The Good News for May 10

We have another busy weekend. Get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather and get ready to spend some quality time with your mama tomorrow.

The Classy Cars and Country Cooking car show and food truck rodeo is Saturday at the Boys and Girls Home. Cars and Coffee of Elizabethtown is organizing the event. Registration for each car is $20, with judging from 9-11 a.m. and awards immediately afterward. At least ten different food trucks will be set up. Admission is free.

Also at the lake, the Fatmucket run-walk-ruck is taking place through noon. You can cheer on the participants at the State Park Visitors Center. At 11 a.m. at the center, catch the unveiling of the new mural created by our friend Bess Hinson Taylor. The mural features the people, history and habitat of Lake Waccamaw.

Backyard poultry flocks are especially susceptible to HPAI. (NCDA photo)If chicks, ducks or other poultry are on your Mother’s Day list, the second Saturday flock swap is going on at Gurganous Farm store in Whiteville. There’s no charge to bring your spare birds or even small livestock.

Tabor City Baptist Men recently donated 100 teddy bears to the Sheriff’s office. The bears are handed out to children involved in accidents, criminal investigations, and other traumatic incidents. Kevin Fowler spearheaded the project, which is an ongoing mission by the Baptist Men.

May 15 is the Back the Blue lunch sponsored by the Sheepdog Foundation. Law enforcement officers and their families are invited to a free meal at 310 White’s Crossing, Whiteville, from 1130 until 3 p.m.

CCSO K9
The CCSO K9 team welcomed Rex to the team this week. He is shown with handler Nick High. (CCSO photo)

The sheriff’s office welcomed a new best friend this week. Rex the Mallinois K9 officer comes to Columbus County from Washington, D.C., where he served as a bomb and narcotics dog for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

Rex came at no cost to the CCSO.

He spent part of the last week learning to work with the county’s other two policepups, Gunny and Cooper. Major Nick High is Rex’s handler. Remember you can follow the CCSO K9 Chronicles on social media and via the sheriff’s office app.

May 18 is the deadline for bids on the framed Harley Davidson print being auctioned off by the Veterans Memorial Park of America. Check out the print and make your bid here:   BID

The Columbus County Community Farmers Market is open every Saturday, with local produce, eggs, baked goods, artisans, and other local products. The market is located on Government Complex Drive in North Whiteville. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

On Friday May 24, the Veterans Memorial Park of America will host their Annual Veterans Meal. Veterans eat for free and guests are asked for a minimum of $10 donation. All yeterans are asked to pre-register for the event. The lunch will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park of America, weather permitting. A ceremony will take place then the meal, all starting at 11 a.m. Call 910.840.3848 to sign up.

Red Hill Pentecostal Church of Delco held its senior citizens luncheon last week. A big crowd enjoyed some good food and better fellowship.

Red Hill church had its senior citizens luncheon this week. (Facebook photo)

Bess Hinson Taylor’s Songbirds of Columbus County exhibit is on display at the Columbus Arts Council through May 30. Hinson’s artwork depicts every bird species found in our county. The exhibit is free. The arts council is located at 822 South Madison St., Whiteville. Hours vary, so check their Facebook page for specific times and special events.

United Bank in Whiteville has partnered with the Carolyn’s Kaleidoscope Child Advocacy Center to collect needed supplies and donations for the center. The top requested items are blankets and adult sized white t-shirts. Donations will be accepted at the Whiteville branch until May 31.

The 2024 Watermelon Festival will be the last one with downtown Fair Bluff as it is now. Multiple historic buildings will be coming down after the festival. In fact, the town delayed demolition for the 2024 festival. Some of the buildings will be replaced with more flood resistant structures. A ribbon cutting is set for June 21 for one of the newest buildings.

The third annual Monarch Meetup is May 18 at Penn’s Grill in Whiteville.

You can get information and free supplies to help encourage butterflies and other pollinators. Contact Lisa Yemma via Facebook for more or just drop by Penn’s between 11 a.m. and 1. p.m.

Operation Lifesaver recently helped reunite an elderly man with his family. The program uses an electronic monitoring system to help keep track of people with cognitive impairments. Currently, the county has one unissued Lifesaver system If you’d like to donate toward another monitor, or want more information about Operation Lifesaver, call 910.642.6551.

 Carolyn’s Kaleidoscope of Hope Child Advocacy Center and the Boys and Girls home will sponsor the Kaleidoscope of Hope benefit evening May 31. Dress is informally fabulous or colorful. Tickets are $75 each or $100 a couple. See the Home’s Facebook page or go to boys and girls home dot org for more.

We always have room for your church news, civic club activities, pageant winners, festivals, birthday and anniversary events, little kids with big fish, Good Samaritan stories and just about anything that will make you smile. Email [email protected], PM us on the Columbuscountynews.com Facebook page, call 910.914.6156, or just come by our office at 1015 South Madison Street in downtown Whiteville.

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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].