Life on a country pond


Still water, dark and deep, sleeps. The pond’s banks are shaggy with weeds, studded with cattails pointing brown fingers to the blushing sky. A sprinkling of pines and wax myrtles, stragglers from the nearby woods, dot the perimeter. A …

Daily Times wins 24 awards

The Wilson Daily Times won 24 awards, including the two biggest awards for its circulation category, at The North Carolina Press Association’s annual Advertising Awards Ceremony that was held last night in Raleigh.

Wayne Johnson, director of …

Marquess off the hook with victory

Four future Tobs in UNC-LSU game

OMAHA, Neb. — Flowers? Jewelry? How about a ‘W’?

Stanford coach Mark Marquess is the second coach to offer up a CWS victory as a temporary birthday gift to his wife.

“The elimination game was a huge win for us,” he said after an 8-3 win …

Rain out

Heels lead LSU 2-0 in first inning when game is halted

OMAHA, Neb. — The College World Series game Thursday night between North Carolina and LSU was suspended because of rain and will be resumed this evening.

North Carolina led 2-0 with one out in the top of the first inning when rain and lightning …

‘Cats win 3rd straight

Carolina shuts out Lookouts again

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Carolina Mudcats may feel like they’ve been here before.

The Mudcats, after winning 2-0 Thursday against the Chattanooga Lookouts, have won three straight to open the second half of the Double-A Southern League schedule …

Mudcats-Lookouts box score

Mudcats 2

Lookouts 0



Raynor rf-lf 3 1 1 0 Cmbrlnd cf-rf 4 0 1 0

Coghlan 2b 4 0 0 0 Turner 2b 3 0 1 0

Willingham lf 3 1 1 1 Eymann 3b 4 0 1 0

Harvey rf 1 0 0 0 Gutierrez 1b 2 …

Lightning to strike first in NHL draft

Tampa Bay ready to pick Stamkos No. 1 tonight

OTTAWA — Steven Stamkos has never been to Tampa Bay. That’s very likely to change soon and, boy, will hockey fans know who the 18-year-old from Toronto is.

Barring a knock-your-socks off trade, which is unlikely, Stamkos will be selected by the …

Egypt uses stark warnings in anti-smoking campaign

CAIRO, Egypt — Offering a cigarette is as common as a handshake in Egypt, where the culture of smoking is so entrenched that patients sometimes light up in hospital rooms. But now the government is getting serious about the health risks, launching …

‘Love Guru’ lame self-help romp

(“The Love Guru,” Paramount release PG-13)

In “The Love Guru,” Mike Myers must come to love himself before he can love others. From the credits of this scattershot comedy sketch stretched and strained to movie length, Myers clearly loved himself …

Entertainment Briefs

Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter III’ sells 1 million

NEW YORK — Rapper Lil Wayne’s new CD has sold a spectacular 1 million copies its first week.

“Tha Carter III” is easily the best selling first week of the year, according to Nielsen SoundScan …

Is your home built to last?

How long will your roof last? When will your kitchen appliances need to be replaced? Will your furnace make it through another heating season?

Knowing the life expectancy of your home’s building components can help you determine how to deal with …

Home buying practices adjust to gas prices

In his hunt for a new home, Demetrius Stroud crunched the numbers to find out that, with gas prices climbing, moving near an Amtrak station is the best thing for his wallet.

Stroud was looking in Elk Grove., Calif. — about 85 miles away from …

Tourism offers $750,000 for Gillette park

In a split vote on Thursday, the Wilson County Tourism Development Authority decided to spend $750,000 on a project geared to bring in more sports tourism.

The money will go toward a project at the Burt Gillette Athletic Complex to build four …

City passes 2008-09 budget

The Wilson City Council unanimously passed its 2008-09 fiscal year budget Thursday with little opposition from the public.

“I’ve been through this budget trying to find different ways to cut money out of the budget,” said Councilman Donald …

Weeklong camp puts fun in science

Amber Baker and Jasmine Jenkins had cones and needles from several different varieties of pine trees spread out in front of them on a desk.

The seventh-graders studied the collection and searched through reference books trying to identify from …

Heather’s Father’s Day column draws emotion, reaction

To my readers:

Over the past couple of weeks, you all have reminded me why I sit at this computer day after day and take the thoughts from my head and put them into your newspaper.

Since my column about my daddy ran last Friday, I have …

Grant writing seminar to be held Sat.

A seminar on the fundamentals of grant writing will be held this Saturday at the Upper Coastal Plain Business Development Center at 121 West Nash St. from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The seminar will be presented by Olga Abrams, president of All About …

Stantonsburg hearing on wastewater discharge held

STANTONSBURG — The N.C. Division of Water Quality held a public hearing Thursday in Raleigh to gather input on the renewal and issuance of wastewater treatment system permits for five facilities that discharge treated effluent into the Neuse River …

Gasoline Prices in the Area


264 E. Exxon – 2407 Martin Luther King Pkwy. — $3.97

Cruizers – 3601 US Hwy. 264 W. — $3.95

Grocery Door – 1907 Nash St. — $3.99

Handy Mart – 1605 Herring Ave. — $3.99

Happy Store – 6700 Ward Blvd. (Hwy. 301) — $3.99 …

City passes 2008-09 budget with no changes

The Wilson City Council unanimously passed its 2008-09 fiscal year budget Thursday with little opposition from the public.

“I’ve been through this budget trying to find different ways to cut money out of the budget,” said Councilman Donald …