Residential well testing for GenX could happen this month

Pender County Health and Human Services Director Carolyn Moser told the board of county commissioners on Feb. 7 that Chemours may proceed with testing residential water wells along the Cape Fear River.

According to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Chemours submitted a plan to DEQ which is currently being reviewed for sampling in Pender County.

It is possible the sampling could take place this month.

NCDEQ maintains a “request to sample” list. Residents in close proximity to the Cape Fear River should visit DEQ’s website, 

Pender County officials will share information to our residents as it becomes available.

Governor’s Volunteer Service Award Nominations Accepted Now

PENDER COUNTY – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.

Each county selects up to 10 individuals, businesses, groups/teams and one paid Director of Volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. One of the nominees will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state. A local committee evaluates the nominations.

Nomination forms are available in Pender County at the following locations:

  • Pender County Tourism office, 106 E. Wilmington St. in Burgaw
  • Pender County Annex, Suite 116 and in the brochure rack.
  • Online at the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service website at under the “Volunteer Awards” tab

Last year, Share the Table volunteers were honored with the esteemed Medallion Award for Volunteer Service. Honored 2021 Pender County volunteers were Diane Cavanaugh, Wayne Jeno, and Marge Ulcickas.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31, 2022. Award winners will be honored during National Volunteer Week, April 17-23 in a virtual ceremony.

Please return the completed forms to Tammy Proctor via email at or the rism office, 106 E. Wilmington St. in Burgaw.

Here is the link to the downloadable form.

Your opinion is important

Pender County residents, your opinion is important to us. Pender County leadership recognized the need for access to broadband as a priority for the county and, through collaboration with community leaders, worked to form a Broadband Committee to develop a Digital Inclusion Plan to help guide the county to a more connected future.

The Digital Inclusion Plan will make Pender County eligible for the maximum amount of broadband expansion funding – funding that could pay for construction to bring internet access to practically every citizen of the County without access.

This is probably the last chance to ever see funding on this scale made available for broadband expansion.

We need your input now.

Please read the Digital Inclusion Plan and provide us with your feedback via email to

Thank you for your participation.

Pender County Digital Inclusion Plan October 25 2021

Water outage – Updated Oct. 28, 2021

Important update:

Effective Oct. 22, the water outage has been corrected. Here is the official follow-up:

System Pressure Advisory RESCINDED

 Pender County Utilities has rescinded the October 21, 2021System Pressure Advisory issued to its water customers along address 5200 Hwy 117 North to the end of the system.

Bacteriological analysis results of drinking water samples collected after completion of the water system repair show no coliform bacteria present.  The system has resumed normal operations and you may use the water without boiling.

The system pressure advisory is hereby rescinded on October 22, 2021, 4:30pm



System Pressure Advisory!

 Water customers of Pender County Utilities, in Pender County, living in the vicinity of 5900 Hwy 117 North to the end of the system towards Wallace had a water outage starting around 3:00pm on October 21,2021. A utility contractor on Hwy 117 hit the 10-inch water main setting a power line anchor.  Water system has been isolated, and there is no water from 5900 Hwy 117 to the end of the system toward Wallace. The repair crew is in route and water service will be returned in 3 to 4 hours if there are no other problems encountered

Water service will be returned upon completion of the repair.

Therefore, consumers in the area noted above are advised to boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water until this advisory is lifted. This advisory will be in effect for a minimum of 24 hours.

Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water. Water customers are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible.

This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.

This advisory will go in effect on Wednesday 10-21-2021 4:00 pm.  The advisory will be lifted when 24-hour testing comes back negative for Bac-T.


October Board of Adjustment meeting rescheduled

BURGAW – The Pender County Board of Adjustment, which was scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 20 has been canceled. Any agenda items that were slated for Oct. 20 will be addressed in the November Board of Adjustment meeting.

The Nov. 17 meeting will take place in the Pender County Board of Commissioners’ Chambers at 805 S. Walker St. in Burgaw, beginning at 9 a.m.

For more information, please call the Pender County Planning and Community Development Department at 910-259-1202.

Election Day is Nov. 2

Attention all registered voters in the North Burgaw and Sloop Point precincts

 BURGAW – Temporary precinct change notices were sent to registered voters in the North Burgaw and Sloop Point precincts with the incorrect Election Day date. The card states the Municipal Election is Nov. 3, 2021.

“The cards were printed with the wrong date,” said Susan Williams, Pender County Board of Elections director. “Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2.”

The information on the postcard is important. Voters who live in the North Burgaw precinct who live in the Town of Burgaw will be temporarily transferred to the South Burgaw precinct, located in the Burgaw Middle School, 500 S. Wright St., Burgaw.

Voters who live in the Sloop Point precinct who live within the Town of Surf City will be temporarily transferred to the Surf City precinct, located in the Surf City Community Center, 201 Community Center Dr., Surf City.

The polls will open on Nov. 2, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Clearing of Pender County creeks and streams to begin Oct. 11

BURGAW- Contractors will begin clearing creeks and streams beginning Oct. 11 throughout Pender County.

“Workers will remove debris such as fallen trees and limbs from the waterways,” stated Daniel Adams, Pender County floodplain administrator. “Work will continue in the following months at 31 specific sites, including creeks and streams in Hampstead, Rocky Point, and Willard.”

This project is grant-funded through a state and federal cost-share program associated with Hurricane Florence Recovery, with money coming from the United States Department of Agriculture and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

“This project will assist in the management of potential flooding, which eventually impacts the farms and families of our county,” said Adams.

County online payments will be not be available on Oct. 12

System upgrade will make online payments impossible on Oct. 12

 BURGAW- Pender County’s online payments system will be offline Oct. 12 due to a software upgrade.

Residents and property owners will not have the ability to pay taxes, permitting fees, or utilities online on Oct. 12.

Walk-in services for payment will be available, but all account numbers must be provided at the time of service. Clerks will provide handwritten receipts on Oct. 12. In the tax office, please bring documents that identify the property or account you wish to make a payment to, as staff will not be able to look up your property.

All walk-in payments will not be posted until Oct. 13.

Pender County apologizes for the disruption of services.


31st Annual River to Sea Bike Ride, Oct. 16

Registration is now open for the 31st Annual River to Sea Bike Ride to take place on Saturday, Oct. 16. This event is a 20-mile bike ride from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach and back along the historic route of the Wilmington Beach Car Line.
All levels of cycling experience are welcome to participate but must be able to ride 20 miles at a casual pace. Cyclists will depart from downtown Wilmington at 7:30 am. There is a fifteen-minute break at Wrightsville Beach Park before beginning the second half of the ride. Bicyclists are expected to arrive back downtown no later than 11 am.
Helmets are required and cyclists should give their bicycles a thorough safety inspection prior to the event. There is no cost to participate but t-shirts are available for purchase until Sept. 17.
Registration will close at 450 participants. Because of the registration cap, participants are highly encouraged to only register if they plan to attend. Registration is available the morning of the event and will have a charge of $5.
Find out more and register at
Contact Nick Cannon, WMPO TDM Coordinator, for more information. 
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