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• The National Day of Prayer will be observed on Thursday, May 6, from 12:00 noon until 12:15 p.m. Services will be held at five locations across Columbus County:
Parking Lot of Riegelwood Baptist Church
Visitors Center in Tabor City
Historic Courthouse in Whiteville
Gazebo at First and Wilson Street in Chadbourn
Flag Pole at Fair Bluff Town Hall
Everyone is welcome. This is the 70th year of the National Day of Prayer, which was established by President Harry Truman.
• The Waccamaw Siouan tribe is sponsoring a Community Ya-koon-ee fishing camp for kids in May and June. It’s not just about reeling in the big ones — the camp is about learning, too. Waccamaw Siouan STEM Studio instructors will use fishing as a science to help kids learn more about biology and the environment For more information, email stem@waccamaw dash siouan.org. The event is sponsored by the tribe and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Registration deadline is May 17.
• Our community came together the other day to help a litter of puppies wandering in the road at Sam Potts Highway and Pierce Road in Hallsboro. Animal Control had already picked up the mom dog. Folks in the area were feeding the lost critters. Austin and Rebecca Watts gave a temporary home to a half-dozen puppies, estimated to be around four months old. Patricia Lambert and the Cape Fear Rescue League is getting the dogs vaccinated and spayed or neutered, so they’ll soon be ready for new homes.
The suspected father of the puppies is Hobo, the Lake Waccamaw community Dog. After injuring a front paw the other week, Hobo is back making his rounds at the lake. He appears to be fit as a fiddle.
• Tabor City Emergency Services Auxiliary will hold a steak plate sale May 7. Plates are $10, and will be available from 11 a.m. until they run out. Five or more plates can be delivered. Call 234.2516 for more information.
• Tabor City’s Spring Has Sprung 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. Our buddy Miss Poppy, who reads to shelter animals every week on her own Facebook video, will be there raising money for unwanted pets at the county shelter.
• Bethel Baptist Church in Riegelwood will hold an all-day event May 16 honoring law enforcement officers and their families. In addition to worship at 10:30 a.m., there will be a memorial service, dinner on the grounds, fishing, canoeing and games for the kids. Contact Rev. Brian Beaver at 470.7744 for more information.
• 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. The next Packing Party will be held on Tuesday, May 18 7 p.m. at the CBA office in Whiteville.
• You still have time to order your 2021 CRUISE FOR A CAUSE t-shirt, but they are going fast. The shirts are a “must-have” for the May 30 golf cart parade at Lake Waccamaw. Contact Jessica Andrews at 625.5053. All t-shirt orders must be paid in full upon when you order. Shirts are $20 each. All proceeds will go directly to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.
• 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.