The Good News for Jan. 20

This wandering pig enjoyed a stroll along Lake Waccamaw and a lot of treats Thursday. (Submitted photo)

Turkey shoots aren’t just for the fall of the year. Sandy Plain Baptist Church is hosting one more shoot Saturday, Jan. 21. Starting time is 630. There will be $4 meat rounds, $5 50-50 rounds, and both stock and modified contests. The church is located at 6824 Swamp Fox Highway East, Tabor City.

 Living Hope Pregnancy Support Services will host a ribbon cutting and open house Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at their new office in downtown Whiteville. Living Hope is located at 433 South Madison Street. The non-profit offers assistance, counseling and training to pregnant mothers.

Whiteville Police and the American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive WEDNESDAY from 1230-530 p.m. at Vineland Station in downtown Whiteville. For more information, call 910.642.5111.

Whiteville native Sarah Caroline Ward received he diploma recently for her masters of library science degree from Appalachian State University. Congratulations, Miss Sarah. The world needs more libraries, and dedicated librarians to run them.

The Museum of Natural Science in Whiteville now features a veterinary clinic – with stuffed animals, of course. The museum is asking for suggestions for names of the clinic and its resident patients. Would-be vets can learn about caring for animals and fiugre out ways to take care of native species. Just drop by the museum at Columbus and Madison Street in downtown Whiteville for more.

Vendors are being sought for the Columbus County Community Farmers Market reopening on February 3. Locally made and sourced crafts, farm products and garden produce are welcome. Call 840.6743 for more information.

If you’re looking for a new pet, Columbus County Animal Protective Services has cut the adoption fee to $20 through February. The cost does not include a spay and neuter voucher. Adoption hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Speaking of pets, residents of Bella Coola had an unusual visitor Thursday. A large potbelly pig got loose from its pens and wandered around making friends and mooching meals along the waterfront. The owners of the wayward hog eventually herded her home after she enjoyed a lot of snacks and became a social media frenzy.

Some other pigs are not as beloved or welcome. Invasive feral swine have been pushed up onto higher ground in the lower reaches of the Waccamaw River of late. Several hunters have had some good luck harvesting the free bacon, protecting fields and lawns, and helping native species. Wild hogs may be hunted day or night, 365 days a year in North Carolina. All you need is a license. Free trapping permits can also be obtained at

Sheepdog Foundation will be hosting a Pew and Que fundraiser for its youth program, Camp Hardcharger. The day will include full training on AR platform rifles and a barbecue lunch. Cost is $125 and is open to anyone of any skill level. Call 910.742.7382 or go to for more details.

With a new year comes new opportunities to support the veterans memorial park. The 250 club needs 3,000 people to donate $250 each toward the construction of the Veterans Community Outreach Center and monuments.  Field of Honor signs for 2024 can be ordered for $25. The park is also planning to place a new order for engraved bricks. Contact Angela Norris at 910.840.3048 for more information.

Tha Fayetteville Marksmen Hockey Team is working to support the park as well. Tonight is Star Wars Night with Star Wars themed games and videos, and you can even meet some of your favorite characters. Sunday will be the Salute to Service Sunday where we will pay our honors and respects to those who have served or are currently serving our country.

You can support the veterans memorial park AND enjoy some hockey by skating over to and use promo code PARK. You get a discount on your ticket, and a portion of every ticket sold goes directly to the Veterans Memorial park here in columbus county.

A Job Fair and Veterans Stand Down will be held at the county fairgrounds March 2. While the event focuses on honoring and assisting veterans, the public is welcome. Organizers are asking for donations of gift cards and door prizes for the event. Contact David Pattillo at 910.977.0762.

We always have room for your church announcements, civic club news, good Samaritans, animal stories, pageant winners, little kids with big fish – anything that makes you smile, there’s room for it on air and online in the Good News. Send your news to jeffersonweaver@Columbuscounty, or call 910.632.4965.


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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].