Floods drown cash crops: Farmers say torrential rain may hurt Wilson’s harvest

This week’s heavy rains have caused major concerns for growers of tobacco, corn and sweet potatoes in Wilson County. Norman Harrell, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension office in Wilson, said growers will be having to spend more money and time dealing with flooded fields. “What we’re going to have are places around the ends of the field and low spots or bottoms in the field that tobacco is going to drown,” Harrell said. “The farmer is going to have to make decisions whether to disc and cut out parts of those places or try and reset.” Harrell said growers also have some concerns with fertilizer that has been put out. “With all the rains, it could have leached it, so some farmers will have to make management …

Rep. Martin’s Greenlight bill moves forward

Free State legislators burned the midnight oil Thursday, voting on a barrage …

Parents, ex-users share heroin horror stories

Free One mother cried out for help. Her daughter, a heroin addict, has been in and out of treatment several times. And it …

Campus free-speech bill passes N.C. House

Free RALEIGH — North Carolina House members on Wednesday passed House Bill 527, Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech, but not without some partisan sparring over the necessity of the legislation. …

Special session challenge latest effort to block GOP laws

RALEIGH (AP) — Laws approved by the Republican-dominated legislature that reduced powers of North Carolina’s new Democratic governor are getting challenged again - this time on arguments that the December special session in which they …

N.C. women’s college addresses student concerns

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — A North Carolina women’s college is working to meet a series of demands made by students after protests that lasted for more than a week, the school’s president said. Salem College president Lorraine …


Flowers, front lawns bloom in spring

I think it’s safe to say winter is over and not coming back. The argument could be made that summer has already arrived. Here in eastern North Carolina, we seem to have two seasons. Those seasons are “hot” and “not …


Students donate books so others can read

Students at New Hope Elementary School have joined together to collect nearly 800 books for the Give Five Read Five program. “We want to make sure that children in other parts of our district, especially east Wilson, would have books to …

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Lady Demons survive NN on Taylor’s walk-off double in 8th

Another day and another exciting victory for the Fike High varsity softball team after the host Lady Demons squeezed out a 9-8 walkoff win in eight innings over Northern Nash in the final regular-season game Friday. Fike, coming off a 9-7 victory …

CBA overwhelms New Bern 17-0

Ladybirds hold off Rocky Mount 9-8

Gipson’s walk-off 1B sends CBA past New Bern

Futrell, Keeter live it up on Fike’s Senior Day

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A runner’s dream

Running the Boston Marathon is the ultimate dream for many long-distance runners around the world, but that dream became reality April 17 for a pair of Wilson residents. Greg Yarbrough, competing in his ninth marathon, finally got his chance to …

Exploring Crowders Mountain

A place in history

Historical golf marker set to be dedicated Wednesday

Backyard Wrestling Club wins Freestyle crown at Tar Heel Classic

Church news for the week of April 29

Restorative Restorative Christian Ministries will have Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship at 10:30 with the Rev. Rita Batts as speaker. Mid-week Bible study 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Union Grove — Fremont Union Grove Church …

Pope urges Egypt imams to teach and preach tolerance, peace

Church news for the week of April 22

Our Opinion: N.C. House hides police video from elected officials and the public

Free The elected officials in charge of North Carolina police departments will have less oversight authority than the hired help under a bill that passed the state House on Thursday. Lawmakers voted to give city managers the ability to view footage …

Free Our Opinion: Floods remind us to thank Wilson’s first responders

Free Our Opinion: Hate speech bans consider some too weak for freedom

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Why I Teach: Jennifer Joyner

Jennifer Joyner is featured in this week’s Why I Teach. Current position Sixth-grade English language arts teacher at Elm City Middle School First teaching position Eighth-grade ELA and social studies teacher at Martin Middle …