul Durham | Times

Chargers click in runaway win over Cramerton Christian

With an adept display of passing, particularly within the opponent’s 18-yard line, Wilson Christian dazzled Cramerton Christian 9-0 in a mercy rule-shortened quarterfinals match in the North …

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Pet of the week: Lucy seeks loving home

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

Weathercast: Mild temps, clear skies until midweek

Preparing for the surgery (degree)

We must start being honest with ourselves

New film has Wilson connection

2 deaths, 51 more cases confirmed

Flu vaccine, blood donation both help save lives

Grandchildren’s youthful joy, frozen in time

Plastic twist ties useful, versatile and at risk

Broken specs set stage for a day of bad luck

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

State remains in Phase 3 as COVID-19 cases surge

3 robbery suspects captured

Wreck sends 2 to hospital

Drive-thru business expo set for Saturday

Wilson County reports 14 new coronavirus cases; hospitalizations increase

Greenlight ups package speed, services

Weathercast: Warm, sunny days expected this week

Nash County surpasses 3,000 positive COVID-19 cases

White Dragon Games caters to all ages

Schools detail virus precautions

Schools, youth center team up for grant

Virus spread traced to family, friend gatherings

Firefighters wanted: Silver Lake featured in volunteer recruitment efforts

Marriage licenses: Who tied the knot in Wilson County?

Community Briefs: Motorcycle ride for breast cancer awareness scheduled

Wilson County Public Library announces new books

Early voting grows in popularity

Woodforest National Bank opens Wilson branch

Videos, blogs round out new tourism website

City holds off on changes to mural ordinance

Weathercast: Jet stream brings chilly overnight temps

Wilson County's COVID-19 cases continue to climb

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: Mild temps, clear skies until midweek

While Canadian air, featuring way below normal temperatures and substantial snowfall, blasts the upper Midwest this weekend, it is going to take a while before any part of that system makes it to the …

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The three-game skid by the Greenfield School boys soccer team seemed a lot further than a month ago after the Knights kicked off the … Read More
Grit and grind of Lady Knights produces trip to semis
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Like ‘a well-oiled machine’: Wilson Christian thumps Berean Baptist in playoff opener
The potential lethality of the Wilson Christian varsity volleyball team came to the forefront during the second set of Thursday’s … Read More
Heads up: Powell lifts Greenfield past WCD 2-1 on Senior Night
Despite being a popular header target on corner kicks for the Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team, senior Will Powell estimates … Read More
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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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Scary laws won't make Halloween safer

The prospect of police scouring suburban streets to enforce trick-or-treating bans gives a whole new meaning to the term “witch hunt.” From New England to the California coast, cities …

LIFE
Students learn on 3D anatomy program

In the Barton College anatomy lab, shelves are filled with giant eyeballs and ears, cutaway brain models, dismembered and skinless arms and legs and a box of bones sitting next to a skull on a …

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College Sports
Thomas accounts for 5 TDs as App State beats Arkansas State

BOONE — Zac Thomas tied a career high with four passing touchdowns and he added a 60-yard rushing score to lead Appalachian State past Arkansas State 45-17 on Thursday night. Appalachian …

No. 14 Tar Heels, No. 23 Wolfpack meet in instate rivalry

Hurt bulking up for sophomore season with Blue Devils

Despite loss, Pirates show resistance to Navy triple option

No. 5 Tar Heels look for 4-0 start in trip to Florida State

School Sports
Unbeaten weekend pushes ‘06 Explosion into Piedmont Conference showdown

IRMO, S.C. — A 2-1 victory and a scoreless tie over the weekend of Oct. 17-18 left the Wilson Youth Soccer Association ‘06 Explosion undefeated in U.S. Youth Soccer’s National …

Wilson City Little League Glance

The fish are still smarter but I’m learning

Lake Wilson 14U beginners cap unbeaten season

Mulligans Fore Kids golf tourney endures