What It Is Like to Live in Wilson, North Carolina

Wilson, NC is definitely not one of the top cities to see on the wish lists of your or older people when it comes to places to live. Many people have never actually heard of this place before and that shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, as there aren’t a ton of things that make Wilson famous.

Wilson is a small city, offering everybody looking for it that small town vibe where everybody seems to know everybody (although this is far from true). But if you are planning to make the move here for whatever reasons or you end up with Wilson, North Carolina, on your shortlist of cities that you’d like to relocate to, you’re at the right place: learn from somebody who hasn’t been born here how it’s like to live in Wilson County, NC.

According to Wikipedia, Wilson is not an extremely small city, though: around 49,000 people live here, so it’s definitely not that kind of place where everybody literally knows everybody! The city has a total area of 23.4 square miles out of which less that 1% is water (although the county itself has a lot of beautiful natural spots for the nature lovers!) For those who are more religious in nature, this will prove to be a really good city as most of the people here are amazing human beings that follow the word of God. There’s also nice racial diversity here, with around 47% being white, 47% African America, 7% Hispanic, and there are fewer numbers of Native American, Asian and such. But the color of the skin doesn’t matter here as everybody is extremely friendly!

There aren’t many activities here, to be honest. It’s still a good place for kids, especially if they haven’t lived the busy big city life, but eventually things will get a bit old. There’s a lot in terms of enjoying nature, though, and that is one of the biggest things I love about the city!

Interesting trivia: Wilson, NC is the birthplace of Branch Banking and Trust Corporation (BB&T), one of the nation’s top financial-holding companies. It is also one of the companies that employs most people in the city.

One extremely important thing about Wilson is that it’s considered a really safe town. The Northern parts of it are considered more high end than the South, but usually the main offenses here are Drug/DUI related with some burglaries thrown in to keep them diversified. But more serious offenses like murders and gun-related problems are highly uncommon here.

In terms of food, there’s not a huge choice of good restaurants, but we do have the fair share of chain restaurants like Applebees, Olive Garden and so on. From the local places, I would recommend visiting Beefmastors or Jacks. Although you don’t have a ton of fancy places to choose from, you won’t die of hunger – that’s for sure – and you won’t get bored too easily.

School-wise, I would say that the city does really well. We’ve already talked about schools in Wilson, but you should read that article too if you’re interested in finding out more. I would say that overall I am extremely satisfied with the options and the quality of the schools here.

Probably one of the biggest downsides of Wilson is that it’s not close to any big city. Raleigh is closest, with Fayetteville being relatively close too, but these are not exactly very large cities. However, visiting Raleigh every now and then is fun and, since it’s not extremely far, it opens up for possibilities should you not be able to find a job or like it that much in Wilson.

Best part? I consider Wilson to be a great place to raise a family, and that is all that matters after a while. If you’re single and moving here, it might not be the most fun town out there and you might have some trouble adjusting to living life here, but for families it is an ideal place. I love it for sure and I wouldn’t like it any other way!

So are you considering to make the move to Wilson, NC? Have you lived here already? Share your thoughts and questions in the comment section below as I’d love to hear from you!

Wilson Reportedly Loses Le Bleu Expansion worth $1 Million

I’m not planning to normally talk about this type of news as I want the blog to be a great resource for parents in the region, but this is something that can potentially affect the next generations as well as our own. I say that because a $1 million investment in the area is definitely something big. And unfortunately, it seems that it’s not going to happen anymore.

I am talking about the planned Le Bleu expansion in Wilson which apparently has been canceled, according to reports from our local news blog, Wilson Times.

Apparently, the company did not manage to get safety approvals from the officials and therefore decided to look for options elsewhere and they found them in Fayetteville.

It seems that this will not have any effect on their existing distribution site at 3010 Meteor Drive, which will continue operations normally. However, the planned expansion to bottle water in Wilson – a project estimated at $1 million which would’ve generated at least 11 new jobs, seems to have been canned.

However, judging from the comments generated by this article, it seems that there was more than red tape and bureaucracy that stayed in the way of this business going through.

Brock Agee, which is apparently the CEO at LeBleu Central Distributors, Inc. (I say “apparently” because you never know in the online world of Facebook – even though based on my judgement the profile seems to be real), had some comments to make. He answered:

“This project was an absolute disaster, based on the anti-business attitude of everyone involved in this project from economic development, the inspections office and the Mayor himself.

Le Bleu has bottling equipment in the US and several other countries and we have never encountered such an unwillingness to work with a business to bring over $1,000,000 of investment and new jobs to an area. We were forced to pull this project to another location.”

This comes as a response to Wilson Economic Development Executive Director Jennifer Lantz, who said – according to the Wilson Times – that the inspectors couldn’t give the required approvals without drawings from the company.

However, Mr. Agee has a different side of the story, stating the following:

“Le Bleu provided engineered drawings 4 times to the inspections office stamped by an engineer. We were willing to comply with every upgrade to the building required for this project. These drawings cost my small company over $6,500. Jennifer Lantz says safety is their primary concern, what was unsafe? We were willing to do all request by the inspectors who repeatedly held up this project Never issuing us a permit.”

So, as it always happens in this type of occasion, there are two sides of the story. It’s up for the higher ranked people to sort this out and, no matter who is right and who is wrong, I personally consider this a loss for all the people in Wilson. Indeed a $1 million investment is always welcome and 11 new jobs at $15 per hour are still better than no extra jobs.

But deals fall all the time for all sorts of reasons. This is life.

List of Elementary Schools in Wilson County, NC

There is a total of 14 elementary schools available to parents residing in Wilson County, North Carolina. All these schools are safe and are fully staffed with teachers who love kids and will educate them to the highest degree.

The costs are also generally very low, yet the schools are generally in a really good condition and offer everything there’s needed for the kids to be safe, entertained and, most important, ready to learn a lot of useful things.

Below we have a complete list of elementary schools available in Wilson County, with some extra details about each of these schools. Remember that most of them have that “small town” vibe to them. Some consider this a con, but I consider it a pro because kids are in a cosier place, almost like in a family and not a school. But there are options, no matter what type of structure you prefer and you can check them all out below.

So without further ado, here are the elementary schools in Wilson County, North Carolina, listed in alphabetical order:

Barnes Elementary School
Official website
Address: 1913 Martin Luther King, Jr. Pkwy. East Wilson, NC 27893
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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Official philosophy and goals: “The staff and students at B.O. Barnes Elementary School believe the atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for student academic success. Our school strives to promote academic excellence in all students regardless of race, economic status and/or background. Barnes Elementary also takes great pride in endless possibilities with team effort. We can and will develop productive citizens from our students with the spirit of expectancy and determination. Our goal is enforcing academics to the fullest and instilling good character traits in our students.”

Elm City Elementary School
Official website
Address: 5544 Lake Wilson Road Elm City, NC 27822
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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Official mission:

“- To help students become independent thinkers and doers
– To provide successful experiences which encourage each student to achieve his or her highest potential
– To instill worthwhile values which create responsible citizens
– To prepare students for challenges in today’s technological world.”

Gardners Elementary School
Official website
Address: 5404 NC Highway 42 East, Elm City NC 27822
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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Official mission statement: “The mission of Gardners Elementary School is to provide positive educational experiences that enable all students to achieve maximum potential and become responsible, contributing members of society and lifelong learners.”

Hearne Elementary School
Official website
Address: 300 W. Gold St., Wilson NC 27893
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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This is the oldest school in operation in Wilson County. It was initially known as Maplewood School, but later on the name was changed after former teacher Margaret Hearne. It’s also the first school in the district to host a Spanish Immersion program.

Official mission: “Our mission is to improve academic achievement for all students and to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college, careers, and life”

Jones Elementary School
Official website
Address: 4028 Highway 42 West, Wilson NC 27893
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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Mission statement & Vision: “Jones Elementary School students and staff will become lifelong learners through rigorous and relevant instruction. We envision Jones Elementary School as a safe, nuturing environment dedicated to preparing all students for their future.”

Lee Woodard Elementary School
Official website
Address: 103 Church St., Black Creek NC 27813
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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About the school: “At Lee Woodard Elementary we strive to provide a nurturing and safe learning environment that promotes academic excellence and good citizenship. Students from Lee Woodard will attend Speight Middle School and Beddingfield High School.”

Lucama Elementary School
Official website
Address: 6260 Blalock Road, Lucama NC 27851
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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Official mission statement: “The mission of Lucama School, a positive, safe, professional community-supported school, is to build relationships and provide a respectful, creative environment by accepting and embracing all people and providing a variety of opportunities for each child to experience success.”

New Hope Elementary School
Official website
Address: 4826 Packhouse Road, Wilson NC 27896
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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Rock Ridge Elementary School
Official website
Address: 6605 Rock Ridge School Road, Wilson NC 27893
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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Official vision: “We believe that the future of Wilson County rests upon an informed and educated citizenry that is resilient and adaptable to a changing world. Our vision requires us to provide appropriate facilities, support services, and learning resources for all students. We must hire the most qualified teachers, administrators, and support staff members to prepare graduates to enter that citizenry as leaders and life-long learners. Our students, the living messages of the future, represent our commitment to supporting a high quality of living in Wilson County.”

Stantonsburg Elementary School
Official website
Address: 409 S. Main St., Stantonsburg NC 27883
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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Vick Elementary School
Official website
Address: 504 Carroll St., Wilson NC 27893
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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Vinson-Bynum Elementary School
Official website
Address: 1601 Tarboro St. SW, Wilson NC 27893
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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Wells Elementary School
Official website
Address: 1400 N. Grove Street, Wilson NC 27893
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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Winstead Elementary School
Official website
Address: 1713 Downing St. SW, Wilson NC 27893
School Hours: 8AM – 3PM
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Official mission statement: “To provide a positive, safe community supported school and establish a successful learning environment for all students by embracing meaningful relationships.”

The list is complete, but I am still working to gather all the data about the schools in the county. Check back soon for all the details, but I think that what I have offered still gives you enough to make an educated decision or research a bit more for the perfect school for your kids!

If you already have your kids enrolled at one of the schools listed above, please share your opinion in the comment section below: it will surely help other parents a lot!

Welcome to Wilson County Parents!

Hello parents and parents-to-be!

My name is Martha and I decided to launch this blog in order to create a glowing community of parents in Wilson County, North Carolina. The purpose of this website is to gather information and share it with you regarding family events in the area and eventually organize meet-ups for our kids to enjoy great company.

I am currently living in the Northern area of the country, in Elm City. We’re close to the airport and the Tar River Reservoir, but also Lake Wilson and all the great attractions in the area.

I am a young mother of two beautiful children: little Benny is 5 years old and his older sister Jenna is 7. We’re hoping to expand our family as soon as possible, so fingers crossed!

This is the first ever article on this blog and my first real attempt at becoming a real blogger. I played in the past a little bit with Facebook posting and writing on my own WordPress blog for friends and family mostly, so I am not an expert in any way.

But one day I had this vision of creating a community surrounding the Wilson Country area and here I am, jumping head first as always and hoping for the best. There are currently a ton of technical detail that I’m not getting, but I won’t give up too soon. Hopefully this blog will one day become a great resource for families in the area and the gathering point of new – and old – parents.

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned as I have many articles in the pipeline with some lesser known family attractions and tips!

xoxo,
Martha