Pender Pawzapalooza: a doggone good time for pet owners

BURGAW – It’s a Fido and Family walk in the park as Burgaw’s Rotary Park hosts Pender Pawzapalooza April 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“We are proud of our animal shelter and we are pleased to sponsor Pender Pawzapalooza,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director.

The event will feature a pet fun walk utilizing parts of the Osgood Canal Greenway Trail starting at 11:30 a.m.  A $5 entry fee will benefit the Pender County Animal Shelter.  At the end of the walk participants will receive a toy for their dog and all $5 entries are entered in a drawing for a prize.

A pet costume contest will take place at noon for three “Best Dressed” categories – large, medium, and small dogs. Pet owners may dress in costume and judges will select the best Owner/Pet costume theme. Prizes will be awarded.

Pet agility, pet obedience, a hot car demonstration, face-painting, vendor tents, and pet adoptions will be available at Pender Pawzapalooza.

“This event is targeted toward the many residents of Pender County who own pets and are looking for pet friendly activities” says Jewell Horton, Manager of the Pender County Animal Shelter.  “We will have the shelter’s agility course on site for pet owners to utilize, as well as professional demonstrations on obedience and agility from local trainers.”

“Pets have a relaxing effect and bring a sense of calm,” said Carolyn Moser, director of Pender County Health and Human Services. “Physical activity such as walking a pet is good for physical health. Exercise helps manage mental health issues such as depression. The Pender Pawzapalooza provides and awesome opportunity to enjoy time outside with pets and to learn about the valuable services available at the Pender County Animal Shelter.”

“Our hope is that a large amount of participation will occur and will act as a catalyst for an off-leash dog park in Pender County,” said Horton. “Behavior issues are one of the top reasons pets are surrendered to the shelter and that often comes from boredom.  This park would give owners and their pets a safe, controlled environment to exercise, play and get away from the everyday routine of home and work”.

Rotary Park is located at 100 Industrial Dr. in Burgaw.

For more information contact the Pender County Tourism Office at 910-259-1536.


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Utilities Online Payments Temporarily Unavailable due to System Upgrades

PENDER COUNTY –  Pender County Utilities online bill payments will be temporarily unavailable after 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 and all day Friday, March 16. The county is conducting necessary software upgrades at this time.

Online bill payments will be available Saturday, March 17.

Pender County Utilities apologizes for the inconvenience.

For more information please call Pender County Utilities at 910-259-1570.


2018 Community Health Assessment-We need you

The Community Health Assessment is a door to door survey to see what residents of Pender County perceive as the biggest issues impacting health and how they view the health of the community.  Help your community’s voice be heard as we prioritize and plan for a healthier tomorrow.

*Volunteers age 18 and up needed to assist with a door to door survey about improving the health of your community.  Meet at the Pender County Cooperative Extension Conference room, 801 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425

Thursday, March 22nd 9:00am-12:00pm (training) and 1:00-6:00pm
Friday, March 23rd 9:00am –1:00pm and 1:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday, March 24th 9:00am-1:00pm and 1:00pm-6:00pm

Sign up with link:

*Volunteers must attend training on Thursday to participate in survey.   Volunteers do not need to be present all three days.  Lunch will be provided.  If you drive your own personal vehicle door-to-door and are not reimbursed by your employer, we will reimburse you with a gas card.

Every volunteer will receive a small thank you gift and the opportunity to win a Fitbit! For each day that you help interview your neighbors, your name will be entered into a drawing, so sign up for more days to increase your chances.

For questions, contact Pender County Health Department, Kerrie Bryant at 910-663-3762 or at


Pender County Utilities does not endorse water line warranty program

PENDER COUNTY –  Pender County Utilities is aware of at least one company (American Water Resources) that offers service line warranty programs, but there are several others who offer this program as well. These companies will independently contact Water Department customers to offer their warranty program for a fee.

The warranty program is much like insurance. For a monthly fee, the company will cover certain qualified repairs for water service lines. Service lines are only a portion of the private plumbing line. They are neither owned nor maintained by Pender County Utilities. The homeowner is responsible for any damage or failure in the service line. Customer responsibility begins at the customer side of the water meter. Pender County Utilities does not provide public sewer service to residential customers.

Pender County Utilities does not endorse any of these companies, because the service line is private plumbing. Like with any insurance or warranty program, individuals should do their due diligence to learn what is and is not covered and what exceptions apply in order to make the best decision for their situation.

Below is a link to an article by a consumer watchdog columnist.  The information in this article may prove useful in making your decision:

To learn more, contact Pender County Utilities at 910-259-1570.


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Bridge Work Requires Closure of the Intracoastal Waterway in Pender County

Vehicular traffic will not be impacted

JACKSONVILLE – The Intracoastal Waterway will be closed to boating traffic south of the N.C. 50/210 Swing Bridge on Monday, Feb. 19 and Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The closure is needed for safety reasons as a Department of Transportation contractor will be installing girders across the Intracoastal for the new Surf City Bridge.

“We ask that boaters and other maritime interests please be patient during this installation,” said Jacksonville Resident Engineer Trevor Carroll. “Our contractor will be working to install these girders in a safe and timely manner.”

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Invitation for Proposals – Lawn Maintenance Services

Pender County Solid Waste is soliciting proposals for Lawn Maintenance Services for twelve (12) Pender County Convenience sites and the Transfer Station for years 2018 and 2019.  A contract for lawn maintenance services should be awarded on March 19, 2018 at the Board of County Commissioners meeting.  Bidding Packets are available at the office of Pender County Utilities at 605 E. Fremont St., Burgaw, NC 28425 or may be mailed and/or emailed upon request.  Sealed proposals on the appropriate bid forms will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1st, at which time they will be publicly opened and recorded. Bidders should not attend the bid opening.  A bid tabulation will be mailed to all bidders.

The sealed proposals may be delivered to Pender County Utilities at 605 East Fremont St., in Burgaw, NC or may be mailed to Pender County Utilities, 605 East Fremont St., Burgaw, NC 28425. Questions concerning the proposals may be directed to Margaret Gray at 910.259.1521.  Pender County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals.  Final award will be made to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder, as determined by the Pender County Board of Commissioners.

– Bryan McCabe, Interim Director

Please see the linked documents here for more information.

Intermittent Lane Closures on Dan Owen Dr & SR 1570 (Factory Rd)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will have intermittent lane closures on Dan Owen Drive and SR 1570 (Factory Rd) in Pender County (rotating East and West bound lanes) beginning Friday February 9, 2018 through Monday May 28, 2018 (8:00am – 5:00pm Mon – Fri) to construct the new alignment connection between Dan Owen Road and SR 1570 (Factory Rd).

One lane will remain open to traffic at all times on SR 1570 (Factory Road).

This work is part of the original Hampstead Median Project and has been accelerated to enhance safety along US 17 between NC 210 and SR 1570 (Factory Road).  “Safety is a top priority with NCDOT, said Resident Engineer Trevor Carroll and by separating this portion out of the project it has accelerated the Dan Owen Connection by 7 years”.

The NCDOT reminds motorists to STAY ALERT, use alternate routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits, and allow extra travel time.

For additional information regarding the dates and times of this lane closure, please visit and click on “Travel & Maps” then, click on “Traveler Information Management System” and use the dropdown menus for county or route, or call “511” from any phone.  For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

To obtain more information about this work, you may contact Trevor Carroll, Resident Engineer at (910) 467-0520.

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Tourism initiatives continue digital trend

By Sherri Crawford, posted Jan 12, 2018 on

With the New Year here, many businesses are busy planning and forecasting via a fresh start. For those operating by fiscal year, however, steps to obtain company objectives have been long underway. Among them are the tri-county tourism offices, including Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose fiscal year runs July 1-June 30.

One of the bureau’s top initiatives this year is showcasing Wilmington’s evolving downtown riverfront district. Recent additions to the northern riverfront, including a marina and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront (connected to the Wilmington Convention Center), have enhanced the area, with more development to come, officials said.

Now referred to as the Convention District, the multi-use area integrates the Wilmington Convention Center with the city and its businesses, experts and academic resources, CVB officials said.

Additional hotels, retail space, restaurants, a city park and more are under development in the district.

“With the transformation, the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will refresh our brand and creative strategy to seamlessly blend the historic charm with new modern attractions and facilities designed to challenge the visitors to not only enjoy the things they already love here, but to seek out new sights, sounds and tastes,” said Shawn Braden, the CVB’s executive vice president of marketing. “We will inspire visitors with strong visuals and to interact with 360 and drone video to create immersive brand experiences throughout Wilmington and our island beaches.”

Last spring, the CVB became the country’s first Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) to integrate SkyNav technology into its official tourism website. The DMO launched its second tour of that type, titled SkyNav Convention District Tour, late last year, taking viewers “inside” the Wilmington Convention Center through 360degree panoramas.

“Consumer interest in virtual reality ranks very high in the categories of travel, tourism and adventures,” Braden said. “Projected virtual reality active-user growth is expected to rise exponentially over the next three years. It is where the industry is headed. Future plans include 360-degree live videos that allow users to hear and see live movement and sounds, all through 360-degree movement.

“This will add a deeper, more immersive layer of experience into our SkyNav 3-D tour.”

While promoting Wilmington’s riverfront is one of many of the CVB’s initiatives, a milestone event for Pender County is in the works, said Pender County Tourism Director Tammy Proctor.

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the presence of legendary pirate Blackbeard along the North Carolina coast, Scallywags Weekend will showcase Pender County’s cultural heritage and more May 4-6.

Like officials at the Wilmington and Beaches CVB, Proctor notes the ever-increasing use of digital components in marketing campaigns. Additionally, she said, all of her organization’s tourism initiatives are three-pronged: targeting local, state and out-of-state visitors.

“What is different this year is our reach,” Proctor said. “We are using various websites and editorials to reach an audience outside the state.”

“The goal is to bring in visitors and grow our local economy via tourism,” she said. “Events like [Scallywags Weekend] will bring people to our hotels, our restaurants, our shops, our gas stations, etc. – it has a ripple effect on the economy.”

Meanwhile, the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) is also focusing on its digitally related reach. Creating content in the way of video and photography is at the forefront.

According to Mitzi York, theauthority’s executive director, a new video promoting golfing was recently created, with plans to shoot two more leisure-related videos in the spring.

“I think that there’s a lot more focus on digital now than there used to be when I first got started working with TDA,” York said. “So we’re always trying to add to our library whether its photos or videos because people are spending a lot of time on social media. For example, YouTube, I think, is the second-biggest search engine now. Those things are becoming increasingly important.”

To that end, the Brunswick County group has added a photo gallery to its website’s weddings section. This lets website visitors see what a wedding on the Brunswick islands might look like, while gathering information about wedding locations, vendors and the like.

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