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Wilson police order protesters to back up on Nash Street during Sunday night protests.

As protests continue, Wilson declares overnight curfew starting at 8 p.m. Monday

Wilson has imposed a citywide curfew from 8 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday, city of Wilson spokeswoman Rebecca Agner announced Monday afternoon. “The curfew is in place for the …
Wilson police fire soft rounds at a group of protesters attempting to break windows at the corner of Tarboro and Nash streets Sunday night as protesters take the streets to show their anger over George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis.

Downtown Wilson protests turn violent: Windows shattered, bricks thrown at police

Protesters swarmed downtown Sunday as night fell on Wilson. Cars full of jeering young people honking horns and shouting slogans joined with pedestrian protesters in front of the Wilson County …
Protesters leave the area near Walmart after police dispersed a Sunday evening demonstration outside the store.

Protesters, police avoid confrontation at Walmart

Demonstrators chanted, waved signs and squared off with police outside Wilson’s Walmart Supercenter, but the crowd dispersed peacefully Sunday evening.  Lenwood Ward, a Wilson resident …
Maurice Barnes delivers an impassioned prayer in front of protesters on the Wilson County Courthouse steps Sunday afternoon.

Protesters hold nonviolent courthouse rally

Protesters demonstrating against George Floyd’s killing gathered with signs at the Wilson County Courthouse on Sunday afternoon before peacefully marching around two city blocks and along Nash …
Wilson Academy of Applied Technology Principal Krystal Cox, center, goes over graduation protocol with six students accepting diplomas and degrees Saturday in the school's first graduation.
Class of 2020

Wilson Academy of Applied Technology celebrates 1st graduating class

The Wilson Academy of Applied Technology handed diplomas and degrees to its first class of graduates Saturday. “In 2016 we opened WAAT, and the whole idea was to connect the workforce to our …
Wilson Early College Academy graduate Tavion Cox gets a tight hug from mother Komeca Avent in the Frank L. Eagles Community Business Center parking lot Saturday.
Class of 2020

Early college holds graduation for 65 students

Seniors graduating from Wilson Early College Academy have had to roll with the punches when it came to commencement this year. After the COVID-19 stay-at-home order sent all students home for the …

Police: Wilson man shot, killed outside his home

Police are investigating the killing of a Wilson man who was fatally shot in his front yard Friday afternoon.  Officers were dispatched to a reported shooting in the 1700 block of Martin …
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Fitch refutes fellow senator's harassment claim

Wilson County’s state senator says he’s completely innocent of the allegation lodged against him in an already dismissed ethics complaint. Sen. Milton F. “Toby” Fitch Jr., …
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Commissioner questions Spring Hope's policing of black residents

DEED TRANSFERS

Protests turned violent as night fell

Leaders mourn Floyd, disavow violence: Vandalism struck businesses ‘just trying to survive’

Unity arises from protest destruction

Free Victory Fitness owners ready for court battle with Cooper over gym closures

Weathercast: Clear skies to return, followed by warmer temps

Red Cross: Hospitals have urgent need for blood donations

Free Forest Hills Baptist Church honors long-serving secretary

Free Wilson bugler honors the fallen on Memorial Day

Interested in health care careers? Wilson Community College has you covered

Wilson County Schools employee tests positive for COVID-19

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

North Carolina governor: RNC hasn't submitted safety plan

Media coalition sues Cooper, NC cabinet agencies for COVID-19 records

Bipartisan bill to reopen bars heads to Cooper

Deputies charge suspect in decade-old child sex abuse case

Wilson's public pools closed through Phase 2; walk-in traffic still restricted in city offices

Making music at church for 35 years: Joan Gibbs retiring from First Presbyterian

Hospital loosening some COVID-19 visitor restrictions: New rules start Monday

Wilson campaigns, political parties shift to digital strategy amid COVID-19

Hotel vacancies ripple into tourism funding

The heavy work

A tale of 2 gyms: Wilson businesses take varied approaches to reopening

Wilson County to see $1.58 million in virus relief funds

Community Briefs: Ministry offers free meal

Wilson youths win virtual livestock show prizes

Free Deputies: Infant stabbed with screwdriver in fight between parents

US coronavirus deaths by county

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Michelle Brown, senior planner for the city of Wilson, hands out cards at the Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market earlier this month reminding residents to turn in their census information.

More than 4 in 10 Wilsonians haven't taken census: City, county urge participation

While Wilson’s 2020 census self-response rate continues to increase, local officials continue to push for residents in both the city and county to make themselves count.  The U.S. …
Joan B. Gibbs, director of music for the last 35 years at First Presbyterian Church in Wilson, is retiring.

Making music at church for 35 years: Joan Gibbs retiring from First Presbyterian

Joan Gibbs said her favorite moments as a music director have been when multigenerational choirs came together to sing as one. Gibbs is retiring as director of music ministries for First …
T. Sharp and his pig Hudson won the prize for grand champion market hog in a statewide virtual livestock show.

Wilson youths win virtual livestock show prizes

When it came time to watch results come in for the “Showing From Home” Virtual Livestock Show, the Sharp family about tore the house down hearing the winners. T. Sharp was among the top …
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Business leaders seek proactive COVID-19 rebound

More than 100 eastern North Carolina business leaders gathered virtually Wednesday to assess the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic effect and learn how to best weather the storm. “In …
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State treasurer: Wilson better prepared to bounce back from COVID-19 than some other NC cities

Wilson is set to fare better than other North Carolina cities in the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic aftermath and the expected loss of tax revenues, according to State Treasurer Dale …
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Weathercast: Clear skies to return, followed by warmer temps

Relief from the warm, very humid and occasionally rainy air mass is expected Sunday in the Wilson Times area.  It will probably be Wednesday before summertime weather returns. Saturday …

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101 take drive-thru COVID-19 test
With health conditions that place Cynthia Lucas at high risk for COVID-19, the Wilson woman jumped at the chance to get tested … Read More
Prayer for Our City: Pastor Bobby Harrell, Wave Church
Pastor Bobby Harrell of Wave Church delivered this week’s Prayer for Our City on Wednesday with an introduction by Wilson Mayor … Read More
Prayer for Our City: Pastor Dameion L. Royal of Contending for the Faith Church Ministries
Pastor Dameion L. Royal of Contending for the Faith Church Ministries delivered Friday’s Prayer for Our City with an introduction by … Read More
Prayer for Our City: Rev. Lamont Foster Sr., St. John AME Zion Church
Rev. Lamont Foster Sr. of St. John AME Zion Church delivered Wednesday’s Prayer for Our City with an introduction by Wilson Mayor … Read More
Prayer for Our City: Pastor Tyler Campbell, Raleigh Road Baptist Church
Pastor Tyler Campbell of Raleigh Road Baptist Church delivered Tuesday’s Prayer for Our City with an introduction by Wilson Mayor … Read More
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Man sentenced to federal prison time in Nash County's biggest drug bust

A man captured during the biggest heroin bust in Nash County history has been sentenced to four years in federal prison. Luis Octavio Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 32, previously pleaded guilty to possession …

Spring Hope shooting tied to long federal prison term

Southern Nash restaurants reopen dining rooms: 'Phase 2' brings business boost

Nash County reports 4th coronavirus death

Murder suspect can bail out of jail

JOHNSTONIAN NEWS
Johnston schools name new superintendent

SMITHFIELD — Eric Bracy is moving next door. The superintendent of Sampson County schools will take the helm of Johnston County schools on July 1. The Johnston County Board of Education …

‘It doesn’t make any sense’: Governor allows restaurants with bars to reopen, but standalone bars must remain closed

COVID-19 packed a punch, first hospital patient says

Bowling alley owner sad, angry

For restaurants, quick return won’t be easy

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Face masks shouldn't become partisan props

Not since the tomato-red “Make America Great Again” hat has a clothing accessory carried this much political baggage. Face masks became a flashpoint in the culture wars following …

LIFE
Use cake mix to make these easy cookies

Who’s made cake mix cookies before? I know I have. Our favorites have included lemon crinkle and a chocolate with peanut butter chips. So good. For those of you who have never tried them, cake …

SPORTS
College Sports
Division II programs will play less games in 2020-21 season

Keith Gorman’s head coaching career at Barton College opened in grand style, using a four-hit shutout from freshman Gentry Fortuno to pull off a 1-0 win over in-state foe No. 5-ranked Catawba …

Tobs add 2 catchers to roster

Amid mounting debt, ECU eliminates 4 sports

Pandemic only exacerbates ECU financial woes

Tobs pick up Davidson mound trio

School Sports
Let them be

When I was young, like really young, I received a small duckling from a neighbor. Rats had killed several of the small ducks and the adult ducks were no longer around. Now, as any really young person …

Barton baseball camps dates pushed back

Fishing keeps us together while we’re apart

Me, MJ and dark-thirty golf

Staying ticked off

Schools
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
Student uses soap sales to feed children
Sixth grader Grace Gibson had time on her hands, but she put it to a good use. The 12-year-old Greenfield School student sold … Read More
Virtual art show features student work
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an animated “walk-through”video featuring Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education student … Read More