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Cannon Hinnant's family plans Saturday celebration of life in Kenly

Five-year-old Cannon Hinnant was never afraid to tell people — even strangers — that he loved them. “That was his favorite sentence — ‘I love you,’” said the boy’s mother, Bonny …
Clothes Line associate Lisa Mercer, left, and manager Teresa Joyner organize items. Employees revamped the thrift store while it was closed for seven weeks during the statewide stay-at-home order. Now reopened for business, the Clothes Line is accepting merchandise donations to fund Wesley Shelter programs.

Wesley Shelter weathers pandemic: Agency adapts to safety guidelines, effects on victims

Wesley Shelter clients have needed more services than ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. And the agency has adapted to ensure clients’ needs are met on a daily basis. “We want people to …
Dante Pittman listens to Ruth Baines, curator at the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum, which celebrates African American history in Wilson County.
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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 Round House Museum several times. “I am always blown away when I walk in and read,” Pittman said. The …
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.

Wilson County reports 55 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

Wilson County reported 55 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases since Friday. Nine of those patients are Brian Center residents, county officials said Monday. The Brian Center is one four congregrate …
Finch Fancy Nail Spa owner Melinda Finch takes a moment in her new salon at 421 Nash St. in the Walston Center.

New downtown salon opening amid COVID-19

Not even the coronavirus pandemic can stop Melinda Finch from realizing her dream of opening a nail salon. “We started with plans for this place back in February,” Finch said. “I was …
Lalor Armstrong Smith, second from left, is sworn in as a Wilson Community College Board of Trustees member. From left are college President Tim Wright; Smith; Tracy Lane, executive assistant to the president and secretary to the board; and trustee Chairman David L. West.

Lalor Smith sworn in as Wilson Community College trustee

Lalor Armstrong Smith was sworn in as a new member of the Wilson Community College Board of Trustees last week. Smith is a Wilson County native who grew up in a small farming community near …
Democrat Linda Cooper-Suggs, left, and Republican Mick Rankin are vying for Wilson County's seat in the N.C. House.

House District 24 virtual candidate forum set for Wednesday

Candidates for Wilson County’s state House seat will share their vision for public service and field questions from the press and public during The Wilson Times’ virtual candidate forum …
Wilson City Council members debated allowing the construction of about 60 houses in a commercial district off Wooten Boulevard during a Thursday meeting.

Wilson council debates rezoning requests for planned restaurant, 60 new homes

Wilson City Councilman James Johnson sided with existing properties in two rezoning cases Thursday.  “Just like when we’re protecting a neighborhood from a restaurant that wants …
Students eat lunch at Wilson's Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education in 2019.

Sallie B. Howard School to continue remote instruction through year's end

The Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education says it will continue remote instruction through Dec. 22. School spokeswoman Saptosa Foster said in a Friday news release that the decision …
Samuel Ruiz, right, tosses a pumpkin to Dawson Batts as a truckload of Wilson-grown pumpkins arrives Friday at Nash Street Produce.

Wilson-grown pumpkins arrive at market just in time for fall

Growing pumpkins in Wilson County is essentially a roll of the dice. “Other guys have said if you grow them four years, you will have one good year and three bad ones. The stars will align …
Jana Winder, music teacher at Lucama Elementary School, suggests her students use stuffed animals as beat buddies to help them keep time while practicing their lessons remotely.

Cooper: Grades K-5 can return to classrooms for full-time, face-to-face learning

Gov. Roy Cooper cleared the way for North Carolina’s elementary schools to open full-time, but it’s up to each district to decide which option works best.  Cooper announced …
Elm City Middle School band and general music teacher Adam Schultz said remote learning has given him the opportunity to focus on individuals rather than the band as a whole.

Teachers get creative with lessons: Virtual learning has its challenges

Elm City Middle School band and general music teacher Adam Schultz knew teaching by remote learning would be difficult at the beginning of this school year. So he just shifted his focus from the …
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3 charged in Wilson man’s killing

Three Wilson men have been charged with first-degree murder in the July killing of 24-year-old Tylyike A. Pigford. Wilson police and U.S. Marshals Carolina Regional Fugitive Task Force members …
Jose Lopez, left, and Cisco Reyes of Lopez Handyman remove the upper part of a bench set to comply with Wilson city codes.

Changes brewing at Casita in effort to safely open beer garden

After a few weeks of attempting to reach a compromise, Casita Brewing Co. owners have chopped the tops off the beer garden cabanas and are hiring workers to make the space accessible for …
Grady "Bucky" Robbins, right, listens to Norman Harrell, director of Wilson County's N.C. Cooperative Extension office, during an agriculture meeting in 2018. Robbins died Tuesday at age 73.

Bucky Robbins remembered as a friend to Wilson

Friends, relatives and colleagues remember Grady “Bucky” Robbins as a statesman with a heart full of love who wanted to help Wilson achieve what was best for all its people. Robbins, …
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.
THE BLACK EXPERIENCE

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.
THE BLACK EXPERIENCE

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.
THE BLACK EXPERIENCE

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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Wilson Christian's Ethan Mitchell hurdles a prone Daniel Lewis of Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian during Monday's match at Wilson Christian. Mitchell had a second-half goal in WCA's 6-1 victory.

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 the Chargers returned to North Carolina Christian School …

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Weathercast: Sunny skies, mild temps in store this week

Bailey cancels Christmas parade due to COVID-19 concerns

Statewide litter cleanup canceled due to COVID-19

Hundreds isolated at home with coronavirus; Nash County's death toll climbs to 40

Pinetops improves fire protection rating

Kenly receives 15 applications for town manager

Wilson County reports 28 new COVID-19 cases

Pet of the week: Siamese kitten loves attention and is constantly purring

Weathercast: Cooler temps mark first week of fall

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

Wilson Community College offers free student resources

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87; served quarter-century on high court

Car hits utility pole

Hominy Creek improvement projects receive federal boost

Wilson County Superior Court

Community briefs: Alumni plate sale planned

Wilson DSS earns financial management award

New hemp processing facility operational: DEA rule changes viewed as an industry concern

‘Live Life in Color’ run goes virtual

Wilson County reports 19 new COVID-19 cases

Kenly museum to reopen Sept. 24

Three men charged in 24-year-old’s July killing  

Judd achieves Eagle Scout rank

Pandemic brings changes to job market

Wilson County reports 2 COVID-19-related deaths

Wilson County seeks $900,000 grant for senior center project 

Man injured in motorcycle wreck

New COVID-19 cases include 8 Brian Center residents 

Commissioners want more discussion on high school track decision

Weathercast: Mild temps provide sneak preview of spring

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Daniel Franklin Heath, 33, appears in Wilson County District Court on May 10, 2019. Heath, who pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge in October, was sentenced to roughly 11 years in federal prison on Friday.

Former Wilson pastor sentenced in child porn case

A former Wilson pastor who pleaded guilty to coercing an underage Texas girl into creating child pornography will spend roughly a decade in federal prison.  U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan …
Arthur Rogers looks at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park from properties on South Street he and AE Property partner Josh Hawn purchased recently.

Developer plans space for downtown Wilson restaurant

Work is underway to transform 217 South St. into Casita Brewing Co., but the developer said work will begin soon to prepare the adjacent properties for at least one restaurant. “We’ll do a …
Louretha Virginia Renfrow Johnson looks over genealogical charts detailing the lineage of Rocky Branch United Church of Christ members.

Church celebrates 150th anniversary

Five years after the Civil War ended, a handful of former slaves established a worship place under a “bush shelter” near a rocky stream in western Wilson County. Members of Rocky Branch United …
Equipment ruined by a July 22 fire at Custom Quality Packers near Bailey sits in the sun Friday afternoon.

Destroyed hog plant had slaughter violations: PETA seeks federal prosecution

BAILEY — A meatpacking plant destroyed in a fire late last month received two federal suspensions this year and had drawn the ire of an international animal rights group. Custom Quality …
Evan's Snack Cabinet owner Evan Tucker, 12, checks in with Chick-N-Stix owner BetiJo Ballin, who's teamed up with the young entreprenuer to sell his gourmet popcorn and candied nuts at her Wilson restaurant.

12-year-old’s love of snacks turns into business

Family and friends know Evan Tucker as the “snack monster.” “I love snacks,” the 12-year-old said. With a little help from his parents, Tasharra and Nick Tucker, the young …
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Weathercast: Sunny skies, mild temps in store this week

The Wilson Times area is forecast to enjoy pleasant temperatures and sunny skies Tuesday through Thursday.   The first meaningful chance of showers does not show up until Friday, and even …

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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
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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Chargers make short work of Knights in opener
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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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State's economic recovery is sputtering

RALEIGH — According to the latest jobs report, North Carolina’s headline unemployment rate fell to 6.5% in August, down from 8.5% in July. Good news worth celebrating, …

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 …

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Low pressure makes the deer eat

Last Wednesday I got a barrage of notifications on my cell phone. It would buzz, pause, buzz, pause, and buzz again. I was in the middle of a job and was trying to avoid it, but the thought …

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

Rediscovering his focus: Herring lights up future home course with twin 64s

Abrams back on top at Wilson County Amateur

Tobs high school fall league looms large in pandemic