Scotts Hill Baptist Church to host ARC blood drive July 17

SCOTTS HILL- The American Red Cross (ARC) will conduct a blood drive at Scotts Hill Baptist Church Monday, July 17, from 1 – 6 p.m.

“Our area is in need of blood, especially this time of the year,” said Larry Matheny, who is organizing the blood drive at Scotts Hill. Matheny is an ARC member of the board of directors.

“Due to busy summer schedules and vacations, donations are desperately needed,” Matheny said.

“It is very easy to sign up for the Tuesday, July 17 blood drive at Scotts Hill Baptist Church,” said Matheny. “Go online to redcrossblood.org and search by sponsor code Scotts Hill.”

All donors will receive American Red Cross T-shirts, Matheny said.

The American Red Cross expedited the check-in process. Donors should go to redcrossblood.org/RapidPass to answer donor questions from the comfort of home or office.

“It is very simple to sign-up and we have made it easy to just call to make an appointment,” said Matheny.

“The need is great,” he said. “We need your participation.”

Scotts Hill Baptist Church is located at 185 Scotts Hill Loop Rd.

For more information about the blood drive, call 910-254-GIVE (910-254-4483) or visit online at redcrossblood.org.

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July 2, 2018 Public Hearing – Postponed to July 23, 2018

Pender County has rescheduled the public hearing related to the System Development Fee Study conducted by Stantec Consulting Services Inc.  During last year’s session of the North Carolina General Assembly, House Bill 436 was passed and provides local governments the authority to adopt system development fees for public water and sewer systems.  Following its passage, the County commissioned the report as required by the new legislation in the review and determination of appropriate system development fees.

At the regular Board Meeting on Monday July 23, 2018, at 4:00 PM, members of the County Board will receive comments from all interested parties. The Board Meeting will be held at 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw, in the Public Assembly room.

Pender County officials applaud House bill that fights opioid addiction

BURGAW – Congress passed legislation June 22 that would give several federal agencies more tools to fight opioid addiction and death in the U.S. The bill, Patients and Communities Act will also open the door to more treatment and prevention for the public.

“The opioid crisis touches communities across Pender County and our nation,” said Pender County Chairman George Brown. “Often when I attend leadership conferences, I hear from other communities about the toll this crisis takes upon our families.”

The legislation will direct an estimated $4 billion in funding for the opioid crisis.

“We have lost three lives this year from opioid and heroin use. While unfortunate, we have many individuals, families and children suffering from the consequences of substance use disorders. This is a public health issue that requires a community response,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County’s director of health and human services.

“I applaud Congress for improving access to addiction treatment,” said Brown. “This legislation will block illegal drugs from entering the country too.”

The bill will fund research on nonaddictive medications to treat pain and reduce the number painkiller prescriptions.

“Pender County is fortunate to have a Board of Commissioners that stay informed about the opioid crisis and its impact on our county residents,” said Moser.

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Pender County Night at the Wilmington Sharks, July 28

PENDER COUNTY –  The Wilmington Shark and Pender County Tourism is teaming up to host Pender County Night, July 28.

All youth softball and baseball leagues will get free admission, including coaches.

“I think we’ve hit a home run with Pender County Night at the Wilmington Sharks,” said Tammy Proctor, tourism director. “Anyone wishing to attend can purchase discounted tickets online for only $5.”

The Wilmington Sharks’ mascot, Sharkey, will celebrate a birthday on June 28, Pender County Night. The first 500 guests at the gate will receive a free Sharkey bobblehead.

“Pender County has a special connection to the Wilmington Sharks because three players hail from Pender County – Bryce Coto, Sam Luchansky, and Danny Wilson,” said Proctor. “We urge the community to turn out to Legion Stadium on Saturday night, July 28.”

As a host with the Wilmington Sharks, Pender County will honor five heroes, throw out the first pitch, and sing the National Anthem.

Legion Stadium is located at 2149 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412. To purchase tickets online go to https://groupmatics.events/Pendercounty2. Tickets at the gate are only $7 each.

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Notice of July 4, 2018 BOCC Meeting Change

Pursuant to NCGS 143-318.12: The Pender County Board of Commissioners hereby provides public notice of a meeting change of the Board as follows:

The regular Pender County Board of Commissioners meeting which was scheduled for July 2, 2018 at 4 p.m. has been postponed to July 23, 2018 at 4 p.m. The meeting will be held in the regular meeting room at 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC.

The agenda for this meeting will be posted Thursday, July 19, 2018 and will be available for review on our agenda portal: https://pendercountync.civicweb.net/Portal/.

Questions may be directed to the County Manager’s office by calling 910-259-1200.

Posted and distributed this the 27th day of June, 2018.

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July 3, 2018 Planning Board Meeting – Postponed

Due to the proximity of Independence Day, the regularly scheduled Planning Board meeting (July 3, 2018) will be postponed until August 7, 2018 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be located at 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room.

Members of the Planning Board appreciate all input received from the public. Planning Board meetings are regularly scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month. Members of the Planning Board invite all interested parties to attend these meetings and to continue providing valuable input on the future of our community.

Helen Keller Awareness Month Deaf-Blind Q & A Panel Discussion

Come learn about the selected Deaf-Blind individuals’ daily challenges and their preferred communication methods on Friday, June 29, 2018 from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Pender County Co-Op Extension. Gain a better understanding about their challenges and strategies for improving communication.

American Sign Language Interpreters will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public!

Please see the flyer below for more information, or click here.

DeafBlind Professionals Q-A Panel Discussion 6.29.18 (final)

Planned Intermittent Lane Closure on Country Club Drive (SR1565) June 18, 2018

The NC Department of Transportation will intermittently close one lane of Country Club Drive (SR1565), 0.61 Miles East of US 17.

Beginning at 9:00 am on Monday,  June 18, 2018 and ending on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

The closure is necessary to allow crews to pave a section of the  road.

Alternate Route:  Highway US 17 to Sloop Point Road (SR 1563) to Country Club Drive (SR1565)

The NCDOT reminds motorists to STAY ALERT, encourages motorists to use alternate routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits, and allow extra travel time.

For additional information regarding the dates and times of this lane closure, please visit http://www.ncdot.gov and click on “Travel & Maps” then, click on “Traveler Information Management System” and use the dropdown menus for county or route, or call “511” from any phone.  For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

If you have questions, please contact our office at 910-296-8730.

RECALL ALERT!

Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons, produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Reports of illnesses linked to these products are under investigation, and Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution. The company has been advised by the CDC that it has linked 58 illnesses to the strain of Salmonella under investigation. Caito Foods has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation.

The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

Because it is possible that products shipped between April 17 and June 7, 2018 could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers.

For more information click the link below.

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm610345.htm

Road Closure SR 1563 (Sloop Point Loop Rd) From SR 1693 (Doral Dr) to SR 1759 (Middle Point Rd)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close SR 1563 (Sloop Point Loop Road) from SR 1693 (Doral Dr) to SR 1759 (Middle Point Rd) beginning Monday June 18, 2018 at 8:30am through Sunday August 19, 2018 at 5:00pm.  There will also be intermittent lane closures in front of Kiwanis Park at the intersection of Country Club Rd.  This work is to complete a new multi-use path along Sloop Point Loop Rd from the Kiwanis Park to Topsail Elementary School.

Detour:

SR 1563 (Sloop Point Loop Rd) to US 17 North to SR 1561 (Sloop Point Rd) back to SR 1563 (Sloop Point Loop Rd)

“During this time, please use caution as crews will be monitoring and maintaining this detour”.  “The contractor will be working to deliver the work in the allotted timeframe prior to the beginning of the new school year “, said Assistant Resident, Frank Dixon.

The NCDOT reminds motorists to STAY ALERT, use alternate routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits, and allow extra travel time.

For additional information regarding the dates and times of this closure, please visit http://www.ncdot.gov and click on “Travel & Maps” then, click on “Traveler Information Management System” and use the dropdown menus for county or route, or call “511” from any phone.  For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

To obtain more information about this work, you may contact Frank Dixon, Assistant Resident,  at (910) 934-2472.

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