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DEQ Directs Chemours to Expand Well Testing in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender Counties

Raleigh, NC – At DEQ’s direction, Chemours is expanding sampling for PFAS contamination in private drinking water wells in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender counties.  More than 14,100 additional residences may now qualify for sampling.

This expansion comes after DEQ staff completed extensive review of results to date, floodplain mapping and Chemours’ 2022 updated interim sampling and drinking water plan.  The expanded sampling footprint in the four-county region now includes:

  • A floodplain buffer that includes the Intracoastal Waterway and significant portions of tributaries of the Cape Fear River. Wells within a ¼-mile of this new buffer will qualify for testing.
  • Updated buffers around all detects to include ¼-mile around the parcel, not the well. This ensures neighbors within a ¼ mile of a property with well contamination will be tested.
  • An updated public water supply layer with accurate information for all counties. Wells within ¼ miles of public water lines are eligible for sampling.
  • Additional requirements for biosolid land application sites.

Residents interested in having their wells samples should call Chemours at (910) 678-1100 or complete Chemours’ online form.  If prompted to leave a message, residents should leave their full contact information and address to ensure their call is recorded.  The return call may come from Parsons Environmental, the authorized third-party contractor conducting the well sampling for Chemours. The private well must be the primary source of drinking water for the residence to qualify for testing.

Residents who have previously requested sampling and are newly eligible will be contacted soon to arrange sampling.

Additional information about well sampling for residents in the four county area is available online.

DEQ Press Release.

Pender County Opens Filing Period for Candidates Wanting to Run in 2024 Elections

Candidate Filing for 2024 Elections Began Monday, December 4 at Noon, ends December 15 at Noon

Beginning at noon, Monday, December 4, 2023, Pender County Elections opened the filing period for candidates wishing to run for several elected offices in 2024. The filing window will be open from noon, Monday, December 4 until noon, Friday, December 15. The 2024 primary election is on March 5, 2024.

Filing for candidacy will take place at the Pender County Board of Elections offices 807 S. Walker Street, Burgaw NC.


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Candidates wishing to seek office in the following eligible Pender County seats have until noon Friday, December 15, to file notices of candidacy at the Pender County Board of Elections office:

(3) Pender County Commissioner,

(2) Board of Education,

(1) Register of Deeds,

(1) State/House Senate,

(1) Soil and Water.

U.S. House of Representatives and Judicial offices must file in Raleigh, NC with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Notices of candidacy and filing fees must be filed in the county Board of Elections Office (not postmarked) in the office by noon on Friday, December 15, 2023.

Evaluation of Pender County Wastewater Facility and Management

Pender County is seeking Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from NC licensed Professional Engineering firms to evaluate the structural integrity and operational efficiency of the county Wastewater facility to ensure the integrity of the treatment system and provide documentation for  a wastewater management plan. The plan shall include, at a minimum, a Facilities Assessment and an Optimization Plan.  Click here to view the full RFQ.  Only written questions will be considered and must be submitted via email to by December 8, 2023 at 2pm.  Statements of Qualifications shall be limited to 50 pages, and must be submitted no later than 2pm on December 14, 2023.  Questions and SOQ’s must be submitted by one of the following:  By Mail: Attn: Trisha Newton, PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC 28425, Reference RFQ # 24-262. By Courier: Attn: Trisha Newton, 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425, Reference RFQ # 24-262. By Email:  with RFQ # 24-262 as the subject line.  Interested firms are required to monitor the website for possible addenda.  Pender County reserves the right to reject any/all submissions.

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:

Pender County Board of Commissioners honor weightlifting champion Desmond Jordan

BURGAW- On November 20th, the Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation honoring Pender County resident Desmond Jordan.

Jordan was born and raised in Rocky Point. He went to Pender High School and was a member of the second graduating class of Heide Trask Senior High School. At Trask, Jordan was the first football carrier, 300-yard runner, and the first 1,500-plus-yard runner.

After high school, Jordan went to Winston-Salem State University and succeeded on the football and baseball teams. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree, he got a yearlong contract to play for the Bielawa Owls, a professional football team based in Poland.

After his contract, Jordan came home, joined Cape Fear Rugby Club, and was a coach at Pender High School. He opened the House of Gains in 2015, a workout facility in Burgaw, North Carolina.

Desmond Jordan and his family

A truck accident seven years ago left his right arm “completely smashed.” Doctors told him he would never be able to lift weights, let alone powerlift. He wanted to prove them wrong, and he did.

Jordan recently won first place at the United States Powerlifting Association World Championships in Coventry, England, having deadlifted over 800 pounds.

Jordan is an inspiration. Despite the obstacles he overcame them and worked tirelessly to achieve many goals in weightlifting. He holds 17 state records, four national records, and the recent world record.

To read the proclamation, visit.

Desmond Jordan










Professional Engineering Services, 421 Water Main Interconnection

Pender County Utilities (PCU) is seeking Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from consulting engineering firms experienced with water main design. The engineering firm will provide complete design, permitting, and construction administration/observation of approximately 1,000 feet of 12” water line at the US 421 corridor in western Pender County to connect with Cape Fear Public Water Authority (CFPUA).  Pender County will also be extending the water line from Malpass Corner on US 421 to the Sampson County line. That is approximately 14.3 miles. That line will also need to extend down Hwy 11 to Penderlea Rd, about 3.8 miles.  Only written questions will be considered and must be submitted via email to by December 5, 2023 at 10am with “Professional Engineering Services for the US 421 Water Main Interconnection – RFQ # 24-261” as the subject line.  Firms are invited to submit a SOQ to the PCU by no later than 3:00 PM on December 11, 2023.  SOQ’s shall be limited to 20 pages or less, excluding cover page and tabs, in an electronic format.  Click here to view the full RFQ and Addendum 1.  By Mail: Attn: Trisha Newton, PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC 28425, Reference RFQ # 24-261. By Courier: Attn: Trisha Newton, 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425, Reference RFQ # 24-261. By Email: .  Interested firms are required to monitor the website for possible addenda.  Pender County reserves the right to reject any/all submissions.

Opioid Settlement–Strategy Proposal for Pender County–RFP #24-260

In July 2021, Attorney General Josh Stein announced a historic $750 million agreement over an 18-year period that will help bring desperately needed resources to North Carolina communities harmed by the opioid epidemic.  A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the State and local governments directs how opioid settlement funds are distributed and used in our state.  To maximize funds flowing to North Carolina communities on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, the MOA allocates 15 percent of settlement funds to the State and sends the remaining 85 percent to North Carolina’s 100 counties and 17 municipalities.  Pender County seeks to fund eligible organizations to the opportunity to implement evidence-based, high impact strategies to address the opioid epidemic in the county.  In addition, the County seeks to build capacity and local infrastructure to respond to the overdose crisis.  The goal is to reduce overdose deaths, emergency department visits for overdose, and illicit opioid involvement.  Pender County Government is scheduled to receive $6, 816, 613 over an 18-year period.  Before spending settlement funds, every local county or municipality must select which opioid mitigation strategies they would like to fund.  In October 2022, the Pender County Health Department convened county agencies and partners to conduct a planning process that included a GAP analysis that included a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Assessment.  Five team meetings were devoted to presentations from stakeholders that reviewed resources that are available to Pender County residents suffering from addiction, in treatment programs, or post-recovery programs.  Three community meetings were held to collect resident input.  Utilizing the information gathered, the team identified three priority strategies.  The top three focus areas are Early Intervention, Recovery Support Services, and Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment.  Proposals shall be submitted related to the three top focus areas in accordance with terms and conditions of RFP # 24-260.  Click here to view the full RFP and Attachment A Project Line Item Budget.  Only written questions will be considered and must be submitted via email to by December 4, 2023 at 5 pm, with “Opioid Settlement – Strategy Proposal for Pender County  – RFP # 24-260” as the subject line.  Proposals shall be limited to 50 pages, and must be submitted no later than 12 noon on January 5, 2024.  Proposals must be submitted by one of the following:  By Mail: Attn: Trisha Newton, PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC 28425, Reference RFQ # 24-260. By Courier: Attn: Trisha Newton, 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425, Reference RFQ # 24-260. By Email: .  Interested firms are required to monitor the website for possible addenda.  Pender County reserves the right to reject any/all submissions.

“CAPE FEAR NAVIGATING CHANGE 2050” Transportation Plan Survey

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) is seeking public input for their long-range metropolitan transportation plan, Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050, which will identify transportation needs for the region over the next 25 years. The plan will include an evaluation of potential roadway, rail, freight, bus, ferry, aviation, bicycle, and pedestrian projects for the Wilmington metropolitan area, which includes all of New Hanover County and parts of Brunswick and Pender Counties.

Citizens can provide their transportation needs and ideas by visiting WMPO.ORG to fill out a survey in English or Spanish and pinpoint trouble spots on an interactive map. The survey and map will be available until November 30, 2023.

Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050 will be the plan used by federal, state, and local governments to guide transportation projects in our region over the next 25 years. A long-range metropolitan transportation plan for the region is federally required and must updated every five years. Please visit WMPO.ORG for more information about the Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050 plan.

The WMPO is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance at 910-341-3258 or

Pender County hires Olivia Dawson as Tourism Director

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County has hired Olivia Dawson as their new Tourism Director.

Olivia Dawson

Dawson is a Pender County native. She has been a Tourism Assistant for Pender County for six years in a period of unprecedented growth for the county’s tourism sector.

In her role as Tourism Director, she will guide a team in the development and execution of all tourism-related activities to promote visitation to Pender County. Dawson will oversee the Pender County Tourism Visitor Center’s marketing, sales, and operation.

Dawson has served as the Festival Coordinator and Executive Director of the North Carolina Blueberry Festival, which draws over 40,000 people annually. She is currently the director of The North Carolina Blueberry Scholarship Pageant. This program provides scholarships to young women in Eastern North Carolina. She is co-chair of Pender County Long Term Recovery Group, a long-term recovery group formed due to Hurricane Florence.

As a result of her involvement in the community, she was nominated a Woman to Watch in 2018. Dawson was recognized by the North Carolina Festival & Events Association in 2019 as Festival Director of the year. In 2020, she was a 40 under 40 honoree. Dawson made history a few years ago when she was elected Burgaw’s first female mayor. She is also one of the youngest to hold the office.

“I have no doubt she will do a wonderful job, and I look forward to working with her in her new position as tourism director,” said Pender County Manager David Andrews. “After working with Mrs. Dawson as Tourism Assistant and Mayor of Burgaw, I know she is the most talented and dedicated person for the position,” said Andrews. “As a Pender County native, she will be a great resource for the position as she knows all the great things we have to offer.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to lead Pender County’s Tourism, building on the record of innovation and success that has made us a leader in the North Carolina travel and tourism industry,” says Dawson. “I look forward to continuing to build with the Pender County Tourism team, the Tourism Development Authority (TDA), the Board, local businesses, and the many community stakeholders who make Pender County special.”

Dawson will fill the role vacated by Tammy Proctor, who is retiring after nine years of leadership as Pender County’s Tourism Director. Dawson begins her new role in Pender County on December 3, 2023.

Want to make an impact in your community? Join the Novant Pender Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees


The board is responsible for administrative quality improvement activities, reviewing capital and operating budgets and long-range plans and making recommendations with respect thereto; for reviewing and commenting on proposals to add or delete programs and services offered by Novant; and monitoring the performance of Novant in the operation of Pender Memorial Hospital.


Pender Memorial Hospital Inc.’s mission is to provide Pender County residents and surrounding communities with a quality hospital and healthcare services and local access to physicians, specialists, and other providers.


Candidates should have general or significant knowledge of business or not-for-profit administration and management, organizational structure and leadership, or healthcare. Candidates should have experience in reviewing complex financial statements and budgets. Candidates should have experience reviewing long-range plans, legal documents, or credentialing requirements. General understanding of programs and services offered in healthcare. An ability to analyze financial statements, plans, credentials, or legal documents.

Candidates must be of good moral character and at least 21 years of age.

Application Deadline:

Applications are open until filled with first review date on
December 1, 2023.

Once candidates have applied, they will receive the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Full Scope of Work.

Application Information:

To apply online visit,
For questions related to this post, please email or call 910.259.1200.

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