Library to host celebrated local historian Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr

BURGAW – On Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, at 6 p.m., Pender County Library will be hosting Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of History at UNC Wilmington, at the Main Library in Burgaw.

The 1776 Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, the first pitched engagement in North Carolina during the Revolutionary War, is a well-known event locally. What many are unaware of is that this was not the only significant event during the war in Pender County. Join us to hear the stories of two other significant Revolutionary War sites. Both feature prominent earthworks that have survived rampant regional growth and development for 243 years. Learn how and why they came to be built and what role they played in the last years of America’s War for Independence.

Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. is a native Wilmingtonian with a lifelong interest in American Civil War, North Carolina, and Cape Fear history. He taught courses on the Civil War, Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear, and antebellum America at UNCW for over 20 years. His research focuses on coastal operations, 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, he was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for distinguished service to the State of North Carolina, signed by Governor Roy Cooper. He is also a regular tour guide for Wilmington Water Tours, a featured guest on the “Cape Fear Unearthed” podcast, and a contributor of articles on Cape Fear history for Salt Magazine.

For more information, contact Shannon Kidney at 910-259-1245 or email us at:


2023 Alive After Five Concerts announced in Hampstead

HAMPSTEAD – Today Pender County Parks and Recreation announced the 2023 Hampstead Alive After Five concert series lineup.

“We are pleased to offer this concert series again in 2023, “said Zachary White, Pender County Parks and Recreation supervisor. “Each year the concert series is well attended.”

The free Friday evening concerts will feature live music by:

  • May 19, Carl Newton’s Review
  • June 9, Chocolate Chip and Company
  • June 30, North Tower Band
  • July 21, Heartstop

“The concerts will be held at Hampstead Kiwanis Park,” White said.

Hampstead Kiwanis Park is located at, 586 Sloop Point Loop Rd, Hampstead, NC 28443.

All concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the entertainment. Various food trucks will be on-site throughout the series. Alcohol and pets are prohibited.

For more information, contact Pender County Parks and Recreation at


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.

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