Wilson’s last newspaper on record, The Wilson Mirror, dated back to the early 1930s and was published by Lee Wilson & Company. The pages of the Mirror contained bits of life to be shared throughout the town: personal notes such as weddings or deaths, biographical sketches of community members, an editorial page, and, of course, general news regarding life in Wilson.
Lasting only a few years, The Wilson Mirror was never replaced after it ceased circulation, making the town’s longest running continuous publication The Wilsonian, the yearbook for the Wilson School published for nearly 50 years before the school’s closing in 1970.
Today, Wilson is in the process of an unprecedented revival, with new institutions, landmarks, people, and events enriching the fabric of the town month after month. It is this renaissance that inspired the rebirth of the town newspaper, as a way to inform and entertain, to bring the local community closer together and a glimpse of the Wilson experience to those both in the region and far beyond it. Like the Mirror that came before it, The Wilsonian will feature town news, City Council updates, and biographical sketches of townspeople and even town pets, in a Pet of the Month column!
The Wilsonian will be published on a bi-monthly basis and is available at most local retailers on the Town Square. For those who can’t make it to Wilson to grab the first issue, the online version can be downloaded from the link below.
Stay tuned for more Wilson news and events in the next Wilsonian, coming out in September!