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Engineering supervisor Donald Richardson works in Greenlight Community Broadband's temperature-controlled network server and switching facility in 2014.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Greenlight growth a win for Wilson and nearby towns

A Wilson Times editorial
| April 21, 2021

THUMBS UP to the city of Wilson’s plans to extend Greenlight Community Broadband service to four nea...

Social media profiles that spoof elected officials, celebrities and public figures by using their names and pictures are commonplace — particularly on Twitter, where clever trolling is an art form.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: 'Impersonation' ban will punish protected speech

A Wilson Times editorial
| April 15, 2021

Before they vote to make online impersonation a crime, state senators should chew the fat with Jim A...

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Indoor pools will make a splash in downtown Wilson

A Wilson Times editorial
| April 12, 2021

THUMBS UP to the Wilson Family YMCA’s plans to include two indoor pools in its new downtown home, wh...

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Regulators wage a losing battle with drone pilots

A Wilson Times editorial
| April 8, 2021

Wilson city employees used drones to pinpoint stormwater system blockages. The Wilson Economic Devel...

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EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Federal benefits shouldn't delay return to work

A Wilson Times editorial
| April 5, 2021

THUMBS DOWN to staffing shortages at many Wilson restaurants that managers attribute in part to enha...

Grand and reserve champion individual, junior champion showman and grand champion pen of three  winner Logan Ballance shows a pig during the Wilson County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale on March 25.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Supporters bring home the bacon for 4-H showmen

A Wilson Times editorial
| April 1, 2021

Wilson County always comes through for its 4-H’ers. This year, generous supporters made up for lost ...

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Trash Bashers' first cleanup a Wilson success

A Wilson Times editorial
| March 29, 2021

THUMBS UP to the Wilson Trash Bashers, whose members and volunteers collected 31 bags of litter duri...

Oliver Hedgepeth

COMMENTARY

Read all about 'the other woman'

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| April 21, 2021

Forgive me, gentle reader, but I am about to take a moment of personal privilege. I’ve been married ...

Albert Thomas Jr.

WEATHERCAST

Cold front brings chance of late-April frost

By Al Thomas
| April 20, 2021

The most pleasant weather of the week in the Wilson Times area is forecast for Tuesday, but an activ...

Strawberries and blueberries make the sheet pan pancakes even more yummy.

RATHER BE COOKING

Streamline your pancake breakfast

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| April 19, 2021

I love making weekend breakfast special at my house. Sometimes it’s as simple as buying our favorit...

Kinsey Barnes poses with artist Elizabeth Laul Healey and her daughter Lilianna Healey on Thursday inside the Iconostar Art Studio that recently opened at 224 Goldsboro St. SW.

MAIN STREET MINUTE

Art paints new perspective of Wilson

By Brie Handgraaf
| April 19, 2021

After more than three years of dreaming big, artist Elizabeth Laul Healey opened her downtown Wilson...

John Hood

OPINION

Too many workers are sidelined

By John Hood
| April 20, 2021

RALEIGH — The latest federal job report is out — and it shows North Carolina’s employment recovery s...

Gary Pearce

OPINION

Roy and Phil’s ‘Excellent’ school adventure

By Gary Pearce
| April 20, 2021

Bipartisanship, like pollen, has been in the air in Raleigh lately. Both will be gone soon. Democrat...

D.G. Martin

COMMENTARY

Remembering Wilber's real barbecue, real hospitality

By D.G. Martin
| April 20, 2021

What really makes for a good barbecue restaurant? Barbecue expert John Shelton Reed and I have diffe...

Click the play button to listen to the Weathercast for the weekend of April 17.

WEATHERCAST

Seasonable temps, minimal rain chances

By Al Thomas
| April 18, 2021

Weather conditions in the Wilson Times area should be relatively benign Saturday through Tuesday, wi...

OPINION

A comeback for campus kangaroo courts?

By Corey Friedman
| April 17, 2021

Whether or not Mukund Vengalattore dated a graduate student under his supervision, Cornell Universit...

State Rep. Linda Cooper-Suggs, fourth from left, is shown volunteering at the Waymakers of North Carolina's April 11 community meal giveaway.

THE RALEIGH REPORT

Expand Medicaid to create 260 Wilson jobs

By Linda Cooper-Suggs
| April 17, 2021

Last week, we recognized Black Maternal Health Week. Black women are three to four times more likely...

Jessica Griffin

WCC CORNER

Wilson Community College launches apprenticeship programs

By Jessica Griffin
| April 17, 2021

Did you know that you can work full-time (with an excellent starting salary and full benefits!) and ...

COREY FRIEDMAN COLUMNS

OPINION

Supreme Court case pits schools against parents

By Corey Friedman
| March 6, 2021

Battle lines are being redrawn in a First Amendment case on the Supreme Court’s docket. What started...

OPINION

Private flag, sign rules stifle speech

By Corey Friedman
| February 28, 2021

Mark Silverstein is seizing his chance to wedge a foot in the door for free speech. After suing a su...

OPINION

Add student press freedom to the syllabus

By Corey Friedman
| February 22, 2021

In Indiana, student journalists say Plainfield High School prevented them from reporting a classmate...

Rifles, including semiautomatic carbines like the AR-15, are used in fewer homicides than knives and cutting instruments, blunt objects and even "personal weapons" such as fists and feet, according to FBI statistics.

OPINION

Trigger-happy gun ban will backfire

By Corey Friedman
| February 13, 2021

A sweeping gun control bill stoking red-state resistance may prove more of a blessing than a curse f...

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks during a Capitol Hill news conference on Friday.

OPINION

Fight conspiracies with amnesty, not blame

By Corey Friedman
| February 6, 2021

No one remembers the Affordable Care Act as H.R. 3590 or the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as H.R. 1. When C...

A coalition of 23 attorneys general, including North Carolina's Josh Stein, is asking the Food and Drug Administration to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes.

OPINION

Black smokers don't need white saviors

By Corey Friedman
| January 30, 2021

When it comes to deceptive marketing, Big Tobacco is no match for big government. A coalition of 23 ...

OPINION

Free broadcasters from political pressure

By Corey Friedman
| January 23, 2021

Voice of America can’t have it both ways. The broadcaster insists it’s not a government propaganda a...

Dave DiFilippo cartoon

OPINION

Cawthorn cries freedom, then plays censor

By Corey Friedman
| January 16, 2021

His name may be a nod to the Founding Father and fourth president, but Rep. Madison Cawthorn is no J...

OPINION

A solution for budget-busting hospital bills

By Corey Friedman
| January 9, 2021

If you’re scheduling a surgery or screening this year, break out the calculator along with your cale...

Students are shown walking to classes at N.C. State University's Raleigh campus. The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity manages N.C. State's Bias Impact Response Team.

OPINION

Tide turning against bias response teams

By Corey Friedman
| January 2, 2021

When an off-color joke or clumsy come-on is reported, the speech police swoop into action, threateni...

RATHER BE COOKING

Neapolitan cake is pretty on the inside and the outside.

Rather Be Cooking

Pretty cake has surprise inside

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| March 8, 2021

Who else loves a good cake mix recipe? I have an especially good one to share. Recently, my husband ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Lisa Boykin Batts

RATHER BE COOKING

Marble cake worth the effort

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| February 10, 2021

Do you like to challenge yourself in the kitchen? Sometimes I do. Other times, I take the easier path. Last week, I flipped through the pages of “Martha Stewart’s Cake Perfection” and tried …

Lisa Boykin Batts

RATHER BE COOKING

Peaches make coffee cake special

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| February 10, 2021

I know it’s basically the end of peach season, but I was lucky to find a few nice peaches at the grocery store Saturday to use in a cake recipe I had seen from the blog A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. I …

Lisa Boykin Batts

RATHER BE COOKING

So many ways to use those summer tomatoes

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| February 10, 2021

My husband and I planted lots of tomatoes this year: cherry, Roma and big old slicing tomatoes. We grew some of the Cherokee Purple variety from seed and others from plants we purchased at a local …

Lisa Boykin Batts

RATHER BE COOKING

Sweet potato muffins will remind you of fall

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| February 10, 2021

It’s amazing how a muffin can give you all the feelings of fall. I could smell the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves as my sweet potato muffins baked last week, and later I could taste the flavors I …