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Wilson County Board of Education members listen to a speaker's comments in a May 9 public hearing on the possible closure of Winstead Elementary and Toisnot Middle. The board is expected to hold discussions on the matter during its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to the agenda. The meeting will be held at its normal location, 117 Tarboro St. NE.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

School closure vote could happen Monday

By Olivia Neeley
| May 16, 2022

The Wilson County Board of Education could vote to close Winstead Elementary and Toisnot Middle scho...

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 ...

At the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology, 36 seniors celebrated their high school graduation Saturday.

CLASS OF 2022

WECA and WAAT students celebrate graduation

From staff reports
| May 16, 2022

Seniors at the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology and Wilson Early College Academy celebrated a mi...

Swim lessons return to the city's Recreation Center pool this summer.

WILSON PARKS AND RECREATION

City hiring staff to resume summer swim lessons

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 16, 2022

Swim lessons are coming back this summer after a hiatus due to the pandemic. “We are looking at a bu...

Art at 123 owner Andrea Horton Morton shows off her artwork along with pieces on sale from six other North Carolinians. A reopening celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 123 Barnes St. W.

MAIN STREET MINUTE

Everyone invited to downtown art celebrations

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 16, 2022

Without further ado, the Art at 123 gallery is reopening with a day of festivities and fun. “I’m one...

Wilson city officials are working with the landscape architect for the new Foundation YMCA and Centro at Pine-Nash to re-imagine the Library Lawn adjacent to the new downtown development.

City working to re-imagine Library Lawn

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 16, 2022

The Library Lawn is getting a facelift as the area evolves with new construction next door. The gras...

Ansley Herring Wegner

WILSON COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

Former Wilsonian to lead annual meeting

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 16, 2022

A former Wilsonian will headline Thursday’s annual meeting of the Wilson County Historical Associati...

Deshawn McFadden celebrates during Barton College’s graduation ceremony Saturday morning while Nate McKenrick, left, waits his turn on stage.

CLASS OF 2022

Barton celebrates 255 graduates

By Janelle Clevinger
| May 16, 2022

The Kinsey Bell rang 120 times Saturday morning, signaling the start of Barton College’s 120th comme...

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

Wilson GOP plans election night watch party

From staff reports
| May 16, 2022

The next Wilson County Republican Party social will be an election watch party starting at 6:30 p.m....

Republican congressional candidate Sandy Smith, left, denied domestic violence allegations included in divorce filings her primary opponent Sandy Roberson, right, released online.

2022 ELECTIONS

Sandy Roberson refuses Sandy Smith’s demand to remove online records

By Corey Friedman
| May 16, 2022

An attorney representing 1st Congressional District candidate Sandy Roberson has refused a demand fr...

Democratic congressional candidate Don Davis, left, is shown beside primary opponent Erica Smith, right.

2022 ELECTIONS

Poll: Don Davis leads Erica Smith in US House primary

From staff reports
| May 15, 2022

State Sen. Don Davis has a 13-point lead over opponent Erica Smith in the Democratic primary for Nor...

Brad Murphy

2022 ELECTIONS

Brad Murphy signs congressional term limits pledge

From staff reports
| May 15, 2022

Republican U.S. House candidate Brad Murphy has pledged his support for term limits, becoming the fo...

Shontez Barnes

WILSON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Man gets 2 life terms in shooting deaths

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 14, 2022

A Wilson man known for outbursts in court showed no emotion Thursday as he was given two life senten...

Robert Eddie Langley and Mary Elizabeth Mitchell were sentenced to federal prison terms Tuesday after pleading guilty to methamphetamine charges.

Meth trafficking convicts get federal prison terms

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 14, 2022

Two Wilson County residents were sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms after pleading guilty to ...

Man hospitalized after beating, robbery

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 14, 2022

A Wilson man was hospitalized after being beaten and robbed by a younger man on Wednesday. Officers ...

Wilson County Commissioner and Department of Social Services board Vice Chairwoman JoAnne Daniels, left, DSS Director Glenn Osborne and Lisa Council, a social worker in DSS’ prevention program, have fun Thursday as they pass out thank-you bags to older adults during the annual Senior Awareness Expo at the agency’s headquarters.

WILSON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

‘Young at heart’: Wilson County seniors celebrated

By Olivia Neeley
| May 14, 2022

Smiles and laughter filled the air Thursday as hundreds of Wilson County’s older adults were celebra...

Jackie Williams, left, and relative and CPI owner Chiquila Best-Chestnut, right, award Wilson Academy of Applied Technology student Taylor King, a $1,000 scholarship from the Trinity Williams Foundation. Williams’ daughter, Trinity Williams, was killed on May 5, 2021.  The family established the foundation to honor the 19-year-old WAAT student who would have graduated this year.

WILSON ACADEMY OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

Student receives Trinity Williams Foundation scholarship

From staff reports
| May 14, 2022

A Wilson Academy of Applied Technology student has earned a scholarship awarded in memory of a WAAT ...

Erica Smith

2022 ELECTIONS

Pro-Israel group says ad targeting Erica Smith hasn’t been pulled

From staff reports
| May 14, 2022

A political action committee taking aim at Democratic congressional candidate Erica Smith through cr...


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