The Good News for July 5

Saturday is the Freedom Festival at the Veterans Memorial Park on U.S. 701 south of Whiteville. There will be yard salers, vendors, live entertainment, kids activities, and food. The event is from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. As always, the Field of Flags is flying at the park, so get out there and enjoy this display of American pride.

More flags are flying in the county as well. The Flags of Flemington at Lake Waccamaw are on display through Monday. The flags are flown on every patriotic holiday. In addition to historical flags of our country, there are flags honoring the military, first responders and more. The display starts at the depot museum and extends to town hall.

You might have seen the flags Thursday if you stopped by the Lake fire department for the Jimmy Stanley Memorial Hot Dog sale. Fire Chief Ron Sasser said the event was a resounding success, and more than $4,000 was raised.

You can help out another fire department Saturday. Nakina VFD will hold a boot drop Saturday at the intersection of NC 904 and 905 from 10-2. The department will also hold a car wash July 27.

Downtown Fair Bluff (Lumber River visitor Center photo)
Downtown Fair Bluff (Lumber River visitor Center photo)

The Fair Bluff 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.

 The Columbus Arts Council is celebrating 40 years of Mark Bannerman Art Students’ creativity. The free exhibit is at the Arts Council, 822 South Madison Street, Whiteville. Call 910.640.2787 for times.

Local vendors are still needed for a big event in Chadbourn later this month. The Chadbourn HEARTS Foundation will hold their annual back to school drive July 27 from 3-6 p.m. at the park on Miller Street. There will be a foam blaster pit, bouncy houses, tours of fire trucks, a rock wall, and even a mechanical bull. Call 910.625.1745 or 910.733.3375 for more information.

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

Movies on Madison will soon be back – with MINIONS. The Museum of Science in Whiteville has completed renovations, and the popular free summer movie series is back July 19. Despicable ME tells the story of Gru, his daughters and of course, the Minions. The movie starts at dusk, but the lawn will open at 7:30 p.m. for activities. Refreshments will be available for purchase. No pets, alcohol consumption or smoking is permitted.

 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 on ColumbusCountyNews.Com to find out more.

Whiteville parks and rec youth football camp is July 22-23 from 8:30 until 11 a.m. Whiteville Wolfpack coaching team will drill campers on the basics. There will be punt, pass and kick competitions, a slip and slide, and more. You can register the day of the camp, but preregistration is recommended. Contact Whiteville parks and recreation for more.

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

We always have room for your church announcements, civic club news, special events, birthdays, pageant winners, celebrations, Good Samaritans, little kids with big fish and anything else that makes you smile.

Send an email to [email protected], call 910.914.6056, or just drop by our office at 1015 South Madison street, Whiteville. We love visitors.

As always, thank you for sharing the Good News.

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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].