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  • Writer's pictureCrystal Faircloth

The Good News for Feb. 25

The Good News Feb. 25

The sun is shining, and the flowers are blooming. Everything is waking up after a long cold winter and you should too. Start your day by logging onto to catch up on any of the news you've missed this week. No subscription is required, and we never charge to find out what's going on in your area.

What's going on in Columbus

• The Whiteville Police Department now has an open position for a police officer. All applicants must have obtained and completed the minimum requirements established by the N.C. Justice Training and Standards Commission for certified law enforcement officers and have the appropriate certificates as required by the city of Whiteville. Visit Human Resources | City of Whiteville, NC to learn more.

Everlene Davis

• Everlene Davis was honored as Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce this week. She was awarded a plaque at the chamber’s annual banquet.

• Tickets are now on sale for the Whiteville Juniorettes Club's annual Princess Day. The event will be held on Sunday afternoon, March 26, from 2-4 p.m. at the Spillway. Bring your little ones and join the Juniorettes for nail painting, coloring, face painting, a meet and greet with your favorite princesses, and much more. The cost is $15 per ticket, and you can get yours by visiting the Whiteville Juniorettes Club Facebook page or by contacting a member.

Hot off the press in Bladen

• Elizabethtown will be holding the first part of their 250-year anniversary series of events on Saturday, March 4, with the Founder's Day celebration. Vendors open at 9 a.m., and the parade featuring some of the family of the original descendants will begin at 10 a.m. Lineup is at 8:30 a.m. at Town Hall. For more information, contact Terri Dennison at 910.862.4368.

Darrell Murchison will be a guest reader at the Bladen event.

Bladen Smart Start's Raising a Reader program will host Read Across America Day on Thursday, March 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the Bladen County Public Library. The reading host will be Los Angeles Ram's defensive end Larrell Murchison. The football player grew up in Elizabethtown and graduated from East Bladen High School. The library can be found at 111 North Cypress Street in Elizabethtown.

• The Bladen County Veterans and Community Stand Down will be held on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Elizabethtown Baptist Church. Information on assistance support services will be available to veterans and their families. For more information, contact Leon Grimes at 919.621.8053. The church is located at 1800 West Broad Street.

In other news

• Shizzy's Wildcat Rescue will be at the Clarkton Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. sharing their love for big cats and celebrating the majestic snow leopard. The event is free, and no registration is required. The library is located at 10413 North College Street.

• The Columbus County Partnership for Children will host a film screening and discussion of 'Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope' on Wednesday, March 1, beginning at 6 p.m. The Columbus County Dream Center will host the gathering. The center can be found at 403 South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Whiteville.

• The New Life Community Church's women's ministry will be holding a pork chop plate sale on Friday, March 3, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Delivery is available for an order of ten plates or more. The cost is $10 each and will include two boneless pork chops, two sides, cake, and a roll. The church is located at 107 South Maultsby Street in Whiteville.

• The town of Fair Bluff will celebrate their 150th birthday on Saturday, March 4. From 2-4 p.m., refreshments and entertainment will be held at the Fair Bluff Depot Museum. To learn more, visit

• The Columbus County Sheriff's Office gained three new detention officers. Antwan Jones, Kemp Heye, and Brandy Todd were sworn in earlier this week.

• The Smyrna Baptist Church Young Women's Association will be holding their annual collard sale on Friday, March 17, starting at 12:30 p.m. The ladies will have collard wraps for $3 and collard sandwiches for $6. Wraps and sandwiches come with fatback, pepper jelly, or chow-chow. Delivery is available for orders of 10 plates or more. Pre-orders must be placed by March 13, and no call-ins will be accepted the day of the event. The church is located at 8003 Highway 211 East in Lumberton. Call 910.536.2012 for more information.

• Southern Farm Days will be back again this year on March 17-19. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The event will be held at the Boys and Girls Home horse complex in Lake Waccamaw. Visit for a complete list of vendors and entertainment.

• The Columbus County Literacy Council will be hosting a Bunny Brunch on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Western Prong Baptist Church. Families and little ones can eat brunch, meet the Easter bunny, and do a bunny craft. The cost is $12 per person, and tickets can be purchased at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, the Columbus County Public Library, the Tabor City Visitor Center, or by calling the literacy office at 910.207.6082. Western Prong Baptist is located 167 Peacock Road in Whiteville.

• The Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce Spring Has Sprung Festival is Saturday, April 22. The chamber is looking for vendors and parade participants for the event. Those interested can call the office at 910.377.3012 or send an email to

• The pollinator bed at the Columbus County Fitness Park is now officially certified as a Monarch Waystation. The waystation is a site that provides milkweeds, nectar sources, and shelter to sustain Monarch butterflies as the migrate through North Carolina.

• Karli Godwin is a senior at East Columbus Junior Senior High School, and a star of the Lady Gators softball team. On April 28, from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., she will be hosting a 'Special Friends Field Day' at the ECJHS football field for autistic and differently abled children. There will be snacks, games, music, and other activities for all those in attendance. Every student in Columbus and Whiteville City School systems is welcome. All proceeds and donations are going towards building a sensory playground designed to accommodate special needs individuals. If you would like to volunteer for the field day or become a sponsor for the cause, call Allison Edwards at 910.625.8639. Find out more about this story at ECHS Senior Organizing 'Special Friends Field Day'.

• The Columbus County Sheriff's Office joined Piney Forest Baptist Church for the church's annual Law Enforcement and First Responder Lunch. Deputies and staff enjoyed barbecue, fried chicken, sides, and desserts courtesy of the congregation.

• The Bold and Beautiful Wigs for Cancer annual fundraiser golf tournament is Aug. 26, starting at 7:30 a.m. The event will be held at Tidewater Golf Course in North Myrtle Beach, and the ministry is currently looking for sponsors for the benefit. The organization gives away over 600 wigs for free for those undergoing cancer treatment including patients from Donayre Cancer Center in Whiteville. If you would like to become a sponsor, call the non-profit at 843.424.1638.

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