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Bill Ellis casts a long shadow in Wilson — from the pulled-pork palace that bears his name and draws diners from across the country to the thousands of anecdotes, stories and treasured memories he leaves to posterity. “Larger than … more
North Carolina voters may have the chance to impose term limits on state lawmakers — if they also agree to extend terms in the General Assembly from two years to four. Rep. Harry Warren, R-Rowan, introduced a bill that would place a … more
In the N.C. General Assembly, both Democrats and Republicans believe government should grant special protection to select groups of people. The only difference is who the parties seek to shield. Democratic lawmakers want to add protection for gay … more
THUMBS UP to the John William Pope Foundation, which awarded the Wilson-based Wesley Shelter a much-needed $100,000 grant this week. Foundation Chairman Art Pope and President John Hood presented the six-figure check on Wednesday and stuck around … more
President Donald Trump doesn’t want to kill Big Bird. He just thinks it’s time this 47-year-old dependent left the nest. A White House document obtained by the New York Times indicates Trump will consider eliminating nine federal … more
North Carolina could be part of a historic effort to reestablish constitutional checks and balances on runaway federal power — or we can sit on the sidelines as other states carry the torch. Resolutions filed in the N.C. House and Senate on … more
A clinical term for skin helped Nathaniel Barnes win the Wilson County Spelling Bee by a hair. In the 70th round of Thursday’s marathon spell-off, Barnes correctly recited the letters in “epithelium” to claim victory in the … more
Evacuations, lockdowns and bomb squad searches are becoming nearly as commonplace as pop quizzes at Wilson County public schools. With a couple months of calm in between, a string of three bomb threats this week followed a rash of seven violent … more
THUMBS UP to a fleet-footed Nash County sheriff’s deputy who set a positive example of community policing and earned his department some admiring attention throughout the United States. Deputy Cody Williams and Sgt. Eddie Moore were working … more
On average, one in every three women has been a victim of domestic or sexual violence, but a stigma of shame leaves many to suffer in secret. Barton College students and Wilson community leaders took part in One Billion Rising, a national effort … more
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