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, March 11th, 2024, at 1:00 pm, 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.
Pender County confirms that they do not have any information regarding the ongoing investigation involving the Pender County Clerk of Court. Notably, the Clerk of Court is an elected position employed by the State of North Carolina, along with all courthouse staff positions. The Clerk of Court is not a Pender County employee.
As of February 28, 2024, Pender County has not received updates or specific details related to the investigation. The county is committed to transparency and will share pertinent information with the public as it becomes available.
It is imperative to emphasize that the Pender County Clerk of Court holds an elected office, and their employment status differs from that of courthouse staff. All courthouse staff positions, including the Clerk of Court, are employed by the State of North Carolina.
Pender County recognizes the importance of addressing matters of public interest responsibly. The county urges patience and refraining from drawing conclusions, allowing the investigative process to unfold.
HAMPSTEAD – Effective March 1st, the Pender County Department of Social Services (DSS) is pleased to announce the extension of office hours for its Hampstead Annex Building services to five days a week from 9 am to 4 pm. The department has a dedicated team of three full-time employees specifically serving the Hampstead area, known for their knowledge, compassion, and unwavering commitment to providing essential assistance and support to the community.
The primary objective of this expansion is to enhance accessibility and convenience for clients. The department is confident that the extended hours will prove to be a valuable resource for the community and those in need.
For any inquiries or concerns about these changes, please get in touch with the department directly.
According to Wesley Stewart, the Director of the Pender County Department of Social Services, “We aim to improve the quality of living for the citizens of Pender County by empowering them to meet their human needs and by promoting self-sufficiency. We believe that providing assistance closer to citizens’ homes is one of the ways we can help.”
To learn more about Pender County DSS, click here.
BURGAW – Six Pender County events and festivals received recognition from the Southeast Festival and Events Association’s annual Kaleidoscope Awards. The Kaleidoscope Awards spotlight the best and the brightest in the Southeastern United States Events and Festivals industry as a part of the SFEA Conference hosted by Jekyll Island this year.
“Every year, the ideas presented in the Kaleidoscope Awards applications get more creative, the initiatives submitted get more innovative and inclusive, the competition gets stiffer, and pool of incredible events spreads across the region. A rising tide lifts all boats, and we’re all headed up!” said Jamie McCormick, Operations Manager for SFEA.
The Kaleidoscope Award categories are diverse, covering just about every aspect of the industry, including vendors and suppliers. Pender County Events and Festivals competed in a variety of categories against a record number of applications spanning 30 organizations from nine states and received honors in five different categories.
Gold, Best Green Initiative: Ocean Fest
Silver, Best Event Video: Ocean Fest
Silver, Best Event T-Shirt: Autumn with Topsail
Silver, Best Event Mascot: Blueberry from the North Carolina Blueberry Festival
Bronze, Best Event Program: The Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge
Bronze, Best New Event: Juneteenth
“We are incredibly pleased so many Pender County Events and Festivals received honors from the SFEA,” says Stephanie Key, with Pender County Tourism. “These awards recognize our exceptional events. It demonstrates that we host some of the most outstanding events and programs in the southeast. The awards honor the dedicated individuals working tirelessly behind the scenes to make these events a success.”
Pender County Tourism has been a member of The Southeast Festivals & Events Association since 2021. The SFEA is a membership-based organization composed of festival and event planners, venues, and industry service providers whose goal is to strengthen the industry by hosting educational sessions, networking opportunities, award programs and additional events throughout the year, thus allowing for continued professional growth of members.
For more information about the SFEA visit online at https://sfea.wildapricot.org/main
The County has compiled a comprehensive presentation that provides a detailed review of the requirements of state law, costs, options, and practices relevant to public advertising information.
Pender County Utilities and Cape Fear Public Utilities (CFPUA) have come together to proactively establish a robust and reliable interconnection along the Highway 421 corridor located across from the former BASF plant at the county line between Pender County and New Hanover County. The goal of this collaborative effort is to ensure that all customers along the corridor have access to a reliable and continuous supply of water. To achieve this goal, both organizations have arranged for primary and backup water sources, which can provide water to customers without any interruption, even in the case of a line break. This collaborative initiative demonstrates both organizations’ commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable, and uninterrupted water services to their customers.
“We are delighted to announce that the upcoming interconnection will provide numerous benefits to all our valued customers. Our objective is to deliver a seamless and uninterrupted experience to business owners operating along the 421 corridor, said Anthony Colon, Pender County Utilities Executive Director; this will allow businesses to focus on their core operations with complete peace of mind, knowing that their water needs are being taken care of.”
The project involves digging a hole under Highway 421 to establish a connection between the two water connections. The excavation work is expected to last for less than two days and is not expected to cause any disruptions to the traffic. However, the project completion date has been set for the spring of 2025. The project marks a significant infrastructure upgrade and, upon completion, will ensure a more efficient and reliable water supply for the area.
Hampstead, NC – On Friday night, the Pender County 911 center received multiple calls about a large explosion in the area of Lighthouse Court, Hampstead, NC. Firefighters and EMS Station 14 along with the On-Call Emergency Management Staff member responded to the incident.
Upon investigating the incident, it was discovered that the cause of the explosion was the failure of a 10,000-gallon ground drinking water storage tank (hydropneumatic pressurized vessel) that was attached to a large pump house. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries or fatalities. However, one home in the vicinity sustained damage, with multiple windows being broken out.
Since the Topsail Greens neighborhood has a private water system, the incident left surrounding residents without drinking water. However, repairs were carried out swiftly, and a second water tank was filled with 10,000 gallons of water, ensuring that customers had access to drinking water.
Despite successful resolution of the incident, there are concerns regarding the cause of the tank failure. The Topsail Greens Homeowners Association’s president has formally requested a thorough investigation into the matter. This investigation will provide a chance to learn from the incident and create preventive measures to mitigate future risks.
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