• National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work. The Sheriff’s Office and Whiteville Police will host events Tuesday promoting National Night Out.
The Whiteville Police Department will be participating in the National Night Out 2022 on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6-9 p.m. The department will have entertainment, free hotdogs and food, games for the little ones, fire trucks and patrol vehicles, and so much more.
WPD is located at 117 East Columbus Street.
The sheriff’s office will also host a national night out event at the new east end substation, located at 356 Delco School Road, from 6-9 p.m. There will be refreshments and activities for all ages. It’s also a good time to meet the deputies and detectives assigned to the substation. For more information about that event, call 910.642.6551.
• Galloway Farm, home of Columbus County’s Maze Craze, now has their annual scarecrow contest open. Create a scarecrow to represent your business and enter to win a $500 advertising spot for the 2023 Maze Craze. This year, the farm will be partnering with Netflix for an Outer Banks themed field design. For more information about entering the contest, contact Galloway Farm via their Facebook page.
• The H.E.A.R.T.S Foundations will be hosting their annual back to school drive on Saturday, July 30, at 3 p.m. The organization will be giving away bookbags filled with notebook paper, composition books, erasers, pencils, binders, and more. The giveaway will be at 116 Miller Street in Chadbourn.
• Change Brings Choices – and school supplies – on Saturday, July 30, from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. at 137 Jenkins Road in Clarkton. The group will have a bouncy house waterslide, food, music, and backpack giveaway loaded with goodies for youngsters. If you have any questions, contact Glenwood Davis at 910.840.1208.
• For a full list of school supply distribution events, see the related story elsewhere at columbuscountynews.com
• Columbus Career and College Academy held their Freshman Boot Camp this past week. The camp gives new students the opportunity to get to know each other and learn the layout of the campus through group activities and classroom tours. Classes resume for all the early college students on Wednesday, Aug. 3.
You can learn more about the new programs at SCC this week on the Columbus Connection. Dr. Chris English is this week’s guest, and he dives deep into the automotive technology program and other curricula. Listen to the program on air at 10 a.m. Saturday on KOOL 103.9. or anytime on the CCN website. Click on the podcast tab on the website for more.
• In preparation for Cycle NC on Oct. 7, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is looking for old bikes to decorate and place throughout downtown Whiteville. Items can be dropped off at the Columbus County Parks and Recreation Building located at 606 North Thompson Street from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. The office is closed from 12 – 1 p.m. for lunch.
Cycle NC brings more than 1,000 bicyclists through Columbus County as part of the Mountains to the Sea Trail event.
• The N.C. Yam Festival committee has announced a new event for this year’s annual celebration.
If your town’s festival, school, business, or church has a mascot, then he/she is invited to join in on Tabor City’s first inaugural Mascot Race. Characters will be running, walking fast, or jogging with a sweet potato on a large spoon. First one to the finish line without dropping their vegetable is the winner.
A prize will be awarded upon the completion of the race. To participate, contact Cynthia Nelson at 910.377.3248. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22.
• Put on your dancing shoes and head out to Southeastern Community College. The school will be hosting a Shag Dancing beginner’s class on Tuesday and Thursdays, from Aug. 2-11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $25. Snag your ticket to shag at www.southeasterncc-register.fundfive.com/course/section/4009.
• Whiteville Parks and Recreation is now holding registration for fall youth football until Aug. 12. The program is for child ages 7-12 years old, and fees are $38.50 for city residents and $48.50 for non-city residents. You can register your child at City Hall located at 317 South Madison Street or online at http://www.parksrec.egove.basgov.gov. For more information call 910.642.9052.
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