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Stantonsburg Mayor Coley Rhodes shows one of the "Save Stantonsburg Elementary" signs being placed throughout the town. Council members and residents want the Wilson County school board to keep the facility open as the board studies consultants' school consolidation proposals.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Stantonsburg: Save our school

By Olivia Neeley
| November 29, 2021

STANTONSBURG — Residents and elected officials have launched a fight to keep their elementary school...

Cecilia Williams is working to transform the shuttered Subs Plus at 901 Ward Blvd. to 4 Angel's Kitchen. The Wilson native plans to open for lunch and Sunday brunch around the holidays.

MAIN STREET MINUTE

‘Soul food with a twist’ coming to former Subs Plus

By Brie Handgraaf
| November 29, 2021

Cecilia Williams has operated her catering business throughout the region for five years, but when i...

Police released a surveillance image Saturday showing a man accused of trying to rob United Bank at 1600 Tarboro St. W. on Friday. Investigators are seeking the public's help to identify the man.

Police: Man sought in United Bank robbery attempt

By Drew C. Wilson
| November 28, 2021

Wilson police say a lone robber used a pistol in an attempt to rob the United Bank on Friday, but he...

Wilson police officers investigate a Friday attempted robbery at United Bank on Tarboro Street.

Robbery attempt hits United Bank

By Drew C. Wilson
| November 27, 2021

As Wilson police investigated an attempted robbery at United Bank’s Tarboro Street branch, Jeanice B...

Police seek 2 suspects in carjacking

From staff reports
| November 27, 2021

Wilson police are looking for two men who used a handgun to steal a car from its driver Monday after...

Runners begin the fifth annual Gobble Wobble 5K race Thursday morning at Greater Wilson Rotary Park.

400 burn calories at Gobble Wobble

By Drew C. Wilson
| November 27, 2021

About 400 runners and walkers braved chilly temperatures to participate in the fifth annual Gobble W...

Raylon and Kenneth Parker have been charged with first-degree murder in the Thanksgiving Day shooting death of 31-year-old Levaska Smith III in Rocky Mount.

Arrests made in Thanksgiving Day homicide

From staff reports
| November 27, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — Two men have been charged in a shooting death that occurred late on Thanksgiving Day. ...

Wilson Community College biotechnology instructor Stephanie Winstead and student Evan Barnes examine equipment in the lab. Barnes is the first WCC student to begin an apprenticeship program at pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline that pairs part-time work with his studies.

WILSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

GlaxoSmithKline apprentice earns while he learns

By Olivia Neeley
| November 24, 2021

Thanks to a partnership between Wilson Community College and GlaxoSmithKline, 20-year-old Evan Barne...

A Wilson firefighter approaches a 1611 Queen St. E. home as smoke billows from the front door in a Tuesday afternoon fire.

Wilson house fire extinguished

By Brie Handgraaf
| November 24, 2021

Wilson first responders worked side-by-side Tuesday to battle an afternoon house fire. Firefighters ...

Parker

Assault, robbery lead to felon’s arrest

By Drew C. Wilson
| November 24, 2021

A Wilson man was briefly hospitalized after police say two men robbed him and struck him in the head...

Lee “Santa” Baker sneaks up on Sydney “Grinch” Strother on Tuesday at the Farmington Heights Church Christmas tree lot on Raleigh Road Parkway.

Tree lot helps provide beds for kids

By Brie Handgraaf
| November 24, 2021

Fans of real Christmas trees have a new lot in Wilson to shop with 100% of the proceeds helping the ...

Springfield Middle School students collected Christmas gifts for Wilson County children in foster care. Pictured with the items collected are, from left, Malinda Smith, Christian Burns, Elizabeth Viverette, Sora Batts, Carson Viverette, Sebastian Burns, Addyson Carter and Ashley Cousar.

SPRINGFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL

Students donate gifts for kids in foster care

By Olivia Neeley
| November 24, 2021

Springfield Middle School students banded together to bring a little Christmas joy to children in fo...

Consultants suggest closing Winstead and Stantonsburg elementary schools as an alternative to shuttering those schools plus Vick Elementary. Wilson County school board members are assessing school needs and long-range facility plans. No decisions have been made.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

2nd scenario closes only 2 schools

By Olivia Neeley
| November 24, 2021

Consultants presented the Wilson County school board with a second possible scenario for the future ...

Chief Planning and Development Officer Rodger Lentz, left, shows Rep. G.K. Butterfield the Via app, which residents can use to summon an on-demand microtransit Ride for $1.50 a trip.

Infrastructure package could expand city’s Ride hours

By Brie Handgraaf
| November 24, 2021

No one knows Wilson’s cut of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill signed into law last week, but lo...

Spectators watch the first Electric Light Fantasy Drive-In at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. The holiday-themed laser light display has expanded this year with three shows Thursday through Sunday evenings Dec. 2-5 and Dec. 9-12. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Holiday festivities take over downtown Wilson

By Brie Handgraaf
| November 24, 2021

Wilson has a variety of holiday happenings planned this season, including the return of the Lollipop...

Pictured from left are Senior Police Officers P. Sherrill, R. Mooring, E. Hayes and B. Ochoa. Wilson police officers will be stationed outside Walmart on Forest Hills Road through Dec. 15 to collect toys and food for the department’s annual Christmas in the South program.

Police collecting toys for Christmas project

By Olivia Neeley
| November 24, 2021

Looking to help a child in need this holiday season? The Wilson Police Department is gearing up for ...

Brendon Horne, an environmental services associate at Wilson Medical Center, picks up a bag of sweet potatoes from Vick Family Farms on Tuesday. The farm donated 900 bags as an appreciation gift to the hospital and its employees.

Farm donates sweet potatoes to hospital staff

By Drew C. Wilson
| November 24, 2021

Vick Family Farms used bags of sweet potatoes as a means of saying thank you to about 900 Wilson Med...

Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard, left, along with Lt. Jason Newsome, center, and Lt. Marcus Ruffin examine two tracking devices recently acquired through Project Lifesaver.

PROJECT LIFESAVER

Tracking system to aid in searches

By Drew C. Wilson
| November 24, 2021

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will use new tracking devices to help rescuers quickly locate peo...

Beddingfield High sophomore Drew O’Neal poses with the individual runner-up trophy he received for finishing second overall in the NCHSAA 2-A boys golf championship in May.

Cooper signs high school sports oversight bill

By Bryan Anderson
| November 24, 2021

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper approved a measure Tuesday that establishes a new governing structure for ...

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2022 ELECTIONS

Gailliard enters US House primary

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 23, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — State Rep. James Gailliard is set to announce his candidacy for Congress. Gailliard, i...


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