Sunflowers are just one of thousands of plants that require bee pollination. Learn more about bees and honey at the Honey Festival in Whiteville this weekend. (photo Crystal Faircloth)

It’s happening on Saturday:

• Columbus County Emergency Services will host the first-ever Public Safety Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. The opening ceremony is set for 9 a.m.

First responders from across the area will be in attendance and will conduct live demonstrations such as emergency extrication, hazardous location response steps, and special operations activities. Members of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office will be in attendance. Animal protection services and the animal shelter will organize an adoption marathon for people looking for a new four-legged friend.

The day would not be complete without the fire/police/EMS vehicle show and a firefighter competition.

Vendors and stalls will be set up for people to browse and shop, and when you get hungry you can head over to the cooked chicken and rice and buy a plate to appease your appetite.

The Columbus County Fairgrounds is located at 886 Prison Camp Road near the city of Brunswick. For more information on Public Safety Day, check out the Columbus County Emergency Services Facebook page.

• The Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association will hold its Tractor Parade at Lake Waccamaw on Saturday September 10th. Parade will form at the Boys and Girls Farm, travel up NC 214 to Jackson Crossroads, turn left, go to the lake, turn around at the dam and pass Dale’s Seafood on the way back to the farm . Departure time is 9 am at the farm.

• The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Whiteville will offer a special treat to visitors as part of the Honey Festival.

The second Saturday’s story time will be held at the museum. Both events begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Whiteville, and the public can expect a fun-filled day with bee exhibits, food, bee products, vendors, and fellowship. . The museum is located at 415 South Madison Street.

Lake Waccamaw News

• “Flemington flags” were put up on Friday in honor of 9/11. Mike and Charlotte Hollingsworth assemble a team of friends and residents during patriotic holidays and commemorations at the lake to put up the American and service flags that line the street from the Lake Waccamaw sign to Dales Seafood.

This year, Cruise for a Cause donated $500 to Mike Hollingsworth’s efforts to put flags on the graves of local veterans.

• This year’s military-themed Cruise for a Cause Golf Cart Parade raised funds for veterans’ organizations over Memorial Day weekend. Hollingworth received a check for $500 from committee members Mitch Simmons and Jessica Andrews on Friday morning. The money will be spent to purchase the flags that are placed at the gravesite of every veteran throughout Columbus County.

• Diedre Collins caught an unexpected tourist enjoying the water on Labor Day weekend. Collins got a now-viral photo of an eight-point male taking a dip in Lake Waccamaw and enjoying his best life.

And in other news

• The last Madison movie of the year is September 16th.

Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville for a presentation of “Moana” and science activities. Bring your chairs or blankets and get ready to have some fun.

The museum lawn will be open at 8:00 p.m. for nature activities, and the presentation of feature films will begin at 8:30 p.m. Movies on Madison are free and no registration is required. Refreshments will be available for sale on site.

Darrel Jackson of WTXY KOOL 1039 and the Wienermobile.

• The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile visited Columbus County on Friday. WTXY KOOL host Darrell Jackson dropped by to see what is being called America’s most distinctive recreational vehicle. The Wienermobile drew fans from across the region to pose for photos and learn more about Oscar Meyer’s flagship.

• The Whiteville FFA will be hosting a Mom Sale on Friday, September 16, from 3:30-6 p.m. The flowers come in ready-made 12 inch pots and the cost is $15 each. Yellow, orange, burgundy, purple and white mums are available. Pickup is at the Whiteville High School greenhouse. All proceeds go to the organization’s scholarship fund.

• The Waccamaw Siouan STEM Studio will be hosting a STEM Day on Saturday, September 17 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Bolton Tribal Grounds. This event is free and no registration is required. Participants will be able to discover 12 different experiences and participate in a scavenger hunt to win STEM prizes. The courts are located at 7239 Old Lake Road.

Columbus Animal Protective Services needs adopters to love pets like this little guy.  (APS photo)
Columbus Animal Protective Services will have adoptable animals at next week’s rabies clinic in Whiteville. (APS photo)

• Columbus Animal Protective Services and Gurganus Farm Store in Whiteville will sponsor a rabies clinic and adopt a marathon at the store on September 17th. Phillips Feed Co. provided over $1,000 in pet food, medicine and pet care products for the event.

There will be antique farm equipment on display, animal feed and product designs and giveaways, and more. Whiteville’s local station, WTXY KOOL 103.9 FM, will broadcast live. More on this event in the coming days.

• Welcome PFWB Church will be hosting the Spread Like Wildfire Women’s Retreat in September. There will be speakers, a free lunch and more. Scarlett Burnham and Jane Dudley will be the guest speakers. All faiths are welcome. RSVP by September 15 to

• Galloway Farms invites you to take out its Pick and Paint on Saturday, September 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. Choose a few sunflowers or zinnias, then paint a pretty canvas inspired by your bouquet. Instructor Ed Council will be there to help and guide the way. Bring your own cooler with snacks and drinks for the evening.

Tickets start at $30 and include a sunflower and canvas with paint, brushes and apron provided.

Arrive 30 minutes early if you wish to pick your own flowers. Additional flowers can be purchased for $1 each. Galloway Farms is located at 370 Artesia Road in Hallsboro. Visit Pick & Paint at Galloway Farm tickets on Yapsody. for more information.

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