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Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during a briefing on North Carolina's coronavirus pandemic response Wednesday at the N.C. Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Governor extends coronavirus orders, says more vaccines coming

By Olivia Neeley
| January 27, 2021

Gov. Roy Cooper extended the state’s modified stay-at-home order Wednesday in an effort to slow the ...

The former Bill's Barbecue restaurant and convention center along with roughly 74 acres near the intersection of Downing Street and Forest Hills Road will be auctioned.

Auction planned for Bill Ellis Barbecue properties

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 28, 2021

Two years after smothering the embers in the pig cookers, Bill Ellis Barbecue and nearly 100 acres s...

Four Wilson City Council members on Monday voted against rezoning 12 acres on the 2800 block of Wooten Boulevard to allow for single-family residential development.

Wilson City Council rejects Wooten Boulevard rezoning

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 27, 2021

Four Wilson City Council members on Monday quashed a plan to build new single-family homes on Wooten...

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Sheriff's office arrests 9 in catalytic converter thefts

By Olivia Neeley
| January 26, 2021

Wilson County sheriff’s deputies have arrested nine people in a rash of catalytic converter thefts...

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Deputies: Fleeing driver crashes, killing unborn child

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 26, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — A driver accused of leading Nash County deputies on a high-speed chase ending in a cra...

The Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum's dinosaur sculpture features prominently on this “Wilson Has My Word” poster reminding residents and visitors to follow the three Ws to fight COVID-19.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Wilson's vaccine clinic plan shared nationwide

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 25, 2021

Wilson County’s recent drive-thru vaccination clinic more than doubled other communities’ distributi...

The new Wilson Academy of Applied Technology building will be constructed at Wilson Community College's Lee Technology Center.

Gym boosts tech academy's budget to $24 million

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 25, 2021

Wilson County will finance a 20% increase in the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology building’s bud...

An equipment operator separates rebar from masonry at the BB&T towers site last week.

Finesse of BB&T towers' cleanup called 'real art'

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 25, 2021

With dark, greasy eyes and an ominous set of jaws, the heavy metal shears loaded onto a flatbed truc...

The Wilson City Council voted Thursday to approve upgrades to the brick facade and banners for a planned downtown parking garage, shown here in an artist rendering. The garage will cost about $15.1 million.

DOWNTOWN TURNAROUND

Wilson City Council approves $15M parking garage design

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 23, 2021

Wilson City Council members approved a slight increase to the $15 million budget for a new downtown ...

Prior to his Friday confirmation as defense secretary, retired Gen. Lloyd Austin reacts to a question about being married for 41 years during a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing on Tuesday.

New defense secretary has Wilson ties

From staff reports
| January 23, 2021

The retired four-star general who's now leading the Pentagon as the United States’ first Black defen...

Wilson County EMS medics wheel a patient into an ambulance Friday following a shooting at Second Nature, an air filter order fulfillment center off Farrior Avenue.

Police: Wilson man shot, injured coworker

By Drew C. Wilson and Olivia Neeley
| January 25, 2021

Police say a man shot and wounded a coworker Friday morning at a Wilson air filter business.  Author...

Firefighters wheel out a fan after a Wednesday dryer fire at Spring Arbor of Wilson spread smoke through parts of the assisted living facility. "The staff did an excellent job of evacuating the patients that were there,” said Wilson Fire/Rescue Services Deputy Chief Jim Campbell. “They were very efficient.”

Dryer fire evacuates Spring Arbor assisted living facility

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 22, 2021

Spring Arbor of Wilson was briefly evacuated Wednesday after a clothes dryer caught fire, sending wh...

Kademah Whitley poses with her three sons, from left, Zy'Maiz, Cjay and Zy'Mere.

Pizza Inn raises funds for fire victims

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 21, 2021

A Wilson mother of three has a warning for parents with small children: Don’t keep pocket lighters w...

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2 sentenced in heroin overdose deaths

By Olivia Neeley
| January 21, 2021

A man accused of selling heroin that caused the deaths of two people pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wil...

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases produced this creative rendition of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Wilson County charts 8 new virus-related deaths

By Olivia Neeley
| January 21, 2021

Wilson County reported eight new COVID-19-related deaths since Friday, bringing the pandemic’s death...

Wilson County Board of Education Chairwoman Christine Fitch listens to a Wilson County Schools administrator during Tuesday's special meeting.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Wilson schools in remote learning until March

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 19, 2021

A divided Wilson County Board of Education voted Tuesday to extend remote learning for most Wilson C...

Wilson resident Larry Woodard receives his COVID-19 vaccine from Angela Peterson of Carolina Family Health Centers.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Drive-thru clinic vaccinates 2,200 people

By Olivia Neeley
| January 20, 2021

Larry Crawford went to bed early Monday night, but the 70-year-old couldn’t sleep.  At 2:30 a.m., he...

Volunteer Raven Farmer works to clear an area of the Odd Fellows Cemetery where the Best family is laid to rest.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE

Wilson volunteers clean historic Black cemetery

By Olivia Neeley
| January 21, 2021

Dozens of volunteers pulled weeds, removed roots, raked leaves and cleared debris Monday as a part o...

Devoski Boyd and Jonathan Robinson recently launched Black Creek Outdoors. The clothing brand is named after the Wilson County town Boyd often visited while growing up in Alabama.

Black Creek inspires outdoors clothing brand

By Brie Handgraaf
| January 18, 2021

The road from Montgomery, Alabama, to Black Creek is one Devoski Boyd came to know well from an earl...

A student gets help bringing his belongings back to a Barton College dormitory on Saturday. Spring semester classes are scheduled to begin Tuesday.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Barton College adds new coronavirus measures

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 18, 2021

Barton College students are returning to campus for spring semester classes this week with additional mea...


Top news

Governor extends coronavirus orders, says more vaccines coming

Auction planned for Bill Ellis Barbecue properties

Wilson City Council rejects Wooten Boulevard rezoning

Sheriff's office arrests 9 in catalytic converter thefts

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Quick bread packed with goodness

When Christmastime rolls around, I start making lists of goodies I want to make. Alas, the list gets...

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Trung and Denise Nguyen of the Rock Ridge community announce the engagement of their daughter, Aimee...