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Public Meeting with Carolina Water Service

We understand that the quality of the water supply is important to you and your family. That’s why we would like to invite you to a public meeting with Carolina Water Service on Monday, February 26, 2024, at 7:00 pm in the Topsail Middle School Cafeteria (17445 Hwy 17, Hampstead, NC).


  1. Welcome Message from County Staff
  2. Carolina Water Service Presentation
    • North Carolina President Donald H. Denton
    • Director of State Operations Tony Konsul
  3. Conclusion and Next Steps from County Staff

Note: CWS customer service representatives will be present at the meeting to receive individual customer concerns when you check in. County staff will also be present at the meeting to ensure that your individual concerns are received by CWS and addressed during the meeting or by follow-up after the meeting.

Notice of Quorum

The Board of County Commissioners of Pender County will be in attendance at the Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 5th, 2024, at 9:00 am, at the Board of Commissioners Chambers 805 S. Walker Street Burgaw, NC, 28425.

There will be a motion to enter into a closed session pursuant to NCGS § 143 318.11(A)(6) Personnel


NC Cooperative Extension Pender County – Land Use Summit

Join us for the Pender County – Land Use Summit on February 20, 2024, to discuss and shape the future of our county’s land utilization!

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Date and time

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 · 8:30am – 12:30pm EST


N.C. Cooperative Extension – Pender County Center, 801 South Walker Street Burgaw, NC 28425


  • Pender County Land Use Trends-Daniel Adams- Planning
  • Present Use Value- Kayla Futrell- Tax office
  • Estate Transfers other Land Use Challenges- Andrew Branon- NCSU Professor
  • NC & Pender County Farmland Loss & Preservation- Noah Ranells, NCSU
  • Digital Skills & Equity for Rural Counties- Howard Wallace, CED Columbus County
  • Stormwater Management Challenges and Opportunities
Register today at:

Community Meetings to discuss Internet and Water

TUESDAY – Community Meeting – October 3, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.


FOCUS Broadband – Find out about service updates in Pender County

  • Kris Ward – Director of Business Development
  • Jody Heustess – Vice President Marketing & Customer Care
  • Ryan Hill – Business Development


  • Anthony Colon – Public Utilities Director
  • James Proctor – Deputy Utilities Director

Water Quality Concerns

  • Vence Dodge – Environmental Health Supervisor


THURSDAY – Community Meeting – October 5, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.


FOCUS Broadband – Find out about service updates in Pender County

  • Kris Ward – Director of Business Development
  • Jody Heustess – Vice President Marketing & Customer Care
  • Ryan Hill – Business Development

Water Quality Concerns

  • Vence Dodge – Environmental Health Supervisor


  • Anthony Colon – Public Utilities Director
  • James Proctor – Deputy Utilities Director
  • Brian Terry – Water & Sewer Superintendent

Governor Cooper Announces $17 Million in Grants for Parks and Recreation Projects Statewide, Pender to receive $1 million

39 Local Communities to Receive Funding for Park Expansion and Restoration

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper announced today the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) will award over $17 million in grants to fund 39 local parks and recreation projects across the state. The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority (Authority) approved the grants at its meeting held on Aug. 26 at the Nature Research Center in Raleigh.

“Our parks and recreation areas are so valuable to our communities and they’ve become more popular than ever,” Governor Cooper said. “These projects we’re funding today will give people even more opportunities in North Carolina to build healthier and happier lives.”

Local communities applied for grants to fund land acquisition, development, and renovation of public park and recreation areas. Each year, the Authority is required to allocate 30% of PARTF’s total funding to local government projects.

The Authority considered 49 local grant applications requesting $20.9 million in total. The maximum grant awarded for a single project was $500,000. Awardees must match funds dollar-for-dollar for the awarded amount.

This year, $17.9 million was allocated to PARTF for local projects—an amount at least triple that of most years in the last decade. With these awards, PARTF has now made more than 1,000 grants to build parks in communities across the state.

“Congratulations to the local governments that received Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grants to invest in the health and quality of life of their communities,” said D. Reid Wilson, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “The historic increases in funding by the legislature and Governor Cooper will result in more North Carolina families having ready access to outdoor recreation.”

The Town of Burgaw will receive $443,408. Pender County Parks and Recreation will receive $500,000 for Central Pender Park Development and another $500,000 for Phase 4 of Hampstead Kiwanis Park.

In addition to the local grants program, the Authority allocated $5.7 million to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation for land acquisitions at Chimney Rock State Park in Rutherford County and Lake James State Park in Burke and McDowell Counties. It will also fund several capital projects at Hammock’s Beach State Park (Onslow County), Morrow Mountain State Park (Stanly County) and William B. Umstead State Park (Wake County).

The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund is administered through the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, which is part of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Local grants are awarded annually by the Authority at their quarterly meeting in August.
Grant recipients and award amounts are as follows:

Celebrate the 45th birthday of the Mountains to Sea Trail

Three family-friendly hikes are planned in Pender County

BURGAW- The Mountains to Sea Trail, which stretches 1,175 miles from Clingman’s Dome to Jockeys Ridge, is 45 years young in September and Pender County partners are joining in the birthday celebration.

“The trail travels the length of Pender County, through two trail towns, Burgaw and Surf City, as well as Moores Creek National Battlefield,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism Director.

To celebrate the birthday of this beautiful trail, Burgaw Parks and Recreation, Surf City Parks and Recreation, Moores Creek National Battlefield, and Pender County Tourism are hosting family-friendly hikes.

“The hikes range from 1-to-2-mile hikes,” said Proctor.

The MST Birthday Hikes kick off in Pender County with the Surf City Bridge Hike. Hikers will meet in Soundside Park at 9 a.m. on Sept. 8 to cross the Surf City Bridge. The hike will be led by a volunteer from the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail. The hike will feature a “Kodak moment” at the peak of the bridge for a beautiful view of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Herrings Outdoor Sports has donated an Ice Mule Cooler, valued at $80, which will be raffled off to a lucky winner.

On Sept. 9, the Town of Burgaw will host a birthday hike along the beautiful Osgood Canal Greenway. Hikes will meet at Hankins Park for a 9 a.m. step-off. And what’s a birthday celebration without cake? Cupcakes will be given away by Pender County Tourism staff.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, Moores Creek National Battlefield will host a 1.5 mile walk-and-talk that will be dog-friendly. This will entail a walk of the History Trail, Tar Heel Trail, Woodpecker Trail, and Black River Road, all in the park. This is not a guided tour, but rather an informal walk with Jason Howell. Hikers will meet at the park’s Visitor Center by 9 a.m. The planned timeframe is approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour and visitors can walk the loop as many times as they would like.

“All hikes are free to participate,” said Proctor. “We just ask that all hikers register with the tourism office so we can plan appropriately.”

To register, call 910-259-1278.

Residential well testing for GenX could happen this month

Pender County Health and Human Services Director Carolyn Moser told the board of county commissioners on Feb. 7 that Chemours may proceed with testing residential water wells along the Cape Fear River.

According to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Chemours submitted a plan to DEQ which is currently being reviewed for sampling in Pender County.

It is possible the sampling could take place this month.

NCDEQ maintains a “request to sample” list. Residents in close proximity to the Cape Fear River should visit DEQ’s website, 

Pender County officials will share information to our residents as it becomes available.

Governor’s Volunteer Service Award Nominations Accepted Now

PENDER COUNTY – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.

Each county selects up to 10 individuals, businesses, groups/teams and one paid Director of Volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. One of the nominees will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state. A local committee evaluates the nominations.

Nomination forms are available in Pender County at the following locations:

  • Pender County Tourism office, 106 E. Wilmington St. in Burgaw
  • Pender County Annex, Suite 116 and in the brochure rack.
  • Online at the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service website at under the “Volunteer Awards” tab

Last year, Share the Table volunteers were honored with the esteemed Medallion Award for Volunteer Service. Honored 2021 Pender County volunteers were Diane Cavanaugh, Wayne Jeno, and Marge Ulcickas.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31, 2022. Award winners will be honored during National Volunteer Week, April 17-23 in a virtual ceremony.

Please return the completed forms to Tammy Proctor via email at or the rism office, 106 E. Wilmington St. in Burgaw.

Here is the link to the downloadable form.

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