Taking down the Confederacy


It was a jarring sight. The Confederate flag was flying above the State Capitol building in Raleigh. No, this wasn’t the Civil War. It was May 10, 1977. Jim Hunt had been governor just four months. I was his press secretary, and I was on my way to the press office in the Capitol that beautiful spring morning when I […]

Progressive politicians hurt downtowns


RALEIGH — Conventional wisdom has it that progressives champion urbanity and conservatives disdain it. There’s some truth to that. 

Progressives are far more likely than …

Is it racist to oppose cash deals for college athletes?


Do college sports programs represent a racist oppression of black student-athletes? And is it racist of me to believe it would be a mistake to allow collegiate athletes to sell rights to their images? Two people I admire say yes to both questions. John Shoop and Marcia Mount Shoop are powerful advocates for fair and respectful treatment of Black college […]

Virus cases spike in Hispanic population

State and local health officials are working to address COVID-19’s affect on the Hispanic and Latino communities.

This month, North Carolina saw a sustained increase in its confirmed COVID-19 …

Wilson County Public Library announces new books

Following are new books at the Wilson County Public Library.

Adult fiction

“As Death Draws Near” by Anna Lee Huber

“The Book of Life” by Deborah E. Harkness

“The Book of …

Can’t say no to this cookie dough

I remember it was a treat to lick cake batter from the beaters when Mama made cakes, but I don’t remember trying raw chocolate cookie dough. It just doesn’t appeal to me, but I know many folks …

Police investigating Sunday homicide of 78-year-old man

Authorities are investigating a Sunday homicide on Randolph Street.

Wilson police responded to the 100 block of Randolph Street at 4:56 p.m. regarding a person who had been shot, according to …

Downtown system to reduce flooding

Wilson’s stormwater infrastructure is getting a major upgrade thanks to an underground system being installed downtown.

“The flooding that has occurred on Kenan Street will be alleviated …

Fulchers celebrate 50th anniversary

Gene and Beverly Fulcher celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

They will take a cruise at a later date.

Mr. Fulcher is a retired administrator for Wilmed Nursing Home. Mrs. …

Jazz great Freddy Cole dies; Cole had connections to Wilson

Jazz legend Freddy Cole, who performed several times for Wilson audiences at the Boykin Center, died Saturday in Atlanta. Cole, 88, was the younger brother of Nat King Cole. Frank Jones of Wilson, the singer and pianist’s brother-in-law, said Cole was a four-time Grammy nominee. His latest nomination was for his 2018 jazz vocal album “My Mood Is You.” Cole […]

Wake Forest to show fireworks over Facebook, will prevent in-person viewing

WAKE FOREST — The town of Wake Forest announced it will work to prevent audiences from watching its annual firework show in-person and instead is encouraging audiences to tune in virtually over …

Pets need social distancing too: Veterinarian revamps business amid pandemic

YOUNGSVILLE — Heartwood Animal Hospital says it is trying to strike a balance between the staff-patient-client contact necessary in their industry and said industry’s new COVID-19 safety …

Granville’s new Law Enforcement Center near completion

OXFORD — Granville County Commissioners last week said they were quite impressed as they toured the new and soon-to-be-opened Law Enforcement Center.

Development Services Director Scott …

Carolyn Huff Frey

Carolyn Huff Frey, 70, of Wilson, died June 18, 2020, following a brief illness.

Memorial service will be 5 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at First Presbyterian Church, 414 Sunset Road, …

Carlton Levell Hunt

LILBURN, Ga. — Carlton Levell Hunt, 38, died Sunday, June 28, 2020. Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Wilson.

Danny W. Peacock

LUCAMA — Danny W. Peacock, 57, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

The funeral was held Sunday, June 28, at Peacock Family Cemetery, Kenly.

Among Danny’s survivors are his daughters, …

Lorraine Frances Dawson

SARATOGA — Lorraine Frances “Baby” Dawson, 62, died Sunday, June 28, 2020. Arrangements are by Carrons Funeral Home, Wilson.

Willie Hubert Tripp Jr.

June 1, 1941 — June 27, 2020

Willie “Billy” Hubert Tripp Jr., 79, of Wilson and Greenville, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020. His funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. …

Sarah Elise Galperin

April 3, 1990 — June 27, 2020

Sarah Elise Galperin, 30, of Wilson, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020. A celebration of Sarah’s life will be held at a later date.

Sarah is survived …

Troy H. Lamm

Troy H. Lamm, 91, of Wilson, died Sunday, June 28, 2020.

A service will be held for and at the convenience of the family.

He is survived by sons, Hubert Lamm Jr. (Cathy) and David Lamm …