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This image released by the Wilma Theater shows, from left, Jennifer Kidwell, Kimberly S. Fairbanks, and Brennen S. Malone in James Ijames’ "Fat Ham," the Wilma Theater’s 2021 digital production, which won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

NC native wins Pulitzer Prize for play set at barbecue

By Kara Fohner
| May 23, 2022

GASTONIA — James Ijames knew that the Pulitzer Prizes would be announced on May 9, but he didn’t che...

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, left, greets crew members of a C-17 that delivered a plane load of baby formula at the Indianapolis International Airport on Sunday. The 132 pallets of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula arrived from Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

78,000 pounds of baby formula arrives in US

By Michael Conroy
| May 23, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS — A military plane carrying enough specialty infant formula for more than half a millio...

This Dec. 7, 2011, file photo shows the headquarters of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Leaders of the SBC, America's largest Protestant denomination, stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over almost two decades while seeking to protect their own reputations, according to a scathing 288-page investigative report issued Sunday.

Report: Top Southern Baptists stonewalled sex abuse victims

By Deepa Bharath, Holly Meyer and David Crary
| May 23, 2022

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination, stonewalled a...

Children walk hand-in-hand near the scene of a supermarket shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 15. The shooting rampage at a Buffalo supermarket, carried out by an 18-year-old who was flagged for making a threatening comment at his high school the year before, highlights concerns over whether schools are adequately supporting and screening students.

School counselors cry for help after Buffalo shooting

By Jocelyn Gecker and Heather Hollingsworth
| May 23, 2022

Every school, it seems, has a moment that crystallizes the crisis facing America’s youth and the pre...

Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens, third from left, stands with Wilson Police Department leaders after the department received its 11th reaccreditation.

City steps out of food truck regulation; employees honored at meeting

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 22, 2022

The Wilson City Council on Thursday made it easier for food trucks to set up shop around town. “This...

Pens for protesters are set up in front of an anti-scaling fence that blocks the stairs to the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

NC groups, voters urge justices to avoid redistricting case

By Gary D. Robertson
| May 21, 2022

RALEIGH — North Carolina advocacy groups and voters who this year persuaded state courts to overturn...

President Joe Biden speaks during a reception to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in the East Room of the White House on May 2. Biden's approval rating dipped to the lowest point of his presidency in May, a new poll shows, with deepening pessimism emerging among members of his own Democratic Party.

Poll: Biden’s approval dips to lowest in his presidency

By Nicholas Riccardi
| May 21, 2022

President Joe Biden’s approval rating dipped to the lowest point of his presidency in May, a new pol...

Migrants who crossed the Rio Grande river into the U.S. are under custody of National Guard members as they await the arrival of U.S. Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Friday.

Judge: COVID asylum restrictions must continue on border

By Kevin McGill and Elliot Spagat
| May 21, 2022

NEW ORLEANS — Pandemic-related restrictions on migrants seeking asylum on the southern border must c...

Corvair Batts, 60, was the oldest Wilson Community College student to graduate Friday. Batts had longed to finish her associate degree in early childhood education, and she made that happen after enrolling in the program two years ago after her mother died. Batts was recognized during the commencement ceremony held at Fike High School's auditorium.

WILSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

‘You came, and you conquered’: Students reach goal with graduation

By Olivia Neeley
| May 22, 2022

Corvair Batts worked on her associate degree in early childhood education in the late ’90s, but she ...

Zachary Wilder and Brent Tharp clean up wires in front of a single-wide mobile home where the roof was ripped off in Friday morning's storm on the 5300 block of Bass Road in Lucama.

Wind damage extensive in Lucama

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 22, 2022

LUCAMA — Lucama resident Zachary Wilder was awakened at 1:15 a.m. Friday by the sound of golf-ball-s...

Margaret Coleman, center, and Christine Bolden, right, speak to Robert Chadwick of United Healthcare on Friday during the Wilson County Senior Activity Center’s “Age My Way” celebration for older adults.

Seniors honored in celebration at activity center

By Olivia Neeley
| May 22, 2022

Dozens of older adults were celebrated Friday at the Wilson County Senior Activity Center. The “Age ...

Brian Poythress, electric distribution supervisor for the city of Wilson, walks along the damage on Forest Hills Road where 19 power poles snapped during a storm around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Overnight storm brings down 19 utility poles

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| May 20, 2022

A strong thunderstorm roared through Wilson County around 1:30 a.m. Friday snapping 19 utility polls...

Dawn and Tom Potter of Duplin Winery pour samples for Marques Hoskins and Fred Pitts during the Wilson Chamber of Commerce Spring Expo last year. The 2022 Spring Expo is planned from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Fairgrounds to host Spring Expo on Saturday

From staff reports
| May 20, 2022

The Wilson Chamber of Commerce Spring Expo is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Wilson Coun...

University of North Carolina professor James Johnson reviews demographic information from the 2020 census with Wilson Forward annual meeting attendees Thursday at Barton College.

WILSON FORWARD

Professor: Wilson should tackle demographic challenges head-on

By Brie Handgraaf
| May 22, 2022

Wilson’s 2020 census figures startled many stakeholders, including local leaders who doubted the acc...

DEED TRANSFERS

Who bought, sold Wilson County property from May 9-13?

For the Times
| May 20, 2022

The following deed transfers for the week of May 9-13 have been recorded in the Wilson County Regist...

Chinese tire maker cancels $580M Rocky Mount plant

The Associated Press
| May 20, 2022

ROCKY MOUNT — A Chinese tire maker that announced a project five years ago to build a plant and brin...

State senators take their oath of office during the N.C. General Assembly's opening session in 2021.

STATE BRIEFS

NC General Assembly gavels in annual work session

The Associated Press
| May 20, 2022

RALEIGH — The North Carolina General Assembly returned to Raleigh on Wednesday for its traditional b...

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security meeting Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security paused the work of its new disinformation governance board, responding to weeks of criticism from Republicans and questions about whether the board would impinge on Americans’ free speech rights. A statement says DHS’ advisory board on homeland security will review the board’s work.

New ‘disinformation’ board paused amid free speech questions

By Nomaan Merchant and Amanda Seitz
| May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday paused a new and controversial board’s...

This October photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

CDC urges Pfizer vaccine booster for children ages 5-11

By Lauran Neergaard
| May 20, 2022

Kids ages 5 to 11 should get a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, advisers to the U.S. gover...

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meets with reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday.

CRISIS IN UKRAINE

Senate ships $40B Ukraine aid bill to Biden for signature

By Alan Fram
| May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Senate whisked a $40 billion package of military, economic and food aid for Ukraine...


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