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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...

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 19, 2022

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

A Bailey Chamber of Commerce chicken wing cook-off and street festival held in May 2021 returns on Saturday with a new theme and a full slate of attractions. Organizers say the Sweetpotato Festival will become a yearly tradition in downtown Bailey.

Bailey’s inaugural Sweetpotato Festival is Saturday

By Lindell J. Kay
| May 19, 2022

BAILEY — In an effort to revitalize its community, the Bailey Chamber of Commerce will hold the inau...

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

Check out vendors at Spring Expo 

From staff reports
| May 19, 2022

The exhibit “Down East Light” will open with a reception from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Th...

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...

Sandy Smith, the Republican 1st Congressional District nominee, is shown during an election night watch party at Pup’s Steakhouse.

2022 ELECTIONS

Don Davis, Sandy Smith prevail in US House primaries

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 18, 2022

State Sen. Don Davis of Snow Hill claimed victory over three challengers on Tuesday to claim the Dem...

Wilson City Council District 5 candidate Betesha “Bea” Ethridge gets some words of wisdom from state Sen. Toby Fitch during a watch party Tuesday night. While Ethridge lost her bid for office, Fitch won the Democratic nomination for N.C. Senate District 4.

2022 ELECTIONS

Fitch, Newton win NC Senate primaries

By Olivia Neeley
| May 18, 2022

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

N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Donna Stroud, left, is shown beside District Court Judge Beth Freshwater-Smith.

2022 ELECTIONS

Stroud holds off Freshwater-Smith in Court of Appeals primary

From staff reports
| May 19, 2022

Chief Judge Donna Stroud won Tuesday’s Republican primary to retain her N.C. Court of Appeals seat, ...

Wilson City Councilmen Tom Fyle in District 3, top left, Donald Evans in District 5, top right, Logan Liles in District 6, bottom left, and Derrick Creech in District 7, botttom right, won reelection on Tuesday night.

2022 ELECTIONS

Incumbents retain Wilson City Council seats

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 18, 2022

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

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 ...

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...


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