Wilson County reported its first COVID-19-related death, Wilson County Health Director Teresa Ellen announced Friday.
The woman, in her early 60s with underlying health conditions, died Thursday from complications associated with the virus, Ellen said.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce our first death associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ellen said. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones.”
Ellen said to protect the family’s privacy, no further information will be released. Ellen said Friday’s announcement is a reminder of the dangers of the virus.
“We want citizens to know that their actions now will make a big difference,” she said.
There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness, Ellen said, is to . . . (Read more)
The Political Agitator response: Awesome basketball player but finishes school in 3 years.
After three seasons as a member of the Wake Forest University men’s basketball team, Wilson native Aaron Rountree is well ahead of the game academically.
Demon Deacons head coach Danny Manning announced Tuesday that Rountree, a Greenfield School graduate, will transfer from Wake Forest for his final season of eligibility, a decision made easier with his impending graduation a year early. Rountree will graduate in August with a degree in communication and a minor in economics. Rountree will be a graduate student wherever he lands.
“There was really no true mitigating factor that had me feel like I had to leave,” Rountree said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon. “Its just a change of scenery and a fresh start. Wake’s strong academics and the fact that I took advantage of getting the most out of the classroom allowed me to take this opportunity.
“I’m proud that I’m going to get this degree and consider myself a Wake Forest alumnus.” (Source: Read more)
Congressman G.K. Butterfield has purchased tickets for 400 people to see a free screening of the movie “Selma” on Saturday morning at Carmike Cinemas at 1501 Ward Blvd.
Residents must register online at www.gkbutterfield.com/selma. The screen “Special Sreening” should come up. Scroll to the bottom to fill in the registration.
If you are one of the 400, you will receive an email on Friday letting you know you have gotten a free ticket. If more than one family member would like to attend, each person must register separately. (Source: Read more)
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The Wilson Police Department has made ten arrests after gun violence in their community.
Investigators said there have been several incidents reported as “shots fired.”
Wilson police have been actively investigating and said all ten of the people pictured in this story are facing attempted 1st degree murder charges. Some are also facing assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill charges. (Source Read more)
The use of Social media has caused new concerns, conversations and definitions for State Boards of Elections across the country, including North Carolina.
There are new rules emerging for those who serve on local boards of elections when it comes to their social media activity and Wilson County is one of the first in North Carolina getting a taste of what the state board’s expectations are with the use of social media and elections board members.
A letter went out to the newly appointed Republican board member. Douglas Inscoe, on the new limitations placed on him and every other board member when it comes to social media.
The letter, dated July 29, came from Don Wright, general counsel to the State Board of Elections to Inscoe before he was sworn into office.
Wilson County officials received the warning first because of the past controversy involving a Tea Party member who served on the board and subsequent complaints of political activity made by two Democratic activists. That member resigned before a second hearing could take place on the state level. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: You did the right thing! So don’t look back keep moving.
Joel Killion resigned as board secretary of the Wilson County Board of Elections Monday at the request of the Wilson County Republican Party.
His resignation follows a decision last week to change his voter registration from Republican to unaffiliated.
"It is with regret that I tender my resignation from the Wilson County Board of Elections as secretary, effective July 15, per the request of the Wilson County Republican Party,” Killion wrote. "I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve on the board and offer my best wishes for its continued success.”
Killion emailed his resignation letter to Rena Morris, director of the Wilson County Board of Elections, and the letter will be sent to the N.C. Board of Elections. Morris is on vacation, but state election officials are expecting the letter, said Joshua Lawson, N.C. Board of Elections spokesman. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator Response: It is sad when candidates have to spend time dealing with ignant racist ass folk. It is evident that Gardner is campaigning on don’t vote for this black man. Thank you Sheriff Woodard for your setting the record straight.
Incumbent Sheriff Calvin Woodard said there’s a lot about politics he wishes weren’t true.
“I really wish candidates didn’t have to raise money to run for office,” Woodard said Friday afternoon. “I like meeting and talking with the people of Wilson County. But I think campaigns should be based on the candidate’s platform. Unfortunately, there is the raising money portion of this.”
Woodard doesn’t believe the person with the biggest war chest is automatically victorious.
Woodard, a Democrat, faces Republican Joey Gardner in the November election.
“I think people want to know your work record, your history,” Woodard said. “I think the people of Wilson County believe in this office and believe in me and know I am dedicated to getting the job done.” (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator Response: Good job Zette McArn and Bob James this is democracy at it’s best. We all must be engaged making sure the voting process is carried out properly leaving no voter behind.
The N.C. Board of Elections is investigating a complaint they received Tuesday alleging a precinct judge accepted voter IDs from residents in the November election.
Voter IDs laws don’t go into effect until 2016.
The complaint included a screen capture of a Facebook post reportedly from Bobby Pittman from November that stated, "Worked a predominately black precinct as a judge this past election in Wilson County. Many are already presenting their IDs with no negative recourse. Of course, I took their ID to vote.”
The precise intentions are not clear by what is written in the post and Pittman did not respond to requests to interview him.
Pittman was removed a day earlier as a precinct worker by the Wilson County Board of Elections due to an incident from the May primary not related to the voter ID complaint. In that complaint, Pittman presided as precinct chief judge as a Wilson registered voter wasn’t able to vote on his watch and then not given a provisional ballot. (Source: Wilson Times)
The Political Agitator Response: Now that’s what up! Just let it go! Move on!
Wilson attorney Mark Bibbs filed a notice of dismissal Tuesday that signals an end to his suit against the city of Wilson regarding his Douglas Street property.
Bibbs, who is prohibited from using the second floor of his Douglas property as a residence, said he decided to drop his case and focus on his law practice. He plans on using part of the building for his law office and will lease the rest of the space.
He did not say if he will seek any city approval for the building’s use as a residence. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator Response: Congratulations Ward’s Steak and Cheese Restaurant I will be visiting them soon. I didn’t like the old location. But the old Mitchell’s site is on!
If you have gone by Ward’s Steak and Cheese on Herring Avenue and noticed it looks quiet, it is because owners have moved the whole operation to a new site.
Ward’s Steak and Cheese is now located at 6228 Ward Blvd. – the old Mitchell’s Restaurant site.
Evelyn Ward and her staff have been working day and night for more than two months getting the building in order.
Ward said they made good friends and customers at the old location and now they look forward to serving them at the new site.
“It was the right time and we just couldn’t say no to the offer,” Ward said.
She wanted a place where customers might want to come.
“That part of town we were in seemed to be dying out,” Ward explained. “We were starting to see a difference. As the economy changed, we could see a change,” (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator Response: Again I ask is it worth all of this? Why not just let it go and move on? I understand Bibbs passion and interest in running for a political office. I have advised many friends on their timing for running and some listened and some didn’t, those who did, did the right thing and those who didn’t ran and lost. Well my question still is, where is Bibbs so-called friends because obviously they ain’t his real friends. I just asked my good friend George Fisher 2 days ago had he seen or heard from Bibbs.
Attorney Mark Bibbs’ suit against the city of Wilson is still pending and an election complaint about his Douglas Street residency has been withdrawn.
Wilson residents David Speight and George Leach filed a complaint with the Wilson County Board of Elections in April challenging Bibbs’ residency at 105 Douglas St. On May 19, two weeks after the Democratic primary, Speight and Leach withdrew their complaint, said Rena Morris, Wilson County Board of Elections director.
“The two gentlemen that filed the complaint have withdrawn it,” Morris said.
Bibbs made an unsuccessful bid for House District 24 in the May 6 primary against Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield. Bibbs claims that questions about his residency and the timing of a failed March property inspection played a major role in him losing the race. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: Zette McArn (Wilson Co.) just because you have an issue with me, I do not go after folks when they are doing things that makes sense. So your ignant comments you need to make sure you are responding to me and not someone who are using my name (The Political Agitator). I can speak for myself. Since you blocked me from your page I can’t communicate with you. However the comment on this page probably came from Barbara Hallman Dantanio (Wilson Co.) because she has a problem with me calling her ignant ass out recently. I don’t hold good deeds against ignant ass folks because this issue with someone being denied the right to vote ain’t about me. “I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!” I have a permanent interest in folks being allowed the right to vote. So Run & Tell That!
With tears in eyes, Tyone Savage filed a complaint Thursday at the Wilson County Board of Elections alleging she was denied her right to vote during the May primary.
And the North Carolina ACLU’s legal director said Wilson Board of Elections officials have an ethical obligation to investigate all complaints where voters state there are obstacles to casting a ballot.
Rena’ Morris, Wilson elections director, had previously said she would not begin an investigation until the actual voter complained. Tosha Bell, Wilson County Board of Elections employee, called Morris — who was out of the office — to get guidance on how to accept a complaint.
There is no complaint form, so Bell gave Savage a blank piece of paper and asked her to write her information down about what occurred. (Source: Read more)
The right to vote in a free and fair election is what sets the United States apart from many countries and serves as a bedrock of democracy, one that has fueled civil rights movements for generations.
But a Wilson County woman was denied her right to vote during the primary election in May, the woman and local advocates said.
Zette McArn, president of the Wilson County Democratic African-American Caucus, said there are several cases that need to be investigated and has filed complaints with state and federal elected officials, Democracy North Carolina, the chairman of the Wilson Democratic Party, Wilson Board of Elections, N.C. Board of Elections and several local attorneys.
Rena’ Morris, director of the Wilson Board of Elections, said the complaints must come from the voters, not McArn, if there is to be an investigation. (Source: Read more)
Sad I have learned some things during this election. Some folks wants to change the rules. In Edgecombe County some ignant Democrats want to say EXPERIENCE does not matter and DEBATE is not being political. And then some ignant Democrats in Wilson have a problem with folks telling the truth.
Damn but they call themselves Democrats though! SMDH!