WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — As WWAY’s #ThisIsThePlace Roadtrip heads to Whiteville, it reminded us of another even bigger journey to the seat of Columbus County several years ago.
President Bill Clinton once made his own trip to Whiteville. In fact, on April 26, 2000, he visited Vineland Station, where WWAY will broadcast live this evening. The old train depot was rundown back then and still five years away from reopening in its restored glory, but it made an appropriate backdrop for the president’s speech about rural development and investing in high-speed Internet access.
As you can imagine, President Clinton’s visit to Whiteville (by way of Wilmington International Airport) was a big deal. You can check out our coverage from that day’s 6 p.m. newscast in the video above.
By the way, while he was the first US president to visit Columbus County, it was not Mr. Clinton’s last visit to Whiteville. Eight years later he returned to Vineland Station as part of his wife Hillary’s presidential campaign. Maybe with her in the running again this year, he may continue his eight-year cycle and come back to Columbus County one more time.