WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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One of the affinities this region feels for Martin Luther King Jr. is that he was a Southerner. He was Georgia-born and educated, a top Baptist seminarian who went on to guide congregations in … more
Eight decades after the anti-pot propaganda film “Reefer Madness” stirred a moral panic over marijuana, cops and prosecutors in North Carolina are bending the truth to bind hemp to its infamous … more
As a Senate impeachment trial and the partisan spectacle of a presidential election cast long shadows over the New Year, Wilsonians can take solace that, at least on the local level, there are more … more
As Wilson County enters a new decade, a modern animal shelter on N.C. 42 East will replace the crumbling eyesore on Airport Drive. And it took earnest efforts from Wilson County stakeholders to bring … more
Editor’s note: It is, perhaps, the most well-known and beloved newspaper editorial of all time. On Sept. 21, 1897, The New York Sun answered 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s earnest question … more
In 1984, Congress used its power of the purse to limit alcohol sales to buyers 21 and up. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act threatened state legislatures with a loss of federal highway funds if … more
Two decades. More than 2,300 U.S. troop deaths. Roughly a trillion dollars. Time, blood and treasure haven’t stamped out the scourge of terrorism or transformed Afghanistan into a stable … more
It wasn’t a mere mistake, sloppy detective work or prosecutorial tunnel vision that locked Charles Ray Finch away for a murder he didn’t commit, a bombshell lawsuit alleges. Instead, lawyers … more
For nearly six decades, C. Bruce Rose has served Wilson and its people with a singular selflessness. Today, Wilsonians offer their gratitude for a job well done. It’s Bruce Rose Day in the city … more
Thursday is for turkey, family and football. Friday is for big-box doorbusters. And Saturday is for shopping local. Small Business Saturday, a campaign supporting mom-and-pop shops that’s only … more
A political Thanksgiving tradition observed last week likely struck Charles Ray Finch and his family as more galling than charming. Gov. Roy Cooper spared 45-pound toms Orville and Wilbur from … more
Former President Barack Obama is urging the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates to temper their progressivism with a dose of pragmatism. Far-left policies like eliminating all … more
President Donald Trump is in the thick of yet another high school free speech controversy. A North Surry High School student made a joke about Trump during an improv club meeting on Wednesday, … more
Author, businessman and decorated Marine veteran Karl Marlantes wrote, “When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn’t over for the veterans, or the family. It’s just starting.” In 1968, … more
If you live in the city of Wilson or in one of Wilson County’s seven incorporated towns and haven’t participated in one-stop early voting, today’s the day to make your voice heard. … more
THUMBS UP to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office for solving a 3 ½-decade-old homicide thanks to advances in forensic technology, persistence and good, old-fashioned detective work. Sheriff’s … more
Years of planning and painstaking work are making Wilson’s #DowntownTurnaround a reality. While we’ve joined civic boosters in celebrating each milestone along the way, Thursday’s economic … more
Should the Wilson City Council be a referee who polices the playing field for fairness, a head coach calling the plays for growth or a quarterback responsible for moving the ball forward? If … more
Want to know how your Wilson City Council hopefuls plan to patch potholes, lure new industries to town, expand parks and recreation offerings and keep Wilsonians safe from crime? If you come out … more
Religion, speech, press, assembly, petition. If you can recite that list from memory, you’re ahead of 96% of American adults, according to the Freedom Forum Institute’s 2019 State of the … more
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