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Owens Construction crews demolish the former Benton Apartments at 100-D Green Street. First United Methodist Church found asbestos in the building and plans to develop a more multi-functional facility. Brie Handgraaf | Times

Asbestos leads First United Methodist Church to demolish outdated building

The former Benton Apartments served a variety of uses in 122 years, but asbestos was the death knell that led crews to demolish the building. “It was repurposed a couple of times as we tried …
Work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Nash County is shown in this February image.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Duke Energy and Dominion cancel pipeline plans

Plans for a controversial interstate natural gas pipeline through Nash and Wilson counties have been canceled by the energy giants that pushed the project for six years. Duke Energy and Dominion …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Coronavirus Crisis

Wilson panel will answer COVID-19 questions

The Wilson City Council will host a Wilson Community Forum on COVID-19 from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Tuesday. This will be a virtual event available to the public on Channel 8 and streaming …
North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest speaks to members of the media during a June 29 news conference in Raleigh. Forest has sued Gov. Roy Cooper over alleged violations of the state Emergency Management Act during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump endorses Dan Forest in North Carolina governor's race

RALEIGH — President Donald Trump has endorsed the Republican who is aiming to deny Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper another term. Trump said via Twitter late Thursday that he was supporting Lt. …
The Corbett family is suing Wilson's Hampton Inn & Suites I-95 for alleged discrimination. Shown from left are son Alvin Corbett Jr., mother Delores Corbett, daughter Rebekah Corbett and father Alvin Corbett Sr.

Wilson Hampton Inn faces discrimination lawsuit over family's removal

Descendants of a prominent Wilson civil rights pioneer filed a federal lawsuit Thursday accusing the Hampton Inn and Suites I-95 of discrimination after a clerk allegedly called police on the African …
The Creamery cashier Becky Cooper takes meal orders Thursday from Wilson residents Karen and Madalyn Barringer with their relatives from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jim and Kim Corya. The Ward Boulevard restaurant requires customers to wear masks unless they have a medical exemption from the executive order.

Businesses deal with mask mandate: ‘I don’t want to go overboard, but I don’t want to go under either’

Even before Gov. Roy Cooper mandated masks in restaurants, Kim Tutor bought them for her staff at The Creamery. “I had already purchased masks because I knew it was coming,” said Tutor, CEO …
Anthony Artis, 16, works alongside Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity construction committee chairman Ken Jones and volunteer Rich Miller to construct a shed. The nonprofit is building a home for the Artis family on Grove Street with small crews of volunteers to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

Pandemic puts crunch on next Habitat for Humanity house

Tenesha Artis has been dreaming of homeownership for years, and the mother of three couldn’t contain her smile at the Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity’s March 1 groundbreaking. Then COVID-19 …
The K&W Cafeteria sign was removed from the Wilson Mall location after officials failed to reach an agreement during lease negotiations.

K&W Cafeteria closes Wilson location

After four decades in Wilson, K&W Cafeteria will no longer be a part of the city’s restaurant options. “When we last spoke, there was an option on the table to negotiate a renewal …
Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is located at 403 Crestview Ave.

Officials clarify Wilson Pines’ virus stats; Wilson County sees 20th COVID-19 death

Officials are clarifying information on a COVID-19 outbreak reported Tuesday at Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  “After additional clarification from Wilson Pines, the …
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Bakertown firefighters earn equipment grant

You don't have to teach full-time to be a teacher

Pet of the week: Dottie would make a great addition to a family with teenagers

Churches with schools can't allow concealed carry after Cooper veto

Cooper vetoes string of reopening bills as COVID-19 cases rise

UNC-Wilmington pays controversial professor $504,000 to retire early

Wilson County deed transfers for June 22-26

Amid urgent need, Red Cross seeks Wilson County blood donors

Saluting our health care heroes in July

Police: Stray bullet strikes TV during teens' fight

Police charge man with attempted murder

Foundation awards more than $782,000 in grants

See the fireworks Saturday night

County reports 13 new COVID-19 cases; hospitalizations up statewide 

Johnston leaders welcome pipeline ruling

Fight between family members leads to shooting arrest

Weathercast: Sunny skies for the Fourth of July

Wilson Chamber of Commerce offers affordable health care option

Man sentenced in wife's 2011 stabbing

'Flowers that fly and all but sing'

Nash soldier encourages youths to enlist in Army

Trash fire destroys storage shed

COVID-19 cancels Wilson swim classes, day camps

Garrett Johnson attains Eagle Scout rank

Pandemic gives us a new start at listening

Wilson County reports COVID-19 death, 5th facility outbreak

Passing motorists help with Jeep fire

Man pleads guilty in 2017 Wilson nightclub shooting 

Teen charged in elderly man's killing

Weathercast: Expect high midweek storm chances

Family searches for spotlight in missing man's case

Nash County sheriff won't enforce COVID-19 mask mandate

Nash County reports 2 coronavirus deaths, bringing county's total to 6

Former special agent pens book on State Bureau of Investigation's history

Police investigating Sunday homicide of 78-year-old man

Virus cases spike in Hispanic population

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Pictured from left are Denise O'Hara, Healthcare Foundation of Wilson executive director; Charmaine Harris, Wilson police officer and PAL program director , who is accepting the grant for PAL; and Debbie Bradshaw of the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson.

Foundation awards more than $782,000 in grants

Celebratory signs have been placed outside various Wilson agencies and nonprofits that received Healthcare Foundation of Wilson grants. Foundation staffers spent the past several days delivering …
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Wilson Chamber of Commerce offers affordable health care option

Wilson has a new option for small businesses to offer employees affordable health care. “Ever since the Affordable Care Act became law, the chamber has been exploring ways for our members to …
Wilson resident Emily Nelson is pictured with her service dog, Darwin III, as American Red Cross worker Donnie Ragland assists her during Thursday's Fike High School Blood Drive. Drew C. Wilson | Times

Amid urgent need, Red Cross seeks Wilson County blood donors

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors this summer due to supply interruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Despite states lifting stay-at-home orders and reopening, …
Mayor Carlton Stevens hands out meals at The SPOT last month when the organization served its 100,000th emergency meal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drew C. Wilson | Times

In first year in office, Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens leads during crises

When Carlton Stevens placed his right hand on the Bible in front of a full audience in December, his mind was on his oath of office, not on all that office would hold for him and his city in just his …
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Weathercast: Sunny skies for the Fourth of July

The Wilson Times area is set for sunshine and typical eastern North Carolina summertime heat over the long Independence Day …

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Surprise parade honors longtime volunteer Jerney Minshew
Jerney Minshew figured he could quietly recede into the background when it came to his work with the Wilson County Master … Read More
Before you call 911, make sure it's not a controlled burn: Wheat fields on fire a common sight after harvest
Short-lived clouds of black smoke have been rising around Wilson County as farmers burn off straw from harvested wheat fields. “I … Read More
Baseball is back: Tobs mask River Bandits in exhibition opener
It was the seventh inning of Friday’s 2020 exhibition opener for the Wilson Tobs, and “Cotton Eye Joe” blared over the Fleming … Read More
Mayor Stevens' weekly video update
Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens discusses the Executive Order 147 from Gov. Roy Cooper and the statewide mandatory mask requirement in … Read More
Wilson removes Josephus Daniels historical marker: Family cited his 'indefensible positions on race'
Wilson city workers on Thursday removed a historical marker paying tribute to Josephus Daniels, who’s widely regarded as a white … Read More
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Workers without college degrees deserve a chance to compete

An FBI special agent, a corrections officer and a postal program analyst have few duties in common, but their jobs have the same qualification: a four-year college degree. Jailers and gun-toting, …

LIFE
Student tops national science contests

Lydia Denton is no average kid. The 11-year-old rising seventh-grader at Sallie B. Howard School recently won the $20,000 grand prize in the Citgo-Discovery Fueling Education competition for her …

SPORTS
College Sports
Opening night bash: Tobs create own fireworks with 19-0 rout of Pilots

These days, social distancing is all the rage. On the field, the Wilson Tobs fell into two distinctly different categories when it came to adherence Thursday night in its Coastal Plain League …

Former Duke star George Clark dies at 94

Tobs need fan support more than ever

Tobs turn back River Bandits, 4-1

Tobs blast Locos in exhibition play, 14-2

School Sports
Bruins coach aces Wedgewood’s No. 5

Jody O’Neal, the golf coach and athletic director at Beddingfield High, registered a hole-in-one on the Bruins’ home course, Wedgewood Public Golf Course, on June 28. Playing a 7 iron …

Not yet Elite: Wilson sunk by Battleships in summer league opener

Combine camping, off-road for new experience

Hang on! Baseball, racing are around the corner

Wilson Cup set to return Aug. 30-31

Schools
Barton College announces 2020 graduates
The 239 Barton College students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December and May and baccalaureate candidates … Read More
COVID-19 breaks graduation traditions: Class of 2020 to get drive-by diplomas at most schools
For most Wilson County high school seniors, graduating will involve a drive-thru or drive-in commencement. While it might not be … Read More
Student uses soap sales to feed children
Sixth grader Grace Gibson had time on her hands, but she put it to a good use. The 12-year-old Greenfield School student sold … Read More