The Good News for Sept. 16-24

Columbus Animal Protective Services needs adopters for loving pets like this little fellow. (APS photo)
(APS photo)


If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, Columbus County has got you covered. There is hands-on fun for the kids, and health fairs for everyone. Go paint a picture or go on a walk for a good cause.  

Happening today: 

• The Waccamaw Siouan STEM Studio will be having a STEM Day on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at the tribal grounds in Bolton. This event is free, and registration is not required. Attendees will be able to check out 12 different experiences and participate in a scavenger hunt to win prizes. The grounds are located at 7239 Old Lake Road.   

• The Conquer Chiari Walk with Christy will take place in Saturday, Sept. 17, with registration at 9 a.m. at Elizabeth Brinkley Park. The walk will begin at 11:15 a.m. followed by a light lunch and silent auction. T-shirts will be provided for pre-registered walkers with a minimum donation of $40. Paper forms will be available at the event. 

Christy Harrelson was diagnosed with the condition in July 2021. Her goal is to bring awareness to the disease and raise money for research with the event. The park is located at 90 Bald Cypress Circle in Lake Waccamaw.  

• Columbus Animal Protective Services and Gurganus Farm Store in Whiteville will sponsor a rabies clinic and adopt-a-thon at the store September 17. There will be antique farm equipment on display, drawings and giveaways for animal feed and products, and more. The event is from 9-1.

• Galloway Farms is hosting Pick and Paint on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 6 – 9 p.m. Pick a few sunflowers or Zinnias, then paint a lovely canvas inspired by your bouquet. Tickets start at $30 and includes one sunflower and one canvas with provided paint, brushes, and an apron.

Please come 30 minutes early if you wish to pick your own flowers. Additional flowers can be purchased for a $1 each. Galloway Farms is located at 370 Artesia Road in Hallsboro. Visit for more information.

• The Grissettown-Longwood Fire Department will be having a fall craft fair on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Items include home décor, wreaths, ornaments, soaps, baked goods, fairy hair antiques, boutique clothing, stained glass, crochet, makeup and skin care products, greeting cards, and much more. There will also be a concession stand for food and beverages. The department is located at 758 Longwood Road in Ocean Isle Beach.  

• Koonce Medicine Mart and Chadbourn Family Practice will host a Community Health Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, Sept. 17. The event will be held in the Koonce parking lot, located at 104 East 7th Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free food, entertainment, games, inflatables for the kids and school supply giveaways. Flu and Covid-19 vaccinations will be offered as well as select health screenings.    

And in other news 

• The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office raised over $1,600 for a county resident who had lifesaving surgery and ended up with some outstanding medical bills. The department donated money to ditch their razors for a ‘No Shave’ fundraiser to help pay them.  

• The N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs will be working in partnership with the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe to host a back-to-school giveaway drive thru event on Monday, Sept. 19 from 5-7 p.m., at the tribal grounds. Parents are invited to come out and pick up free school supplies for their children. The grounds are located at 7239 Old Lake Road.  

• The Columbus Regional Healthcare System will be presenting the N.C. Project Lean’s free community summit on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Vineland Station at 9 a.m. The keynote speaker for the event will be American Idol’s Ruben Studdard. Studdard is the national spokesperson for the ‘Be Sickle Smart’ awareness program. 

Spots are limited. Call La Tania McKenzie at 910.624.1747 to reserve your seat. Vineland Station is located at 701 South Madison Street in Whiteville.  

• The Whiteville Fun Factory will be having their Kid’s Night Out end of summer party on Friday, Sept. 23 from 6-9 p.m. The price is $25 per child and includes pizza, arts and crafts, a movie, and bouncy inflatables. Parents must register their child by Sept. 21 by calling 910.207.6136. The drop off location is 42 Hill Plaza in Whiteville.  

• Southeastern Community College will hold an EMS Symposium on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on campus. Attendees are invited to get eight hours of continuing education training credits in one day. 

The symposium is an all-day event that will feature multiple breakout sessions. All EMS care providers are invited to attend. SCC is located at 4564 Chadbourn Highway. For more information, call 910.642.7141.  

• The East Columbus High School soccer program is having a pancake breakfast to raise money on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Highway 55 restaurant in Whiteville. The kids will be slinging hotcakes from 8-10 a.m., and the cost is $5 per person for all you can eat pancakes, bacon, and drinks. Folks can dine in or carry out. The eatery is located at 104 Columbus Corners Drive.   

• All 6-12 grade students are invited to the Aflame youth rally in the Slugger’s Deli parking lot on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jeremy Hinson will be leading a worship service, and Ben Worthington will be the guest speaker. The event is being held in preparation for See You at the Pole. The deli is located at 140 Whiteville Town Center.   

At the latest Backpack Buddies packing party, 42 volunteers attended. (submitted)

• The Columbus Baptist Association held their monthly Backpack Buddy packing party last week. The CBA had 42 volunteers show up to help with the work.

The ministry provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack on Saturdays and Sundays for children who may not get a meal again until they return to school on Monday morning.  

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