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Stay healthy in the heat!

Dangerous heat wave alert for our area today and through the weekend.
Recognize symptoms of heat illness and take action!

Here are some tips to from the National Weather Service to stay safe.


Pender County welcomes new elections director, Susan R. Williams

Susan R. Williams

BURGAW – Pender County hired Susan R. Williams as the new election director.

“Mrs. Williams is responsible to ensure every eligible voter in Pender County gets to exercise their right to participate in our local, state, and federal elections,” said Randell Woodruff, Pender County manager.

Woodruff said Williams brings many years of experience to the Pender County Director of Elections office.

Williams was born in Burgaw and has family ties to Pender County.

“My mother was from Atkinson,” said Williams. “I grew up in Wallace.”

Williams, who served four years in the U.S. Navy, said that while living in Wallace, as a homeschool mother, her family spent a great deal of time in Pender County.

“I love Pender County,” said Williams. “I’m so happy to be working here now.”

Williams served in several election capacities in Duplin County, including an assistant, precinct judge, and chief judge who oversees all county precincts. She served as an election specialist, deputy director and director of board of elections.

Williams began her role in Pender County on June 17.

“We are busy right now,” said Williams. “Candidates are filing now for office.”

She said the board of elections office will be busy with the local races and then will begin work on the upcoming federal races.

Williams said the Pender County Board of Elections needs precinct election officials. Now is the time to call to ensure every precinct has back-ups for smooth operations.

“We are responsible to run this office, regardless of party affiliation, to ensure voters get to exercise their rights,” Williams said. “Having served in the military, I am especially passionate that our military personnel have the opportunity to vote.”

For more information about the Pender County Board of Elections, call 910-259-1220. To become a precinct election official, call Williams at 910-259-1226.

Shingles vaccine available at the Pender County Health Department

Shingles vaccine available at the Pender County Health Department.

Immunizations are available on a walk-in basis.
At the following locations:

Pender County Health Department
803 South Walker Street Burgaw NC, 28425
Phone: (910) 259-1230
Open Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Hampstead Annex
15060 US HWY 17 Hampstead, NC 28443
Open every Wednesday from, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

For more information please call 910-259-1487



The County of Pender is requesting qualifications from interested firms to provide an assessment of current and future space needs as well as design (Architectural/Engineering) services for a new Health and Human Services building.

The focus of the study is to develop current as well as future space needs for a combined Health Department and Social Services Department building. Both departments suffer from overcrowded conditions, costly building repairs, and minimal storage space. In addition, the County desires to have all divisions for the Health and Human Services Department within one consolidated building.

Please click here  to view the full RFQ document. Submit questions to Carolyn Moser, Health and Human Services Director, at 910-259-1499 or or to Wes Stewart, Social Services Director, at 910-259-1300 or RFQ’s must be received by Carolyn Moser on or before 5:00pm , Friday, August 15th, 2019 via hand delivery or postal delivery at 803 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425 or in a PDF file to

Addendum: RFQ Health and Human Services – 7/30/19

The RFQ for Health and Human Services will fall under the Mini Brooks Act. Therefore, please disregard bullet point I. page 2 under submission requirements.


Eastern Pender County under voluntary water restrictions

HAMPSTEAD – Pender County Utilities lifted the Stage 3 Mandatory Water Restriction, today in the Hampstead and Scotts Hill areas of Eastern Pender County.

“We are currently in a moderate drought classification,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities (PCU) director. “Water usage levels have declined to a more acceptable volume within the supply capacity of the water system.”

Using caution, PCU has issued a Stage 1 Voluntary Water Restrictions for PCU consumers in the Hampstead and Scotts Hill areas.

“We are asking water users to reduce their normal water use by at least 5 percent,” said Keel.

Voluntary water conservation and efficiency measures include the following:
• Irrigate landscapes a maximum of one inch per week.
• Prevent water waste, runoff, and do not water impervious surfaces.
• Water plants deeply to encourage root growth.
• Wash only full loads in clothes and dishwashers.
• Use spring-loaded nozzles on garden hoses.
• Identify and repair all water leaks.
• Water shrubbery the minimum amount required.
• Limit vehicle and boat washing to the minimum.
• Refrain from washing down outside areas such as sidewalks and patios.
• Use showers for bathing rather than baths, and limit showers to no more than four minutes.
• Refrain from leaving faucets running while shaving or while rinsing dishes.
• Install water-flow restrictive devices in showerheads.
• Use disposable and biodegradable dishes.
• Install water-saving devices such as plastic bottles or commercial units in toilet tanks to reduce volume.
• Ensure toilet flapper valves are not leaking: This flapper can be checked by adding a food coloring to the toilet tank and visually checking to see if the color appears in the bowl. If it does show color, the toilet is leaking.
• Store drinking water in refrigerator to avoid trying to run it until cool from the tap.

“Water users are encouraged to reduce their water use and improve water use efficiency, and to adjust their irrigation systems to the minimum sustainable level, in order to help alleviate stress on the water system,” said Keel. “Water supply conditions indicate a potential for shortage.”

Keel said he appreciates the understanding and cooperation of Hampstead and Scotts Hill consumers. For more information contact Pender County Utilities at 910-259-1570.

Pender County offices closed July 4 – Transfer Station and Convenience Centers will remain open

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County offices will close Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

The Convenience Centers and Transfer Station remain open on their regular schedule.

Solid Waste stickers are provided only with a hard copy of the tax bill showing the proper code for proof of payment. Without a tax bill, the solid waste personnel can’t issue an updated sticker over the weekend and July 4 holiday.

During normal office hours residents can pick-up solid waste decals at the Pender County Utilities office, 605 E. Fremont in Burgaw, or the Hampstead Annex, 15060 US Hwy 17.


Eastern Pender County water restrictions remain in effect

HAMPSTEAD – The Stage 3 Mandatory Water Restrictions II remain in effect for Pender County Utilities (PCU) customers in the Hampstead and Scotts Hill areas.

“All non-essential uses of drinking water are banned, and garden and landscape irrigation must be reduced to the minimum amount necessary for survival,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “Irrigating grass lawns is banned.”

It is anticipated that these restrictions will remain in effect until at least July 8, to ensure a sufficient water supply is available for customers over the Independence Day holiday. PCU staff will re-evaluate our water shortage response at that time to determine if changes can be made.

“We appreciate the cooperation of our customers with these requirements,” said Keel. “Thank you for your efforts.”


Pender County EMS receives honor from American Heart Association

BURGAW – Pender County EMS and Fire received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

“This is the second year Pender EMS and Fire has received the highest award for Mission: Lifeline,” said Woodrow Sullivan, Pender EMS and Fire Chief.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart. This requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

“We focus on the training requirement to determine early recognition and transport to the proper facility,” said David Dudding, Pender EMS and Fire’s training battalion chief. “A patient experiencing this type of episode has a 90-minute window to receive the proper treatment. We train with the knowledge that time is of the essence.”

The Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition program honors emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

Pender EMS and Fire provides optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Sullivan. “We are pleased to be recognized – for the second year – for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline.”

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D. chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud Pender EMS and Fire for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”


Burning Ban to be Lifted, June 10, 2019 at 5pm

The Pender County Fire Marshal announced the lifting of the County burning ban effective today, Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5pm.

Persons choosing to burn must still use caution. Fire officials recommend that anyone burning have resources immediately available to control their fire. Those resources include water hoses, buckets of water, and hand tools. Should a fire become out of control, individuals need to immediately contact the local fire department for assistance by calling 911.

The lifting of the burning ban will allow for individuals to utilize open burning for disposal of vegetative debris that has been generated on their property. This includes items such as leaves, straw, lawn clippings, shrubbery clippings, and sticks and branches. Garbage, lumber, building materials, cardboard paper and rubber are never allowed to be burned. These items must be disposed of at solid waste convenience sites located throughout the county. Anyone found to be burning non-vegetative will be cited for illegal burning.

Persons needing more information about open burning regulations in Pender County can contact the Pender County Fire Marshal at 910-259-1210 or the Pender County Headquarters for the NC Division of Forest Resources at 910-259-7251. Websites at or

Pender County reviews AM broadcast possibilities

BURGAW – Pender County Board of Commissioners and the county’s emergency management personnel are reviewing a proposed plan to bring an AM radio station online.

“When a major storm blows into the Pender County region and power is lost, an AM station is a solution to reach the entire county during an emergency,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency manager.

Covering a county that is more than 900 square miles is no easy task. It will take three stationary antenna and two portable units to reach the entire county with an emergency message.

“The frequencies are licensed by the FCC and approved,” said Collins.

Commissioners like the idea of a county-wide emergency system that will be operated from one control station, with the ability to change messages quickly. The system the commissioners reviewed allows the same message to appear on the county website or in text format.

The system costs more than $285,000. The system offers a lifetime warranty, installation, three fixed antenna, frequency stabilizer, wireless links for transmissions and receiving, solar powered portable stations, boosters, and more.

Collins said the broadcast station would transmit reliable emergency alerts before, during, and after a natural disaster.

“When cell phone batteries fail and the power is out, the old fashioned transmission radio is a reliable tool to receive emergency information,” said George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners.


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