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- The N.C. High School Rodeo finals will continue through Saturday at the Boys and Girls Home Exhibition Center. The cost of admission is $15. The center can be found at 7932 Sam Potts Highway in Lake Waccamaw.
• Southeastern Community College honored the mothers of their mini-Rams on the Monday following Mother’s Day. The ladies received coffee from the Tom’s Coffee truck and flowers from their little ones.
- The Farmers Market Fun Run and health event will be Saturday, May 20, from 9-11 a.m. There will be a half mile kids’ run, a one-mile walk/run for everyone, and fitness demonstrations until 11 a.m. The Farmers Market will be open until 1 p.m. for shoppers. The facility is located at 132 Government Complex Drive in Whiteville.
- The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) will host a blood drive on Tuesday, May 23, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Blood Connection (TBC) will be set up at the new CCSO location at 817 Washington Street. All donors will receive $45 in rewards. The points can be redeemed for eGift cards on the Blood Connection donor portal. Visit The Blood Connection – Donor Portal and use sponsor code 2865 to sign up.
• The Boys and Girls Home of N.C. will also be working with the Red Cross on Thursday, May 25, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. to sponsor a blood drive. Donations will be made in the Morton Conference Center at 205 Tops Tobacco Road in Lake Waccamaw. Visit www.redcrossblood.org, and use sponsor code Waccamaw to schedule your appointment. Red Cross beach towels will be handed out to donors during the event.
- The Columbus County Community Band will be playing their 2023 spring concert this Sunday, May 21, starting at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Whiteville. The band will perform pieces from The Lion King, Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast, and other medleys of music from animated films and classics. The church is located at 412 North Madison Street in Whiteville.
Westside Baptist Church in Tabor City stopped by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office last week with a sweet treat. Church members delivered fresh Subway cookies for the officers and staff to enjoy.
• Mark your calendars for the 43rd annual Columbus County Fair. The board of directors announced this week that the family fun event will be held between October 10-15. Last year, the fair saw over 32,000 attendees.
- The Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum will have their second family fun Bingo Blast on Tuesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be handed out to Bingo winners, and refreshments will be available for purchase.The museum can be found at 201 Flemington Drive.
- • The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office got a surprise of their own for Officer’s Appreciation Week. Miss N.C. Queen of Hope Mini Ambassador Maggie Beasley stopped by to deliver some goodies to Corporal Townsend, Corporal Moore, and K9 Officer Arco.
- The Veterans Memorial Park of America will be having their dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at the park. Following the ceremony will be the annual veterans’ meal. Veterans eat for free, and they can bring one guest for $5. The public is invited to attend as well with a $10 donation per person. The VMPA is located at 6354 James B. White Highway South in Whiteville.
- • The Columbus County Partnerships for Children will be hosting the Spring Into Reading street fair on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 109 West Main Street in Whiteville. The free family day will include Storytime, face painting, dancing, games, story book characters, prizes, resource and information booths, special guests and entertainment, food, and much more. For any questions about the fair, call the partnership at 910.642.8226.
- Saint James Missionary Baptist Church showed their appreciation for the teachers of Hallsboro Artesia Elementary during Teacher Appreciation Week. Joyce Webb, Linda Uber, and Mamie Spaulding brought and setup a lunch spread for the instructors at the school.
- The first Sunday of the Lakeside Ministry will be on May 28 at 9 a.m. at the Lake Waccamaw campground pavilion. The speaker will be Matthew Tarpley of the First Baptist Church of Lake Waccamaw, and the singer will be Columbus Baptist Association’s Rev. Dave Heller.
- The Columbus County Board of Commissioners and County Administration hosted a reception for Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser this week. The judge has been serving the state of North Carolina for 24 years, and he will officially retire in June.
- The East Columbus High School Booster Club is holding a fundraiser raffle on Saturday, June 10. There will be two drawings for the event. One winner will be picked for a family outdoor prize package including Calcutta camp gear and Yeti and Thermacell accessories, and another drawing will be held for a Ruger 10-22 with 222 rounds or at $350 gift certificate from Waccamaw Outdoors. Both male and female packages are available for the firearms. Tickets are one for $10 or 3 for $20. Purchase your tickets by contacting a member of the booster club, or Chad Smith at Town Hall at Lake Waccamaw.
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