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Ray Finch is shown before his exoneration at top and after his release from prison at bottom. Gov. Roy Cooper granted Finch a pardon of innocence on Wednesday.

FIGHT FOR FREEDOM

'Long time coming': Finch family cheers governor's pardon

By Olivia Neeley
| June 17, 2021

When Katherine Jones-Bailey called her father Wednesday afternoon, she couldn’t stop shouting and cr...

Eunice Lindsey, Gene Wells, Willie Hill, Marsha Wells and other Elm City residents listen during Tuesday's Elm City Board of Commissioners meeting.

Residents rally around Elm City civic group

By Drew C. Wilson
| June 17, 2021

ELM CITY –– Town residents emboldened by a new civic group showed up in large numbers to voice wide-...

Mike Tolson of Mack Gay Associates addresses the Elm City Board of Commissioners on the town's water and sewer systems Tuesday night.

Sewer upgrade is key to Elm City's future

By Drew C. Wilson
| June 17, 2021

ELM CITY –– A rehabilitation and clean-out of sewer and storm drain system has shown real results, a...

Doughtie

Wilson police sergeant faces domestic assault charges

By Corey Friedman
| June 17, 2021

A Wilson police sergeant is under investigation following his Wednesday arrest on domestic violence ...

Barnes

Co-defendant sentenced on murder accessory charge

By Olivia Neeley
| June 17, 2021

A Wilson man who previously pleaded guilty in connection to 32-year-old Arsenio Gaskins’ October 201...

The town of Sharpsburg has included an additional police officer in the 2021-22 budget to cover an expected surge in population with a mobile home park expansion.

State awards Sharpsburg grants to improve infrastructure

By Brie Handgraaf
| June 17, 2021

SHARPSBURG — Help is on the way to address issues with the town’s underground infrastructure. Town A...

Named Officer of the Year last month, 29-year-old Cameron Michael McFadden of Louisburg has resigned from  the Rocky Mount Police Department after receiving a driving while impaired citation from the Wilson Police Department related to a Sunday wreck on U.S. 301. McFadden is accused of driving the wrong way and striking another vehicle.

Rocky Mount officer of the year resigns after Wilson DWI crash

By Lindell J. Kay
| June 16, 2021

The Rocky Mount Police Department’s officer of the year stands accused of driving the wrong way on a...

Sears

Kinston leader named Wilson deputy city manager

By Brie Handgraaf
| June 16, 2021

Kinston City Manager Tony W. Sears will take over when Deputy City Manager Harry Tyson retires this ...

Woodard

Virtual forum to address Wilson opioid crisis

By Olivia Neeley
| June 16, 2021

The St. John Community Development Corp. is continuing its forum series with a Thursday session on W...

Jefferies

Nash schools seek $45,000 reimbursement from former superintendent

By Lindell J. Kay
| June 16, 2021

NASHVILLE — A former Nash County school superintendent owes more than $45,000 for travel expense vio...

Vendors set up shop for the 301 Endless Yard Sale in 2019. The 100-mile swap meet returns this weekend after a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

301 Endless Yard Sale returns Friday, Saturday

By Brie Handgraaf
| June 16, 2021

The forecast looks bright for the 301 Endless Yard Sale’s return on Friday. “In the past, I would s...

Miss Wilson winner Maddy McFarland, left, and Miss Wilson Outstanding Teen titleholder Faith May, right, will compete in the Miss North Carolina pageant planned for June 24-26 in High Point.

MISS NORTH CAROLINA

Women hope to represent Wilson, state in national pageants

By Brie Handgraaf
| June 17, 2021

After 20 months as Miss Wilson and Miss Wilson Outstanding Teen, two women are headed to High Point ...

Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. This image from the State Archives of North Carolina shows an Aiken, S.C., community observing Emancipation Day in 1888.

Art, activities commemorate Juneteenth

By Brie Handgraaf
| June 15, 2021

Wilsonians will have a few opportunities to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth this year, includin...

Poll worker Genice Hagans waits to collect municipal election ballots at the Reid Street Community Center on Nov. 5, 2019. Wilson City Council elections are held on odd-numbered years, but a bill approved will postpone the 2021 election until March 2022 due to delays in census results that could reshape the city's voting districts.

General Assembly approves bill to postpone elections in Wilson, other cities

By Gary D. Robertson
| June 16, 2021

RALEIGH — More than 30 North Carolina towns and cities — including Wilson — would have their local e...

Randy and Ginny Hall walk the survivors' lap during the 2019 American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Wilson Medical Center. The cancer charity fundraiser returns July 15 after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whirligig Park to host Relay for Life

By Drew C. Wilson
| June 15, 2021

Cancer patients, caregivers and supporters will walk to raise money for a cure next month as the Rel...

Matt and Beth Liles recently opened Liles Family Chiropractic at 2519-F Airport Blvd.

MAIN STREET MINUTE

Chiropractors open west Wilson office

By Brie Handgraaf
| June 14, 2021

A husband-wife duo is bringing a family approach to chiropractic care with their new business. Liles...

State recruiting entrepreneurs for DOT contracts

By Brie Handgraaf
| June 14, 2021

State transportation officials will be in Wilson on Saturday to recruit small businesses for contrac...

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