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Update: Police say man found safe

Update: Wilson Police say a man who was missing was found safe Thursday. Police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing Wilson man.  Officers say 30-year-old Yoni Aguilar Gamas was reported missing from a home on the 1700 block of Hillcrest Drive. …
This Wilson County Schools illustration shows the district's preferred reentry plan for elementary students.

Wilson school board picks reentry plan: Some students could return to school by Oct. 22

The Wilson County Board of Education has selected a reentry plan that will move some students back into face-to-face learning. In a 5-2 vote, the board selected the fourth option Wilson County …
Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard hangs the office's CALEA certificate. The sheriff's office recently earned Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies accreditation, becoming the seventh North Carolina sheriff's office to receive the designation.

Sheriff’s office now nationally accredited

It’s official. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office has become a nationally accredited law enforcement agency.  The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies recently …
Coronavirus Crisis

Some restrictions eased as state reaches Phase 3

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday a plan for the state to move into Phase 3, loosening restrictions on businesses but at a reduced capacity.  “While we are methodical and cautious …
A domesticated turkey walks in front of Orlando Hudson's Wilson home on Tuesday.

Neighbors enjoy visiting turkey

A turkey that flew into Orlando Hudson’s yard on Raleigh Road Parkway this week could be someone’s pet. Hudson found the large bird walking around his back yard Monday. “It …
Customers chat in the Parker's Barbecue parking lot after a Sunday meal at the popular U.S. 301 eatery. An Asheville man's frustration with staff not wearing masks the same day spurred a WRAL-TV story about the restaurant and sparked an outpouring of support.

No mask? No problem: Wilsonians support Parker’s Barbecue amid media melee

Thousands of Facebook users have rallied behind Parker’s Barbecue following a Monday night broadcast story about employees not wearing masks. “Let’s show everyone from the coast …
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.

4 die from COVID-19, bringing Wilson County's death toll to 53

Four Wilson County residents have died from COVID-19-related causes, health officials say.  Teresa Ellen, the county’s health director, said two patients were Brian Center residents …
Wilson County school board members and county commissioners meet at Beddingfield High School in March 2019.

Wilson County school board revisits 8-lane track proposal

In a 4-3 vote during a Monday special meeting, the Wilson County Board of Education voted to offer Wilson County commissioners the option of building six-lane or eight-lane tracks at Hunt and …
Sue Ray, foreground, conducts an aerobics class Tuesday at the reopened Wilson Recreation Center pool.

Rec pool reopens after COVID-19 closure

Wilson Recreation Park pool patrons rejoiced Monday when the facility reopened after being closed since the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Yesterday was the first day open. I came …
Wilson police respond to a shots-fired call Friday afternoon on the 100 block of Dewey Street. Investigators say a man accused of robbery and gun theft fired at a victim but didn't strike him.

Robbery suspect accused of attempted murder

A Wilson man is under a $1.5 million secured bond after police charged him with committing three crimes — including attempted murder — in one day. Gregory A. Joyner, 31, is charged with …
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Man wanted in Sunday shooting 

Wilson police are looking for a suspect wanted in a Sunday shooting that left a man injured.  Officers responded to a 1:18 a.m. shooting call at Village Motor Lodge at 2929 U.S. 301. Police …
Ride driver Melissa Taylor and passenger Lida Carter chat at a stoplight Wednesday. Carter said she loves using the city's new on-demand transit system.

‘No rider left behind’: On-demand microtransit offers freedom to Wilsonians

Gas-guzzling buses on fixed routes are a thing of the past in Wilson as residents now use an app to hail rides anywhere in the city. “We’re at the beginning of week four with 40 to 50% growth …
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Candidates differ on Medicaid expansion: Webb challenges Fitch in District 4

Sen. Milton F. “Toby” Fitch will face off against Republican newcomer Sammy D. Webb, a criminal defense attorney from Roanoke Rapids, at the polls Nov. 3 to represent N.C. Senate District 4, …
Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard shows the office's new smartphone app, which is available as a free download.

App puts sheriff’s office info at fingertips

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office has a new way to connect with the public. The office just launched its free smartphone app where residents can access various resources, vital information and …
High school students shared their experience with racism and prejudice. From top left are J.D. Bracamontes, Jamian Taylor, Amy Greene and Jessica Pigford. From bottom left are Lee Williams, Asa Haung, MaKylah Lucas and David Cardenas-Cisneros.
THE BLACK EXPERIENCE

Students want peace and unity

After witnessing a year of racial strife, Wilson County high school students say it’s time to talk about it so society can move on. “We have been dealing with racism for a real long …
Casita Brewing Co. taproom manager Rufus Hoffman pours a pint Sunday. The brewery at 217 South St. is launching a new beer Saturday during a party to promote voter registration and participation.

Beer and ballots: Casita beer release promotes voter education

Grab a pint and register to vote Saturday during Casita Brewing Co.’s “I Voted Today” beer release celebration. “We always get excited to vote, but we wanted to do something to inform and …
Cotton Tails Children's Boutique owner Michole Evans stands with her husband, Joey, and their children, from left, Baylor, Barkleigh and Briggs.

New owner brings new look to Cotton Tails

While Michole Evans was ready to realize her dream of opening a children’s shop, the timing just wasn’t right. “We had formed the business, chosen a location and had everything in place,” …
Fike graduate Emily Rhyne won an Emmy Award with The New York Times for a project she did on painter Bob Ross.

Fike grad wins Emmy with New York Times

When Emily Rhyne won an Emmy last week, she acknowledged her Wilson upbringing as a foundation for success, denouncing the myth that “small-town” girls could be nothing more. A 2011 Fike High …
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Wilson Christian's Jocelyn Bailey hits around the defense of Goldsboro Faith Christian during Tuesday's match at WCA. The Lady Chargers won in three sets.

Tired Lady Chargers grind past Conquerors in 3

Coming off its most comprehensive performance of the season Monday night, the Wilson Christian varsity volleyball team needed to find alternate ways to push through Tuesday’s North Carolina …

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LOCAL HEADLINES

Tee off for Wilson Community College student scholarships

Bob Thaxton leaves legacy of service and sacrifice

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

Attorney General Josh Stein: Don't fall for debt collection scams

State streamlines process for returning unclaimed property

Weathercast: Cold front could bring rain Tuesday and Thursday

Nash County's COVID-19 death toll reaches 42

Middlesex receives sewer expansion grant

Blood donors can help coronavirus patients

Civil Air Patrol squadron marks 40 years

Wilson Gastroenterology adds new doctor, Gal

Man wanted in Sunday shooting

Marriage licenses: Who tied the knot in Wilson County?

Swingset fills a special need

Community remembers lost loved ones, celebrates recovery

Wilson County Public Library announces new books

Wilson County reports 44 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

Community Briefs: State holding virtual career expo

Rainy year hurts Wilson’s cucumber crop

More jobs for older workers?

Letters pile up as lousy pen pal procrastinates

Recession, recovery or something else?

Community remembers lost loved ones, celebrates recovery

Pet of the week: Friendly pup Coral loves to run, jump and play

Family celebrates Cannon’s life

Firefighters rescue Wilson man from house fire

Weathercast: Ahead of cold front, weekend should be mostly dry

Regulators approve cost-saving Wilson Energy initiative

Nurse practitioner joins Wilson Physician Services

Wilson County reports 28 new COVID-19 cases

Students complete BB&T Emerging Leaders program

Retail lobbyist: Pandemic 'like never-ending hurricane' for businesses

Free Silver Alert for Wilson woman canceled

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: Cold front could bring rain Tuesday and Thursday

An advancing cold front and low pressure system will likely give the Wilson Times area showers and thunderstorms Tuesday and Tuesday night. Tuesday should also be the warmest day for the rest of …

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Patience guides WCA to win in battle of Chargers
Three minutes into the second half Monday night, Wilson Christian junior Nestor Castro dribbled in the direction of the end line as … Read More
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 … Read More
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
Man injured in motorcycle wreck
BLACK CREEK — A Rocky Mount man was taken to the hospital Tuesday after being thrown from his motorcycle on Interstate … 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
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THE ENTERPRISE
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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COLUMN
Supreme Court pick shines spotlight on American abortion debate

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, leaving a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the impact of her absence on abortion issues came immediately to the nation’s attention. A different Supreme Court’s …

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 …

SPORTS
College Sports
Duke turnovers pave way for loss at Virginia

Duke’s promising season-opening loss to Notre Dame now seems like it was played in an alternative universe. In a COVID-19 Twilight Zone college football season, that’s not unusual, but it …

Generous ECU offense doesn’t keep pace with No. 13 UCF

Execution woes doom Wolfpack in loss to Hokies

Defense ahead of the offense early in ACC season

Notre Dame-Wake Forest postponed after Irish positive tests

School Sports
Wedgewood Ladies Golf Association holds inaugural Member-Member tourney

The Wedgewood Ladies Golf Association held its first Member-Member tournament Wednesday, with 32 participants and 16 teams divided into two flights. Utilizing a Texas Scramble format, competitions …

A little mud on the uniform never hurt anybody

McDaniel aces Wedgewood No. 10

Low pressure makes the deer eat

‘06 Explosion settles for tie in 1st game back from long layoff