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Pender County Utilities to waive late fees

PENDER COUNTY – Due to the impact of Hurricane Florence and related delays in the delivery of mail, the Pender County Utilities Department will not charge late fees or performing service cut-offs in September.

“Charges for water and sewer service will continue to accrue and will be due with your next bill in October, if not already paid,” said Kenneth Keel, Pender County Utilities director.

If your property has been destroyed or you otherwise need to suspend or discontinue water service, please notify Pender County Utilities at 910-259-1570 as soon as possible to avoid continued accrual of charges on your account.


Disaster Food Stamp applications accepted starting Sept. 28

BURGAW –  The Pender County Department of Social Services will begin accepting applications for the Disaster Food Stamp program on Friday, Sept. 28. Applications will be accepted at the Pender County Agricultural Building, 801 S. Walker St. in Burgaw.

Pender County Department of Social Services will accept applications on the following dates:

  • Friday, Sept. 28,                                                                                   8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 29                                                                               8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 1                                                                                    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2                                                                                    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3                                                                              8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4                                                                                  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 5                                                                                        8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 6                                                                                   8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All current Food Stamp recipients do not need to apply, replacement benefits of 60% and supplements will be placed automatically on your EBT card. Replacement of FNS benefits will be placed on current recipients EBT card Thursday, Sept. 27.


Pender County courts currently closed, accepting fines

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management announced due to storm damage, Pender County civil and criminal courts are currently closed.

The Pender County courts are conducting regular clerical administrative duties. Today the court staff are working from the Pender County Government Board of County Commissioners chambers, 805 S. Walker St. For today only, the court number at the commissioners’ chamber is 910-633-3768, ext. 3768.

Beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Pender County courts will accept all court fees and fines from the court annex, 100 S Dickerson St, in Burgaw. The telephone number at the Frances Dawson Judicial Annex is 910-663-3958.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at and on the county website, If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.



I-40 has re-opened from NC 41 (Exit 385) to Wilmington.  There are currently 2 eastbound lanes open and one westbound lane open.

US-70 is open between I-95 and the coast with one lane closed in each direction in Kinston.

US 74 is open from I-95 to Wilmington.  I-95 is open in North Carolina.

NCDOT advises motorists to avoid unnecessary travel in the following counties:

  • Bladen and Wayne due to the flooding and/or washout of multiple major travel routes.
  • Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland due to the flooding and/or washout of multiple North Carolina and secondary routes.

Although water has receded on some roads, the roads and bridges may be damaged and the road closures are still in effect.  Signage should be adhered to.  DO NOT GO AROUND OR MOVE BARRICADES.  If a road is closed it is closed for a reason.

Pender County Solid Waste Sites open to all Pender County residents

BURGAW – After Hurricane Florence, Pender County is on a long road to recovery. Pender County Utilities opened the county’s solid waste collection centers Sept. 20 for HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE ONLY.

“We worked hard to restore power to our sites for the compactors,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “As Pender County empties refrigerators and begins cleaning following Hurricane Florence, we are opening these sites for household garbage only.”

Residents who use the sites for recycle only will be permitted to drop their household waste at the convenience sites.

“It’s a health issue,” said David Williams, Pender County Commissioner. “Spoiled foods should be desposed properly and quickly.”

Proof of residency or driver’s license will be required.

No other wastes can be accepted at this time, until further notice.

Debris from the storm and vegetative matter will not be accepted at the site. The county has hired a debris contractor for collection of those materials.

  • Burgaw Convenience Center, 3088 New Savannah Rd.
  • Shiloh Convenience Center, 19690 US 421
  • Atkinson Convenience Center, 5128 Point Caswell

The following sites opened on Sept. 19 and remain open daily 7am to 7pm (open and closing times may vary slightly):

  • Hampstead Convenience Center/Transfer Station, 250 Transfer Station Road
  • Surf City Convenience Center, 360 J.H. Batts Road
  • Rocky Point Convenience Center, 16232 NC Hwy 210

Further information on other sites will be made available as soon as possible.


Disaster Code Enforcement Response Teams

PENDER COUNTY, NC – To assist in assessments and recovery, Pender County is working with the North Carolina Building Inspector’s Association’s (NCBIA) Disaster Code Enforcement Response Teams (DCERT) to assist in Rapid Assessments for Damage Assessment as well as assistance with emergency repair inspections.

“The NCBIA Disaster Code Enforcement Response Team provides rapid deployment for the evaluation and observation of vulnerability and the estimation of risk to properties located in areas subjected to declared disasters from weather, earthquakes, flooding and all other potential hazards of related disasters when and wherever assistance is requested,” said Kyle Breuer, Planning and Community Development director.

As building safety and the safety of our citizens is a top priority, DCERT’s assistance is critical in maintaining our mission “to contributing to public safety by insuring compliance with the North Carolina State Building Code including plumbing, mechanical, and electrical installations.”

The American Legion and Pender EMS & Fire have stepped up in this time of need to provide lodging and resources for these teams.

“When both parties were asked for the resources from County Emergency Management, we knew there’d be no issue to provide whatever they needed to complete their mission” said David Williams, Pender County commissioner.

For more information call the Pender County Inspections and Permitting Department at 910-259-1180.


Pender County relaxes curfew

PENDER COUNTY – The curfew enacted after Hurricane Florence has been relaxed. The 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew has been relaxed. The new curfew hours are 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

“As power is being restored and businesses are opened, we felt it was time to ease the curfew,” said George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners.

Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith said the curfew was necessary because of the hazards and debris on the roads following Hurricane Florence.

“There are flood areas of the county,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We urge caution Pender County residents to avoid fallen power lines and standing water on the roadways.”

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at and on the website If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.


Hurricane Florence Community Update – Sept 20 2018

Please tune in to our Live community update of Hurricane Florence at 10:30 today on the Pender County Facebook page or the Pender County EM Facebook page; The video will be posted on the county website after streaming.

Please see the agenda below:

George Brown, Chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners

Tom Collins, Director of Pender County Emergency Management

Woody Sullivan, Director of Pender County EMS and Fire

Carolyn Moser, Director of Health and Human Services

Kyle Breuer, Director of Pender County Planning and Community Development

Mark Seitz, Pender County Extension Director ,  (910) 259-1235

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