The Good News for Aug. 21-27

Kids are headed back to school this week with masks in hand, but there will be plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the fresh air this season. Make sure to renew those hunting and fishing licenses, and take advantage of the warm weather while it’s sticking around.  

• El Juan Mariscos at Lake Waccamaw will be hosting the Backwoods Music Society from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21. Come on out for some good food, beverages, and good music. 

• Aug. 23 will be the first day of school for all county schools. The city resumed classes Aug. 11.

• There will be a time of prayer Sunday at Columbus Regional for the community to show support for medical professionals. The service will be at 4:30 p.m. in the north parking lot, near the physical therapy entrance. Everyone is welcome.

• Take the Lake is an annual event at Lake Waccamaw that provides an opportunity to work toward your own personal fitness goals. TTL starts MONDAY. The activities include walking, running, paddling, swimming, and biking. Due to Covid 19, Take the Lake will be held virtually again this year, but participants will be able to convert their own workout to miles and log them digitally. Tie dye t-shirts are on sale on the registration forum, and will support the Take the Lake event. Visit the website at takethelake.org 

• Southeastern Community College Small Business Center will be having an outreach event on Aug. 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This will give folks in the area the chance to meet the new Small Business Center Director Pamela Young-Jacobs, identify small business needs in the community, and provide resource materials to funding, classes, and counseling. It will also provide opportunities for small businesses in startup, expansion, and project procurement. It will allow citizens to receive dates and times for upcoming job hiring events, and provide time for a question-and-answer session with Ms. Jacobs.  The e event will be at the St. James Fire Department, 3203 Old Northeast Rd., Lake Waccamaw. 

• The Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce will have their 75th Annual Banquet on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. The meal will take place at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The cost will be $25 per person. To reserve your seat, call the Chamber of Office at 910.377.3012 or Chamber cell phone at 910-840-0292. 

• A non-profit organization is putting out the call to those in need. The Southeastern Community Action Partnership wants to help individuals and their families who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. They provide assistance for overdue bills including utilities, rent, and mortgage.  To find out more about the program, contact Sydney Davis at 910.885.3542 or visit davissy@scapnc.org.  
• Welcome Church Men’s Fellowship Annual Labor Day Chicken Fry will be Sept. 3 from 5-7 p.m. Plates will include fried chicken, potato salad, green beans, roll, and dessert, and the cost is $8. The drive thru pickup event will take place at 3104 Old Cribbtown Road in Chadbourn.  

• Dove season opens on Sept. 4. Hunters can purchase or renew their license and obtain their Federal Harvest Informational Program Certification online for immediate use in the field by visiting the NCWRC website at ncalvin.org. Licenses can also be purchased by visiting a local wildlife service agent, or by calling 1.888.248.6834 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

• Columbus Regional will host a free skin screening clinic September 11 from 8 a.m. until noon at Whiteville United Methodist Church on Pinkney Street. There will be a raffle as well as other activities. The clinic is hosted by the hospital in cooperation with Atlantic Dermatology, Don-ah-ree Cancer Center, Atrium Health and the Le-veen Cancer Institute. 

 • The Freedom isn’t Free observance will be held September 11 at Elizabeth Brinkley Park at Lake Waccamaw. The event is in part a Veterans Memorial Park, but it’s primarily a daylong event recognizing the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Activities include a 5k run, motorcycle ride, parade. Children’s activities, and a candlelight vigil with speakers at sunset.  You can pick up a registration form for the 5K at our offices at 1015 S. Madison in Whiteville. Check out this story at columbuscountynews.com for more details.

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