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N.C. Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Steven Dail speaks with witness Elijah Wright beside the ditch where a man overturned his car Wednesday morning. The driver, 31-year-old Rakim Jamar Shackleford, was fatally shot early Thursday at a Wilson home.

DEVELOPING NEWS

Man killed after crash, burglary

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 27, 2022

Police have released limited details in a Wilson man’s early Thursday shooting death. Rakim Jamar S...

Kearney

2 arrested in robbery, car theft

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 27, 2022

Wilson police have arrested a two men in a Nov. 22 armed robbery and car theft. Alexander Lewis Mobl...

Judy Gathers, left, picks up free N95 masks from Melissa Haynes of the Wilson County Health Department on Tuesday.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Wilson’s COVID case count continues decline

By Olivia Neeley
| January 27, 2022

Wilson County continued to see a decrease in the average number of COVID-19 cases this week. Wilson...

Bobby Lamm casts his ballot at the Wilson County Board of Elections in October 2016. The elections board met Tuesday to set the early voting schedule for the 2022 primary elections, which are tentatively scheduled for May but could be moved to June.

2022 ELECTIONS

Wilson voting schedule set for May primary

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 27, 2022

Filing for the May primary hasn’t resumed, but local officials on Tuesday set the times and days for...

Wilson native Tamechi Toney Briggs is pictured in a screen capture from BET’s website.

Wilson native honored for role as ‘Soul Train’ costume designer

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 27, 2022

Wilson native Tamechi Toney Briggs was recently celebrated as a groundbreaking dancer and costume de...

Have you seen the “Sky High Turkey Cat” sign on Pender Street? It’s one of Kyle Brooks’ kitschy creations.

Random signs around Wilson combine humor and art

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 26, 2022

“Sky High Turkey Cat” and “Lady Rock Toss” are just a couple of the seemingly random pastel signs drive...

Cannon Hinnant’s mother, Bonny Parker, wipes away tears outside the Wilson County Courthouse on Tuesday. Parker said she supports prosecutors’ decision to seek the death penalty for Darius Sessoms, who faces a first-degree murder charge in Cannon’s August 2020 killing.

State seeks death penalty in 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant's murder

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 26, 2022

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a man accused of shooting and killing a 5-year-old in 20...

Charles Ray Finch, shown on the front porch of his daughter’s home last year, died Monday. He was 83.

Exonerated of wrongful murder conviction, Ray Finch dies at 83

By Olivia Neeley
| January 26, 2022

Ray Finch died Monday, nearly three years after he was freed from a North Carolina prison. Finch was...

Police: Teen shot in leg, arm

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 25, 2022

Wilson police say a 17-year-old was shot in the leg and in the arm on Saturday. Police responded to ...

Wilson Woods kitchen fire snuffed

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 24, 2022

No one was injured in a Sunday morning cooking fire at a popular apartment complex. Wilson Fire/Resc...

Wilson Prep’s David Ellis (10) tries to gain control of the basketball during a game against North Edgecombe on Dec. 7 at WPA. The Tigers and Warriors will square off again Saturday in Leggett with the 1-A Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference lead in the balance.

Wilson Prep Showcase shelved for this year as Tigers face busy week

From staff reports
| January 25, 2022

The weekend snow, although mostly gone now, left one casualty on the area sports scene in its wake —...

The Action Group recently celebrated 40 years helping area employers find workers. The Nash Street office staff includes, from left, administrative assistant Lidonina Tolentino-Torres, President Charidy Corbett, recruiter Nancy Ristau, business development leader Michelle Mills, recruiter Katie Amerson, CEO Tav Gauss, comptroller Amy Stack, co-founder Winston Lea and recruiter Maria Rodriguez.

MAIN STREET MINUTE

‘Great Resignation’ resonates in Wilson

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 24, 2022

In 40 years of business, The Action Group CEO Tav Gauss has seen just about everything. However, the...

The Imagination Station Science & History Museum, housed in Wilson’s former federal courthouse and post office on Nash Street, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Imagination Station celebrates 30 years

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 24, 2022

Next month marks 30 years since the Imagination Station Science & History Museum opened its doors an...

Mick Rankin addresses Wilson County Republican Party members and guests during the GOP’s monthly social on Tuesday. Rankin announced Friday that he’s suspending his N.C. House District 24 campaign.

2022 ELECTIONS

Mick Rankin suspends NC House campaign

By Corey Friedman
| January 24, 2022

Rancher and retired U.S. Navy officer Mick Rankin has suspended his campaign for N.C. House District...

A convicted felon who owes back taxes, the owner of this house at 824 Star St. is set to receive a $25,000 grant from the city of Rocky Mount.

ROCKY MOUNT CITY COUNCIL

Housing grant awarded to drug convicts with tax debt

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 24, 2022

ROCKY MOUNT — The City Council has awarded a $25,000 housing grant to property owners convicted of s...

This sketch shows what authorities believe an unknown man looked like when he died in Haywood County in 2004.

UNIDENTIFIED

DNA search underway in Haywood County case

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 24, 2022

MOUNT AIRY — A partnership that solved at least four unidentified body cases in North Carolina last ...

Bella Skinner, 11, of Wilson, sleds at Fike High School on Saturday.

Wilson enjoys snowy weekend

By Drew C. Wilson and Lisa Boykin Batts
| January 24, 2022

Wilsonians awoke to a winter wonderland Saturday after at least 5 inches of snow fell overnight. Ki...

The Bailey Board of Adjustment has approved a permit for a bar at 6288 Main St. next to the town’s library, chamber of commerce and police station.

Downtown bar coming to Bailey

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 24, 2022

BAILEY — Town officials have cleared the way for a downtown tavern to open its doors. Jonatan Gaona ...

Lucas George slides down a slope at Fike High School in a disk Saturday.

Video: Snowfall sparks flurry of fun

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 24, 2022

Wilson County residents made snowmen, snow angels and snow cream, scouted the best slopes for sleddi...


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