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Signs advertise an online auction for the former Bill's Barbecue restaurant and convention center along with roughly 74 acres near the intersection of Downing Street and Forest Hills Road.

Auction planned for Bill Ellis Barbecue properties

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 28, 2021

Two years after smothering the embers in the pig cookers, Bill Ellis Barbecue and nearly 100 acres s...

Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during a briefing on North Carolina's coronavirus pandemic response Wednesday at the N.C. Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Governor extends coronavirus orders, says more vaccines coming

By Olivia Neeley
| January 27, 2021

Gov. Roy Cooper extended the state’s modified stay-at-home order Wednesday in an effort to slow the ...

A health care worker prepares to administer COVID-19 vaccinations at the Fike High School vaccine clinic on Jan. 19.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Health care providers face vaccine shortages

By Olivia Neeley
| January 27, 2021

Wilson Medical Center has postponed its COVID-19 vaccination clinics until it receives further vacci...

Four Wilson City Council members on Monday voted against rezoning 12 acres on the 2800 block of Wooten Boulevard to allow for single-family residential development.

Wilson City Council rejects Wooten Boulevard rezoning

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 27, 2021

Four Wilson City Council members on Monday quashed a plan to build new single-family homes on Wooten...

Joe Calhoun of Calhoun Welding uses a torch to cut the undercarriage from a tractor-trailer that overturned Tuesday morning on Interstate 95. The rig was carrying jumbo rolls of toilet paper. Drew C. Wilson | Times

Jumbo rolls cascade after toilet paper truck flips

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 27, 2021

A tractor-trailer stuffed with parent rolls of toilet paper overturned on Interstate 95, closing the...

Bystanders and first responders examine a propane truck that overturned Tuesday afternoon on the 7000 block of Rock Ridge School Road south of Sims.

Propane truck overturns, driver cited

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 27, 2021

SIMS — A Bailey man was taken to the hospital after losing control of a propane delivery truck and f...

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Sheriff's office arrests 9 in catalytic converter thefts

By Olivia Neeley
| January 26, 2021

Wilson County sheriff’s deputies have arrested nine people in a rash of catalytic converter thefts...

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Jackson joins North Carolina's US Senate race

From staff reports
| January 26, 2021

State Sen. Jeff Jackson is throwing his hat in the ring for North Carolina’s open U.S. Senate seat. ...

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Deputies: Fleeing driver crashes, killing unborn child

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 26, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — A driver accused of leading Nash County deputies on a high-speed chase ending in a cra...

Mitch Winstead of Elm City pulls up his sleeve as Lillian Whitaker of Carolina Family Health Centers prepares to inject him with a COVID-19 vaccination on Jan. 19.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Wilson's vaccine clinic plan shared nationwide

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 25, 2021

Wilson County’s recent drive-thru vaccination clinic more than doubled other communities’ distributi...

The new Wilson Academy of Applied Technology building will be constructed at Wilson Community College's Lee Technology Center.

Gym boosts tech academy's budget to $24 million

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 25, 2021

Wilson County will finance a 20% increase in the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology building’s bud...

A woman hugs her daughter, an employee at Second Nature, after a Friday shooting at the Wilson business. Police arrested an employee accused of shooting and injuring a coworker.

Police: Wilson man shot, injured coworker

By Drew C. Wilson and Olivia Neeley
| January 25, 2021

Police say a man shot and wounded a coworker Friday morning at a Wilson air filter business.  Author...

Heavy equipment operator Dylan Wheatley lifts a set of metal cutting shears at the BB&T towers site last week.

Finesse of BB&T towers' cleanup called 'real art'

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 25, 2021

With dark, greasy eyes and an ominous set of jaws, the heavy metal shears loaded onto a flatbed truc...

The Wilson City Council voted Thursday to approve upgrades to the brick facade and banners for a planned downtown parking garage, shown here in an artist rendering. The garage will cost about $15.1 million.

DOWNTOWN TURNAROUND

Wilson City Council approves $15M parking garage design

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 23, 2021

Wilson City Council members approved a slight increase to the $15 million budget for a new downtown ...

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