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This photo provided by the Rev. Lucy Robbins shows a "For Sale" sign in front of Asheville's Biltmore United Methodist Church in July. Already financially strapped because of shrinking membership and a struggling preschool, the congregation was dealt a crushing blow by the coronavirus.


At many churches, pandemic hits collection plate, budgets

By Holly Meyer and Haleluya Hadero
| January 17, 2022

Biltmore United Methodist Church of Asheville, North Carolina, is for sale. Already financially stra...

The Supreme Court building is shown Jan. 7 in Washington. The high court's majority on Thursday stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job.


Supreme Court halts COVID vaccine rule for US businesses

By Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko
| January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nat...

Most of the Wilson Tourism Development Authority’s revenue comes from occupancy taxes on 1,260 rooms at 24 area hotels, according to an audit report from accounting firm Flowers & Stanley.

Omicron threatens to slow Wilson’s tourism rebound

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 13, 2022

Despite facing challenges ranging from the pandemic to lost tournaments, officials took time Tuesday...

People wait in line for a COVID-19 test in Los Angeles on Jan. 4. Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U.S., at which point cases may start dropping off dramatically.


Omicron may be headed for a rapid drop in US and Britain

By Maria Cheng and Carla K. Johnson
| January 12, 2022

Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and i...

Wilson County Schools Superintendent Lane Mills takes a picture of first grader Patricia Harmon on the first day of school in August at Vinson-Bynum Elementary School. Students and staff have been wearing masks all year and will continue to for at least another month.


School board continues mask policy as COVID-19 cases rise

By Olivia Neeley
| January 16, 2022

The Wilson County Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to continue the district’s mask man...

First graders line up in the hall on the first day of school at Vinson-Bynum Elementary in August 2021. Wilson County Schools' mask mandate remains in effect.


School COVID cases rise after holiday break

By Olivia Neeley
| January 8, 2022

Positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff in Wilson County Schools have been on the rise sinc...

This Friday artist sketch depicts lawyer Scott Keller standing to argue on behalf of more than two dozen business groups seeking an immediate order from the Supreme Court to halt a Biden administration order to impose a vaccine-or-testing requirement on the nation's large employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, the Biden administration's top Supreme Court lawyer, is seated at right.


Supreme Court skeptical of Biden’s workplace vaccine rule

By Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko
| January 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated and mostly masked, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared ...

Yanderit Gonzalez, a certified nursing assistant at the Wilson Community Health Center, prepares to administer a COVID-19 test to a drive-up patient.


COVID cases spike as test demand grows

By Drew C. Wilson and Olivia Neeley
| January 7, 2022

Almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, Wilson County is now seeing its highest number of recor...


AG Stein: Report at-home COVID test price gouging

For the Times
| January 6, 2022

RALEIGH — Attorney General Josh Stein is encouraging North Carolinians to report price gouging relat...

Jeanette Parnell of Wilson stands in front of Wilson Medical Center among memorial luminaries lit to honor COVID-19 patients who lost their lives. Her husband, Donnie Parnell, died from the disease on Oct. 24.


Memorial luminaries offer closure

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 9, 2022

Jeanette Taylor Parnell is a COVID-19 widow. Her husband, Donnie L. Parnell, died Oct. 24 at 62 yea...

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody Kinsley listens as Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during a Tuesday press conference on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Cooper urges boosters, plans NC worker mandate extension

By Gary D. Robertson
| January 5, 2022

RALEIGH — With COVID-19-related hospitalizations surging amid the spread of the extremely contagious...

John Hood


School closures were too risky

By John Hood
| January 8, 2022

When the news broke on Monday that one of North Carolina’s largest school districts, Cumberland Coun...

Cars line up Tuesday on Raleigh Road Parkway as patients wait for COVID-19 tests at Vidant Healthplex-Wilson.


Testing spikes after holidays

By Drew C. Wilson and Lisa Boykin Batts
| January 6, 2022

Long lines formed this week as area residents received drive-through COVID-19 tests from Wilson heal...

T. Ryan Gallaher


Omicron brings urgency for vaccination, safety habits

By T. Ryan Gallaher
| January 5, 2022

As eastern North Carolina continues to see rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations driven by the ...

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks during a  Nov. 17 media briefing at the Pentagon. A federal judge in Texas has granted a preliminary injunction stopping the Navy from acting against 35 sailors for refusing on religious grounds to comply with an order to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Navy blocked from acting against 35 COVID vaccine refusers

By Robert Burns
| January 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas has granted a preliminary injunction stopping the Navy from ac...


Greene Correctional inmate’s death linked to COVID-19

From staff reports
| January 3, 2022

A Greene Correctional Institution inmate died at a hospital on Saturday after testing positive for C...

Dawn Lashley holds a syringe containing a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine as Wilson resident Toni Rucker pulls off for the prescribed waiting period during a late September drive-thru vaccination clinic. "I'm glad I was a big girl this morning,” Rucker said. “I took it like a trooper. It's very important.”


Wilson County's COVID-19 cases on the rise

By Olivia Neeley
| December 30, 2021

Local health officials say Wilson County is seeing a post-holiday surge in the number of COVID-19 ca...

Jonathan Bennett, host of Good Riddance Day, left, and Joe Papa, Times Square Alliance director of events, burn a 2021 banner at the official Good Riddance Day celebration in Times Square on Tuesday.


Times Square show will go on despite virus surge, mayor says

By Karen Matthews and Michelle L. Price
| December 30, 2021

NEW YORK — New York City will ring in 2022 in Times Square as planned despite record numbers of COVI...

People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing site in New York's Times Square on Dec. 13.


New COVID cases in US soar to highest levels on record

By Kathleen Foddy
| December 29, 2021

CHICAGO — More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have ...

A “Heroes Still Work Here” message outside Wilson Medical Center in January recognizes staff members' contributions to the fight against COVID-19.


Hospital plans vigil for lives lost to COVID-19

By Olivia Neeley
| December 29, 2021

Wilson Medical Center will hold a luminary remembrance ceremony to honor people who died as a result...

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