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Neighborhood group meets Saturday
The Old Wilson Neighbors Association will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Wilson Visitors Center, 209 Broad St. W. Members will discuss neighborhood police issues, the historic porch tour and art stroll and neighborhood preservation. The meeting is scheduled for one hour. All residents in or near Wilson’s historic districts are welcome to attend.
Cemetery commission to meet
Descendants and family members have re-established the commission that oversees the black cemetery in Elm City located at 4979 Elm City Road S. The cemetery is being renamed the Heritage Cemetery. The commission is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Wilson County Public Library assembly room, 249 Nash St.
Meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome. Call Marie Knight at 801-390-8017 for more information.
Meeting on rose rosette disease planned
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension office in Wilson County, Wilson Botanical Gardens and the Wilson County Extension Master Gardeners will hold an information session on the rose rosette disease spreading across the state and the country at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the Wilson County Agricultural Center, 1806 Goldsboro St. SW.
Wilson horticulture extension agent Cyndi Lauderdale will speak on symptoms of the disease, such as witches brooms, excessive thorniness, malformed leaves and flowers. Admission is free. For more information, call 252-237-0111.
Census-taker applications accepted
Applications for census-takers will be accepted at the Wilson Count Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17. Census-takers will be paid $15 per hour and receive flexible hours, weekly pay and paid training. To learn about becoming a census-taker and submit an initial application online, visit www.2020census.gov/jobs.
Library to host reading, book signing
A reading and signing for local authors will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash St. The guests this month will be S. Best, author of “Fried Chicken and Waffles for the Soul,” Lorraine Jenkins-Wilkes, author of “Forever Home” and Troy Suggs, author of “The Power of Agreement.”
Program on Lake Mattamuskeet scheduled
ROCKY MOUNT — East Carolina University associate professor Randal Ethridge will present a review of the problems and solutions that can be implemented to correct saltwater intrusion into Lake Mattamuskeet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the Englewood United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 300 S. Circle Drive.
The Sierra Club’s North Carolina chapter is organizing the program. For more information, call Bob Hudkins at 252-813-2665 or Marvin Winstead at 252-478-5442.
Scout troop to mark anniversary
Scouts BSA Troop 789 will celebrate its first anniversary as Wilson’s only all-female troop Monday, Feb. 17, with an open house bowling party from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Westview Lanes. The cost is $4 per person. For more information, call Mike Summers at 252-230-0850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkinson’s support group to meet
The Wilson Parkinson’s support group will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at First Presbyterian Church on Sunset Road. Patients, caregivers, guests and anyone interested in learning more about the Parkinson’s journey are welcome.
The program will explore the importance of proper nutrition for Parkinson’s patients. For more information, call Kitty Barnes at 252-239-0250 or Terry Norris at 571-224-3270.
Crime prevention panels plan meeting
ROCKY MOUNT — The Edgecombe and Nash County Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the East Carolina Ag and Education Center.
Organ recital scheduled
A celebration organ recital at First Baptist Church with multiple local organists will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. The program is free and open to the public.
‘Name That Tune’ seeks sponsors
Pro Music Conservatory, a nonprofit community school in Wilson now in its second decade, will hold its fourth annual “Name That Tune!” fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29.
Six businesses in the community — Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys, Stephenson Millwork, Joyner’s Funeral Home, Greenlight and The Wilson Times — have already agreed to sponsor teams, but there’s still room for more teams. Team sponsorships are $300 and all money raised will go toward Pro Music’s scholarship program.
The winning team will have $250 donated to the nonprofit/charity of its choice.
To sponsor a team or participate in “Name That Tune!” contact Pro Music Executive Director Gayla Turk at 252-291-3386 or email@example.com.
Prom dress donations sought
Community Service and Outreach is seeking donations of prom dresses, shoes, accessories and beauty and nail salon services. Clothing, shoes and accessories can be dropped off until April 15 at Cultivating Change II, 1502 Nash St., Suite C, behind Dick’s Hot Dog Stand. For more information, call D.S. Epps at 984-377-7829.
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