Pesticide Recycling Event



 October 15th 10am – 2pm

Driveway behind an Agriculture Building


 Please call 910 259-1235 for more details.

Pender County Health named best in the state

BURGAW – The North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA) named Pender County’s health department the 2019 “Health Department of the Year.” The award was presented during the association’s annual fall conference in Greensboro, Sept. 25-27.

“It was a huge surprise and a tremendous honor,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County Health and Human Services director.

The NCPHA honors outstanding public health departments annually. The association categorizes each department by service population. Pender County Health Department won in the “Large” category for a population of 60,000 or more.

“The association presented us a check for $1,000,” said Moser. “The award will be used for employee continuing education.”

“We are very proud of our public health department,” said Randell Woodruff, Pender County manager. “Under Ms. Moser’s leadership, our health department has received numerous awards and accolades. Our congratulations go out to Ms. Moser and the incredible health department staff.”


Genealogy Research Workshop by Tetterton offered at Pender County Library

BURGAW – Popular genealogy research speaker Beverly Tetterton will present two free workshops at Pender County Library in Burgaw on Saturday, Oct. 19. Attendees can attend one or both workshops, but preregistration is required due to limited seating. The library at 103 S. Cowan St. is home to the Dallas Herring Carolina Heritage Research Center.

The 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. morning session will be an introduction to family history, research, census records, vital statistics, passenger and immigration lists, and cemetery records. The afternoon session from 1:30 – 3 p.m. covers research in newspapers, church records, land and tax records, wills and estates, military records, and a brief bit about DNA Research.

You may preregister online at: or by calling the library at 910-259-1234.

An optional lunch between sessions is available for $9, payable in advance to Friends of Pender County Library. An array of sandwiches, wraps, sides, and beverages will be available. Payment can be mailed to the library at PO Box 879, Burgaw, NC 28425 or delivered by Oct. 17. Several restaurants are also nearby.

Beverly Tetterton was a research librarian in the North Carolina Room at the New Hanover County Public Library for 31 years. She was a pioneer in digital archives, creating the first in North Carolina. She went on to create numerous digital archive collections which include thousands of historic photographs of the Cape Fear Region. In 2004, she won two awards for Port City Architecture: the Solpa Award for best Library digitization project in the Southeast United States, and the David Brinkley Preservation Award. In 2001, the Raleigh News & Observer named her Tar Heel of the Week.

Tetterton served on the Boards of the Historic Wilmington Foundation, the Bellamy Mansion Museum, Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies, North Carolina Genealogical Society, and the Old New Hanover Genealogical Society.  She chaired the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s House Plaque Committee for 30 years.  She served on Wilmington’s Historic Preservation Commission for a decade.  She authored the City’s Riverwalk History Plaques and chaired the Wilmington Convention Center’s Arts and Decoration Committee (which was responsible for its gallery of historic photographs). She and her husband Glenn live in a more than century-old home in Wilmington’s historic district.

The Dallas Herring Carolina Heritage Research Center was formed by the merging of Dr. Herring’s renown genealogy collection of Rose Hill, Duplin County with the Pender County Library’s collection in 2014. In 2016, the library acquired the research collection files of Claude H. Moore of Turkey, Sampson County.


Mountains to Sea Trail birthday hike rescheduled for Sept. 28 2019

CURRIE – The Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) birthday hike at Moores Creek National Battlefield will take place Sept. 28, starting at 10 a.m.

The hike was originally set for Sept. 7, but Hurricane Dorian’s visit to the coast postponed the hike.

“This is a belated birthday hike,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director. “But our goal is unchanged – to discover and celebrate the Mountains to Sea Trail.”

In Currie at the Moores Creek National Battlefield, hikers will trek the historic site of North Carolina first Patriots’ victory. Cross the Moores Creek Bridge and view the only monument dedicated to the women of the Revolutionary War. The majority of the approximate 1-mile trail is paved.

We encourage walkers, hikers, and joggers to meet at the visitor’s center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28,” said Proctor.

“The hike is free to the public,” said Proctor. “Moores Creek National Battlefield is conveniently located to Brunswick and New Hanover counties.  We encourage all residents to visit the only national park in Southeastern North Carolina.”

Register online at

The Mountains to Sea Trail was first proposed in 1977 by Howard Lee who was then the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The 1,179-mile trail begins at Clingman’s Dome and concludes in Jockey’s Ridge State Park. The trail enters Pender County at the Bladen County line outside of Kelly and continues through Moores Creek National Battlefield, historic downtown Burgaw, the Holly Shelter Gameland, through Surf City, and up the beach to the Onslow County line.

For more information, visit or call the Pender County tourism office at 910-259-1278.


Ghost Walk tickets on sale now – Sept 19, 2019

BURGAW – Tickets are on sale now for the award-winning Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past, a haunting tour in Historic Burgaw. Tickets may be purchased at the temporary Pender County Tourism office, 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw 28425. Tickets may also be ordered via phone with a credit card by calling 910-259-1278.

Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past returns Oct. 11-12 with two shows each night, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Tickets are $10 per adult; students ages 6-17 are $5 each; children under the age of 5 are admitted free with an adult.

Each year the ghost walk is a sell-out event. Tickets are limited.

“We encourage visitors to purchase tickets in advance,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director. “We hate to turn people away on the night of the shows.”

“Again, we have new ghost stories,” said Stephanie Key, the art director of the ghost walk. “Two of our stories feature films shot in Burgaw – Silver Bullet and I Know What You Did Last Summer. I’m sure there will be a werewolf or two roaming the streets of Burgaw.”

Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past is a collaborative effort of volunteers from Pender County Historical Society, Historical Society of Topsail Island, Poplar Grove Plantation, Pender Arts Council, Moores Creek National Battlefield, the Town of Burgaw, and the Pender County Library.

“Ghost Walk is the recipient of national awards from the National Association of Counties and Southeastern Travel Society,” said Key. “We have wonderful volunteers who make this annual, award-winning event possible.”

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


Pender County Inspections and Permitting Department closed Thursday, September 19, 2019 for mandatory training

The Pender County Inspections and Permitting Department will be closed on Thursday, September 19, 2019 for mandatory training. Permitting staff will be unavailable 8am to 5pm. Inspections will continue as scheduled. The Portal will be available for permit submittals and inspection request with no interruptions. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Pender County asks residents to hold off recycling until next week

Due to the effects of Hurricane Dorian, Pender County officials are asking residents to hold of recycling until next week.

The storm caused “operational issues” at the recycling processing facility used by Pender County Solid Waste, according to a news release from the county. The impacts will affect recycling at Pender County’s convenience sites.

“Though we will have emptied the bins this week at most of our convenience centers, we will have limited capacity to hold recycling materials,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “We ask that the public hold on to their recyclables this week and wait until mid-week next week.”

Keel said residents who do not want to save their recyclables until next week, the items will be disposed with common waste.

“If there is no room in the recycling bins, customers can place their recyclables in the trash bins if they do not want to wait until next week,” said Keel.

Due to the driving wind and rain during Hurricane Dorian, rain and other materials entered the recycling bins. Wet paper and cardboard cannot be recycled. Those recyclables are considered “contaminated” and will be disposed of in the landfill, according to Keel.

“We apologize for the inconvenience,” said Keel. “We appreciate the patience of the public.”

Pender County conservation advisory and voluntary water restrictions rescinded September 7, 2019

BURGAW – Pender County Utilities has rescinded the Sept. 6, conservation advisory issued to its water customers in the Hampstead and Scotts Hill areas.

“The water main break in the western part of Pender County has been repaired, which has returned water supplied to their normal availability,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director.

Also, Stage 1 Voluntary Water Restrictions is lifted for users of the Pender County Water System in the Hampstead and Scotts Hill areas.

The conservation advisory and voluntary water restrictions were rescinded Sept. 7.


Pender County system pressure advisory rescinded September 7, 2019

No longer necessary to boil water

BURGAW – Pender County Utilities rescinded the Sept. 6, system pressure advisory issued to its water customers. It is no longer necessary to boil water.

“Bacteriological analysis results of drinking water samples collected after completion of the water system repair 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.”

Pender County Utilities water customers in the Moores Creek Water District, Central Pender Water District, and Rocky Point/Topsail Water District west of 7390 NC Highway 210, where included all areas served with water by Pender County Utilities west of  Interstate 40, as well as areas along and adjacent to NC 53 east of Burgaw, and areas along NC 210 north and west of 7390 NC Highway 210 (Running Deer Landfill) lost water service when a water main broke during Hurricane Dorian.


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