2023-09-22

Fair brings good times to Wilson County

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Rides, games, food, exhibits and more are drawing crowds to the Wilson County Fair this week. The fair continues through Sunday at the fairgrounds located at 2331 U.S. 301 in Wilson.

Driver gets prison sentence in shooting

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A Wilson man was sentenced to roughly two to four years in state prison after pleading guilty Monday to driving a car involved in a 2022 shooting. Onrey Almon Towns, 31, of 3732 Starship Lane NW, pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting discharge of a firearm from an enclosure to incite fear and was sentenced in Wilson […]

Mayor fighting again to keep Walgreens open

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Mayor Carlton Stevens and District 1 Councilwoman Gillettia Morgan are urging residents to flood Walgreens with 10,000 letters, emails and phone calls and participate in a rally next week to help them once again spare one of the pharmacy’s Wilson locations from closure. Kris Lathan, spokesperson for Walgreens corporate communications, confirmed the chain’s 1500 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway SE […]

WCC’s strategic plan seeks diversity gains

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A new Wilson Community College strategic plan aims to get more men in college, diversify the student body and expand the numbers of students and businesses participating in apprenticeship programs. The WCC Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously passed the evolving document “Investing Together: Strategic Plan 2023-28” that will chart the college’s course for the next five years and beyond. […]

Granville Central falls hard to Warriors

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OXFORD — With only 27 players on the roster, the Granville Central Panthers did everything possible to hold the Webb Warriors in check, but Webb’s size and strength prevailed in the 50-0 win Sept. 15. Turnovers would be key in the first half.  The Panthers took the opening kick to the 32-yard line and ran a couple of plays before […]

Vikings hammer out win over Panthers

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CREEDMOOR —  South Granville hammered out 30 kills in route to a 3-0 win over Granville Central. Chaleigh Currin led the way with 17 kills in the match. It took a few minutes for the Vikings to get moving in the first set. Until then, Shiyera Harcum and the Panthers made the best of scoring points. With the set tied […]

Lucama Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

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LUCAMA — Former Principal April Shackleford said an “all hands on deck” approach earned Lucama Elementary School the highly sought-after National Blue Ribbon School designation. Teachers, administrators and Wilson County Schools officials gathered in the media center after school to learn that the U.S. Department of Education had chosen Lucama Elementary for the honor.  Lucama is one of 353 schools […]

Board members say Parents’ Bill of Rights needs clarity

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Wilson County Board of Education members expressed concern over a provision in Senate Bill 49, known as the Parents’ Bill of Rights, that requires schools to call parents before teachers can undertake lifesaving measures, citing potentially dire consequences to student health and safety. The board is grappling with policy revisions following Aug. 16 votes in the General Assembly to override […]

Oxford-Granville announces King scholarship recipients

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OXFORD — The Oxford-Granville Martin Luther King Celebration Committee announces its scholarship recipients as Aaliyah Dixon, Jamarri J. Williams, Jayden Allen Sanford and Savannah Watson.  Dixon is a 2023 graduate of Granville Central High School. She was enrolled in all honors courses and also completed her certification for veterinarian assistant.  Dixon was a member of the FFA for four years. […]

Creedmoor rocks on with annual Music Festival

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CREEDMOOR — The recreation staff raced around Creedmoor’s Main Street early Saturday morning to make sure everything was in order for this year’s Music Festival. Angie Perry, who has been in charge of the Music Festival for several years, talked with vendors as they set up to make sure they had everything they needed, moving things around for some when […]

Authorities: Woman used car to trap deputy in cruiser

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A Rocky Mount woman faces criminal charges after authorities say she used her car to box in a Wilson County sheriff’s deputy on a traffic stop. Shidaeja Clayton, 22, of 2436 Shreve St. east of Rocky Mount, was charged with felony aiding and abetting, resisting a public officer, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, having no operator license, […]

Cummings holds first stop on listening tour

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STEM — The first stop on the Granville County manager’s listening tour was lightly attended yet filled with information and discussion. The event was held Sept. 14 at the Stem Ruritan Club. County Manager Drew Cummings has been in that position for nearly a year, and he said it was time to get out of the office and talk with […]

Board members propose changing election date

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OXFORD — A discussion was added during a Board of Education meeting Sept. 11 about changing the board’s election date later in the year.  Taylor Frederick, District 7, asked that the Board of Education consider moving its election cycle from the primary to the November general election cycle. Helen Lindsey, District 2, asked whether the board can change the date […]

Local law officials release crime reports

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Butner Public Safety Sept. 1, the theft of motor vehicle was reported on East Lyon Station Road. The suspects stole a gray, 2017 Lexus IS.    Sept. 2, Fantasia Mania Jones, 23, of Henderson, was charged on an outstanding order for arrest. Jones was issued $1,000 bail and placed in the Granville County Detention Center.     Sept. 3, an […]

Harry Mills celebrates retirement

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OXFORD — An emotional Harry Mills held his retirement plaque high above his head after his farewell speech on Sept. 14. Mills, a Granville County native, said he returned home to “who I am instead of where I have been.”  Granville County Commissioners Chair Russ May presented Mills with a proclamation and plaque in recognition for his retirement. May said […]

Heritage hires Christian Cuba as new girls soccer head coach

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Heritage High has a new coach at the helm of its girls soccer program, with the school’s athletic department announcing the hire of Christian Cuba on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Cuba has experience at the collegiate and youth club levels, while making his high school coaching debut this spring with Thales Academy, a North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association member in […]

Local teams compete in Adidas XC Challenge

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A handful of local schools were among the 130 teams from across North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Washington D.C., West Virginia , Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Delaware who gathered at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, Sept. 16, for the high school portion of the 2023 Adidas XC Challenge. The event included boys and girls championship, invitational and challenge […]

Week 5 football roundup from around the area

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All five local teams picked up wins in week 5 of the North Carolina high school football season, with the Heritage Huskies picking up their first win of the season in their first true home game after getting their track redone. Here’s a quick rundown of the week 5 games: HERITAGE 30, HILLSIDE 13 After a 0-4 start to the […]

Wake Forest downs undefeated Leesville in double overtime

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RALEIGH- — The Wake Forest High football team took down undefeated Leesville Road 34-28 on the road in double overtime to improve to 4-1 heading into the bye week. The Cougars will start 4-A Northern Athletic Conference play against Knightdale after the open week. “This was what I call a signature win going into that tough conference,” Wake Forest head […]

Heritage sweeps Rolesville to start 2-0 in conference play

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WAKE FOREST — After a five-set thriller against Wakefield in its 4-A Northern Athletic Conference opener, the Heritage High volleyball team swept Rolesville 3-0 to improve to 2-0 in conference play on Thursday, Sept. 14. While the Huskies have started conference play with big wins over a pair of one-loss teams, they still have to face reigning 4-A state champions […]