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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...

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...

This evidence photo shows the pair of shoes worn by an unidentified man whose skeleton was found in the Chatham County woods in 1981. The shoes are size 9 brown leather designer slip-ons made by Pierre Cardin.

UNIDENTIFIED

Shoes are best clue in skeleton case

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 17, 2022

PITTSBORO — A pair of designer shoes and some ragtag clothing are about the only clues left to the i...

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...

Stantonsburg police Sgt. Crystal Jackson, left, and Chief Orlando Rosario look over the police station they moved into in April. The South Main Street building was in the process of being sold last month, but the town council voted against the sale Monday, making way for the Stantonsburg Police Department office to remain.

STANTONSBURG

Council rejects offer to sell buildings

By Olivia Neeley
| January 13, 2022

STANTONSBURG — The Stantonsburg Police Department will remain at its current location after the town...

From left: Greenfield boys basketball head coach Rob Salter and Greenfield senior Aaron Murphy. Murphy signed his national letter of intent to play college basketball at Queens on Wendesday.

Greenfield's Murphy realizes life long dream in signing with Queens

By Andrew Schnittker
| January 14, 2022

Since he was 5 years old, watching his oldest brother play basketball in his driveway, Aaron Murphy ...

Pope

2 face identity theft, fraud charges

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 13, 2022

A man and woman face identity theft, financial card theft and fraud charges after police say they us...

Most of the Wilson Tourism Development Authority’s revenue comes from occupancy taxes on 1,260 rooms at 24 area hotels, according to an audit report from accounting firm Flowers & Stanley.

Omicron threatens to slow Wilson’s tourism rebound

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 13, 2022

Despite facing challenges ranging from the pandemic to lost tournaments, officials took time Tuesday...

Staff at Wilson's customer service center on Nash Street in downtown handle utility service and payments for local residents. Some Wilson residents will now get help paying their water bill.

Wilson water customers eligible for federal funds

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 13, 2022

More than $4,600 has been allocated to 36 Wilson residents struggling to afford water bills thanks t...


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