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  • Crystal Faircloth

The Good News for Jan. 7

Updated: Jan 6

It's a new year in Columbus County, and even though the cold weather has rolled in, there is still plenty to do in the coming days. And remember, you can always find out what's going on in your area for absolutely free at

Happening this week in Columbus

• The next Backpack Buddies Packing Party is Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Baptist Association office in Whiteville. Each backpack is filled with a weekend’s worth of food to provide meals and snacks for a child who might not have enough food at home. Call 910.642.2155 to sign up to help.

• Columbus Charter School will be hosting Kindergarten Information Night on Monday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. in classroom KA. The purpose of the event is to discuss the school's curriculum, schedule, and offer information to parents interested in enrolling their child at CCS. There will crafts, songs, and goody bags for the little ones to take home. The school is located at 35 Bacon's Way in Whiteville.

• The Anchorage Camp hosts skate night every Saturday from Jan. 7-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 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 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.

Donations needed

• The Boys and Girls Home of N.C. has joined the Round Up Program. Folks are invited to sign up and donate their spare change to the organization. Each time a transaction is made, the amount can be rounded up to the next dollar, and the difference will be donated to the BGHNC.

Click Here to find out how to register.

Happy events and more

• Whiteville Rescue had two of their members recognized this week at the department. Ron Sasser and Donnie Coleman stopped to help an elderly gentleman who had been waiting for AAA for four hours to assist with a damaged tire. With no call pending at the time, the guys didn't hesitate to change the flat and get the man on his way and out of the cold.

• Pierce and Company made an awesome discovery while moving things around in the store. The staff found a brand new set of antique hames used for horses or ox when pulling a wagon. The straps were still wrapped up in the original string.

• 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.

• Columbus County Parks and Rec is signing up players for youth basketball. The league is for boys and girls ages 6-15 years old. Sessions will be held on six Saturdays at Nakina, Tabor City, Chadbourn and Williams Township. The program focuses on basic skills. Cost is $10. Contact the parks and recs department at 910.640.6624.

• 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.

• Hoof the Waccamaw Shores Owl was released in his home territory this week. Blaine and Stacy Littrell befriended the owl, who was popular throughout the neighborhood. He was struck by a car last month, and spent several weeks recovering at A Wild Life rehabilitation center. Hoof is known for being very vocal, even for a barred owl, and he is back serenading the Shores.

• 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 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.

• Folks will be seeing a new face at the courthouse in 2023. Judge Sarah McPherson took the bench for the first time in Columbus County on Tuesday, Jan. 3. McPherson has Beaverdam roots and currently lives in Brunswick County. She previously served in the district attorney’s office here.

• Shizzy's Wildlife Rescue has two volunteer days set for this month. The nonprofit will need help installing wolf habitats and fencing on January 14th and on January 28th 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.

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

• The Columbus Baptist Association and the N.C. Baptist Children's Home (NCBCH) will host a 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.

• The GOOD NEWS is featured every Saturday morning on WTXY Kool 1039FM AM1540, and throughout the week under the GOOD NEWS tab at Email 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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