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  • Crystal Faircloth

The Good News for Dec. 23

There’s a lot more than shopping going on in our community for the Christmas holidays. Columbus County News and WTXY Kool 103.9 FM would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy new year.

Governor Roy Cooper on Thursday announced that the N.C. Department of Emergency Management is standing by to assist Santa Claus as he makes his way into North Carolina tomorrow. Cooper said emergency supplies of cookies, milk and reindeer snacks will be strategically positioned around the state to help Saint Nick deal with the frigid cold.

Most county and municipal government offices will be closed Monday.

The Columbus County Recycling Centers will be closed today through Tuesday. Rural trash pickup will remain on its normal schedule.

Happening this weekend in Columbus

• New Hope Baptist Church will hold their candlelight communion on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend as they celebrate the birth of Christ. The church is located at 252 Rough and Ready Road in Whiteville.

• Rebroadcasts of the Dec. 5 Messiah Concert by the Southeastern Oratorio Society are now streaming on the local Spectrum EduCable Channel 6 every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The show will air at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. until Jan. 2. The program can also be found at, YouTube, and the society's Facebook page.

• The Community Christmas Dinner will be on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, at various locations in Columbus and Horry counties beginning at 8 a.m. Organizations serving include Harvest Church in Green Sea, Mt. Tabor Manna Café in Tabor City, Crossway Church in Loris, Fair Bluff Baptist Church in Fair Bluff, and Nichols Town Hall in Nichols, South Carolina. The meal is free to everyone.

Happening in Bladen

• Winners for the Lighting of the Lake at White Lake have been announced. Both businesses and residents in the area had the opportunity to decorate their piers for the holidays and have the public vote for their favorite in each category. Congratulations to the Waterford Pier, Tarheel Campground, and Camp Clearwater on the commercial level. Homeowners Susan Martin, Alice Warren, and Jenna Hilton won in the residential category.

• New Light Church will be having a Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The organization is located at 103 Chestnut Street in Bladenboro.

Happy events and more

• The Boys and Girls Home of N.C. has joined the Round Up Program. Folks are invited to sign up and donate their spare change to the organization. Each time a transaction is made, the amount can be rounded up to the next dollar, and the difference will be donated to the BGHNC. CLICK HERE to find out how to register.

• Santa stopped by the Columbus County Sheriff's Office on Monday. He was making last minute decisions about who is on the naughty or nice list.

• Members of the Williams Township Volunteer Fire Department were caught doing a good deed this week. The gentleman helped unload bicycles for the Believers Home Fellowship Church and Toys for Tots for distribution to Columbus County children.

• It's not too late to adopt your new best friend at the Columbus County Sheriff's Animal Protective Services. All adoption fees are currently $20 through Dec. 31 and includes parvo Bordetella, distemper and rabies vaccine, and de-wormer. The shelter is located at 288 Legion Drive in Whiteville.

• The Columbus Baptist Association and the N.C. Baptist Children's Home (NCBCH) are partnering together to host the Potential Foster Parents Information Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at the CBA office. This event is for anyone who is interested in becoming a foster care parent. Mark Smith, liaison for the NCBCH, will be on hand to share information about requirements for fostering children through the organization. To sign up for the meeting, call the CBA office at 910.642.2155.

• Southeastern Community College is offering free tuition and fees for the Spring 2023 semester. There is no better time to get started toward the rewarding career you deserve. From healthcare to construction, IT training to agriculture, there's a program for everyone. Visit for more information. Registration days have been extended to Jan. 3-5 until 7 p.m. each evening. Classes begin Jan. 9.

• The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville will have their monthly Playspace Pop-up on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Children will be making their own snow at the event. This experience is geared toward children 2-5 years old. The museum is located at 415 South Madison Street in Whiteville.

• The GOOD NEWS is featured every Saturday morning on WTXY Kool 1039FM AM1540, and throughout the week under the GOOD NEWS tab at

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