WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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Maybe I misjudged Richard Burr from the very beginning. He’s in deep doo-doo right now, as the first President Bush used that term, and The Wilson Times has termed him “toast.” He … more
If you are a newspaper subscriber or you pick up a copy at a local retailer, you pay for the news and information you receive in your paper’s print edition or digital outlets. But it may … more
Public schools are supposed to begin the new year about 75 days from now, so I asked two teachers what to expect.  “I have no idea,” one said. “I’m exhausted just … more
RALEIGH — Over the first two months of the coronavirus crisis, our labor market cratered.  The number of employed North Carolinians dropped by 820,000, or 17%. Only 56.3% of … more
In mid-May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution authorizing remote voting by proxy.  Per the resolution, one congressperson may vote on behalf of up to 10 others. In … more
One up, one down. I rode over to Raleigh on Memorial Day and went to eat at one of my favorite restaurants, the original Chargrill down on Hillsborough Street.  I was first introduced to … more
Those of us who were small children in the mid-20th century remember being afraid of polio, which reached epidemic levels in the late ’40s and early ‘50s.  Our parents feared it as … more
This past weekend was spent with just the two of us in our backyard, working on our many rose plants blooming and those not doing as well. Memorial Day for us was watching special events like bugle … more
As Washington debates what to do next about the economic crisis, it should think about one thing Washington does well. I know what that is, because I see it every month. The second Wednesday of … more
As health care providers, patient well-being is our chief concern every day of the year. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, part of how we kept our community safe was limiting elective and … more
Did Jesus find a wife in North Carolina? The answer is yes. But the story is fictional, and the North Carolina connection is complicated. Sue Monk Kidd is the bestselling author of … more
When small-business owners said it, authorities ignored them. When coronavirus skeptics said it, their fellow citizens scoffed. Now that federal judges are saying it, however, even governors are … more
There is no doubt that we have been living in extraordinary times these past few months. People everywhere are looking for hope, something to believe in and somewhere to place their trust in an … more
COVID-19 has removed many parts of our lives that we have taken for granted pre-pandemic. Our ability to assemble in large groups, go out to eat, shop or participate in any form of event where we … more
RALEIGH — During the month of April alone, North Carolina lost 572,000 jobs, or 12.5% of the state’s total employment. That’s a higher rate of job loss than any of our neighbors … more
Did you know Wilson Community College awards more than $100,000 in scholarships each year? I would bet that you or maybe someone you know has thought about going back to school at some point, and … more
I think I’ve watched everything that the streaming video services have to offer.  I have exhausted Netflix and Hulu. I have run the gamut of every genre on Amazon Prime. Mickey Mouse … more
As North Carolina moves into Phase 2 of reopening the economy, Gov. Roy Cooper should ask for a do-over. He should meet with advisers and take another shot.  His list of what can open and … more
In the five previous recessions I’ve lived through as a professional economist, the government did everything it could to encourage consumers to buy and businesses to sell. The more consumers … more
God knows where I live. For a long time, I was convinced this was enough. He created me, knows me and provides for me. He protects me from the enemy around me and, more importantly, the enemy … more
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