Contributed photo of a "no firearms" sign at an area Hills.
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Hills Decision Unpopular with Gunowners

by Jefferson Weaver in Business Comments Off on Hills Decision Unpopular with Gunowners

• How do you feel about firearms in businesses? Join the discussion on the Columbus County News Facebook page. Gunowners say they are turning their backs on Hills Grocery stores after the announcement that firearms [Read More]
Jefferson Weaver
Commentary

Jefferson Weaver • I Hate August

by Jefferson Weaver in Commentary Comments Off on Jefferson Weaver • I Hate August

I hate August. Not my dear friend and brother in Christ by the same name. Thankfully, that August was born in July. For him I have nothing but fraternal love and respect.The month, however, is [Read More]

Columbus County

Rylkeigh Madison (courtesy Ryleigh Madison Music)

Sunday Wreck Injures Local Singers

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Two well-known local musicians were injured in a collision Sunday at Midway and Union Valley Roads. Ryleigh Madison Bunch and Dustin Chapman were on their way to band rehearsal when the wreck occurred, according Ryleigh’s [Read More]
Crime

National Night Out at Eastern Substation

Eastern Columbus residents turned out Tuesday for the first-ever National Night Out observance at the sheriff’s office substation. While temperatures still flirted with 100 at 6 p.m., deputies and kids cooled off with a water [Read More]
Church News

Countywide supply giveaways for students 

Buying school clothes and supplies should be a little easier for parents in Columbus County this year. Uniforms were done away with in May, after multiple complaints by parents and students, and many organizations are [Read More]

County News

Drive-up testing is continuing at Columbus Regional Health Center by appointment.
Covid-19

Rapid COVID Testing Offered

Healing Hearts is offering rapid COVID-19 testing at two locations in Whiteville. The organization’s main office located at 426 Lee Street, will be open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturdays and [Read More]

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Candidates Welcome on Columbus Connection

All candidates on the November ballot are welcome to participate in one-on-one episodes of the Columbus Connection. The public affairs program airs at 10 a.m. on Saturdays on WTXY, and is available as a podcast [Read More]

Fire and Rescue Chief Brandy Nance presents a Hometown Hero award to Jean-Aubry Williamson and her dad, Walt, while Commissioner Terry Littrell
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Lake Honors Heroes; Major Grant Announced

Lake Waccamaw commissioners had big surprises to share with residents at their monthly meeting on Tuesday night.  Mayor Matt Wilson announced that the town has been officially notified of a $9.2 million grant from the [Read More]

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P-EBT Hits $2 Billion

The pandemic brought many changes in North Carolina, including how parents feed their children. The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT) was created, and now more than $2 billion has been distributed to North Carolina [Read More]

Matthew Hoh, Green partyS neat Candidate
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Green Party Gains Official Status

Voters in North Carolina now have another choice when it’s time to register. The State Board of Elections on Monday voted 4-0 to recognize the North Carolina Green Party as an official political party in [Read More]

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County Cancels Lake EMS Contract

After a brief executive session Monday, Columbus County commissioners voted to cancel the Lake Waccamaw EMS contract with the county. The motion was suggested by County Manager Eddie Madden and Asst. Manager Nick West, who [Read More]

Strickland takes the oath.
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Strickland Named to SCC Board

Dr. Dan Strickland is Southeastern Community College’s newest board member. The former school superintendent of county schools was appointed by the Columbus County Board of Commissioners. Strickland was sworn in by Clerk of Superior Court [Read More]

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City Schools Set Open House Schedule

With summer soon coming to an end, Whiteville City Schools have announced the date and times for district open houses. Sessions will take place on Aug. 25, and the times for each school is as [Read More]

Dawn Hinshaw
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Hinshaw Named New SCC Ag Tech Instructor

Dawn Hinshaw has been named the new Agribusiness Technology instructor at Southeastern Community College. Hinshaw comes to SCC with nine years of experience teaching at West Columbus High School. Since beginning her career she has received her [Read More]

Ray Cockrell (B&GH photo)
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Cockrell Named as Home President

Chief Mission Officer Ray Cockrell will serve as temporary CEO of the Boys and Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw. President Rickey Creech and two family pets died this morning after a fire at the family’s [Read More]

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Business

Seedling Catalogs Available

The N.C. Forest Service (NCFS) is now accepting orders in its annual tree seedling sale. With an average annual production of 15 million seedlings, the Nursery and Tree Improvement Program produces enough native and genetically [Read More]

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Watermelon Day Saturday at Farmers Market

Nothing says summer like a “red to the rind” watermelon.Whether it’s a Charleston Grey on a grandmother’s porch after Sunday dinner, a truckload of Congos at Vacation Bible School, a volunteer hybrid broken open on [Read More]

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Boil advisory issued for Water District Three

Contractors bored through a water line north of Whiteville Wednesday, leading to a boil water advisory for many customers in Columbus County Water District Three. The areas affected include Tart Road addresses higher than 8917, [Read More]

Lynn Hinnant
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Campers, Drainage Top Lake Agenda

Campground regulations and drainage issues around the Waccamaw Shores area topped the Lake Waccamaw commissioners agenda Tuesday.   Don Delisle of 144 Waccamaw Shores Road attended June’s meeting to express his concern about the water not [Read More]

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Lake Issues Boil Advisory

Lake Waccamaw water customers near Creek Ridge and Bella coola are under a boil water advisory due to a leaking water main. The town announced the outage this morning. The affected area is from 1502 [Read More]

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