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Pender County Board of Commissioners announces appointment of new county manager

Pender County -The Pender County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Silverman as the new County Manager, effective June 3rd, 2024.

Hailing from Sanford, North Carolina, Michael Silverman brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of effective leadership to his new role. Currently serving as the city manager for Pascagoula, Mississippi, Silverman has demonstrated a dedication to public service and a commitment to community development throughout his career.

Silverman’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. His academic achievements complement his extensive professional experience, equipping him with a comprehensive understanding of public administration principles and practices.

In his new position, Michael Silverman will oversee the day-to-day operations of Pender County government, working closely with county staff, elected officials, and community stakeholders to address the needs and priorities of the county. His extensive experience in municipal management and his commitment to fostering transparent, accountable governance make him well-equipped to lead Pender County into a successful future.

Silverman expressed his gratitude for being chosen by the Board of County Commissioners for this significant position, stating, “I am deeply honored. I eagerly anticipate fostering collaboration with the Board of County Commissioners, county personnel, and the community to amplify the county’s triumphs and tackle its hurdles. Pender County holds a unique charm with its breathtaking natural landscapes, dedicated residents, and vibrant heritage, fostering a genuine community spirit. My commitment lies in actively engaging with the community and working closely with staff to achieve the objectives outlined by the Pender County Commissioners.”

Please join us in welcoming Michael Silverman to Pender County. We are excited about the energy and vision he brings to our community and look forward to the accomplishments we will achieve together under his leadership.

David Andrews currently serves as the County Manager and will continue in this role until June 30th, 2024.

Pender Unity Resource Expo

Join us for PURE – Pender Unity Resource Expo on Saturday, April 20th, from 10 am to 2 pm, located at the Pender County Administrative Building, 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw. Our mission is to actively ensure that every individual in Pender County can access the support they need to thrive.

No matter your circumstances, whether you’re facing homelessness, food insecurity, or difficulties connecting with vital community resources, this event is to assist you.

Explore a wide array of resources available, including food giveaways, essential resource kits, health and vision screenings, veteran support services, Medicaid resources, and much more!

Numerous services will be conveniently onsite, provided by organizations such as the American Red Cross, Amerilife Wilmington, A Safe Place, Black River Health Services, Burgaw Fire Department, Burgaw Lions Club, Cape Fear Community College, Captel NC, Coastal Horizons Center, DisAbility, Habitat for Humanity, Illum Insurance, Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, NC Works, Peer Recovery Resources, Pender County CERT, Pender County Christian Services, Pender County Health Department, Pender County Housing Authority, Pender County Veteran Services, Prodigy Movement, Safe Haven, Veterans Services of the Carolinas, WARM NC, Willard Outreach Organization, and You Empower You.

Together, let’s make real change happen in our community.

Sponsored by The Think Project and Rainbow Restoration.

Celebrate Spring at The Pender County Springfest

Join us for a weekend of community spirit at the annual Pender County Springfest!

The event will occur on Saturday, May 4th, in Downtown Burgaw on the Pender County Courthouse Square. Residents and visitors will come together to celebrate community, creativity, and local pride, highlighting the rich culture of Pender County.

The Pender County Springfest offers various activities for attendees of all ages. From live local performances to local food vendors offering delicious treats, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Families can look forward to interactive games and arts and crafts activities.

One of the highlights of The Pender County Springfest is the showcase of local talent and businesses. Explore booths featuring handmade crafts, artisanal products, and unique gifts from talented artisans and entrepreneurs in the area. It’s a fantastic chance to support local businesses and discover hidden gems right in our communities.

“We are thrilled to once again host The Pender County Springfest and welcome everyone to join us for a day of festivities,” states the Pender Springfest Committee. “This event is a cherished tradition and always a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together, enjoy the beauty of spring, and showcase the talent and creativity that Pender County has to offer.”

The celebration kicks off on Friday evening with a lively street dance featuring BBQ and hotdogs from local church and nonprofit groups, or you can explore the town’s shops and restaurants.

The festival also kicks off at 8 AM on Saturday with a family fun run around downtown, along the sidewalks, the Osgood Canal Greenway, and the urban walking trail.

The Pender County Springfest is free to attend, making it accessible to all members of the community. The event aims to bring the community together for a day of fun and entertainment while supporting local artists and entrepreneurs.

Mark your calendars, and don’t miss out on this exciting event that heralds the arrival of spring in Pender County!

For More Information, contact Pender County Tourism at 910-259-1278.

Pender County Department of Social Services Hosts Family Fun Day for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

As April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Pender County Department of Social Services (DSS) is dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention efforts within the community. Recognizing the importance of fostering safe and healthy environments for children and families, DSS is pleased to announce the upcoming Family Fun Day event.

On Saturday, April 20th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, families are invited to join DSS for an afternoon of entertainment and education at their location on 810 South Walker Street in Burgaw. The event promises a variety of engaging activities including games, face painting, and delicious food for all attendees to enjoy.

Family Fun Day serves as an opportunity for community members to come together in support of child abuse prevention initiatives. By participating in this event, individuals contribute to the collective effort of building strong, resilient families and nurturing the well-being of children.

All members of the community are encouraged to attend this free event.


Board of County Commissioners Chairman Brad George Joins Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees

Cape Fear Community College recently announced the appointment of Brad George to its esteemed Board of Trustees.

The press release states that George brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his new role.

Originally hailing from Greensboro, George relocated to Hampstead after completing high school. Following his service in the Navy, he embarked on a distinguished career at GE Vernova, where he has served as a maintenance coordinator for an impressive 33 years.

George’s commitment to public service is underscored by his extensive tenure on the Pender County Board of Education, where he dedicated a decade to fostering educational excellence in the community.

He was officially sworn in during the board’s bi-monthly meeting on March 28 and will serve until June 30, 2027.

Chair George has been with the Pender County Board of County Commissioners since February 2023.

“His commitment to public service is evident through his appointment to the Pender County Board of Commissioners and his decade-long tenure on the Pender County Board of Education,” the release stated.

Pender County Commissioners Support America 250 NC Initiative to Commemorate National Heritage

Pender County, NC – In a significant move towards celebrating the rich history of the United States and North Carolina’s pivotal role within it, Pender County has officially endorsed the America 250 NC Committee. This endorsement comes as part of the county’s commitment to recognizing and commemorating the 250th anniversary of the United States.

The America 250 NC Committee, established by Governor Roy Cooper, aims to plan, encourage, and coordinate the commemoration of this historic milestone. With a mission to engage all North Carolinians and each of its 100 counties, the committee seeks to inspire future leaders and honor North Carolina’s contributions to the nation over the past 250 years.

Embracing the mission of America 250 NC, Pender County will form its own committee dedicated to achieving the goals outlined by this initiative. The committee will comprise diverse citizens who will volunteer their time and expertise to collaborate on various activities and events.

The resolution, passed by the Pender County Board of Commissioners on March 11, 2024, emphasizes the importance of recognizing historical milestones such as the victory at Moore’s Creek in 1776, a pivotal event in the nation’s history.

“We take great pride in endorsing America 250 NC and its mission to honor our nation’s history, particularly emphasizing North Carolina’s significant contributions,” states Brad George, Chair of the Pender County Board of County Commissioners. “The victory at Moore’s Creek in 1776 symbolizes the courage and resilience of our predecessors in Pender County and throughout North Carolina. It marks a pivotal moment in our nation’s story that merits recognition and remembrance as we reflect on the sacrifices made by those who paved the way for our freedoms. Volunteering our time and efforts to commemorate such milestones is not an obligation; it’s a meaningful endeavor in preserving our heritage and ensuring its passage to future generations.”

Statewide Second Primaries Scheduled for May 14, 2024: Important Details and Early Voting Information

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has ordered a statewide second primary for Republican candidates for Lieutenant Governor and State Auditor.

This upcoming second primary is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, 2024. On election day, polling stations will open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters are required to visit their designated precinct to cast their vote.

Voters will be asked to show photo ID when they vote. All voters will be allowed to vote with or without ID. Voters without ID can get one for free from the Pender County Board of Elections. Find out more at


Early voting will be held at the following location from Thursday, April 25, 2024, until Saturday, May 11, 2024:

Pender County Cooperative Extension Auditorium, located at 801 S. Walker Street Burgaw, NC 28425

Thursday, April 25, 2024 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday, April 26, 2024 8:00am-5:00pm
Monday, April 29, 2024 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday, May 2, 2024 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday, May 3, 2024 8:00am-5:00pm
Monday, May 6, 2024 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday, May 9, 2024 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2024 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 2024 8:00am-3:00pm

Voters wishing to use absentee ballots must have their requests submitted by 5 p.m. on May 7, 2024, either through the official website at or by completing a form available from the board of elections. Absentee ballots will be distributed to those who have requested them as soon as they become available.

Eligibility to vote in the second primary extends to all voters registered under the political party of the candidates appearing on the ballot. Additionally, unaffiliated voters who either abstained from voting in the first primary or who voted on a ballot from the party conducting the second primary are also eligible to vote. For instance, in a Republican second primary for the nomination of Lieutenant Governor, all registered Republicans, along with unaffiliated voters who either did not vote in the first primary or who voted on a Republican ballot, would be eligible to vote.

Questions? Call the Pender County Board of Elections Office at (910) 259 – 1220 or send an email to

Notice of Election

Pesticide Collection Day

Burgaw, NC – North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Pender County Cooperative Extension are holding a Pesticide Collection Day for residents in Pender and surrounding counties. Collection will be day, April 25, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 801 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, North Carolina. The collection station will be in the driveway behind the Ag Building with the entrance to that driveway off Progress Drive. The local site manager will be Mr. Mark Seitz, County Extension Director, and Agriculture Agent for Pender County.

The goal of this program is to help homeowners and farmers remove unwanted and unused pesticides from their garages, storage sheds and barns. Over time, unused and improperly stored pesticides can cause significant structural and environmental damage, costing thousands of dollars to clean up. This program helps homeowners alleviate that risk.

Nearly all pesticide products will be accepted.  For liquid pesticide containers larger than five gallon or for unlabeled pesticides, please contact the Cooperative Extension Office for information before bringing them to the collection event.  No gas cylinders are accepted at the event; however, assistance information on how to dispose of these cylinders can be provided. Don’t miss this opportunity in Pender County.

Pender County Emergency Management Introduces New Smartphone App for Enhanced Public Safety

Pender County, NC – Pender County Emergency Management is thrilled to unveil its latest initiative with the launch of a tailored smartphone application, designed to transform the way the agency interacts with Pender County residents, businesses, and visitors. Developed in collaboration with, a distinguished brand of OCV, LLC., specializing in mobile app solutions for emergency management entities nationwide, this innovative app promises swift and efficient delivery of essential information to smartphone users across the region.

The Pender County Emergency Management smartphone application offers a user-friendly interface and convenient access to a plethora of features aimed at promoting public safety and community awareness. Among its key functionalities are:

  • About Us: Learn more about Pender County Emergency Management and its mission to safeguard the community.
  • Current Conditions: Stay informed about real-time updates on weather conditions, traffic advisories, and other pertinent information.
  • Hurricane/Storm Readiness: Access comprehensive resources and guidelines to prepare for and respond to hurricanes and storms.
  • News: Stay abreast of the latest news and developments from Pender County Emergency Management.
  • Report Damage: Report any damage or incidents directly through the app for swift response and assistance.
  • Request Service/Permit: Streamline the process of requesting services or permits from Pender County Emergency Management.
  • Be Prepared: Access valuable tips and resources to enhance personal and community preparedness for emergencies.
  • Active Events: Stay informed about ongoing events and initiatives organized by Pender County Emergency Management.
  • And more!

Pender County Emergency Management Director Tommy Batson expressed enthusiasm for the new smartphone application, stating, “This offers an excellent means to deliver emergency information directly to smartphones without requiring personal details. It’s straightforward: simply scan and download the app today.” He continued, “This app represents a significant milestone in our efforts to enhance communication, preparedness, and response capabilities, ultimately fostering a more resilient and connected community.”

The Pender County Emergency Management smartphone application is now available for download on [App Store/Google Play], free of charge. For further information and updates, follow Pender County Emergency Management on or visit


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