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London exhibit has a local connection

Wilson native Marshall Prado had a role in the current exhibit Elytra Filament Pavilion at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The exhibit was inspired by the forewing shells of flying beetles, known as elytra. They were constructed with a …
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Blueberries add new twist to a favorite recipe

I know, I know. My last recipe featured blueberries. But I really can’t resist sharing another one! For years, I’ve made my sister’s absolutely delicious apple snack cake; I even shared it here two years ago. I never varied the …

Love this sweet blueberry cobbler

Blueberries make me happy. Not only do I love eating the plump berries, I love summer memories of picking blueberries at my grandmother’s house on Randolph Street and later with my parents at Morris Blueberry Farm just outside New Bern. For …
Want to save some money on your next cookout?

According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association, “the typical barbecuing household cooks outdoors more than 20 times during ‘the season’ (mid-May through mid-September).” That is about an average of four times a …

Keep your children reading this summer

The Wilson County Public Library is doing its part to keep area children reading over the summer months.

Enjoy the music at Vision program Saturday evening

In celebration of Black Music Month, Vision Community Theatre Group, Inc., will present “Let the Music Play!!! Celebrating Music Legends” on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash St. The audience will be …
New library books

Following are new books at the Wilson County Public Library. Adult Fiction “The City of Mirrors” by Justin Cronin “Die of Shame” by Mark Billingham “Lily and the Octopus” by Steven Rowley …

Do you need urgent care or the emergency room?

From urgent care centers to walk-in clinics, trips to the family doctor or emergency room visits — there are more health care options to choose from than ever before. And while having more choices is definitely a plus, it also can be confusing …

Special Occasions

Bird-Brunson

Free Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ragland Brunson III of Raleigh announce the marriage of their daughter, Spencer Jane, to David Ryan Bird, son of Pamela Wooten Bird of Morehead City and Dr. and Mrs. David Randolph Bird of Atlantic. They were married June 4 at …

Loggins-Gauss

Free Anna Wooten Gauss and Randall Dale Loggins Jr., both of Atlanta, were married Saturday at six o’clock in the evening at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beaufort. The Rev. John Bradley Carlisto officiated. The bride is the daughter of …

Announcement 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 …

Conlon-Turlington

Free Mr. and Mrs. Hyman Barshay of Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Turlington of Goldsboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Julianna Abbott Turlington, of Raleigh to Seamus David Conlon of Raleigh, son of Gerry Conlon and Jane Conlon of …

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnabeaux celebrate 63rd anniversary

Herbert and Mary Bonnabeaux celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary at Pup’s Steakhouse with their children and grandchildren. Mr. Bonnabeaux retired in 1994 as assistant vice president with a textile company. His wife is a housewife. They …

Loeffler- Jones

Free Dean Jones of Nashville and Kris Jones of Wilson announce the engagement of their daughter, Jentzen Gray Jones, of Wilson to Matthew Stewart Loeffler, son of Edward and Wendy Loeffler of Fuquay-Varina. The bride is the granddaughter of Jerry and …

Arts and Entertainment

Professional theater company formed

It started out as a conversation between theater friends with a similar long-term goal of starting a professional theater company. Just a few short months later, Wyldepine Players has formed here and is in production with its first show. Friends …
Health and Fitness

Getting fit in the pool

“Come on girls, let’s go!” someone shouted from the Recreation Park Pool. Dozens of women in swimsuits started waving their arms and swaying to the music. Chic’s energetic song “Le Freak” blared from speakers as …

Fike student wants to bring a Young Life chapter here

Mary Rome Daniel is a typical 14-year-old at Fike High School …

Summer party will benefit Imagination Station

Thursday night’s A Summer Night at the Museum will feature dancing to the sounds of the Moonlight Swing Band, enjoying wonderful food and drink, and taking in an exhibit of historic North Carolina photography. The event, starting at 7 p.m. at …

June is a good time to focus on men’s health

Women, on average, live almost six years longer than men. In fact, men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death including heart disease, stroke, cancer and suicide, according to the Men’s Health Network. While there are …

New books available at Wilson County Public Library

Following are new books at the Wilson County Public Library. Adult Fiction “The Cavendon Luck” by Barbara Taylor Bradford “Dishonorable Intentions” by Stuart Woods “End of Watch” by Stephen King “The …

WEDDINGS

Harvey-Wiggs

Free Mallory Ann Wiggs and Steven Matthew Harvey, both of Wilmington, were married April 23 in a 4:30 p.m. ceremony at the Legg home in Landfall at Wilmington. Josh Super, cousin of the groom, officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William …

Allen-Artis

Free Crystal Cierra Artis of Kenly and Sean Sidel Charity Allen of Wilson were married Saturday in a 4 p.m. ceremony at Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center in Williamston. Bishop Willie Thomas officiated. The bride is the daughter of Lenard and …
Arts and Entertainment

Work by Wilson's Burk Uzzle on display in Triangle museums

It’s been a busy year for Wilson photographer Burk Uzzle as he’s juggled the responsibilities involved with three major shows while staying busy in his studio. Uzzle, whose iconic images include a young couple wrapped in a quilt at …
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Pasta salad perfect for summer

I love pasta salads, especially in summertime. Give me a yummy pasta salad filled with veggies and a protein source, team it with fresh fruit, and I have the perfect lunch. We make several pasta salads at my house, and we change them up from time to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Special Occasions
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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 …
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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …