Charles Elwin Watson

HAMPSTEAD — Charles Elwin “Charlie” Watson, 65, died Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Arrangements are by Kenly Funeral and Cremation Service.

Savannah Harris

Savannah Harris, 71, of Wilson, died Thursday, May 21, 2020. Funeral services are incomplete at this time and will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Darren Buckrham

GOLDSBORO — Darren Buckrham, 55, of 117 Courtney Road, has died. Arrangements are incomplete at Haskins Funeral Home & Cremations, Goldsboro.

Ann Seeley Lee Woodard

April 5, 1937 — May 21, 2020

Ann Seeley Lee Woodard died peacefully on May 21, 2020, in Carthage, North Carolina.

She was born April 5, 1937, in Troy, to Harvey Glenn Lee Sr. and Ann …

Christine Barnes Laughinghouse

Christine Barnes Laughinghouse, 95, of Wilson, died Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Evergreen Memorial Park.

Christine was the only child of Thomas Floyd and Lillian …

Former Johnston pastor faces more charges

SMITHFIELD — The former pastor of Oliver’s Grove Baptist Church near Four Oaks faces more sex-related charges.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office on Friday charged the Rev. …

Victory Fitness reopens Wilson, Rocky Mount gyms despite Cooper’s executive order

After a nearly two-month closure, Victory Fitness owners Neil and Ann Strother eagerly awaited Gov. Roy Cooper’s Wednesday business reopening announcement. But their mood changed when state …

Assisted living facility reports 43 COVID-19 cases

Nearly three dozen Wilson House residents and employees have tested positive for COVID-19, marking Wilson County’s third congregate living facility outbreak. 

The assisted living …

Wilson foster parents provide love, stability


May is Foster Care Month in North Carolina and across the country. During this time, many agencies and groups highlight the importance of having safe, stable foster homes where children can be placed …

Finding knowledge, amusement in YouTube binges


I think I’ve watched everything that the streaming video services have to offer. 

I have exhausted Netflix and Hulu. I have run the gamut of every genre on Amazon Prime. Mickey Mouse …

No tax increase in Butner’s proposed budget

BUTNER — The town of Butner will continue to have the lowest tax rate in Granville County at 36.5 cents per $100 valuation if a draft of the budget presented Tuesday is adopted by town leaders. Town Manager Tommy Marrow unveiled his spending recommendations during a meeting with the finance committee. The proposed budget calls for a 2% cost of […]

Nash County reports 4th coronavirus death

NASHVILLE — Public health officials have announced a fourth COVID-19-related death in Nash County as the number of cases edges toward the 200 mark.

A woman in her late 60s who had other …

Applications open for Wake County small business loans

RALEIGH — Wake County is now accepting loan applications from small businesses and independent contractors who have lost revenue because of the pandemic.  The Wake Forward program began Wednesday. Four-year loans of up to $50,000 are available to businesses based in Wake County with 100 or fewer employees.  Loan payments will begin after six months. Interest will be charged at […]

Johnston death toll climbs to 20

Number of cases reaches 290

Here’s a look at coronavirus numbers in Johnston County as of 1 p.m. May 22. Confirmed cases — 290 Deaths — 20 Hospitalized — 7 Home — 263 Male — 43 percent Female — 57 percent Ages 0-17 — 14 Ages 18-24 — 20 Ages 25-49 — 120 Ages 50-64 — 60 Ages 65 and older — 76 Average age […]

Youngsville passes $4.2 million budget, no tax increase

YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville board of commissioners passed its budget unanimously May 7. The general fund is $4.2 million with $1.5 million budgeted for public safety and $1.4 million in public facilities. The Powell Bill fund — state funding that can be used for street repair and maintenance — is budgeted at $40,000.  The tax rate remains 65.5 cents per […]

Franklin County to cut spending, proposes steady tax rate

LOUISBURG — Franklin County officials say they will need to tighten the purse strings next fiscal year as COVID-19 brings uncertainty to government revenues. 

County Manager Angela …

Bold Encouragement

May 22, 2020 - George Childree (Alabama, USA)
Daily Devotional

Encourage one another and build each other up. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) The swimming competition we were attending was crowded with preteen kids, including our two grandsons. Slade, the older of the two, had completed competition in his age group and was now at the side of the pool, rooting for his younger brother, Grant. Even over the noise […]

On ‘Phase 2’ reopening, Cooper should try again


As North Carolina moves into Phase 2 of reopening the economy, Gov. Roy Cooper should ask for a do-over. He should meet with advisers and take another shot.  His list of what can open and what cannot is too ambiguous, lacks reason and ignores more recent information about the virus. It also seems to ignore the only way we return […]

COVID-19 vs. the economy: Can we have both health and wealth?


In the five previous recessions I’ve lived through as a professional economist, the government did everything it could to encourage consumers to buy and businesses to sell. The more consumers …

Johnston to name new superintendent on Wednesday

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Education will name a new superintendent of schools on Wednesday, May 27.

The announcement, scheduled for roughly 6 p.m., will follow a closed-door …