The Good News for June 14

It’s a busy time in Columbus County. It’s Father’s Day tomorrow, so make sure you remember to honor all the dads in your life this weekend.

The Juneteenth Festival is at the county fairgrounds from 11 until 7 p.m. today (June 15). There will be music, food trucks, giveaways, educational booths and more. The Juneteenth parade is Wednesday at 4 in downtown Whiteville. Juneteenth commemorates the day the last slaves were freed in 1865, bringing an end to slavery in America.

Milk B4 Meat Ministries will hold a sidewalk service Saturday at 2 p.m. on the Alley on Madison in Whiteville. Everyone is welcome. Bring a lawn chair.

Peace Fellowship Church will have a book sale and storytelling lessons June 15 and June 22. Hardbacks are $2 and soft covers $1. Thousands of books will be available. Proceeds go to the missions fund. The church is located at 5847 Red Hill Road, Whiteville.

Old fashioned farm day is June 15 at the Columbus County Community Farmers Market. Learn about how farming has changed, see some antique equipment and enjoy all the market has to offer from 8 until 2. There’s always fresh produce, seafood, locally made jewelry, arts and crafts, fresh eggs and even chickens and ducks for sale. The market is located on Government Complex Road in Whiteville.

Engage Life Church is holding a bake sale June 15 from 8 a.m. until they’re sold out. Get your homemade baked goods in the parking lot behind Sue’s Diner, on the courthouse circle in Whiteville.

Our Good Samaritan of the week is actually a group – the Hallsboro volunteer Fire Department. HVFD members as well as number of residents held a parade in honor of Mrs. Lois Carter’s 100thbirthday last week. Fire trucks, decorated pickups, and wellwishers drove past her home to wish her a happy century.

The West Columbus Youth Sports Club has a series of sports camps set for this summer, including baseball, volleyball, football and cheer. An amateur wrestling club is in the works as well. See this story at Columbus County News Dot Com to find out more.

Columbus Regional will hold Safesitter certification courses for sixth through eighth graders in June, July and August. He one day course includes lunch, snacks and the Safesitter kit. Cost is $60. Contact [email protected] to register.

The hospital will also hold a men’s health screening event June 21 from, 1-3 p.m. The first eight men will receive free haircuts. Tests will include cholesterol, glucose, A1C, blood pressure and more. There will be food trucks and a raffle.

The town of Fair Bluff has a lot going on in the next few weeks. The Highway 76 bridge is back open again, so you don’t need to take the detour. Next Friday at 10 a.m. is the ribbon cutting for the Uptown Business Center will be next Friday, June 21, at 10 am. Four  businesses have  signed leases. River’s Edge Hair Co, A Sweet Discovery Bakery, Uptown Revival, and Mike Mike’s Computer Repair and Beauty Store are making their homes there.

The project is just part of the revitalization efforts to replace the flood-damaged downtown area.

The Reunion with Pizazz will be on July 26. It’s an opportunity to reminisce about the vintage buildings that will soon be demolished with the makeover for the town. The Pizazz Band will be playing a free concert on Riverside Drive. Bring your own chair. The concert is the kickoff for the Watermelon Festival on July 27.

Classical Charter Schools of Whiteville will hold Kindergarten Parents Night July 11 at 5 p.m. This is only for parents. Meet teachers and learn more about the school. Go to for more information.

Nakina Fire and Rescue has two fundraisers coming up in July. There will be a fill the boot drive at the intersection of 904 and 905 on July 6 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Look for more information about the NKFD car wash coming up soon.

Columbus County Parks and Rec and Lake Waccamaw State Park wrapped up the children’s swim camp this week.

As usual, the camp was crowded with young aquanauts. The free camp is a joint effort by the county,  the state park and other partners.

St. James Missionary Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School June 24-28. Dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m., and sessions last until 8 p.m. nightly. The church is located at 3245 Old Lake Rd., Lake Waccamaw. Be sure to email [email protected] with your VBS listing.

Columbus County Commissioner Barbara Featherson, CCPC PAC Coordinator Sherry Baldwin, PAC President Andrea Jacobs-Rofail, Columbus County Cooperative Extension’s Extension Technician of Agriculture Michael Shuman and CCPC Outreach Coordinator Shaq Davis pull weeds from a garden bed.

Members of the Columbus County Partnership for Children’s Parent Advisory Committee and some local partners, are reviving the community garden at Columbus Regional Hospital. The garden was being handled by Mike Schuman, but changes in his work schedule took time away from the project. Produce form the garden will be donated to those in need. You can find the full story here on our website.

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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].