Howard Finster

By Dorie Turner

Associated Press Writer

PENNVILLE, Ga. — It’s easy to miss the tin-roofed, red and white house along the winding streets of this hilly little town.

But not for long.

The place …

New 7 natural wonders sought

By Eliane Engeler

Associated Press Writer

GENEVA — The Grand Canyon, Mount Fuji and the Amazon rainforest are likely contenders in a global poll of millions of people to select the seven natural wonders of the world, …

Plan now for drought consequences

Wilson and Rocky Mount water pipelines are now connected, making it possible for drought-parched Rocky Mount to purchase water from Wilson, which still has a plentiful supply of water stored in Buckhorn Reservoir.

But that’s not the …

Motorists ignore lights and siren



THE FOLLOWING LETTER has been selected as the Letter of the Month for November. It will compete with all other Letters of the Month for the Elizabeth Swindell Award, recognizing the best letter of 2007.

In 1974, Susie Sharp began a trend

By D.G. Martin

North Carolina Columnist

In the early 1970s, something highly unusual happened in a North Carolina statewide election.

Do you remember what it was?

Maybe you would say that we …

Politicians shun immigrants

By Scott Mooneyham

Capitol Press Association

RALEIGH — When it comes to illegal immigration, Gov. Mike Easley and one of the candidates who wants to replace him, Republican Fred Smith, are both right.

See Christmas through grandchild’s eyes

By John Richardson

Community Columnist

This Christmas will be a new experience in my family. It will be the first Christmas for my granddaughter, Maddy. I don’t anticipate she will remember much about it, given that she …

Bush opposes shield law

By Hal Tarleton

Daily Times Opinion Editor

President Bush is solidifying his reputation for being the most secretive president since Richard Nixon with his vow to veto a reporter shield law.

The U.S. House …




Bashing immigrants

In their defense, Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue could be right: It may be political suicide to support letting illegal immigrants get educated at North Carolina’s community …

White House decks the halls

By Deb Riechmann

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — Back by popular demand: Chicken-fried steak is on the White House holiday menu again this year.

The crispy steak fingers, served with creamed pan …

Jolly Santas have lots to worry about

By Meghan Barr

Associated Press Writer

Life is not so jolly for the 21st century Santa Claus.

He keeps his white gloved hands where parents can see them and buys liability insurance, just in case. He doesn’t …

Club Directory



Active Artists Association: This group, formed to encourage art and artists, meets the second Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m., January-May and September-December, on the third floor of the Arts Council building. An …

Community News



Wilson Duplicate Bridge

North-South winners Nov. 27 were Frank Eagles and Betty Banks, first; John Gresham and Sally Barnes, second; Glenda Wilson and Gene Wilson, third. East-West winners were George …

Keeping trees fresh

Cyndi Lauderdale

Extension Service

Question: How do I keep my Christmas tree fresh?

Answer: Christmas tree safety is number one during the holiday season and depends on a few basics.

To start …

Cookies with Knetens



Fifth-graders from St. Therese Catholic School in Wilson spent Wednesday morning decorating Christmas cookies with Susan Kneten, wife of Barton College president Norval Kneten.

This is the fifth year the …

Barton professor releases collection, contributes two essays



Associate Professor Rodney A. Werline of Barton College is one of three editors of a newly released volume of essays titled, “Seeking the Favor of God, Volume 2: The Development of Penitential Prayer in Second Temple …

School Menus



Wilson County

Dec. 10 – 14, 2007


Corn dog nuggets or beef dippers w/roll, baked beans, cheesy potatoes, fruit salad, milk


Chicken …


The Associated Press


LOS ANGELES — Kiefer Sutherland was sentenced Wednesday to 48 days in jail for racking up a second drunken-driving arrest in three years and immediately reported to a city lockup.

The star …

Ex-‘Idol’ finalist pleads not guilty in Fla.

The Associated Press


TAMPA, Fla. — Jessica Sierra has pleaded not guilty to charges in a weekend fracas with three Tampa police officers outside a nightclub.

Sierra, a former “American Idol” finalist, is …

Billy Joel releases new anti-war song ‘Christmas in Fallujah’

The Associated Press


NEW YORK — Billy Joel has released a new pop single, the anti-war “Christmas in Fallujah.” Just don’t expect to hear his voice on it.

At 58, Joel felt he was too old to sing the song, …