2020-05-13

Treat federal aid as a shock absorber

OPINION

RALEIGH — So far, the federal government has agreed to borrow some $4 billion and then transfer the money to North Carolina state and local governments to address the health, education and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. More is probably coming. I can understand why. States and localities are facing yawning fiscal deficits, driven in large measure by revenues […]

Treat federal aid as a shock absorber

OPINION

RALEIGH — So far, the federal government has agreed to borrow some $4 billion and then transfer the money to North Carolina state and local governments to address the health, education and …

Universal basic income support shows GOP’s hypocrisy

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A piece of research has been presented by Data for Progress and the Justice Collaborative Institute showing that more than 50% of Republican voters are in favor of a bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib — a member of AOC’s “The Squad” — that would give every American a monthly “universal basic income” check of $2,000 while the pandemic […]

Flower viewing provides beauty, peace for springtime

COMMENTARY

Human beings need to find beauty and peace in creative ways during difficult times. Now that our lives are stressed and our habits and schedules have changed in ways that are uncomfortable and …

Florence shuts down its CPL season after losing field

WILSON TOBS NOTEBOOK

The COVID-19 pandemic claimed another victim Wednesday as the Coastal Plain League and the Florence RedWolves announced via the league’s social media accounts that the RedWolves would not play this season. The announcement noted that the RedWolves’ home, Sparrow Stadium on the campus of Francis Marion University, would not be available to the team because FMU is shutting down its […]

Wilson County’s COVID-19 recoveries are up, hospitalizations are down


Wilson County reported only one new positive COVID-19 case Wednesday.  Of the county’s 217 total confirmed cases, more than 63% of people have recovered, an increase from Tuesday’s figures.  Five people are currently hospitalized, which was also a decrease, county data shows.  Roughly 33% of COVID-19 cases here are active.  Officials say 66 people are currently isolated at home due […]

Johnston sheriff says he won’t prevent indoor worship services


SMITHFIELD —Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell on Wednesday said his office would neither prevent nor interfere with indoor church services.

“Before I would do that, I would lay …

The Wake Weekly to salute 2020 graduates

Free announcements accepted through May 29

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Weekly will be celebrating graduating high school seniors in a special edition of its newspaper next month.

We invite families to submit their graduate’s photo and a …

Community briefs: Wendell Farmer’s Market opens Saturday

Editor’s note: Check with event organizers for up-to-date information on event cancellations, postponements, refunds and other impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Youth fall …

Wendell may lower taxes, raise water charge


WENDELL — Wendell residents may see a 2-cent decrease in their tax rate and a 5% increase in their water and sewer rate July 1 if a proposed budget presented Monday night is adopted by the board of …

Dreamy chair coverings big with brides

Views and Reviews

I’ve been thinking a lot about antimacassars lately. “Why?” you might ask. Because I dreamed that someone mailed me a whole box of them. “Why?” you might ask again. I have no idea. I …

Clear masks helping some with hearing loss


RALEIGH — More than 48 million Americans have some sort of hearing loss, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some of them wear hearing aids while others rely on …

View of NC through Morton’s lens noteworthy

Roving Around

I miss my annual trips to Grandfather Mountain each August for the Camera Clinic that was always hosted by my late friend, Hugh Morton, the founder of the beautiful nature destination.

I was …

Weekly Devotional: A specially chosen generation


1 Peter 2:9-10 (ESV)

“But you are a chose race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness …

William Mulcare

BAILEY — William “Bill” Mulcare, 79, a native of Baltimore, Maaryland, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

His funeral will be for and at the convenience of his family.

Surviving is …

Mary Elizabeth Batts

Mary Elizabeth Batts, 94, of Wilson, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020. A private funeral will be held Saturday at Stevens Funeral Home. A public walk-through visitation will be 3 p.m. Friday at Stevens …

Connie Haskins Brockington

NEW YORK — Connie Haskins Brockington, 87, of Brooklyn, formerly of Wilson, died Monday, May 11, 2020, in the Brooklyn Rehabilitation Center.

On a cool Sunday afternoon in January of 1933, …

Sandra Whitley Mayo

Nov. 26, 1943 — May 13, 2020

STANTONSBURG — Sandra Whitley Mayo, 76, passed away Wednesday. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in Stantonsburg …

Robert Landing

ELM CITY — Robert “Dick” Landing, 92, died Monday, May 11, 2020.

His funeral will be for and at the convenience of his family.

Surviving is his son, Danny Landing (Anna Beth); …

Linwood Dublin

GOLDSBORO — Linwood Dublin, 56, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.