The Good News for Feb. 9

The Columbus County Community Farmers Market is open for last minute Valentine’s Day shopping from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Look for crafters, original artwork and pottery, jewelry makers, fresh local eggs and milk, and much more. The market is located on Government Complex Road in North Whiteville.

 The Arts Council, Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and other groups will honor ten local African American authors Saturday, Feb. 10, with a free book signing and reception. The reception will be at the Columbus Arts Council at 822 Madison Street in downtown Whiteville from 2 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 10, is the last and biggest day of Fire Learning and Mitigation Education Week – also called FLAME—at Turnbull Creek Educational Forest in Bladen County. The forest is located on N.C. 242 north of Elizabethtown. Family day will feature games for the kids, a nature walk, educational booths, and  other activities through 2 p.m. the event is free.

The next Backpack Buddy packing party is Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbus Baptist Association Office in Whiteville. The bags of food are sent home with children who might not otherwise have hot meals away from school. The program serves children in city and county schools as well as Columbus Charter. The CBA office is located on Franklin Street in Whiteville.

The Lake Waccamaw Fatmucket Walk/Hike/Ruck has been postponed until May. Joan McPherson said the event was delayed  due to the recent death of State Park Ranger Emily Perry. The event will be held May 11 at the State Park. Online registrations will still be honored.

 A new program at  Columbus County Cooperative Extension will help local gardeners get their hands dirty and improve their produce yield. Bruce McLean will lead weekly programs on all phases of gardening starting Feb. 13. You can even pick and choose which classes to attend. Call 640.6605.

Whiteville City schools are reminding parents and students that Valentine’s Day deliveries will not be accepted at schools, due to safety concerns and possible disruptions.

Columbus Regional will sponsor a Love Your Heart community Health Fair Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be free blood pressure and other screenings, a tai chi class, and more. The fair will be held in the conference room across from the gift shop.

 The Southeastern Swamp Stewards chapter of the N.C. Wildlife Federation is sponsoring a bird-watching event February 18 at Fair Bluff. The event is part of the Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual effort to document bird species across the country. The event is free and will take place from 8 until 10 a.m. Contact the Swamp Stewards on Facebook for more information.

Community CPR will have a chicken bog plate sale fundraiser March 1 from 11 a.m. until 3  p.m. The sale will be held at the Whiteville First Baptist fellowship hall on Madison Street. You can eat in or take out, and delivery is available. Call 910.625.7221.

Coming up on March 5, Williams Township School will host Seussville for family curriculum night. There will be Dr. Seuss based games and activities, a bookfair, prizes, and food trucks from Zeko’s, Kona Ice, Tom’s Coffee and Chic-Fil-A. Suessville is from 430-60, and all Williams parents and kids are welcome.

The Peace Baptist Church of Whiteville mission team will host a chicken bog plate fundraiser March 23 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds go to the Mexico Orphanage trip. Meals include chicken bog, green beans, roll, and dessert for $10 per plate.

A Job Fair and Veterans Stand Down will be held at the county fairgrounds March 2. There will be displays from area businesses, job recruiters, and service agencies that assist veterans in all walks of life. Organizers are asking for donations of gift cards and door prizes for the event. Contact David Pattillo at 910.977.0762.

You can enjoy a hockey game and help a good cause by buying an “anytime” ticket to the Fayetteville Marksmen. A portion of each online ticket sale using the promo code PARK gets you a discount as well as a ticket good for any game this season while making a donation to the Veterans Memorial Park. Go to for more.

We always have room for your church announcements, civic club news, good Samaritans, animal stories, pageant winners, little kids with big fish – anything that makes you smile, there’s room for it on air and online in the Good News. Email [email protected], call 910.632.4965 or drop by our office at 1015 S. Madison St., 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].