WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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March Madness is here! For those of you who do not follow college basketball, this is the time of year all of the rest of us are engrossed in games, brackets and competitions. And it marks the … more
Is it just one more small-town business that has closed its doors? Or is there more to it? For North Carolina barbecue lovers, last week’s closure of Wilber’s in Goldsboro was like the loss … more
Last week, we received welcome news in our efforts to increase teacher pay in North Carolina. According to a new report released March 12 by the National Education Association, one of the … more
Just as others have experienced in different eras, my grammar school years during the late 1950s included numerous threats, warnings or words of advice from our elders all designed to keep us kids in … more
The time is now to find a job or pursue a new career, and several organizations are working to help Wilsonians do just that. The Rose Resource Center at the Original Rose of Sharon Church … more
Just as others have experienced in different eras, my grammar school years during the late 1950s included numerous threats, warnings or words of advice from our elders all designed to keep us kids in … more
Decades of irresponsible, out-of-control government spending has left the United States drowning in an unprecedented level of debt. Last month, our national debt topped $22 trillion. Divided up, that … more
RALEIGH — While election scandals, national issues and candidate announcements for 2019 and 2020 races have dominated the political headlines, North Carolina is continuing to head in the direction … more
I’d like to start this week’s column by proclaiming something. I don’t have any money. Well, I have some money, but it’s allocated to bills and such. I make enough to put a roof over our … more
In my spiritual journey, I’m always looking for a good self-help book based in spirituality and have been reading a lot of books by authors such as Paulo Cuelho, Eckhart Tolle and Lao Tzu. … more
As I write this column, the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament is already underway. The oddity about this annual event is that I’m not paying any attention — yet. Television networks are … more
The past week has been very full indeed! As I noted last week, Ash Wednesday had kicked off the season of Lent, and with it comes a sense of greater discernment of God’s will and the Spirit at … more
Wilson County was home to me and my family. We spent most of our time here, going to school, working on the farm and experiencing the charms of what our environment provided. When we traveled to … more
The beach is my happy place. It’s where I remember who God has called me to be, reconnect with my inner child and find peace in tough times. In a lot of ways, it’s my church. I walk on the shore … more
The weekend marked the end of a sports era. Since I was around at the beginning, I want to join others in mourning the loss of over-the-air broadcasts of ACC sports. Most pundits incorrectly … more
RALEIGH — American states and localities are, on the whole, administered more responsibly than the federal government is. Their superiority has nothing to do with the qualities of individuals … more
“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, it left me.” This declaration is not new. I heard it over and over again back in the early 1980s when old-line conservative Democrats, still smarting … more
As soon as I turned 49, I started receiving AARP correspondence. A little much in my opinion — I mean, give me time to enjoy my under-50 category for the year. Really, 30, 40, even 45 were great … more
When I was younger, I remember crying whenever it was time for me to nap in preschool or when my grandmother made me nap when her daily “stories” were on. I can also remember begging my mother … more
In an earlier column this year, I wrote that in order to correct a problem, the first step has to be adequately diagnosing the root cause, and I followed up in the next column noting that most of … more
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