General News

New homeowner down payment program available in Pender County

North Carolina has a new homeowner downpayment assistance program in 16 Eastern counties that were severely hit by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Pender County residents are eligible, as well as Bladen, Craven, Jones, Brunswick, Cumberland, New Hanover Robeson, Cartaret, Duplin, Onslow, Scotland, Columbus, Edgecombe, Pamlico, and Wayne counties.
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Notice of Emergency Meeting



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


Time:              Friday, December 2, 2022, at 4 p.m.

Place:             BOCC Meeting Room

805 S. Walker Street

Burgaw, NC 28425

Purpose:        The Board will meet to consider the following items:

  • Agenda amendments
  • Sheriff Bond

No other discussion or action will take place.


Posted and distributed this the 2nd of December 2022

Pender County Offices closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

BURGAW- Pender County government offices will close Nov. 23-25 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Offices will reopen Monday, Nov. 28.

Pender County Convenience Centers and the Hampstead Transfer Station will close on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, and will reopen Friday for their normal working hours.

Photo contest open to local youth

Each year, the Dairy Photo Contest allows youth to put their creative talents to use to develop a message about the dairy industry for the consumer public. In designing and developing the project, youth learn a great deal about the dairy industry.

For 2022, photo project submissions will be used to celebrate Dairy throughout the Holiday season. They will be shared through social media in celebration of Dairy during the Holidays by NC State Dairy Extension and The Dairy Alliance. Youth ages 9-19 may compete in one of 3 age divisions for cash prizes awarded by The Dairy Alliance.

  1. Competition in this contest will be conducted on an individual basis in Division I (9-12 years
    of age), Division II (13-15 years of age), and Division III (16-19 years of age) at the county
    and state level. Youth in Division IV (5-8 years of age) may participate on a non-competitive
    basis at the county level only.
    2. Entries can be a singular photo or incorporate up to 3 photos (collage). Entries with multiple
    photos can be mounted on poster board. All projects whether an individual photo or collage
    should be submitted electronically as an 8×10 image as .jpeg files.
    3. Photos MUST NOT contain copyright material such as cartoon characters, etc. Photos also
    should not contain any personal identifiers or information (including farm names), without
    written permission of the owner.
    4. All photos submitted must be the original work by youth entrant and will be accompanied by
    a photo copyright release form (attached below). Winning photos will be shared online by
    The Dairy Alliance and NC State Dairy Extension.
    5. Photos must have been displayed at least once in a public place or shared through social
    media in the county.

Entries are due Monday, December 12, 2022.  Please contact Traci Spencer, Pender Co. 4-H Agent for details.

Photo above, taken by Tristan Grover for the 2021 Dairy Photo Contest. He was awarded 2nd place in his age division.



Board of Elections meetings

The Pender County Board of Elections will have a Meeting Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, at the Board of Elections Office at 6 p.m. for the purpose of a supplemental absentee and provisional ballot review.

The Pender County Board of Elections will meet on Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. to Canvass (certify) election results at the office, 807 W. Walker St. in Burgaw.

 Settlement ends Chemours challenge of permit to reduce PFAS entering the Cape Fear River

RALEIGH- An agreement signed today ends litigation without changing the discharge permit issued to Chemours for the treatment of contaminated groundwater to significantly reduce PFAS entering the Cape Fear River.  

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) reached an agreement with Chemours to end the litigation over the permit issued by DEQ on September 15, 2022. Last month, Chemours filed a petition to challenge the permit. CFPUA intervened to support the permit.

Today’s agreement does not change the final permit conditions and includes measures by which Chemours will proceed toward compliance with the final PFAS permit limits. Those limits take effect six months after discharge from the treatment system begins. In the agreement, Chemours agrees to take specific steps and provide monthly reports on its progress during the six-month optimization period.  Chemours also agrees to dismiss its petition for a contested case hearing on the permit.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the treatment system is part of the larger barrier wall remediation project to substantially reduce PFAS entering the Cape Fear River and impacting downstream communities.  Currently, contaminated groundwater from the facility site flows untreated directly into the Cape Fear River. This project is designed to reduce the largest ongoing source of PFAS at the Chemours facility that contaminates the river and reaches downstream water intakes. The project must be operational by March 15, 2023, under the terms of the Consent Order.  DEQ expects Chemours to take necessary actions to comply with the permit conditions and the Consent Order and meet its obligations to clean up the PFAS contamination impacting thousands of residents in at least eight counties and provide them with alternate water.  DEQ will continue to hold Chemours accountable for the cleanup and for preventing future impacts to North Carolinians.

The agreement is available online here.

Tourism and Agriculture lead Pender County industries

BURGAW- For decades, tourism has trailed agriculture as the second leading industry in Pender County.


The friendly rivalry between the Pender County Extension Office and the Pender County Tourism Office has been good-natured. The county extension director, Mark Seitz, serves as an ex-officio on the Pender County Tourism Development Authority Board.


“When I reviewed the figures of our agriculture and timber revenue, for the first-time tourism became the leading industry in Pender County,” said Seitz.


Visitor spending in Pender County reached an all-time record of $165.29 million in 2021.


“Tourism is an economic driver in Pender County,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism Director. “If the county had to replace the revenue from tourism, each household in Pender County would have to pay approximately $200 more in taxes.”


Both Seitz and Proctor cite the importance of agritourism.


“Agritourism is growing in Pender County,” said Seitz. “Generations have moved away from family farms. When our local farms offer tours, special events, and U-pick events at farms, they reconnect families to farms.”


“Natural resources attract visitors,” said Proctor. “Our blueberry farms, our wineries, our oyster farms and aquaculture, and event farms are tremendous attractions.”


For more information about attractions and agritourism, see the county’s tourism website at

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