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Cars were sparse Thursday in the normally full lot at the Wilson Bridgestone plant, which is set to remain closed until the first week of May due to COVID-19.

Virus to spike state jobless rates

Statistics released this week reveal unemployment in Wilson County was on the decline prior to the global coronavirus pandemic that left 6.6 million people across the country without a job last week …
Four-year-old Christina Peake reaches up to accept free Wilson County Schools meals from bus driver Shelia Lee on Thursday.

Wilson County Schools concerned about workers' potential COVID-19 exposure while serving meals

Bus driver Shelia Lee leaned down to lower bagged meals into the open hands of 4-year-old Christina Peake. It was the second stop of the day for the Wilson County Schools bus crew delivering free …
A barrier has been added to the doors in Lowe's between the store and the garden center to limit the number of customers in a given area.

Cooper limits store occupancy to reduce COVID-19 exposure

Gov. Roy Cooper issued a new statewide order Thursday that includes new social distancing policies for stores to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, occupancy inside …
Girl Scout Troop 555 leader Mary Knox said the Easter Bunny will ride around Lucama’s neighborhood streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Easter Bunny headed to Lucama

LUCAMA — Town residents should keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny on Saturday. Girl Scout Troop 555 leader Mary Knox said a reliable source has indicated the Easter Bunny will be riding around …
A customer leaves Lowe's Tuesday afternoon. The store has implemented a number of changes in the wake of the global pandemic.

Retailers take steps to stay open

Guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 are ever-evolving, as are the precautions businesses take. “Throughout this week’s developments, we’ve put extra safety measures and procedures in …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Wilson marks 3rd COVID-19 death; 42 positive cases

A Wilson County man has died from complications associated with COVID-19, marking the third death in less than a week.  Wilson County Health Director Teresa Ellen said the patient, who was in …
The new Wilson County Animal Shelter is shown in an artist's rendering.

County OKs $1.3M animal shelter bid

Construction on the new Wilson County Animal Shelter could start within the next 30 days. County commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to award the animal shelter contract to R&L Builders …
Bruno Luna Obiedo, who works at Deans Farm Market on N.C. 42, carries a flat of freshly picked strawberries to a farm truck.

A berry, berry good idea: Drive-thru offers strawberries direct to consumers

Cars were lined up by the half-dozen Wednesday morning as Deans Farm Market began drive-thru, curbside strawberry service. So many had been sold by early afternoon that workers had to stop and …
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THE GREAT PANDEMIC OF 1918
Flu outbreak was WWI’s deadliest battle Inside the Wilson County Courthouse entrance, there are plaques listing Wilson residents who lost their lives in war. On the right side is one for those who died “in the Great War of the …
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‘Neighbors helping neighbors': Eatery donates lunch to ICU staff

Wilson Medical Center intensive care unit staff received lunch from Chick-N-Stix on Saturday.
Forty boxed lunches were prepared with love — and personal protective equipment — on Saturday before being delivered to pandemic front-line workers in Wilson Medical Center’s intensive care …
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Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Midweek highs to reach the mid-80s

The audio portion of the Weathercast continues to have technical problems, but hopefully by what should be a sunny, pleasant Saturday, the technical glitches will resolve. A stalled front is …

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Fire burns woods, barn, tractor
ELM CITY — A debris pile being burned Sunday behind a home on Bridgersville Road resulted in a larger fire Monday that destroyed … Read More
‘Neighbors helping neighbors': Eatery donates lunch to ICU staff
Forty boxed lunches were prepared with love — and personal protective equipment — on Saturday before being delivered to pandemic … Read More
Prayer for Our City: Pastor Cliff Lewin of Wilson Praise and Worship
Pastor Cliff Lewin of Wilson Praise and Worship delivered Tuesday's Prayer for Our City with an introduction by Wilson Mayor Carlton … Read More
Prayer for Our City: Elder Ida Hamilton, Tabernacle Temple of Jesus Christ
Elder Ida Hamilton of Tabernacle Temple of Jesus Christ delivered Monday's Prayer for Our City with an introduction by Wilson Mayor … Read More
Mayor Carlton Stevens delivers COVID-19 update
Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens delivered an update on the spread of COVID-19 on Friday afternoon. Click the play button on the video … Read More
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THE ENTERPRISE
County board chairman defends jail plans

NASHVILLE — Nash County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robbie Davis has come out swinging against an architect firm that recently questioned plans for the aging county jail. Pennsylvania-based …

County hires architect for jail expansion

Spring Hope sets business social distancing rules

Curfew declared in Franklin County

Sheriff’s office open for gun permits

JOHNSTONIAN NEWS
Johnston has 3 deaths, 40 coronavirus cases

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Public Health Department on Saturday reported a third coronavirus death. The number of cases, meanwhile, climbed to 40 on Monday, and nine of those patients were …

4 from nursing home test positive for COVID-19

Johnston school board narrows superintendent search to 7

Coronavirus — and its response — leave travel industry reeling

Police, sheriff say stay at home

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Politics in the age of pandemic

Donald Trump is running against himself. Coronavirus has shut down just about everything, including the presidential campaign. With Bernie Sanders out of the way, former Vice President Joe Biden …

LIFE
Use your time to bake some bread

I don’t make yeast bread as often as I’d like. I’m not sure why. I have so many yeast bread recipes that my family and I enjoy. But I seldom take the time to mix and knead the dough and let it …

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AREA GOLF BRIEF: Council notches 1st career ace

Already a Wilson County Junior Golf Championship age-group winner, Wilson’s Bree Council added to her golf resume with a hole-in-one in a round at Willow Springs Country Club on …

Bored? Then set up camp

Vick sinks 7th career ace

Post 13 has Ballance for 2020

Memories make for sacred ground

Schools
Students enroll in kindergarten
A’zaria Durham paused as teacher Darnell Nelms assessed the 5-year-old’s abilities in reading, counting, colors and … Read More
School menus for Wilson, Nash and Johnston counties
monday Breakfast: Cinni minis, fruit juice and peach cup. Lunch: Pepperoni pizza or chicken fillet sandwich, baked beans, … Read More
Spelling bee finalists named
Wilson Times Editor Corey Friedman, left, congratulates finalists in Tuesday's Wilson County Spelling Bee. They include, from left, … Read More
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