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Wilson Energy line technicians Jon Bass and Ashley Whitley prepare transformers for installation as part of the new development at the intersection of Eagle Farm Drive and Redbay Lane.

Payment plans offered for deferred utility bills; shutoffs could resume July 30

State Treasurer Dale Folwell hoped to push Gov. Roy Cooper to exempt public-power cities from the state moratorium on utility nonpayment disconnections, but an abrupt end to this week’s Council …
Kyle Cashwell runs his portable sawmill as Wilson residents Dale Turner and Bucky Robbins watch in background Thursday. Drew C. Wilson | Times

With faith, double amputee Kyle Cashwell beats the odds

Faced with the severe injuries Kyle Cashwell had, many people would have lost their will to survive. But not Cashwell. The Garland man lost his right arm and his right leg in a farming accident …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Wilson County reports 6th COVID-19 facility outbreak; active cases decline

Wilson County health officials reported a sixth COVID-19 outbreak at a congregate living facility Friday.  Three Wilson Assisted Living residents tested positive for COVID-19, according to …
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Police: Wilson man charged in teen's stabbing

Authorities say a Wilson man was arrested Thursday in connection to a stabbing that left a teenager seriously injured.  Police obtained an arrest warrant for 29-year Rakim Hikeem Cox in the …
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3 file for Wilson County school board seats

Two incumbents and one newcomer have filed for seats on the Wilson County Board of Education. Velma Hoskins Barnes, an incumbent in District 2, and Henry Ellis Mercer, an incumbent in District 4, …
Wilson County Beekeepers Association President Bruce Petway, right, watches as a crew from Mangum's Towing secures a small building for transport from Wilson to the club's Black Creek apiary on Friday.

Beekeeping club moves building to apiary

BLACK CREEK — The Wilson County Beekeeping Association has a new home. Wilson resident and club member Gene Nemechek offered the 12-by-12 foot outbuilding to the club. The structure was …
Linwood Tyndall, Greenlight infrastructure engineer, browses the guide on the new Greenlight TV app.

Greenlight increases cable rate, launches new app

Greenlight cable TV customers will pay $6 more a month starting in August due to rising content costs. “Almost all of the rate increase comes from very few yet very popular channels that we …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Wilson County reports 20 new COVID-19 cases

Wilson County reported 20 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and health officials say one new patient is a Longleaf Neuro-Medical Treatment Center employee. Longleaf is one of four long-term care …
Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson, is shown campaigning during the 2018 general election. Gov. Roy Cooper appointed her to serve on the N.C. Employment Security Board of Review, a salaried state position that requires Farmer-Butterfield to vacate her House District 24 seat.

Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield leaves NC House for appointed post

State lawmakers on Wednesday confirmed Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield’s appointment to North Carolina’s appeals board for unemployment benefits, resulting in her resignation from the N.C. …
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Wilson Team Elite catcher Drew Wells awaits the arrival at home plate of Wayne County Jets outfielder Clay Matthews in the first inning of Friday's independent summer league game at Rocky Mount Academy. The baseball did not arrive in time as the Jets plated six runs in the top of the first. Wilson lost 8-4.

Despite bullpen, tumultuous first inning keeps Wilson sputtering

ROCKY MOUNT — Remove the top of the first inning, and Wilson Team Elite finds itself in a totally different position in Friday night’s independent league baseball game versus the Wayne …

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LOCAL HEADLINES

Weathercast: No relief from the summer heat in sight

Wilson students receive Golden Leaf scholarship

Wilson property owner wins preliminary zoning approval; city council to consider request

Construction technology program starts next month at Wilson Community College

Pet of the week: Make Maveric your wingman

Wilson County deed transfers for June 29-July 2

Farmers start harvesting tobacco: Cold, wet weather hurt this year’s crop

Wilson hotel helps limit COVID-19 spread

The prayer of rest

Coronavirus affecting blue and red counties alike

Community COVID-19 town hall video

COVID forum addresses herd immunity, masks and testing

Lawsuit allows bowling alleys, including Wilson's, to reopen

Commissioners reject rezoning request for Buckhorn-area Dollar General

Fishers for Christ pray outside Wilson, Greene, Wayne courthouses

Wilson Energy honored with industry awards for electricity, natural gas

Wilson Medical Center names Mercy Award winner

Sims mayor appointed to regional board leadership

'Lift Every Voice and Sing' can lift America

2020: A good year to practice reciprocity

Listening, sharing brings families closer

State issues standing order for COVID-19 testing; 2 Longleaf patients test positive

Fire destroys storage building behind rural Wilson County home

Weathercast: Searing heat to follow storms this week

Hampton Inn operator rebuffs discrimination claim: 'We handled the incident properly'

Nash board considers liberty activist's gun rights resolution

Cooking fire damages Wilson apartment

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Samantha Edmundson of Wilson, a customer service representative at the Westview Lanes bowling alley, wipes a table after spraying sanitizer on Wednesday.

Lawsuit allows bowling alleys, including Wilson's, to reopen

A Tuesday court ruling is allowing Westview Lanes and 74 other bowling alleys across the state to defy the governor’s executive order and reopen this week. Bowling alleys were among the …
Wilson County commissioners denied a rezoning request that would have made way for a new Dollar General in the Buckhorn crommunity. The property is located at 8068 N.C. 42 W. outside Kenly, at the N.C. 581 intersection and across from Papa Jack's.

Commissioners reject rezoning request for Buckhorn-area Dollar General

Wilson County commissioners denied a rezoning request to make way for a new Dollar General store in the Buckhorn crossroads area.  Commissioners voted not to rezone the 2.84 acres of land …
The Creamery cashier Becky Cooper takes meal orders Thursday from Wilson residents Karen and Madalyn Barringer with their relatives from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jim and Kim Corya. The Ward Boulevard restaurant requires customers to wear masks unless they have a medical exemption from the executive order.

Businesses deal with mask mandate: ‘I don’t want to go overboard, but I don’t want to go under either’

Even before Gov. Roy Cooper mandated masks in restaurants, Kim Tutor bought them for her staff at The Creamery. “I had already purchased masks because I knew it was coming,” said Tutor, CEO …
The K&W Cafeteria sign was removed from the Wilson Mall location after officials failed to reach an agreement during lease negotiations.

K&W Cafeteria closes Wilson location

After four decades in Wilson, K&W Cafeteria will no longer be a part of the city’s restaurant options. “When we last spoke, there was an option on the table to negotiate a renewal …
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Weathercast: No relief from the summer heat in sight

The Wilson Times area is in the midst of typical summer heat, and there is no relief in sight. High temperatures Saturday through Tuesday, and probably at least a few days beyond, are forecast to …

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Tobs’ rally not enough to avoid second straight loss to Pilots
Shaky defense and a dormant offense, at least until the last inning, proved to be the right formula for the first losing streak of the … Read More
No pen pals here: Tobs remain fiery at the plate, rout Fungo 18-6 in 7 innings
The disappointment in the voice of Wilson Tobs head coach Harry Markotay was palpable. His team had just turned in another … Read More
Team Elite scratches past Redbirds for first win
ROCKY MOUNT — Twenty innings at the plate have elapsed for Wilson Team Elite to date, and through three contests, the independent … Read More
Surprise parade honors longtime volunteer Jerney Minshew
Jerney Minshew figured he could quietly recede into the background when it came to his work with the Wilson County Master … Read More
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Spring Hope residents, board grill Envirolink contractors over unfinished work

SPRING HOPE — Residents joined town commissioners during Monday’s meeting to chide Envirolink employees over Spring Hope’s appearance. Fan Whitley told the town board she’s …

Walking man bears cross for Jesus

Police chief: Virus prompted National Night Out cancellation in Middlesex

Nash policy reduces number of county-issued credit cards

Spring Hope considers rules for golf carts

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Rainbow Lanes can reopen, judge rules

CLAYTON — Rainbow Lanes Family Fun Center and other North Carolina bowling alleys can reopen, a Wake County judge ruled on Tuesday.

Schools welcome new superintendent

Selma says it will treat everyone equally

Clayton budget includes water, sewer hikes

Selma budget raises water, sewer, tax rates

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Circuit court cheers student speech rights

Schoolwork may become homework if the coronavirus closes classrooms, but school rules are less likely to hitch a ride home with socially distanced teenagers this fall. A rural Pennsylvania high …

LIFE
New high school ready for students: Sallie B. Howard building called ‘fantastic’

Along with a new high school, Sallie B. Howard is getting a new name. Sallie B. Howard School of Arts and Science is scheduled to receive its first high school students on Aug. 3, pending a …

SPORTS
College Sports
Tobs handed first loss by Pilots, 11-9

HAMPTON, Va. — The Wilson Tobs will not go undefeated in the shortened 2020 Coastal Plain League summer collegiate baseball season. After three victories over the Peninsula Pilots to open …

Old Pirate McNeill returns to NC as Wolfpack assistant

Tobs’ Baker claims 1st CPL Hitter of the Week honor

Carr still swinging the hot bat as Tobs clip Pilots to remain unbeaten

Tobs hammer Pilots for second straight night, 20-8

School Sports
Creativity, gratitude keeps local baseball afloat

In pandemic-era baseball, it takes a village to keep some sense of normalcy afloat. That’s been put on display in the summer of 2020 by the Coastal Plain League and representatives of …

Bruins coach aces Wedgewood’s No. 5

Team Elite bats grounded by Jets, 2-0

Not yet Elite: Wilson sunk by Battleships in summer league opener

Combine camping, off-road for new experience

Schools
Barton College announces 2020 graduates
The 239 Barton College students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December and May and baccalaureate candidates … Read More
Student tops national science contests
Lydia Denton is no average kid. The 11-year-old rising seventh-grader at Sallie B. Howard School recently won the $20,000 grand … Read More
COVID-19 breaks graduation traditions: Class of 2020 to get drive-by diplomas at most schools
For most Wilson County high school seniors, graduating will involve a drive-thru or drive-in commencement. While it might not be … Read More