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Wilson firefighters stand atop grain elevators at Smithfield Grain on Thursday. Wilson Fire/Rescue Services spent hours watering down grain in two silos after a fire.

Firefighters extinguish silo blaze at grain plant

By Brie Handgraaf
| September 18, 2021

Firefighters spent hours in the hot sun Thursday working to extinguish and overhaul a blaze at Smith...

A woman was killed Sept. 5 after striking the end of a guardrail on U.S. 264 near Sims. State troopers say another driver struck and killed the woman, then stole a witness's car.

Felony charges filed in driver's death

By Drew C. Wilson
| September 18, 2021

A Wilson man faces felony charges in a motorist’s Sept. 5 death on U.S. 264. Demetrius Deandre Harri...

Wilson City Council members and city officials sit socially distanced in the Charles Pittman Operations Center for Thursday's meeting due to the latest spike in COVID-19 cases.

WILSON CITY COUNCIL

COVID spike modifies Wilson council meeting

By Brie Handgraaf
| September 18, 2021

Wilson resumed in-person meetings in May, but an uptick in cases caused officials on Tuesday to tran...

Wilson County commissioners recognized the Wilson County Department of Social Services for a recent National Association of Counties achievement award during this month's meeting. In the front row from left are Lyderia Barnes, customer care team leader; Tina Dail, income maintenance caseworker; Rhonda Conti, economic services quality assurance specialist; Lori Winstead, business officer; and Candice Rountree, grants and community outreach program manager. In back are Deputy Director Annie Ward and Director Glenn Osborne.

Wilson County DSS earns award for COVID response

For the Times
| September 18, 2021

The Wilson County Department of Social Services has received an achievement award from the National ...

The Wilson County Public Library's main branch at 249 Nash St. N. is shown.

New children's books include beginner's guide to free speech

For the Times
| September 18, 2021

Following are new books at the Wilson County Public Library. Adult fiction “19 Yellow Moon Road” by ...

Bane

Collaboration offers online student training

For the Times
| September 18, 2021

The Rural Opportunity Institute in Edgecombe County has announced a new partnership with N.C. Area H...

Archer Bane, left, accepts a $10,000 grant for Barton College’s Bulldog Bash at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park from Dennis Johnson, chairman of the Wilson County Tourism Development Authority.

Tourism grant funds Bulldog Bash

September 18, 2021

Mother works to change rule that could remove autistic child’s playhouse

By Anna Johnson
| September 18, 2021

RALEIGH — At first, Ester Hernandez held off on decorating her daughter’s playset in her north Ralei...

Allison Riggs, co-executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, left, speaks during a June 14 news conference outside the Legislative Building in Raleigh. Riggs and other speakers criticized three election bills advanced by state Senate Republicans, including one that would require mail-in absentee ballots be received by mail or handed in by 5 p.m. of the date of the election in order to count.

NC judges strike down state’s voter ID law

By Gary D. Robertson
| September 18, 2021

RALEIGH — North Carolina judges struck down the state’s latest photo voter identification law on Fri...

This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved to a sweeping, potentially $10 billion plan submitted by OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to settle a mountain of lawsuits over its role in the opioid crisis that has killed a half-million Americans over the past two decades.

Court approves Purdue Pharma bankruptcy reorganization plan

By Geoff Mulvihill
| September 18, 2021

A judge formally approved a plan Friday to turn OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma into a new company no ...

DEED TRANSFERS

Who bought, sold Wilson County property from Sept. 7-10?

September 17, 2021

The following deed transfers for the week of Sept. 7-10 have been recorded in the Wilson County Regi...

Emily Goss reviews schoolwork at the kitchen table with her 5-year-old son inside their Monroe home on Monday. The Gosses have decided to homeschool Berkeley after the Union County school district chose not to implement a mask mandate for children.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Outbreaks strand some students at home with minimal learning

By Bryan Anderson and Heather Hollingsworth
| September 16, 2021

RALEIGH — Within his first week back at school after a year and a half, 7-year-old Ben Medlin was ex...

Homes

Wilson tourism leader retiring at year’s end

By Brie Handgraaf
| September 17, 2021

Thirty-four years after starting her work to promote local tourism, Sandra Homes is retiring as exec...

Strachan

Wilson man charged in severe beating

By Drew C. Wilson
| September 16, 2021

A Wilson man was arrested Thursday in the severe beating of a Lucama man. Police were dispatched to...

The Wilson County Fair returns next week after a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Advance Wilson County Fair tickets on sale through Monday

From staff reports
| September 16, 2021

Ministry offers free lunch Saturday Feed My Sheep Meal Ministries will distribute free lunch bags fr...

A $2.2 million project to pay for replacement of 8,500 linear feet of drinking water pipe in Lucama will begin Monday.

$2.2M in water line repairs begin next week

By Drew C. Wilson
| September 16, 2021

LUCAMA — A long-awaited state project to replace the town’s drinking water lines could begin as earl...

Bob James, a second vice president of the NAACP's Wilson Branch, raises his hand to ask a question of Lucama Mayor Jeff Johnson during Monday's Lucama Board of Commissioners meeting.

Race issues plague Lucama

By Drew C. Wilson
| September 16, 2021

LUCAMA — Race issues boiled to the surface again Monday as Lucama residents and NAACP members made c...

Deputies with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office surround a home on Driver Road outside Middlesex to capture a wanted man who they say escaped them twice before.

Deputies find fugitive hiding under his mobile home

By Lindell J. Kay
| September 16, 2021

MIDDLESEX — Authorities say they've captured a southern Nash County fugitive who eluded them twice...

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