2020-01-05

NC could gain congressional seat next year: Local officials happy with that prospect


Local politicos on both sides of the aisle are happy North Carolina is set to add a new congressional seat next year if census numbers increase as expected.

The more representation the state has …

Shell building critical to development

Attracted industries bring jobs to Wilson

When it comes to attracting a new industry to Wilson, officials say having available buildings is critical.

“Typically about 80% of the questionnaires we receive in a year are for a building,” …

Wilson County deed transfers for the week of Dec. 23-27

The following deed transfers for the week of Dec. 23-27 have been recorded in the Wilson County Register of Deeds Office:

From D.R. Horton, Inc. to Dominic K. Ruffin and Rhonda D. Ruffin, 3554 …

Recycling: Back to the basics; wrong items contaminate your bin


There’s a wrong way to recycle and a right way. That’s why it’s vital to know the difference. County officials have spent the past year in re-educating the public on getting back to the basics …

Wilson County Public Library announces new books

Following are new books at the Wilson County Public Library.

Adult Fiction

“Africaville: A Novel” by Jeffrey Colvin

“Backlands: A Novel of the American West” by Michael …

Mildred Hill Dixon

March 18, 1929 — Jan. 4, 2020

Mildred Hill Dixon, 90, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Arrangements by Kenly Funeral Service in Wilson.

Dismantling Obamacare will harm patients


If you’re celebrating a recent federal appellate court ruling that overturned language in the Affordable Care Act requiring you to have health insurance or pay a penalty, you may want to put away …

Martha Frances Lucas

Sept. 16, 1926 ­— Jan. 4, 2020

Martha Frances Lucas, 93, of Wilson passed away Saturday. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Contentnea Church Cemetery, 5029 W. N.C. 42 …

Don’t take cyber scammers’ bait


One of 2019’s biggest stories will be bigger in 2020: Cyber scams are on the rise.

“As people increasingly conduct business and live their lives online, more and more criminals are leveraging …

Derward Copeland Parker

Feb. 12, 1942 — Jan. 3, 2020

Derward Copeland Parker, 77, of Wilson, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Arrangements by Joyner’s Funeral Home in Wilson.

Rochelle Smith Williams

May 10, 1926 — Jan. 4, 2020

Rochelle Smith Williams, 93, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. She was born May 10, 1926, in Nash County to the late George and Emma Smith. In addition to her …

Patricia L. Braswell Fulghum

Patricia L. Braswell Fulghum, 70, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Funeral service is scheduled for noon Wednesday at Stevens Funeral Home, 1820 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Wilson. Burial will follow …

Reba Leora Watson Gardner

Dec. 30, 1928 ­— Jan. 5, 2020

Reba Leora Watson Gardner, 91, of Wilson, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Evergreen Memorial Park, …

Faye Love Mumford

Feb. 9, 1940 — Jan. 4, 2020

LUCAMA — Faye Love Mumford, 79, of Lucama, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, surrounded by her family. Her funeral services will be conducted at 11 …

Bobby Farmer

ELM CITY — Bobby “Cat Bird” Farmer, 66, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Arrangements by Matthews Family Mortuary in Zebulon.

Trump criticism stands, and evidence supports it

It seems there are some who do not agree with my assessment of Donald Trump as president. Fine, they are entitled to their opinions. But let me correct a few things.

One writer assumed I was a …