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  • Jefferson Weaver

The Good News for Dec. 30

• Take advantage of the beautiful weather and join a park ranger to start the New Year learning about the unique geological mysteries of Lake Waccamaw on Sunday, Jan. 1, from 2-3 p.m. They will be discussing formation theories at the First Day Hike at Lake Waccamaw State Park. The park is located at 1866 State Park Drive.

• Today is the last day to adopt your new best friend at the Columbus County Sheriff's Animal Protective Services. All adoption fees are currently $20 and includes parvo bordetella, distemper and rabies vaccine, and de-wormer. The shelter is located at 288 Legion Drive in Whiteville.

• The Anchorage Camp skate nights will begin again every Saturday evening from Jan. 7-March 18. The camp will be open after the holidays on Jan. 2 for anyone who would like more information. Call the office at 910.646.4111.

• Leadership Bladen is now taking application for the April-Nov. 2023 term. Applicants must commit to one day a month, have prior support and approval from their employer, and must be willing to work while having fun. The ultimate goal of Leadership Bladen is for participants to become actively involved in leadership roles in the community, thus enriching the quality of life and shaping the future. Visit Leadership Bladen – Elizabethtown-White Lake Area to find out more.

• The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation, Inc. selected the Brunswick County Literacy Council and Samara’s Village to be the two recipients of proceeds from their 11th annual charity ball to be held on Friday March 3. The proceeds will help these two non-profit organizations with assisting residents in Brunswick County.

• 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 2023 Martin Luther King Walk in Whiteville will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10-11 a.m. The starting point will be from the parking lot beside Vineland Station. For more information about this event, call 910.918.5950.

• A preview event for the Upward Coed Flag Football Camp will be held on Friday, Jan. 20 at 4-6 p.m. and on Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., at Trinity Baptist Church in Whiteville.

CLICK HERE to register your child. Text 910.499.2530 to volunteer to help out or for more information about the event. The camp is for children from 1-12 grades.

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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