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B-PAC wins

Brand Performing Arts Center Competition team competed at Celebration in Norfolk, Virginia, Showstoppers in Concord and Star Talent in High Point this season. B-PAC Competitive Team competed in more than 170 dances that consisted of …

From Broadway to the opera

This month’s TAIP Lab’s Scratch Night theme is From Broadway To The Opera House. Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., the classical/opera program comes courtesy of soprano Elizabeth Winstead and tenor Joe Winstead. This month’s show will …

Students plan 5K to benefit CHEW

Twenty-nine high school students from Greenfield School are inviting the Wilson community to come out for a 5K Run and One Mile Fun Run on Saturday. The run will take place on Greenfield’s campus to benefit The CHEW (Children’s Hunger …

Symphony concert includes guest soloists

The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their spring concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony welcomes back to the Barton stage noted pianist Jeremy Thompson performing Franz …

Rather Be Cooking

MUFFINS ARE A FAMILY FAVORITE

It would be interesting to know just how many times I have made this recipe for chocolate chip muffins. It’s definitely been one of my favorite go-to recipes over the years for breakfast and snacks. I’ve also made the muffins many times …

Fike students cook for teachers in Demon Cafe

Fike High School students in Christa Mercer’s Foods and Nutrition classes worked in shifts last week to prepare a meal for faculty and staff. They call it Demon Cafe, named after the school’s mascot. Last week’s meal was the first …

Just in time for Easter

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be going back through my old recipe files at home and making favorite recipes that I had forgotten! Some of my columns, including this one, will be repeats from previous years. This column, from 2006, is just in …

ANOTHER TWIST ON WEEKEND PANCAKES

I had bananas on my grocery list last week and planned on buying two or three. But when I saw the white paper sack with a bunch of ripe bananas for just $1.25, I picked them instead. The bananas weren’t overly ripe as I had suspected by …

Better with meatballs

It’s most certainly soup weather this week. Between the bitter cold temperatures and scattered snow flurries, we are all seeking warmth from many sources — and that includes our food. To keep warm, we drink hot chocolate, bake bread and …

CHEESY and DELICIOUS

Every now and then, my daughter goes to a local restaurant and places an order for custom-made nachos. They always smell good, and she devours them. She’s mentioned several times that we should make our own nachos, so we finally did before …

HAVE YOU TRIED HATCHER CRACKERS?

We love to snack at my house. I guess we all do. I’ve always enjoyed a bedtime snack, especially, whether it’s peanut butter on saltines or cereal with strawberries. On Monday night, we had a real treat. I made Hatcher crackers from Tom …

Popular videos will inspire you to cook

If you spend any time on Facebook of Instagram, the odds are good that you’ve watched a video showing a faceless cook frying bacon, measuring spices into a pot of steaming sauce or slicing sweet potatoes. Step-by-step videos showing cooks how …

Wilson woman named Miss Rodeo N.C. for 2016

Miss Rodeo North Carolina 2016 is Wilson’s own Megan Batten of Wilson, Batten, daughter of Stuart and Connie Batten, was crowned as Miss Rodeo North Carolina in February. In November, she will represent our state in the Miss Rodeo America …
Be aware of foot health, especially with diabetes

According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the average person takes 10,000 steps each day, which adds up to more than 3 million steps per year. April serves as Foot Health Awareness Month, and is a great opportunity to highlight …

New library books

Following are new books at the Wilson County Public Library. Adult Fiction “Before the Wind” by Jim Lynch “The Blackbirds” by Eric Jerome Dickey “The House of Daniel: A Novel of Miracles, Magic, and Minor League …

Eakes and Little Rock were a good fit

De Wayne Eakes of Lucama woke up on a recent Monday with a distinct change in his routine of the past 47 years. Eakes retired as pastor of Little Rock Original Free Will Baptist Church of Lucama on April 10. He began his ministry there in 1969. The …

Moliere's 'Tartuffe' opens at Barton tonight

Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” presented by Theatre at Barton, will open tonight in the Kennedy Family Theatre at Barton College. The production will run tonight and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 3 p.m. There will not be a Friday …

Brown-Johnson

Free Roger K. and Becky N. Johnson of Middlesex announce the engagement of their daughter, Meghan Brooke Johnson, to Michael Preston Brown, son of Michael and Carol L. Brown of Wilson. The bride is the granddaughter of Donald S. and Betty Jean Johnson of …

Mr. and Mrs. Jones celebrate 50th wedding anniversary on April 9

James and Shirley Jones celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner celebration at New Daniel Chapel Church in Fremont Saturday. Hosts were the couple’s son and daughter-in-law, Bernard and Leah Jones. Mr. Jones worked as a fabric …

Policies

Free • We are offering color photos once again for our special occasion announcements. The charge for color is an extra $100 for all options. • We publish our weddings, engagements and anniversaries in the Monday edition of the Life section …

Downtown Alive season begins

Downtown Alive concert season kicks off the season on Wednesday with Legacy Motown Revue. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. in the grassy lot at 210 Tarboro St. Food trucks, frosty beverages, kids’ activities, music and dancing are planned. The …
New library books

Following are new books at the Wilson County Public Library. Adult Fiction “As Time Goes By” by Mary Higgins Clark “The Atonement” by Beverly Lewis “Close Your Eyes” by Michael Robotham “Daredevils” by …

Hospital working to address patients' concerns

Wilson Medical Center is an important member of the community. It is our responsibility to deliver high quality, safe patient care to everyone who enters our facility. Part of that delivery of care also involves the personal touch — listening, …

Special Occasions
Policies

Free • We are offering color photos once again for our special occasion announcements. The charge for color is an extra $100 for all options. • We publish our weddings, engagements and anniversaries in the Monday edition of the Life section …

He's recording local history on canvas and paper

Kermit Wall of Kenly is creating a legacy of the past for generations to come. At 81 years old, he paints detailed history on canvas and hand writes the stories that match the pictures of places and events of his boyhood. He calls this time of …

The midnight train

My dad was a farmer, but in the late summer months he worked at the cotton gin in Kenly. Sometimes on a Saturday he would let me go with him. The theater was next door. He would give me a dime to see the show, then I would play on the cotton bales …

Plenty of variety at Saturday's annual plant sale

The Wilson County Extension Master Gardeners will hold their 26th annual plant sale on Saturday at the Wilson Agricultural Center at 1806 SW Goldsboro St. The event opens to the general public from 9 a.m. to noon. A special pre-sale for Wilson …

Chippin' for Children helps local children

A major golf tournament in Wilson on Thursday, May 5, will benefit children in Wilson County as two groups collaborate for one big cause. Chippin’ for the Children is inviting golfers to come out to the Wilson Country Club to participate in …
Learn more about advance care planning on Friday

This Saturday is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) — a national observance that focuses on educating adults about the importance of advance care planning. There is no better time than right now to begin a conversation with your family …

New library books

Following are new books at the Wilson County Public Library. Adult Fiction “Darkness” by Karen Robards “Fool Me Once” by Harlan Coben “The Girl in the Red Coat” by Kate Hamer “The Infidel Stain” by …

Arts and Entertainment

FAMILIAR FACE AT CONCERT FRIDAY NIGHT

Free Barry Page approached Kevin Lamm at Parker’s Barbecue one night and asked him if he and his band could be persuaded to play at the Boykin Center. Page, Arts Council of Wilson executive director, had been following Lamm on Facebook and knew all …
Arts and Entertainment

'Death of a Salesman'

Playhouse of Wilson is tackling an iconic American play with “Death of a Salesman,” but director Ray Shell is putting his own spin on the show. Shell has been involved in theater for more than 30 years as a stage actor, author, director …
Rather Be Cooking

ANOTHER TWIST ON WEEKEND PANCAKES

I had bananas on my grocery list last week and planned on buying two or three. But when I saw the white paper sack with a bunch of ripe bananas for just $1.25, I picked them instead. The bananas weren’t overly ripe as I had suspected by …

CHEESY and DELICIOUS

Every now and then, my daughter goes to a local restaurant and places an order for custom-made nachos. They always smell good, and she devours them. She’s mentioned several times that we should make our own nachos, so we finally did before …

Flavors of favorite S'MORES

Craving something sweet? If you are, I have a delicious and fun recipe for you. S’mores bars combine all the favorite ingredients from the campfire favorite without having to build a fire! And if you eat them warm (either straight from the …

Better with meatballs

It’s most certainly soup weather this week. Between the bitter cold temperatures and scattered snow flurries, we are all seeking warmth from many sources — and that includes our food. To keep warm, we drink hot chocolate, bake bread and …

DOLLS HAVE A MISSION

Pennies from Angels’ latest volunteer has bright blue eyes, pretty yellow hair and a shiny gold halo; she’s a real doll! The human volunteers with the non-profit organization that provides assistance to cancer patients have been making …

Working at age 95

Shep Shepard delivered his yearly gift to Dick’s Hot Dog stand a few weeks ago: a red, white and blue sign celebrating the popular neighborhood restaurant’s birthday. Dick’s opened in 1921, the same year Shepard was born, so they …
FOOD
From cake to soup, it was a year of delicious recipes

Favorite recipes from 2015

Another year has passed, and I’ve accumulated even more recipes. That’s a good thing! As I looked back through the year at recipes that made it into my food column, I was reminded of how quickly a year passes. It doesn’t seem …
At the Library

New library books

Adult Fiction “All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders “Devonshire Scream” by Laura Childs “The Final Seven” by Erica Spindler “Free Men” by Katy Simpson Smith “Georgia: A Novel of …

New library books

Following are new books at the Wilson County Public Library. Adult Fiction “At the Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier “Breaking Wild” by Diane Les Becquets “Carl Weber’s Kingpins: Cleveland” by Brandi …

New library books

Adult Fiction “A Friend of Mr. Lincoln” by Stephen Harrigan “The Portable Veblen” by Elizabeth McKenzie “The Restoration” by Wanda E. Brunstetter “Silence” by Shusaku Endo “A Son’s …

Slave narratives discussed at Barton Thursday

Barton College’s Willis N. Hackney Library will welcome North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar Laurel C. Sneed on Thursday for the presentation “Beyond 12 Years a Slave: The Influential Slave Narratives of Tar Heels Moses Roper, …

The library is busy with planned activities in April

Wilson County Public Library has a number of programs planned in April at the main library on Nash Street. For children, early literacy programs will continue at the Main Library every Wednesday and Thursday morning. Children ages birth through 2 …