Chon Ferrell, Boys and Girls Club executive director, right, loads a new bicycle into a recipient's vehicle Tuesday during the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program distribution.

Families pick up gifts for Christmas: Angel Tree program provides for 535 kids

The spirit of Christmas filled the air Tuesday as volunteers distributed holiday blessings to those in need. “I’m not able to provide toys for my children and what they want,” said Natalie …
"Griffin" Hawley, the golden retriever service dog, is presented an honorary diploma during the Clarkson University December recognition ceremony in Potsdam, N.Y., Saturday. Griffin's owner, Brittany Hawley, a FIke High School graduate, in wheelchair, also received a graduate degree in occupational therapy. Both attended 100 percent of their classes together. AP

A well-deserved degree for two: Fike grad and her service dog in spotlight

Whenever Brittany Hawley went to class, her loyal service dog, Griffin, was there. If she needed her cellphone, Griffin would fetch it. Even when she assisted patients as part of an internship, …
Three generations of women are the brains and brawn behind The Sugar Plum Shoppe. Co-owners Leigh Ann Pruden and Betty Davis take a break with daughter and granddaughter Meredith Aycock, who joined the business in October and spurred some recent changes to the look of the storied bakery.

Sugar Plum Shoppe makes cosmetic changes

After 35 years, The Sugar Plum Shoppe in historic downtown Wilson will start 2019 with a fresh look. Don’t worry, though, the three generations of women behind the business limited the upgrades …

Community briefs: Town board calls special meeting

MIDDLESEX — The Middlesex Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 for police personnel matters. There will be a closed session with action to …
Bailey hires new police chief

BAILEY — After interviewing candidates in an extended closed session during Monday’s monthly town meeting, the Bailey Board of Commissioners voted to hire a Vance County sheriff’s deputy as the …


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Weathercast: Winter starts Friday, but lows should remain above freezing

Temperatures should remain mild from now through Christmas, with only one overnight low at or below freezing predicted for the next 10 days, Albert Thomas Jr. explains in this week's installment of …

Convenience store fraud charges dismissed Prosecutors have dismissed fraud charges against two men in a case involving a Wilson convenience store. Ankur Narendra Patel of Wilson, 31, and 31-year-old Parimal Patel of Goldsboro previously …
Adventist aviation group provides free medical flights

SMITHFIELD — Adventist Worldwide Aviation provides free flights for those who can’t afford transportation for medical treatment. AWA leases a hangar at the Johnston Regional Airport on Swift …

Mayor: Smithfield poised for smart growth

Community thanks firefighters, first responders

Tax incentive to reimburse Novo Nordisk’s $22M investment

Student redesigns North Johnston High stage

Johnston students repair used bikes for children in need

Spring Hope's Old-Fashioned Christmas rescheduled for Monday

Organizers have rescheduled Spring Hope's Old-Fashioned Christmas due to the threat of heavy rain on Friday. The downtown Christmas celebration will be held …

Middlesex celebrates Christmas

Nash farm receives family business award

Schools honored for meeting, exceeding academic growth

‘Peace on earth, goodwill toward men’

Christmas is indeed the most joyous time of the year. It is especially a time to share love and affection with not just family members, but friends, neighbors, associates, colleagues and especially …

Easy cookies for holiday treats

With Christmas less than a week away, there’s still so much to do: last-minute shopping trips, gift-wrapping, housecleaning for guests, grocery shopping for big meals to come. If you still have …

College Sports
Ending the year strong

The Barton College women’s basketball team didn’t have too much trouble securing its 10th victory of the season in its final game of 2018 Monday night, responding to its only deficit …

Hines tabbed STATS FCS All-American

A shot in the nick of time

Wynn’s career-high 38 points lifts Lady Bulldogs over Erskine in second half, 64-47

Hines is FCS All-American

Community sports
Eastern North Carolina Athletic Officials Association seeking softball umpires

The Eastern North Carolina Officials Association is seeking softball umpires for the 2019 season in both the high school and middle school ranks. Umpires must attend six of seven weekly clincs …

You never know who is listening

An idea for a day trip

WCYAA extends hoops sign-ups until Sunday

Golden memories of Wilson for first NC Amateur champion

Why I Teach: Teaching is ‘what I am called to do’
Annette Jones, who teaches first grade at Jones Elementary School, is featured in this week’s Why I Teach. Total years teaching: … Read More
School menus for Wilson, Johnston and Nash counties
monday Breakfast: Goody bun, fruit punch, strawberry cup and milk Lunch: Cheeseburger or pork chop sandwich, french fries, … Read More
Students sing with The Celts Saturday night
Students from Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education will join in a celebration of the holiday season tonight when … Read More
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