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On a chilly evening March 13, 2020, Fike High senior Mason Lee, who didn’t know he’d just played his last game, was interviewed by Times sports writer Tom Ham, who didn’t know he’d just covered his last game. Ham retired from his part-time job as senior sports writer at the Times on Dec. 31, 2020, in a career that spans well over five decades.


The proof is on the refrigerator

By David Lee
| February 18, 2021

Back in 1984, I was a freshman at Greenville Rose High and walked off the 18th green at Brook Valley...

During the 125-year history of The Wilson Times, three men distinguished themselves as the sports editor for the paper. From left, the Times first sports editor Ed Davis, started as a high school student in 1922; Bernard West, who ran the department in the 1950s, and Tom Ham, who worked for the Times for nearly five decades until being sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn in 2020.


3 men who shaped Times sports coverage

By Paul Durham
| February 13, 2021

During my 16 years at the Times, the last 13 as sports editor, I’ve often found myself going down the rabbit hole of history.

Fike High graduate Jake Herring, now a freshman on the N.C. State men’s golf team, was named to the Tarheel Youth Golf Association’s North Carolina Boys All-State team for 2020, the association announced Friday.

Herring named to TYGA All-State unit

From staff reports
| January 23, 2021

With fewer opportunities to play in junior golf tournaments last summer due to COVID-19, Wilson resi...

Bill Howard


Pitfalls exist with tree stands

By Bill Howard
| December 28, 2020

It’s nearly the end of tree stand season. I understand. Yet I am still going to write this column on...

From left to right, Caylee Rountree, Reagan Sherrod, Cassie Bunn, Aspen Evans and Cali Rountree were selected for the North Carolina U12 Olympic Development Program Event Team following the completion of tryouts in November. Bunn was picked as an alternate. The team’s first action will be at the girls ODP sub-regional Jan. 9, 2021 at OrthoCarolina SportsPlex in Pineville.

WYSA sends 4 to North Carolina U12 Olympic Development Program

From staff reports
| December 25, 2020

Wilson Youth Soccer Association will be represented by a total of four players on the North Carolina U12 Olympic Development Program Event Team following the completion of evaluations on Nov. 21-22.

Paul Durham


We will get through this

By Paul Durham
| December 24, 2020

In a world where the only constant seems to be change, perhaps it’s a good idea to keep moving as lo...

Players and coaches of the East Carolina Elite Panthers/Carolina Swarm Bulldogs all-star team pose after winning the ages 12U division of the King of the South tournament earlier this month in Charleston, S.C. The team was comprised of players from two Wilson youth football programs that enjoyed a successful postseason following the first season of each program this fall. Contributed photo

Coming together: Wilson youth football programs combine for postseason success

By Paul Durham
| December 24, 2020

A season that began amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown this spring ended in unit...

North Carolinians have been fishing and hunting more in 2020

By The Associated Press
| December 17, 2020

WINSTON-SALEM — State officials in North Carolinians say that hunting and fishing have increased thi...

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission workers stock Bass Lake in Holly Springs with rainbow, brown and brook trout recently. The NCWRC is stocking 38 lakes and ponds around the state this month with more than 60,000 hatchery-raised mountain trout. Melissa McGaw | NCWRC

Trout fishing in eastern NC?

By Paul Durham
| December 17, 2020

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to fish for mountain trout, but haven’t been able to get to t...

No harm, no foul

By David Lee
| December 30, 2020

So, after 26 years of marriage, thousands of athletic practices, hundreds of games and hours upon ho...

Lake Wilson 12U, 18U Green both improve to 5-1

From staff reports
| November 14, 2020

The Lake Wilson Tennis Club 18U “Green” team captured their fifth win in six matches Tuesday with a 24-4 victory over Kinston Parks and Recreation Department. Snyder Pearson won in …

Lake Wilson 14U beginners cap unbeaten season

From staff reports
| October 19, 2020

The brotherly tandem of Aiden and Cyan Bonner boosted the Lake Wilson Tennis Club 14U beginner squad to a resounding 24-2 over Greene County Tennis Association last week to conclude the Downeast Fall ...

A little mud on the uniform never hurt anybody

By David Lee Special to the Times
| December 30, 2020

Years ago, starting when I was about 9 years old, I took piano lessons for five years. Once a week, I would go to my piano teacher’s house after school and take a lesson for an hour. As much as …

Alvarado claims third at U.S. Open Taekwondo Championship

March 6, 2020

Tyson cards 5th career hole-in-one

From staff reports
| December 6, 2019

Veteran Wilson golfer M.A. Tyson posted his fifth career hole-in-one in a round at Willow Springs Country Club on Monday. With a 9-iron his club of choice, Tyson aced the 115-yard, par-3, No. 18 …

WYSA ROUNDUP: ‘03 Explosion earns spot in Kepner Cup

From staff reports
| February 1, 2021

GOLDSBORO — The Wilson Youth Soccer Association ‘03 Explosion finished its fall season in North Carolina Youth Soccer Association’s 17U Girls Second Division East with a 3-0 defeat …

Deer can be deadly

By Bill Howard Special to the Times
| January 26, 2021

Africa has a beast known as ‘Black Death.’ No, it isn’t the plague or other disease. It is an animal. The Cape buffalo is notoriously ornery and vindictive, and if one cannot handle …


October 15, 2019

The youngster catching the most fish in the recent Kids Day at the Pond outing was actually only 5-years-old. Avery Roberts, among 70 participants, caught the most fish (21). Avery was listed in …

WCC quartet wins Four-Lady Superball

From staff reports
| October 15, 2019

The Wilson Country Club quartet of Patch Wilkinson, Priscilla Brewer, Beth Rhyne and Lisa Matthews continued to thrive in fall golf competition, winning low gross in Saturday’s Wedgewood Ladies …

Buckhorn Reservoir Regatta begins Friday

From staff reports
| October 4, 2019

The 15th annual Buckhorn Reservoir Regatta makes its return to Wilson with a three-day showing at Buckhorn Lake beginning Friday and running through Sunday. Admission is free. Outboard powerboat …

Wilson Recreation Department Scores

September 20, 2019

Youth Soccer  RESULTS Games from Sept. 14 Boys Ages 5-6 Eagles 4 – Coyotes 7: Eagles- Javier Ramirez 2, Yassin Ramandan 1, Simon Larkin 1; Coyotes- Aiden Ellis 6, Oliver …

Webb, Hunt sink holes-in-one

From staff reports
| September 4, 2019

Wilson-area golfer Russell Webb carded his eighth career hole-in-one in a round at Willow Springs Country Club on Sunday. Webb, a Willow Springs member, celebrated the ace on the par-3, 130-yard, …

Registration is underway for county golf championship

From staff reports
| August 30, 2019

Entries are being accepted for the annual H.W. Weatherford Memorial/Wilson County Amateur Men’s and Women’s Golf Championship. The two-round or 36-hole event is scheduled for Saturday …

Wilson Gladiators place third at NYAA cheerleading championships

July 23, 2019

The Wilson Gladiators, affiliated with Champions in Motion, turned in a third-place Division 4 finish at Sunday’s National Youth Activities Association cheerleading championships in Orlando, Fla. …

Jones wins flight at Downeast Jamboree

From staff reports
| July 23, 2019

SNOW HILL — Brayden Jones of the Lake Wilson Tennis Club Otters won his two singles matches at the No. 3 flight to win the division at Wednesday’s United States Tennis Association 12U …

Area Calendar, July 10-11

July 10, 2019

Wednesday, July 10American Legion BaseballArea I East Division playoffs, semifinals — Game 2: Kinston Post 43 at Post 13 (Fleming Stadium), 7 p.m.Thursday, July 11American Legion BaseballArea I …

Area Calendar, July 9-10

July 9, 2019

Tuesday, July 9American Legion BaseballArea I East Division playoffs, semifinals — Game 1: Post 13 at Kinston Post 43 (Kinston High), 7 p.m.Wednesday, July 10American Legion BaseballArea I East ...

Area Calendar, July 8-9

July 8, 2019

Monday, July 8No events scheduled.Tuesday, July 9American Legion BaseballArea I East Division playoffs, semifinals — Game 1: Post 13 at Kinston Post 43 (Kinston High), 7 p.m.

Area Calendar, July 6-7

July 6, 2019

Saturday, July 6American Legion BaseballArea I East Division playoffs, first round — Game 2: Farmville Post 151 at Post 13, 7 p.m.Sunday, July 7American Legion BaseballArea I East Division playo...

Area calendar, July 5-6

July 5, 2019

Friday, July 5 American Legion Baseball Area I East Division playoffs, first round — Game 1: Post 13 at Farmville Post 151 (Farmville Central High), 7 p.m.   Saturday, July …

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