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The Good News for Dec. 9

Updated: Dec 9, 2022

The Christmas season is really winding up in our area. There's something for everyone going on in the next few days.

Happening this weekend in Columbus


Abundant Life Assembly of God will host a turkey shoot on the next two Friday and Saturday nights. The event will be on Dec. 9-10, and Dec. 16-17, from 7 - 10 p.m. There will be concessions, ladies and kids rounds, and more. The church is at 5384 James B. White Highway South in Whiteville.




Fair Bluff will celebrate Christmas Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. with open house at the Depot Museum. The South Columbus High School Chorus will perform before the tree lighting at the Lumber River Visitors Center at 5 p.m., and the Christmas parade is at 6 p.m. Santa will be at the visitors center after the parade.




The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville will present Holiday Nature Crafts tomorrow, Dec. 10, for their Second Saturday Storytime. The event begins at 10:30 a.m., and youngsters can enjoy hot cocoa, crafts, and learn about animals in the winter. The museum is located at 415 South Madison Street. Call 910.788.5100 for more information.

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 every Saturday during December from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 10, will be a day for the pets. There will be pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, complimentary nail clipping, tags, toys, and treats, and $30 microchipping from the Elizabethtown Vet.

Christmas fundraisers and donation drives

The Columbus Baptist Association will be having their monthly Backpack Buddies packing party on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. They will need lots of help filling the bags with enough supplies to get children through the Christmas break. The event will be held at the CBA office located at 208 South Thompson Street in Whiteville.

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 the facility located at 107 West Walter Street in Whiteville. For more information, contact Shenicka Banks at 910.642.3546. She can also be reached by email at sbanks@whiteville.k12.nc.us.


The Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum will have their annual bake sale on Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. Pound cakes, pecan pies, coconut pies, lemon pies, and pineapple cream cheese balls can be ordered ahead of time by calling 910.646.1992.

All proceeds will go toward the purchase of historical accession software. The depot is at 205 Flemington Dr., Lake Waccamaw.


Fix a Friend Spay Neuter Clinic in Winnabow is in need of donations. The facility is reaching out to the public for pate cat food, towels, pillowcases, office supplies, printer paper, and AA batteries. The items can be dropped off at 6033 Ocean Highway

Happy events and more

Sue Miller at Gurganous Farm Store got a well-deserved thank you from the sheriff's office this week. In addition to being a voice for animal adoptions and unwanted pets in the county, Sue recently played a major role in organizing the rabies clinic held at Gurganous Farm Store in Whiteville. The event helped more than 100 petowners get their animals vaccinated, and several dogs were adopted at the rabies clinic.


Clarkton Public Library will host youngsters on Dec. 13, and the Bladen County Public Library will join the celebration on Dec. 15. Both events will begin at 6 p.m. each evening. Children and their parents are invited to attend and wear their favorite winter pajamas, take photos with Santa and enjoy some cookies and milk.

Spots are limited, and registration is required. The Clarkton branch is on North College Street. The main branch is at 111 North Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. Call 910.647.3661 or 910.862.6990.


The Real Whiteville Santa is open for business until Dec. 23. Santa is posing for pictures and listening to Christmas wishes at the little white house next to Farm Bureau.

His hours will be Wednesday-Saturday from 3:30 - 7 p.m.. Santa’s house is at 113 West Smith Street.


Congratulations to Williams Township student Alivia Cribb. She drew the winning Superintendent's Christmas Card Contest out of 140 entries. Her teacher is Diana Roldan.




The Bladen County Public Library received a book donation this week. Local author, Mark Miller, donated copies of his book, The Pastor's Confession, to the collection.

The GOOD NEWS is featured every Saturday morning on WTXY, and throughout the week under the GOOD NEWS tab at columbuscountynews.com. Email crystalfaircloth@columbuscounty.news 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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