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Hampstead Bypass fully funded

HAMPSTEAD – The Hampstead Bypass is fully funded and moving ahead, announced Pender County Commissioner David Piepmeyer.

“The funding, approximately $113 million, for construction of both sections of the Hampstead Bypass has finally been formally approved,” said Piepmeyer. “While design of both sections is in its final stages and land acquisition is well underway, this clears the path to allow construction to being in 2020 with completion coming in 2025.”

The Hampstead Bypass design is 13-miles of four lane divided highway. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the “A” Section of the bypass connects I-140 to NC 210. The second section, known as the “B” Section, links NC 210 to US 17 north of Topsail High School.

“This is the biggest project in Division 3 and it is being funded in large part because of the regional support it received from the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) as well as the NCDOT Division 2 and Division 3,” said Piepmeyer, who represents Pender County on the WMPO. He serves as the current chairman of the WMPO.

“I know 2025 seems like a long time in the future, but this has been greatly accelerated and is a much better date than was forecasted in the original plan,” said Piepmeyer.

“The Hampstead bypass along with the safety improvements on Business US 17 will alleviate pressure and help prevent crashes along almost all of the US 17 corridor in Pender County,” said David Williams, Pender County commissioner who previously served on the WMPO. “Safety has always been our driver on this project.”

For additional information regarding the Hampstead Bypass visit



Notice is hereby given that the Pender County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on October 1, 2018, at 4:00 PM, or as soon thereafter as the agenda will allow, at the Public Assembly Room located at 805 South Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425, to solicit public input on local community development needs in relation to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for a project in the community. The public hearing is rescheduled due to the impact of Hurricane Florence.

In October 2018, Pender County will submit a CDBG-NR application to the NC Department of Commerce for funds to assist low- and-moderate income households who reside in the County. Citizens will also be given the opportunity to provide oral and written comment on Pender County’s use of CDBG funds.  The application submission date has been extended due to the impact of Hurricane Florence. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

All project activities will serve households with incomes at or below 80% of the Pender County median income for appropriate household size. The proposed budget includes the following housing-related CDBG activities:

Rehabilitation                              $675,000
Program Administration           $ 75,000
Total Project Budget                   $750,000

The County will make every effort to minimize displacement; however, all applicable requirements of 49CFR24 and 24CFR570 related to the proposed rehabilitation and reconstruction activities will be implemented, and temporary relocation assistance will be available to owners who are displaced from their residences during construction activity.

For additional information or to submit written comments, contact Ms. Judy Herring, Pender County Housing Director, PO Box 1149, Burgaw, NC 28425. Comments should be postmarked by September 25, 2018.

Persons with disabilities or who otherwise need assistance should contact Randell Woodruff, County Manager, at 910-259-1200 (TDD # 919/807-4420 or Relay North Carolina TTY# 1-800-735-2962) by Thursday, September 26, 2018. Accommodations will be made for all who request assistance with participating in the public hearing.

This information is available in Spanish or any other language upon request. Please contact Judy Herring, Pender County Housing Director, at 910/259-1208, or at the Housing Authority, 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC, for accommodations for this request.

Esta información está disponible en español o en cualquier otro idioma bajo petición. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Judy Herring, Pender County Housing Director, al 910/259-1208 o en Housing Authority, 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC, de alojamiento para esta solicitud.

International Overdose Awareness Day

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day.

This is a global event held on August 31st each year which aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

The tragedy of overdose is far too frequent, but is ultimately preventable.

Click the link to find out more

Take a hike and celebrate the birthday of the MST

BURGAW – On Friday, Sept. 7, join neighbors and co-workers on the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) Birthday Hike along the Osgood Canal and greenway. Hikers will pick up the looped trail nearest their home or workplace and hike around Historic Downtown Burgaw.

“What started as a hike around town with friends has become a community event,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director.

Partnering with Burgaw Parks and Rec, the Birthday Hike includes hikers from Pender Memorial Hospital, the Pender County Health Department, and Cape Fear Community College and various county offices.

“The walk will kick off around noon,” said Zach White, director of Burgaw Parks and Rec. “There’s no fee. Just take a hike!”

Pender County Tourism will have a sign-in sheet set up at Johnson Park on Walker Street. Photos of hikers will be snapped at the tent and sent to the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail staff.

The Mountains to Sea Trail, which traverses more than 1,170 miles from Clingman’s Dome to Jockey’s Ridge State Park, crosses into Pender County from Bladen County, through historic Burgaw, Holly Shelter Game Land, Hampstead and into Surf City. The trail continues along the beach into North Topsail Beach.

For additional information, contact the Pender County Tourism office at 910-259-1536. For more information about the MST visit


Mountains To Sea Trail Poster

Visitor Spending up 5.14 percent, totaling $97.05 million

BURGAW – Visit North Carolina announced today that domestic visitors to and within Pender County spent $97.05 million in 2017, an increase of 5.14 percent from 2016.

“This is significant for Pender County,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director. “Tourism in Pender County generated $18.03 million in payroll for more than 840 employees in the hospitality and tourism-related businesses.”

State tax revenue generated in Pender County totaled $4.67 through state sales and excise taxes on personal and corporate income. An estimated $6.81 million in local taxes was generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel-supported businesses.

“Pender County’s outstanding attractions and beaches have received national attention,” said Proctor. “This county’s natural resources, historic sites, and events and festivals have a lot to offer visitors throughout the year.”

Gov. Roy Cooper announced in May that visitors to North Carolina set a record for spending in 2017. The $23.99 billion in total spending represented an increase of 4.2 percent from 2016. Pender County’s visitor spending outpaced the state in 2017.

To view the 2017 Economic Impact study, conducted by U.S. Travel Association, go to

Pender County Hires New Parks and Rec Director

BURGAW – Pender County Manager Randell Woodruff announced the hiring of Doug Shipley as the director of the county’s new parks and recreation department.

Shipley, of Wilmington, has a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College in Maryland. He has extensive experience in athletic and recreation facility management, recreation management, and event management.

“This is a new director position in Pender County,” said Woodruff. “Mr. Shipley has the skills and experience to bring recreational programming and park development to the residents of Pender County.”

“I have experience spanning two decades in the parks and recreation field,” said Shipley. “I look forward to contributing to the development of the Pender County Parks and Recreation Department.”

Pender County is expanding the parks and recreation department to grow programs and activities for all the county’s growing population.

Pender County currently operates three parks – Hampstead Kiwanis Park, Miller’s Pond, and Pender Memorial Park ballfields. Additionally, Pender County operates the Holly Shelter Shooting Range in conjunction with North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission.

For more information regarding Pender County’s parks system call 910-259-1330 or visit online at

Ghost Walk tickets on sale now

BURGAW – Tickets are on sale now for the award-winning Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past, a haunting tour of Historic Burgaw. Tickets may be purchased at the Pender County Tourism office, 106 E. Wilmington St., Burgaw 28425. Tickets may also be ordered via phone with a credit card by calling 910-259-1278.

Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past returns Oct. 12-13 with two shows each night, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per adult; students ages 6-17 are $5 each; children under the age of 5 are admitted free with an adult.

In its third consecutive year, the ghost walk is a sell-out event.

“We encourage visitors to purchase tickets in advance,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director. “We hate to turn people away on the night of the shows.”

“Again, we have new ghost stories,” said Stephanie Key, the art director of the ghost walk. “Two of our stories feature films shot in Burgaw – Silver Bullet and I Know What You Did Last Summer. I’m sure there will be a werewolf or two roaming the streets of Burgaw.”

Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past is a collaborative effort of volunteers from Pender County Historical Society, Historical Society of Topsail Island, Poplar Grove Plantation, Pender Arts Council, Moores Creek National Battlefield, the Town of Burgaw, and the Pender County Library.

For more information contact the Pender County Tourism Office at 910-259-1536.


Actors and Set Crew Needed

BURGAW – The scripts are being finalized. Now we need actors and a set crew to make the haunting tales of Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past come alive.

“We need actors to portray ghosts, werewolves, pirates, a paranormal investigator, and more,” said Stephanie Key, the art director of Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past. “We need volunteers to help set up and tear down the props for the vignettes on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.”

Key said this is a two-day commitment plus one dress rehearsal. All participants are volunteers, but they will receive two complimentary tickets for family and friends.
For more information contact the Pender County Tourism Office at 910-259-1278.


Planned Intermittent Lane Closure SR 1569, Hoover Road Pender County 8-20-18

NCDOT Bridge Maintenance Crews plan to intermittently close a single lane on Hoover Road (SR 1569) on August 20, 2018 beginning at 9:00 am and ending at 3:00 pm on the same day.

Crews will be stabilizing the banks at this site on Hoover Road approximately 1.7 miles West from US 17 near Hampstead.

A lane will remain open at all times.

The NCDOT reminds motorists to STAY ALERT, use alternate routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits, and allow extra travel time.

For additional information regarding the dates and times of this closure, please visit and click on “Travel & Maps” then, click on “Traveler Information Management System” and use the dropdown menus for county or route, or call “511” from any phone. For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Water Outage/Pressure & Boil Water Advisory Rescinded 8-10-18

Water Outage/Pressure & Boil Water Advisory Rescinded

The customers along Sloop Point Loop Road from Highway 17 to Strawberry Fields Way, Country Club Drive from Sloop Point Loop Road to Mallard Bay Rd, and all of the Mallard Bay Rd area served by Pender County Utilities are advised that the Rocky Point/Topsail Water System in Pender County has rescinded the August 8, 2018 Boil Water advisory.

Bacteriological analysis results of drinking water samples collected yesterday from this water system show no coliform bacteria present. The system has resumed normal operations and you may use the water without boiling.

The advisory is hereby rescinded the 10th day of August, 2018:

Kenny Keel, Director
Rocky Point/Topsail Water System


Public Water Supply Section
NC Division of Water Resources
Wilmington Regional Office
(910) 796 – 7215

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