The Good News for Sept. 9

Sunflowers are just one of the thousands of plants that require pollination from bees. (file)
Sunflowers are just one of the thousands of plants that require pollination from bees. Learn more about bees and honey at the Honey Festival in Whiteville this weekend. (Crystal Faircloth photo)

Happening Saturday: 

• The Columbus County Emergency Services will host the first ever Public Safety Day from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The opening ceremony is set for 9 a.m.  

First responders throughout the area will be present and holding live demonstrations such as emergency extrication, hazmat scene response steps, and special operations activities. Members of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office will be in attendance. Animal Protective services and the animal shelter will be holding an adopt-a-thon for folks looking for a new furry friend.  

The day would not be complete without the fire/law enforcement/EMS vehicle show, and a firefighter competition. 

Vendors and booths will be set up for folks to browse and shop, and when you get hungry, you can mosey on over to the chicken and rice cook off and buy a plate to appease your appetite.   

The Columbus County Fairgrounds are located at 886 Prison Camp Road, near the town of Brunswick. For more information about the Public Safety Day, check out the Columbus County Emergency Services Facebook page. 

• The Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association will hold its tractor parade at Lake Waccamaw on Saturday, Sept. 10. The parade will form up at the Boys and Girls Home Farm, travel up N.C. 214 to Jackson Crossroads, turn left, go to the lake, turn around at the dam and pass Dale’s Seafood en route back to the farm. Start time is 9 a.m. at the farm. 

• The N.C. Museum of Natural Science in Whiteville will have a special treat for visitors as part of the Honey Festival.

Second Saturday Storytime will be held at the museum. Both events start at 10 a.m. in downtown Whiteville, and the public can look forward to a fun-filled day with bee exhibits, food, honeybee products, vendors, and fellowship. The museum is located at 415 South Madison Street.  

News from Lake Waccamaw 

• ‘Flags on Flemington’ were put in place on Friday in honor of 9/11. Mike and Charlotte Hollingsworth gather a crew of friends and residents during patriotic holidays and remembrances at the Lake to put up the American and service flags that line the street from the Lake Waccamaw sign down to Dales Seafood.

This year’s Cruise for a Cause donated $500 to Mike Hollingsworth’s efforts to put flags on local veterans’ graves.

• This year’s military-themed Cruise for a Cause golf cart parade raised money for veteran’s organizations during Memorial Day weekend. Hollingworth was presented with a $500 check by committee members, Mitch Simmons and Jessica Andrews, Friday morning. The money will be spent to purchase the flags that are placed on every veteran’s grave throughout Columbus County.  

• Diedre Collins caught an unexpected tourist enjoying the water on Labor Day weekend. Collins got a now-viral photo of an eight-point buck taking a dip in Lake Waccamaw and enjoying his best life.  

And in other news

• The last Movies on Madison for the year is Sept. 16.

Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville for a showing of “Moana” plus science activities. Bring your chairs or blankets and get ready to have some fun. 

The museum’s lawn will be open at 8 p.m. for nature activities, and the feature presentation will begin at 8:30 p.m. Movies on Madison are free, and no registration is required. Refreshments will be available for sale onsite. 

Darrel Jackson of WTXY KOOL 1039 and the Wienermobile.

• The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile paid a visit to Columbus County Friday. WTXY KOOL host Darrell Jackson went by the to see what’s been called America’s most distinctive recreation vehicle. The Wienermobile drew fans from across the area to pose for pictures and find out more about the Oscar Meyer’s flagship.

• The Whiteville FFA will be having a mum sale on Friday, Sept. 16, from 3:30-6 p.m. The flowers are in 12-inch porch ready pots, and the cost is $15 each. Yellow, orange, burgundy, purple, and white mums are available. Pick up is at the Whiteville High School greenhouse.  All proceeds go to support the organization’s scholarship fund.

• 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 STEM prizes. The grounds are located at 7239 Old Lake Road.  

Columbus Animal Protective Services needs adopters for loving pets like this little fellow. (APS photo)
Columbus Animal Protective Services will have adoptable animals at next week’s rabies clinic in Whiteville. (APS photo)

• Columbus Animal Protective Services and Gurganus Farm Store in Whiteville will sponsor a rabies clinic and adopt-a-thon at the store Sept. 17. Phillips Feed Co. provided more than $1,000 in feed, medicine and animal care products for the event.

There will be antique farm equipment on display, drawings and giveaways for animal feed and products, and more. Whiteville’s hometown station, WTXY KOOL 103.9 FM, will be broadcasting live. Look for more on this event in the coming days. 

• Welcome PFWB Church will host the Spread Like Wildfire Women’s Retreat for Sept. There will be speakers, a complimentary meal and more. Scarlett Burnham and Jane Dudley will be the featured speakers. All denominations are welcome. RSVP by September 15 at

• Galloway Farms invites you to come out their 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. Instructor Ed Council will be there to help out and guide the way. Bring your own cooler with snacks and drinks for the evening. 

Tickets start at $30 and includes one sunflower and one canvas with provided paint, brushes, and an apron. 

Arrive 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  Pick & Paint at Galloway Farm tickets on Yapsody. for more information.

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