The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park is one of Wilson's new — and popular — tourist destinations.

Wilson tourism spending tops $126 million in 2018

Tourism is big business, with revenue breaking records in 2018 in North Carolina and in Wilson County. “There’s a lot of competition for travelers’ time and money,” said Visit North …
Joseph Hayes, technology facilitator for Wilson County Schools, goes over the operation of Google Expeditions virtual reality goggles at Wells Elementary School's STEM lab this week.

How We Teach: STEM, STEAM and new skills

Old-school education has undergone a metamorphosis. Back in the day, what students were expected to learn in school was writing, reading and arithmetic. In the new teaching paradigm, students …
Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard gives Nathaniel Parker a junior deputy certificate Thursday. Nathaniel will be turning 7 next week and celebrated his birthday at the sheriff's office.

Junior deputy celebrates birthday with Sheriff Woodard

Nathaniel Parker didn’t know what to expect when he stepped off the elevator at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Thursday morning. But he was dressed for the part. Nathaniel, wearing a …
Buyers walk along rows of tobacco bales during a Wednesday live auction at Wilson's Horizon Ltd.

Live auctions kick off tobacco sales

Buyers walked along bales of tobacco in the first live auction on the secondary market Wednesday at Horizon Ltd. in Wilson. “This is the first sale of the 2019 season,” said Kenneth Kelly of …
Community Briefs: Back-to-school backpacks, free haircuts offered this weekend

Faith United Fellowship, 1407 Tarboro St. SW, will offer free haircuts, backpacks and …

City council OKs Lake Wilson Park improvements

Dennis Artis of Wilson walks over the spillway for the Lake Wilson dam in April.
Wilson councilmen on Thursday approved a nearly $560,000 contract for improvements to Lake Wilson Park set to begin next month. Parks and Recreation …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Clash of weather systems could bring rain, cooler temps

Eastern North Carolina could be the stage for a showdown between an approaching cold front and a stubborn Bermuda high-pressure system at week's end, Al Thomas explains in this installment of The …

Clayton High principal appeals his transfer

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Board of Education Chairman Mike Wooten said Friday the school board has instructed administrators to expedite former Clayton High School Principal Bennett Jones’ …

Group protests schools’ comment rules

Hemp to sprout in Smithfield

Johnston ranks 3rd for visitor spending growth

Johnston Community College’s ‘Chef Judy’ appears on Food Network

Pine Level honors McLean with sidewalk dedication

Former Wake superintendent named interim leader for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools

NASHVILLE — Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools named longtime educator and administrator Del Burns to fill the roll of interim superintendent while the school system searches for its next …

Mobile home survives Sunday cooking fire

Interstates could mean business: Main highways to become I-87, I-587

New road to ease Southern Nash Middle traffic

New dentist office may come to Middlesex

North Carolina is a middle state

RALEIGH — In the context of American politics, North Carolina is a middle state — which is not the same thing as saying North Carolinians are especially moderate. It simply means that our …

What's in your lunchbox?

Looking back today to a column that was first published in 2010. A lot of sandwiches will be packed up next week and sent to school alongside a bag of chips and a cookie or two. If you have …

College Sports
Finding toughness

GREENVILLE — After a trio of 3-9 seasons that weren’t under his stewardship, Mike Houston isn’t about to sugarcoat anything when it comes to his East Carolina football team. The …

It’s surf over turf as the Marlins stop the Bacon in 3 games to repeat as Petitt Cup champs

Tobs entertain, but get same Petitt Cup result

Wrecked at Big Rock again

Petitt Cup power ball

Community sports
Drew O’Neal advances to Drive, Chip & Putt regional

Once Drew O’Neal slammed the first of three drives into play, he wasn’t going to be stopped. Now, the 14-year-old son of Jody and Gena O’Neal, is headed to Atlanta next …

Herring, Boyette among list of junior champions at WCC

WYSA ‘06 girls stand alone at Summer Explosion Cup

The 10th installment of WYSA’s Summer Explosion Cup’s will bring a crowd

Allegood brothers enjoy memorable day at ENCJG finals

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