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  • Crystal Faircloth

The Good News for Jan. 21

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

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

• The Bladen County Public Library is selling tickets for their 50/50 Valentine's Day raffle through Feb. 13. Tickets are one for $2, or three tickets for $5. All proceeds will go to the library. Call 910.862.6990.

• The Columbus County Youth and Families Association made a donation to Robin Rothfuss for the Tim Tebow Night to Shine dance scheduled for Feb. 10 at Whiteville High School.

Rothfuss is the event coordinator for the Columbus County branch of the annual gathering. Night to Shine is a complimentary event for people with special needs ages 14 and older hosted by local churches around the world.

• The Columbus Baptist Association and the N.C. Baptist Children's Home (NCBCH) will 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 share information about requirements for fostering children through the organization. To sign up, call the CBA office at 910.642.2155.

• As spring inches closer, Lake Waccamaw Dixie Youth baseball signups will be under way every Saturday throughout the month of February from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. On Feb. 4, 11, 18, and 25, kids and their parents can head over the Lake Waccamaw United Methodist Church to join a league.

For more information, contact Jason Dorsey at 910.625.6167, or Brandon Mitchell at 910.625.9750. Lake Waccamaw United Methodist Church can be found at 506 Lakeshore Drive.

• Cerro Gordo will hold Dixie Youth Baseball signups every Saturday starting on Jan. 28 - Feb. 18 at the Cerro Gordo Dixie Youth Complex from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The league will consist of Tee Ball, Majors, Minors, and Coach Pitch. Children must be between the ages of 5-12 years old, and a registration fee of $40 is due at the time of signup. For more information, call Kiley Hinson at 910.512.4524, Quinn Allen at 910.918.2481, or Marko Little at 910.918.8276.

• The Columbus Baptist Association is 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.

The first part of the rally had a turnout of over 100 youth and their leaders. 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 at Western Prong Baptist Church on 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.

• Columbus got an excellent view of a space launch on Sunday, Jan. 15. The Falcon Heavy USSF-67 could clearly be seen in the eastern end of the county. The photo here is courtesy of Donna Creech of Lake Waccamaw.

• Shizzy's Wildlife Rescue still has one volunteer day set for this month. The nonprofit will need help installing wolf habitats and fencing 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.

• 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.

• There's a new food truck in town, and two of Whiteville's favorite businesses have paired to bring Columbus County a taste of the Mediterranean. Zeko's Italian Restaurant and the Whiteville Fun Factory will be pumping out fresh grilled favorites at various locations around town in the Zeko's International big blue truck.

To find out what they are serving up, call 910.207.2951 or visit the Zeko's International Facebook page for a list of menu items, times, and locations.

• The Old Dock Cypress Creek Volunteer Fire Department will host 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.

• The Columbus Council of N.C. Reading Association (CCNCRA) will partner with the Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville to host a very special guest on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Children's author Annette Whipple will be speaking via Zoom about using curiosity to spark education in the minds of children. The event is free, and both the public and other authors are encouraged to participate.

Snacks will be served, and folks who would like to join virtually can register online at Celebrating Curiosity with Non-Fiction featuring a zoom with Annette Whipple (Sponsored and hosted by CCNCRA and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville).

• Brown Street Station and Kool 103.9 F.M. are teaming up for the first Super Ball party in honor of the Superbowl on Sunday, Feb. 12. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and kickoff will be at 6:30 p.m. There will be two large screens to watch the game, football pool, and door prizes

after each commercial break. The cost is $10 per person.

Brown Street Station is located at 202 North Brown Street in Chadbourn. No alcoholic beverages will be served at this event.

National Random Acts of Kindness Day will be on 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 will hold the Spring Has Sprung Festival April 27. The chamber is looking for vendors and parade participants for the event. Call the chamber at 910.377.3012 or send an email to

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