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Cassidy Hall

HOME CANNING

Gearing up for local foods in season

By Cassidy Hall
| March 1, 2021

We are about to enter one of my favorite times of the year. You will soon begin to see a variety of ...

Cyndi Lauderdale

GARDENING

Growing blueberries in the home garden

By Cyndi Lauderdale
| March 1, 2021

Blueberries can be grown in home gardens and are typically used in the landscape as hedges, mass pla...

These flaky leek, potato and pancetta pasties are delicious on their own or served with a side of honey mustard.

COMMENTARY

An American attempt at British baking

By Brie Handgraaf
| February 22, 2021

With several diehard BBC fans in my life, I had heard of “The Great British Baking Show” over the ye...

Catherine Gaines

COMMENTARY

Set healthful goals you can achieve

By Catherine Gaines
| February 17, 2021

2020. What a year it was. People across the world were ready to see 2020 close and a new year begin....

Lisa Boykin Batts

RATHER BE COOKING

Warm up the family with delicious vegetable soup

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| February 16, 2021

I thought our snowy day last month was the perfect time to try a co-worker’s vegetable beef soup rec...

Wells

Engagement

Wells-Allegood

February 18, 2021

Wells-Taylor Douglas Howard Wells and Lorri Wells Taylor, both of Wilson, announce the engagement of...

Tia Mowry’s new book is available at the Wilson County Public Library.

RATHER BE COOKING

Actress shares her journey to healthy eating

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| February 8, 2021

I enjoyed watching the sitcom “Sister, Sister” with my daughter when she was a little girl. I’ve alw...

Rob Matthews' “Everything is a Nail” exhibit at the Gaston County Museum includes this depiction of Jean-Pierre Ndulani, a Congolese priest who was kidnapped and killed by rebel forces. The pattern is reflective of clothing he wore.

Exhibit features Wilson native Rob Matthews' artwork

By Gavin Stewart
| February 6, 2021

DALLAS, N.C. — A new exhibit at the Gaston County Museum bridges art and history. “Everything is a N...

Cassidy Hall

COMMENTARY

Goal: Eat more fruits and veggies

By Cassidy Hall
| February 5, 2021

Whether you’re hoping to shed a few pounds, recover from an injury or illness or manage hypertension...

Sanda Baucom Hight

COMMENTARY

Soup nourishes bodies, warms hearts on snowy days

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| January 30, 2021

“Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day a...

This holiday bread is delicious as a winter treat.

RATHER BE COOKING

Quick bread packed with goodness

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| January 25, 2021

When Christmastime rolls around, I start making lists of goodies I want to make. Alas, the list gets...

Guess and Nguyen

Engagement

Guess-Nguyen

January 25, 2021

Trung and Denise Nguyen of the Rock Ridge community announce the engagement of their daughter, Aimee...

This fruity French toast is prepared the night before and refrigerated. Just bake it the next morning for a special breakfast or brunch treat.

RATHER BE COOKING

Baked French toast a morning treat

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| January 18, 2021

We had a special breakfast at my house recently, overnight French toast filled with fruit and pecans...

ENGAGEMENT

Via-Houghton

January 18, 2021

Kenneth and Leisa Houghton of Statesboro, Georgia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kendra...

Julia Newton, community and teaching garden coordinator for Seeds of Hope Wilson, looks at a seedling that emerged from the soil.

Seeds of Hope garden gets early start with seeds

By Drew C. Wilson
| January 11, 2021

For Julia Newton, there is always something interesting to learn about seeds. Newton, community and ...

The Williams family of Wilson welcomes baby Nevaeh Gray Walker, who makes five generations of the Williams women. Family members call this a significant milestone in the Williams family history. From left are Tina Williams, Jasmine Allen holding baby Navaeh, Bernice Williams Webb and Edna Gray Williams, 84, who began the legacy. “The Williams family is thrilled to celebrate new life as well as the longevity and legacy of the whole family,” Allen told the Times.

MILESTONES

Five generations of the Williams family

January 6, 2021

Lisa Boykin Batts

Rather be Cooking

2020: A year of new favorite recipes

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| January 4, 2021

I love my annual tradition of sharing the year’s favorite recipes from my food column. Last week, I...

Community Christian School announces first quarter honor roll

For the Times
| January 2, 2021

The following students were recognized for their academic excellence during the first quarter at Com...

Artist Ray Schmitz starts drawing a sketch as fellow artist Kim Joy and her dog, Fred, look on. Joy is donating time in her studio to Schmitz, an Air Force veteran, so he can teach free art classes to fellow veterans.

Veteran shares talent as art coach for fellow vets

By Janelle Clevinger
| January 2, 2021

Ray Schmitz knows the stress and frustration that sometimes come with serving in the military, and h...

Sanda Baucom Hight

COMMENTARY

Tennyson's 'Ring Out, Wild Bells' has New Year's message

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| January 1, 2021

Do you remember how hopeful we were at the beginning of 2020, how excited we were about a new near, ...


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Life

Gearing up for local foods in season

We are about to enter one of my favorite times of the year. You will soon begin to see a variety of ...

Growing blueberries in the home garden

Blueberries can be grown in home gardens and are typically used in the landscape as hedges, mass pla...