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

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*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 kbryant@pendercountync.gov


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 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 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 WilmingtonBiz.com

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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Season 10 Fireball Run ‘Anniversary Edition’ Premieres on Amazon

Season 10 Fireball Run ‘Anniversary Edition’ Premieres on Amazon

Featuring Team 64 from Pender County Tourism

SANTA FE, NM. – The much anticipated tenth season of the Fireball Run television series has premiered on Amazon Video.  The 26-episode adventure-travel series traverses from Western New York to Massachusetts. Season 10, titled Anniversary Edition, spotlights the extraordinary history, sights, attractions, and people of under-discovered America while also aiding in the nation’s largest recovery effort for missing and exploited children.

Participating in season 10 series is local Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism director, and Carrie DeLeon as team number 64, Nun-Thing Wrong hailing from Pender County and Vero Beach, Florida respectively. They joined a cast of over 100 dashing to cities within the Northeastern United States. Fireball Run chronicles the adventurous journey of 40 driving teams as they receive several clues which if solved, lead to rare, historic, or epic experiences.

More than just great entertainment, since 2007 the series has leveraged its exposure to support Child Rescue Network, a 501-c3 charity in a Race To Recover America’s Missing Children. Each contestant team is assigned a child missing from their local region and provided posters featuring the child to distribute along the 2,000-mile, ten-day live production. The series has since aided in the successful recovery of 50 missing children.

Team 64 was assigned the case of Tiffany Warrington who was abducted on Sept. 26, 2001 from Florida. “Fireball Run partners with the Child Rescue Network to raise awareness of America’s missing children”, said DeLeon. Co-Driver Tammy Proctor added, “Fireball Run is an adventure series, but it is the race to find America’s missing children. In 2015, Pender County and Topsail Island hosted the Fireball Run series and it was an adventure we thoroughly enjoyed.”

Best described as a contest, history, and travel show combined, Fireball Run differs significantly from Reality TV. The Factual Entertainment series is filmed authentically in real-time, then edited into an exciting 26-episode series that entertains while educating viewers about amazing sites and attractions visited and experienced by show contestants.

No easy task; solving the clues often involves assistance from a strong support team of fans, family, friends. How well did local team Nun-Thing Wrong score? You’re in luck if you have an Amazon Prime account. The series is distributed by Amazon and bingeing is free for Prime members. If not, maybe it’s time to join. Alternately, you can just go to Amazon to buy, download and keep the entire season.

Fireball Run picture featuring Tammy Proctor of Pender County Tourism

Media representatives can request clips, publicity stills, or schedule interviews using the info below.

Adrenaline Partnership LLC., M-F 9am-5pm MT (818) 572.1400 or media@fireballrun.com www.fireballrun.com
December 2017 the production relocated from Orlando to its own 22-acre Scaramanga Studio-Ranch in Santa Fe, NM.

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