WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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Boykin’s Mill: Formerly owned by Alfred Boykin. On Mill Branch about a mile north of Contentnea Creek and about a mile east of the Johnston County line. Boykin’s Mill: In past years, Condary … more
So now it’s collusion with Stormy Daniels? The obsession by some in the media with the affair that Donald Trump allegedly had with a porn star 12 years ago shows how desperate his haters are to … more
Who would be on your list of North Carolina public intellectuals? I asked that question recently in a column about some of our state’s influential people who could take the places of the late … more
RALEIGH — It has long been commonplace for North Carolina politicians to lavish generous praise on community colleges. Alas, this praise is more often a sort of rote incantation than a real … more
The operative word in activist is “active.” To be an activist you must be... well, active; proactive at times. An activist can’t sit in front of a computer, posting or blogging away, limit … more
Although I have not been asked to deliver a commencement speech to high school graduates in June, I’d still like to offer some personal advice to current seniors they probably won’t hear from any … more
Saturday, March 24, 2018 will go down in history as one of the world’s historic days in the lives of many students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Marches and demonstrations taking place … more
RALEIGH — More so than any other school shooting, the recent Parkland, Florida, tragedy has inspired North Carolina politicians to Do Something. But what’s the Something? Everyone seems to … more
Americans who join the military know they’ll be making sacrifices. They put their lives on the line, obviously, but beyond that, they know they’ll have no say in where they live. Indeed, frequent … more
On Friday, President Trump signed the omnibus spending bill for 2018. The $1.3 trillion bill was so monstrous that it would have made the biggest spender in the Obama Administration blush. The image … more
RALEIGH — What's the matter with kids today? What makes them such noisy, crazy, dirty, lazy loafers? You can talk and talk until your face is blue, but they still just do what they want to … more
The gospels of Matthew and Mark identify the place where Jesus prayed shortly before his betrayal by Judas and then later his trial and crucifixion as Gethsemane. Jesus was accompanied by three of … more
An effort is underway in Congress to eliminate $47 million that goes to programs like North Carolina's Seniors Health Insurance Information Program. Such an effort fits the old adage of being … more
I knew Lynn was good. I just didn't know how good, until I read that Lynn Good's total compensation package had doubled in the past two years.  Lynn is the CEO of Duke Energy, the … more
President Donald Trump signed yet another massive government spending bill - $1.3 trillion - on Friday, after threatening a veto. Why did he threaten a veto? Because the bill doesn't fund his … more
This morning on the way to work, I stopped to get gas. There are a few gas stations near my house, but three of them are in the opposite direction of my morning commute. I would have to drive a … more
Most of us have had unusual people cross our paths — people who left such an impression on us that we think about them frequently. One such character my siblings and I remember was a resident … more
CHARLES WILKINS On Feb. 1, 1708/09, Patrick (P.E.) and Mary Egarton sold Charles Wilkins, Planter, of Chowan Precinct, for $40 N. C. money 140 acres adjoining John Taylor, Edward Smithwick and the … more
President Trump will never win. Not with the liberal media, anyway. First they were all over his case for not wanting to meet with North Korea’s dear leader, Kim Jong Un. Then they ripped … more
Our residence really sets the stage for much of our lives. Before getting married, I lived in five apartments in a span of five years. The year would change, and I would change apartments, always … more
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