The Good News for June 4

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With the kids out of school, parents need ways to entertain busy little minds for the summer. Be sure to check out some of the activities going on locally in Columbus County. 

The First Baptist Church of Whiteville and the St. Mark AME Zion Church will be hosting a Community Kids Day on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission is free, and the event is for all ages. Food and drinks will be free for children, and there will be live music and entertainment. Games, bouncy houses, slides, and snow cones will also be available for youngsters and their families to enjoy. The First Baptist Church is located at 412 North Madison Street. 

Starting June 5 and continuing every first Sunday of the month, the Whiteville’s Fun Factory will be hosting children and families with special needs and sensory restrictions. The event will be from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and will include arts and crafts and entertainment. Tickets are $14.99 per child, and kids under one get in free. The Fun Factory is located at 42 Hill Plaza in Whiteville.  

The new pickle ball court at Brinkley Park.

Elizabeth Brinkley Park in Lake Waccamaw has added a new lines to the tennis courts for a sport called Pickle Ball. The activity combines the elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis all in one game. The sport is growing in popularity since it can be enjoyed by people of any age.


The Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development will be hosting the Women’s Health and Wellness Clinic on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Columbus County Dream Center located at 403 South Martin Luther King Avenue in Whiteville. Highlights will include female health information and mammogram screening and scheduling. Appointments are not required, but recommended. You will need a physician name to schedule your mammogram. This doctor will also receive your results. To reserve a time slot, call 910.300.6322.

Crossroads Church will be having their monthly fellowship meal on Sunday, June 5, at 11:30 a.m. The church will be providing grilled chicken and drinks and ask that the congregation bring a covered dish to help with the sides to the meal. The event will take place at 132 Government Complex Drive in Whiteville.  


Tabor City held their 17th annual bass tournament last weekend. The winners were Shawn Hicken for first place, Adam Watts for second place, and Joshua Sellers and Matthew Cox came in third.

The Veterans Memorial Park of America will be having a grilled porkchop plate sale on Friday, June 10, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the veteran’s building in Whiteville. Plates will include two chops, yams, green beans, bread, and a dessert. They will also be delivering locally, so those interested can contact Angela Norris at 910.840.3848 to place an order.

The Lake Waccamaw Fire and Rescue Department has launched a campaign to raise funding for a new jet ski. The personal watercraft will reduce longer response times in rescue water events on the lake. The department as set a goal of $20,000 that they hope to reach by their annual July 2 hotdog fundraiser. If you would like to help out, donations can be made at the Lake Waccamaw Town Hall or at the fire station.   

Box turtles are just one of the species hikers may encounter on the next Museum of Sciences field trip. (File photo)

The second reptile and amphibian herpetology field trip with the N. C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville will be on Friday, June 10, at 10 a.m. at the Lake Waccamaw State Park. The children will be taking a short hike to learn how to safely observe these animals in their natural habitats.

ExoEXPLORE participants will earn extra points toward their Herpetology badge.

Spaces are limited for this event, so those who are interested should sign up at 

Come join the museum for a read-aloud and nature exploration activity at the Second Saturday Storytime on June 10 at 10:30 a.m. Participants will be learning all about dinosaurs. This program is geared toward children ages 3-6 years old, but families who love nature and love to read are welcome to join. Second Saturday Storytime is a partnership with the Columbus Chapter of the NC Reading Association. No registration is required for this event.   

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The Columbus County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services will be having their first ever Family Fur Day. The event will be held at the Columbus County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Entry is free.

There will be train rides, a petting zoo, bouncy houses, food and more. The annual rabies clinic will also be held on the premises, and the cost is $5 per one year vaccine. Adults, children, and their pets are welcomed to join in on all the fun. For more information about Family Fur Day, call the APS office at 910.641.3945.   

Whiteville High School is currently taking sign-ups for their summer cheer camp for children ages 4 years to eighth grade. The activity will run from June 20-22 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and the cost is $50. Forms can be found at WHS, the primary school, or Edgewood Elementary. Children can also be registered at the door the day of camp. 

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