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Sheriff Calvin Woodard checks on dogs in the new Wilson County Animal Services Center as a dog looks out of his enclosure.

WILSON COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES CENTER

Animal shelter plans open house

By Drew C. Wilson
| September 23, 2021

The new Wilson County Animal Services Center is inviting the public to tour the facility during an o...

Sallie B. Howard School of Arts & Science teachers and administrators toast their 2021 National Blue Ribbon School Award with sparkling cider.

Sallie B. Howard named National Blue Ribbon School

By Janelle Clevinger
| September 23, 2021

Wilson’s Sallie B. Howard School of Arts & Science has earned the 2021 National Blue Ribbon School h...

The Rev. Harry Maurice Barnes has incorporated a nonprofit foundation for educational scholarships named in his parents' honor.

Foundation formed to offer scholarships

From staff reports
| September 23, 2021

The Barnes, Ellis & Pender Educational Foundation has been formed to provide scholarships to student...

The Piggly Wiggly in Bailey is shown at closing time Monday night. The store's owner is concerned about lack of police coverage in the town.

Business owner: Bailey lacks police coverage

By Lindell J. Kay
| September 23, 2021

BAILEY — The town’s only police officer will be on vacation next week. Bailey started off the year w...

A sign outside Marty's BBQ on Wednesday informs customers that the popular restaurant is closed due to co-owner Lawrence Ellis' death.

Marty’s BBQ founder dies

By Brie Handgraaf
| September 23, 2021

The son of a Wilson barbecue titan and a restaurateur in his own right has died. “It is with much so...

Wilson County Board of Education member Blake Boykin makes a point during Monday's meeting.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Wilson school board votes to keep mask requirement

By Drew C. Wilson
| September 21, 2021

In a unanimous vote, the Wilson County Board of Education passed a resolution supporting the continu...

Pender

Wilson police: Man shoots 3, kills 1

By Drew C. Wilson
| September 21, 2021

A Wilson man is charged with first-degree murder in a Sunday night shooting that killed a man and in...

Kaden Lebray watches as Hope Gill and Diana Langston box at his new Wilson gym, the Zuud 26 Boxing Club.

Boxing gym opens doors in Wilson

By Drew C. Wilson
| September 21, 2021

Kaden Lebray said the new Zuud 26 Boxing Club is meant to be a constructive outlet to keep people sh...

Sprinklers minimize business’ fire damage

By Brie Handgraaf
| September 21, 2021

Fire suppression sprinklers minimized the damage in a Friday blaze at a Wilson business. Wilson Fire...

Wilson County Extension Master Gardners member Sue Holland is one of three coordinators planning Saturday's fall festival at the Wilson Botanical Gardens.

Botanical gardens plan fall festival, plant sale

By Drew C. Wilson
| September 22, 2021

The Wilson Botanical Gardens will celebrate Take a Child Outside Week with a fall festival from 1-4 ...

COVID-19 vaccine shots are distributed to nurses during a recent mass vaccination clinic for farmworkers at the Wilson County Agricultural Center.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Wilson County reports 5 more virus deaths

From staff reports
| September 20, 2021

There have been five more COVID-19 related deaths here since Sept. 14, according to Wilson County He...

LaMonique Hamilton and her son, Marshall, show off their support for small businesses with Localsaurus gear.

MAIN STREET MINUTE

New brand promotes shopping local

By Brie Handgraaf
| September 20, 2021

Supporting small business is more than just a professional focus for Kellianne Davis and Jeff Bell. ...

Fairgrounds manager Debbie Hill, seated in a golf cart, shakes hands with an arriving vendor as amusement rides await assembly Monday at the Wilson County Fair.

2021 WILSON COUNTY FAIR

Fair fun returns to Wilson

By Drew C. Wilson
| September 21, 2021

At last, the Wilson County Fair is back. “We need it. The world needs it,” said Debbie Hill, Wilson ...

5 face charges in Hunt High School fights

From staff reports
| September 20, 2021

Five students face juvenile charges following fights that broke out Thursday at Hunt High School. Wi...

Becky Jo, a trainee at Diversified Opportunities, waters plants in a new sensory garden.

Diversified Opportunities garden employs all the senses

By Drew C. Wilson
| September 20, 2021

Diversified Opportunities trainees have a new sensory garden thanks to a collaborative effort with t...

Man charged in son-in-law's death

By Lindell J. Kay
| September 21, 2021

NASHVILLE — An Edgecombe County man has been charged with murder in the death of his son-in-law in N...

Griffin

Greenville fire chief resigns after Nash DWI arrest

By Lindell J. Kay
| September 20, 2021

GREENVILLE — Charged with driving while impaired Sunday in southern Nash County, Greenville’s top fi...

This unidentified man checked into a downtown Raleigh hotel and died in his room in December 1994.

UNIDENTIFIED

Who was the man with sad hazel eyes?

By Lindell J. Kay
| September 20, 2021

RALEIGH — A man with sad hazel eyes checked into a downtown hotel under an assumed name, died in his...

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