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Wilson family,

I have received numerous emails in reference to social distancing. Some of our citizens are not adhering to the recommendation of practicing social distancing.

I know this is a difficult task for many of us, but understand in order for us to get past this epidemic, we MUST do all that we can to minimize spreading or contracting this virus.

Social distancing is one of the first barriers.

Protect yourself.

Protect your family.

Protect your community.


As of Tuesday, March 31 at 4:30 p.m., Wilson County has 15 positive cases with five patients who have recovered. It is imperative that we continue to practice preventive methods in order to stop the spread of this virus.

Wilson family, please take this virus serious. No one is immune. We must protect ourselves, which will protect others. The link below is give information on how to protect yourself and your family.



As many of you know, I absolutely love to work out. But what you may not know is I love to eat more than I love to work out, especially at this stage of my life. There is nothing better than some wings fresh out the grease, french fries, Coca-Cola and a strawberry cheesecake milkshake all while watching “Law and Order.” Now that the gyms are closed, it is a serious problem. 

But Wilson, we will not gain the Freshman 15 during this time. Get out and walk or jog around the block, or even walk around your house. If you have steps, do a workout using your stairs by going up and down a few times. Most of all, watch your calorie intake. Below is a link that will give you many ideas on working out without having to use gym equipment. There are several hyperlinks embedded in the link below to help you find exactly what you are looking for. I’m starting my workout tonight.

Lastly, working out is a great way to relive stress! So I expect all moms and dads that are home ALL day with their PRECIOUS children, to work out when they are sound asleep!



Included in the bipartisan legislation are direct checks up to $1,200 for individuals with gross income up to $75,000 and married couples filing jointly are eligible for checks up to $2,400 with gross income up to $150,000, with an extra $500 for each child for hardworking North Carolinians. Phase III also includes $350 billion in federally guaranteed loans via the Paycheck Protection Program to provide eight weeks of cash-flow assistance to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.

Who is eligible to receive a relief check?

Relief checks are available to all U.S. residents regardless of income source. All U.S. residents with gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for married couples, who are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work-eligible Social Security number are eligible for the full $1,200 ($2,400 married) rebate. In addition, they are eligible for an additional $500 per child. The amount is completely phased-out for single filers with incomes exceeding $99,000, $146,500 for the head of household filers with one child, and $198,000 for joint filers with no children. 

Do I have to apply to receive checks?

The checks will be distributed based on your 2018 or 2019 tax returns. If you file taxes, you do not need to do anything further. If you did not file taxes and have tax-exempt income such as Social Security or disability, you’ll most likely need to complete a free tax return filing through the IRS. This information is not currently available but will be updated at www.irs.gov/coronavirus. 

Do people on Social Security and disability receive checks?

Yes, In the coming days, the IRS will provide additional guidance for individuals who receive tax-exempt income such as Social Security or disability. The information will be updated on www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

Will the checks be taxed?

The check is not considered taxable income per the Senate Finance Committee.

If 2019 is the first year I’m filing taxes and I haven’t filed them yet, what happens?

If so, then fill out your tax return ASAP with complete and accurate information to become eligible for the rebate check.

How will the IRS know where to send my payment?

The vast majority of people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic impact payment to those eligible. 

For people who have already filed their 2019 tax returns, the IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount. For those who have not yet filed their return for 2019, the IRS will use information from their 2018 tax filing to calculate the payment. The economic impact payment will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed. (Source: irs.gov/coronavirus)

The IRS does not have my direct deposit information. What can I do?

In the coming weeks, Treasury plans to develop a web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail. (Source: irs.gov/coronavirus)

What if someone says they can help me get my check sooner?

If someone tells you they can get your check to you sooner, they are a scam. The IRS will be updating the following page with info as it becomes available: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.


If you have been affected as a small business owner, help is here. There are several different loans that are being offered by the Small Business Administration. The link below will take you to the website where you can read about the different types of loans and apply. 



Do not rely on information that may be found on social media, messages you may get in your inbox or word of mouth. Our city government, county government, Wilson Times, health department, Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health and Human Services are reliable and verifiable sources of information. There is a link to each entity below. 

City of Wilson website


City of Wilson Facebook


Wilson County website


County of Wilson Facebook


The Wilson Times


Wilson Times Facebook


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


North Carolina Department Health and Human Services



Thank you, Pastor Sherman Blandon, pastor of Mount Moriah Community Church, for leading our city in prayer Tuesday morning.


If you were not able to see the prayer, it can be seen on Channel 8 Greenlight and Spectrum. It can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Please join us tomorrow morning at 9:15 a.m. when we go live for our next Prayer for our City.


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” — Romans 15:13.