Columbus County, NC

Columbus legislator reacts to abortion ruling that puts power in state hands

Since Friday, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the 49-year-old case stating a Constitutional right to abortion, future legislative battles about the future of abortion in the state are shaping up. “The Supreme Court has returned the authority, on abortion and its practice, to the states’ jurisdiction,” N.C. House...
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Kenneth “Catfish” Wayne Soles

Kenneth Wayne “Catfish” Soles, age 64, died Sunday, June 26, 2022 in the First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. Born June 16, 1958 in Columbus County, NC, he was the son of the late Wilmer Soles and Hazel Irene Hardie Soles. He is survived by one...
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Soccer Deadline Thursday

Volunteer Coaches Also Needed. Columbus County Youth Soccer registration ends Thursday. “We’re behind on signups this year,” said Jewell Fowler, program coordinator for Columbus County Parks and Recreation. Registration fee is $30. Bring your child’s birth certificate if he or she is signing up for the first time....

Parks and Recreation Youth Fall Soccer registration ends Thursday

Registration for the Youth Fall Soccer program with the Columbus County Parks and Recreation will end on Thursday, June 30, at 4 p.m. No experience is required and applications will be received between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1p.m. through 4 p.m. Applications will not be accepted after 4:00 pm on June 30, 2022, the final day of registration.

NAACP rallies to pray and promote Black principals

After voicing complaints at two school board meetings, local members and supporters of the NAACP gathered last week to pray about announced job moves by Columbus County Schools. The group’s leader said they plan to meet for prayer at noon Wednesday (tomorrow) at the central offices of Whiteville City Schools.

Arrest reports from June 20 through June 22

Arrest reports from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office are public record after an individual is booked in the Columbus County Detention Center. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you have a question about these reports, you may call The News Reporter and speak to Thomas Sherrill at 910-642-4104, ext. 227.

Woman Shot Sunday

A woman was reported accidentally shot in the face Sunday near Whiteville. Madilyn Ivy Parrish, 21, was rushed to Columbus Regional by her boyfriend, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said. The man, whose name has not been released, told investigators that he was “messing with his handgun” when it went off.

Robert Eugene Adams

Robert Eugene Adams, 79, passed away peacefully at his home Thursday, June 23, 2022. He was born May 8, 1943, in Columbus County, to the late Taylor Adams and Bessie Ward Adams. He was a farmer and also worked for 25 years as a paper machine operator for International Paper....

Weekly Podcast – THE COLUMBUS CONNECTION with Jefferson Weaver

This week Jefferson talks with Assistant District Attorney Heath Nance about Child Exploitation and Child Sextortion. Listen in the player below. THE COLUMBUS CONNECTION with Jefferson Weaver is a weekly public affairs program produced in, for, and about Columbus County. Each week Jefferson and his in-studio guests discuss topics of interest pertaining to Columbus and surrounding counties in North Carolina. The program is produced by Columbus County News in association with Jones Media Partners and can be heard every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. on WTXY AM1540, KOOL 103.9FM, and online at It is also available as a podcast on Spotify, and on other podcast platforms as well.

Incident reports from June 13 through June 19

The following incidents were reported to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Possess contraband at prison, 2:14 a.m., 1255 Prison Camp Road, Brunswick. Burglary/breaking & entering and damage to property, 8:24 a.m., Hampton Place Apartment, 800 block of Blue Jean Road, Whiteville. Larceny, 9:14 a.m., 300 block of Columbus Corners...

Senior center, CCSO annex planned for former Guideway School

The Bug Hill Senior Center will be moving as soon as October to the former Guideway Elementary School, and the county has more plans for the shuttered campus. The Columbus County commissioners voted unanimously during their Monday meeting to move the senior center. According to County Manager Eddie Madden, the current Bug Hill Senior Center, located at 11300 N.C. 905 in Nakina, is in a rented building. One of the commissioners’ goals in the last 18 months has been to move county operations out of rented spaces.

Columbus County NAACP holds appreciation banquet two years in the making

Boys and Girls Homes of N.C. On Saturday, June 11, the NAACP Columbus County Branch held a long-awaited appreciation banquet for Whiteville native Amon Eugene McKenzie in the fellowship hall of the Leamon Rogers Memorial Chapel on the campus of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina. “We had planned...

My Columbus: My stand on tobacco

Last night I watched a documentary on the History Channel that examined the role of sin in the development of our country. Actually, it only discussed tobacco, alcohol and sex. As I watched the program, I was particularly interested in the approach to tobacco. That product of Columbus County soil did indeed play a major role in the life of this area and much of the South. Arguably, of the three sins discussed, tobacco was the youngest of the group. And it is uniquely American. Certainly, its cultivation by Native Americans was probably more ancient than our modern studies include, but its effect on our culture is also more recent.

Sheriff’s Office truck recognized at DARE conference

A truck already popular with kids in the county’s drug abuse resistance education program has now won attention from a statewide law enforcement officers’ group. Last week, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dwayne Barnes attended the 2022 North Carolina DARE Officers Association Conference in Atlantic Beach. At...

Incident reports from June 16 through June 20

The following incidents were reported to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Recovered stolen motor vehicle and fraud — obtaining money/property by false pretense, 11:27 a.m., 3800 block of Old Stage Highway, Riegelwood. Fraud, 1:31 p.m., 2500 block of Pleasant Plains Church Road, Whiteville. Breaking or entering, 2:48 p.m.,...

The Good News for June 24

The weather is hot, but there is some entertainment to be had indoors. Go check out what local businesses and groups are up to in Columbus County this week. • Starting July 2 and continuing every first Saturday of the month, the Whiteville Fun Factory will be hosting children and families with special needs and sensory restrictions. The event will be from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and will include arts and crafts and entertainment. Tickets are $10 for children ages 4 and up, and $5 for children 3 years old and under.

Fun Factory Sets Days for Special Needs Kids

There’s a new kid in town, and the Whiteville Fun Factory is all about just that: kids. Vinny and Lisa Trosterud are the owners of the new establishment responsible for bringing smiles and socialization to children locally after the pandemic and offers families the chance to spend time together without the distraction of technology.