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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Elites dumb us down with celebrity gossip

May 20, 2022

I tuned into “The Talk” the other day. The hot-button issue that afternoon? Should Kim Kardashian ha...

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

‘Pro-care’ means respecting women’s choices

May 18, 2022

In her May 13 column, “Pro-life, pro-choice advocates can work to become pro-care,” Dr. Susan Bane i...

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

ECU health study a rewarding experience

May 16, 2022

Thanks to The Wilson Times, I learned of a research study being conducted at East Carolina Universit...

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

Are we straying from the righteous path?

May 16, 2022

When you’re facing issues in life without an outlet and the situation isn’t justified, what do you d...

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

Column undervalues government employees’ religious freedom

May 16, 2022

Your opinion piece, “In school prayer, let the students lead,” (by Corey Friedman, May 13) provides ...

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

Follow Golden Rule in Marty’s takeout line

May 16, 2022

This note is aimed at the group of people who frequently dine from the takeout window of Marty’s BBQ...

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

Biden’s bungles should dissuade ‘genetic Democrats’

May 16, 2022

In case there was any doubt in your mind as to whether the Democratic Party truly is going down the ...

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

Democrats and Planned Parenthood's racist roots

May 14, 2022

These three numbers put the lie to the left’s supposed love and caring for the Black population; 7, ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

2 ‘precious jewels’ grace Times’ pages

May 14, 2022

I am not a sports fan, so I didn’t read that page (“Wilson Times wins National Headliner Award for e...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A Wilson Arts triple play

May 14, 2022

Wilson Arts recently hosted three big social events in the former dollar store building at 204 Nash ...

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Free speech case ends foolish NC beer label ban

A Wilson Times editorial
| May 19, 2022

Political appointees who run North Carolina’s booze bureaucracy will no longer play amateur art crit...

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Those who vote chart course for city, state, nation

A Wilson Times editorial
| May 16, 2022

THUMBS UP to all Wilson County residents voting in Tuesday’s elections, whether they will cast ballo...

No one would dare deprive a cancer patient of pain medication or question his morals for filling a lawful prescription, and that’s despite opioids’ grave potential for harm. Why should North Carolina call him a criminal for using medical cannabis?

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Compassionate Care Act is about patients, not pot

A Wilson Times editorial
| May 12, 2022

North Carolina’s first legal marijuana plants could sprout from Wilson County soil if lawmakers appr...

Wilson City Council members look at stickers and window clings used in other communities’ social districts to designate which businesses sell alcoholic beverages that can be taken into participating shops along with which businesses allow and which ones prohibit the drinks. The council is considering creating a social district within downtown Wilson, but no action was taken during a Thursday work session.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Social district can give our downtown businesses a boost

A Wilson Times editorial
| May 9, 2022

THUMBS UP to city officials’ pitch for a downtown social district that would encourage bar and resta...

Wilson Appearance Commission members plant trees on the Rest Haven Cemetery grounds in December 2014. The Wilson Cemetery Commission oversees the Rest Haven and Maplewood cemeteries, but unlike the appearance commission and Wilson’s 16 other appointed advisory boards, the cemetery panel’s volunteer members supervise paid employees and maintain financial accounts separate from the city of Wilson.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Why won’t Wilson take charge of its public cemeteries?

A Wilson Times editorial
| May 5, 2022

Before they can defend the Maplewood and Rest Haven cemeteries’ continued separation from city gover...

Assistant Police Chief Michael Koster shows a first-generation body camera at the police department in Mitchell, S.D., on June 12, 2018.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Body cameras still valuable as a silent witness

A Wilson Times editorial
| May 2, 2022

THUMBS UP to Sheriff Calvin Woodard’s bid to outfit all Wilson County deputies and Animal Enforcemen...

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Planning ahead pays dividends at polling place

A Wilson Times editorial
| April 29, 2022

To the uninitiated, “make a plan to vote” sounds like the high school essay version of a voter parti...

Eyes on Main Street founder and artistic director Jerome De Perlinghi said a new gallery space in the Whirligig Station apartment building allows the nonprofit to grow. Plans call for rotating monthly exhibits and a gift shop.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Eyes on Main Street finds fitting home near Whirligig Park

A Wilson Times editorial
| April 25, 2022

THUMBS UP to Eyes on Main Street, which will unite two of Wilson’s premier visual arts organizations...

The Wilson Cemetery Commission presents Dean Joyner of Joyner's Memorial, second from right, with an appreciation award for his service, volunteerism and donations to the Maplewood and Rest Haven cemeteries in April 2021. Pictured from left are Commissioners Cassandra Darden, Carol Stevens-Atkinson and JoAnn Hickman, Joyner and commission Chairman Charlie Pat Farris.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Will Wilson stop foot-dragging on cemetery reform?

A Wilson Times editorial
| April 21, 2022

Wilson’s willful neglect of its public cemeteries put city council hopefuls on the hot seat during W...

Alexander H. Jones

OPINION

3 questions after the primary

By Alexander H. Jones
| May 23, 2022

Last week saw one of the livelier primaries North Carolina has held in recent years. But for all the...

Mike Walden

YOU DECIDE

How will the hospitality industry change?

By Mike Walden
| May 23, 2022

The North Carolina hospitality industry, primarily composed of restaurants and hotels, is a multi-bi...

Kimball Shinkoskey

OPINION

Making democracy happen

By Kimball Shinkoskey
| May 23, 2022

Many Americans seem to feel that democracy is a reward that society reaps by enabling free, individu...

Thomas L. Knapp

OPINION

The real meaning of the word ‘prompt’

By Thomas L. Knapp
| May 23, 2022

“Failed gun legislation is the norm,” reads the headline at Axios, “after mass shootings like Buffal...

Albert Thomas Jr.

WEATHERCAST

Cold front to follow scorching weekend

By Al Thomas
| May 21, 2022

Temperatures are forecast to remain well above our historical averages this weekend, but major relie...

Jessica Griffin

WCC CORNER

Learning to communicate through American Sign Language

By Jessica Griffin
| May 20, 2022

The American Sign Language interpreter education program at Wilson Community College is one of only ...

Thea Zacharopoulos

COMMENTARY

Mental health has impact on our well-being

By Thea Zacharopoulos
| May 20, 2022

When you think about your health, what first comes to mind? For many — if not most — of us, it’s pro...

John Hood

OPINION

Housing prices reflect changes in work

By John Hood
| May 21, 2022

It was bound to happen. The percentage of adults working from home has fallen significantly from its...

Tom Campbell

OPINION

Election winners: Trump, outside money and rage

By Tom Campbell
| May 19, 2022

Pundits and politicos like to talk about “mainstream” or “Main Street” Republicans, as if they made ...

Josh Stein

COMMENTARY

Scammers target consumers with cryptocurrency scams

By Josh Stein
| May 21, 2022

Scammers are always looking for what’s new and popular to strike the unsuspecting. Cryptocurrency is...

Thomas L. Knapp

OPINION

Suppressing insane ideas doesn’t stop insane conduct

By Thomas L. Knapp
| May 18, 2022

Why did Payton Gendron — allegedly, but he livestreamed it, so it’s not like there’s much doubt — mu...

Amid the worst athletic year in Beddingfield High’s 44-year history there were still bright spots like the girls basketball team and star guard Daneesha Briggs (22), who ranked among the top scorers in the state as she led the Bruins to the 2-A Neuse 6 Conference championship this past season.

COMMENTARY

Hoping Beddingfield doesn’t become a memory

By Paul Durham
| May 19, 2022

The difference between the current reality and glorious past of Beddingfield High athletics was neve...

Albert Thomas Jr.

WEATHERCAST

Warm front boosts storm chances; temps could peak at 98

By Al Thomas
| May 17, 2022

A high pressure ridge promises to bring our area moderate temperatures and low humidity Tuesday and ...

Oliver Hedgepeth

OPINION

Buy now; it will cost more later

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| May 22, 2022

I owned Hedgepeth Transport LLC, a trucking company, from 2006-10. The fuel crisis of 2008 took my c...

Sanda Baucom Hight

COMMENTARY

Living so that we may ‘contribute a verse’

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| May 16, 2022

For those of us who think that our lives do not count for anything and do not contribute to the worl...

John Hood

OPINION

When Carolinians killed Carolinians

By John Hood
| May 22, 2022

Two hundred and fifty-one years ago this month, two large groups of armed North Carolinians camped a...

D.G. Martin

OPINION

How will NC’s Trump-endorsed candidates fare?

By D.G. Martin
| May 16, 2022

How are we going to use the results of the May 17 primary to measure Donald Trump’s influence over t...

Alexander H. Jones

OPINION

For progress, move NC toward a neo-Morehead-ism

By Alexander H. Jones
| May 22, 2022

By 1840, when John Motley Morehead took office as governor of North Carolina, the illiteracy rate fo...

OPINION

In school prayer, let the students lead

By Corey Friedman
| May 12, 2022

The religious right will rejoice if the Supreme Court upbraids a public school district for parting ...

OPINION

Musk can thwart Twitter’s true censors

By Corey Friedman
| April 21, 2022

When whistleblowers tried to expose conditions in a Saudi women’s prison and advocate for human righ...

OPINION

Politicians can’t block online critics

By Corey Friedman
| March 17, 2022

Government secrecy doesn’t require a high-level security clearance, a locked vault in the bowels of ...

OPINION

Rittenhouse takes aim at free speech

By Corey Friedman
| March 4, 2022

Whether Kyle Rittenhouse is your idea of a steely-eyed patriot or a cold-blooded killer, one thing’s...

OPINION

Child support complicates abortion debate

By Corey Friedman
| January 28, 2022

Crossing partisan battle lines and taking heavy fire from both sides, Rep. Forrest Bennett unwitting...

OPINION

Clickbait crusaders challenge cops

By Corey Friedman
| January 24, 2022

An activist’s testy exchange with a small-town police chief is stoking outsize outrage on YouTube, t...

OPINION

Labor board: Take your politics to work

By Corey Friedman
| January 13, 2022

The National Labor Relations Board wants to open the door to workplace activism, but winning its cas...

OPINION

Congress can’t regulate social media

By Corey Friedman
| January 8, 2022

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is on a rampage after Twitter deactivated her account and Facebook place...

OPINION

School censors lose another battle

By Corey Friedman
| December 22, 2021

School boards, superintendents and principals in the Garden State are on notice: No more censorship ...

OPINION

‘Bodyright’ can’t right online wrongs

By Corey Friedman
| December 16, 2021

Registered trademark and copyright symbols beware: A well-meaning impostor is joining your ranks. Th...

RATHER BE COOKING

This apple streusel slab pie is delicious and easy to serve to a crowd.

RATHER BE COOKING

Think outside the circle for this apple pie

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| November 1, 2021

A few weeks ago, a dear friend brought me a bag of winesap apples straight from the North Carolina m...

Sweet cinnamon sugar tops these little pumpkin muffins that look like doughnut holes.

RATHER BE COOKING

Little treats have big pumpkin spice taste

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| October 28, 2021

Want a quick and easy treat for Halloween? Why not try these little pumpkin treats from the Damn Del...

We loved Italian Sausage Soup with Orzo and will be making it again soon.

RATHER BE COOKING

Soup combines favorite ingredients

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| October 14, 2021

I’ve been on a soup kick lately. I’ve been ordering my favorite soups from takeout meals, pinning re...

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...

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