The Good News for Feb. 23

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You have several opportunities to enjoy some good food for a good cause this week.

The Columbus Christian Academy Senior Class fundraiser is Saturday morning (Feb. 24) from 8-10 a.m. at Highway 55. $10 gets you all the pancakes you can eat. Highway 55 is in Columbus Corners Shopping Center in Whiteville.

Saturday night you can enjoy some “Summer Vibes” at Taste of Columbus at Western Prong Baptist Church. Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for kids. Proceeds benefit scholarships through the Columbus Youth and Families Association. Call 910.445.6031 for more information. The dinner starts at 5 p.m.

Monday is the Sweet Saints Community Luncheon at Riegelwood Community Center, sponsored by Bethel Baptist of Riegelwood. There will be a spaghetti lunch, games, missions, devotional, goodie bags and Nerf guns. Everyone is welcome. The gathering is from 11 until 2, and there’s no charge.

Community CPR will have a chicken bog plate sale Friday (March 1) at Whiteville First Baptist Church on Madison Street. Eat in or take out. Plates are $10, and  available from 11 until 3 p.m.

Next Saturday, March 2 Bethel Methodist Church will hold its famous fried chicken fundraiser. Plates are $10, and are available for take out or eat in. The sale is from noon until 5 p.m., unless plates sell out first. The church is located at 73 M.M. Ray Road, Clarendon.

Also on March 2, is the Veterans Stand Down and Job Fair at the Columbus County fairgrounds. There will be free food, kids activities, more than 60 employers, and more than 30 service and support agencies looking out for our veterans. The event is from 10 until 2, and everyone is welcome. There’s no admission charge.

Stella Grace was at the shelter for more than two months. (APS photo)
Stella Grace was at the shelter for more than two months. (APS photo)

Columbus Animal Protective Services is offering adoptions for $20 each through the end of the month – that’s next week, folks. All cats, dogs, puppies and kittens are $20. That does not include a spay and neuter voucher.

View the adoptables on their website and social media, or drop by the shelter on Legion Drive in Whiteville Monday through Friday.

In other shelter news, another longtime resident of APS went to her forever home this week. Stella Grace is a Plott Hound that’s the official state dog) who spent two months at APS before she was adopted by a local family.


Stella Grace was going out the door as a major donation from Aunt Kerry’s Pet Shop in Wilmington was coming in. The Port City pet supplier sent food, beds, treats, crates and more to the shelter to make life a little easier for the four footed guests.

Aunt Kerry's APS
Some of the donations from Aunt Kerry’s Pet Store to Columbus APS. (Facebook photo)

Friends and family had a  fun night surprising “Mrs. Whiteville” Suzanne King at Cape Fear Winery in Elizabethtown last week for her birthday.  Suzanne is known throughout the area as the city’s foremost ambassador.

Registration for Wildlife Action Summer Camp will start on March 1. Sign up in person at the Wildlife Action office in Sunset Terrace in Whiteville. See their Facebook page for more information.

Columbus County Parks and Recreation has opened the 2024 Spring Coloring Contest, sponsored by the Columbus County Arts Council. There are three different coloring pages for three different age groups. Students should color and submit one picture from their age group. Entries must be returned to the Parks and Recreation office by 4 p.m. April 26. Winners get a $25 prize. Staff will pick up entries from the County Office or your school if needed.

All winners will be announced at a later date. Mail entries to Columbus County Parks and Recreation, 306 Jefferson St., Whiteville, N.C. 28472 or drop them off at the office from 8:30 a.m. -noon and 1 – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Coming up on March 9, The Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is sponsoring a chili competition at Vineland Station in Whiteville. Entry fee is $25 for competitors, and admission is $10. Chili fans get a free customized mug and spoon.   Contact the chamber for more information.

Whiteville Parks and Rec T ball registration is open through March 15. T-ball is open to players ages four to six. Your child must turn four before May 1, and may not turn seven until after the season. A copy of your child’s birth certificate is required. Cost is $15 for city residents, $25 for county. Call 642.8046 for more information.

The Columbus County Community Farmers Market is open Saturday from 8-1. Although the produce is trickling in, you can find fresh milk, eggs and meat, jewelry, baked goods, arts and crafts, and more. The market is located on Government Complex Drive in North Whiteville.

We always have room for your pageant winners, civic club events, church news, Good Samaritan stories, fundraisers, yard sales, little kids with big fish. Send us an email, call 910.632.4965, PM us on Facebook, or stop by and say hello at 1015 South Madison in downtown Whiteville.

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Jefferson Weaver is the Managing Editor of Columbus County News and he can be reached at (910) 914-6056, (910) 632-4965, or by email at [email protected].