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Work to renovate the historic Cherry Hotel on Nash Street should begin by mid-2022. Plans call for a 101-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel with custom décor reflecting downtown Wilson’s history.

$23 million in renovations planned for Cherry Hotel

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 17, 2022

For several years, a fence has surrounded the historic Cherry Hotel on Nash Street as developers com...

The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to launch. The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link for Americans to an order form run by the U.S. Postal Service where Americans can request four at-home tests per residential address.

Website opens early for ordering free at-home COVID-19 tests

The Associated Press
| January 18, 2022

The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-ho...

Fire extinguished at vacant duplex

From staff reports
| January 18, 2022

Wilson firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a Sunday night residential fire. Authorities wer...

Wilson County EMS paramedic Josh Dail demonstrates how quickly temperatures can rise in a closed vehicle. On a partly cloudy day in July 2014, the interior temperature in this SUV exceeded 106 degrees within five to 10 minutes. The air temperature was 91 degrees outdoors.

Wilson County earns grant for community paramedics

By Olivia Neeley
| January 18, 2022

Wilson County Emergency Medical Services has received a $280,000 grant to implement a community para...

Barton's Donaven Hairston (2) dribbles up the court during a game against Francis Marion on Nov. 30, 2021, at Wilson Gym.

COVID turns Barton basketball schedules upside down

By Andrew Schnittker
| January 18, 2022

As the omicron variant has surged across the country, COVID-19 has once again caused disruptions in ...

Fike High will hold its 10th athletic hall of fame enshrinement banquet Saturday, April 30, after a two-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To be inducted are, from left, former football coach Gus Andrews, basketball star Roc Canady, former baseball standout and longtime coach Will Flowers, former football coach and athletic director Dick Knox, former soccer and track coach Art Miller, former golf star Stephanie Otteson and Kenny Pridgen, a starter on Fike’s football and baseball state 4-A championship teams in the late 1960s.

After a 2-year delay, seven to enter Fike HOF in April

From staff reports
| January 18, 2022

The 10th induction class for the Fike High Athletic Hall of Fame definitely has a shelf life. The se...

360 Wellness & Nutrition practice manager Lisa Winbourne, left, is pictured with physician assistant Catherine Warren, nurse practitioner Ana Khoune and medical assistant MeLissa Warren.

MAIN STREET MINUTE

Health care providers open new practice

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 17, 2022

Wilsonians have a new option for primary care, but the providers are all familiar faces.  Nurse prac...

Casita Brewing Co. donated more than $35,000 to area nonprofits throughout 2021. In addition to sponsorships and other support, 25% of all tip money was donated to monthly nonprofit partners. The brewery staff includes Mahalia Witter-Merithew, Taj Martin, Chelsie Stevenson, Rachel Devlin, Austin Perry, Jamie Oliver, Ryan Witter-Merithew, Leanne Atkins and Pat Atkins.

Casita brews beer, support for nonprofits

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 17, 2022

Throughout 2021, Casita Brewing Co. donated $25,100 to 12 nonprofits with causes ranging from health...

2 die in crash on Interstate 95

From staff reports
| January 17, 2022

ROCKY MOUNT — Two people died in a Sunday morning crash on a wintry Interstate 95, according to the ...

Edgecombe deputies capture murder suspect

The Associated Press
| January 17, 2022

TARBORO — A man wanted for a murder in North Carolina has been taken into custody, a sheriff’s offic...

The River Rats team celebrates a victory in the Air Force Association Cyber Patriot Competition. Coach Capt. Nicholas Green, right rear, is pictured with the team of cadets from the Tar River and Pitt Greenville Composite Squadrons, from left, Cadet 2nd Lt. Luke Wilfong, Cadet Airman Lucas Merritt, Cadet Airman Aeden Rogness (at the computer), Cadet Senior Airman Zachary Beal and Cadet Senior Airman Peter Viventi.

Local cadets place first in CyberPatriot competition

For the Times
| January 18, 2022

Cadets in a combined team called the River Rats from Tar River and Pitt Greenville Composite Squadro...

Republican attorney general candidate Buck Newton addresses attendees from Wilson's Surge Center during a stop along the Family Research Council's Values Bus tour in late October 2016.

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Newton to speak at Wilson GOP social

From staff reports
| January 17, 2022

MLK Day ceremony airs Monday The Martin Luther King Jr. Commission’s MLK Day video will premiere at ...

This is Option A. To review the calendars and provide feedback, visit bit.ly/CalFeedback_22-23_english for the English version and bit.ly/CalFeedback_22-23_spanish for the Spanish version.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Schools seek input on 2022-23 calendar

By Olivia Neeley
| January 17, 2022

Wilson County Schools officials want feedback from staff and families for next year’s school calenda...

Greenfield forward Aaron Murphy (13) shoots over Wilson Prep's Makhi Eatmon (11) for two of his 13 first-half points during Saturday's 58-49 win for the Knights in the Brandon Ingram MLK Showcase at Kinston High School.

Knights handle Tigers in Brandon Ingram MLK matchup

From staff reports
| January 17, 2022

KINSTON — One of the marquee matchups involving Wilson teams this or any varsity boys basketball sea...

Wilson police investigators search for evidence near a home on the corner of Lane Street and Rountree Avenue after gunshots were fired Wednesday.

Police: Man shot at home, car

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 16, 2022

A Wilson man faces four attempted murder charges after police say he fired gunshots at a house and c...

Wilson Councilman A.P. Coleman, right, shakes hands with Councilman Tom Fyle during Coleman’s final council meeting in May 2019. Coleman, who served on the council for 38 years, died Wednesday.

Longtime councilman remembered as ‘servant leader’

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 16, 2022

Former Wilson City Councilman A.P. Coleman died early Wednesday morning. “Wilson mourns the passing ...

Black Wide Awake historian Lisa Y. Henderson placed a sign in the corner of the Vick Cemetery parking lot. Between 500 and 2,000 African Americans are interred at the Wilson burial ground, but with markers removed, individual gravesites can’t be located.

Radar could locate lost graves

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 16, 2022

The Wilson Cemetery Commission chair says the city might use ground-penetrating radar to locate grav...

Wilson County Schools Superintendent Lane Mills takes a picture of first grader Patricia Harmon on the first day of school in August at Vinson-Bynum Elementary School. Students and staff have been wearing masks all year and will continue to for at least another month.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

School board continues mask policy as COVID-19 cases rise

By Olivia Neeley
| January 16, 2022

The Wilson County Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to continue the district’s mask man...


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