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Rapper “Fleetwood” of Wilson performs on the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park stage at Saturday’s Juneteenth celebration.

Juneteenth Festival fills park

By Drew C. Wilson
| June 27, 2022

Shirley Marshall and grandson Jaise Futrell sipped cool shaved ice together as people swirled around...

D.H. Griffin workers clear debris in front of 219 Nash St. E., which sustained considerable damage to its facade and firewall when the city demolished the structure next door on Tuesday.

DOWNTOWN WILSON

Adjacent structures damaged when city-owned building fell

By Drew C. Wilson
| June 23, 2022

The owner of a century-old building damaged when an adjacent city building was demolished Monday sai...

A long-arm excavator works to demolish a historic building at 221-225 Nash St. E. on Tuesday.

DOWNTOWN WILSON

Building razed after facade falls

By Drew C. Wilson
| June 23, 2022

In a scene reminiscent of a Godzilla movie, a giant hydraulic pincher appeared over a historic build...

Jackson Stapp, a rising third grader at Jones Elementary School, concentrates on drilling a hole in a board with the help of Tommy Wheeler during a recent Sleep in Heavenly Peace build at First Baptist Church.

SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

Volunteers invest money, energy to build kids’ beds

By Brie Handgraaf
| June 16, 2022

Every bead of sweat dripping from volunteers’ foreheads was a small price to pay to ensure Wilson ki...

Joey Kirby harvests wheat at Bass Farms in Lucama last week. Farmers have seen an increase in bushels per acre this year, but prices are not what they could be.

Wheat yield up, but not profits

By Drew C. Wilson
| June 16, 2022

LUCAMA — When Joey Kirby cuts the wheat at Bass Farms, he expects to produce about 70 bushels an acr...

Mary Montelli of Wilson, Jesse Moore of Bailey, Lizi Maltais of Castalia and others clap and cheer for a Saturday show during the Wilson Pride event at Casita Brewing Co.

Wilson Pride celebration shows the love

By Drew C. Wilson
| June 6, 2022

It was a day of acceptance, appreciation, confidence and kindness as members of the LGBTQ community ...

Fifth grader Kinston Strickland, right, and classmates pose for pictures with their awards following a ceremony at Winstead Elementary School on Thursday.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Students, staff say goodbye to closing Winstead, Toisnot schools

By Olivia Neeley and Drew C. Wilson
| June 4, 2022

When students walked out of two Wilson County public schools Friday, it wasn’t just for the summer. ...

Vietnam veterans Woodrow Jones Jr., right, and David R. Page, left, salute during the national anthem at the Memorial Day program held Monday at the Wilson County Courthouse.

MEMORIAL DAY

Wilson unites to honor the fallen

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 30, 2022

The keynote speaker at a Memorial Day program said everyone should take time to honor America’s fall...

Members of the F3 Wilson Whirligig group and other area F3 group members participate in the Catchall Classic at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park on Saturday to celebrate the group’s first year.

Fitness group celebrates year of growth

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 23, 2022

With an American flag and a group banner waving in the front of the line, F3 Wilson Whirligig member...

Artist Matt McConnell speaks about his permanent art installation, “Forest Wind,” made possible by Wilson Arts partner Josephine M. Brown, during a May 12 reception at the Wilson Arts Center.

WILSON ARTS CENTER

Art installation transforms studio ceiling

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 22, 2022

The artist behind a new permanent art installation at the Wilson Arts Center said he wanted “to crea...

Toisnot Rural Fire Department firefighter Stephen Tripp catches his breath after fighting a fire in a truck that overturned and struck a light pole Friday afternoon.

Woman escapes truck wreck, fire

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 9, 2022

ELM CITY — A young woman escaped serious injury Friday after crashing her truck into a utility pole ...

An Amtrak train passes under the U.S. 117 Alternate bridge scheduled for replacement during the year ahead. A road closure at the work site began Monday.

Bridge upgrade closes US 117 Alternate

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 2, 2022

Trains will continue running through Wilson County as workers replace a span over the CSX railroad t...

James Haire with Abell Elevator International works in the attic at the Imagination Station on the museum’s 50-year-old elevator.

IMAGINATION STATION SCIENCE & HISTORY MUSEUM

Elevator working after 2-month outage

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 1, 2022

The Imagination Station’s elevator is lifting visitors again, but a $100,000 upgrade may be required...

An Amtrak train passes under the U.S. 117 Alternate bridge scheduled for replacement during the year ahead. A road closure at the work site begins Monday.

U.S. 117 DETOUR

Bridge replacement set to begin

By Drew C. Wilson
| April 28, 2022

Trains will continue clattering through Wilson County as workers replace a span over the CSX railroa...

Joyah Bulluck, right, answers a question beside fellow Wilson City Council candidate Mark Aldrich during a Wednesday night forum at Wilson Community College. Bulluck is running to represent District 6, while Aldrich is seeking the council’s District 5 seat on the May 17 ballot.

WILSON CITY COUNCIL

‘Demand more of our local officials’: Forum sparks spirited dialogue

By Brie Handgraaf
| April 21, 2022

Incumbents and challengers stressed the need for community involvement and public input during a Wil...

Tina Harris, left, slaps hands with Marie Archie to celebrate a strike during a Good Timers league day at Westview Lanes.

Senior bowlers play for the life of it

By Drew C. Wilson
| April 18, 2022

It’s a few minutes before 2 p.m., and Daisy Crump is pulling her bowling ball behind her on a rollin...

Barton Blue-White Spring Football Game highlights

April 15, 2022

Video footage of Barton College's first Blue-White spring football game Wednesday, April 13, 2022, a...

1st Congressional District candidates are shown during a Wednesday forum at Wilson Community College. Pictured from left are Wilson Times editor Corey Friedman, who served as moderator, and candidates Julian C. Bishop Sr., Don Davis, Brad Murphy, Ernest Reeves and Brent Roberson; Adam Wood, who spoke on Sandy Roberson’s behalf, and candidates Erica D.Smith and Jason Spriggs.

2022 ELECTIONS

US House hopefuls share vision

By Drew C. Wilson
| April 14, 2022

Seven candidates vying to represent North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District shared their views a...

Marcos Alices, foreground, asks N.C. Senate District 4 candidates Joe Democko, Toby Fitch, Buck Newton and Raymond Smith Jr. a question during Wednesday’s candidate forum at Wilson Community College.

2022 ELECTIONS

Senate hopefuls make their case

By Drew C. Wilson
| April 7, 2022

Tackling topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to police body cameras and Medicaid expansion, N....

Fike High School senior Jamaas Gertman tries to complete an obstacle course in a golf cart with Sgt. J. McLaughlin of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

PROJECT RIDE

Teens learn impaired driving dangers

By Drew C. Wilson
| April 7, 2022

Andrew Hochard drove better than average Tuesday as he zigzagged a golf cart between traffic cones i...


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