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Church moves forward with potential after school program, residents oppose

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Members of Peace Baptist Church are moving forward with an after school program. Members of Peace Baptist Church are moving forward with an after school program.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Despite opposition from several people living off Love Mill Rd. in Whiteville, members of Peace Baptist Church are moving forward with an after school program.

Earlier this month several residents went before Whiteville City Council members asking officials to deny church members a permit to allow an after school program, which would have 25 kids.

Some residents tell us the after school program would bring traffic, noise and possible parking issues. Nearly 30 people signed a petition against the program.

Despite opposition, council members approved it anyway. Some council members say they approved it because the church is providing an activity to young people.

Pastor Chip Hannah with Peace Baptist says many people believe the church is getting a daycare, but it's actually an after school program.

Hannah says they already have a building in the back of the church and the only construction will be a fence going up around the playground. Hannah says they're still in the planning process so no start date has been set for the after school program.

According to some residents, they attended two planning board meetings and a council meeting trying to stop the after school program, but they feel they were just ignored.

Residents say they would like to take legal action, but can't afford legal fees.

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