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Nov17 Posted: 11/17/2016 9:31:00 AM

NOVEMBER 17, 2016

The following convenience sites will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving but will be open the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 25th.  These facilities will resume normal operating hours thereafter.
•    Atkinson
•    Hampstead
•    Rocky Point
•    Shiloh
•    Whitestocking
•    Transfer Station

Nov14 Posted: 11/14/2016 2:36:00 PM

Pender County will launch a new Software Program on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 aimed at improving Agenda Management and Transparency for Pender County.

Pender County is currently working to complete Phase 1 of the implementation of the iCompass Agenda Software. The transition to a paperless agenda and records management system is expected to benefit the Pender County in a number of ways. First, by reducing the time the County Manager’s office spends preparing and distributing agenda packets.  We expect this new tool to save many hours per meeting which our Manager’s office will use to focus on other important projects. Secondly, this program will reduce the number of paper packets printed for the Board of Commissioners Meeting. Of course, this improvement in paper usage will also have a substantial  impact on our overall carbon footprint. Perhaps the most important benefit of this system is that Pender County has improved the public’s access to information online by launching the CivicWeb Portal - a new online hub for meeting and records information.  We are excited to now provide complete searchable access to agenda packets and supporting items from previous and upcoming meetings online. Once the Municode Code Recodification project is complete, the Public will also be able to find Pender County’s Code of Ordinances here. To view the iCompass CivicWeb Portal and subscribe for updates, please visit

Nov4 Posted: 11/4/2016 9:06:00 AM


Santa Claus is coming to Hampstead for breakfast. He will visit with good little boys and girls on Saturday, Dec, 17, 8:00-10:30 a.m. at the Hampstead Women’s Club building, 14435 Hwy. 17. 

Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Hampstead Women’s Club and the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce. This year Pender County Tourism is jumping in to assist as well.
“Santa is coming to town,” said Patricia Truscello, president of the Hampstead Women’s Club. “He is stopping here to have breakfast.”

Truscello said volunteers from the chamber, the women’s club and the tourism office will cook up sausage and pancakes. 

Nov1 Posted: 11/1/2016 4:50:00 PM

 RALEIGH, NC – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) plays a unique role in helping all disaster survivors recover.

If you are a Hurricane Matthew disaster survivor who lives in one of the 35 North Carolina counties designated for individual assistance and has applied for help with FEMA, you may be referred to the SBA. If you receive a loan application, it is important to submit it as soon as possible. This will ensure that the federal disaster recovery process continues and you keep your options open. If you receive a loan application, even if you do not believe you need a loan, you should submit the application. If SBA determines you are eligible for a loan, you do not have to accept it.

Next to insurance, an SBA low-interest disaster loan is the primary source of funds for real estate property repairs and for replacing contents destroyed in the recent flooding. The SBA provides low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.

Nov10 Posted: 11/10/2016 4:26:00 PM

Pender County would like to welcome Mr. Wesley Stewart, MSW as the new Department of Social Services Director.  Mr. Stewart comes to us from Jones County where he served as DSS Director.  Previously, Mr. Stewart worked as Regional Director for Coastal Horizons for over ten years where he managed the transition of Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC) program for 32 eastern counties.  He is a graduate of East Carolina University with a master's degree in Social Work and currently lives in New Bern with his wife.  He has three children and six grandchildren. 

Nov10 Posted: 11/10/2016 4:24:00 PM

Pender County Housing is acting a central point of contact for Pender County families who are affected by the storm and subsequent flooding and need help with housing.

““We are committed to helping as many families as we are able. Our goal is to help connect families to appropriate government or private resources to provide the needed assistance,” said Herring.

“We are establishing an intake process for families and are asking families who believe they will need housing assistance to reach out to us,” said Herring.

Nov3 Posted: 11/3/2016 3:29:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management announced FEMA, North Carolina Emergency Management and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Pender County today.

“Pender County residents who suffered losses and damages as a result of Hurricane Matthew can now get information about available state and federal assistance from the DRC staff. The staff will assist and answer questions,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “The recovery specialists will provide accessible, direct support to survivors through registration, referrals, case management, SBA disaster loan support, Hazard Mitigation education and other programs.”

Nov3 Posted: 11/3/2016 2:23:00 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina residents who suffered losses and damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew can now get information about available state and federal assistance at a Disaster Recovery Center in Pender County opening Thursday, Nov. 3.

Location:  Pender County
Malpass Corner Elementary School
4992 Malpass Corner Road
Burgaw, NC 28425

Regular hours:  Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Nov1 Posted: 11/1/2016 4:44:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management announced county-wide storm vegetative debris pick-up will begin Wednesday, Nov. 2.

“Residents with vegetative debris should leave leaves, branches and tree limbs on the edge of the state right-of-way,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager.

Collins said North Carolina Department of Transportation will make one vegetative debris pick-up.

Oct25 Posted: 10/25/2016 9:13:00 AM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management commended the residents of Pender County for generous donations to help flood victims along the Black River Basin.

“Residents have been generous,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Pastor Ted Mercer at Gateway Community Church needs volunteers to distribute donations in Atkinson and near the homes of our flood victims.”

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