The Good News June 3

Dry weather and partly cloudy skies will make for a nice weekend in Columbus County. Get out and enjoy some of the events happening on Saturday. Be sure to log onto for absolutely free to catch up on any news you’ve missed this week. Get your news delivered every morning to your inbox before your coffee ever hits your cup by signing up for our daily newsletter.   

Soccer ball
County Parks and Rec soccer registration is underway.

• Columbus County Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration forms for youth fall soccer through June 30 for boys and girls ages 4-12 years old. You can register your child in person at the facility located at 306 Jefferson Street in Whiteville from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and from 1 – 4 p.m. For more information, call 910.640.6624. 

•The Columbus County Partnership for Children will be hosting the Spring Into Reading street fair today, Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 109 West Main Street in Whiteville. The free family day will include Storytime, face painting, dancing, games, story book characters, prizes, resource and information booths, special guests and entertainment, food, and much more. For any questions about the fair, call the partnership at 910.642.8226. The event was postponed until this weekend due to inclement weather.   

•. The Whiteville Garden Club will have its 2023 Garden Tour starting at 10 a.m. today, Saturday, June 3. The event will feature 6 gardens on or near Lake Waccamaw with 5 informational demonstrations taking place at the Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum. Booklets are $20 each and are available by calling 910.770.0495. They can also be purchased at the depot.  

Shizzy's wildcat rescue
Shizzy’s Wildcat Rescue needs volunteers for upcoming workdays.

• Shizzy’s Wildcat Rescue in Fair Bluff will be holding volunteer workdays on June 3 and 24 this month. You must be 18 years old or older to use tools and climb ladders. If you would like to volunteer at Shizzy’s Wildcat Rescue, find out more information, make a donation, or become a sponsor, you can contact Rhonda Billeaud, co-chairman for Shizzy’s, by phone at 910.840.1886. You can also send her an email at [email protected]

• The first Sunday of the Lakeside Ministry will officially begin this Sunday, June 4, at 9 a.m. at the Lake Waccamaw campground pavilion. The speaker will be Mark Player, and the singer will be Anna Harris. 

• New Hope Baptist will be having their VBS from June 4-9. The church is located at 252 Rough and Ready Road in Whiteville.  

• The East Columbus High School Booster Club is holding a fundraiser raffle on Saturday, June 10. There will be two drawings for the event. One winner will be picked for a family outdoor prize package including Calcutta camp gear and Yeti and Thermacell accessories, and another drawing will be held for a Ruger 10-22 with 222 rounds or at $350 gift certificate from Waccamaw Outdoors. Both male and female packages are available for the firearms. Tickets are one for $10 or 3 for $20. Purchase your tickets by contacting a member of the booster club, or Chad Smith at Town Hall at Lake Waccamaw.   

• The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville will be hosting a Playspace Pop-up on Thursday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m. Children and their families will be learning about the difference between fresh water and salt water, and they will get the chance to paint with salt. This program is geared toward children 4-8 years old, but all nature lovers are invited to attend. No registration is required for this event. The museum can be found at 415 South Madison Street.

Jeff Wright Scooter
Jeff Wright needs a scooter to use at his home and business while he continues cancer treatments.

• A beloved local business owner and his family are in need of help from the community. Jeff Wright, owner of Tint Wizards, has been battling cancer for the last several months, and he would like to borrow a scooter like the one pictured here.

Wright is having trouble getting around at home and at his shop, and the mobility device would help him accomplish daily tasks easier.

Call 910.640.9894 if you have any questions or if you have a scooter. The family will also consider purchasing a scooter if you have one you would like to sell.   

• Pireway OFWB Church will be having revival starting Sunday, June 11, at 6 p.m. The event will continue through June 17 with services beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening. The church can be found at 16213 Swamp Fox Highway East in Tabor City. Call Pastor Jacob Cribb at 910.363.6516 with any questions.    

• Waccamaw Siouan pageant applications will be open on Monday, June 12. The event is for lady tribal members ages 0 to 55 years old and older. Forms can be found at the Tribal Office or on the website at

• The town of Fair Bluff Watermelon Festival has announced one of its first contests for the celebration. The Creative Watermelon Hat contest will take place on festival day, July 29, at Riverside Drive. The entry fee is $10, and the time will be announced soon. Visit to stay up to date on the latest watermelon information.  

• Welcome PFWB Church will be having a number of events during the month of June. The organization will have VBS registration on June 14 at 7 p.m., VBS camp on June 21 at 7 p.m., and all day VBS on June 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Waterslides and a cookout will follow. On June 25, the church will have VBS commencement from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., and their annual fried chicken plate sale will be held afterwards. Plates are $8 each. Welcome Church is located at 3104 Old Cribbtown Road in Chadbourn. Call 910.653.9284 for more information.


•The H.E.A.R.T.S. Foundation will have their annual kickball tournament on Saturday, June 17, at 12 p.m. Team registration starts at 11 a.m., and vendors can peddle their wares for $25. There will be live music and food available from Shirley’s Kitchen.  Admission is $1 for kids 12 and under, and $2 for everyone 13 and up. Bring your lawn chair and blankets to 116 Miller Street in Chadbourn to enjoy a day of kickball and fun.

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