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Allison

‘Ultimate sacrifice’: Nash County deputy dies from crash injuries

A Nash County deputy injured in a Thanksgiving Day crash has died. Jared Michael Allison, 26, who’s been hospitalized at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with brain damage since Nov. 26, …
Billy Ray Marshall, 54, was found dead on June 25 on the 1200 block of Ward Boulevard near Buddy's Home Furnishings and the Speedway convenience. His autopsy indicates Marshall died as a result of a stab wound to the neck.

Autopsy: Man died of stab wound

A Wilson man whose body was found on Ward Boulevard in June died as a result of a stab wound to the neck, his autopsy report states.  Billy Ray Marshall, 54, was found June 25 on the 1200 …
Tasha "Tott" Williams, 43, has been found safe. Contributed photo

Police: Missing woman found safe 

Police say a woman who was reported missing in November has been found safe.  Officials say 43-year-old Tasha L. Williams, who goes by the nickname “Tott,” has returned home. …

Officers investigate Sunday shooting

Wilson police are investigating a Sunday night shooting. According to a press release, officers were dispatched just before 7 p.m. to the 200 block of Hines Street where they found Antonio D. …
Students gather around Frederick Douglass Elementary School fourth grade teacher Courtney Beckstead's computer in the pre-COVID-19 days during the 2019-20 school year's first nine-week grading period.

46% of Wilson County Schools students failed a class in 1st grading period

In the first nine weeks in this school year, 46% of Wilson County Schools students in grades 3-12 failed a class, according to data supplied by the district. Students were in remote learning during …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Wilson reports virus death, 159 new cases; Jones Elementary halts in-person classes

Wilson County logged 159 new COVID-19 cases and one new death from Thanksgiving Day through Monday. “We are reporting numbers for five days due to the holiday. We do expect our recoveries to …
Samora Naturals store associate Briona Chavis hand-mixes a batch of Coffee Lovers Face & Body Scrub while shop owner Shawna Moses pours in one of the ingredients.

Entrepreneurs wanted for Wilson business accelerator program

When Shawna Moses was accepted into a business accelerator program in February, she never imagined how invaluable the assistance would be. “Before COVID hit, business was definitely very, …
Knight

Drop-in day care center a dream come true

Wilson parents looking for impromptu child care have a new option with Ms. Knight’s Drop-In Playhouse. The Airport Boulevard business has been a dream of owner Tawana Knight’s since she was a …
Gray Rivera of Wilson added dance steps into her daily workout.

She adds a twist to fitness routine

To see Gray Rivera’s workout is to witness boundless energy. Rivera, 25, is a nursing assistant for Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Since April, she’s been working out in The Bluffs …
Jennings

Murder convict could be paroled in husband’s killing

A woman who’s spent three decades in prison for fatally beating and torturing her elderly husband in a Wilson hotel is eligible for parole.  A Wilson County jury convicted 78-year-old …
A worker walks under the BB&T towers as an excavator works to smash out the first-story glass facade on one tower Tuesday in preparation for the eight-story buildings' December implosion.

BB&T towers’ demolition scheduled for Dec. 19

Decades after becoming an iconic sight in historic downtown Wilson, the BB&T towers will fall to the ground in a simultaneous implosion at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. “Many city departments …
The site of a planned parking garage is shown looking across Broad Street from the Wilson Visitors Center porch.

Wilson City Council approves 4 items in 4 minutes

The Wilson City Council met for just four minutes on Nov. 23 to approve several items that were subjects of public hearings. The regular meeting on Nov. 19 recessed to allow residents 24 …
Contentnea Fire Department volunteer and Christmas light programmer extraordinaire Josh Thomas shakes a string of lights malfunctioning on a tree Tuesday outside the fire station on N.C. 42.

‘A little bit of light in these dark times’: Annual light show starts Friday

For more than a month every holiday season, the Contentnea Fire Department is aglow with thousands of lights choreographed to music, and this year, the tradition lives on. “We can’t cancel …
Sallenger

Wilson County charts spike in suicide attempts

In the wake of a pandemic, social unrest and financial instability, Wilson County has seen a rise in suicide attempts in 2020. The Wilson Police Department and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office …
Bonny Parker, Cannon Hinnant's mother, sits next to a rendering for the Wilson City All Children's Multiplex as the boy's family announces its financial support for the project Wednesday at the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex.

'We're doing it for Cannon': Boy’s family funds playground renovation, Miracle Field

The J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex playground was a favorite place for 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant. And to honor the boy’s memory after his August killing, his family joined city and community …
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.

Officials urge Wilson to follow mask mandate; executive order includes criminal penalties

Rising COVID-19 cases prompted Gov. Roy Cooper to expand the statewide mask mandate, and Wilson officials are encouraging residents to take the added precautions. “Wilson has a strong …
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Lee Woodard Elementary classes go remote

Lee Woodard Elementary School students and staff will not be in the classroom for the next two weeks due to a positive COVID-19 case where staff members were identified as close contacts with the …
Tasha "Tott" Williams, 43, has been missing for more than a month. Police ask anyone with information about her wherabouts to contact them.

Missing woman’s family, friends want her home

Family and friends of a Wilson woman who’s been missing for more than a month are praying for her safe return.  Officials say 43-year-old Tasha L. Williams, who goes by the nickname …
Mack Johnson pushes a cartful of cans and metal to sell for scrap to pay for his next meal. Johnson, a homeless man, said he is thankful just to be living.

'Thankful for another day to be alive': Wilson County residents share their gratitude

Can we all agree that 2020 has been a hard year? Sickness, job loss, anxiety and depression have hit so many of us. But in the midst of it all, there have been plenty of blessings and reasons to …
Strother

Wilson deputies help capture Lenoir County shooting suspect

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team helped capture a suspect accused of shooting a Lenoir County deputy and another man.  Officers shot 30-year-old Robert Lee …
ELECTION 2020 CENTRAL

When political shorthand gets it wrong

RALEIGH — If the Republican Party were only the party of white men, it would never win an election. When discussing electoral matters, we all tend to use the political equivalent of …

‘Defund the police’ undid the Democrats

States, voters share uneasy balance of power

Wilson County to recount votes in NC chief justice race

Workers, volunteers kept our election secure

VIDEO

Southern Nash's Taylor Bailey (2) tries to hit around the defense of Hunt's Alex Williams, left, and Rachel Westbrook (10) during Monday's 3-A Big East Conference game at Hunt. Williams and Westbrook paced the Hunt attack on offense as the Lady Warriors coasted to a three-set win.

From all angles, Hunt sweeps aside Southern Nash

Rare will be the night during the 2020 season where the Hunt High varsity volleyball team has a setter that flirts with the 25-30 assist range, emblematic of an efficient offense in its own …

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LOCAL HEADLINES

Community Briefs: Free coffee for veterans offered

Celebrating successful food drive

Barton gives back to community

Weathercast: Temps to plunge as high pressure takes hold

Nash deputy fighting for his life after Thanksgiving Day crash

Heed the call of Christmas' spirit of giving

Wilson native earns engineering degree

Barbershop, nonprofit feed 300

Registration open for Save-A-Youth computer program

Weathercast: Low pressure to increase shower, storm chances

College honors faculty, staff members of the year

Pet of the week: Friday the cat gets along with big, small dogs

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

Winstead named to NC A&T alumni council

Community Briefs: Firehouse to host blood drive

DSS: Brighten holidays for older adults and youth

Who was convicted in Wilson County Superior Court?

Wilson County Public Library names new books

Nash deputy in critical condition after traffic stop crash

Thanksgiving is one meal, and yet so much more

Thanksgiving baskets delivered

Supreme Court blocks NY governor's coronavirus limits on houses of worship

Tacos join turkey for couple’s Thanksgiving food giveaway

Salvation Army starts holiday fundraising, Angel Tree campaigns

Stores work to keep holiday shoppers safe and happy

Pocket confetti

Collection day doubles pesticide poundage

Wilson recognizes Small Business Saturday, Giving Tuesday

Thanksgiving baskets delivered

COVID hospitalizations hit record high; Greenfield switches to virtual learning for 2 weeks

Wilson police distribute turkey dinners to 155 families

'My roots kept me grounded': Heather Finch returns home to restart wreath business

Farm gate sales dip to $124.8 million in Wilson County

Community Briefs: Library collecting food donations

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 …
WEATHERCAST

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Weathercast: Temps to plunge as high pressure takes hold

A strong Canadian high pressure system is forecast to build into the Wilson Times area Tuesday, keeping high temperatures in the upper 40s. A west wind around 10 mph, occasionally gusting to 15, …

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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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The beauty of a handwritten letter

With no time to waste, I rip it open before I even make it back from the mailbox. With the package in my hand, my heart races as I glance at the return address and smile because I know exactly where …

LIFE
Full services return in classroom: In-person learning benefits county’s exceptional children

Exceptional children resource teacher Lisa Harrison could see her fourth grade student was having trouble with the reading lesson. With in-the-moment precision, Harrison made eye contact, helped …

SPORTS
College Sports
It’s Maui in the mountains for the Tar Heels

Roy Williams is taking North Carolina on another trip to Maui, but the Tar Heels are riding a bus to Asheville in western North Carolina’s mountains rather than boarding a plane for paradise in …

No. 1 Alabama leads locked-in top 8 for 4th week

Wolfpack sharp, cohesive in 2-0 start

Scrappy Wolfpack hangs on to beat unheralded Orange

San Francisco stuns No. 4 Virginia 61-60 in Bubbleville

School Sports
Lake Wilson 12U seizes Downeast Fall League title

Sweeping each match in its final two outings, the Lake Wilson Tennis Club 12U Beavers concluded its Downeast Fall League Junior Team Tennis season with a championship by throttling their final two …

‘Bow therapy’ can be needed stress reliever at times

McGuire, Sutton cop WSCC women’s titles

No harm, no foul

Lake Wilson 12U, 18U Green both improve to 5-1