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D.G. Martin

COMMENTARY

Telling an aging relative she can’t drive anymore

By D.G. Martin
| June 27, 2022

North Carolina is blessed with more than its share of great writers. And I am looking over some of m...

Sean “Diddy” Combs arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs receives lifetime honor at BET Awards

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.
| June 27, 2022

LOS ANGELES — With a speech about his own inspirational dream for the Black community, Sean “Diddy” ...

Sanda Baucom Hight

COMMENTARY

‘Tune Our Hearts’: Celebrating the great songs of faith

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| June 27, 2022

What a joyous celebration of love, faith and personhood was lifted on Sunday at Forest Hills Baptist...

Oliver Hedgepeth

COMMENTARY

Why wait? Jump-start your creativity and start writing

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| June 27, 2022

The screams of a woman were being muffled by the morning fog blanketing Atlantic Christian College. ...

Chef Ricky Moore looks over tickets in the kitchen at his Durham restaurant, the Saltbox Seafood Joint, on Wednesday. Moore accepted the award for Best Chef: Southeast at the James Beard Foundation Awards.

James Beard Awards recognize NC chefs, restaurants

By Drew Jackson
| June 18, 2022

RALEIGH — Starting with a small fried fish shack in Durham, chef Ricky Moore is on top of the culina...

Enjoy sweet summer blueberries in this easy cobbler.

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Celebrate summer season with a cobbler

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| June 16, 2022

It’s blueberry season right now, and I’ve already purchased several pints both at the grocery store ...

Oliver Hedgepeth

COMMENTARY

Father’s Day is for smiles, flowers and love

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| June 13, 2022

What did your father give you for Father’s Day? Elizabeth’s father placed a bag of tenderloin biscu...

Sanda Baucom Hight

COMMENTARY

‘If I had a hammer, a bell, a song...’

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| June 13, 2022

Most of us have grown up hearing recordings of the protest song, “If I Had a Hammer,” written by Pet...

Juan Carlos Duron Martinez, a Wilson artist known for his watercolor work, has stepped outside his comfort zone to create a photographic exhibit with Polaroid photos. He is pictured in the Eyes on Main Street Gallery on Goldsboro Street with some of his work.

EYES ON MAIN STREET GALLERY

Artist ventures into instant film

By Drew C. Wilson
| June 10, 2022

Widely known for his watercolors, artist Juan Carlos Duron Martinez has stepped out of his comfort z...

Between 2,500 and 3,000 people turned out to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park on Thursday to hear an Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band play hit after hit in the Gig in the Park concert series. Some folks sang. Others danced. Almost all attendees tapped their toes to the popular tunes. The band Heart Breaker performs June 16 in the last concert of the season.

PHOTOS: Thousands attend Gig in the Park concert

Photos by Drew C. Wilson
| June 6, 2022

Oliver Hedgepeth

COMMENTARY

Creativity’s as easy as playing in the dirt

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| June 6, 2022

Of all the open secrets about Wilson, it’s the creative people who abound, some unseen, many visible...

Sanda Baucom Hight

COMMENTARY

Live a higher life by ‘bending low’

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| June 6, 2022

It may seem ironic, but one of the secrets to a higher, more effective and fulfilled life is “bendin...

A russet mite or thistle mite (Aceria anthocoptes) is shown under magnification. The species is a relative of the spider mite.

COMMENTARY

Bad-to-the-bone bugs invade the garden

By Melissa Martin
| June 3, 2022

All bugs serve a predestined purpose on the earth — right? Well, not in my flower garden or in my ve...

There's nothing like hot yeast rolls to go along with a Saturday night family dinner.

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Have you ever made buttermilk yeast rolls?

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| June 2, 2022

Making yeast breads is one of my favorite hobbies. I love experimenting and trying new recipes to ad...

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Oliver Hedgepeth shared this picture of utensils, a 4-inch biscuit cutter and his mom’s recipe for buttermilk biscuits. His foray into baking the golden-brown delights showed biscuit-making requires some skill along with tender, loving care.

COMMENTARY

Advice: Leave the biscuit baking to Mom

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| May 30, 2022

My mom, Virginia, could bake homemade buttermilk biscuits like nobody else. It was never work for he...

Oliver Hedgepeth shared this picture of wife Elizabeth Hedgepeth’s Coca-Cola cake. Anyone who wishes to share other Coca-Cola cake recipes can email blh4835@gmail.com.

COMMENTARY

A heck of a lot of work, but worth it

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| May 23, 2022

With apologies to Lisa Boykin Batts, The Wilson Times’ resident cooking guru, my wife Elizabeth made...

These orange brunch muffins are a delicious treat.

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Muffins bring back memories of Mama

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| May 6, 2022

Mama had a sweet tooth and always enjoyed desserts and candy. Sometimes, she’d even eat her dessert ...

This delicious cake is so easy to make with an angel food cake mix and fresh strawberries.

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You will love this simple 3-ingredient strawberry cake

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| April 29, 2022

I haven’t had time to make anything new this week, but I thought I’d share this column from 2012. We...

This delicious Bolognese simmers in the slow cooker and is served over pasta.

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Slow cooker Bolognese sauce a keeper

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| April 21, 2022

Over the last few months, I’ve gotten out of the habit of planning meals to cook each week. By the t...

The whole family loved this Gone to Heaven chocolate pie.

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Who loves chocolate pie? Give this one a try

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| April 14, 2022

If you’re planning to feed extra folks over the Easter holiday, you might want to get the ingredient...

This easy baked rice is a nice complement to a home-cooked meal.

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Easy rice dish complements main course

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| March 28, 2022

My family loves rice. Sticky white rice with just the right amount of salt, Spanish rice with chunks...

Cinnamon sugar makes these doughnuts so delicious.

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Cinnamon sugar doughnuts a yummy treat

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| March 23, 2022

I did something totally out of my routine on Monday morning. I made doughnuts before work. Yes, jus...

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