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Faber-Andersen

Free Ken and Susan Andersen of Wilson announce the engagement of their daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Grace Andersen, of Clayton to William Job Faber of Clayton, son of Al and Nancy Faber of Kenly. The bride is the granddaughter of Elsa “Teenie” …

McCray anniversary

Carlos and Cora McCray celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary Saturday. The McCrays have five children and five grandchildren. They were married May 28, 2000.

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 …

BATTLE KARAOKE

Rhyan Breen won’t reveal what he will be singing on the Boykin Center stage Saturday night; he doesn’t want anyone to steal his idea. “It will be a song that surprises everybody,” he said. Breen will join others in Battle …
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Homemade sausage

I’ve always wanted to make my own sausage. I’m not talking about making sausage after a hog-killing, although my husband has fond memories of helping his grandparents and parents with that chore. I’m talking about making it a much …

MAKE YOUR OWN CREAMY TOMATO SOUP

My daughter and I were among the first customers at the Downtown Farmers Market opening last week. We enjoy the local farm markets and frequent them often for fresh produce. But it wasn’t the strawberries that inspired me last week; it was the …

Quick and easy recipe makes dinner a breeze

Sometimes I make my sloppy turkey Joe recipe because I crave it! Other times I make it because I’m pressed for time. The latter was the case Monday night. My husband and I had a short span of time to make dinner before heading to our next …

Church carries on pastor’s mission and vision

I never met the legend I was told about by a group of four people who sat with me in fold-up chairs within unfinished framed walls. We were inside Wilson’s old skating rink on Forest Hills Road. The 21,000-square-foot building is being …
Follow steps to take good care of the skin you are in

During the month of May, the spring season is in full bloom, and summer is just around the corner. This time of year, many people begin to spend more time outside, enjoying longer daylight hours and abundant sunshine. While this might seem harmless, …

Fulghum-Starling

Free Ericca D. Starling of Wilson and Brandon K. Fulghum of Sims were married April 16 in a 5 p.m. ceremony at Buckhorn United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dave Amon officiated. The bride is the daughter of Raymond Starling of Wilson. She is the …

Mr. and Mrs. May celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Johnnie and Linda May celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Mr. May retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years. His wife retired from Microbac Laboratories after 13 years. They have one son, David May, …

Girl Scouts recognized at Court of Awards

Mayor Bruce C. Rose and his wife, Becky, were present at the Wilson County Girl Scout Court of Awards ceremony May 1 at First Presbyterian Church. The scouts from Ambassador Girl Scout Troop No. 1349 were recognized for their Girl Scout Gold Award …

Art and entertainment briefs

Greenfield School names art winners Winners have been announced in Greenfield School’s juried art show at the Wilson Arts Center. In the drawing/etching/print category: Grace DiNardo and Michelle Giron, tied for first; Callie Boyette, second; …

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 …
Weekend Events

Belly dancers in town for Shimmy for a Cause Saturday

Each year for 11 years now, belly dancers from across the Southeast have gathered in Wilson to perform an eclectic dance show to raise money for various charities. This year’s Shimmy for a Cause is Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Boykin Center in in downtown Wilson with proceeds benefitting the Alzheimer’s ...

Friday evening’s concert features harp and flute

First Christian Church Space for Grace series continues with Wilson’s own. On Friday at 7 p.m. harpist Vonda Darr is returning and will be collaborating with Wendy Cohen on flute. Darr and Cohen have been performing together for more than 15 …

Homes receives Preservation of Wilson Spirit Award

Garland Homes Jr. was presented the coveted 2016 Preservation Spirit Award during the Preservation of Wilson Annual Garden Party and Fine Art Show May 1 in the garden of the George Adams House, home to Margaret Clark McRae, 211 Raleigh Road. Kathy …

New library books

Following are new books at the Wilson County Public Library. Adult Fiction “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” by Phaedra Patrick “Everyone Brave Is Forgiven” by Chris Cleave “A Fine Imitation” by Amber Brock …

Hospital-based specialists have expertise in hospital care

“Why does my doctor no longer see me when I am in the hospital?” This is a question I have heard many times during my career. For years, patients have tried to understand why they see a different physician than their primary care …

Finch Studio Potters show work in gallery show

Dan Finch and the Finch Studio Potters have once again filled the Annie Boykin Gallery with their work. The show, at the Wilson Arts Center, opens tonight with an artist talk by Dan Finch at 5 p.m. followed by an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 …

Exhibits feature students, Wilson Active Artists member

The Wilson Arts Center will be opening three exhibits Thursday evening with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30. In addition to the main show featuring Dan Finch and Finch Studio Potters, there will be new art in Cooke Student Gallery and Lowe Gallery. …
New library books

Following are new books at the Wilson County Public Library. Adult Fiction “The Ancient Minstrel: Novellas” by Jim Harrison “The Apartment” by Danielle Steel “Assassin’s Silence” by Ward Larsen …

Celebrating nurses during National Nurses Week

Across the country, there are millions of nurses united by a deep desire to care for others in their greatest times of need. They are the compassionate faces at the bedside and the healing hands that work tirelessly to ensure that each patient …

Sweet muffin with a strawberry surprise

The muffins I made last night were not picture-perfect, but no one seemed to care (except me). In fact, we each ate two at dinner Monday night. It’s been several years since I made these strawberry cinnamon muffins. My family has always loved …
Couponers find ways to make stockpile grow

Last month I wrote about stockpiling and how much I love a good stockpile. I talked about how secure it made me feel and how much I loved proving my husband wrong when he tells me we are “out” of something. He should know by now that we …

Special Occasions

Lucas- Webb

Free Ronald and Rhonda Webb of Wilson announce the engagement of their daughter, Riley Morgan Webb, to Jerimy Scott Lucas, son of Mark and Diane Lucas of Wilson. The bride is the granddaughter of Linda Bass of Wilson and the late Charles Ray Bass, and …

Mr. and Mrs. Little celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

James Curtis and Gray Little celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Friday with a dinner at Parker’s Barbecue with family and friends. Hosts were their daughters, Debbie Sawyer and Denise Ruffin, and their families. Mr. Little retired from …

Dr. and Mrs. Carrero celebrate 50th wedding anniversary April 30

Dr. Jose Gregorio and Sandra Stone Carrero’s 50th wedding anniversary was April 30. They celebrated their golden anniversary in Charleston, South Carolina, with their children and grandchildren. Dr. Carrero is retired as a medical doctor in …

‘The Little Mermaid’

You’ll be tapping your feet and humming along to “Under the Sea” at ACT! for Youth’s production of “Little Mermaid Jr.” The musical, a favorite for both youngsters and parents, opens Friday at the Boykin Center …

Hunt Chorus competes


Hunt Chorus traveled to Orlando, Florida, for a national competition April 21. Mixed Chorus placed first in the Concert Choir category (receiving a Superior rating), Women’s Choir placed first in the Specialty Choir category (receiving an Excellent rating) and Vocal Ensemble placed first in the Chamber Choir category (receiving a Superior rating). Hunt Chorus is under the direction of Andrew Childers. “These students have worked extremely hard this year and should be commended for their efforts,” Childers said. “I am very proud of them and the direction the program is going.” The Hunt Chorus spring concert is May 15 at 3 p.m., featuring Rock Ridge Elementary; and May 16 at 7 p.m., featuring Lucama Elementary. Tickets are $5 and are on sale in the front office of Hunt High School. Contributed Photo

Summer dancers

Hunter’s Dance Students and Hunter’s Competitive Dance Company members auditioned and were accepted into prestigious and professional summer dance programs. The students started auditioning in January. Hunter Peebles said she is very proud of their hard work and dedication.
Front row, center: Emma Vick, The Carolina Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet; she will attend the Carolina Ballet. Middle row: Endya Joyner, The Joffrey Ballet with a scholarship, American Ballet Theater (will attend), the UNC School of the Arts Commercial Dance Intensive, full scholarship to Alvin Ailey; Jimesha Barnes, UNC School of the Arts Commercial Dance Intensive; and Cappa Hill, UNC School of the Arts Commercial Dance Intensive. Top row: Alexis Piliouris, UNC School of the Arts Commercial Dance Intensive; Maurissa Barnes, UNC School of the Arts Commercial Dance Intensive; and Ashlee Piliouris, UNC School of the Arts Commercial Dance Intensive. Contributed Photo

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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 …

Downtown Alive

UPDATE: Tonight's concert has been canceled. Enjoy the music of Jim Quick and Coastline Wednesday. The free concert is on the grassy lot at 201 Tarboro St. Downtown Alive is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Food vendors will be on site. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled. An …
Get started on your fitness routine this month

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. There are a number of organizations promoting physical activity and fitness to all ages. It is a great time to pause and listen to these messages. Physical inactivity is rapidly becoming a public …

New library books

Following are new books at the Wilson County Public Library. Adult Fiction “The Body in the Wardrobe” by Katherine Hall Page “A Death Along the River Fleet” by Susanna Calkins “Eligible” by Curtis Sittenfeld …

Edwards-Andersen

Free Frances Leigh Andersen and Benjamin Thomas Edwards, both of Wilson, were married Saturday in a 3 p.m. small, private outdoor ceremony at the home of the bride’s parents. Gail Willis Cannon, friend of the family, officiated. The bride is the …
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 …

Cirque du Vol will perform on library lawn Saturday

If you have always wanted to join the circus, the time is now, and you won’t have to run away from home to do it! Just come to the Wilson County Public Library Saturday at 3 p.m. The library will be hosting four performers from the Cirque du …

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 …

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, …

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 …
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 …
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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 …

SNMS teams help students

Southern Nash Middle School’s baseball and softball teams raised $2,067 for the SNMS Exceptional Children’s Class during the Light It Up Blue autism fundraiser in April.