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Reginald Speight and Councilman Michael Bell discuss one of Wilson's proposed redistricting maps on Thursday.

WILSON CITY COUNCIL

Wilson considers 2 district maps

By Brie Handgraaf
| October 23, 2021

Two new Wilson City Council district maps are being considered following a population drop in the 20...

Troy Lee Newsome Jr.

K-9 officer injured in hit-and-run wreck Friday night

By Drew C. Wilson | dwilson@wilsontimes.com | 252-265-7818
| October 23, 2021

A Wilson Police officer was injured in a Friday night wreck in which the driver of the second vehicl...

A state House redistricting plan seeks to merge a swath of southern Nash County with Wilson County to form N.C. House District 15.

LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING

Wilson’s House district could add southern Nash

By Corey Friedman
| October 23, 2021

Wilson County could add a southern Nash County sliver to its N.C. House district under a plan state ...

Hunt senior C.J. Joyner, running with the ball during a game against South Johnston on Oct. 15 at Hunt, ran for a pair of touchdowns Friday as the Warriors won 21-0 at West Johnston to clinch the 3-A Quad County Conference championship.

Warriors blank West Johnston to win Quad County crown

From staff reports
| October 23, 2021

BENSON — Hunt High celebrated its first varsity football conference championship since 2013 with a 2...

Fike senior quarterback Demari Daniels, looking for an open receiver during a game against East Wake on Oct. 15 at Fike, ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as the Golden Demons won 49-7 on Friday at Southern Wayne.

Demons blow past Saints to set up county championship vs. Warriors

From staff reports
| October 23, 2021

DUDLEY — The job of the Fike High varsity football team Friday night at Southern Wayne was don’t get...

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Police: 2 charged in fight over handgun

From staff reports
| October 22, 2021

A tussle over a handgun led to two Wilson men’s arrests more than a month apart after the gun went o...

Wilson County sheriff's deputies confront mock gunman Juan Rodgriquez, a sheriff's office detective, during an active shooter drill Wednesday at Stantonsburg Elementary School.

WILSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Deputies train for active shooter

By Drew C. Wilson
| October 21, 2021

STANTONSBURG — Lt. Brandon Barbrey said it’s not a question of if, but when deputies will have to re...

Bidding on Wilson County's former animal shelter at 4001 Airport Drive has begun. The deadline for bids is 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Bidding for old animal shelter ends Wednesday

By Olivia Neeley
| October 21, 2021

Bidding for Wilson County’s former animal shelter building is underway. County commissioners last mo...

Edgecombe County ranger Adam Green and Wilson County ranger Brandon Webb, both of the N.C. Forest Service, help five  Wilson Community College Fire & Rescue Academy cadets determine a fire's origin.

WILSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Cadets seek forest fires’ origin

By Drew C. Wilson
| October 21, 2021

Five fire cadets stood around a circle of burned undergrowth trying to determine the origin of a for...

Wilson, Wayne and Greene counties, in purple, combine to form a new N.C. Senate District 9 in a preliminary redistricting plan state lawmakers released for public review on Wednesday.

LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING

Wilson’s Senate district could shift

By Corey Friedman
| October 21, 2021

A preliminary N.C. Senate district map would pair Wilson County with Wayne and Greene counties, shif...

Janine Latus, author of the international bestseller “If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder and Liberation," speaks to a standing-room-only crowd at Barton College for the annual Take Back the Night event in October 2019.

Weekend events support domestic violence, breast cancer survivors

By Olivia Neeley
| October 21, 2021

Wilson County residents have two opportunities to show support for domestic violence and breast canc...

Attendees hold their candles aloft during a Wednesday vigil for Officer Ryan Hayworth of the Knightdale Police Department, who died when a motorist struck his stopped patrol vehicle.

Hundreds attend vigil for Knightdale police officer killed in crash

By Amber Revels-Stocks
| October 22, 2021

KNIGHTDALE — Hundreds of people attended a Wednesday candlelight vigil for Knightdale police Officer...

An Envirolink pickup truck is pictured at a Spring Hope job site in October 2019. The company handles public works for Spring Hope along with area towns including Bailey and Elm City.

Bailey ready to fire public works contractor

By Lindell J. Kay
| October 22, 2021

BAILEY — Envirolink’s contract with the town for water and sewer maintenance is circling the drain. ...

Wilson County elections officials work across from vacant voting booths Oct. 14. Early voting for races in six towns continues through Oct. 30 in the county Board of Elections' 112 Douglas St. administrative office in downtown Wilson.

2021 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Early voting off to slow start

By Brie Handgraaf
| October 21, 2021

In the first few days of early voting, 35 people from Elm City, Lucama and Sharpsburg have cast a ba...

Hunt’s Kayla Haley (12) and Gracelynn Wolzen (15) team up at the net to defend an unidentified C.B. Aycock player’s hit during Wednesday’s 3-A Quad County Conference championship match at Hunt. The Lady Warriors won in three sets.

Icing on the cake for the Lady Warriors

By Eric Barry
| October 21, 2021

The Hunt High varsity volleyball team showed why it went undefeated in regular-season conference pla...

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Car show, Fall Expo, plate sale, GOP oyster roast, Old School Dance set for Saturday

From staff reports
| October 21, 2021

Church hosts craft show, vendor fair BAILEY — The New Sandy Hill Church Women’s Auxiliary will hold ...

Placon purchased the former Sonoco plastic packaging plant at 2540 Wilco Blvd. S. on Oct. 1 and said it will hire 80 employees. Sonoco closed the facility on Sept. 30.

Plant reopens with new owner

By Brie Handgraaf
| October 20, 2021

A Midwestern manufacturer has brought an idled Wilson plastic packaging plant back to life. Placon ...

Wilson Academy of Applied Technology Principal Krystal Cox speaks during a Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony for the school's new building at Wilson Community College's Lee Technology Center site.

WILSON ACADEMY OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

Officials cheer tech academy’s groundbreaking

By Olivia Neeely
| October 20, 2021

The new building that will house the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology is one step closer to real...

Members of the third Wilson Leadership Institute class recently graduated from the 18-month program. Pictured in the top row from left are Cameron Cochran, Dante Pittman, Betsy Peters Rascoe and Kellianne Davis. In the bottom row from left are Chanel M. Wilson, Maria Ramirez, E.J. Story, Nickie Womble and Jessica Williams. Sydney Williford is not pictured.

Class studies ways to retain young professionals

By Brie Handgraaf
| October 20, 2021

Retaining young professionals is a prominent problem in rural areas, but Wilson Leadership Institute...

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