Pender County Board of Elections to conduct educational seminar on voter ID requirement

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Pender County Board of Elections will hold an educational seminar about voter photo identification requirements on May 23, 2019 at 2 p.m. Thursday, at the Hampstead Library, 75 Library Dr, Hampstead, NC  28443.  AND  6 p.m.  Thursday, at the Burgaw Library, 103 S. Cowan St, Burgaw, NC  28425.

The seminar is free and open to the public.

Beginning in 2020, voters will be required to provide photo identification before they vote. This includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions. In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C. Constitution to require voters to present photo ID at the polls.

Session Law 2018-144 requires each county board of elections to hold at least two voter ID seminars before September 1, 2019. Attendees also will receive information about voting options, including absentee-by-mail, One-Stop early voting and Election Day voting. Information about provisional voting, the availability of free North Carolina voter ID cards and residency requirements for voting also will be provided.

For more information on the voter ID requirement in North Carolina, please go to

Questions? Please contact the Pender County Board of Elections at 910-259-1220 or

Pender County offices closed, transfer station remains opened

BURGAW – Pender County offices will be closed Friday, April 19, and Monday, April 23 in observance of the Easter holiday.

However, Pender County Utilities (PCU) will keep the Hampstead transfer station open Friday, Saturday, and Monday. The transfer station will close on Easter Sunday.

All convenience sites in Pender County will remain open on their regular schedule during Easter weekend.

“Residents will need to have their updated solid waste decals displayed. If residents have not received their new decals in the mail, they can pick them up at the Hampstead transfer station as long as they bring their tax bill showing the proper code for proof of payment,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “Without a tax bill showing proof of payment our personnel can’t issue an updated decal over the holiday period.  During normal office hours, residents can also receive new decals at the utilities offices in Burgaw.”

Updated April 4, 2019 – Request for Proposals for Banking Services

Please note Pender County has extended the due date for Responses to the RFP for Banking Services to 5:00pm on Wednesday April 17, 2019.

Attached are all Questions and Answers, including a Word version of the RFP for your convenience.

Word versions of both documents are located here:

Banking Services RFP with Extended Date

RFP Ques & Ans

Thank you for your interest in Pender County!


Click here for a preview of the RFP package and here to see a preview of Questions and Answers sheet before downloading them.

Pender County Health Department welcomes new women’s health nurse practitioner

BURGAW – Pender County Health Department welcomes Ashley Clair Batts, WHNP, to the Women’s Health Clinic. Batts will provide Family Planning and Prenatal services at the Health Department five days a week and is accepting new patients.

Batts was raised in Wilmington and is a Hoggard High School graduate. She has a business degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. After graduation she traveled the world for a year. She then took a job in New York City as a buyer for handbags. But, she wanted to do something more meaningful with her life and decided to go back to school for a nursing degree.

She graduated from the accelerated nursing program at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009 and then completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Duke, graduating in 2018.  She jokingly refers to herself as a “Tar Devil.” Her work experience includes five years with New Hanover County Health Department as a Team Lead for Maternal Health Services and Pregnancy Care Management.

Batts completed her clinical rotation at the Health Department this past year and is excited to be familiar with many of the patients. Her husband, Jason, was born and raised in Pender County. The couple have been married nine years. They have two sons, ages 6 and 3, plus a beloved yellow lab named Marlin (age 14).

“I am a resident of Pender County and I am pleased to serve my local community in the public health setting,” said Batts. “I have spent my entire nursing career caring for women and children and I am looking forward to a long career caring for the women of Pender County.”

Women’s Health services at the Pender County Health Department include family planning (limited fertility consultation) physicals, birth control, pregnancy testing, prenatal care, colposcopy clinic, pregnancy care management, immunizations and breast and cervical cancer screenings.

The Pender County Health Department is located at 803 S. Walker Street, Burgaw NC and is open 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Call 910-259-1230 or visit for more information.


Pender County Health Department recognizes nurse practitioner

BURGAW – Pender County Health Department congratulates Joan Taylor, FNP, for receiving her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). She earned her degree from Purdue University Global on Feb. 19.

“Obtaining a DNP was the next professional step in the continued process of ensuring the highest standard of quality care for my patients,” Taylor said. “With the DNP I feel like I have attained the highest level of proficiency to have a positive impact on the health outcomes of the community.”

Taylor obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Family Nurse Practitioner Degrees from East Carolina University. She was born and raised in Bladen County, and grew up near White Lake. Joan has been married 34 years and she resides in Bladen County with her husband and children.

Taylor, no stranger to public health, has more than 20 years of public health experience. She has been employed at the Pender County Health Department for two years where she provides acute and preventive care to children and adults.

For an appointment to see Joan Taylor, FNP-C, please call the Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230.

The Pender County Health Department is located at 803 S. Walker Street, Burgaw NC and is open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 910-259-1230 or visit for more information.


Pender County Utilities director appointed to rural water board

BURGAW – Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director, was appointed to the NC Rural Water Association (NCRWA) board of directors.

The NCRWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping their members attain the highest standard in drinking water and wastewater service. The organization serves members statewide and is governed by a volunteer board of directors from the association’s membership.

“We are very pleased to have Kenny Keel in this leadership role, advocating for Pender County and the statewide water quality,” said Randell Woodruff, Pender County manager.

Keel previously served on the NCRWA board of directors when he worked for the Town of Hillsborough. He has served as Pender County’s utilities director since 2017.


Pender Education Partnership is accepting Spelling Bee teams

Pender Education Partnership

The mission of the Pender Education Partnership is to enhance innovative, educational opportunities for the students of Pender County Schools by collaborating with educators, parents, businesses and the greater community.

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender Education Partnership (PEP), a foundation that supports students and staff with scholarships and min-grants, will host their Fourth Annual Spelling Bee April 25 at Heide Trask High School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the bee begins at 6 p.m.

“Each year this event grows simply because the teams share with colleagues that this competition is a fun event and it’s for a wonderful purpose – to support our Pender County Schools students and staff,” said Dave Stipe, PEP president.

“The spelling bee is fun because it’s a team event,” said Stipe. “Teams work together to determine the correct spelling. And if they don’t get the correct spelling, teams can buy back into the competition. It’s an evening of laughter, cheers, and misspelled words.”

Last year the event attracted 21 teams from the business and education community. Teams are comprised of up to six members with four participants at the competitors’ table. Teams may rotate in participants. During the spelling bee, teams are given a word and the word is used in a sentence. The team becomes a hive of activity as they confer and agree upon a spelling. The word is written on a white board. Incorrect spellings may disqualify; however, teams have an option to “buy back in” with word coupons.

“Throughout the evening, we have raffles and awards presented to the teams with the best costume, the best cheering section, and the best team name,” said Stipe. “The spelling bee champion take home a large trophy and bragging rights for the year.”

Registration of teams is open to companies and organizations. Registration is $100 per team. The first 10 teams to register receive one free word coupon. Registration forms are available online at, under Community/ Community info tabs.

“Last year we were able to give four additional students scholarships as a result of this successful event,” said Stipe.

For more information about the PEP Spelling Bee, call 910-274-2100.

Heide Trask High School is located at 14328 NC Hwy. 210, Rocky Point.


Water system pressure advisory is lifted – March 15, 2019

HAMPSTEAD – Pender County Water Utilities customers in the Olde Point area of Hampstead may use their water without boiling.

Pender County Water Utilities rescinded the system pressure advisory today.

“Bacteriological analysis results of drinking water samples collected after completion of the repair from this water system show no coliform bacteria present,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “The system has resumed normal operations and you may use the water without boiling.”

Crews worked on a main water line in the areas of Hampstead that included homes along Country Club Drive between Sawgrass and Kings Landing roads, Waldorf Way, Bramble Drive, Shandy Way between Waldorf Way and Emerald Ridge Drive, Julep Trace, Collins Way, Milano Court, and Kensington Court within the Villages of Olde Point. The work started on March 14.

“The system pressure advisory is rescinded,” said Keel.


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