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Alicia Winstead-Melvin and Jim Bell pray during a Thursday vigil at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilsonians ‘go to God’ in wake of Texas school shooting

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 28, 2022

The deaths of 19 children and two teachers Tuesday at the hands of a Texas gunman hit Wilson Mayor C...

Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf graduate Alejandra Aricil of Four Oaks receives her diploma from school director Michele Handley during commencement exercises Thursday.

CLASS OF 2022

Eastern NC School for the Deaf graduates 5

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 28, 2022

The commencement speaker for Thursday’s graduation ceremony at the Eastern North Carolina School for...

The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office shared this image of a SplatRBall Blaster water bead gun seized from a SouthWest Edgecombe High School student on Friday.

Deputies: Student used toy gun at SouthWest Edgecombe High

From staff reports
| May 28, 2022

PINETOPS — Authorities say a SouthWest Edgecombe High School student will face juvenile court charge...

Hunt’s Timere King (11) finds the hole during a home playoff loss to Jacksonville. King is committed to play football at NC Wesleyan University.

Hunt’s Nicholson, King sticking together for college football

By Andrew Schnittker
| May 27, 2022

Going from a high school student-athlete to a college student-athlete is a big adjustment. It involv...

Fike High senior Demari Daniels stands with the nearly 5-foot trophy signifying he is the Tom Ham Athlete of the Year as presented by The Wilson Times after playing four sports. The Times Offensive Player of the Year in football, Daniels also played basketball, baseball and ran track for the Golden Demons.

2022 TOM HAM ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Daniels did it all for Demons

By Paul Durham
| May 27, 2022

With a song in his heart and a smile on his face, Fike High senior Demari Daniels was both spectacul...

Fike senior quarterback Demari Daniels walks onto the field before the Golden Demons’ home game against Hunt on Oct. 29. Daniels, named the Tom Ham Athlete of the Year as presented by The Wilson Times, proved to be as great of a teammate and a leader as an athlete mainly through his positive outlook and infectious optimism.

2022 TOM HAM ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Daniels uplifts, inspires as well as awes

By Paul Durham
| May 27, 2022

Now it's the “little” brother's turn. Demari Daniels, the third son of Latonya and David Daniels to ...

Wilson police are circulating this surveillance image showing the man who robbed a Speedway convenience store early Thursday at the corner of Ward Boulevard and Thorne Avenue.

Police seek store robbery suspect

From staff reports
| May 27, 2022

Wilson police say a man possibly armed with a handgun robbed a Speedway convenience store early Thur...

Mayor Carlton Stevens, left, Wilson Chief Planning and Development Officer Rodger Lentz, City Manager Grant Goings and U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield chat Thursday morning after a ceremonial check presentation. The city of Wilson received $1.5 million in federal funds to support the U.S. 301 corridor’s revitalization.

$1.5M in federal aid will boost US 301 corridor

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 26, 2022

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield chatted with city officials Thursday morning while celebrating $1.5 milli...

Wilson Crisis Center Executive Director Nancy Sallenger hugs Mayor Carlton Stevens after he applauded her work in his State of the City address Tuesday.

STATE OF THE CITY

Mayor highlights Wilson projects and people

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 26, 2022

Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens took an opportunity Tuesday night to brag on the city’s momentum, provi...

Capital murder defendant Darius Nathaniel Sessoms, right, appears in Wilson County Superior Court with attorney Ernest Conner on Wednesday.

WILSON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Defendant in Cannon Hinnant's murder gets 2nd attorney

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 26, 2022

The Wilson man charged with killing 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant was in court Wednesday. Darius Nathani...

Dr. Christine Barton, retired Dr. Richard Burdick and Dr. Charles Baio, left to right, are familiar faces around Wilson Medical Associates. Burdick, Baio and two other doctors founded the Glendale Drive practice 30 years ago.

Wilson Medical Associates marks 30th anniversary

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 26, 2022

Three decades ago, four doctors came together to form a Glendale Drive practice for their patients. ...

Participants ready their radio-controlled jet aircraft Wednesday, the first day of flying for the 12th annual First in Flight Jet Rally at the Wilson Industrial Air Center. The event runs through Saturday.

RC jets soaring over Wilson through Saturday

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 26, 2022

The 12th annual First in Flight Jet Rally got underway Wednesday at the Wilson Industrial Air Center...

Billy Artis of Lucama stands along the edge of a soybean field where he had dug a trench to let water out of the flooded field on Wednesday.

Hailstorm damaged some Wilson County crops

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 26, 2022

LUCAMA — Farmhand Billy Artis watched as stormwater flowed out of a flooded soybean field near Lucam...

Hayden Ballance of North Johnston runs past Fike’s J.D. Graziani, left, and assistant coach Lloyd Davis during a drill at Wilson American Legion Post 13’s final practice Wednesday at Barton College Athletic Complex prior to Thursday’s season opener at Wake Forest Post 187.

Deep Post 13 squad ready to play ball

By Paul Durham
| May 26, 2022

The number of available players, at least for the near future, will not be a problem for the Wilson ...

Cierra Shonte Daniels

N.C. SILVER ALERT

Police seek missing Wilson woman

From staff reports
| May 26, 2022

Authorities are requesting the public’s help to find a Wilson woman last seen walking along U.S. 301...

Wilson County commissioners discuss the proposed 2022-23 budget during a work session Monday night.

WILSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

4 fire districts’ tax rates could rise

By Olivia Neeley
| May 25, 2022

Four Wilson County volunteer fire departments have requested a tax rate increase for their districts...

Gavin Lewin of Lucama displays a tray that he built. The sixth grader is fascinated by woodworking.

Boy sells homemade wood products

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 25, 2022

LUCAMA — Two years ago, Gavin Lewin made what many would consider an unusual request for most 9-year...

The Gen. Joshua Barnes House on Nash Street, shown in an image from the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A Wilson architectural survey could add more historic properties to the federally maintained registry.

State to survey Wilson’s architectural legacy

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 25, 2022

Wilson’s historic architecture is set to be studied and archived by state contractors in the coming ...

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

Food pantry schedules plate sale fundraiser

From staff reports
| May 26, 2022

ELM CITY — The HOPE Pantry will hold a plate sale fundraiser Saturday, May 28, at 6111 N.C. 58 N. Pi...


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