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Alton Lucas delivers wrapped firewood to a convenience store near his home outside Raleigh on June 18. It's one of the many jobs he performs as part of his Sunflower Landscaping, a business he founded through the program Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a national nonprofit assisting people with criminal backgrounds by providing practical entrepreneurship education.

50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

By Aaron Morrison
| July 24, 2021

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music w...

Stephanie Allen, left, is pictured with sister Lisa Ball, who received one of Allen's kidneys in 2006. On Tuesday, she'll join an elite group of double donors by giving her brother part of her liver.

THE GIFT OF LIFE

Sister to be 2-time organ donor

By Brie Handgraaf
| July 23, 2021

A Wilson mother of four will soon join an elite group of fewer than 100 people in the last 27 years ...

Lucama Commissioner Patricia Uzzell walks among municipal records that were recovered this week after being buried on town-leased property.

More Lucama town records unearthed

By Drew C. Wilson
| July 23, 2021

LUCAMA — One year after officials retrieved town public records that were buried underground, anothe...

Bynum

Man arrested in 2020 rape, kidnapping case

By Olivia Neeley
| July 22, 2021

Police have charged a Charlotte man in a minor’s 2020 sexual assault in Wilson. Officials say 32-ye...

Tomlin

Woman charged in Wilson stabbing

By Olivia Neeley
| July 22, 2021

Police have arrested a Garner woman in connection to a stabbing last week that left a Wilson teen in...

Tranisha Anderson stands behind the new BC Bistro's counter on the Barton College campus. The bistro will include a Starbucks Coffee location.

BARTON COLLEGE

Starbucks coming to Barton bistro

By Drew C. Wilson
| July 22, 2021

Starbucks Coffee will be part of the new BC Bistro opening in August on Barton College’s campus. It’...

Wilson County Board of Education Chairwoman Christine Fitch shared scholarship totals and statistical information about Wilson County Schools' 2021 graduates during Monday's school board meeting.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Class of 2021 offered $10.5M in scholarships

By Drew C. Wilson
| July 21, 2021

Some 443 Wilson County graduates in the class of 2021 were offered scholarships to continue their ed...

Police: Car strikes, kills pedestrian

By Olivia Neeley
| July 20, 2021

Police say a 75-year-old woman died after she was struck by a vehicle Sunday night. Authorities res...

Police: Wilson bicyclist hit, killed

By Olivia Neeley
| July 19, 2021

Wilson police are investigating a Friday crash that killed a bicyclist. Officials responded to the 4...

Hunt High School science teacher Vinod Kamalam instructs students in the High School Summer Scholars Credit Institute at Beddingfield High School.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

COVID catch-up could take years

By Drew C. Wilson
| July 19, 2021

Administrators at the Wilson County Schools High School Summer Scholars Credit Institute say it may ...

Wilson County Deputy Elections Director Tasha Bell, left, receives candidate filing paperwork from three Elm City Board of Commissioners candidates on Thursday. Current Mayor Pro-tem Tawanda Moore, wearing the yellow hat, is running for mayor. David Green, center, and Timothy Bridgers, right, are seeking commissioner seats.

November ballots set for Wilson County towns

By Brie Handgraaf
| July 17, 2021

Incumbents in several Wilson County towns are facing fierce competition in November’s municipal elec...

Wilson police: Woman stabbed in fight

By Brie Handgraaf
| July 17, 2021

Wilson police are investigating a Thursday morning altercation that landed a woman in the hospital. ...

Harvey Sopher addresses the Wilson City Council on Thursday about his support for keeping the Recreation Park pool open.

WILSON CITY COUNCIL

Avid swimmer: Keep pools open

By Brie Handgraaf
| July 17, 2021

Several loyal swimmers delivered a message to the Wilson City Council on Thursday: Don’t close the c...

Officer Grace Kane of the Bailey Police Department operates a lidar gun, which uses light opposed to sound in radar to more accurately measure speed, in July 2019.

Bailey crime down, speeding up

By Lindell J. Kay
| July 19, 2021

BAILEY — Crime in this small southern Nash County town continues to drop, police officials say, but ...

Seventh grade teacher Tondia Best instructs students in the Summer Scholars Institute at Forest Hills Middle School on Tuesday.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Students get summer learning boost

By Drew C. Wilson
| July 15, 2021

With six weeks of summer school classes, more than 1,700 Wilson County Schools students are working ...

Wiley

Woman hospitalized in Wilson shooting

By Brie Handgraaf
| July 15, 2021

A Wilson man is jailed without bond while his girlfriend recovers from a gunshot wound. Tharyn Z. Wi...

Car dealerships across the country, including Lee Ford Lincoln on U.S. 264 Alternate, are experiencing record low inventory.

Dealerships drive ahead despite reduced inventory

By Brie Handgraaf
| July 15, 2021

Lots along west Wilson’s auto dealership row are looking a bit sparse lately as the pandemic continu...

Town Administrator Teresa Whitehead announced her resignation at the Lucama Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday.

Lucama administrator resigns, citing racial slurs

By Drew C. Wilson
| July 15, 2021

LUCAMA — Citing continued racial slurs and the town board’s unwillingness to stop them, Town Adminis...

The Healthcare Foundation of Wilson is awarding $821,300 in grant money this week. Recipients include Wilson Youth United's The SPOT with $134,000 to implement “My Classroom Moves.”

Healthcare Foundation of Wilson awards $800,000 in project grants

By Olivia Neeley
| July 13, 2021

The Healthcare Foundation of Wilson has awarded 13 grants totaling $821,300 to support community pro...

Once complete, the Miracle Field will be next to the revamped BB&T Noah’s Arc All Children Playground at the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex.

Miracle Field fundraising crosses halfway point

By Brie Handgraaf
| July 13, 2021

Wilson’s Miracle Field recently doubled donations to its capital campaign thanks to two grants. “In ...


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