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Corvair Batts, 60, was the oldest Wilson Community College student to graduate Friday. Batts had longed to finish her associate degree in early childhood education, and she made that happen after enrolling in the program two years ago after her mother died. Batts was recognized during the commencement ceremony held at Fike High School's auditorium.

WILSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

‘You came, and you conquered’: Students reach goal with graduation

By Olivia Neeley
| May 22, 2022

Corvair Batts worked on her associate degree in early childhood education in the late ’90s, but she ...

Margaret Coleman, center, and Christine Bolden, right, speak to Robert Chadwick of United Healthcare on Friday during the Wilson County Senior Activity Center’s “Age My Way” celebration for older adults.

Seniors honored in celebration at activity center

By Olivia Neeley
| May 22, 2022

Dozens of older adults were celebrated Friday at the Wilson County Senior Activity Center. The “Age ...

Brian Poythress, electric distribution supervisor for the city of Wilson, walks along the damage on Forest Hills Road where 19 power poles snapped during a storm around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Overnight storm brings down 19 utility poles

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| May 20, 2022

A strong thunderstorm roared through Wilson County around 1:30 a.m. Friday snapping 19 utility polls...

Zachary Wilder and Brent Tharp clean up wires in front of a single-wide mobile home where the roof was ripped off in Friday morning's storm on the 5300 block of Bass Road in Lucama.

Wind damage extensive in Lucama

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 22, 2022

LUCAMA — Lucama resident Zachary Wilder was awakened at 1:15 a.m. Friday by the sound of golf-ball-s...

University of North Carolina professor James Johnson reviews demographic information from the 2020 census with Wilson Forward annual meeting attendees Thursday at Barton College.

WILSON FORWARD

Professor: Wilson should tackle demographic challenges head-on

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 22, 2022

Wilson’s 2020 census figures startled many stakeholders, including local leaders who doubted the acc...

Jamie McQueen, a Fayetteville car transporter, tries to see if his phone works after flipping his Toyota Camry into the Wiggins Millpond on Wednesday morning.

‘Just glad to be alive’: Man survives after flipping car into water

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 19, 2022

When Jamie McQueen regained consciousness after flipping his car upside down into the water, the fir...

Dawn and Tom Potter of Duplin Winery pour samples for Marques Hoskins and Fred Pitts during the Wilson Chamber of Commerce Spring Expo last year. The 2022 Spring Expo is planned from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Fairgrounds to host Spring Expo on Saturday

From staff reports
| May 20, 2022

The Wilson Chamber of Commerce Spring Expo is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Wilson Coun...

Artist Matt McConnell speaks about his permanent art installation, “Forest Wind,” made possible by Wilson Arts partner Josephine M. Brown, during a May 12 reception at the Wilson Arts Center.

WILSON ARTS CENTER

Art installation transforms studio ceiling

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 22, 2022

The artist behind a new permanent art installation at the Wilson Arts Center said he wanted “to crea...

Election Judge John Barnes waits for voters beside the tabulating machine Tuesday at the Reid Street Community Center, the polling place for Wilson Precinct R.

2022 ELECTIONS

Election Day: Scenes from Wilson County primary voting

Photos by Drew C. Wilson
| May 19, 2022

Nearly one in five registered Wilson County voters participated in Tuesday’s primaries and Wilson Ci...

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...

2022 ELECTIONS

Fitch, Newton win NC Senate primaries

By Olivia Neeley
| May 20, 2022

Two seasoned Wilson County politicians won their N.C. Senate primaries on Tuesday, setting the stage...

2022 ELECTIONS

Incumbents retain Wilson City Council seats

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 20, 2022

Two of Wilson’s city councilmen were reelected handily on Tuesday while two others faced stiff compe...

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, ...

Dianne Sauls, chief judge for Wilson Precinct B, fixes a plate in the kitchen at the Laddie T. Bell Community Center voting site on Tuesday.

2022 ELECTIONS

No political hot potatoes in precinct meal

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 18, 2022

There was no gaslighting over the green beans, no partisan politics in the potato salad and no hush ...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Budd addresses the crowd before former President Donald Trump speaks during an April 9 rally in Selma.

2022 ELECTIONS

Beasley, Budd win as NC voters pare down primary candidates

By Gary D. Robertson
| May 18, 2022

RALElGH — U.S. Rep. Ted Budd and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley won their re...

Winstead Elementary School is shown Monday before the Wilson County Board of Education voted to close Winstead Elementary and Toisnot Middle in a consolidation plan that will make more efficient use of school buildings.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Board votes to close Winstead Elementary, Toisnot Middle

By Olivia Neeley
| May 17, 2022

In a 5-2 vote, the Wilson County Board of Education decided Monday to permanently close Winstead Ele...

Wilson firefighters carry ladders to an unoccupied home at 4302 Foxfire Lane that sustained fire damage on Sunday.

House catches fire while under construction

From staff reports
| May 17, 2022

Officials say a spark from welders working on a house ignited a Sunday afternoon fire. Wilson Fire/...

Jeff Bell, pictured Thursday at the Wilson Arts Center, will leave his post as executive director of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum on June 3 to become the North Carolina Arts Council’s new director.

Jeff Bell to promote art across the state

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 16, 2022

Vollis Simpson has been at the heart of Jeff Bell’s work in Wilson, but he recently took a job that ...


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