• Crystal Faircloth

The Good News for Nov. 5

As the holiday season approaches, many churches, fire departments, businesses, and organizations are holding turkey shoots and Christmas celebrations. Be sure to send all your Santa-errific events to Columbus County News for publication. There is no charge for this service, and the news can be read absolutely free at www.columbuscountynews.com. When you visit the website, sign up for the CCN newsletter to get the latest news delivered to your inbox every morning.

Happening this weekend

• This weekend is the last of the season for Maze Craze at Galloway Farms in Hallsboro. This year the 13-acre Outer Banks themed maze will lead you on a treasure hunt as you search for OBX icons hidden along the paths.

Outside of the maze, enjoy games, tractor-pulled wagon rides, barrel train rides, live farm animals, concessions, and more. Food vendors are on site with good eats, and be sure to check out the farm’s Snack Shack to get your hot cocoa, hot apple cider, pumpkin spice, salted caramel, cinnamon sugar donuts, and more.

A two-acre kid's fun maze contains the story trails. Walk along with your children and read the story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, Jack and the Cornstalk, The Three Silly Goats and Their Stuff, and sing with Farmer Alma's Sing-Along Trail. Tickets start at $12.

Visit www.gallowayfarm.yapsody.com/event/index/738159/2022-maze-craze-at-galloway-farm to purchase your tickets.

• Abundant Life Assembly of God will hold signups for Toys for Tots this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Parents or guardians will need to bring proof of address for each child. These documents can include Medicaid cards, birth certificate, or school I.D. Abundant Life is located at 5384 James B. White Highway South in Whiteville.

• New Life Community Church will hold their annual holiday bazaar today, Nov. 5, from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Handcrafted items, clothing, jewelry, and much more will be up for sale at the events. The church is located at 107 South Maultsby Street in Whiteville.

Turkey shoots and more

• Transformation Church will have their turkey shoot every Saturday night, at 7 p.m. through the month of November. The church is located one mile north of Williams Township School, at 9955 James B. White Highway South.

• Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department is well known for having one of the biggest turkey shoots in the county every year. The contests run Nov. 4 through 26. Start time is 7 p.m. The fire station is located at 10263 Old 74, Evergreen.

• Old Dock will host a turkey shoot starting Nov. 4 and 5 and running throughout the month of November. Shooting time starts at 7 p.m.

• Abundant Life Assembly of God will begin their annual turkey shoot tonight at 7 p.m. There will be concessions, ladies and kids rounds, and fellowship. The event will run every Friday and Saturday night through November.

• Whiteville City Schools are back at it again helping families in need in the community by hosting their annual Thanksgiving food drive. WCS is now accepting donations from now through Nov. 16 at the Central Office located at 107 West Walter Street. The items can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Perishable donations will be accepted with a scheduled drop-off time. Please call Shenicka Banks at 910.642.3546, extension 4223, for more information. She can also be reached by email at sbanks@whiteville.k12.nc.us.

• The Columbus County Shriners will be holding their annual fish fry on Thursday, Nov. 10, in Riegelwood at the corner of Waccamaw and Old Stage Road and on Friday, Nov. 11, at the DB Cox Crop Insurance office in front of Tractor Supply in Whiteville. Plates are $10 each, and the organization will be serving up good eats from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days. Contact Daniel Hilburn or Matt Wilson via Facebook to purchase your tickets.

• Veterans will be honored in Columbus County on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m., with the first annual Veterans Celebration Parade. Area businesses are asked to decorate out front to show their patriotic pride. This is an inaugural event in Whiteville, and participation in the parade is limited to those who served in one of the seven branches of the military, supporting color guard, high school JROTC, and school band.

• The Columbus County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will be having their 2022 Shuck N’ Shag on Thursday, Nov. 17. Attendees can slurp oysters and dance the night away starting at 5 p.m. at Vineland Station.

Tickets are available at the Chamber office, and the price includes all you can eat oysters, chili, Brunswick stew, dancing, and fellowship. To reserve your seat, call 910.642.3171. Vineland Station is located at 701 South Madison Street.

• The Chadbourn Library will be hosting a hot dog and bake sale on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bagged lunches will be $7 each and will included two hotdogs, chips, cookies, and a drink. Deliveries may be made in town by calling 910.654.3322. The library is located at 301 North Wilson Street in Chadbourn.

• While the Thanksgiving turkey is still settling, get out and about with the Shop Our Stores Downtown Whiteville event. Shop locally for a chance to win money and prizes for the holiday season, and bring the little ones to meet Santa and Ms. Claus at the Chamber office from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Several other beloved Christmas characters will be at different locations throughout the day, and the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville will be celebrating Indian Heritage Month.

Shop that day, and hang around that evening for the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. There will be music, food, hot cocoa, free horse carriage rides, and so much more. For a list of characters and all the events happening that day, visit the Shop Our Store Downtown Whiteville Facebook page.

• The 2022 Riegelwood Thanksgiving and Christmas parade and festival is currently seeking participants and food vendors for the event. The celebration will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19, and those interested are asked to message Kimberly Faircloth via Facebook.

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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