UPDATE: Wildfire in Holly Shelter Game Lands

UPDATE 8 p.m.

The NC Foresty Service reports the Holly Shelter Game Land wildfire has impacted more than 1500 acres of the game land’s more than 63,000 acres. The fire is approximately 2 miles from Hwy 50 in Onslow County.
The NCFS will have a morning briefing.



MAPLE HILL – Pender County Emergency Management is on the scene of an approximately 150-acre wildfire. The wildfire is located inside the Holly Shelter Game Lands.

Pender County EM staff is assisting the North Carolina Forest Service.

Smoke from this fire may affect the Maple Hill, Holly Ridge, and other neighborhoods along the Pender County and Onslow County borders.

For updates throughout the day, please visit the Pender County Emergency Management or Pender County Facebook pages and website.

Residents who have not opted into CodeRed emergency notifications, can sign up for the free service online at https://www.pendercountync.gov/em/.

Public invited to submit feedback on regional Climate Change and Natural Hazards Vulnerability Assessments 

Community input sought for Albemarle, Cape Fear, Eastern Carolina and Mid-East regions

RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. Office of Recovery Resiliency (NCORR) Regional Resilience Portfolio Program, in partnership with four councils of governments, is requesting public feedback on draft regional Climate Change and Natural Hazards Vulnerability Assessments, which will guide plans for building community resilience. 

The draft regional vulnerability assessments describe the specific impacts of extreme weather events on housing, the environment, and the economy and will be used to create a portfolio of priority community resilience projects. The assessments include regional details about the problems the Albemarle, Cape Fear, Eastern Carolina and Mid-East council of governments regions have experienced in the past and the risks they face in the future due to climate change. These hazards include hurricanes, flooding, wind damage, extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires.

Public input can help strengthen the draft vulnerability assessments for these regions. Residents may have insights about how to sharpen the findings and ensure that they accurately reflect their community and region. The draft assessments and online public comment forms can be found on each region’s webpage:

Albemarle Commission Council of Governments Region
(Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties)

Cape Fear Council of Governments Region
(Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender counties)

Eastern Carolina Council of Governments Region
(Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, and Wayne counties)

Mid-East Commission Council of Governments Region 
(Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Martin, and Pitt counties)

Comments on the draft assessments may also be submitted by email by to resilience@ncdps.gov with the subject line Vulnerability Assessment. Comments must be submitted by Wednesday, Aug. 17.

The Regional Resilience Portfolio Program is a component of the larger Regions Innovating for Strong Economies and Environment (RISE) Program. RISE is a partnership between NCORR and N.C. Rural Center, in collaboration with the N.C. Councils of Governments. The Regional Resilience Portfolio Program serves nine council of governments regions. A list of counties for each region can be found on the RISE website.

RISE is funded by a $1.1 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, with additional support from the N.C. Rural Center and the state’s HUD Community Development Block Grant—Mitigation grant. The Duke Energy Foundation has committed $600,000 to offer Accelerator Grants to the regions for priority projects identified as an outcome of the program. RISE is managed by NCORR, a division of the N.C. Department of Public Safety. To learn more about the program or resilience activities in each council of governments region, visit the RISE website.

Pender County Veterans Affairs offers flag retirement collection boxes

BURGAW – Pender County Veterans Affairs has launched an ongoing program to respectfully collect retired American flags.

“We have collection boxes at both the Central Administration office and the Hampstead Annex,” said Sally Lawson, director of Pender County Veterans Affairs.

Lawson said the collaboration of the National Association of Counties and local Boy Scout Hayden Burns of Troop 777 made the two collection boxes possible.

In partnership with the National Association of Counties and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, Pender County Veterans Affairs has installed a flag retirement box, at no cost to the county, at Pender County’s administration office, 805 W. Walker St. in Burgaw.

The collection box at the Hampstead Annex was an Eagle Scout Project by Hayden Burns of Troop 777. The Hampstead Annex, 15060 US Hwy 17, is open Monday through Friday, with the exception of national holidays. The collection box is located near the main entrance to the auditorium.

“This centrally-located drop-off boses provides convenience while respecting our national symbol,” said Lawson. “The county is unified in helping enable our citizens to respect our great nation while disposing of old or worn out flags.”

The United States Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette — everything from flying it near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower it. “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” says the code.

Flags should be folded respectfully before being placed in the box.

For more information about the flag retirement collection boxes, call 910-259-1203.

Auctions of County Surplus Items, Approved 8/1/22

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Pender County’s Auctions will be administered by GovDeals, an online auction service specializing in surplus government property liquidation. GovDeals will collect fees as outlined on each auction that will be passed on to the buyer.  All auctions are open to the public and there is no cost to register.   The general rules can be found here.  The County encourages all citizens to view surplus and bid on items of interest.   Click here to view all auctions.


Summary of Surplus approved for sale on 8/1/22

Andy Devane | Asset Manager
Pender County Finance Office  adevane@pendercountync.gov

Pender County hires Pamela Brame to serve as HR Director

BURGAW – Pamela Brame will join the Pender County administration as the new Human Resource Director, effective Sept. 6.

“Ms. Brame will be an asset to the Pender County staff,” said Carolyn Moser, Interim County Manager. “As the Duplin County HR Director since 2012 and the HR Director in Onslow for four years, Pamela Brame brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Pender County.”

Brame, who is experienced in all aspects of governmental Human Resources, describes herself as a “good problem solver.”

“HR is involved in the development of personnel policies, benefits, and safety procedures for all county employees,” said Brame.

She will also assist with staff recruitment, retention, classifications, compensation and benefit administration, just to name a few HR duties.

“We look forward to welcoming Ms. Brame to our Pender County staff,” said Moser.

Tax office will be closed Friday, July 29

The Pender County Tax Collections Office, located at 300 E. Fremont St. in Burgaw, will be closed Friday, July 29, to all walk-ins.

Assessment staff will be available on-site to answer basic questions. Items requiring lookup and/or complex collection items will be recorded and contacted on Monday.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Get your free At-Home COVID test kits from Pender County Health

Pender County Health Department Provides at-Home COVID-19 Test at No Charge


Pender County Health Department is currently offering free at-home COVID-19 test kits.  Test kits are available for pickup with a limit of four per person.  Visit either of our locations:

  • Pender County Health Department- 803 S. Walker Street, Burgaw
  • Hampstead Annex- 15060 NC Hwy 17, Hampstead
  • Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. while supplies last.

At-home COVID-19 test kits help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by providing you with results in minutes.


When to use your at-home testing kits:

  • You have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • You were exposed to someone with COVID-19. NOTE:  Test at least 5 days after close contact.  The last day of contact is Day 0.
  • You are not up-to date for COVID-19 vaccinations
  • You are going to an indoor event, gathering, or traveling
  • You were asked by your school, workplace, or health care provider to test.


If your test is Positive:

  • You are encouraged to report the result to your health care provider or to the health department.
  • You should follow CDC Isolation Guidelines cdc.gov Quarantine and Isolation
  • Seek medical care immediately if symptoms worsen or you have trouble breathing.


Resources for COVID-19 at-home test kits:


Questions?   Contact Pender County Health Department at 1-910-259-1230

at-home covid19 test availability

Library Presents Celebrated Local Historian Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr.

BURGAW – Pender County Library will host Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of History at UNC Wilmington, at the Main Library in Burgaw on Aug. 30, beginning at 6 p.m.

Dr. Fonvielle is well known for the saying “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” In his newest book Curious Tales from Old Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear: The Truth Behind the Legends, he turns that phrase on its head.

In the book, Dr. Fonvielle explores five of the region’s most famous legends through the eyes of a professional historian. The stories, all of which contain an element of truth, have gotten discombobulated after being told and retold for hundreds of years. But what is the truth behind them, what really happened? During this special presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to learn the truth behind local legends.

Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. is a native Wilmingtonian with a lifelong interest in American Civil War, North Carolina, and Cape Fear history. After receiving his B.A. in anthropology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Dr. Fonvielle served as the last curator of the Blockade Runners of the Confederacy Museum. He subsequently received his M.A. in American history at East Carolina University, and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, making him a Wildcat, a Seahawk, a Pirate, and a Gamecock.

After teaching at East Carolina University for a period, Dr. Fonvielle returned to his undergraduate alma mater at UNCW in 1996, where he taught courses on the Civil War, Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear, and Antebellum America. His in-depth research focuses on coastal operations and defenses, and blockade running in southeastern North Carolina during the Civil War. He has published books and articles including “The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope,” “Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear: An Illustrated History,” and “Fort Fisher 1865: The Photographs of T.H. O’Sullivan.”

In 2014, then-Governor Pat McCrory appointed Dr. Fonvielle to the North Carolina Historical Commission. Upon his retirement from UNC Wilmington in 2018, Chris was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for distinguished service to the State of North Carolina, signed by incumbent Governor Roy Cooper. He is also a regular tour guide for Wilmington Water Tours, featured guest on “Cape Fear Unearthed” podcasts, and contributor of articles on Cape Fear history for Salt Magazine.

For more information or assistance, call Pender County Library at 910-259-1234 (Burgaw) or 910-270-4603 (Hampstead) during regular business hours.

Pender County Health Department Provides at-Home COVID-19 Test at No Charge

BURGAW – Pender County Health Department offers at-home COVID-19 test kits at no charge. Test kits are available for pickup with a limit of four per person.  Having COVID-19 test kits available in your home plays an important role in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19 and provides you with results in minutes.

Here are a few tips on when to use your at-home testing kits:

  • You have any Covid-19 symptoms
  • You were exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • You are going to an indoor event or gathering

To pick up your at-home test kits, visit either of our locations:

  • Pender County Health Department 803 S. Walker Street, Burgaw
  • Hampstead Annex 15060 NC Hwy 17, Hampstead

Hours are:

  • Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. while supplies last.

If you complete an at-home test and receive a positive result, the CDC strongly encourages everyone to report any positive results to their health care provider or their local health department.


Households may also order up to eight at-home COVID-19 tests by visiting Covid.gov/tests.


If you have any question or need additional information, please contact Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230 or visit our website.

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