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Looking on are culinary instructor chef Sherman Axelberg, seated, and Hannah Brown, award-winning commercial baking competitor in state and regional SkillsUSA contests. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2017/12/14/county-accepts-rj-corman-offer-of-215-million-for-g-p-property monthly 0.5 2017-12-14 https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2017/12/14/membuaqeu1on9pt6x9c64lbo1cm4u7 monthly 0.5 2017-12-14 https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2017/12/14/aerial-adventure-park-projected-to-open-in-riegelwood-this-spring monthly 0.5 2017-12-14 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1513270005439-HTM9HIEMFISBWOORJWQJ/23e583_8e4de165979e4d07b864be60eacf6b60%7Emv2.jpg Blog - Aerial adventure park projected to open in Riegelwood this spring https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/8/29/us-7476-near-delco-to-get-medians-traffic-signal monthly 0.5 2018-08-29 https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/8/10/county-fitness-park-gets-large-grant monthly 0.5 2018-08-17 https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/8/21/more-than-3000-acres-preserved-at-crusoe monthly 0.5 2018-08-21 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1534890524234-K2QZHLQWXVXQTWX906EY/Crusoe.jpg Blog - More than 3,000 acres preserved at Crusoe Doug Smith casts a Beetlespin toward a ripple under the Crusoe Bridge. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/8/29/lake-bridge-officially-opens-for-business monthly 0.5 2018-08-29 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1535559365859-49IGPC126DISYIKEO9CY/ribboncut.JPG Blog - Lake Bridge officially opens for business Dwayne Patterson of DEHNR joins Toby Hall of the Lake Waccamaw State Park and Hannah Cockburn of the DOT to cut the ribbon on the Lake pedestrian bridge. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/9/4/samantha-alsup-is-new-county-planning-director monthly 0.5 2018-10-18 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1536099445815-E5XRN32PYOFG0TMHTFAE/samantha+alsup.jpg Blog - Samantha Alsup is new county planning director Samantha Alsup, Columbus County Planning Director https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/9/4/take-the-lake-has-577-participants monthly 0.5 2018-10-18 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1536089600369-TCDD779IR30U78AU7ABJ/IMG_5928.jpg Blog - Take the Lake has 577 participants 35 paddlers including several stand-up paddleboarders made the 15-mile round trip around Lake Waccamaw. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1536089124075-KIPLBPNY4CWQ6693XO5J/IMG_5996.JPG Blog - Take the Lake has 577 participants Bicycle events included the 16 mile personal endurance challenge around Lake Waccamaw and the 10K Family Bike. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1536089473792-2X9BO2KAQC004H7NLQLQ/Screen+Shot+2018-09-04+at+2.42.24+PM.png Blog - Take the Lake has 577 participants Over 150 walk/run participants completed the Lake Waccamaw State Park section of the 16-mile route over the new pedestrian bridge at the dam. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/8/17/city-council-accepts-storm-water-study-that-could-result-in-2-million-in-grants monthly 0.5 2018-08-17 https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/8/29/take-the-lake-number-10-is-this-weekend monthly 0.5 2018-08-29 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1535558107503-UMIN4KBGPPE0EMVGCBF8/Screen+Shot+2018-08-29+at+11.19.46+AM.png Blog - 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Richard Burr, left, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/11/4/whiteville-city-schools-posts-higher-graduation-rate monthly 0.5 2018-11-05 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1541378392088-4AHAXSTRA50AV4G9WF0F/Screen+shot+2018-11-04+at+7.28.10+PM.png Blog - Whiteville City Schools posts higher graduation rate DISTRICT RANKS 20TH IN STATE https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/11/4/masonry-student-wins-national-contest monthly 0.5 2018-11-05 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1541378938679-L6U4WRV0Y5A3TENT34XS/image-asset.png Blog - Masonry student wins national contest Nancy Ballesteros, left, was learning basic skills in her masonry class this spring as her sister Rossy, right, completed a fi nal Advanced Studies project. 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Roy Cooper visits the Columbus County Disaster Recovery Center. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/10/26/businesses-benefit-from-hurricane-grants monthly 0.5 2018-10-26 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1540586958087-7U7NXSYT1TZ0L0I2YFCY/2A_detail_Hair+salon.jpg Blog - Businesses benefit from hurricane grants Robin Long, “I’m very thankful for the grant program.” https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/10/22/ccca-student-in-national-construction-competition monthly 0.5 2018-10-22 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1540240409732-W1HBFAQTI11TV5ZTFXJ0/Screen+Shot+2018-10-22+at+4.34.54+PM.png Blog - CCCA student in national construction competition Columbus Career & College Academy masonry instructor Fred Mason and student, Rossy Ballesteros, a finalist in the Build Your Future contest. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/10/26/dma-lands-on-nc-mid-market-fast-40 monthly 0.5 2018-10-26 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1540587519820-KIZ0SX8PRGI4QQYQY2IJ/download-2.jpg Blog - DMA lands on N.C. Mid-Market Fast 40 https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/11/4/governor-vows-well-get-this-done-during-post-florence-visit monthly 0.5 2018-11-05 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1541381170779-BPT0PCZBNV2JF4LA5SXJ/image-asset.png Blog - Governor vows ‘We’ll get this done’ during post-Florence visit Tom and Julie Monroe of Dale’s Seafood look on as Gov. Roy Cooper samples some seafood appetizers Thursday at Lake Waccamaw. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/11/21/tabor-city-elementary-school-design monthly 0.5 2018-11-21 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1542820183618-FWPLURSJB9EMTI7CG1O2/Screen+Shot+2018-11-21+at+12.03.51+PM.png Blog - $10.6 million state grant headed to the county schools https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/12/7/scc-partners-with-industry-state-and-county-to-fund-manufacturing-career-coach monthly 0.5 2018-12-07 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1544220332767-SVWK2LZ15PAP6QMV79EG/download-1.png Blog - SCC partners with industry, state and county to fund manufacturing career coach https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/11/15/scc-rams-can-be-uncp-braves-at-the-same-time monthly 0.5 2018-11-15 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1542314977499-EVXJJYLLFGKK9XTFKEWN/Cummings-Clarke-2.jpg Blog - SCC Rams can be UNCP Braves at the same time Southeastern Community College President Anthony Clarke and UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Cummings. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/12/20/renaming-tobacco-road-rise-of-hemp-and-cbd monthly 0.5 2018-12-20 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1545349878060-8CZ1PZ817JS29RXT1IVY/IMG_7810.jpg Blog - Renaming tobacco road: Rise of hemp and CBD Brothers, Adam Wooten and George Wooten https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1545349811093-6GLO4NJZ0URQ5TW3XILW/IMG_7810.jpg Blog - Renaming tobacco road: Rise of hemp and CBD One hemp plant costs $7, which can easily equal $12,000 per acre to plant. However, the gross profit for one acre usually equals $30,000 to $35,000. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/11/28/ground-broken-at-scc-for-new-technology-training-center monthly 0.5 2018-11-28 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1543424121303-0OK4F8AU3M4ZKSPHM392/%28run+small+on+2A%29+sign+of+the+sign.jpg Blog - Ground broken at SCC for new technology training center A sign by the site features a rendering of the Advanced Manufacturing Center under construction at SCC. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1543424089039-YNTVBZH03GDVZGI5LPCT/Student+Tanner+Bullard%2C+foundation+president+Terry+Mann%2C+vice+president+of+administrative+services+Daniel+Figler%2C+board+chair+Henry+Edmund%2C+president+Anthony+Clarke+and+board+members+Robert+Ezzell+and+Gary+Lanier+heave+the+first+official+shovelfuls.jpg Blog - Ground broken at SCC for new technology training center Student Government Association President Tanner Bullard, Foundation President Terry Mann, Vice President of Administrative Services Daniel Figler, Board Chair Henry Edmund, President Anthony Clarke and board members Robert Ezzell and Gary Lanier heave the fi rst offi cial shovelfuls of dirt at SCC Monday. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2018/11/28/b6c0qbqmvfl4w7obi281ktr5s5a6s6 monthly 0.5 2018-11-28 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1543440188170-AQUV159Y4HT11KRXVEG8/LEDE_Alex+Munore.jpg Blog - Alex Munroe named UNCP Business Person of the Year Alex Munroe https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1543440229416-8X88QHNTSX41IA1MVD7I/DETAIL_Cape+Fear+Gin.jpg Blog - Alex Munroe named UNCP Business Person of the Year Cape Fear Distiller’s “Maritime Gin” is available for purchase at the distillery and will be available in ABC stores soon. 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Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) works in his new office Wednesday in the Legislative Building. The office, which is four times larger than his previous one, is a result of Jones’ new leadership post as deputy majority leader. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/2/6/winslow-named-brunswick-electric-ceo monthly 0.5 2019-02-06 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1549477522582-CI3JLAT1V67169RF3M0V/BEMC_logo_color_with_Touchstone-e1549470999318.jpg Blog - Winslow named Brunswick Electric CEO https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1549477378781-KRBTAA4XE4RPYVIPTNPM/2.8.19_2a-briefs_Winslow-named-BEMC-CEO-1800x1157.jpg Blog - Winslow named Brunswick Electric CEO Joshua Winslow, left, has been named to succeed retiring Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation CEO Don Hughes, right. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/1/31/nc-house-speaker-schools-here-could-get-12-million-from-proposed-state-bond monthly 0.5 2019-01-31 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1548974280596-90COU72HXI3889D1Y27N/Speaker+Tim+Moore+speaks+at+SCHS+Friday Blog - N.C. House Speaker: schools here could get $12 million from proposed state bond Speaker Tim Moore speaks at SCHS Friday https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/2/26/duke-grant-to-aid-helena-chemical-facility-under-construction-in-county monthly 0.5 2019-02-26 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1551200541526-SQD0MDV8BX6PG96ANX2U/Columbus+County+Economic+Development+Director+Gary+Lanier+accepts+a+check+from+Donna+Phillips+of+Duke+Energy.jpg Blog - Duke grant to aid Helena Chemical facility under construction in county Columbus County Economic Development Director Gary Lanier accepts a check from Donna Phillips of Duke Energy https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/2/26/plan-creates-roadmap-for-450-new-jobs-over-several-years monthly 0.5 2019-02-26 https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/2/28/columbus-jobs-foundation-sets-annual-meeting-feb-28 monthly 0.5 2019-02-28 https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/3/5/tabor-city-receives-grant-for-downtown-business-incubator monthly 0.5 2019-03-05 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1551824750543-LS5IRUF1LTY2NO3DAXF1/tabor+city+downtown.jpg Blog - Tabor City receives grant for downtown business incubator Downtown Tabor City https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/4/1/fair-bluff-town-hall-open-house-is-saturday-march-30 monthly 0.5 2019-04-01 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1554131463463-FXOERIEA1VYL2NS0ZN1D/Screen+Shot+2019-04-01+at+11.10.54+AM.png Blog - Fair Bluff Town Hall open house is Saturday, March 30 The newly-expanded Fair Bluff Town Hall/Police Department. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/4/1/county-schools-teacher-of-the-year-and-principal-of-the-year-named monthly 0.5 2019-04-01 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1554131949276-YM94SHHDO7PFD2L61M37/Screen+Shot+2019-04-01+at+11.17.45+AM.png Blog - County Schools’ Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year named Georgia Spaulding, principal of Evergreen Elementary School, and Anna Slaughter, band teacher at Acme Delco Middle and Hallsboro Middle schools received the top honors. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1554132097713-ECY015BAIAEB8SOMMRI1/Screen+Shot+2019-04-01+at+11.18.06+AM.png Blog - County Schools’ Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year named Principal of the Year nominees. From L-R: Wendell Duncan of Nakina Middle, Georgia Spaulding of Evergreen Elementary and Terry Brown of Tabor City Elementary. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1554132018212-JGF8JZ1ZAK5B25ZPAR8G/Screen+Shot+2019-04-01+at+11.17.53+AM.png Blog - County Schools’ Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year named Teacher of the Year nominees. Front row (L-R): Antoinette Evans (CES); Shonna Gurkin (SCHS); Heather Register (NMS); Marlene Capps (CGES). Second row: Christina Holland (ECHS); Brittany Ward (ODES); Erica Jackson (EES); Jeff Brown (TCES); Leigh Ann McPherson (WTS). Third row: Robin Reaves (HAES); Marc Edge (WCHS); Marilyn Elliott (TCMS). Back row: Herman Bland (ADES); Anna Slaughter (ADMS); Jason Nance (HMS); Rod Gore (GES); Adrienne Evans (CCCA). https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/3/26/fallen-leaders-honored-at-tabor-city-committee-of-100-annual-meeting monthly 0.5 2019-03-26 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1553613798870-XTGSOEWCSX5OVO8NB89B/Linda+Bell%27s+son%2C+Bradley.jpg Blog - Fallen leaders honored at Tabor City Committee of 100 annual meeting Linda Bell's son, Bradley https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1553614474153-4WRB3YZALNCX6QO9VIWR/Screen+Shot+2019-03-26+at+11.27.05+AM.png Blog - Fallen leaders honored at Tabor City Committee of 100 annual meeting Patrick Woodie, president of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1553613875721-0VP4JFQE2AWFS85CJ5IG/The+Tabor+City+Committee+of+100+named+former+North+Carolina+senator+and+Committee+of+100+supporter+R.C.+Soles+Jr.+as+a+lifetime+member+emeritus.+Chairman+Trent+Burroughs+is+at+right.jpg Blog - Fallen leaders honored at Tabor City Committee of 100 annual meeting The Tabor City Committee of 100 named former North Carolina senator and Committee of 100 supporter R.C. 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Rural Center’s Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI). https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/7/21/valentines-donation-will-help-build-whiteville-high-school monthly 0.5 2019-07-21 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1563739687753-TZ3EEFJAD2EGYNBLBKHK/Screen+Shot+2019-07-21+at+4.06.47+PM.png Blog - Valentines’ donation will help build Whiteville High School Whiteville City Schools staff and friends thank Bill and Jane Dorward Valentine for their gift of $250,000 for school construction. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/6/27/jobs-foundation-oks-entrepreneurial-study monthly 0.5 2019-06-27 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1476382612819-5B2BLBH4PBRVFQ542QJC/columbus+jobs+logo.png Blog - Jobs Foundation OKs entrepreneurial study https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/8/4/verizon-to-add-new-cell-towers-in-columbus monthly 0.5 2019-08-23 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1564940387542-0CABRKIEF1A4C79J1993/Screen+Shot+2019-08-04+at+1.39.17+PM.png Blog - Verizon to add new cell towers in Columbus New sites in Tabor City and Cerro Gordo are expected to be on the air by the end of this year and another between Tabor City and Chadbourn is expected in 2020. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/7/24/the-fifteen-under-40-class-of-2019 monthly 0.5 2019-07-24 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1563977115389-I638VVDVCZ21WN17UKTJ/Screen+Shot+2019-07-24+at+10.03.32+AM.png Blog - The "Fifteen under 40" Class of 2019 https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/6/14/lake-gives-nod-to-trail-grant-application monthly 0.5 2019-06-14 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1560544045841-8D26DAO4XH92XXJ1XYBI/4C9C47F3-EFB5-4180-89D1-A0C2F56C4CF0%40whiteville.com.jpeg Blog - Lake gives nod to trail grant application Commissioners approved a request by the Friends of Lake Waccamaw State Park to apply for a Department of Transportation grant to study and plan a trail circling through the town and the park. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/6/10/actress-lends-a-hand-at-fair-bluff-cat-sanctuary-under-construction monthly 0.5 2019-06-10 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1560182369329-WE0U562GJOYKAO61TTSV/Screen+Shot+2019-06-10+at+11.58.46+AM.png Blog - Actress lends a hand at Fair Bluff cat sanctuary under construction Actress Jessica Kennedy Parker volunteers in the construction of Shizzy’s Wildcat Rescue in Fair Bluff Saturday. Staff photo by Allen Turner. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/7/21/we-are-the-american-story-council-tool-participates-in-white-house-made-in-america-showcase monthly 0.5 2019-07-21 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1563739451246-VVVD0N5IYMDZO9XK1FG6/image-asset.png Blog - ‘We are the American story’: Council Tool participates in White House Made in America Showcase Cameron Council, left, and his father John Council of Council Tool present Vice President Mike Pence with a custom axe Monday during the Made in America Showcase at the White House. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/6/10/fifteen-under-40-class-of-2019-announced-celebration-is-july-18-at-vineland-station monthly 0.5 2019-06-10 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1560185014494-PFUGTTBTBJOM7M0SG9O2/Screen+Shot+2019-06-10+at+12.16.19+PM.png Blog - ‘fifteen under 40’ class of 2019 announced; celebration is July 18 at Vineland Station 2019 Class of Fifteen under 40 https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/8/4/free-fitness-court-opens-in-whiteville monthly 0.5 2019-08-23 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1564941496888-CYT0TX1C0LXNBV19YJYH/edited+by+grantIMG_8406.JPG Blog - Free Fitness Court opens in Whiteville https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1564940584419-KCUGC7WK52T3YS0MVDY3/Fitness+Court+ribbon+cutting.jpg Blog - Free Fitness Court opens in Whiteville Left to right : Adam Linker, Project Officer-Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Clarence Williams, Vice Chair-Columbus County Recreation Advisory Board Trent Burroughs, Chairman-Columbus County Commissioners Julie M. Strickland, Director-Columbus County Parks and Recreation Kim Smith, Director-Columbus County Public Health Edwin Russ, Columbus County Commissioner (standing behind Mrs. Smith) Leo Green-Green Engineering James Prevatte- Columbus County Commissioner Mike Stephens, County Manager (green shirt) https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/8/23/economic-developer-offers-reassurance-about-safety-of-big-cat-rescue-in-fair-bluff monthly 0.5 2019-08-23 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1566577421265-VB243SWKFN0KQOF0AEF6/Screen+Shot+2019-08-23+at+12.23.08+PM.png Blog - Economic developer offers reassurance about safety of big cat rescue in Fair Bluff https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/8/23/commissioners-accept-riegelwood-water-customers-into-county-system monthly 0.5 2019-08-23 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1566577667055-873KW8HCC24M16COP9PU/Screen+Shot+2019-08-23+at+11.43.51+AM.png Blog - Commissioners accept Riegelwood water customers into county system https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/9/11/ricky-benton-exchanges-land-to-to-save-cerro-gordo-gym monthly 0.5 2019-09-11 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1568221103556-AZD0AQV9UW3Z0C32U5NK/Screen+Shot+2019-09-11+at+12.57.43+PM.png Blog - Ricky Benton exchanges land to to save Cerro Gordo gym Bill Phipps explains the Benton gym-land deal as board members look at plans. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/8/23/hemp-processor-bio-gas-infrastructure-projects-on-economic-radar monthly 0.5 2019-08-28 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1566581031301-0A5X3PGL8KETXEKM51RT/Screen+Shot+2019-08-23+at+1.19.17+PM.png Blog - New Verizon partnership promises customer support and community involvement Manager Jason Barnes and Assistant Manager Whitney Hannah cut the ribbon at Victra Verizon Wireless Thursday during a Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism ribbon cutting. Also pictured, from left, are Chamber Chair Jamille Gore, Chamber President Jennifer Holcomb, County Commissioner Jerome McMillian, Whiteville City Manager Darren Currie and Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/9/27/gin-with-local-connections-wins-national-awards monthly 0.5 2019-09-27 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1569618922310-Q2ESEVZOCOOZ9OFBW5RF/Screen+Shot+2019-09-27+at+5.09.59+PM.png Blog - Gin with local connections wins national awards Cape Fear Distillery owner Alex Munroe and distiller Rick Neisler are pictured with awards for the company’s Maritime Gin. Contributed photo https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/9/27/whs-performance-arts-series-to-help-fund-2020-scotland-trip monthly 0.5 2019-09-27 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1569619519822-GNS3P9W4B75BS4DDLEAW/Screen-Shot-2019-09-19-at-1.25.49-PM-e1568992343264.png Blog - WHS Performance Arts Series to help fund 2020 Scotland trip Schedule of events https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1569619554514-DAUB369SWW8TK3O2NR4F/Screen+Shot+2019-09-27+at+5.24.41+PM.png Blog - WHS Performance Arts Series to help fund 2020 Scotland trip The cast of “Little Shop of Horrors.” https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/10/16/community-volunteers-cleanup-downtown-whiteville monthly 0.5 2019-10-16 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1571252430661-PYXRKKSO4OMNLYQVSNZ8/Screen+Shot+2019-10-16+at+2.58.47+PM.png Blog - Downtown Whiteville cleanup strikes up community pride Erica Evans sweeps beside the median on Madison Street in downtown Whiteville Saturday morning during a city-wide volunteer cleanup effort. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1571252567647-7SR6E7ZG7YXEWDASFXS7/image-asset.png Blog - Downtown Whiteville cleanup strikes up community pride Todd Burney trims tall weeds and grass in front of the Columbus County Arts Council Saturday morning. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1571252620700-1VLC7B9RIZV00EP14P5V/Screen+Shot+2019-10-16+at+3.03.22+PM.png Blog - Downtown Whiteville cleanup strikes up community pride Jordan Carter clips shoots off a tree. Volunteers spent the morning sprucing up downtown Whiteville’s appearance. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/10/16/leaders-break-ground-on-major-whs-construction-project monthly 0.5 2019-10-16 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1571251914923-MWSFYF6UKO7KJCJWOBKT/Screen+Shot+2019-10-16+at+2.47.17+PM.png Blog - Leaders break ground on major WHS construction project Members of the Whiteville City Schools Board of Education participate in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning for a new building at Whiteville High School. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/10/22/industrial-hemp-processor-to-locate-in-tabor-city monthly 0.5 2019-10-22 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1571751641875-YMSEXEL8SGP2PAFJNAD9/image-asset.png Blog - Industrial hemp processor to locate in Tabor City Hemp is pictured in a field. Photo courtesy of N.C. Industrial Hemp Association https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/11/11/fair-bluff-to-accept-6-million-for-disaster-recovery-projects monthly 0.5 2019-11-11 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1573500681336-QFQ6WFNBBC5EW5RS51BB/Screen+Shot+2019-11-11+at+2.30.54+PM.png Blog - Fair Bluff to accept $6 million for disaster recovery projects https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/11/11/whs-grad-to-lead-statewide-education-nonprofit monthly 0.5 2019-11-11 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1573501298194-3Z4LRIABVJ227INKJ05X/Screen+Shot+2019-11-11+at+2.38.49+PM.png Blog - WHS grad to lead statewide education nonprofit Cecilia Knight Holden, a 1981 graduate of Whiteville High School, is president and CEO of my FutureNC https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/11/26/new-robot-to-assist-with-complex-surgeries-at-crhs monthly 0.5 2019-11-26 https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/12/23/another-expansion-15-million-project-to-provide-high-speed-internet-in-several-communities-across-columbus monthly 0.5 2019-12-23 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1577132378189-2JVGGS7XGXG90HILAKXO/image-asset.jpeg Blog - Another expansion: $15 million project to provide high-speed internet in several communities across Columbus Chief Michael Jacobs of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe shares remarks during an announcement Wednesday that ATMC will expand high-speed internet to Buckhead and several other Columbus County communities. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1577132299067-PT5D5988R2VGYQ3PFIWU/Areas-served-by-ATMC-e1576085974400.jpg Blog - Another expansion: $15 million project to provide high-speed internet in several communities across Columbus ATMC announced Wednesday that it will construct a fiber-optic network to serve areas shown in blue. A more detailed map is available at fastercolumbus.com. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/12/23/demolition-begins-to-make-way-for-new-bbampt-facility monthly 0.5 2019-12-23 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1577135177968-YNJGHFIGV1UVP8QZKVPE/Screen+Shot+2019-12-23+at+4.02.50+PM.png Blog - Demolition begins to make way for new BB&T facility https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/12/23/legislators-named-jobs-champions monthly 0.5 2019-12-23 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1577134757201-99CXOMMF4YDQ06OTBUBU/Screen+Shot+2019-12-23+at+3.52.34+PM.png Blog - Legislators named ‘Jobs Champions’ left to right: Sen. Danny Britt (R-Lumberton), Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Tabor City), Rep. Carson Smith (R-Hampstead) https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/11/26/farm-city-week-honors-chandler-worleys-induction-into-the-extension-hall-of-fame monthly 0.5 2019-11-26 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1574784037034-1VH5778IDXA1IRTRGCR8/Screen+Shot+2019-11-26+at+10.48.09+AM.png Blog - Farm City Week honors Chandler Worley’s induction into the Extension Hall of Fame Kevin Kinlaw of Cape Fear Farm Credit presents Chandler Worley (center) with the Extension Hall of Fame Award Tuesday evening at South Columbus High School. With them is Extension Director Dalton Dockery. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/12/16/cooper-visits-columbus-home-to-check-on-hurricane-recovery monthly 0.5 2019-12-16 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1576533966378-8SI18PW6SPKC2BDYDH9N/cooper-in-upstairs-room-web.jpg Blog - Cooper visits Columbus home to check on hurricane recovery Jeff Enterline of Persons Services, left, talks about progress on Sandra and Ronald Settle’s home north of Hallsboro. At center are Gabriella Bonner, Settle’s daughter, Settle and Gov. Roy Cooper. Contractors say the project will be completed on Dec. 23, in time for Christmas. The governor was in Columbus County to inspect Settle’s renovated home as part of the state’s efforts to repair homes that were damaged in Hurricane Florence. The state has streamlined efforts to allocate federal funds for hurricane relief by moving primary responsibility from N.C. Emergency Management to a new agency, the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resistance. Cooper expects as much as $700 million to come from the federal government soon for Hurricane Florence long-term recovery. Approximately $74 million has been distributed in Columbus County for hurricane assistance. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1576534052159-8D1M8J3HMDBGWOJ4H8NV/cooper-front-web-2.jpg Blog - Cooper visits Columbus home to check on hurricane recovery Governor Roy Cooper visited Sandra and Ronald Settle’s home off Whitehall Road north of Hallsboro. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/1/6/local-leaders-share-2019-accomplishments-and-goals-for-the-new-year monthly 0.5 2020-01-06 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1578330452462-GRH7ZGQZ86QZCOTCWT9B/2020-e1578260447990.jpg Blog - Local leaders share 2019 accomplishments and goals for the new year https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/1/6/atmc-completes-fiber-optic-expansion-to-south-whiteville monthly 0.5 2020-01-06 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1578330703011-S5PAO645EH760JQGARY3/Screen-Shot-2020-01-03-at-3.41.34-PM-e1578084171420.png Blog - ATMC completes fiber optic expansion to South Whiteville https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2019/11/20/fair-bluff-s-downtown-could-become-a-park-as-a-result-of-6-million-agreement-with-state monthly 0.5 2019-11-20 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1574276667512-4YJNBT35K4AH5G0U4AWB/Screen+Shot+2019-11-20+at+2.03.56+PM.png Blog - Fair Bluff ’s downtown could become a park as a result of $6 million agreement with state Rep. Brenden Jones, left, addresses the Fair Bluff Board of Commissioners and staff Tuesday night. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/1/23/master-developer-addresses-countys-future monthly 0.5 2020-01-23 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1579798662293-VUNOUCZW90GD7TXON5MU/Les-High-presents-Council-Tool-axe-to-Bobby-Harrelson-at-CJF-meeting-web.jpg Blog - Master developer addresses county’s future Les High, president of Columbus Jobs Foundation, presented Bobby Harrelson with a throwing axe from Council Tool at Monday's meeting. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/1/8/county-gets-glowing-audit-recommendations-will-be-coming-soon-on-historic-courthouse monthly 0.5 2020-01-08 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1578517260945-4LPMX46YVIV6EKMQ4I4V/job-coach-smaller.jpg Blog - County gets glowing audit; recommendations will be coming soon on historic courthouse Interim Southeastern Community College President William C. Aiken was introduced to county commissioners Monday night by SCC Board Chair Henry Edmund, right. Commissioners unanimously approved a request from Aiken to use already-allocated fund for an additional part-time career coach at the college. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/2/5/commissioners-hire-architect-for-renovation-of-historic-courthouse monthly 0.5 2020-02-05 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1580934373069-WRNUPD4QEV0F60GATYI2/full-front-shot-of-old-courthouse-e1579894927952-1.jpg Blog - Commissioners hire architect for renovation of historic courthouse File photo of the historic Columbus County Courthouse. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/1/8/columbus-jobs-foundation-sets-annual-meeting-jan-2 monthly 0.5 2020-01-28 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1578516044963-EHH7P1FREOINKYK493FK/columbus+jobs+logo+copy.jpg Blog - Columbus Jobs Foundation sets annual meeting Jan. 21 https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/2/14/tabor-city-to-receive-2-million-in-sewer-improvements monthly 0.5 2020-02-14 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1581721622950-O11CNMTVKCUDW6F5717T/Tabor-City-town-gate_Justin-Smith-e1571848491339.jpg Blog - Tabor City to receive $2 million in sewer improvements https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/2/22/creativity-is-medicine-state-poet-laureate-visits-columbus monthly 0.5 2020-02-22 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1582405901882-TGMTD2DLVUR5PXANJCSV/IMG_1158-scaled-e1581983642389.jpg Blog - ‘Creativity is medicine’ – State Poet Laureate visits Columbus North Carolina Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green meets with students at the Dream Center in Whiteville. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/2/22/county-plans-major-water-expansion monthly 0.5 2020-02-22 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1582406041809-WZI8GZFMQVZD4SPO61RH/Water-utilities.jpg Blog - County plans major water expansion https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/3/9/fair-bluff-chamber-hears-about-economic-development-recognizes-several-citizens-for-service-at-annual-banquet monthly 0.5 2020-03-10 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1583846656913-OF46YR1HQ2HKH8LDJ430/sp-presentation-1.jpg Blog - Fair Bluff Chamber hears about economic development, recognizes several citizens for service at annual banquet Carol Williams, left, was scheduled to get a special appreciation award at last year’s Fair Bluff Chamber of Commerce banquet but illness prevented her attendance. Gene Martin makes the presentation Thursday night. Williams, long active in church and civic work, probably is best known as being the force behind the successful Building Bridges Afterschool Learning Program that was established several years ago. Chamber of Commerce President Kathy Ashley is pictured in the center. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1583846444946-L8G5XS7ZZPOO32GF01P5/featured-speakers.jpg Blog - Fair Bluff Chamber hears about economic development, recognizes several citizens for service at annual banquet Columbus Economic Developer Gary Lanier, center, and Les High, left, of the Columbus Jobs Foundation are featured speakers at Thursday’s Greater Fair Bluff Chamber of Commerce banquet. Chamber president Kathy Ashley is seen on the right. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1583846513740-PMIPM6Y569VUNC9YUSYK/community-service.jpg Blog - Fair Bluff Chamber hears about economic development, recognizes several citizens for service at annual banquet John Scott receives the community service award from Carol Williams. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1583846544514-MFB2ZPC0HKSE7QJB012O/business-of-year.jpg Blog - Fair Bluff Chamber hears about economic development, recognizes several citizens for service at annual banquet Jeff Prince, left, owner of Fair Bluff Auto, receives the “Business of the Year” award from Gene Martin as Chamber President Kathy Ashley, center, looks on. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1583846696138-Q2RR30Q21AWKM6EUTF10/depot-donation-1.jpg Blog - Fair Bluff Chamber hears about economic development, recognizes several citizens for service at annual banquet Chamber President Kathy Ashley presents a check for a donation to the Fair Bluff Depot Museum to Dr. Ray Thigpen, president of the Fair Bluff Historical Society. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1583775504489-R3728V0JD7TWD49PQBZP/high.jpg Blog - Fair Bluff Chamber hears about economic development, recognizes several citizens for service at annual banquet Les High, president of the Columbus Jobs Foundation, addresses members of the Fair Bluff Chamber of Commerce. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1583846586908-X17KBT5TFIG7B8YEVOA4/sp-presentation-2-1.jpg Blog - Fair Bluff Chamber hears about economic development, recognizes several citizens for service at annual banquet Phyllis Elvington, left, who has led the Fair Bluff Baptist Church in the absence of a pastor for at least 18 months, receives this year’s special appreciation award from Gene Martin as Chamber President Kathy Ashley, center, looks on. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1583846752126-8AQ8F6A0QLLTB8C7H9DI/royalty-1.jpg Blog - Fair Bluff Chamber hears about economic development, recognizes several citizens for service at annual banquet New royalty to represent the town at festivals and other events for the coming year were installed during the Fair Bluff Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday night. Leah Redwine was crowned Fair Bluff Queen and Katherine Edwards was crowned Princess, succeeding outgoing Queen Jada Faison and Princess Kellyn Jarvis. Pictured, from left, are Jarvis, Edwards, Redwine and Faison. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/2/28/company-seeks-rezoning-that-would-allow-second-asphalt-plant-on-georgia-pacific-rd monthly 0.5 2020-02-28 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1582933697957-WK0JH1MBPZEERGCSEB6O/images.jpg Blog - Company seeks rezoning that would allow second asphalt plant on Georgia Pacific Rd. The Columbus County Planning Board Tuesday night received an application for rezoning a parcel of land at 2085 Georgia Pacific Rd. to allow construction of an asphalt plant. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/4/9/golden-leaf-grants-1-million-for-nursing-simulator-business-incubator-in-downtown-whiteville monthly 0.5 2020-04-09 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1586445504251-DR0W919V8UE9RHE1W2O6/GoldenLEAFlogo1.jpg Blog - Golden LEAF grants $1 million for nursing simulator, business incubator in downtown Whiteville https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/5/13/interchange-at-hallsboro-rd-and-hwy-74-76-opening-by-the-end-of-may monthly 0.5 2020-05-13 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1589390508598-TUNBFSNF91H60IYH2UNF/Screen+Shot+2020-05-13+at+1.07.51+PM.png Blog - Interchange at Hallsboro Rd and Hwy 74-76 opening by the end of May Road construction crews work on the new interchange at Hallsboro Road and U.S.74-76 Wednesday. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/6/1/rj-corman-receives-csx-award-for-growth-on-carolina-lines monthly 0.5 2020-06-01 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1591026791275-AOWL4TTQLNKLANFTZRHA/corman-train.jpg Blog - R.J. Corman receives CSX award for growth on Carolina Lines https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/5/28/fair-bluff-gets-48-million-federal-grant-to-replace-flooded-ruined-business-district monthly 0.5 2020-05-28 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1590700110681-UTYG3EK6J8EZDFTZB89X/WEB_Downtown-Fair-Bluff_Sept-28-2018_Justin-Smith-e1551706051702.jpg Blog - Fair Bluff gets $4.8 million federal grant to replace flooded-ruined business district The $6 million total project includes $4.8 million from the federal government and a $1.2 million local match, which Fair Bluff received in an appropriation from the N.C. General Assembly. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/6/11/english-named-next-president-of-scc monthly 0.5 2020-06-11 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1591908080429-5HM8C2JK1N3GLCQOKASW/Christopher-English-one-of-three-finalists-for-the-presidents-job-at-Southeastern-Community-College-participates-in-a-forum-Wednesday-scaled-e1590618767470.jpg Blog - English named next president of SCC CHRISTOPHER ENGLISH PARTICIPATES IN A FORUM MAY 27 ON THE CAMPUS OF SOUTHEASTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE. PHOTO TAKEN FROM VIDEO BY SCC EDU-CABLE. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/6/12/3-groups-making-face-masks-available-to-small-businesses monthly 0.5 2020-06-12 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1591988213939-D14ZYKUMKQC8NM7AXEND/Kay-Horne-smaller.jpg Blog - 3 groups making face masks available to small businesses https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/6/17/2500-masks-distributed-to-columbus-chamber-members monthly 0.5 2020-06-18 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1592428081570-OY8L258ZD70IRI2CD4O2/mask+photo.jpg Blog - 2,500 masks distributed to Columbus County businesses https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/6/30/amazing-gift-panthers-and-lenovo-donate-300-chromebooks-to-county-schools monthly 0.5 2020-06-30 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1593535634615-CRQOB67R8DCNT6RR64RM/image-asset.jpeg Blog - ‘Amazing gift’ — Panthers and Lenovo donate 300 Chromebooks to county schools Carolina Panthers Linebacker Andre Smith is pictured during the online press conference Tuesday morning. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1593535767173-VQO24BTK4KDGNQ31BQ66/Screen+Shot+2020-06-30+at+12.48.23+PM.png Blog - ‘Amazing gift’ — Panthers and Lenovo donate 300 Chromebooks to county schools https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/7/10/tourism-campaign-touts-outdoor-attractions monthly 0.5 2020-07-29 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1594401297866-TTDOP1J9MZO71N2PXZQT/Screen-Shot-2020-07-09-at-9.50.51-AM-e1594326184253.png Blog - Tourism campaign touts outdoor attractions https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/6/30/familiar-face-in-local-real-estate-opens-his-own-office monthly 0.5 2020-06-30 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1593536112466-JWHBAKB6G1COF7M6QDWZ/Eric-hill-ribbon-cutting-e1592856213676.jpg Blog - Familiar face in local real estate opens his own office Westyn Hill cuts the ribbon at Atlantic Blue Coast Realty Thursday as father Eric and mother Heather look on. Eric Hill opened the office earlier this year at 128 Jefferson St. Whiteville. Also pictured are County Commissioner Jerome McMillian, Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Jennifer Holcomb, Mayor Terry Mann, Whiteville Economic Development Director Sean Martin and chamber member Stephen Underwood. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/7/29/atmc-completes-nc-great-grant-project-in-beaverdam monthly 0.5 2020-07-29 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1596053222382-NQX8NZMGIIDEG4I1WKKG/ATMC-representatives-and-other-officials-participate-in-a-groundbreaking-ceremony-Friday-morning-for-a-new-fiber-optic-network-that-will-server-the-Beaverdam-area-e1575659220190.jpg Blog - ATMC completes NC GREAT grant project in Beaverdam ATMC representatives and other officials participate in a groundbreaking ceremony in December for a new fiber optic network that will serve the Beaverdam area. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/7/29/local-businesses-qualify-for-millions-in-federal-job-saving-loans monthly 0.5 2020-07-29 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1596053087889-ZFDHAZHJXG84EIGU7V98/Screen-Shot-2019-05-29-at-4.49.22-PM-e1559162991335.png Blog - Local businesses qualify for millions in federal job-saving loans https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/8/12/more-businesses-opening-in-downtown-whiteville monthly 0.5 2020-08-12 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1597248406279-MSQYO77NG233P64649LT/LEDE-ART_J.E.-Thompson-points-out-features-of-his-apartments-that-are-under-construction-on-Madison-Street-in-downtown-Whiteville.-Staff-photo-by-Diana-Matthews-scaled-e1597084905688.jpg Blog - More businesses opening in downtown Whiteville J.E. Thompson points out features of his apartments that are under construction on Madison Street in downtown Whiteville. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1597248435213-MM357AR33NWXZU62T3LW/For-inside_Crews-work-in-apartments-that-are-under-construction-in-downtown-Whiteville.-Staff-photo-by-Diana-Matthews-scaled-e1597085052614.jpg Blog - More businesses opening in downtown Whiteville Jordy Brooks, William Mitchell and Dallas Chavis remove old woodwork in apartments that are under construction in downtown Whiteville. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1597248461194-P4J00XCDELAOCOWO9KDX/For-inside-scaled-e1597084973702.jpg Blog - More businesses opening in downtown Whiteville Artesa McLean helps Shalella Love with a purchase while Makayla and Megan Washington shop for jewelry Saturday afternoon at Unique Highly Favored Beauty Supply Store on West Main Street. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/8/12/top-tobacco-expands-warehouse-space-in-lake-waccamaw monthly 0.5 2020-08-12 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1597249193591-9M422GR6VLNG66JQYBXR/IMG_1998.jpg Blog - Top Tobacco expands warehouse space in Lake Waccamaw Crews are shown recently preparing a site for the construction of new facilities at Top Tobacco at Lake Waccamaw. The project includes the construction of two 40,000 s.f. warehouses, according to a permit application filed with the Town of Lake Waccamaw. Top Tobacco is among the largest private employers in Columbus County. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/8/5/wildcat-rescue-moving-forward-despite-setbacks-related-to-covid-19-and-theft monthly 0.5 2020-08-05 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1596642872565-MJAAE1ZCDQUPN0JJ7BAZ/Shizzys-Wildcat-Rescue-work-day_1-scaled-e1595276005341.jpg Blog - Wildcat rescue moving forward, despite setbacks related to COVID-19 and theft Shizzy’s Wildcat Rescue is still making progress toward opening in Fair Bluff. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/8/5/bbampt-facility-rises monthly 0.5 2020-08-05 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1596640532138-YYQ744UMHJ9SU7VLGEEZ/BBT-construction-on-Aug-4-2020-777x458.jpg Blog - BB&T facility rises The first exterior wall for the BB&T (Truist) facility on J.K. Powell Blvd in Whiteville goes up Tuesday afternoon. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/9/4/atmc-launches-construction-on-latest-high-speed-internet-project-in-columbus monthly 0.5 2020-09-04 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1599249887675-VUD1098Y0VH0XKWOZ2BP/image-asset.jpeg Blog - ATMC launches construction on latest high-speed internet project in Columbus The areas shown in blue will have access to high-speed internet service through ATMC’s latest construction project. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/9/4/streetscape-master-plan-called-tremendous-opportunity-by-whiteville-economic-development-planner-martin monthly 0.5 2020-09-04 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1599250183383-C5Q5MH5K0KQWK3RT435U/Whiteville-NC-City-Seal-04302015-e1550103590695.jpg Blog - Streetscape master plan called ‘tremendous opportunity’ by Whiteville economic development planner Martin https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/9/10/construction-expected-this-fall-for-first-building-in-logistics-park-on-columbus-brunswick-line monthly 0.5 2020-09-10 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1599763993277-47528ZL7JB134Y7ID70L/FRONT_An-artists-rendering-shows-the-first-building-planned-for-development-at-the-International-Logistics-Park-of-North-Carolina-Courtesy-of-Cameron-Managment-Group.jpg Blog - Construction expected this fall for first building in logistics park on Columbus-Brunswick line An artist’s rendering shows the first building planned for development at the International Logistics Park of North Carolina (Courtesy of Cameron Managment Group) https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/9/20/starter-packet-designed-to-make-it-easier-for-new-businesses-to-launch-in-whiteville monthly 0.5 2020-09-20 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1600640275823-RJA9V44M1D63QTB7CVDT/Screen+Shot+2020-09-20+at+6.15.20+PM.png Blog - Starter packet designed to make it easier for new businesses to launch in Whiteville “Business Starter Packet” recently unveiled by the City of Whiteville. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/9/24/scc-advanced-manufacturing-training-center-celebrated-as-economic-development-tool-1 monthly 0.5 2020-10-08 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1600985757340-GAD85MKS7OZFAI1DJOFX/image-asset.png Blog - SCC Advanced Manufacturing Training Center celebrated as economic development tool Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Southeastern Community College Advanced Manufacturing Training Center Wednesday are (front row, from left) Anthony Clarke, former SCC president; Jack Hooks, chair of the SCC Board of Trustees; Christopher English, SCC president; (second row) Terry Mann, Whiteville mayor; Jennifer Holcomb, president of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism; Bobby Ezzell, SCC Board of Trustees member; MacKenzie Park, SCC Student Government Association president; and Gary Lanier, Columbus County economic development director. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1600985649661-4I2A9RB2TJIDUXPDZFFN/Screen+Shot+2020-09-24+at+6.11.28+PM.png Blog - SCC Advanced Manufacturing Training Center celebrated as economic development tool Southeastern Community College President Chris English, left, talks with former president Anthony Clarke in the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center that was dedicated Wednesday morning. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/11/13/internet-upgrades-coming-to-scc-trustees-approve-flat-fee-for-early-college monthly 0.5 2020-11-14 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1605312101732-6T0WAHXEODKH4ZS4ICUG/Screen+Shot+2020-11-13+at+7.01.15+PM.png Blog - Internet upgrades coming to SCC; trustees approve flat fee for early college The project is in conjunction with MCNC, the Friday Institute and the N.C. Department of Information Technology. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/11/13/burkes-outlet-opens-in-whiteville monthly 0.5 2020-11-14 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1605312663149-576UM1ZKS0Z2J1I9EXQW/Burkes-Outlet_Justin-Smith-scaled-e1602254123718.jpg Blog - Burkes Outlet opens in Whiteville The Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism held a ribbon cutting for Burkes Outlet in Whiteville. The store, located at 318 Columbus Corners Dr., features women’s clothing, kids’ and men’s clothing, shoes and handbags, home and beauty products and toys. More than 400 Burkes Outlet stores are located in 13 states from Nevada to Virginia. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/11/13/delegation-tours-entrepreneurial-center monthly 0.5 2020-11-14 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1605312214196-HC0AD0O0V95Y3O0BE5MX/Wilson-entreprneurial-trip-scaled-e1605134163472.jpg Blog - Delegation tours entrepreneurial center https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/12/23/24m-grant-to-bring-high-speed-internet-to-thousands-in-columbus-rural-communities monthly 0.5 2020-12-23 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1608762187189-ED66L7FDSTHUAKL24ZG4/Screen+Shot+2020-12-22+at+4.52.26+PM.png Blog - $2.4M grant to bring high-speed internet to thousands in Columbus’ rural communities High-speed internet will be spread “in or around the rural communities of Boardman, Cerro Gordo, Clarendon, Ricefield, Sandyfield and areas just outside of Chadbourn, Tabor City and Whiteville,” plus “an additional 130 addresses along the Columbus-Brunswick line near the Northwest community.” https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/1/15/incredibly-special-riverfront-property-to-join-game-lands monthly 0.5 2021-01-22 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1610722886383-TCJ40Y9WBBR3O7G15NGA/Screen+Shot+2021-01-15+at+10.00.37+AM.png Blog - ‘Incredibly special’ riverfront property to join game lands Zach West, who works in The Nature Conservancy's Wilmington office, poses in some of the 410.05-acre tract along the Waccamaw River. The land, which is in the southern tip of Columbus County, is in the process of being donated to the state and plans to be added to the Columbus County Game Lands. Photo by Herver McIver, The Nature Conservancy https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/1/13/state-lawmakers-have-full-plate-budget-elections-maps-pandemic-and-more-jk46k monthly 0.5 2021-01-13 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1610568168288-R4NISMENVTBO32CTOWD2/Screen-Shot-2019-12-10-at-4.49.48-PM-e1576014631295.png Blog - State lawmakers have full plate: budget, elections maps, pandemic and more (Copy) Sen. Danny Britt, Rep. Brenden Jones and Rep. Carson Smith. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/1/15/county-commissioners-expand-economic-development-board-approve-appointments monthly 0.5 2021-01-15 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1539797041826-4I9JUWMBPAV8FIR1GTH5/Columbus+County+Seal_large.jpg Blog - County commissioners expand economic development board, approve appointments https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2020/12/23/ribbon-cut-for-new-apartment-complex-in-fair-bluff monthly 0.5 2020-12-23 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1608762082150-QL9C484HX3WGLVQ6BYJK/apartments-ribbon-cutting-2-scaled-e1608246589621.jpg Blog - Ribbon cut for new apartment complex in Fair Bluff A large contingent of elected officials from the state legislature to the town board participated in ribbon-cutting ceremonies Thursday at River Bluff Pointe, a $5 million apartment complex built in hopes of restoring housing for a significant number of residents displaced by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/1/6/chamber-awards-84-pandemic-grants-to-small-businesses-1 monthly 0.5 2021-01-06 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1609946509951-2B39WRR3KMG5ZOCOR16Q/image-asset.jpeg Blog - Chamber awards 84 pandemic grants to small businesses https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/1/22/axe-throwing-is-the-latest-chapter-for-fifth-generation-council-tool monthly 0.5 2021-01-22 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1611347668821-MMWIRRQEYS14N9G5MRON/Edward-Williamson-of-Council-Tool-poses-with-a-box-of-Flying-Fox-hatchet-heads-at-the-companys-Lake-Waccamaw-manufacturing-plant.-Staff-photo-by-Justin-Smith-e1608755396875.jpg Blog - Axe throwing is the latest chapter for fifth-generation Council Tool Edward Williamson of Council Tool poses with a box of Flying Fox hatchet heads at the company’s Lake Waccamaw manufacturing plant. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1611347630702-AP0EEG0UNTZI6B4W48WW/Walt-Gray-left-and-Cameron-Council.-Staff-photo-by-Justin-Smith-e1608755344683.jpg Blog - Axe throwing is the latest chapter for fifth-generation Council Tool Council Tool Business Development Manager Walt Gray, left, and Vice President of Administration Cameron Council are pictured in the Lake Waccamaw manufacturing facility holding the company’s Flying Fox hatchets, the model used by 2020 World Axe Throwing League Champion Ryan Smit. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/3/3/columbus-is-work-ready-community monthly 0.5 2021-03-03 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1614796410175-E1XYIEJU3T1UX2KNP9Y7/Gary+Lanier Blog - Columbus is ‘Work Ready’ community Gary Lanier, director of the Columbus County Economic Development Commission https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/2/10/smithfields-bar-b-q-harbor-freight-coming-to-whiteville monthly 0.5 2021-02-10 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1612980538770-FJRAZCD38JISPT4LTVRW/Screen+Shot+2021-02-10+at+1.04.38+PM.png Blog - Smithfield’s Bar-B-Q, Harbor Freight coming to Whiteville Smithfield’s Bar-B-Q, Harbor Freight coming to Whiteville https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/2/10/elizabethtown-manager-named-new-columbus-county-manager monthly 0.5 2021-02-10 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1612981077933-OVLNVMPJSI1MKM4TJNEI/DSC_7642-e1612472043721.jpg Blog - Elizabethtown manager named new Columbus County manager Eddie Madden after being approved as the new Columbus County manager. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/2/10/this-is-huge-for-the-town-new-apartment-complex-full-in-fair-bluff monthly 0.5 2021-02-10 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1612980747956-X1QN96DXTTH0I5NVYL49/Miranda-Dossie-site-manager-for-River-Bluff-Pointe-and-Sammy-Neighbors-regional-manager-for-Landura-Property-Management-e1612125485767.jpg Blog - ‘This is huge for the town’ — New apartment complex full in Fair Bluff Miranda Dossie, site manager for River Bluff Pointe, and Sammy Neighbors, regional manager for Landura Property Management, are pictured in front of the Fair Bluff apartments. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1612980797736-7ZXEQQU2PN80GSOC4CAU/Bonita-Nichols-carries-cushions-into-her-three-bedroom-apartment.1-e1612125475324.jpg Blog - ‘This is huge for the town’ — New apartment complex full in Fair Bluff Bonita Nichols carries cushions into her three-bedroom apartment. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/3/3/were-all-in-this-together-chambers-84th-annual-meeting-held-online monthly 0.5 2021-03-03 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1614794479538-E2Q2OVWWRVVNUYDMR47R/Screen-Shot-2019-01-02-at-10.42.54-AM-e1546444508847-1.png Blog - ‘We’re all in this together:’ Chamber’s 84th Annual meeting held online https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/3/3/amazing-home-market-for-sellers-leaves-buyers-with-few-options monthly 0.5 2021-03-13 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1614797649984-DYSZCXGY63ZJNYQ5V67S/Screen-Shot-2021-02-25-at-3.20.05-PM-e1614284702722.jpg Blog - ‘Amazing’ home market for sellers leaves buyers with few options Trey and Carlee Farmer are pictured with their children, Natalie and Jacob, Wednesday morning in front of their new home. Local real estate brokers Darian Ransom, top, and Jackie Ray-Pierce, below, say that the demand for local housing is exceeding supply in many categories. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1614797746337-3TY9JF2QHJ0EEYTSR33L/Trey+Farmer Blog - ‘Amazing’ home market for sellers leaves buyers with few options Trey Farmer pushes his daughter, Natalie, in a swing at their new home. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/3/13/county-government-extending-water-lines-industrial-park-to-get-service monthly 0.5 2021-03-13 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1615670909114-GZ8ZD28QR3VYMN4GAZA5/IMG_2479-e1615235562706.jpg Blog - County government extending water lines; industrial park to get service Columbus County government is extending water lines to the International Logistics Park on U.S. 74-76 at the Columbus-Brunswick County line. Photo by Diana Matthews https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/3/13/tmc-high-speed-internet-available-in-fair-bluff-service-to-expand-in-months-ahead monthly 0.5 2021-03-13 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1615672593994-JO5FLFWK32JHGLR54MWH/Screen-Shot-2020-01-03-at-3.41.34-PM-e1578084171420.png Blog - TMC high-speed internet available in Fair Bluff, service to expand in months ahead https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/3/24/cook-out-coming-to-whiteville monthly 0.5 2021-03-25 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1616643179943-90MJDID90WAH68OQYXLS/Cook-Out-1-e1616508842872.jpg Blog - Cook Out coming to Whiteville https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/3/24/new-hope-appliance-opens-for-business monthly 0.5 2021-03-25 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1616643338953-X363IFC78AV8MLJI90JN/New-Hope-Appliance-ribbon-cutting-e1614889388345.jpg Blog - New Hope Appliance opens for business https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/4/14/pipe-manufacturer-to-create-44-jobs-in-fair-bluff monthly 0.5 2021-04-14 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1618422825972-29RPS27V4V6OI0SR8ZH0/The-former-Ply-Gem-plant-in-Fair-Bluff.-Staff-file-photo-e1617888909590+copy.jpg Blog - Pipe manufacturer to create 44 jobs in Fair Bluff Pipeline Plastics will spend $4.6 million in a production center that will employ 44 workers. The plant will be located in the former Ply Gem plant on U.S. 76. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/3/24/whiteville-council-certifies-apartment-petition monthly 0.5 2021-03-25 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1599250183383-C5Q5MH5K0KQWK3RT435U/Whiteville-NC-City-Seal-04302015-e1550103590695.jpg Blog - Whiteville council certifies apartment petition https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/4/14/atmc-high-speed-internet-available-east-of-tabor-city monthly 0.5 2021-04-14 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1618423084268-T9KHZ1TH3QPRU3EW8306/Crews-install-fiber-outside-Tabor-City-for-ATMC.-Contributed-photo-e1617910831511.jpg Blog - ATMC high-speed internet available east of Tabor City The Tabor City area expansion is the latest phase of ATMC’s “Faster Columbus” project. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/4/14/soil-additives-company-to-plant-roots-in-county-sale-in-industrial-park-finalized-last-week monthly 0.5 2021-04-14 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1618423186666-206H47EPFSPVELRFC73K/lede_-e1618255101962.jpg Blog - Soil additives company to plant roots in county; sale in industrial park finalized last week Gary Lanier, director of the Columbus County Economic Development Commission, talks to Jay Memula, right, of Jay Technologies about the future layout of a facility where soils will be mixed with specialty additives in the agri-business and horticulture industry. At left is Les High, chair of the Columbus Jobs Foundation, which owns the industrial park. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/4/20/fair-bluff-tries-again-for-grant-to-convert-destroyed-downtown-into-riverside-park monthly 0.5 2021-04-20 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1618929997056-UIPGPRCJLAL05BEBMXD0/Screen+Shot+2021-04-20+at+10.45.14+AM.png Blog - Fair Bluff tries again for grant to convert destroyed downtown into riverside park Engineer Bill Lester designed this layout for the 21.7-acre park with input from Fair Bluff residents and assistance from council members Kathy Ashley and Clarice Faison. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/5/11/new-bbampt-facility-wins-regional-award monthly 0.5 2021-05-11 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1620774858109-EZBP1M0WTNSMDK1M6OBB/A-customer-enters-the-new-BBT-on-J.K.-Powell-Boulevard-in-Whiteville-Friday-afternoon.-Staff-photo-by-Justin-Smith-e1617910923184.jpg Blog - New BB&T facility wins regional award - Make it stand out A customer enters the new BB&T on J.K. Powell Boulevard in Whiteville. Staff photo by Justin Smith https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/5/11/county-government-to-buy-more-bbampt-property-this-time-at-courthouse-square monthly 0.5 2021-05-11 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1620774966853-BFW7F037U907LWH3TZID/Crews-removed-the-BBT-sign-from-the-banks-Courthouse-Square-branch-Tuesday.-The-branch-is-consolidating-with-BBTs-other-local-operations-into-a-new-facility-on-J.K.-Powell-Boulevard-e1617133363550.jpg Blog - County government to buy more BB&T property, this time at Courthouse Square - Make it stand out Crews removed the BB&T sign from the bank’s Courthouse Square branch March 30. The branch consolidated with BB&T’s other local operations into a new facility on J.K. Powell Boulevard. Photo by Justin Smith https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/5/11/hiring-event-at-scc monthly 0.5 2021-05-11 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1620774720914-HR3LU8QU9U88XF0E553F/Job-fair5-e1620764853856.jpg Blog - Hiring event at SCC - Make it stand out Frankye Boone-Newkirk of Allied Home Healthcare talks with Pamela Young Jacobs, director of the Small Business Center at Southeastern Community College. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1620774762394-MPZ6O4SCLFQBB04CI2IG/Job-fair4-e1620764921554.jpg Blog - Hiring event at SCC - Make it stand out Representatives from the N.C. Department of Public Safety staff their booth. https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1620774666752-YN4YOMEKR5EFLACFHR46/Job-fair2-e1620764740877-2.jpg Blog - Hiring event at SCC - Make it stand out Columbus County Manager Eddie Madden talks with a representative from Atlantic Packaging. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/5/23/columbus-spared-worst-of-tourism-pandemic-drop-off monthly 0.5 2021-05-24 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1539202970086-1O7OKZRC1PG2D8YFJ2L4/sharon-mccutcheon-665638-unsplash.jpg Blog - Columbus spared worst of tourism pandemic drop off - Make it stand out Construction travel and campgrounds helped Columbus County fare better than many other locations in North Carolina in terms of visitor spending in 2020. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/5/23/scc-graduation-ceremony-sends-graduates-to-next-stage-in-life monthly 0.5 2021-05-24 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1621824514485-DK06YMK0YZWGI5SAMGJ5/2021+SCC+graduation+ceremony Blog - SCC graduation ceremony sends graduates to next stage in life - Make it stand out 2021 SCC graduation ceremony https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/5/23/columbus-career-and-college-academy-graduation monthly 0.5 2021-05-28 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1622223399938-FIPI71NNMTNZ1ZRCVUDB/Screen+Shot+2021-05-28+at+1.34.44+PM.png Blog - Columbus Career and College Academy Graduation - Make it stand out Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/6/1/new-terminal-hangar-to-help-columbus-airport-catch-up-with-competitors monthly 0.5 2021-06-01 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1622576222465-DZ39T28N5TQHT5KQ53DG/1.19.21_FRONT-DETAIL_Phil-Edwards-is-director-of-Columbus-County-Municipal-Airport.-Staff-photo-by-Justin-Smith-e1611002910812.jpg Blog - New terminal, hangar to help Columbus airport catch up with competitors - Make it stand out Phil Edwards is director of Columbus County Municipal Airport. https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/6/15/new-small-business-center-head-combines-passions-to-support-entrepreneurs monthly 0.5 2021-06-15 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1623777479701-R4NIPEQHGCVLEC9TKQLE/Pamela-Young-Jacobs-e1621887959626.jpg Blog - New Small Business Center head combines passions to support entrepreneurs - Make it stand out Pamela Young Jacobs, Director of the Small Business Center at SCC https://www.columbusedc.com/blog/2021/7/19/reimagining-lumber-river-state-park-and-fair-bluff-to-capture-the-growing-trend-of-ecotourism monthly 0.5 2021-07-19 https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/57ffbaf015d5db0c03b636ac/1626711280658-1Q2G4J4XZRGW1JWHPSPP/Screen+Shot+2021-07-19+at+12.08.03+PM.png Blog - Reimagining Lumber River State Park and Fair Bluff to capture the growing trend of ecotourism - Make it stand out A group in front of River Bend Outfitters, which operated for nine years out of Fair Bluff by Stacy King and Richard Willis. 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