WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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Wilson County families enjoyed the dusting of fresh powder that followed hours of rain and freezing rain late Friday and early Saturday. From sledding at the Wilson Recreation Center park to snowball fights and making snow angels in frosty front … more
SIMS — A memory burned in Bert Deans’ 4-year-old mind came to life nearly eight decades later in the pages of The Wilson Times. Deans opened the May 13 newspaper and immediately recognized a “Remember When?” photograph … more
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Chaz Wing was 12 when they cornered him in the school bathroom. The students who tormented him were children, too, entering the age of pimples and cracking voices. Eventually, he swore under oath, the boys raped him and … more
Sparks flew as Nicholas Wester scraped a flint strip across a magnesium bar. Below was a dry tinder bundle of stripped tree bark. “There it is,” Wester said. “It’s burning.” In a few seconds the … more
When Capt. Cynthia Mason Womble began her Navy career in 1989, Jodie Foster was awarded the Oscar for “The Accused,” Bette Midler, Anita Baker and Madonna’s songs were played on the radio and the first female bishop of the United … more
Earlier today I was thinking about Carolina Laundry and Dry Cleaners, the laundry that I remember from my hometown of Wilson. It was on the northeast corner of Tarboro and Kenan streets, on a lot that steeply sloped down in the rear. The lower level … more
Cultivating Change II is offering new evening gowns in various sizes to several girls who otherwise might not have the means to purchase a new prom dress for the upcoming high school event. Cultivating Change II is owned by author DuWanda Epps. … more
After last week’s visit to Coon High School, let’s move back to the dirty clothes situation. How about washing machines in individual homes? The country was still suffering from the effects of the Great Depression that occurred … more
Last week we moved away from talking about Carolina Laundry and went down Kenan Street to Charles L. Coon High School, from which I graduated in 1951. Resource officers in the school were totally unheard of. Any outsider could walk freely into … more
Easter has been my favorite holiday for as long as I can remember. When I was little, it was the time of year when my dad’s whole family would come to town. My grandma would cook for three days in preparation, and we had a pig pickin’ … more
Many times economic circumstances strongly influence behavior. For example, in the early 1980s, my company bought clay tile from a Mexican tile manufacturer owned by my friend Arturo Martinez, who lived in Irapuato, Mexico. He and his wife employed … more
Last week, I described the washing and rinsing process with a washing machine, including how rinse water was saved for use in the next washer load. You may ask the question, “Was water so expensive, or so scarce, in 1950 that it justified … more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Call this The Summer of Slime. The slime trend is probably happening right now in your home, if you live with a tween girl. Or maybe it's on your phone, in endless video loops that crackle and pop on Instagram and … more
The theme of this year’s summer reading program at the Wilson County Public Library is “Build a Better World.” Programs for children will be offered at all six locations and for teens at the main library, Lucama and Elm City. … more
The Rock Ridge Fire Department held an open house with an estimated 200 people in attendance May 7. A historical marker was unveiled for the actress Ava Gardner. It was very nice. Gov. Jim Hunt and brother and sister Dewey Baine and Mary Sheffield … more
NEW YORK — It's easy to jump directly to “crazy cat lady” or poke fun at “stay-at-home dog moms” when describing intense relationships between humans and their pets. But for some who spend the bulk of each day with … more
RALEIGH — Some folks can't get enough of summer. Others see it as a problem that needs fixing. For more than a dozen years, North Carolina has mandated the beginning and end of summer vacation for public schools. The law was designed to … more
EL CERRITO, Calif. — How can a parent know if their child is transgender? What separates a young boy who might be transgender from one with a vivid imagination who likes to dress up in his sister's dresses? What do you do if your daughter … more
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s opioid crisis is stretching the state’s foster care system as more and more children are removed from the homes of their drug-addicted parents, leading to ballot … more
This year the Easter Bunny brought my husband and me a sweet baby girl to add to our family. This probably wasn’t the ideal gift my little boy was hoping for, but he is enjoying his role as big brother. When we found out that we would … more
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