Fire destroys upstairs room of home in Saratoga

Hilary Hellens | Staff Writer

SARATOGA — Firefighters responded to a fire Wednesday evening that destroyed the upstairs room of a home located at 5753 Grimsley Store Road in Saratoga. The fire occurred just before 7:30 p.m. Nobody was …

Early morning fire damages Charles B. Aycock birthplace

FREMONT — An early morning blaze that firefighters are calling suspicious damaged the back portion of a structure at the Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace near Fremont.

Thanks to an alarm system installed about seven years ago, the …

Britt leaves Beddingfield to go back to school

By Tom Ham | Senior Staff Writer

Stephanie Britt, although only 25 years of age, already owns a resume that includes two years of head coaching experience on the high school scene.

However, Britt’s ambition is to teach at …

N.C. Open Boxing Championships return to Reid Street Community Center on Saturday

By Brad Howell | Daily Times Staff Writer

The tradition continues.

The N.C. State Open Boxing Championship will return for the 10th year to Wilson’s Reid Street Community Center this Saturday night.

Boxing …

Initial autopsy inconclusive

By Tom Hays and Karen Matthews | Associated Press Writers

NEW YORK — To many who saw Heath Ledger in the last months of his life, the actor appeared to be happy, healthy and excited — “in a great place,” in the words of one friend.

Three honored for saving officer

By Andy Britt | Daily Times Staff Writer

Wilson County Deputy Sgt. Greg Hogue doesn’t think much about being a hero. He just wants one of his most dedicated officers to hurry up and get back to work.

Hogue, along with …

Middle School Results

Toisnot roars past Elm City, 54-18

The Toisnot boys basketball team improved to 10-1 Tuesday afternoon with a 54-18 defeat of host Elm City.

Toisnot’s Darryl Davender led all scorers with 16 points. Rasheed Dickens added …

Exam period an uneasy one for coaches

Paul Durham | Sports Editor

This is the time of year that has many high school basketball coaches on edge.

No, it’s not the grind of the conference season, although that certainly causes enough tension, but rather the …

‘Noles present Hamilton 300th coaching win

The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton had been waiting awhile for his 300th career coaching victory, but Toney Douglas made sure of it Wednesday — stealing one for the boss.

Douglas …

Bulldogs hope to avoid losing streak at Mount Olive tonight

By Michael Lindsay | Daily Times Staff Writer

In all the early-season success the Mount Olive men’s basketball team has had so far, there’s one thing of which the Barton team is not envious: its back-to-back losses earlier in the …

Conference Carolinas Standings


Conf. All


Anderson 7 1 13 2

Belmont Abbey 8 2 12 4

BARTON 7 2 9 5

Mount Olive 6 3 8 8

Limestone 4 4 9 9

Pfeiffer 3 5 6 9

Hansbrough dominates as Heels bounce back

By Tim Reynolds | AP Sports Writer

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Jump shots, free throws, drop steps, slam dunks. Tyler Hansbrough put his entire arsenal on display in the second half Wednesday night, and the Miami Hurricanes were at his …

Local Briefs

WYSA to hold boys 14-U soccer tryouts

The Wilson Youth Soccer Association will hold a supplemental tryout for the ages 14-under ’93 Boys Classic team.

The tryout will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, on the Vinson-Bynum …

Raptors knock off Celtics; Cavaliers beat Wizards

The Associated Press

Boston’s bullying of the Atlantic Division is over. Toronto’s torrid outside shooting took care of that.

The Raptors were 15-for-21 from 3-point range Wednesday night, beating the Celtics 114-112. …

Tsonga surprises Nadal in Australian semis

The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia — Second-ranked Rafael Nadal, seeking to prove he can win a Grand Slam on a surface other than Roland Garros’ clay, instead matched his worst loss in a major as the No. 39-ranked Jo-Wilfried …

Wolfpack falters down the stretch against Georgia Tech

By Brad Howell | Daily Times Staff Writer

RALEIGH –The North Carolina State men’s basketball team has experienced its share of highs and lows this season.

Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, Wednesday night’s Atlantic Coast …

Police assess Winehouse footage

By Tariq Panja | Associated Press Writer

LONDON — Scotland Yard started an investigation Wednesday into a video that allegedly shows troubled British singer Amy Winehouse smoking crack.

The British tabloid, The Sun, …

‘Idol’ runner-up takes walk on Broadway

By Mark Kennedy | Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — Clay Aiken is trying to become the next American Idle.

The singer, who burst to fame during the second season of “American Idol,” has made his Broadway debut in “Monty …

King novel has familiar themes

By Ted Anthony | AP National Writer

“Duma Key” (Scribner, 611 pages, $28), by Stephen King: Consider the Stephen King kitchen, where the ingredients in the pantry are like comfort food: They’re always ready for another recipe.

Celebrate African-American culture

RALEIGH — Feel the spirit and energy of the state’s African American culture and heritage during one of the year’s largest events at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Usher in Black History Month five days early during the seventh annual …