The Good News for Feb. 16

Jess Hill of the county fair board presents a check to members of the ECHS FFA. (submitted)
Jess Hill of the county fair board presents a check to members of the ECHS FFA. (submitted)

Southeastern Community College will dedicate its new fire training tower and take receipt of a retired Whiteville fire truck Saturday, Feb. 17. The events start at 10 a.m. It’s part of the school’s expanding first responder training program.

 The Columbus County Community Farmers Market is open from 8 until 1 every Saturday. This week the spotlight is on locally-grown pork products. Look for crafters, original artwork and pottery, jewelry makers, fresh local produce, eggs and milk, and much more. The market is located on Government Complex Road in North Whiteville.

 The Southeastern Swamp Stewards chapter of the N.C. Wildlife Federation is sponsoring a bird-watching event February 18 at Fair Bluff. The event is part of the Great Backyard Bird Count, a nationwide effort to document bird species. The Fair Bluff bird-count is free and will take place from 8 until 10 a.m. Contact the Swamp Stewards on Facebook for more information.

The Columbus County Fair Board made a donation to the East Columbus Jr.-Sr. High FFA club this week. The funds will be used to expand opportunities in the club. Which is known for its birdhouse and plant sales.

The N.C. Strawberry Festival will hold an interest and organizational meeting Monday at  the Chadbourn Depot museum. The gathering is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in helping with the festival this year is welcome to attend. The museum is located at 201 W. First Avenue, Chadbourn.

City and county schools this week recognized school resource officers and bus drivers. At East Columbus, drivers received includes gift bags with a key chain and candy from Swamp Keepers, along with a coupon and snacks from Black’s Tire and Auto. The Swamp Keepers are part of the East Columbus Education Foundation.

Speaking of donations: Columbus County commissioner Giles Buddy Byrd recently supplied a portable building to the new EMS station being established at Bolton. Byrd said he made the donation to show his support for the county’s rural fire and EMS departments.

Columbus Regional will sponsor a Love Your Heart Community Health Fair Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be free blood pressure and other screenings, a tai chi class, and more. The fair will be held in the conference room across from the gift shop.

Bethel Methodist Church will hold its famous fried chicken fundraiser March 2. Plates are $10, and are available for take out or eat in. The sale is from noon until 5 p.m., unless plates sell out first. The church is located at 73 M.M. Ray Road, clarendon.

A Job Fair and Veterans Stand Down will be held at the county fairgrounds March 2. There will be displays from area businesses, job recruiters, and service agencies that assist veterans in all walks of life. Organizers are asking for donations of gift cards and door prizes for the event. Contact David Pattillo at 910.977.0762.

You can enjoy a hockey game and help a good cause by buying an “anytime” ticket to the Fayetteville Marksmen. A portion of each online ticket sale using the promo code PARK gets you a discount as well as a ticket good for any game this season while making a donation to the Veterans Memorial Park. Go to for more.

The Lake Waccamaw Fatmucket Walk/Hike/Ruck has been postponed until May. Joan McPherson said the event was delayed  due to the recent death of State Park Ranger Emily Perry. The event will be held May 11 at the State Park. Online registrations will still be honored.

Whiteville Parks and Rec T ball registration is open through MARCH 15. T-ball is open to players ages four to six. Your child must turn four before May 1, and may not turn seven until after the season. A copy of your child’s birth certificate is required. Cost is $15 for city residents, $25 for county. Call 642.8046 for more information.

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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].