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Nash Community College names new president

ROCKY MOUNT — Nash Community College on Friday announced Lew Kyle Hunnicutt as its fifth president. The State Board of Community Colleges has approved the appointment.  Hunnicutt is …

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools spokeswoman resigns

An email from acting Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Brian Miller informed the system's board members and administration this week that Patricia Hollingsworth, the system's chief …
CBS-17 WNCN cameraman George Umbenhauer films 11-year-old Trey Snow playing with his dog Riley after an Aug. 6 press conference at the Nash County Sheriff's Office where the boy thanked Deputy Brooks Heath for saving Riley from a well in Spring Hope.

Deputy saves boy’s dog from well

NASHVILLE — Reporters descended on the Nash County Sheriff’s Office last week. But it wasn’t murder — or a jailbreak — that brought out the press. Instead, the happy-ending story of an …
Nash County retail economic developer Susan Phelps works at her desk in the county administration building in Nashville on Thursday. She's been helping southern Nash towns find new businesses.

Officials: Southern Nash poised for growth

Southern Nash County’s towns are on the cusp of major development, according to local officials. “The sky’s the limit,” said Bailey Mayor Thomas Richards. “Wilson and Raleigh are coming …
For safety reasons, town officials removed the aging playground equipment at Spring Hope Community Park, leaving kids with no swings and slides until financial arrangements can be worked out with Nash County to pay for new equipment.

Spring Hope working to replace removed playground

SPRING HOPE — Kids spent much of the summer without playground equipment at the community park, a situation that won’t improve until town and Nash County officials agree on how to pay for new …

Police: Employee foils Bailey bank robbery

BAILEY — Quick thinking on the part of an employee thwarted a bank robbery last month and dogged detective work led to a suspect’s arrest last week, according to local law enforcement …
Molly Ramirez, right, speaks about her brother, Jonathan Ramirez, during a Friday vigil outside Bailey. Also pictured is Jonathan's fiancee, Olivia Lamm, left, and his other sister, Amily Ramirez.

Family mourns man shot by deputies

BAILEY — Dozens gathered Friday evening to remember and celebrate the life of 28-year-old Jonathan Ramirez, who died at the hands of Nash County sheriff’s deputies outside his home in February. …

Weathercast: Rain chances climb heading into workweek

Deputies: C.B. Aycock High School teacher had relationship with student

Nash nonprofit faces age discrimination suit

Solar farms bright spot in economy, environment

New leads emerge in Bailey man’s 2016 death

Southern Nash goes solar: County OKs large solar farm

Police stop knife fight; officer assaulted during call on same street

Middlesex promotes, loses police officers

Gospel artist releases single, music video

Nash Community instructor volunteers at Freedom School

Developments bringing 1,000 new homes to Zebulon

How can we look back on our lives with peace?

Rocky Mount men sentenced on drug charges

Nash hospital chaplains’ education program earns accreditation

Community colleges, NC Wesleyan sign collaboration agreement

Community Calendar: Park to host back-to-school bash

Peachtree News: God planned our redemption before our creation

6 graduate law enforcement training class

Weathercast: Cold front brings chance of severe thunderstorms

Johnston County man charged with killing roommate

Weathercast: Dog days of summer return with the workweek

Arts council accepting grant applications

Peachtree News: Church must work to stop evil behind mass shootings

County to install founding documents display

Spring Hope relaxes mobile home roof rules

County signs off on involuntary commitment transportation rules

Rocky Mount-Wilson airport reopens after $8 million upgrade

No love for chickens in Bailey, Middlesex; backyard birds OK in Spring Hope

Middlesex man charged in shooting

Community Calendar: Free children’s lunches end Friday


Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Rain chances climb heading into workweek

Temperatures should be stable this weekend, but cloud cover and rain chances could fluctuate wildly as the workweek begins, Al Thomas explains in this installment of The Wilson Times Weathercast …


Jan Mills

Summer drives and football memories

This week’s column will take a slightly different twist as you will see. I am in the process of fighting with the mockingbirds and wasps for ownership of all the ripe figs on a fig bush that I …

Ken Ripley

Federal interns learn life lessons, some top secret

The online story made it sound like “Spy Kids,” but I found it interesting — with a touch of nostalgia — to learn how the National Security Agency is hiring young people to work for its …

Wilson man burns hands in tractor fire

A Wilson man suffered burns on both hands when the tractor he was driving caught fire Tuesday morning. Chad Bundy of Precision Lawn Care and Landscaping was with a crew mowing the shoulder of U.S. …

WhirliDogs to serve opportunity: Workers with disabilities will learn, make hot dogs

‘Spider’ Webb served in World War II

Whirligigs receive maintenance check, cleaning

Animal shelter fails state inspection

DA: State trooper justified in shooting

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle on Friday cleared a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper of wrongdoing in an April 4 shooting. Doyle disclosed the results of a State …

Ashley Furniture distribution center bringing 161 jobs to Four Oaks

Prosecutor eyes low DWI conviction rate

DOT unveils revised Interstate 42 plans in Princeton

Driver named police chief in Micro

Top sports stories
Mudcats drop last 2 of series vs. Dash
WINSTON-SALEM — Despite hitting a pair of late home runs, the Carolina Mudcats fell 7-5 to the Winston-Salem Dash in Sunday’s … Read More
Firebirds feeling good on first days
BAILEY — Much cooler temperatures and a slight breeze greeted prospective Southern Nash High football players on the second of six … Read More
Firebirds feeling good on day 2
STANHOPE — Much cooler temperatures and a slight breeze greeted Southern Nash High prospective football players on the second of six … Read More
One last high school memory: All-star experience trumps loss for East team
GREENSBORO — Despite losing by 39 points, the East boys basketball team walked away from the 71st North Carolina Coaches Association … Read More
Versatile Williams awaits final prep test at East-West game
When the defense of the Southern Nash High varsity football team started to take on injuries last season, the natural … Read More
Can we heal this divided nation?

With the start of a new school year fast approaching, I know that the posts of first-day pictures will be coming soon with comments about how these are tomorrow’s leaders, but given the state of …

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community Calendar: Church plans family fun day

SPRING HOPE — Ephesus Baptist Church, 7300 W. Old Spring Hope Road, will have a festival with bounce houses, games and food from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Dan the Animal Man will bring some of …

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