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EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Spring Litter Sweep provides chance to clean Wilson's roads

A Wilson Times editorial
| March 4, 2021

State transportation crews are working to rid our roadsides of litter and illegally dumped household...

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Elm City water woes call for overdue solution

A Wilson Times editorial
| March 1, 2021

THUMBS DOWN to continued water woes in Elm City with no relief in sight after state officials answer...

Election workers in Chester County, Pa., process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election at West Chester University on Nov. 4. Democrats plan to move quickly on the first bill of the new Congress, which would set federal election standards. The For the People Act would require states to offer early voting, same-day registration and the option of absentee voting for all registered voters.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Election integrity doesn't require a federal takeover

A Wilson Times editorial
| February 25, 2021

A sweeping overhaul of U.S. voting laws hurtling through the House would steamroll state legislature...

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: For innocent man, governor's pardon is too long overdue

A Wilson Times editorial
| February 24, 2021

A year and a half after winning his freedom, Ray Finch feels forgotten. The Wilson man spent more t...

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: Pandemic produces a litter epidemic on Wilson roadsides

A Wilson Times editorial
| February 18, 2021

Plastic soda bottles, fast-food wrappers, cardboard, crumpled receipts and even full-size garbage ba...

The Wilson County Courthouse on Nash Street is shown in May 2014.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: District attorney backs vital court system reforms

A Wilson Times editorial
| February 15, 2021

THUMBS UP to District Attorney Robert Evans for his work on a comprehensive report recommending refo...

An issue of The Wilson Times from 1896 is shown at left beside the Times' Feb. 2 edition.

EDITORIAL

Our Opinion: After 125 years, Times still telling Wilson's stories

A Wilson Times editorial
| February 13, 2021

Newspapers are often called “the first rough draft of history,” and for a century and a quarter, Wil...

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...

Albert Thomas Jr.

WEATHERCAST

After chilly weekend, warmup begins Tuesday

By Al Thomas
| March 6, 2021

A large high-pressure ridge has pushed cold air into the Wilson Times area, but by Tuesday, a quick ...

Linda Cooper-Suggs

THE RALEGH REPORT

NC workers deserve pandemic relief funds

By Linda Cooper-Suggs
| March 6, 2021

This week, the General Assembly passed additional COVID-19 relief in House Bill 196. Here are some h...

Jessica Bailey

WCC CORNER

Guaranteed admission for college transfer students

By Jessica Bailey
| March 6, 2021

Did you know that Wilson Community College has established partnerships to offer students guaranteed...

Tom Campbell

OPINION

Raise North Carolina's minimum wage

By Tom Campbell
| March 3, 2021

Back when I started working in 1964, the minimum wage was $1.25, a Hardee’s hamburger was 15 cents, ...

John Hood

OPINION

Levers help charities meet needs

By John Hood
| March 3, 2021

RALEIGH — You may not know much about an ancient Greek mathematician and inventor named Archimedes. ...

James Gailliard

OPINION

Keep local government accountable, transparent

By James Gailliard
| March 3, 2021

Too often, the news is dominated by what divides us as Americans. Yet, there are values I think we a...

Oliver Hedgepeth

COMMENTARY

Time to learn again

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| March 3, 2021

I remember springtime in school, that is, at Margaret Hearne Elementary from the first through eight...

Crab Du Jour owners plan to remodel Wilson's shuttered Ruby Tuesday location on Raleigh Road Parkway and open a fresh seafood restaurant.

MAIN STREET MINUTE

Crab Du Jour, 3rd Starbucks coming to Wilson

By Brie Handgraaf
| March 2, 2021

Louisiana-style seafood will soon be served fresh in western Wilson with Crab Du Jour set to open th...

Albert Thomas Jr.

WEATHERCAST

Expect a cloudy week with seesawing temps

By Al Thomas
| March 1, 2021

The sun is forecast to briefly return to the Wilson Times area Tuesday, only to give way to more clo...

LaMonique Hamilton

COMMENTARY

'This Lenten season does not belong to me'

By LaMonique Hamilton
| March 1, 2021

I’m not observing Lent this year. This is the first time in more than a decade that I haven’t partic...

Gary Pearce

OPINION

What is Roy Cooper's special sauce?

By Gary Pearce
| March 1, 2021

A national reporter recently wrote a flattering article about Gov. Roy Cooper, but seemed flummoxed ...

John Hood

OPINION

Reduce health care's cost, not just its price

By John Hood
| March 1, 2021

RALEIGH — Too many North Carolinians lack access to the medical services they need.  One possible re...

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 ...

COREY FRIEDMAN COLUMNS

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...

A recent update to TikTok’s terms of service bans multilevel marketing sales and recruitment messages.

OPINION

Social media can 'defriend' direct sellers

By Corey Friedman
| December 26, 2020

Facebook and Twitter courted controversy by flagging and fact-checking voter fraud claims on their p...

RATHER BE COOKING

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 …