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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Greenville Wednesday evening.

Trump: Love it or leave it: President strikes back at critics, touts strong economy

GREENVILLE — President Donald Trump continued his feud with four progressive congresswomen while drawing a stark contrast between himself and his Democratic detractors Wednesday evening. Trump …

Deputies seek 2 of 3 suspects in Clayton-area killing

CLAYTON— Johnston County sheriff’s detectives are seeking two of three suspects in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Clayton youth. Deputies were dispatched to a shooting at 103 Blackthorne …
A Johnston County Sheriff's Office investigator spreads crime scene tape in the backyard of a Harper Street home on Dec. 31. Authorities say the body of a missing 71-year-old woman was discovered there in a shallow grave.

Autopsy can’t explain woman’s death

A state medical examiner couldn’t determine how a 71-year-old woman died after her body was discovered in a shallow grave behind a Wilson home in December. Kathy Thomas had been missing since …
A tractor-trailer proceeds along Interstate 95 as contractors work to replace the Truckstop Road bridge. Construction is being done in stages in order to avoid a road closure and significant detours.

New bridge halfway complete

KENLY — For the past year, contractors have worked to replace the Truckstop Road bridge that crosses Interstate 95 at Exit 106 without having to detour traffic off the busy highway. Crews will …
Princeton Mayor Don Rains is pictured with his wife, Vicky, after filing to run for a ninth term at the Johnston County Board of Elections office. Rains was first elected as Princeton's mayor in 2001.

Local candidate filing period ends Friday

SMITHFIELD —With less than a week to go, candidates are making their way to the Johnston County Board of Elections office to file for the Nov. 5 municipal election. Filing ends at noon on …
This contributed photo provides an example of what the smoke testing will look like when it's conducted in Selma beginning Monday.

Smoke testing will help Selma repair sewer system

SELMA — Town residents may notice smoke rising from out of the ground, sidewalks, cleanouts and streets beginning Monday, but officials say the smoke is harmless and people should not be …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Heat index spikes to 106 degrees this week

Scorching temperatures in the mid-90s and heat indexes topping out at 106 degrees are in store for the greater Wilson area through Sunday, Al Thomas explains in this week's installment of The Wilson …

RELEASED: After 43 years, Charles Ray Finch a free man

Charles Ray Finch never gave up. Instead, he fought for more than 43 years to gain his freedom. On Thursday, a federal judge ordered Finch’s release. In January, the U.S. 4th Circuit of …

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

Court upholds Parks’ 2017 murder conviction

Animal shelter fails state inspection

Wilson man burns hands in tractor fire

Nash man charged in aunt’s murder

A Nash County man is accused of killing his aunt, a Raleigh resident reported missing whose body was found in a shallow grave last week. Cleavon Royster Williams, 44, of the 4200 block of Biltmore …

$95M Nash budget to keep tax rate flat

48 earn degrees from Nash-Rocky Mount Early College

Family continues tradition of placing Memorial Day flags


Thomas L. Knapp

Free speech just isn’t that complicated

It’s hard to believe we need to have this conversation in this day and age. But if we don’t keep having it, at some point we might not be allowed to have it. Question: What is free speech? Or, …

Keith Barnes

Newspaper errors, typos and goof-ups

For as long as newspapers have been in existence, starting with the first one published in England in 1665, mistakes have shown up in most if not all of them. With few exceptions, none were made on …

Top sports stories
Joey Creech, North Carolina Wiffle Ball Hall of Famer, hits a home run over the left field fence for Uncensored during a second-round matchup against the Astros. Creech, who is playing in his 30th year, has been around since the tournament started and became a member of an All-Decade Team for the second time in 2019.

Tradition binds N.C. Wiffle Ball Tournament

Don’t let the hollow yellow bat and plastic ball fool you — the competition that takes place every July at Smithfield Community Park is serious. With fields measuring only 140 feet to the …
NJ football to unveil new-look in 2019

If it’s hard now, it’ll be easier later. This summer, that mantra is driving the North Johnston football program out in the summer heat of July. During preseason workouts on July …

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



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