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Fun Factory Sets Days for Special Needs Kids

by Crystal Faircloth in Business Comments Off on Fun Factory Sets Days for Special Needs Kids

There’s a new kid in town, and the Whiteville Fun Factory is all about just that: kids. Vinny and Lisa Trosterud are the owners of the new establishment responsible for bringing smiles and socialization to [Read More]
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Weekly Podcast – THE COLUMBUS CONNECTION with Jefferson Weaver

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THE COLUMBUS CONNECTION with Jefferson Weaver This week Jefferson talks with Assistant District Attorney Heath Nance about Child Exploitation and Child Sextortion. Listen in the player below. Jefferson talks with Assistant District Attorney Heath Nance [Read More]

Columbus County

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Retired NBA Star Hosts Camp

Whiteville native and former NBA star Jerrod Mustaf returned to Columbus County last week to host a free basketball and life skills camp at Thomas Academy in Lake Waccamaw.  Mustaf is a two-time international basketball [Read More]
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McKenzie Honored by NAACP

Former County Commissioner Amon McKenzie was recently honored by the Columbus County NAACP. McKenzie, a Vietnam veteran and longtime automobile dealer, was the guest of honor at the NAACP Appreciation Banquet held in Whiteville.  Chapter [Read More]
Business

SCC Summerfest 2022

Southeastern Community College didn’t let a little rain get in the way of the college’s first ever Summerfest. The free family event continued on after the clouds passed over, and folks rolled in to bring [Read More]

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Representatives from multiple agencies joined together recently for the incident management training class.
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County, Municipal Agencies Join for Training

If and when another large-scale emergency occurs in Columbus, local officials hope they’ll be better equipped to work together. Emergency responders from the county and multiple municipal agencies have been undergoing training for the past [Read More]

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Hotdog Fundraiser Aims for Rescue PWC

• “I want us to be able to emphasize rescue over recovery,” said Chief Brandy Nance.   The Lake Waccamaw Fire and Rescue Department will be holding their annual hotdog fundraiser and boot drop on [Read More]

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Update from County Manager

On June 6, the Columbus County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted the FY 2022-23 budget for all funds.  The adopted budget maintains the current tax rate of 80.5 cents with no tax increase in the coming [Read More]

Megan Kopek received a copy of a declaration recognizing International Widows Day at Tuesday's Lake Waccamaw Town Commissioners meeting. Mayor Matt Wilson presented the proclamation, which was read by Commissioner Rosemary Dorsey.
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Lake Approves Budget; Recognizes Widows Day

Fire and Police departments will also receive new equipment this year. Commissioners on Tuesday approved the 2022-2023 fiscal year budget for the town of Lake Waccamaw.  The General Fund is $1,327,146, and the Water and [Read More]

GFL is the new solid waste contractor for Whiteville. (Courtesy GFL)
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City Changes Trash Cans Starting June 22

Whiteville’s curbside trash service will be receiving a makeover starting June 22. The city has switched from Waste Management to Green for Life as its solid waste contractor. GFL will be replacing all carts starting [Read More]

The Good News/Puppy
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Shelter at Maximum Capacity; Adopters Wanted

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services has gone through great lengths to improve conditions at the shelter over the last year and a half.  New lighting, sanitation stations, flooring and kennels have been installed throughout [Read More]

Officers manning a checkpoint with the BAT-Mobile last year. (file photo)
Crime

100 Deadliest Days

BAT-Mobiles To Hit All 100 counties The period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is referred to as the “100 deadliest days” on North Carolina highways. Impaired drivers, speeding and other unsafe practices become more [Read More]

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Museum Calendar Loaded for June

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will be featuring a multitude of animal education opportunities throughout the month of June. From reptiles in the murky deep to birds on the wing, it’s all about [Read More]

The group creating the city's flood print iwill return to downtown Whiteville Thursday. (WDDC graphic)
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Flood Study Group Returns Thursday

See related story here: https://columbuscountynews.com/2022/05/hurricane-season-expected-to-be-busy/ Whiteville Downtown Development announced today that the NCSU Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL) will be back in the city Thursday as part of the ongoing flood print study. On this [Read More]

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Hurricane Season Expected to be Busy

Related story: Hurricane season officially begins June 1, and federal weather forecasters are calling for the seventh busy season in a row. There’s a 65 percent chance of an above average tropical season this year, [Read More]

Crime

East Columbus School Vandalized

$40,000 damage to electronics. Cooking oil, maple syrup, honey and eggs were used to cause thousands of dollars in damage to East Columbus Junior Senior High school early Thursday. The sheriff’s office reported that school [Read More]

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Primary Day Brings Mixed Electoral Bag

Primary Day is tomorrow across Columbus County.  Early voting wrapped up Saturday, with 2,202 of the county’s 36,170 registered voters casting a ballot.  On the ticket are several county commissioners seats, the Democrat nomination for [Read More]

Lake Commissioners honored the East Columbus Dixie Darlings Tuesday.
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Lake Board Honors Brandt, Darlings

Commissioners also received a final update on the use of UTVs on town streets. Lake Waccamaw commissioners had a brief but busy meeting Tuesday. Mayor Matt Wilson started the evening off with a moment of [Read More]

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