Folks who have been cooped up since 2020 have plenty of events and activities to look forward to, and many in the county are counting their blessings, while others are being a blessing.
• Quintay Kelley is organizing a back-to-school drive in Tabor City. The event will take place at Grace Fellowship on Aug. 14. Call 832.207.5955 for more information or to donate.
• A countywide back to school time of prayer will be held at 3 p.m. at all public and private county schools on Aug. 15. Students, parents, teachers and staff are welcome. Rev. Dave Heller and Rev. Willard McPherson organized the event.
•. 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 go visit their webpage at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Lakisha Jordan, David Archie, Scott Fowler, and Kaleb Coleman have joined the sheriff’s office. Deputy Jordan will be assigned to the Civil Division. Deputy Archie will be assigned to the School Resource Division. Fowler and Coleman were sworn in as Detention Officers.
• The Lake Waccamaw Police Department would like to thank the Cruise for a Cause committee and all those who participated in this year’s parade for the shiny new refrigerator in the police department. Police Chief Scott Hyatt said, “The town does a good job of providing us with the things we need, but every now and then it’s really nice to get something you just want.” The old refrigerator at the LWPD was beginning to act its age.
• The Adoption Fair and Rabies Clinic for the Columbus County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services Shelter held Saturday, July 31 was a complete success. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Cadets volunteered their time to the event, and 53 rabies vaccinations were administered. The Columbus Humane Society was on site providing hotdogs, and giving away door prizes to the public. The clinic was planned and organized by the Animal Protective Services Staff.
• Myrtle, who became kind of a “poster dog” for the adoption fair at the shelter, went to her new home last week. While she wasn’t adopted during the fair, her sister Ruby was picked out during the event. While Myrtle found her new family, there are plenty more good dogs and cats in need of homes.
• A fun-filled Women’s Adventure Day is scheduled to take place Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bummin’ Hole Lodge. The cost will be $10 per person, and ladies of all ages are invited to attend. There will many activities available to participate in including hatchet throwing, fishing, skeet shooting, archery, and pistol shooting. All equipment will be provided at the lodge except fishing poles and tackles. Bait will be provided on site.
Trophies will be given out for first, second, and third place in each event for ages ten and under, 11 to 15 years, and 16 and up. There will also will be door prizes, give-a-ways, and a tremendous day of fun and fellowship. Special guest speaker Tammy Weeks will challenge all the ladies with a powerful message.
You can sign up for the Women’s Adventure Day by calling the CBA office at 910.642.2155. Spots are filling up for the event so call and reserve yours before the Oct. 1 deadline. The Bummin’ Hole Lodge is located at 318 Home Harrelson Road in Whiteville.
• Aug. 16 is the First Day for Fall Semester at SCC, and Aug. 23 will be the first day of school for all county schools.
• Residents have a new place to dump tree limbs and yard debris near Lake Waccamaw. Bullfrog Bella will be open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. They only accept vegetative debris, and no manmade lumber or building materials will be accepted. Candace Smith says that they plan to have green garden compost and other gardening essentials available at the site in the future. The site is located at 651 Ben Jones Road in Lake Waccamaw. For more information and other pricing call 910.840.3534
• The Columbus County Agricultural Fair is scheduled for Oct.12-17. The COVID pandemic put a damper on things for last year’s fair, but staff are hopeful this year will go off without a hitch. They want the public to know they are working diligently to assure the safety of the public, vendors and midway personnel.
• Lake Waccamaw Town Council will hold their regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend and the agenda and login information for the Zoom Meeting will be provided in advance of the meeting. Call 646.3700 for more information.
• Registration has begun for Take the Lake 2021. The event is free and will take place from Aug. 23 to Sept. 6.
• Take the Lake is an annual event at Lake Waccamaw that provides an opportunity to work toward your own personal fitness goals. The activities include walking, running, paddling, swimming, and biking. Due to the pandemic, 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 to support the Take the Lake event. Visit the website at takethelake.org.
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