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  • Crystal Faircloth

The Good News for Dec. 2

It’s a busy time in our area over the next few days.

Happening this weekend in Columbus

• The town of Lake Waccamaw will have their traditional tree lighting on Friday Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. The evening will begin with a candlelight walk to the town tree followed by storytelling and caroling. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served at the Depot Museum after the event.

The Lake’s annual Christmas parade will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. The parade route will begin at Elizabeth Brinkley Park, go down Columbia Avenue, onto Lake Shore Drive, and end on Flemington Drive.

Come for the parade and stay for the flotilla. Lake Waccamaw will be bringing back the first Christmas boat flotilla since the 90s on Saturday evening.

Boats will line up at the Canal Cove boat ramp at 5:30 p.m. before heading Northeast towards Dale’s Seafood. The flotilla will make a full circle around the Lake.

• Chadbourn will light their town Christmas tree tonight (Friday) at 6:30 p.m. There will be music, refreshments, speakers and the Ugly Christmas Shirt Contest. Chadbourn will host Christmas at the depot, starting with breakfast with Santa and a host of activities throughout the day Saturday (Dec. 3).

• The Military Vet Riders Association will be partnering with the Columbus Baptist Association for their twenty-fourth annual Toy Run on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Toy Run will start at Whiteville Walmart parking lot, and the cost of the ride is $10 or a new unwrapped toy. Registration is from 9-10 a.m. The event will start immediately afterwards. Participants will travel to different parts of Columbus County to collect toys for the CBA Christmas Toy Store. For more information, contact Roz Skochinsky at 910.445.3062 or Don Edmunds at 910.207.1558.

• The Grissettown-Longwood Fire and Rescue Department will be having a Christmas train show from Dec. 3-4. There will be trains of all sizes, interactive displays, concessions, a baking table, train sets and accessories. Children of all ages are invited to attend. Doors open at 10 a.m., and admission is free. Donations to support the fire house are welcome.

• Northwood Church will be hosting the Very Merry Christmas and More Tour 2022 Saturday. National Christian recording artists Newsong with special guest Francesca Battistelli will be playing on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Farmacy on Main in Whiteville, McArthur Supply in Chadbourn, or by going online at Northwood Church is located at 2672 James B. White Highway in Whiteville.

• The Whiteville Junior Woman’s Club will hold the Mistletoe Market on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Columbus County Fairgrounds this year so folks can enjoy shopping indoors and take advantage of the food trucks that will be available on site. The grounds are located at 886 Prison Camp Road.

• Come and enjoy a night under the stars with hot cocoa and Santa as he tells The Bible Story at Pireway Original Freewill Baptist Church on Dec. 3. After the story, pull up a chair and a blanket for the viewing of the movie The Star. The fun starts at 6 p.m. The church can be found at 16213 Swamp Fox Highway East in Tabor City.

• Whiteville’s Fun Factory will have a kid's workshop, Introduction to Microgreens, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. The children will learn the basics of how to grow pea shoots in a fun and educational environment. The cost for the class is $20, and spots are limited. Call 910.207.6136 to register.

• The Columbus County Partnership for Children will present Magic on Main on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Take a journey through Smart Start, make crafts, and experience holiday surprises with Santa's helper. This event is family friendly from birth to 8 years old. CCPC is located at 109 West Main Street in Whiteville. Call 9140.642.8226 for more information.

• The Columbus County Farmer's Market will host Christmas From the Heart on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Edgewood Elementary Chorus will be performing, and there will be raffles and door prizes. Vendors will be selling baked goods, BBQ, handmade crafts, and seasonal produce. The market is located at 132 Government Complex Drive in Whiteville.

• Forest Lawn Missionary Baptist Church is hosting a guided live nativity Sunday, Dec. 4, from 5-9 p.m. The church is located at 16025 James B. White Hwy. South, Tabor City.

• The Whiteville Christmas parade is Sunday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. The procession will go from Webster to Lee and Franklin Streets.

• Fair Bluff will celebrate Christmas Saturday, Dec. 10, starting at 4 p.m. with the open house at the Depot Museum. At 4:30, the South Columbus High School Chorus will perform. The Community Christmas Tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m., followed by the parade at 6 p.m. Santa will also be at the visitor’s center after the parade.

Happening this weekend in Bladen

• This year, as part of the ‘Bladen County Christmas – 30 Days of Celebration’, the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is promoting activities at the Cape Fear Farmer Market on Saturdays during the month of December. The activities will be from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, will be a day for the children and will include crafts, cookie decorating, a magician, and story hour.

Both Camp Clearwater and Goldston’s Beach will kick off the third annual Lighting of the Lake Holiday Dock Decorating Contest on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Grand Regal is hosting a Saturday with Santa at the arcade starting at 3 p.m. with smores and crafts. Camp Clearwater will host a Christmas Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. which includes Santa, food vendors, crafts and a performance by the Sweet Potato Pie band.

Christmas fundraisers and donation drives

• The Whiteville City Schools' Board of Education is now accepting donations for their 2022 Angel Tree. Gifts can include bikes, toys, clothes, winter coats, shoes, and other items. Angel gifts are due by Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. and can be dropped off at 107 West Walter Street in Whiteville. For more information, contact Shenicka Banks at 910.642.3546 or email at

• If you are looking for a permanent gift to give this season, you can have a brick engraved and placed at the Veterans Memorial Park of America. Most clipart is acceptable for print, and the organization will be issuing certificates for those who would like to present the donation to a loved one or family member who served in one of the seven military branches. The deadline for entries is Dec. 9. For more information, contact Angela Norris at 910.840.3848.

• Whiteville Rescue has started collecting toys for the Wrapped with Love program. The drop off location address is 106 Flowers Pridgen Drive in Whiteville. Please be sure to enter at the glass door by the flagpole.

Happy events and more

• Goshen Medical Center will be at the Guideway senior citizens center on Dec, 8 from 10-2 to provide free cardiac screenings for anyone 55 and up.

• The Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum had a visit from a family from Camp Lejeune on Thursday. Mom Cierra along with kids Emmett and Owen took a detour to check out the historic train cars and exhibits at the facility while on a road trip.

• The Real Whiteville Santa is open for business once again this year. Jolly ole Saint Nick will be posing for pictures and listening to those Christmas lists through Dec. 23 at the little white house next to Farm Bureau. His hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 3:30 - 7 p.m., and you can find him at 113 West Smith Street.

• Southeastern Community College will present The Polar Express Movie Night on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. The college has lots of Christmas fun in store including letters to Santa, train rides, reindeer food making, an elf dust station, reindeer games, and much more. The film will begin at 7 p.m., and drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. SCC can be found at 4564 Chadbourn Highway in Whiteville.

• Several county first responders passed their final exam in the Emergency Medical program at Southeastern Community College this week. They are now eligible to take the state certification.

• The Buckhead Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will host Christmas in Wonderland on Friday, Dec. 9, starting at 7 p.m. There will be games, face painting, food, soda, coffee, and hot chocolate. There will be a raffle, auction, and a prize for an ugly sweater contest. The station is located at 6810 Old Lake Road in Buckhead.

• Fair Bluff will have an open house at their Depot Museum on Saturday, Dec. 10, beginning at 4 p.m.

The South Columbus High School Chorus will serenade the crowd before the tree lighting at the Lumber River Visitors Center at 5 p.m., and the town will hold its annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m. The lineup will be on Causey Road, and Santa will be at the center for the little ones following festivities.

The GOOD NEWS is featured every Saturday morning on WTXY, and throughout the week under the GOOD NEWS tab at Email with your church announcements, fundraisers, yard sales, club news, community celebrations, or just plain happy stories. There is no charge for publicizing your events.

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