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Fire from a portable heater burns a couch in a live fire demonstration conducted by the N.C. Department of Insurance and Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Insurance commissioner: Exercise caution with portable heaters

For The Enterprise
| January 13, 2022

With cold temperatures and potential wintry weather in the forecast, N.C. Insurance Commissioner Mik...

Hassan

Arrest made in viral video beating

By Lindell J. Kay
| December 29, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — City police made an arrest Wednesday after a video of an alleged assault appeared on a...

Dante Turnage, a 14-year-old seventh grader at the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, meets a signing Santa Claus at the school on Friday.

Students sign with Santa at Eastern NC School for the Deaf

By Drew C. Wilson
| December 20, 2021

WILSON — Eyes widened and jaws dropped Friday as five elementary students got their first glance at ...

OPINION

Democracy dies in news deserts

By Corey Friedman
| November 18, 2021

Claiming territory like a conquering army, a vast desert is on the march. It swallows small towns, s...

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield addresses a Wilson church congregation in August.

2022 ELECTIONS

Butterfield: 'Time for me to retire'

By Corey Friedman
| November 18, 2021

Wilson’s “man in Washington” is coming home. Rep. G.K. Butterfield will retire from Congress instead...

First responders are shown at the scene of a three-car wreck at the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Raleigh Road Parkway in Wilson.

Nashville man killed in Wilson crash

By Drew C. Wilson
| November 8, 2021

WILSON — A Nashville man died following a three-car crash at one of Wilson’s busiest intersections S...

Artistic director Jerome De Perlinghi affixes an enlarged photograph to a downtown Wilson wall for the 2021 Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival, which kicks off with a walking tour and reception on Saturday.

Eyes on Main Street returns

By Drew C. Wilson
| October 26, 2021

It’s a case of “bigger is better” for the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival’s seventh editi...

Attendees hold their candles aloft during a Wednesday vigil for Officer Ryan Hayworth of the Knightdale Police Department, who died when a motorist struck his stopped patrol vehicle.

Hundreds attend vigil for Knightdale police officer killed in crash

By Amber Revels-Stocks
| October 22, 2021

KNIGHTDALE — Hundreds of people attended a Wednesday candlelight vigil for Knightdale police Officer...

375th Quartermaster Company commander Capt. Elizabeth Mamay, center right, hands the company guidon to 1st Sgt. Karen Strauss during a Saturday activation ceremony.

Army Reserve activates 1st field feeding company

By Drew C. Wilson
| October 18, 2021

WILSON — The country’s first U.S. Army Reserve field feeding company activated Saturday at Wilson’s ...

A voter exits Middlesex Baptist Church after voting on Nov. 5, 2013.

2021 ELECTIONS

Voter registration deadline is approaching

From staff reports
| September 30, 2021

State elections officials are encouraging Nash County residents to check their voter status and ensu...

An actor posing as a thief, complete with a black ski mask, grabs cash from the console of an unlocked car in a scene from the Rocky Mount Police Department’s public service announcement video encouraging residents to secure their valuables.

‘9 p.m. routine’ back in action to prevent crime

From staff reports
| July 16, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — In response to a spike in car break-ins, city police are restarting the 9 p.m. routine...

First responders work at the scene of a fatal U.S. 301 wreck at Wilson's Interstate 795 overpass Sunday afternoon.

Zebulon man dies after truck flips in Wilson

By Drew C. Wilson
| July 12, 2021

WILSON — A Zebulon man died Sunday after the pickup truck he was driving ran off the road, slid side...

Johnny Poland of Rocky Mount and wife Christine V. Poland were following two trucks Wednesday when a large piece of metal struck the East Langley Road bridge on U.S. 301 near Elm City. The debris shattered the windshield of the couple's Chevrolet Suburban.

Rocky Mount couple escapes injury when metal debris strikes bridge

By Drew C. Wilson
| July 1, 2021

ELM CITY — A recycling truck driver was cited Wednesday after a large piece of metal debris struck a...

Southern Nash High School graduates file into Firebird Stadium for Saturday’s commencement exercises.

Southern Nash grads turn tassels

From staff reports
| June 7, 2021

Nash County Public Schools held graduation ceremonies for the district's four traditional high schoo...

Rocky Mount police officers speak to a woman on Thursday at the scene where a vehicle struck and injured a child riding a bicycle.

DEVELOPING NEWS

Vehicle hits bicycle; child suffers serious injuries

By Mark Cone
| May 28, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — A child was in critical condition Thursday after being struck by a vehicle while ridin...

Southern Nash's Alexa Daniel (1) comes around to score as Fike catcher Ashley Pendergrass turns to field an errant throw in the sixth inning of the 3-A Big East Conference opener on Tuesday. The Ladybirds won 9-1.

Ladybirds win 20th straight in Big East, defeat Fike 9-1

By Jimmy Lewis
| March 24, 2021

A core of five seniors has the Southern Nash High varsity softball team fully grasping the added urg...

Rusty cooking and kitchen equipment is shown outside an 807 E. Nash St. building that Spring Hope Mayor Buddy Gwaltney owns. Gwaltney didn't attend a March 8 town board meeting called to discuss the hiring of a contracted code enforcement official.

CODE ENFORCEMENT CONTROVERSY

Spring Hope mayor accused of dodging town meeting

By Lindell J. Kay
| March 15, 2021

SPRING HOPE — Elected officials and residents expressed dismay that longtime Mayor Buddy Gwaltney di...

Bystanders and first responders examine a propane truck that overturned Jan. 26 on the 7000 block of Rock Ridge School Road south of Sims.

Highway Patrol: Bailey man flips propane truck

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 27, 2021

SIMS — A Bailey man was taken to the hospital after losing control of a propane delivery truck and f...

Juan Lopez of Wilson uses a blower to coax cotton bolls into the Silver Lake Growers Cotton Gin on Dec. 29 as the last of the area's cotton is ginned for 2020.

Cotton crop falls below previous year

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 6, 2021

ELM CITY — The Silver Lake Growers Cotton Gin ended the year with 14,000 bales of lint. That mark is...

Fire consumes meatpacking plant

By Drew C. Wilson | dwilson@wilsontimes.com | 252-265-7879
| July 22, 2020

BAILEY — Firefighters from 11 departments spanning three counties fought a stubborn fire Wednesday at the Custom Quality Packers plant. Some 75 firefighters from Nash, Wilson and Franklin …


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