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The Good News for Jan. 14

Updated: Jan 13

Temps will be chilly through the weekend in Columbus, but there's plenty to do to keep your blood pumping in the coming week. If that's not your cup of tea, curl up with a good book and a blanket, or log on to and read the latest news for absolutely free. No subscription is ever necessary.

• The Anchorage Camp hosts skate night every Saturday from now through March 18 at 7 p.m. The snack shop and coffee bar will be available each weekend. For more information, call the camp office at 910.646.4111. The facility is located at 412 Lakeshore Drive in Lake Waccamaw.

• The Whiteville Fun Factory will host the Micro Green Workshop with Ms. Lauren on Jan. 14 from 10-11 a.m. Children will learn all about the little sprouts and how to grow their own.

The cost is $20 per child, and spots are limited. Call 910.207.6136 to reserve your child's seat.

• 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.

• The walk is just one of several events honoring the slain civil rights leader. The town of Bolton will hold a celebration Saturday at noon at 150 Blacksmith Road.

On Monday, Chadbourn Fellowship Alliance will host a walk and worship service starting at 9 a.m. at 505 S. Wilkes Street. Columbus Regional Healthcare will hold a community service and health fair Monday starting at noon at the hospital.

• Join the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville for Second Saturday Storytime each month at 10:30 a.m. for a read aloud book followed by a nature activity. Storytime programs are designed for families with children ages 3-7 years old and are free to the public. The event is in partnership with the Columbus Council of the N.C. Reading Association. The next Storytime will be held on Jan. 14 (this Saturday).

Happening in Bladen

• The Bladen County Public Library will be holding a 50/50 Valentine's Day raffle through Feb. 13. Tickets are one for $2, or 3 tickets for $5. All proceeds will go to the library. Call 910.862.6990 for more information.

• The library will also be hosting the Popcorn and a Movie Day on Monday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. The Help will be the feature presentation. The facility can be found at 111 North Cypress Street in Elizabethtown.

Happy events and more

• The Columbus County Sheriff's Office had a special visitor

this week. Pat Faircloth brought his best girl Mouse to visit. She gave hugs, high fives, and enjoyed a lollipop.

• Enchanting Tree Learning Center will be hosting a screening and discussion of the film Resilience on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 910.642.8226.

• Listen to a story full of the sounds of nature on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville. Learn all about the acoustics made by plants, animals, and weather. Participants will be playing a fun activity game by guessing who or what makes many musical sounds in the woods and swamp. This event is a free program geared toward families with children ages 3-7.

• 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. To sign up for the meeting, call the CBA office at 910.642.2155.

• 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 Columbus County Health Department received a generous donation from Chadbourn United Methodist Church. Katrina Batten stopped by with diapers, wipes, and baby apparel.

• The Columbus Baptist Association will be partnering with the N.C. Baptist State Convention and the North American Mission Board to present a large fellowship event for Columbus County youth and youth workers called Momentum. The rally will be presented in three parts at three different locations.

Part one will be at Cherry Grove Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 5-7 p.m. and is titled How to Pray for Your Friends to Christ.

The second part of the youth rally, Share Jesus Without Fear, will be at Riegelwood Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 5-7 p.m. RBC can be found at 103 N.C.-87 in Riegelwood.

The final installment of the event will feature guest speaker Scott Pace with music by The Museum. Western Prong Baptist Church will host Momentum on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 5-7 p.m. Western Prong is located at 167 Peacock Road in Whiteville.

Momentum is for children in grades 6-12. The event is free, and snacks will be provided each evening. If you or your youth group is interested in attending, please call the CBA office at 910.642.2155 so they can plan accordingly.

• Shizzy's Wildlife Rescue has two volunteer days set for this month. The nonprofit will need help installing wolf habitats and fencing on Jan. 14 and on Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering can call Rhonda Billeaud at 910.840.1886. Volunteers must be 18 years old or older.

• The Lions Club of Lake Waccamaw will have their first meeting of the new year on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Morton Conference Building at the Boys and Girls Home farm. The building can be accessed from Tops Tobacco Road. Current Lions and those who are interested in joining the organization are invited to attend.

• Join an educator from the Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville and celebrate ornithology by building a birdhouse. The ecoEXPLORE activity will be on Saturday, Jan. 21, starting at 10:30 a.m. The museum is located at 415 South Madison Street in Whiteville.

• Families First will host their first LatinX Community Night on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6-8 p.m. at San Juan's. Come out and celebrate Latin culture with good food and good company.

• Old Dock Cypress Creek Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a community blood drive on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the station. You can make an appointment by visiting The sponsor code for the drive is 8317. All blood donors will receive a $20 eGift card. Old Dock VFD can be found at 10635 New Britton Highway East in Whiteville. For more information, call 910.640.2203.

• National Random Acts of Kindness Day is Feb. 17. It's a day of giving, caring, and appreciation. Hold the door for someone, sit with someone at school or at church who is sitting alone, or simply compliment folks throughout your day. A little kindness can make a big impact.

• The Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce 2023 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

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