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Pender County Department of Social Services Responds to Surge in Assistance Program Applications

Pender County, NC – The Pender County Department of Social Services (DSS) has noticed a notable surge in new applications and recertifications for the Food and Nutrition Services and Medicaid programs. In light of this increased demand, DSS is dedicated to prioritizing the efficient processing of applications, ensuring timely assistance to families in need while minimizing any inconveniences.

DSS has initiated a series of measures to address this challenge head-on to enhance efficiency and responsiveness. Collaborating closely with Human Resources, the department has expedited recruiting and hiring additional Economic Services staff. Furthermore, personnel resources are being strategically reallocated from other departments to bolster the application processing efforts.

Recognizing the situation’s urgency, DSS has authorized overtime for existing staff members to ensure the timely processing of applications and reviews. Additionally, innovative processes are being developed to streamline operations and effectively accommodate the heightened volume of requests.

“We understand the importance of providing timely assistance to our community members, especially during these challenging times,” stated Director of Pender County DSS Wesley Stewart. “Our team is fully committed to meeting this increased demand with efficiency and compassion.”

Pender County DSS reaffirms that eligible individuals and families will receive the support they need without delay. The department urges residents to continue using its services, emphasizing its dedication to their well-being.

21st Annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival!

Burgaw, NC- The North Carolina Blueberry Festival will host our 21st Annual summer festival. The festival will occur on and around Burgaw’s historic courthouse square at 100 S Wright Street. On June 14th, we will have a kickoff concert starting at 7 pm and ending at 10 pm, and on June 15th, from 9 am to 10 pm. This free event includes 175 artisan vendors, fresh local blueberries for sale, children’s activities, beer and wine, delicious food, and live music from well-loved beach music like Band of Oz and more! The festival also encourages the public to participate in various events, from the recipe contest and BBQ cook-off to a 5k race and car and truck show.

The North Carolina Blueberry Festival is more than just a fun-filled event. It’s a heritage celebration that unites the community, paying tribute to the historical, economic, and cultural significance of blueberries grown in the southeastern region. When you attend the festival, you’re not just having fun but also supporting a cause. The proceeds from the festival go towards providing educational scholarships to students in blueberry-producing counties like Bladen, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender, and Sampson. They also support academic and sports-related school programs, medical clinics in schools, and other local charitable efforts, including Meals on Wheels. Your participation makes a difference.

The North Carolina Blueberry Festival Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. More than 100 volunteers worked together to make the festival possible. You’ll find something for the entire family at the North Carolina Blueberry Festival. For more information, please visit,

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, 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.

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


Pender County Tax Appraisers Conducting Fieldwork in Your Area for Precise Property Assessments

PENDER COUNTY, N.C. — Pender County tax appraisers are continuing fieldwork in your area. Each on-site visit for tax appraisal typically lasts only a few minutes, averaging between 10 and 15 minutes per visit. Appraisers play a crucial role in ensuring fair and precise property assessments, as the State of North Carolina requires all 100 counties to conduct reappraisals of real property at least once every eight years, per NCGS 105-286.

Real property encompasses land, buildings, structures, and improvements. Appraisers are easily identifiable by their county ID, with vehicles displaying a magnet featuring the county logo and field Appraiser information, along with high-visibility vests adorned with the county logo.

The appraiser’s initial effort involves contacting the property owner and then leaving a red door hanger to communicate the purpose of their visit. Appraisers meticulously document the property’s building’s physical characteristics and conditions, noting any additions or deletions since their last visit. Measuring the exterior walls is a crucial component of this process. Furthermore, they are currently in the field verifying all measurements and other pertinent data affecting the property, ensuring that all changes are accurately recorded. Given that changes may have occurred since the last reappraisal in 2019, this thorough verification process is essential for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the property assessment.

Appraisers capture photographs during their assessment, photographing the home and any outbuildings while navigating the property. As part of the process, they ensure they take at least two photos from varying angles of each structure for comprehensive documentation. Field visits will be conducted exclusively from the exterior of the property.

The Tax Office will provide updates regarding appraisers’ subsequent locations to keep you informed. If you have any concerns or feel uncomfortable, please don’t hesitate to contact the Tax Assessment office at 910-259-1221.

The Tax Office relies on residents to notify them of any issues or concerns, as they can only address them when made aware. Feedback is considered essential for them to effectively address any occurring matters.

We appreciate your cooperation during this process.

Complete, Columbia Township.

Complete, Canetuck Township.

Complete March 11, 2024, Caswell area.

Complete Beginning March 25, 2024, appraisers will be in the Grady Township Area & inside the Town limits of Atkinson.

Will begin in Union Township area, to include Watha and Wallace by week’s end (April 12, 2024).

Will be moving into the Burgaw Township area, to include the Town of Burgaw, by the last week of May

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