Planned Intermittent Lane Closure on Country Club Drive (SR1565) June 18, 2018

The NC Department of Transportation will intermittently close one lane of Country Club Drive (SR1565), 0.61 Miles East of US 17.

Beginning at 9:00 am on Monday,  June 18, 2018 and ending on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

The closure is necessary to allow crews to pave a section of the  road.

Alternate Route:  Highway US 17 to Sloop Point Road (SR 1563) to Country Club Drive (SR1565)

The NCDOT reminds motorists to STAY ALERT, encourages motorists to 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 http://www.ncdot.gov 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 DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

If you have questions, please contact our office at 910-296-8730.

RECALL ALERT!

Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons, produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Reports of illnesses linked to these products are under investigation, and Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution. The company has been advised by the CDC that it has linked 58 illnesses to the strain of Salmonella under investigation. Caito Foods has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation.

The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

Because it is possible that products shipped between April 17 and June 7, 2018 could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers.

For more information click the link below.

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm610345.htm

Road Closure SR 1563 (Sloop Point Loop Rd) From SR 1693 (Doral Dr) to SR 1759 (Middle Point Rd)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close SR 1563 (Sloop Point Loop Road) from SR 1693 (Doral Dr) to SR 1759 (Middle Point Rd) beginning Monday June 18, 2018 at 8:30am through Sunday August 19, 2018 at 5:00pm.  There will also be intermittent lane closures in front of Kiwanis Park at the intersection of Country Club Rd.  This work is to complete a new multi-use path along Sloop Point Loop Rd from the Kiwanis Park to Topsail Elementary School.

Detour:

SR 1563 (Sloop Point Loop Rd) to US 17 North to SR 1561 (Sloop Point Rd) back to SR 1563 (Sloop Point Loop Rd)

“During this time, please use caution as crews will be monitoring and maintaining this detour”.  “The contractor will be working to deliver the work in the allotted timeframe prior to the beginning of the new school year “, said Assistant Resident, Frank Dixon.

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 closure, please visit http://www.ncdot.gov 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 DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

To obtain more information about this work, you may contact Frank Dixon, Assistant Resident,  at (910) 934-2472.

New flood gauge in Pender County increases public safety, expand flood prediction capacity

BURGAW – When river levels began rising last year after a late-April storm dumped five to eight inches of rain across North Carolina’s Piedmont, North Carolina Emergency Management warned community leaders along the Neuse River what day and time the river would crest and just how high-water levels would reach in their community. A series of flood gauges provided that critical data.

In Pender County, along the Black River, a new gauge has been installed.

“This state-of-the-art gauge provides real time data,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manger. “This gauge is a part of the FIMAN system – Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network.”

“Time and again over the last several years, we’ve used data from these flood gauges to warn residents and communities about dangerous flood conditions,” said Mike Sprayberry, state emergency management director.

The new gauge in Pender County will join the state’s network of more than 560 strategically positioned river and coastal gauges that measure water levels to warn first responders and residents who live and work near flood-prone areas. As the backbone of the state’s FIMAN system, the gauges provide real-time data that’s used to formulate forecasts, issue alerts and predict the flood’s impact to buildings and infrastructure. The data collected by emergency management is also available to NOAA and the National Weather Service to be incorporated into their flood forecasts.

During Hurricane Matthew, FIMAN was used to accurately direct evacuations and deploy resources. It can show precisely which buildings and homes will flood when local rivers or streams reach certain flood levels.

Sprayberry said much of the flood data is available in real time through the ReadyNC mobile app developed by NCEM. App users can click on Flood Gauges to check the current status of creeks and rivers nearby to see if the stream is at normal levels or minor, moderate or major flood stage.

While the state has purchased and installed most of the gauges, several communities also have bought devices to add to the state’s flood-warning system.

“The Board of Pender County Commissioners paid $20,000 for the installation of the gauge,” said Collins. “It will be state maintained and will provide us important information before, during, and after a flood event.”

“Adding new gauges in these areas will help communities be more aware and prepared for flooding, and will allow for better warning when floods are coming,” said State Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry.  “FIMAN is a powerful tool that helps us predict very accurately what areas will be affected by flood waters, so emergency managers and local officials can take the appropriate actions to keep people safe.”

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Pender County Community Health Forum

YOU’RE INVITED!

Pender County conducts a Community Health Assessment every four years to identify the health status, concerns and resources of the community as part of a strategic health planning process. Please join us to learn more about the health of your community and provide your input!

Monday, July 16th, 2018 
Burgaw Public Library from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Hampstead Public Library from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Planned Lane Closure on SR1565 (Country Club Drive) June 11-12 and June 15-18, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close a single lane of SR 1565 (Country Club Drive) 0.61 miles east of US 17 in Pender County beginning Monday June 11, 2018 at 9:00am and end on June 12, 2018 at 3:00pm each day. A lane will remain open at all times.

On Friday, June 15, 2018 at 9:00am SR 1565 (Country Club Drive) will be closed until 6:00am on Monday, June 18, 2018. Bridge Maintenance crews will be working around the clock to replace the existing crossline pipe.

ALTERNATE ROUTE:
Highway 17 to SR 1563 (Sloop Point Road) to SR 1565 (Country Club Drive).

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 closure, please visit http://www.ncdot.gov 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 DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Golden LEAF Scholarships Awarded 2018-2019

Two $12,000 Golden LEAF scholarships awarded this morning at Heide Trask High School in Pender County. The Golden LEAF Scholarship is one of many tools the Golden LEAF Foundation has to help fulfill the purpose of growing the rural economy. The Foundation hopes, that through these scholarships, Lindsay Wood and Yaritza Aguilera will be able to gain valuable knowledge and skills and come back to their hometowns or other rural areas to help our rural communities prosper. This year the Foundation awarded 215 scholarships, across North Carolina, from an applicant pool of 2,600 students.

Helping Carolyn Justice with the presentation is Pender County Commission Chairman, George Brown.

Lindsay Wood and Yaritza Aguilera are pictured with their Golden LEAF Scholarships, presented to them from Pender County Commission Chairman George Brown and Carolyn Justice

To learn more about the Golden LEAF scholarship, please click here.

 

Passport service now available in Pender County

BURGAW – The office of the Pender County Register of Deeds is now offering passport services in their Burgaw office, 300 E. Freemont Street.

“You don’t have to leave the county to apply for a US Passport,” said Sharon Willoughby, the register of deeds. “Our office provides the applications and for a small additional fee, we can take the passport photo as well.”

US citizens planning international travel should make an appointment with the register of deeds office. Walk-in applicants are welcomed, if staff is available to assist.

Willoughby urges citizens to make an appointment to receive personalized assistance.

“We are here to help you with your passport needs,” said Willoughby.

The office of the Pender County Register of Deeds is open Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information call 910-259-1225.

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Road Closure on Atkinson Point Road (Pender County) May 21 to June 4, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close Atkinson Point Road, just North of NC50/210 in Surf City, Pender County beginning Monday May 21, 2018 at 6:00am until Monday, June 4, 2018 at 6:00am for installation of water and sewer utilities, weather permitting.

“During this time, please use caution as crews will be monitoring and maintaining this detour”.  “The Contractor will be working around the clock to deliver the utility work in the allotted time frame”, said Project Engineer, Ben Meyer of the Jacksonville Resident Engineer’s Office.

 

DETOUR:  Follow NC50/210 to onsite temporary detour alignment

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 closure, please visit http://www.ncdot.gov 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 DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

To obtain more information about this work, you may contact Ben Meyer, Project Engineer, at the Jacksonville Resident’s Office (910) 467-0520.

Ambassador Mattie R. Sharpless Recognized On May 10

During a September 2017 Pender County Board of Commissioners resoundingly approved the idea of naming a portion of US Hwy 17 after Ambassador Mattie R. Sharpless, a Hampstead native.

On May 10, Pender County turned out to honor one of their own as the idea became a reality.

A dedication ceremony, conducted on the steps of Manhollow Missionary Baptist Church, named a portion of US Hwy 17 was named in honor of Sharpless.

Sharpless, a graduate of Pender County Training School in Rocky Point, was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Ambassador to the Central African Republic. She was nominated Oct. 1, 2001 and just weeks later was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She began working from the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, by mid-December of the same year. She served as the U.S. Ambassador for two years.

Sharpless was not a career diplomat. She started her government career in 1965 with the Department of Agriculture (USDA).  She worked with the United States Foreign Agriculture Service.

The child of a tobacco farmer, Sharpless lost her father, James Sharpless, when she was just 11 years old. Her mother, Lecola, made money from selling the tobacco from the 12 rows left by her father.

“I washed dishes at the restaurant and I scrubbed the church,” said Sharpless at the May 10 ceremony at Manhollow Missionary Baptist Church.

Sharpless pursued higher education and attended North Carolina College in Durham, a historically black college, in which she earned a degree in business education. The school became North Carolina Central University and she returned to Durham to earn a M.A. in business administration and economics.

Sharpless is an example of a person who dreams and works hard to achieve great things, said Pender County Commissioner David Williams.

“It’s a pleasure to honor one of our own,” said Williams. “In September 2017, the board of commissioners read about Ambassador Sharpless’ accomplishments. We were asked to pass a resolution to honor her. It was a no-brainer to honor this humble, confident, and genuine lady. This is a big deal to have a portion of US Hwy 17 named in her honor.”

“This highway was only two lanes as we grew up,” recalled Glorious Leaven, sister of Mattie Sharpless. “We walked this way to the schoolhouse and the church and we didn’t see many cars on the highway.”

Today the North Carolina Department of Transportation dedicated signs along the highway from Union Bethel Road to the Pender/Onslow county line in honor of Mattie R. Sharpless. Her life’s journey has taken her to Africa, Belgium, Switzerland, France, and points beyond.

Joining in the dedication ceremony were Landon Zimmer, a member of the NC Board of Transportation; NC District 5 Court Judge James H. Faison III, NC Attorney General Josh Stein, Pender County Commissioner David Williams, Surf City Mayor Doug Medlin, Warsaw Mayor A.J. Conners, Chief of Staff at North Carolina Central University Dr. Al Zow, NAACP Director District 16 Deborah Dicks-Maxwell, and Manhollow Missionary Baptist’s Rev. Dante A. Murphy. Also attending the ceremony was Sharpless’ 96 year old mother, Lecola.

“Ambassador Sharpless has raised the level of education in North Central Africa,” said Stein. He commended Sharpless for her efforts of stressing education for girls. “She was extremely influential and a school in Africa was named after her.”

Surf City Mayor Doug Medlin said it was the “perfect day to honor a perfect lady.”

“You make us proud,” Medlin said. “You have given our students, especially our girls, an example to look up to.”

Topsail High School Jazz Band performed during the ceremony. The Pender High School JROTC presented the colors. Christa G. Faison played Amazing Grace on a violin as a musical tribute to Sharpless.

Sharpless thanked her many friends, colleagues from Washington DC, high school and college classmates, and her family for their support. She especially thanked Rev. Dante A. Murphy for spearheading the effort with NCDOT to have the honorary signs installed.

She joked that there were more steps and regulations regarding getting signage along the state highway than there were steps in a career in the federal government.

Sharpless retired in 2005 but she remains active in community projects, especially projects involving education, youth, and the elderly.

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