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If you have a church announcement, event, festival, family or nonprofit yard sale, or just a happy story you want to share with your neighbors, send it to us for THE GOOD NEWS. You can email [email protected], call 914.6056, or contact on Facebook. 

Remember you can adopt a new furry friend from the Columbus County Animal Protective Services Division. They have a surplus of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in need of good, loving homes. There’s a small adoption fee. Call 641.3945 or go by the shelter on Legion Drive in Whiteville between 8:30 and 5  p.m. Monday through Friday.

Our friend Miss Poppy is helping unwanted animals get families of their own. Poppy’s Pals is broadcast on Facebook every week. She reads some of her favorite stories to the dogs at the Columbus Shelter, sometimes with the help of her brother Jacob. So far, two of Poppy’s Pals have been adopted to new homes. You can tune in on Facebook each week to see the latest featured pet.

The Columbus Baptist Association had 29 volunteers who showed up and worked hard for the latest Backpack Buddies packing party. The group packed 628 bags of food to distribute to needy school children. Backpack Buddies provides a weekend’s worth of food for children who have limited options for healthy meals outside of school. The next Packing Party will be held on Tuesday, May 18 7 p.m. at the CBA office in Whiteville.

The Department of Transportation’s Spring Litter Sweep ended this weekend, but that’s no reason to quit caring about your community. There’s a grassroots effort underway to encourage folks to unofficially adopt a little bit of roadside in their neighborhoods. Just gathering up one bag of trash can make a difference in terms of unclogging ditches, keeping animals off the road and making things a little nicer for everyone.

Tedd Dixon has been promoted to sergeant with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. 

Barney Tyler of Hallsboro will replace Jerry Gore as chief of the Lake Waccamaw Fire Department starting June 1.

The Tabor City Spring Festival is May 8. There will be a parade, vendors, fun for the kids, a car show, and other activities. Vendor slots are still open. Call 377.3012 or 840.0292 for more information.

If you saw that bright light in the eastern sky Friday, you weren’t alone. The latest SPACE-X rocket heading for the International Space Station launched just before dawn, and Southeastern North Carolina had a spectacular view. A number of area residents also reported seeing a number of meteors from the Lyriad meteor shower. The Lyriads only peak every 120 years or so. They can be viewed through April 30. Best viewing times are between midnight and around 5:30 a.m.

Veterans for Veterans NC Chapter 15-4 Treasure Coast is having their fifthannual Poker Run on July 10.

Anyone can ride. There will be lots of fun, including games and raffles. For more information call Brian at Murf’s Pawn  910.640.3344.

The Waccamaw Equestrian Series has started a new program for this season. The Summertime Trail Challenge Series at Lake Waccamaw Equestrian Center, 214 Bill Thompson Lane, Lake Waccamaw. Event dates are May 29-30, June 26-27, and July 10-11. The finale will be during the equestrian expo Aug. 27-29. There will be different skill, age and challenge levels, with the winner in each division getting a buckle. Follow the Waccamaw Equestrian Series on Facebook for more details.

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Jefferson Weaver is the Managing Editor of Columbus County News and he can be reached at (910) 914-6056, (910) 632-4965, or by email at [email protected].