Moores Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center and Patriots Hall Community Center Reopened to the Public


April 23, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact  Matthew Woods, 910-283-5591 x2222


Currie, NC– Moores Creek National Battlefield is proud to announce that the park’s two main visitor use facilities, the primary Visitor Center and the recreational use Patriots Hall Community Center are now opened to the public.

The Visitor Center has been closed since mid-November due to construction updates on the 1950’s facility. The center received a new metal roof and updated flooring that will help to extend the life of this 60 year old structure. The Visitor Center will resume normal operational hours: the facility is opened Wednesday – Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm; it is closed along with the rest of the park on all Federal Holidays.

Patriots Hall, another 1950’s structure, also known as a Mission 66 building, was in serious need of renovations and updates when Hurricane Matthew hit the area in 2016. The facility received 3 feet of water and forced the structure to close to the public. After numerous projects to repair the flood-damaged facility, and after many updates, including the installation of an HVAC system, this community building is now once again open to the public and available for rental. Many locals can recall family reunions, gatherings, and parties in this facility. The park is now taking Special Use applications to reserve this facility for your upcoming event.

For more information on these facilities, or to reserve Patriots Hall, please contact the Chief of Interpretation at

Patriots Hall Community Center
Moores Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center

Williams to represent Pender County in Cape Fear Forum


April 23, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact Pender County Manager Randell Woodruff, 910-259-1200


PENDER COUNTY –  Pender County Commissioner David Williams will serve as an expert in the upcoming Cape Fear Forward, a panel on economic development on Wednesday, April 25, 5-7 p.m. in the auditorium of Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station, 502 N. Front St.

Williams will join Scott Satterfield of Wilmington Business Development, Natalie English of Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Scott Custer the president of Live Oak Bank, Dr. Adam Jones from the UNCW Cameron School of business regional economist, and Velva Jenkins, from Brunswick Community College’s VP for Continuing Education, Economic & Workforce Development on the panel.

“I consider it an honor to be asked by Chairman George Brown to serve on this regional panel,” said Williams. “I’ve worked on several committees which encourage economic development.”

Williams said Pender County has experienced a surge in economic development recently, with the addition of FedEx, Empire Distributing, and Acme Fish.

The forum is a community outreach program of the Star News.

For more information regarding the forum, please call Pender County Manager Randell Woodruff at 910-259-1200.


American Legion Contributes to Smith Field Press Box

HAMPSTEAD – Let’s play ball! It’s that season – spring – when youth from four-year old t-ball players to senior leagues take to the fields at Hampstead Kiwanis Park.

New to Smith Field is a press box, thanks to an $8,000 contribution from the American Legion Post 167 in Hampstead. Recently a plaque was installed on the side of the press box to acknowledge the contribution of the local post.

“One of our four pillars in the Legion is Youth,” said Jim Williams, who oversees the athletic committee in the local American Legion. “We sponsor at least one baseball team per season.”

This year the post will sponsor a junior team for ages 13-17. Smith Field, a lighted field, is the team’s home field.

Pender County Commissioner David Williams said the press box is a welcomed addition to Smith Field.

“It’s a multipurpose press box,” David Williams explained.

“The upper level is a press box and the lower level is storage,” said Jim Williams. “We will use one section of the lower level to sell snacks and drinks during games.”

Jim Williams said the Legion sponsored team will play against eight to 10 teams during the baseball season.

Admission to see the games are $5. Proceeds are used to fund Legion projects in the community.

“They play seven inning games. We hire professional umpires,” said Jim Williams. “We start every game with the American Legion creed, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem. Our goal is to teach good sportsmanship.”

Williams said the head coach is Chris Bass and his assistant coach is Matt Floto. Fathers often help too. The junior team is for youth ages 13-17.

Try-outs for the American Legion team is April 29, 2 p.m. at Smith Field in Hampstead Kiwanis Park. The cost is $150 per player. Anyone with questions regarding the try-outs should call 704-906-9501 or email

“The next project is a scoreboard and a public-address system,” said Jim Williams.

Commissioner David Williams said community contributions which benefit our parks are deeply appreciated. Donations, such the one made by Pluris for lighting at Smith Field, are community investments, he added.

“Our community is invested in our youth,” he added.

Jim Williams, Brad Fisher, and Pender County Commissioner David Williams in front of the press box


Summer Workshop for Students

Resource Conservation Workshop (RCW) – June 24 – 29

The Resource Conservation Workshop is sponsored by the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in conjunction with the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation, NC State University Crop and Soil Science Department, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter.

The Resource Conservation Workshop is a weeklong workshop and involves study and hands on participation in a wide range of conservation topics. Students are housed at NC State University campus dormitories under the guidance of live-in counselors. In order to achieve success, students should come prepared to meet the primary objective of the workshop — learning about natural resources and their management in today’s global environment. Awards and scholarships can be won and are presented to students under several awards programs.

For more information, please feel free to navigate to the RCW Home page or the RCW General Information page.


If you have any questions, please call our office at 910-259-9123#3 and ask for Priscilla, or send an email to



RECALL ALERT: Rose Acre farms has issued the largest egg recall since 2010 after multiple salmonella illnesses in several states.

 Rose Acre farms has issued the largest egg recall since 2010 after multiple salmonella illnesses in several states. NC is affected by the recalls and the illnesses. These eggs were sold direct to consumers, in store brand containers, but also in cases direct to food establishments. The full recall notice is below. 

Request for Proposals for Rehabilitation Services

The Pender County Housing Department is requesting proposals from licensed & insured Construction/Rehabilitation Contractors to partially rehabilitate one or more apartments at the Country Court Apartment Complex located on 10260 Hwy 421, Currie N.C. 28425.

Pender County is seeking a qualified professional to perform related work as may be needed to rehabilitate kitchen and bathroom areas, including:

  • Design/construction services to relocate certain appliances,
  • New floor coverings throughout unit,
  • Replace kitchen cabinetry, countertops and fixtures,
  • Replace bathroom cabinetry & fixtures, &
  • Other work as identified by PCHD staff.

We are seeking turnkey completion for each impacted unit. Interested contractors must schedule an appointment to view a unit and should call 910.259.1208 to schedule a time.

Time is of the essence. Proposals will be accepted through Wednesday, May 30th at 4:00 pm by e-mail, in person or by fax.  Proposals must itemize the work to be performed, provide cost estimates for labor and materials and give a time frame for completion. Please include license numbers and proof of insurance. Proposals that do not provide the information as requested may be rejected. The e-mail address is: The fax number is 910.259.1343. Our physical address is: 805 South Walker St, Burgaw, NC 28425.

“This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

Bridge Closure on SR 1324(Crooked Run Rd) in Pender County April 16-September 11

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close the bridge (Pender #203) on SR 1324 (Crooked Run Road) over Sill’s Creek in Pender County beginning Monday April 16, 2018 at 7:00am thru Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 5:00pm weather permitting for a bridge replacement.


Take NC 11 to SR 1328 (Garden Rd) to SR 1325 (Sill’s Creek Rd) back to SR 1324 (Crooked Run Rd)

The existing bridge was built in 1962 and considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.  That means while it is still safe, it was built to the standards of its day and needs to be replaced.

The new bridge will have updated drainage structures to prevent ponding on the roadway.  The bridge approaches will be reinforced to prevent washouts along with other maintenance issues.

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 bridge 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 Daniel Perry, NCDOT Bridge Programs at (252) 287-8043.

Planned Lane Closure on Azalea Drive – Hampstead

The North Carolina DOT Bridge Maintenance Unit plans to close a single lane on Azalea Drive (SR 1750) in Hampstead in order to replace a cross line pipe under the roadway.  The location is on Azalea Drive, .45 miles east of Long Leaf Drive (SR 1675).


Start Date:  Monday, April 16, 2018

Start Time: 9:00 am End Time: 5:00 pm daily

End Date: Friday, April 27, 2018


A travel lane will be open at all times.

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 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.

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

For a larger picture of the image below, click here.

Azalea Drive vicinity map

Intermittent Lane Closure on I40 West in Pender County Between Mile Markers 399 and 400

NCDOT will have a contractor making repairs to steel beams on an overpass on I40 West.  The overpass carries Stag Park Road (SR1509) and is located between mile markers 399 and 400.

A single lane of I40 West will be closed beginning April 3rd, 2018 at 8:00 am until 5:30 pm daily, including Saturday and Sunday,  through April 10, 2018.  A travel lane will be open at all times and all lanes will be open outside the specified hours.

Please contact Brad Koonce at 910-371-6580 if you have questions.

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.


For a printable flyer, click here.

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COVID-19 vaccination appointments are NOW being accepted for everyone 12 years and older. Schedule your appointment in Burgaw or Hampstead. (Moderna vaccine is only approved for age 18 and up.)