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.

Public Information Meeting – Black River Watershed/Culvert Drainage Assessment

Cape Fear Resource, Conservation & Development (CFRC&D), in partnership with Moffatt & Nichol (M&N), Bladen and Pender Counties, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), will hold two public information meetings for interested citizens that reside within the Black River Watershed in Bladen and Pender Counties.

The meetings will be held Tuesday, February 12th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Bladen County and from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Pender County.

The Bladen County meeting will be held at the Rowan Fire Department (18933 NC Hwy 210 E, Ivanhoe, NC  28447). The Pender County meeting will be held at the Moores Creek Missionary Baptist Church (60 Minuteman Rd, Currie, NC 28435). The meetings will provide the opportunity for residents to view a brief presentation describing the project, view maps of the culvert locations, ask questions and provide comments.

The public may attend at any time during the meeting timeframe. Representatives from M&N, CFRC&D, Bladen and Pender Counties, and NCDOT will be available to answer questions and listen to comments regarding the drainage assessment project. The opportunity to submit written comments will also be provided at the meeting or via phone, email, or mail. Comments received will be taken into consideration as the project develops. Please click HERE to view the study area maps for Pender County.

Anyone desiring additional information regarding the project may contact Dawn York, Moffatt & Nichol Project Manager, by phone at 910-218-7087 or by email at dyork@moffattnichol.com or Rebeckah Hollowell, Moffatt & Nichol Assistant Project Manager, by phone at 984-239-2765 or by e-mail at rhollowell@moffattnichol.com.

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Deadline – January 31, 2019

PRESS RELEASE – PENDER COUNTY

The deadline for accepting applications for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to elevate or buyout flooded homes is Thursday January 31st.  The purpose of HMGP is to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a Presidentially declared disaster and enact efforts that reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters. Applications can be turned into the Pender County Planning Department at 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw.

More information is available at

Hurricane Florence Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) http://www.pendercountync.gov/pcd/planning-community-development/flood/hurricane-florence-hazard-mitigation-grant-program-hmgp/

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