Inaugural Golf Classic to benefit Parks Foundation of Pender County

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Parks and Recreation Department announced the Inaugural Golf Classic will tee off April 29 with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Castle Bay Country Club.

“All proceeds will benefit our newly founded Parks Foundation of Pender County,” said Doug Shipley, Pender County Parks and Recreation director.

The golf classic welcomes all golfers and supporters of Pender County parks. A box lunch will be provided, and a buffet awards dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $125 per person or a foursome for $400. The use of practice greens is included and much more. The day will also include contests, door prizes, and much more.

“It will be a great day supporting the brand-new foundation for our Pender County parks,” said Shipley.

To become a sponsor or to register for the outing, call 910-663-3770 or visit online at https://www.jotform.com/form/90315769168163.

Golf Classic - Player

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Tree seedling giveaway, March 8

HAMPSTEAD – The Pender County Parks and Recreation Department will host a tree seedling giveaway March 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pender County Government Annex, 15060 US Hwy. 17.

“This is the perfect opportunity to replace trees that may have been lost during Hurricane Florence,” said Zach White, Pender County Parks and Recreation supervisor. “Tree selections include River Birch, Pignut Hickory, Chestnut Oak, and White Dogwood. There will be a limit of two seedlings per household.”

Tree species availability is subject to change without notice. All selections are on a first come, first served basis. The seedlings are bare root trees.

For more information call 910-663-3771.

Tree Giveaway

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Board of County Commissioners Amends Meeting Schedule

Burgaw – The Board of Commissioners Meeting which was originally scheduled for the Hampstead Annex on February 19, has been moved to the Pender County Public Assembly Room in Burgaw, located at 805 S. Walker Street. At their February 4, 2019 meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved the move due to repairs that are ongoing at the Hampstead Annex as a result of Hurricane Florence.

Also approved in the amendment to the Meeting Calendar were the dates for the Board’s retreat. The Retreat will be February 21-22, 2019 in the Pender County Public Assembly Room in Burgaw.

For more information regarding meetings of the Board of Commissioners, please visit our meeting portal at https://pendercountync.civicweb.net/portal/.

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Hurricane Florence State of Emergency terminated

BURGAW – More than five months have passed since Pender County declared a state of emergency for Hurricane Florence. Today, Pender County Chairman George Brown terminated the state of emergency.

“A state of emergency no longer exists,” said Brown. “However, our recovery efforts will continue.”

Since the Hurricane Florence State of Emergency went into effect Sept. 10, 2018, Pender County residents have been approved for $121.3 million in state and federal funds, according to the latest FEMA statistics. An estimated $16.8 million in state and federal grants have been given to 2,671 homeowners and renters in Pender County.

As of last week, 7,236 home inspections have been issued.

Pender County residents suffered an estimated $261,800,000 in damages. More than $6.2 million in damages was suffered by non-residential structures.

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Pender County hires Jennifer Kimler as new Human Resources Director

BURGAW – Pender County Manager Randell Woodruff announced Jennifer Kimler has been hired as the county’s Human Resource Director.

Kimler previously served as the county’s human resources/risk management specialist since June 2017. Kimler is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Kimler has earned numerous certifications, including a certified ALICE Instructor for Active Shooter Situations by the Pender County sheriff’s department. She studied employee benefit law through the NC School of Government and 10 hours of course work from the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina.

She graduated Magna cum Laude from Kent State University in 2004.

“Jennifer Kimler has been an asset to our county staff,” said Woodruff. “We look forward to her continued contribution in her role as HR director.”

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Alive After Five Concerts coming to Hampstead

HAMPSTEAD – Today Pender County Parks and Recreation announced the new Hampstead Alive After Five concert series.

“We are pleased to start this concert series in Hampstead,” said Zachary White, Pender County Parks and Recreation supervisor. “Summer Concerts are something that many Pender County residents have expressed interest in.”

The free Friday evening event will feature live music by:

  • May 31, Eaglewing (Eagles Tribute Band)
  • June 21, British Invaders (Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Who, Etc.)
  • July 19, Randy Knight and Parrot Party (Jimmy Buffett Tribute)
  • Aug. 2 will serve as a rain date if needed.

The event will be hosted at Hampstead Kiwanis Park, 586 Sloop Point Loop Rd, Hampstead, NC 28443.

All concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the entertainment. Various food trucks will be on site throughout the series. Alcohol and pets are prohibited.

For more information, contact Zachary White at 910-663-3771.

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Pender County events receive the most Excellence Awards

BURGAW – Five Pender County events and festivals took home honors from the NC Association of Festivals and Events (NCAFE) Annual ShowFest in Charlotte. NCAFE recognizes outstanding events and festivals from across the state.

“We are pleased to announce Pender County’s events and festivals brought home more awards than any other county in North Carolina,” said Olivia Dawson, who represented Pender County Tourism at ShowFest.

The award winners are:

Best Event Poster (Small): October Paranormal Ghost Tours, Poplar Grove Plantation

Best Festival Social Media: NC Bacon Festival, Rocky Point Festivals Committee

Best Sponsorship Packet: Ocean City Jazz Festival, Topsail Island

Supporting Member of the Year: David Crooks with Airplay Events

Festival Director of the Year: Olivia Dawson, 2018 Blueberry Festival

“All of our Events and Festivals are unique and make an economic impact upon our area,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism director.

Stephanie Key, Pender County Tourism assistant, prepared the nominations for Pender County Tourism. She reported that events such as Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past, Autumn with Topsail, and Topsail Island Jeep Week among several others were strong state-wide competitors.

“In addition to our winners, we thank all our events, festivals, chambers, and towns for making Pender County events some of the best events in North Carolina,” said Dawson.

For more information contact the Pender County Tourism Office at 910-259-1278.

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Pictured is Olivia Dawson, who won the Festival Director of the Year award from NCAFE, with David Crooks of the NC Bacon Fest and AirPlay Events

CUTLINE: Pictured is Olivia Dawson, who won the Festival Director of the Year award from NCAFE, with David Crooks of the NC Bacon Fest and AirPlay Events.  They are holding the five NCAFE Awards Trophies presented to Pender County events.

 

Birding adventures coming to Topsail Beach

PENDER COUNTY – With winter comes bird migration. What a wonderful time to discover the shorebirds of Topsail Island!

Pender County Parks and Recreation, the Town of Topsail Beach and Becky Skiba from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission have created a birding adventure, starting Feb. 12, 9 -11 a.m.

Additional birding adventures are set for March 19 and April 23, both from 9 – 11 a.m.

“We invite all Pender County and surrounding area residents to join us on a birding adventure in Topsail Beach,” said Zach White, Pender County Parks and Recreation supervisor.

According to White, the beaches and sand bars are home to gray clusters of birds that scurry in and out with the tidal zones. These birds face amazing challenges on their migration journey.

Attendees will have hands-on field experience to improve birding skills. Learn identification tricks and behavioral cues too.

“All levels of experience and knowledge are welcome to join us,” said White. “This is a family-friendly beach walk.”

There is no charge for the two-hour programs. The workshop will be outdoors even in a drizzle. Please wear weather appropriate attire and bring plenty of water and binoculars. If you do not have binoculars, some will be provided (limited quantity).

Attendees will meet at 630 Davis Ave. in Topsail Beach for the birding adventures.

“We will host monthly beach bird hikes through April,” said White. “This is an exciting collaboration between the Town of Topsail Beach, Pender County Parks and Recreation, and NC Wildlife Resources,” said White. “So, stay tuned for future hikes and activity announcements”

For questions or to pre-register, email Becky at Rebecca.Skiba@ncwildlife.org.

Seagull at Topsail

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ATTENTION HURRICANE FLORENCE SURVIVORS: FEMA Appeal Clinic Scheduled

On Saturday February 9th, residents in the Cape Fear region can get help filing an appeal or reconsideration request with FEMA.  Hurricane Florence survivors have the right to appeal FEMA’s decision to deny them benefits or can request reconsideration from FEMA if they feel they are entitled to more benefits than they received. The right to appeal is up to 60 days after the date on the denial letter.

A clinic will be held on Saturday, February 9th, at Cape Fear Community College located at 411 North Front Street in Wilmington. Volunteers will be available to help families complete appeal requests. Morning hours for the clinic are 9:30 am to 12 pm. Afternoon hours are from 12:30 pm to 4 pm.

ATTENTION HURRICANE FLORENCE SURVIVORS: FEMA Appeal Clinic Scheduled

On Saturday February 9th, residents in the Cape Fear region can get help filing an appeal or reconsideration request with FEMA.  Hurricane Florence survivors have the right to appeal FEMA’s decision to deny them benefits or can request reconsideration from FEMA if they feel they are entitled to more benefits than they received. The right to appeal is up to 60 days after the date on the denial letter.

A clinic will be held on Saturday, February 9th, at Cape Fear Community College located at 411 North Front Street in Wilmington. Volunteers will be available to help families complete appeal requests. Morning hours for the clinic are 9:30 am to 12 pm. Afternoon hours are from 12:30 pm to 4 pm.

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