Library to screen local documentary “Lessons from the Rosenwald Schools”

BURGAW- On Thursday, Feb. 16, Pender County Library will partner with Stack Stories LLC to host a screening of the documentary “Lessons from the Rosenwald Schools”. The screening will take place at the Main Library at 103 S. Cowan Street in Burgaw at 6 p.m. Community members of all ages are encouraged to view the film and meet the film’s co-directors Richard T. Newkirk, Ed.D. and Claudia Stack, M.Ed.

“Lessons from the Rosenwald Schools” includes footage from hundreds of interviews with alumni and former teachers in which they speak of their experiences at historic African American schools. Dr. Newkirk, an educator and alumnus of these historic schools, and Ms. Stack, an educator and filmmaker who has been documenting African American education heritage since 2003, help viewers understand how these schools fostered a culture of excellence. The film reveals practices that were common in Rosenwald schools and other historic African American schools, including many teaching strategies that are validated by current research, and recommends ways that we can move forward together.


Executive Producer: Stack Stories LLC

Co-directors: Richard T. Newkirk, Ed.D. & Claudia Stack, M.Ed.

Producer: Claudia Stack

Editor: Rich Gehron


DEQ to hold Community Meeting in Pender County on Private Well Sampling

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a community information meeting on Tuesday, February 28, at Heide Trask Senior High School Auditorium in Rocky Point.

DEQ will share updates on private well sampling underway for PFAS contamination in Columbus, New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties.  Staff will also answer questions from the public about the private well sampling and alternate water supplies.

When:        Tuesday, February 28 at 6 p.m.

Where:      Heide Trask Senior High School
14328 NC Hwy 210, Rocky Point, NC 28457

Speaker sign-up will be available upon arrival at the meeting.

At DEQ’s direction, Chemours is sampling for PFAS contamination in eligible private drinking water wells downstream of the Fayetteville Works Facility. Chemours is required to provide alternate water supplies to residents whose wells exceed specific action levels.

To have your well sampled, call Chemours at (910) 678-1100. Messages to the Chemours call-line are monitored during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Chemours should respond within 24-to-48 hours starting on the next business day. If you don’t currently qualify for well testing, you may qualify in the future. Chemours is required to keep your contact information and notify you if testing expands to your area.

Additional well sampling information for residents, including criteria for eligible wells and other resources, are available on the DEQ website.

Professional Services Related to Due Diligence Evaluation of Future County Sites, RFQ 230119-241

Pender County is seeking Statements of Qualifications related to due diligence and suitability evaluations of potential subject property. These services, to include but are not limited to environmental, land surveying and master plan design.  This data will assist County staff and the Board of County Commissioners to determine feasibility and appropriateness of subject potential property for future development.  The property may be of interest for school sites, parks, water treatment plants/wells,  administrative offices, sites to needed to provide governmental services/functions or any other county need.  Click here to view RFQ # 230119-241Click here for Addendum 1.

Questions on this RFQ should be submitted to  no later than 2pm on February 2, 2023 February 9, 2023.   Statements of Qualification are now due February 14, 2023 by 2 pm  February 21, 2023 by 2 pm.

Submit By Mail: PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC 28425

Submit By Courier: 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425

Submit By email:

The County intends to enter into two (2) contracts: one with a “Primary” and  “Secondary” firm.  The county would utilize the secondary firm only if the primary firm is not available for a specific project.   The County is seeking to enter into a one (1) year agreement with the option to extend for an additional year.


Pender County is evaluating a potential location for a future school site.  Pursuant to N.C. General Statute 143-64.31, Pender County is seeking statements of qualifications on professional services related to due diligence and suitability evaluations of potential property for a future school site.  These services should determine feasibility and appropriateness of the potential property for future development.  The essential tasks required of this evaluation process consists of three main areas but are not limited to: environmental assessment, land surveying, and master plan design.  Click here to view RFQ # 230119-240.  Any clarifying questions should be submitted to and both questions and answers will be posted here as soon as possible on an ongoing basis.  Statements of Qualification are now due February 1, 2023 by 12 noon.  February 6, 2023 by 12 noon.  Addendum 1 can be viewed here.  Questions have been answered below.

By Mail: PO Box 1578, Burgaw, NC 28425

By Courier: 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425

By email:

Upon award of a contract, work should being promptly and deliverables are due no later than March 15, 2023.



  1. Are both hard copy and an electronic version required for submittal acceptance?

No, an electronic version  submitted by email is acceptable.

  1. A Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) is noted in the Land Surveying section of the Scope of Services. Can you confirm that completion of a TIA is to be included as a deliverable for these services?

A Traffic Impact Analysis has not yet been conducted.  If one is needed, the TIA will not have to meet the March 15, 2023 deadline.




Pender “Homeless Stand Down” event, Jan. 26

The Cape Fear Homeless Continuum of Care (CFHCoC) will conduct the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) survey of individuals and families experiencing both sheltered and unsheltered homelessness in the Cape Fear Region during the last full week of January 2023.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that each Homeless Continuum of Care conduct an annual count of people experiencing homelessness on a single night during the last 10 days of January. The CFHCoC will count both sheltered and unsheltered individuals and families experiencing homelessness in 2023.

The CFHCoC has added a “Homeless Stand Down” event for people experiencing homelessness in Pender County. This is in addition to the traditional outreach survey teams that will go out into the community.

The Pender Homeless Stand Down will be from 8 am to 2 pm on Thursday, January 26th at the Burgaw Library located at 103 S Cowan St, Burgaw. We will have volunteers conducting surveys of people experiencing homelessness who are both sheltered and unsheltered in Pender County.

What is the Homeless Stand Down? This event is a combination of a “Resource Fair” for those experiencing homelessness and a data collection site. It provides a place in which people experiencing homelessness can come to engage with service providers as well as volunteers collecting data. The site will host service providers Veteran Service Officers, Pender County Christian Services, Pender Long Term Recovery Group, and similar services and provide items that can be used by people experiencing homelessness.

Library to screen local documentary “CF Pope, Where Champions Were Grown”

BURGAW- On Jan. 26, Pender County Library will partner with Stack Stories LLC to host a screening of the film “C.F. Pope: Where Champions Were Grown”. The screening will take place at the Main Library at 103 S. Cowan Street in Burgaw at 6 p.m. Community members of all ages are encouraged to view the film and meet the film’s co-directors Richard T. Newkirk, Ed.D. and Claudia Stack, M.Ed

“C.F. Pope: Where Champions Were Grown” (2022) is a story about the C.F. Pope School in Burgaw. C.F. Pope School was founded in 1891 by the Middle District Missionary Baptist Association and began as a school for ministers. The school, which was accredited in 1924, became one of only two high schools for African Americans in Pender County. In this moving film, alumni share stories about their time at the school, how their families sacrificed to support their education, and the teachers who grew champions there.

This film was made possible in part by a grant from North Carolina Humanities in collaboration with Pender Education Partnership. Local documentarian Michael Raab was the producer and Patrick Oglevie was the editor.

For more information, contact Christine LaLonde at 910-663-3775 or email

Governor’s Volunteer Service Award Nominations Due Feb. 13

BURGAW- The deadline for nominations for the 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award is approaching quickly.

“The deadline is Feb. 13, so there is still a little time remaining to submit nominations for the 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award,” said Tammy Proctor, the Pender County Coordinator for the 2023 Volunteer Service Awards.

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 our community,” said Proctor.

One of the nominees will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, awarded to approximately the top 20 volunteers. A local committee evaluates the nominations.

“We have a number of amazing volunteers in Pender County,” said Proctor. “We urge every organization, director, or business to nominate someone today.”

Printed nomination forms are available in Pender County at the Pender County Tourism office, 106 E. Wilmington St. in Burgaw.

Nomination forms are available online at

Nomination forms are also available via email by contacting

The deadline to submit Pender County nominations is Feb. 13, 2023.

Award recipients will be recognized during National Volunteer Week, April 16-23, 2023.

2023 Governor's Volunteer Service Award Nomination Form
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