Tropical Storm Isaias

High winds, flooding possible overnight

As Tropical Storm Isaias gets closer, Wilson County is now under a tropical storm warning. The National Weather Service says to expect heavy rain and tropical storm force winds in our area this …

North Carolina officials caution residents about Isaias

RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper cautioned residents on Sunday not to overlook the potential threats of Tropical Storm Isaias, which has weakened from a hurricane. Tropical storm …
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.

2 more coronavirus deaths bring Wilson County's death toll to 35

Two more Wilson Assisted Living residents have died in association with COVID-19, making six deaths at the long-term care facility this week, county health officials said Friday.  The …

Cooper declares state of emergency for NC ahead of Hurricane Isaias

Now is the time to prepare.  That’s the message Gov. Roy Cooper emphasized Friday as he declared a state of emergency for North Carolina ahead of Hurricane …
Mahalia and Ryan Witter-Merithew celebrate Casita Brewing Co.'s future home at 217 South St. with a cake from Treat Yo' Self Bakery. The business plans to open at the end of August or early September. Two collaboration beers with the nearby bakery are already in the works.

Changes brewing near Whirligig Park: Casita to replace 217 Brew Works

Casita Brewing Co. owners Ryan and Mahalia Witter-Merithew plan to spend the next month transforming 217 South St. into the embodiment of their brand, and their first order of business once the doors …
Sunflowers are blooming in the sunflower maze Collin Blalock has opened at Collin's Produce, 5806 Blalock Road outside Wilson.

Sunflower maze blooms for Blalock

Collin Blalock is hoping Hurricane Isaias will leave his sunflowers alone. Blalock, who owns Collin’s Produce, planted 7 acres of sunflowers and cut a maze through the field. The maze opened …
Ten-year-old Shanya Carter of Wilson works on her Chromebook in a remote learning classroom at The SPOT.

The SPOT to open remote learning lab

The SPOT has announced plans to open a remote learning center for 120 students on Aug. 17 Matt Edwards, executive director of The SPOT and Wilson Youth United, said Peace Church is partnering with …
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf Director Michele Handley demonstrates the remote instruction students will receive for at least the first month of school.

Eastern NC School for the Deaf to open with remote learning

Students at the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf will begin the year with fully remote learning. Director Michele Handley said the first day of school will be Aug. 17. Handley said …
Portia Jenkins feeds her completed ballot into the machine to be counted Feb. 13 on the first day of early voting for the March 3 primary.

Wilson County seeks state approval for 3 early voting sites

Wilson County Board of Elections members didn’t reach a unanimous decision on early voting sites, but the 3-2 recommendation will be sent to the state for approval Friday. “Our …
Michelle Edwards, Wilson County Schools technology coordinator, "enrolls" some of the more than 400 new Chromebooks bound for elementary and middle schools for the upcoming nine weeks of remote learning due to COVID-19.

Remote learning is virtually face-to-face: Students will be graded, checked for attendance

For Wilson County Schools students engaged in remote learning this fall, attendance will be recorded, grades will be issued and there will be daily, face-to-face virtual contact with teachers. …

Tips lead Wilson County deputies to 5 drug arrests

LUCAMA — Authorities say a multi-team investigation led to drug arrests over a two-day period following numerous tips and complaints from Lucama residents.  “The complaints …
Veteran and volunteer Harry Pender delivers a food box to a Veterans Residential Services of Wilson client during a recent distribution. The Wilson nonprofit is seeking assistance as its food pantry runs low.

Veterans Residential Services of Wilson requests food donations

Veterans Residential Services of Wilson has continued to help local veterans throughout the COVID-19 crisis. VRSW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves veterans of Wilson and …

Wilson Team Elite catcher Justin Holland awaits a throw that will not arrive in time as Wayne County Jets third baseman Logan Merritt (19) scores during the first inning of Wednesday's independent summer league game at Eastern Carolina Athletic Park. Wilson lost 14-4 in five innings.

Pair of costly innings ends Team Elite’s season, 14-4

GOLDSBORO — Quickly falling into the losers bracket of a double-elimination baseball tournament can send chills down the spine of any pitching staff. To escape that purgatory, there must be …

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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: Isaias' eye may pass between Wilson and Greenville

Free Whether or not Isaias comes ashore near the North Carolina-South Carolina border as a strong tropical storm or marginal hurricane, the Wilson Times area appears set for high winds and very heavy …

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