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Wilson County commissioners discuss the proposed 2022-23 budget during a work session Monday night.

WILSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

4 fire districts’ tax rates could rise

By Olivia Neeley
| May 25, 2022

Four Wilson County volunteer fire departments have requested a tax rate increase for their districts...

Cierra Shonte Daniels

N.C. SILVER ALERT

Police seek missing Wilson woman

From staff reports
| May 25, 2022

Authorities are requesting the public’s help to find a Wilson woman last seen walking along U.S. 301...

Gavin Lewin of Lucama displays a tray that he built. The sixth grader is fascinated by woodworking.

Boy sells homemade wood products

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 25, 2022

LUCAMA — Two years ago, Gavin Lewin made what many would consider an unusual request for most 9-year...

The Gen. Joshua Barnes House on Nash Street, shown in an image from the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A Wilson architectural survey could add more historic properties to the federally maintained registry.

State to survey Wilson’s architectural legacy

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 25, 2022

Wilson’s historic architecture is set to be studied and archived by state contractors in the coming ...

Hunt sophomore Susan Guzman watches her shot go past the leg of Currituck County’s Jasmine Gorney for her second goal during the Warriors’ 3-0 win in Tuesday’s NCHSAA 3-A third-round playoff game at Gillette Soccer Complex.

Warriors march past Currituck, into 4th round

By Tom Ham
| May 25, 2022

The quest of the talent-laden Hunt High team to win its first state championship in the sport of gir...

Dawn Lashley holds a syringe containing a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine as Wilson resident Toni Rucker pulls off for the prescribed waiting period during a late September drive-thru vaccination clinic. "I'm glad I was a big girl this morning,” Rucker said. “I took it like a trooper. It's very important.”

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Wilson sees spike in COVID cases

By Olivia Neeley
| May 24, 2022

Wilson County has seen an increase in positive COVID-19 cases over the past four weeks. The county r...

Matt Parks, left, and Travis Boswell grill chicken for the wing cook-off during Saturday's first Sweetpotato Festival in downtown Bailey.

First Sweetpotato Festival sees huge turnout

By Lindell J. Kay
| May 24, 2022

BAILEY — Despite afternoon heat and an evening shower, the first Sweetpotato Festival was a huge suc...

City Manager Grant Goings presents his recommended fiscal year 2022-23 budget during Thursday’s Wilson City Council meeting.

WILSON CITY COUNCIL

Inflation influences Wilson's city budget

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 24, 2022

Wilson’s proposed $268,426,160 budget for fiscal year 2022-23 includes no property tax increase, but...

Trakid founder Brandon Kashani discusses his company during the RIoT Accelerator Program pitch competition at the Gig East Summit.

MAIN STREET MINUTE

Gig East Summit a success

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 23, 2022

Entrepreneurship and innovation took center stage Friday in the fourth Gig East Summit. “We felt lik...

Members of the F3 Wilson Whirligig group and other area F3 group members participate in the Catchall Classic at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park on Saturday to celebrate the group’s first year.

Fitness group celebrates year of growth

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 23, 2022

With an American flag and a group banner waving in the front of the line, F3 Wilson Whirligig member...

Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens, third from left, stands with Wilson Police Department leaders after the department received its 11th reaccredidation from CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

WILSON CITY COUNCIL

City steps out of food truck regulation; police, utility, public works employees honored

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 23, 2022

The Wilson City Council on Thursday made it easier for food trucks to set up shop around town. “This...

Corvair Batts, 60, was the oldest Wilson Community College student to graduate Friday. Batts 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 in the Fike High School auditorium.

WILSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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

By Olivia Neeley
| May 23, 2022

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

Community Briefs announcing Wilson-area events are published as a public service of The Wilson Times. Email submissions to editor@wilsontimes.com. Include the event's time, date and location, admission cost if applicable and organizers' contact information.

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Pretty and Precious Girls plans annual picnic

From staff reports
| May 24, 2022

ROCKY MOUNT — The nonprofit Pretty and Precious Girls will hold its annual picnic from noon to 2 p.m...

Brian Poythress, electric distribution supervisor for the city of Wilson, surveys 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 23, 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 23, 2022

LUCAMA —  Zachary Wilder was awakened at 1:15 a.m. Friday by the sound of golf-ball-sized hail as wi...

The Greenfield School girls soccer team receives its medals and trophies as the 2022 NCISAA 1-A state runner up.

Knights battle, fall short in NCISAA championship game

From staff reports
| May 23, 2022

FAYETTEVILLE – The Greenfield School girls soccer team displayed resiliency in spades this year, bou...

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 ...

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...


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