The Good News July 22

Charity events, benefits, and school supply drives reign supreme this month in Columbus. Be sure to head out to support some of the great causes going on in your neighborhood. Log onto for absolutely free to catch up on any news you’ve missed this week. Get your news delivered every morning to your inbox before your coffee ever hits your cup by signing up for our daily newsletter.   

Engage Life Church will be holding a fundraiser carwash this Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m.-until. All proceeds will go to G1 and Impact Ministries. The benefit will be held at 1123 South Madison Street in Whiteville.  

The Lakeside Ministry will run every Sunday through Labor Day at 9 a.m. at the Lake Waccamaw campground pavilion. This Sunday, July 23, the speaker will be Randy Hunt with singing by Maddie Hunt.

Shizzy’s Wildcat Rescue in Fair Bluff will have one more workday this month on July 29 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. You must be 18 years old or older to use tools and climb ladders. If you would like to volunteer at Shizzy’s Wildcat Rescue, find out more information, make a donation, or become a sponsor, you can contact Rhonda Billeaud, co-chairman for Shizzy’s, by phone at 910.840.1886. You can also send her an email at The full summer schedule for Shizzy’s can be found here. 

Lake Waccamaw Flotilla 2023

The winners of the first ever Lake Waccamaw Summer Flotilla have been announced. Best in Show goes to the Creech boat, Spirit of America won for Most Spirited, and Community Choice goes to Freedom Floater. Vessel representatives can claim their prize by sending an email to  

Abundant Life Assembly of God will be having a benefit for McMullen House for Heroes. The church will be hosting an outdoor movie night on July 29 beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the feature film will be the Disney classic Lady and the Tramp. Admission is free, and concessions will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the concession sales will go to McMullen House. The movie will begin at 8:30 p.m. Abundant Life is located at 5384 James B. White Highway South in Whiteville.  

Many Columbus County churches will be having Vacation Bible School during the months of July and August. There are many opportunities for children and their families to come out and join in on the fun and fellowship. If you would like your church added to the list, please send an email to Visit VBS guide for summer 2023 to see local churches and their VBS dates.  

The Change Brings Choices will hold their sixth annual backpack drive on Saturday, July 29, from 12-3 p.m. at 137 Jenkins Road in Clarkton. All ages are welcome to enjoy bouncy house water slides, food, music, and a school supplies giveaway. Senior citizen plates will also be available for pick up at the event. If you have any questions, contact Glenwood Davis at 910.840.1208. 

The H.E.A.R.T.S. Foundation will also be having their back-to-school supply drive on July 29. The organization will be set up at 116 Miller Street in Chadbourn from 3-5 p.m. Contact Larry Everette Jr at 910.733.3375 for more information. 

The Club 15 Civic Center will be hosting a revival from Aug. 1-4. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening. The building is located at 111 Jarvis Street in Tabor City.  

Hallsboro Artesia Elementary will host Picnic with the Principal on Aug. 10 from 5-7 p.m. Children and their families are invited to come out and meet the new principal Dr. Kalee Hill and enjoy some good food, music, and fellowship. The event will be held in the cafeteria of the school.  

Brown Street Station in Chadbourn will also be open every second Saturday of the month for the Main Street Market. Live entertainment and vendors will be there from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the public to enjoy. The next selling day will be Aug. 12. The venue is located at 202 North Brown Street. For more information about vendors opportunities, call 910.477.8080. 

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services will be back once again this summer for their annual Family Fur Day. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Columbus County Fairgrounds. This is the facility’s second year hosting the celebration. APS will not be hosting a rabies vaccination clinic at Family Fur Day this time, but instead, they will be focusing on getting the animals currently housed at the shelter adopted. Adoption fees will be half price at the event. Dog adoptions will be $67.50, and the fees for a cat will be $37.50. The price includes vaccines, dewormer, and a spay/neuter voucher. 

Families and their pets are invited to come out and enjoy other activities during the outing. Bouncy houses, food trucks, and games will be set up and animals will be available for meet and greets while searching for their furever homes. For more information about Family Fur Day, call APS at 910.641.3945 or stop by the facility Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Columbus County Fairgrounds can be found at 866 Prison Camp Road in Whiteville.  

A favorite weekend pastime is coming to Lake Waccamaw in a very big way. Ginger Littrell, wife of town commissioner Terry Littrell, has helped to organize a town wide community yard sale on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 4. The treasure hunt will begin at 8 a.m., and over 100 homes in Lake Waccamaw including the Wooded Acres community will be participating. If you are a Lake Waccamaw resident who would like to participate in the event and you need more information, please contact Ginger Dortmund Littrell via Facebook Messenger. The yard sale will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue until sold out or until sellers are worn out. 

The East Columbus FFA will be selling mums for the fall. Orders are due by Sept. 14, and plants will be available for pick up no later than Oct. 6. Fill out an order form at Small mums are $12 and large ones are $24. The flowers are available in orange, red, purple, yellow, and white.      

Congratulations are in order for little ones who participated in the Columbus County Parks and Recreation coloring contest. Adalynn Gore was the 3–5-year-old winner, Gabe Fowler won for the 6–9-year-old division, and Izaac Morales was the 10–12-year-old coloring champ.  

The Columbus County Humane Society is in need of new members. Those interested are invited to come out on the second Tuesday of each month to the Catholic Church on Lee Street in Whiteville at 6:30 p.m.  

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