Pender County Library to host online panel discussion of the role of men of color in southeastern North Carolina in the Revolutionary War & the Civil War

BURGAW- On Saturday, Oct. 9, at 12 p.m., Pender County Library will host online a panel of genealogists and historians for a discussion of the role of men of color from southeastern North Carolina in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

During the hour-long event, to be hosted online via Zoom, three genealogist-historians will tell the story of their ancestors.

Men of color have defined America every step of the way, always in “the room where it happened”: Crispus Attucks, an African & Indigenous man who participated in the street protest known as the Boston Tea Party and was killed by British troops; two men of color named Primus Jacobs—one a formerly enslaved man in Massachusetts, one a third-generation member of a free family of color in North Carolina—both of whom fought in the Revolutionary War; and the many men of color, free and enslaved, who fought on both sides of the Civil War as volunteers and as abductees. Men of color conceived, created, and corrected America alongside their white countrymen, kinsmen, and enslavers.

The presenters include genealogist-historians Tyrone Goodwyn, Luke Alexander, and Kevin Eugene Graham.

Tyrone Goodwyn has researched free persons of color of southeastern North Carolina for over forty years. He concentrates on Pender, New Hanover, Sampson, Duplin, Wayne, and Cumberland counties.

Luke Alexander is a genealogist and community historian with a focus on African American and Indigenous heritage in the Carolinas.

Kevin Eugene Graham is President of the Lower Cape Fear Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the first African American to hold the office. His research has focused on free families of color from the counties of Bladen, Columbus, New Hanover, Robeson, Pender, and Sampson prior to the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

Register online at, or go to the library’s website,, and follow the links under the Events tab. You can also call the library and staff will take your registration by phone.

The event will be hosted on Zoom. There is no need to have a Zoom account; just click the link provided in the confirmation email and follow the prompts to download Zoom. The talk can be viewed on smartphones, tablets, or computers. Registration is required.

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 property tax bills arriving soon

BURGAW – Pender County property owners can expect to see their tax bills in their mailboxes shortly.

However, residents do not have to wait to review the bill. It is available now online.

“Visit the county website at,” said Pender County Tax Administrator Justian Pound.

The Pender County Tax Collections office is responsible for the collection of all property taxes levied by Pender County and the municipalities of Burgaw, Watha, St. Helena, and Atkinson. Property tax bills disclose the taxable value, as well as the tax rate for EMS, Fire, and Solid Waste.

North Carolina law prohibits exemptions from solid waste fees. Pender County’s solid waste fee is $220. If a resident pays for private trash curbservice, the county’s fee is $110 for recycling only. This appears on the tax bill.

Pound said Pender County taxpayers should contact the tax office with questions or adjustments. He said the dedicated staff in the tax department will respond promptly to all telephone calls. The tax office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a..m. – 5 p.m.

“Penalties and Interest does not begin until early January 5, 2022,” said Pound. He cautions folks, “try not to wait until the end of the year, paying early will allow you to avoid the late-season rush. As we approach the end of the year, our office will extend hours to serve members of the community who want to pay their tax bill in person.”

Tax bills do not require a trip to the tax office, located at 300 E. Fremont St. in Burgaw. Taxes may be paid online, by phone or via mail and can be accepted any time of day by using the dropbox located in front of the tax office.

“The Pender County Tax Collections Office is dedicated to serving the citizens with the utmost respect, an outstanding level of service, and to provide quality information,” said George Brown, Chairman of the Pender County Board of County Commissioners.

The Tax Collectors Office is solely responsible for the collection of taxes and fees. Any questions regarding listing, billing, and assessed values should be directed to the Tax Assessor’s Office by phoning 910-259-1221.

Professional Engineering Services-421 Sewer Pump Station, Force Main and Water Main, RFQ # 210921-209

Pender County Utilities (PCU) is seeking Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from consulting engineering firms experienced with sewage pump station and force main design.  The engineering firm will provide complete design, permitting, and construction administration/observation of a proposed 0.75 MGD capacity sewage pump station, approximately 5 miles of 10” force main, and related wastewater utilities improvements planned for the US 421 corridor in western Pender County.  Approximately 14,000 feet of 12” water line along Blueberry Road will also be included.

Firms are invited to submit a SOQ to the PCU by no later than 3:00 PM on October 20, 2021.  Submittals received after this deadline will not be considered.  Firms shall submit an electronic document in .pdf format.

SOQ’s shall be limited to 20 pages or less, excluding cover page and tabs.

A reply will be sent to the email address submitting the statement of qualifications to confirm receipt. It is the submitting firm’s responsibility to confirm that PCU has received the statement of qualifications via email.  If email reply is not received, please call 910-259-0212 before the deadline for submission.

Submitted information shall comply with NCGS 143-64.31 through 64.34 (aka Mini Brooks Act).

Click here to view the full RFQ # 210921-209.

Health officials urge North Carolinians to get vaccinated for flu as COVID-19 cases remain high

Empower Youth and Families Program sign up now.

Join us for our Fall cohort of the Empowering Youth and Families Program!

This program is for middle school youth and their caregivers in Pender County.

Weekly sessions will be held on Monday evenings in Burgaw, NC (exact location TBD) from 6:00 to 8:30 PM beginning Oct. 18, 2021, and going through Dec. 14. A FREE meal is provided at each session for the whole family! At the end of the program, families are eligible to participate in a celebration and FREE all-inclusive weekend trip to one of NC’s beautiful 4-H camps.

Session topics will include: parenting and child development; social and emotional competence; making healthy connections in social circles; opioid misuse prevention strategies and protective factors. Registration is required to attend.

For more information or to register, contact Jessica Hall at or 910-259-1391.

Pender EYFP Full Flyer


Emergency Operations Center Audiovisual System Refresh, RFP # 210915-208

Pender County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was completed in 2011 and included a then state-of-the-art Audio Visual System.  Due to the system’s age and amount of usage, as well as advances in technology, the system needs to be upgraded.  The EOC is located at 805 Ridgewood Avenue in Burgaw, North Carolina and consists of one large rectangular room (measuring a 30’ x 49’) and an attached rectangular conference room (measuring 12’ x 18’).  See attached drawings in Appendices.   

The EOC is designed to support emergency response, business continuity and crisis communication activities. Staff, community partners and trained responders meet at the EOC to manage preparations for an impending event or manage the response to an ongoing incident. When activated, the EOC is utilized as centralized command and control center where multiple agencies from the region can coordinate fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services and public information for those in need in our community.   When not activated, the EOC serves as a training facility for emergency preparedness-related training.

The County is soliciting proposals on the replacement of all audiovisuals needed for use in the EOC.  Proposals should include equipment (including cables), installation and the first year of support services.  Additionally, all proposals must include warranty of products and workmanship.  Vendors are required to quote equipment that is a current model and still supported by the manufacturer, not approaching end of life.  Initial training on usage of your solution for a group of approximately 10 key staff should also be included.

It is important to note that the County is not interested in significantly modifying the layout of the EOC or conference room as per the attached drawings (Appendices A through C).

Sealed proposals are due to be delivered by hand, US Postal Service or by courier to 805 Ridgewood Ave. # 28, Burgaw, NC  28425 no later than 3pm EST on October 21, 2021.  Pender County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.  Click here to see the full RFP # 210915-208.

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. 

County Update, Sept. 3, 2021

Every two weeks Pender County departments submit progress reports on projects and achievements.

Here is the latest update.

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