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The Wilson Times welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to letters@wilsontimes.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Bravo for GK Butterfield

October 22, 2021

It’s personally satisfying to me and my community to see Rep. G.K. Butterfield again in the paper, t...

The Wilson Times welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to letters@wilsontimes.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Save money before pandemic assistance runs out

October 22, 2021

Alert to citizens with all these free resources available: I hate to be the one to let you know that...

The Wilson Times welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to letters@wilsontimes.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

ACT for Youth back in action

October 22, 2021

ACT for Youth and its talented cast of young actors from Wilson and surrounding areas returned to th...

The Wilson Times welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to letters@wilsontimes.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

New shelter a win-win for Wilson County

October 21, 2021

I recently attended the official opening of the Wilson County Animal Services Center. It is a great...

The Wilson Times welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to letters@wilsontimes.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Powell was an upstanding, amiable leader

October 21, 2021

Brig. Gen. Colin Powell was telling a joke in a room full of civilians and military when I worked at...

The Wilson Times welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to letters@wilsontimes.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The Queens rule

October 21, 2021

Wilson Arts hosted Queens for Creativity in a sold-out performance on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Wilson ...

The Wilson Times welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to letters@wilsontimes.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Lucama resident brings community together

October 20, 2021

I want to give a shout-out to Ms. Gladys Martinez of Lucama! She is a frequent and outspoken attende...

The Wilson Times welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to letters@wilsontimes.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Fetal cells justify vaccine religious objections

October 20, 2021

It is always wonderful to have someone pay such close attention to one’s letter to the editor that h...

The Wilson Times welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to letters@wilsontimes.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Volunteers can help communities weather disaster

October 18, 2021

I often tell people that I have the very best job working for American Red Cross Eastern North Carol...

The Wilson Times welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to letters@wilsontimes.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Voting reminds representatives who the leaders are

October 18, 2021

Thank you for your editorial, “Help your town chart its course in local elections” (Oct. 15). You ma...

An N.C. Senate Redistricting Committee plan designated as SST-4 proposes combining Wilson County with Wayne and Greene counties to form Senate District 9.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Take time to weigh in on legislative redistricting plans

A Wilson Times editorial
| October 21, 2021

Wilson County’s proposed N.C. Senate district looks like a boot emerging from a pant leg with a larg...

This cartoon was first published in March to commemorate Sunshine Week, a national observance designed to raise awareness of open records and public meetings laws.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: It’s not too late to bring records into the sunlight

A Wilson Times editorial
| October 18, 2021

As North Carolina lawmakers continue hammering out a state budget, they can make the most of their e...

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Help your town chart its course in local elections

A Wilson Times editorial
| October 14, 2021

If you’ve ever doubted that your vote matters, all it takes is a glance at Wilson County towns’ elec...

Wilson Environmental Services employees prepare to empty a rollout recycling cart after distributing the new containers in December 2016. City employees “deserve the opportunity to be rewarded for their efforts to keep Wilsonians safe,” during COVID-19, the Times’ editorial page says of Wilson’s vaccination incentives.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Wilson picks carrot over stick for worker vaccine policy

A Wilson Times editorial
| October 11, 2021

THUMBS UP to the city of Wilson’s vaccine incentives for Wilson municipal employees, which encourage...

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Tackle tobacco with education, not regulation

A Wilson Times editorial
| October 7, 2021

A federally funded group of academics wants to snuff out tobacco use, but not by developing products...

Volunteers clean up roadside litter in this N.C. Department of Transportation image.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Volunteer efforts help Wilson, state can roadside litter

A Wilson Times editorial
| October 4, 2021

THUMBS UP to volunteers pitching in and clearing the trash from streets, roads and highways in Wilso...

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: New shelter a leap forward, but our work isn’t finished

A Wilson Times editorial
| September 30, 2021

Building the Wilson County Animal Services Center required months of citizen advocacy, debate and di...

Sallie B. Howard School of Arts & Science teachers and administrators toast their 2021 National Blue Ribbon School Award with sparkling cider.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Sallie B. Howard’s big award a source of hometown pride

A Wilson Times editorial
| September 27, 2021

THUMBS UP to the Sallie B. Howard School of Arts & Science, which earned the U.S. Department of Educ...

A state historical marker in downtown Wilson notes the site of North Carolina's first Alcoholic Beverage Control liquor store.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Booze blunders hasten ‘last call’ for ABC system

A Wilson Times editorial
| September 23, 2021

North Carolina’s obsolete alcohol sales bureaucracy was dealt tandem blows this month as its chairma...

Albert Thomas Jr.

WEATHERCAST

Much-needed rain may arrive Monday

By Al Thomas
| October 23, 2021

Sunshine and mild temperatures are likely this weekend, but by late Monday, there is a good chance o...

Thomas L. Knapp

OPINION

Political power is problem, not solution

By Thomas L. Knapp
| October 23, 2021

President Joe Biden wants the Occupational Safety & Health Administration to mandate COVID-19 vaccin...

Linda Cooper-Suggs

THE RALEIGH REPORT

Share your views on new district maps

By Linda Cooper-Suggs
| October 23, 2021

General Assembly members finished drawing electoral maps over the last week. There is going to be a ...

Linda M. Sutton

COMMENTARY

Get back on track with cancer screening

By Linda M. Sutton and Bryant Washington
| October 23, 2021

Cancer screening is one of the most effective tools in the fight against cancer. Finding a cancer ea...

Jessica Griffin

WCC CORNER

College celebrates transfer students

By Jessica Griffin
| October 23, 2021

If you follow Wilson Community College on social media, you may have noticed posts last week about N...

Mike Walden

YOU DECIDE

Is a wealth tax in the future?

By Mike Walden
| October 23, 2021

Trillions of dollars were added to the national debt during the COVID-19 pandemic as the federal gov...

Josh Stein

COMMENTARY

Keep an eye out for student loan scams

By Josh Stein
| October 22, 2021

The pandemic has disrupted all or parts of three academic years for students. Not surprisingly, ther...

OPINION

Cancel drug patents when the public pays

By Corey Friedman
| October 21, 2021

Pope Francis is urging drugmakers to release their lucrative patents on coronavirus vaccines, allowi...

Ronald Fraser

OPINION

NC’s do-it-yourself justice system

By Ronald Fraser
| October 21, 2021

When charged with a crime, do North Carolinians call upon fellow citizens, sitting as a jury, to dec...

Tom Campbell

OPINION

Do we even want pre-pandemic work conditions?

By Tom Campbell
| October 21, 2021

Not since 1942, when women flooded into the workplace in support of the war effort, have we seen a w...

John Hood

OPINION

Surge in violence merits response

By John Hood
| October 21, 2021

Are North Carolinians safer today than they were a decade ago? That depends on how you define the te...

Andrew Schnittker

COMMENTARY

Greetings and glad to be here

By Andrew Schnittker
| October 21, 2021

Hello, Wilson sports fans. I’m very excited to join The Wilson Times staff and Wilson community as a...

Albert Thomas Jr.

WEATHERCAST

Temps to climb as week wears on

By Al Thomas
| October 18, 2021

Two broad high pressure systems, the first over the Southeastern United States followed by one cente...

Sanda Baucom Hight

COMMENTARY

Breast Cancer Awareness Month sparks public, private observance

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| October 18, 2021

When we think of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we remember that October is the time to educate ours...

Betty Joyce Nash

OPINION

Science, not politics, protects threatened resources

By Betty Joyce Nash
| October 18, 2021

The political divide over global warming sometimes feels like the vax/anti-vax divide: science vs. p...

Gale Adcock

OPINION

New kidney care bills needed to help dialysis patients

By Gale Adcock
| October 18, 2021

Getting to know my patients and learning about their lives has always been one of the highlights of ...

D.G. Martin

COMMENTARY

October hurricane on the Outer Banks

By D.G. Martin
| October 18, 2021

It is October on the Outer Banks. A late hurricane is threatening to wash away the beaches and blow ...

Seven-year-old Anastasia Epps designs jewelry and lip gloss with mother Duwanda Epps and sister Synceirie. In November, the Eppses will open Synstasia Palace to showcase other young entrepreneurs at 1502 Nash St., Suite I.

MAIN STREET MINUTE

Kid boss opening Nash Street boutique

By Brie Handgraaf
| October 18, 2021

At age 3, Anastasia Epps learned how to make lip gloss. Within two years, her philanthropic efforts ...

Dave Chappelle is shown arriving at a Washington awards ceremony to receive the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 27, 2019.

OPINION

Chappelle’s challenge: Conversation, not cancellation

By Corey Friedman
| October 14, 2021

Who makes a more credible ally: the self-important scolds who presume to speak for you, or the true ...

OPINION

Trigger warning: This won’t be helpful

By Corey Friedman
| October 7, 2021

As they write next semester’s syllabus, some professors will make a cynical calculation: It’s better...

Princeton University, an Ivy League school ranked No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of top national universities, came in a lackluster 135th out of 154 institutions in the 2021 College Free Speech Rankings.

OPINION

Campus censors fear Leonard Law clones

By Corey Friedman
| October 1, 2021

What do Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins have in common? These elite private univers...

THE SOAPBOX BLOG

Calls to reject 'controversial' letters are misguided

By Corey Friedman
| September 28, 2021

Blaming the bearer of bad news is an all-too-human impulse, but we’ve known for 2,000 years that sho...

OPINION

Flag censors flunk patriotism test

By Corey Friedman
| September 23, 2021

When Oregon school officials tried to banish political symbols from the classroom, English teacher G...

OPINION

Lying leaders can’t be truth police

By Corey Friedman
| September 23, 2021

If you think the federal government should act swiftly to remove coronavirus fibs and falsehoods fro...

OPINION

Protect citizens who film the police

By Corey Friedman
| September 2, 2021

Do you have a First Amendment right to record police officers in public? If you instinctively said y...

OPINION

Can Rand Paul's populism remake the GOP?

By Corey Friedman
| August 26, 2021

Congress set an ignoble record when it replenished the coronavirus relief piggy bank in December. Th...

OPINION

Make college affordable, not free

By Corey Friedman
| August 16, 2021

A budget resolution that cleared the Senate last week sets the stage for one of President Joe Biden’...

OPINION

Censorship is worse than hate speech

By Corey Friedman
| August 9, 2021

Social media companies are scarcely lifting a finger to police antisemitism on their platforms, rese...

RATHER BE COOKING

Switch up your breakfast routine with these delicious pumpkin pancakes.

RATHER BE COOKING

Add pumpkin and spices to pancakes

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| September 28, 2021

This column ran the first time in 2008. Give the recipe a try. I’ve been cooking the last days and h...

Use your slow cooker to prepare a tender, savory pot roast filled with vegetables.

RATHER BE COOKING

Recipes have become family favorites

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| August 26, 2021

Attached to my refrigerator door are a few recipes I use in the daily rotation of menus at my house....

Lemon pound cake is one of my family's favorite desserts.

RATHER BE COOKING

Some sweet treats for our readers

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| August 20, 2021

For 20 years now, I’ve shared recipes with Wilson Times readers from ribs and chicken pot pies to sa...

My recipe for slow cooker pork cutlets was featured in my first column in 2001.

RATHER BE COOKING

Column started with slow cooker chops

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| August 13, 2021

Twenty years ago this next week, on Aug. 15, I shared my first recipe in a Wilson Times food column....

Our family's favorite marinade is delicious on grilled steaks.

RATHER BE COOKING

Marinade makes steak even more special

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| August 5, 2021

It’s hard to be believe it, but this month marks 20 years since I wrote my first food column. That’s...

This delicious fruit pizza is perfect for a supper dessert.

RATHER BE COOKING

Sweet way to enjoy fruit

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| July 29, 2021

This column first ran in July 2010. We still love this recipe. It’s been my son’s Christmas Eve “bir...

This delicious pumpkin Bundt cake starts with a yellow cake mix.

RATHER BE COOKING

Not too early for pumpkin and spice

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| July 19, 2021

I don’t always follow traditional rules when I cook. I made Christmas cookies this week for a Christ...

Oreo Brownie Lush and Red, White and Blue Mixed Berry Yum Yum are delicious recipes to try this summer.

RATHER BE COOKING

Cool desserts for hot summer dining

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| July 15, 2021

We all need a something sweet in our lives every now and then, and in the summertime, a cold dessert...

Fresh tomatoes and rosemary add the perfect touch to this bread.

RATHER BE COOKING

Bread adds the finishing touch

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| July 8, 2021

Frozen bread dough is a handy item to keep in your freezer. Not only can you bake a simple loaf of b...

The season's fresh yellow squash and zucchini join in this delicious gratin.

RATHER BE COOKING

New way to eat yellow squash, zucchini

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| June 28, 2021

My husband and I have really enjoyed our weekly visits to the Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market each...

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