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  • Crystal Faircloth

The Good News for Nov. 25

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

Happening this weekend

While the Thanksgiving turkey is still settling, get out and about with the Shop Our Stores Downtown Whiteville event Saturday. 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.

• The Waccamaw Siouan Tribe and the Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville will also be celebrating Indian Heritage Month from 11 a.m. until 2. There will be music, dancing, history, and more information about our local tribe.

• Shop through the day, and hang around that evening for the tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. There will be music, food, hot cocoa, free horse carriage rides, a visit from Santa, 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 Whiteville Firefighters Association will have chili and chicken bog for sale at Vineland Station during the tree lighting ceremony downtown. Candy and drinks will also be available for purchase beginning at 5 p.m. All proceeds will go to the WFFA.

• If you're headed to Bladen County this weekend, Elizabethtown and White Lake have some holiday events planned.

The annual Christmas parade will start at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Elizabethtown Town Hall. The route will travel east on Broad Street and then make a right turn onto Poplar Street. The procession will end at Swanzy Street. A grandstand and performance area will be set up in front of Leinwand's on West Broad Street.

Santa will be escorted to the tree lighting ceremony at the courthouse at 5 p.m.

Elizabethtown is also reviving their candlelight walk. The Wesley Chapel Youth Group will join the end of the parade at Martin Luther King Drive and Broad Street after Santa. The students will be holding lit candles, and anyone who wishes to join the group is welcome to do so. Please be sure to bring to bring your own candle for the walk.

Christmas fundraisers and donation drives

• The N.C. Works Career Center at Southeastern Community College is now accepting applications for their Christmas toy drive. To qualify, children must be 13 years old or younger. Parents can also fill out an application to receive career services via an N.C. Works advisor. The deadline to sign up for the drive is Dec. 2. For more information, call 910.642.7141 extension 261. Accepted applicants will be notified for pickup on Dec. 9.

• Lake Waccamaw Fire and Rescue Department is a drop off location for Toys for Tots this year. Bring a new, unused, unwrapped toy to the fire station. LWFRD is located at 203 Flemington Drive in Lake Waccamaw.

• The Columbus Baptist Association needs donations for the annual Christmas Toy Store. The organization needs brand new unwrapped toys to fulfill the needs of more than 550 children. The items can be dropped off at the CBA office, 208 South Thompson St., Whiteville through Dec. 1. Call 910.642.2155.

• The Military Vet Riders Association will be partnering with the Columbus Baptist Association for their twenty-fourth annual Toy Run on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Toy Run will start at Whiteville Walmart parking lot, and the cost of the ride is $10 or a new unwrapped toy. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and kickstands are up at 10 a.m. Riders will travel to different parts of Columbus County to collect toys for the CBA Christmas Toy Store. For more information, contact Roz Skochinsky at 910.445.3062 or Don Edmunds at 910.207.1558.

• The Whiteville City Schools' Board of Education is now accepting donations for their 2022 Angel Tree. Gifts can include bikes, toys, clothes, winter coats, shoes, and other items. Angel gifts are due by Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. and can be dropped off at the facility located at 107 West Walter Street in Whiteville. For more information, contact Shenicka Banks at 910.642.3546. She can also be reached by email at

• If you are looking for a permanent gift to give this season, you can have a brick engraved and placed at the Veterans Memorial Park of America. Many designs are available, and the park will issue certificates for those who would like to present the donation to a loved one or family member who served in one of the seven military branches. The deadline for entries is Dec. 9. For more information, contact Angela Norris at 910.840.3848.

• Whiteville Rescue has started collecting toys for the Wrapped with Love program. The drop off location address is 106 Flowers Pridgen Drive in Whiteville. Please be sure to enter at the glass door by the flagpole.

Happy events and more

• The Grissettown-Longwood Fire and Rescue Department will be having a Christmas train show from Dec. 3-4. There will be trains of all sizes, interactive displays, concessions, a baking table, train sets and accessories. Children of all ages are invited to attend. Doors open at 10 a.m., and admission is free. Donations to support the fire house are welcome.

• The Whiteville Police Department welcomed a new family member this week. Officer C. Cribb was sworn in after graduating from the Southeastern Community College BLET program.

• The Real Whiteville Santa is open for business. Jolly ole Saint Nick will be posing for pictures and listening to those Christmas lists from Nov. 25-Dec. 23 at the little white house next to Farm Bureau. His hours will be Wednesday-Saturday from 3:30 - 7 p.m., and you can find him at 113 West Smith Street.

• The Whiteville Junior Woman’s Club will hold the Mistletoe Market on Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., and on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Columbus County Fairgrounds this year so folks can enjoy shopping indoors and take advantage of the food trucks that will be available on site. The grounds are located at 886 Prison Camp Road.

  • The Locklear Family will be hosting a porkchop plate sale on Friday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The purpose of the event is to raise money for the Veterans Memorial Park of America's Army seal in the Freedom Circle. Plates are $10 each and will include 2 grilled porkchops, green beans, yams, bread, and a dessert. Dine in, pickup, or call for delivery at 910.840.0072, 910.499.3975, or at 910.840.6453.

• Columbus County Law Enforcement Officers' Association Secretary Dwayne Barnes presented Sheriff Rogers and Lt. J. McPherson with an $800 check for the Columbus County Sheriff's Office Cadet Program. This is half of the proceeds from snack sales from the association's booth at the Columbus County Agricultural Fair. This money will be utilized by the cadets to purchase supplies and to fund training activities to better prepare the youngsters for a future career in law enforcement.

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