Lenoir Community College retired Gunsmithing Program Chair and current instructor Tim Whealton of New Bern will be featured at a book signing from 5 to 7 p.m. April 23 at the LCC Jones County Center.
Whealton has recently published a book of articles and short stories. The book, According to Tim, is a 218-page humorous and insightful collection of stories that have previously been published individually in The Righters Monthly Review magazine.
The Next Chapter Bookstore on South Front Street in New Bern will feature Whealton at a book signing in June.
A 1969 graduate of New Bern High School, Whealton spent his entire working career with Carolina Telephone. He was also in the North Carolina National Guard and competed on the National Rifle Championship Team. During this time, he became a certified Emergency Medical Technician and worked with the Pamlico County Rescue Squad.
After retirement from the telephone company and the National Guard, Whealton opened a small business in Cove City where he repairs rifles, pistols and shotguns. In 2010, he came to LCC to establish and teach a Gunsmithing program. There are 30 students currently enrolled in the program.
Always a humorist and storyteller, Whealton began writing articles and short stories about life as he remembered it while growing up in Eastern North Carolina. His short stories began having a following of readers. With encouragement from the Review editor and many of his readers, he published a collection of his stories.
Copies of the book are now available at Mitchell's Hardware on Craven Street and The Next Chapter Bookstore on South Front Street in New Bern. Books can also be ordered from Amazon.com.