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Lucama residents voice concerns about high electric bills Monday afternoon at Town Hall. Pictured from left are Gladys Martinez, Sylvia Carter, Vanessa Anderson, Dorothy Bunch and Brenda Carter.

Lucama admits 'honest errors' on residents' electric bills

LUCAMA — The town’s mayor pro-tem says mistakes on residents’ electric bills were “honest errors” that weren’t intended to affect any particular group of …
Eddie Hopkins of Wilson retired from Barton College last week after 61 years of service. Contributed photo
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Eddie Hopkins was on the job for 61 years

Eddie Hopkins’ affable smile, his good-natured personality and that happy-to-see-you wave of his arm across campus have endeared him to countless Barton College employees and students for the …
Volunteers Jenna Wagoner, left, and sister Alyssa Wagoner help Luncheon Lions Zelle Phelps and Freddy Massimi, right, during the seventh annual Tobs' Home Run for Hunger Celebration at Fleming Stadium in June 2019.

Help Tobs load the bases with food donations: Collection scheduled Sunday at Fleming Stadium

Despite having to end the baseball season early due to COVID-19, the Wilson Tobs are still gathering food for the annual Home Run for Hunger campaign.  On Sunday, the Tobs will host a …
Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

Cooper orders 5 more weeks of 'Phase 2' virus restrictions

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that North Carolina will remain in Phase 2 to slow the spread of COVID-19 for an additional five weeks.  Cooper said this effort is in place as students …
Collin Blalock of Collin's Produce steps over sunflowers toppled in Hurricane Isaias' wind gusts Tuesday morning. Paths have been cleared and the sunflower maze is open.

Maze reopens after storm flattens sunflowers

High winds on Hurricane Isaias’ backside early Tuesday damaged the sunflowers at Collin’s Produce, but the maze reopened this week and is ready for visitors. “I woke up about 7 this …
Shanna Moore, a resident at Whirligig Station, looks at flooded portions of her apartment on the ground floor at the development on Tuesday morning. Drew C. Wilson | TImes

Isaias floods downtown Wilson's Whirligig Station apartments

It was love at first sight when Shanna Moore saw the historic beams of the tobacco warehouse turned into urban apartments in downtown Wilson. She quickly signed a lease and moved into Whirligig …
Wilson Energy worker Clay Vick cuts a limb off of a power line Tuesday morning on Albert Avenue.

Isaias left Wilson largely unscathed

Wilson escaped major damage from Hurricane Isaias as it swept through the state late Monday and early Tuesday, leaving several inches of rain in its wake.  Peak wind gusts reached 43 mph at …
Wilson's Truist employees will transition from the BB&T towers to the bank's new 95,000 square-foot building at the corner of Broad and Pine streets this week.

Workers transfer from BB&T towers

While many Truist employees continue to work from home, the bank’s transition from the BB&T towers to a new downtown Wilson office is underway. “We have begun moving into the new building, …
Christy Boykin, radiologic technologist, checks Mark Holyoak's temperature at Wilson Medical Center last week. Like other employees, Holoyoak, hospital CEO, gets a health screening when he arrives at work every day.

Wilson Medical Center adapts to COVID-19 pandemic: Community’s cooperation can help stop the spread

They’ve lined the hallways and celebrated when recovered COVID-19 patients were wheeled out of the hospital to go back home. They’ve mourned at the bedside of patients who have died from the …
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Welcome to the inaugural edition of "Chatting With Chip," a weekly video interview with Barton College football head coach Chip Hester, who will lead the Bulldogs into their first football season …

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Linda Cooper-Suggs waves at supporters Saturday after a Wilson County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting to replace Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield. Members voted to recommend Cooper-Suggs to fill the remainder of Farmer-Butterfield's unexpired term and to face Republican Mick Rankin for the House District 24 seat in November.

Dems send Cooper-Suggs to General Assembly

From an initial pool of nine candidates, Linda Cooper-Suggs was selected Saturday to represent District 24 in the N.C. House and to face off against Republican Mick Rankin to retain the …
Shown is an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident last month.

Wanted: Census responses for 4 in 10 Wilsonians

There’s still time to get counted for the 2020 census.  This week, the U.S. Census Bureau will send out postcards reminding households to fill out the 2020 census if they haven’t …
Wilson County joins a growing number of library systems going fine-free in response to American Library Association recommendations.

4,000 patrons pardoned as Wilson library system phases out fines

It’s official — the Wilson County Public Library system has gone fine-free.  Library patrons will no longer be issued fines if they miss a due date for material returns, and all …
Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens holds the Bible as Former N.C. Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield is sworn into office as a member of the North Carolina Employment Security Board of Review Friday by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. Supporter Bill Myers is at right. Drew C. Wilson | Times

Officials applaud Farmer-Butterfield’s service: Longtime legislator joins state employment review board

Championed as a compassionate, caring professional by a parade of lawmakers, judges and fellow citizens, former state representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield raised her hand Friday and took the oath …
A sea of faces floods Goldsboro Street for the first day of the N.C. Whirligig Festival in 2019.

COVID-19 pandemic forces Wilson's NC Whirligig Festival to go virtual

The N.C. Whirligig Festival, which brings around 30,000 visitors to downtown Wilson each November, will not be held in person this year. Instead, the Nov. 7-8 event is going virtual, all because of …
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Weathercast: Warm days and scattered storms ahead this week

Tuesday may start out blustery and stormy as Isaias moves through the Wilson Times area, but by afternoon, there should be plenty of sunshine. With winds eventually settling at 10 mph or less and …

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Pair of costly innings ends Team Elite’s season, 14-4
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Wilson’s Wide Awake Riders rode for registration Monday — voter registration, that is. “Our ancestors fought very hard to … Read More
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Twelve Coastal Plain League games are now in the books for the Wilson Tobs, and the Peninsula Pilots team they encountered to open the … Read More
Tobs record 17 strikeouts, corral Mustangs 6-0
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Nash County reports 11th coronavirus death as case count reaches 880

NASHVILLE — Public health officials have reported the 11th death associated with COVID-19 in Nash County. The patient, a man in his early 70s who also had other health problems, died on July …

Insurance company probing Bailey hog plant fire

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Bailey resident questions town board's ethics training

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Confederate monuments spark conversation

BENTONVILLE — Monuments to the Confederacy and its soldiers are coming down across North Carolina. Frank Powell, a spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, thinks that’s wrong. …

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Homicides spiking in Carolina cities

RALEIGH — As if the COVID crisis and economic recession weren’t bad enough, here’s some more bad news to process: homicide rates are spiking in many North Carolina …

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Sweet potato muffins will remind you of fall

It’s amazing how a muffin can give you all the feelings of fall. I could smell the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves as my sweet potato muffins baked last week, and later I could taste the flavors I …

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NCAA Division II cancels 2020 fall championships

There will be no pathway to a national championship for athletes representing NCAA Division II schools this fall. The Div. II Presidents Council announced late Wednesday afternoon that it would …

Barton turns to Woodhull-Smith to lead swimming programs

ACC schedule includes Notre Dame, 10 conference games

COVID and out: Tobs' season stops after players test positive

Wild things: Tobs sunk by 7 errors in extra-innings loss to Pilots

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James takes competitive drive from tennis court into accounting

Nick James can still rattle off the names of old high school tennis adversaries with the best of them. Chaz Fitzpatrick. Russell Turner. The list goes on. But it was a freshman year singles …

Lake Wilson 10U ties for Down East league title

Team Elite thumped in playoff opener

Funding national parks a bipartisan win for all

Lake Wilson tennis breaks even in Down East League play