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A Bailey Chamber of Commerce chicken wing cook-off and street festival held in May 2021 returns on Saturday with a new theme and a full slate of attractions. Organizers say the Sweetpotato Festival will become a yearly tradition in downtown Bailey.

Bailey’s inaugural Sweetpotato Festival is Saturday

By Lindell J. Kay
| May 19, 2022

BAILEY — In an effort to revitalize its community, the Bailey Chamber of Commerce will hold the inau...

2022 ELECTIONS

Stroud holds off Freshwater-Smith in Court of Appeals primary

From staff reports
| May 20, 2022

Chief Judge Donna Stroud won Tuesday’s Republican primary to retain her N.C. Court of Appeals seat, ...

2022 ELECTIONS

Don Davis, Sandy Smith prevail in US House primaries

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 20, 2022

State Sen. Don Davis of Snow Hill claimed victory over three challengers on Tuesday to claim the Dem...

Wilson County voters will report to their precinct polling places to cast ballots in Wilson City Council and partisan primary elections on Tuesday.

2022 ELECTIONS

State board offers 12 tips for Election Day voters

For the Times
| May 17, 2022

RALEIGH — The N.C. State Board of Elections offers the following 12 tips for voters who cast their b...

Republican congressional candidate Sandy Smith, left, denied domestic violence allegations included in divorce filings her primary opponent Sandy Roberson, right, released online.

2022 ELECTIONS

Sandy Roberson refuses Sandy Smith’s demand to remove online records

By Corey Friedman
| May 16, 2022

An attorney representing 1st Congressional District candidate Sandy Roberson has refused a demand fr...

Democratic congressional candidate Don Davis, left, is shown beside primary opponent Erica Smith, right.

2022 ELECTIONS

Poll: Don Davis leads Erica Smith in US House primary

From staff reports
| May 15, 2022

State Sen. Don Davis has a 13-point lead over opponent Erica Smith in the Democratic primary for Nor...

Brad Murphy

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Brad Murphy signs congressional term limits pledge

From staff reports
| May 15, 2022

Republican U.S. House candidate Brad Murphy has pledged his support for term limits, becoming the fo...

Erica Smith

2022 ELECTIONS

Pro-Israel group says ad targeting Erica Smith hasn’t been pulled

From staff reports
| May 14, 2022

A political action committee taking aim at Democratic congressional candidate Erica Smith through cr...

State Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene, speaks during The Wilson Times’ 1st Congressional District candidate forum April 13 at Wilson Community College. U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield has endorsed Davis to succeed him in Congress.

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House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorses Don Davis

From staff reports
| May 12, 2022

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn threw his support behind state Sen. Don Davis in North Carolina’s 1st Congress...

Erica D. Smith and state Sen. Don Davis are widely considered front-runners in the Democratic primary for North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.

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Erica Smith denounces pro-Israel group’s attack ad

From staff reports
| May 13, 2022

Congressional candidate Erica Smith says some broadcasters have stopped airing an attack ad that mak...

Republican 1st Congressional District candidate Sandy Smith poses with a frying pan in the main image, which she tweeted on Monday. GOP primary opponent Sandy Roberson, inset, defended his record as mayor of Rocky Mount from Smith’s claims that his U.S. House campaign left the city rudderless amid a rash of gun crime.

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Sandy Roberson rebuffs Sandy Smith’s jabs over Rocky Mount crime

By Corey Friedman
| May 11, 2022

A war of words between two Republican congressional candidates continued Tuesday as Rocky Mount Mayo...

Korean company building plant in Middlesex

From staff reports
| May 11, 2022

MIDDLESEX — A pipe manufacturer plans to invest $12 million and create 168 new jobs in southern Nash...

In a series of Saturday tweets, GOP congressional candidate Sandy Smith blasted primary opponent Sandy Roberson for a rash of homicides that led the Rocky Mount City Council to declare a state of emergency. Roberson is mayor of Rocky Mount, but that position has limited authority under the council-manager form of government.

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Sandy Smith blames Sandy Roberson for Rocky Mount’s violent crime

From staff reports
| May 8, 2022

U.S. House candidate Sandy Smith says Republican primary opponent and Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Robers...

State Sen. Don Davis, a candidate in the 1st Congressional District Democratic primary, says an attack ad that began airing Friday fails to cite its sources and uses “manipulative tactics” including ominous music and “prison font.”

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Davis: Attack ad can’t support its claims

From staff reports
| May 8, 2022

If Democratic congressional candidate Don Davis was still a classroom teacher, he wouldn’t even give...

Ted Budd

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Trump touts Budd’s bona fides on border security

From staff reports
| May 8, 2022

Former President Donald Trump praised U.S. Senate candidate Ted Budd for his votes in Congress to se...

The Rocky Mount City Council met in a special meeting Saturday to discuss a rash of gun violence.

Rocky Mount declares state of emergency due to gun violence

By Lindell J. Kay
| May 8, 2022

ROCKY MOUNT — City officials have declared a state of emergency in the wake of four shooting deaths ...

Sandy Smith holds a frying pan in a picture she tweeted Saturday with the message “Washington DC, here we come.” While denying allegations of domestic violence against two ex-husbands including a claim that she struck one with a frying pan, Smith has adopted the cookware as a campaign symbol.

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Sandy Smith denies domestic violence claims in heated GOP congressional primary

By Corey Friedman
| May 8, 2022

Republican U.S. House candidate Sandy Smith took to Twitter on Friday to publicly deny allegations t...

Erica Smith

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Erica Smith scores Progressive Caucus PAC endorsement

From staff reports
| May 7, 2022

Democratic U.S. House hopeful Erica Smith has received the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC’s en...

Andrew Chance Weckesser

Middlesex-area father arrested in infant's death

Johnstonian News
| May 7, 2022

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office thinks abuse caused an infant’s death earlier this...

Republican congressional candidates Sandy Smith at left and Sandy Roberson at right have each crossed the $1 million campaign finance threshold.

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Sandy Smith denies domestic violence claims in rival Sandy Roberson’s opposition research

By Corey Friedman
| May 7, 2022

Republican U.S. House candidate Sandy Smith took to Twitter on Friday to publicly deny allegations t...


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