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Democrats: Redistricting an opportunity and a challenge

Free For African-American state lawmakers and their constituents, court-ordered redistricting is a double-edged sword. New maps could make some lopsided legislative districts more competitive, threatening Republicans’ veto-proof majority in the General Assembly. But they also could reduce the concentration of black voters and pit incumbent legislators against each other …

Fair exhibit will salute area veterans

Free A new feature at this year’s Wilson County Fair will pay tribute to area veterans. If you attended the July 4 festivities at the fairgrounds earlier this month, you might have seen an example of the Veterans Wall of Honor. Martha Cayton, Wilson County Fair Advisory Council member and a project organizer, said quite a few people stopped by on July 4 to see the exhibit. They looked at the photos and took forms they could return later …

NORTH CAROLINA NEWS
Raleigh Catholic cathedral gearing up for grand opening

RALEIGH (AP) — Catholics in eastern North Carolina are about to celebrate the completion of a big new cathedral that will be the center of the region’s religious life. A dedication Mass scheduled for Wednesday is expected to draw …

Hopeful Swansboro girl uses eclipse as inspiration

Ex-members: Brazilians funneled as ‘slaves’ by N.C. church

NATION & WORLD NEWS
White House indicates Trump would sign new Russia sanctions bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House indicated Sunday President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure, which the House could take up this week, that requires him to get Congress’ permission before lifting or easing the …

Suspect due in court after 9 die in sweltering truck

Free 2 more GOP senators oppose health bill, killing it for now

COLUMN

Congress needs a dose of reality

Free In their fervor to repeal and replace Obamacare, our Congress has run headfirst into a wall of political reality: once you extend benefits to people, it is almost impossible to take them away. Despite all the bluff and bluster, Congress …

LIFE

First time on stage: Local woman’s musical opens next week

Free Cindy Mancini sometimes wonders how it all happened. One day she had a good story idea; now, seven years later, she is just a few days away from the world premiere of her musical, “An Extra Penny.” “I’m amazed every day. …

College Sports
Not pretty in pink

Paint the Park Pink Night in Fleming Stadium left the Wilson Tobs, garbed in pink jerseys to commemorate the occasion raise breast cancer awareness and help fund mammograms, red-faced on a “Throwback Thirsty Thursday” before a large …

Barton golf coach Leonard adds assistant AD to her duties

AAC football poll

A nice turnaround

Fast start, losing finish for Tobs

Community sports
Tradition renewed

Since 1979, the Wilson County Junior Golf Championship has brought young golfers together to play three consecutive days on three of the county’s four courses. The 39th annual Larry Pittman Memorial/Wilson County Junior Golf Championship …

Wilson Recreation Department results

Wagamon, Sargent rule course at Happy Valley Member-Guest tourney

Different name, but same result

Area golf briefs

CHURCH NEWS
Church news, week of July 22

Unitarian — Rocky Mount Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will have service 10 a.m. First Apostolic — Bailey First Apostolic Church will have Sunday school at 10 a.m. and evening worship at 6 with the Rev. Preston Taylor as …

Church news for the week of July 15

White Oak Hill names interim youth, music pastor

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EDUCATION

Wilson Christian Academy announces honor rolls

The following students were recognized for their academic excellence during the fourth quarter at Wilson Christian Academy. A/B Honor Roll Grade 6 William Brantley, Claire Barkley, Alyssa Davis, Nathan Gattis and Seth Trull Grade …