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Pender County News

Burgaw man caught with 15,000 child porn images to spend decade in prison

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videoAn undercover SBI investigation early last year led agents to arrest Paul Joseph Schmura Jr. after they found nearly 15,000 images of child pornography on computer, external hard drives and other storage devices in his home. Full story...
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Volunteer fire department faces tough decision

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video After more than 46 years on the job, a Pender County fire department finds itself at a crossroads. Members of the Surf City Volunteer Fire Department say they found out last week the county plans to end its contract for their service, giving members a tough decision to make. Full story...
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Extraordinary People: Family of eight ditches city for country life, prepares to grow by 7

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video Goats, chickens and even “Riblet” the pig. This is life on "Faith Grown Farm." With six kids to raise, Dustin and Andrea Bestul are aiming to become completely self-sustaining. "We have started doing our laundry on the line and if it's not good weather, we hang it up in our house," Andrea said. "By doing that, we save 50 dollars a month." Full story...
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Eastern Pender fire departments to merge

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video Several fire departments in the eastern part of Pender County will merge. Hampstead, Sloop Point and Long Creek Grady departments will join together with Pender Volunteer EMS and rescue to form a new non-profit corporation. Full story...
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Surf City businesses, visitors ready to ride out Andrea

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Tourist season is in full swing with people from all over the country flocking to rental houses and hotels. Despite the change in the weather today, swimmers are still flocking to the beaches determined to make the most out of their vacations. Full story...
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28 sea turtles head back to ocean after treatment

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video It's an annual rite of summer for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Volunteers loaded up once-injured sea turtles and headed for the beach, where cheering fans greeted the reptiles to watch them hit the water. Full story...
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This week's 'Pender-Topsail Post & Voice' headlines

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videoAndy Pettigrew from 'Pender-Topsail Post & Voice' talks about this week's big stories out of Pender County on Good Morning Carolina. Full story...
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Man kayaks for local disaster relief

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video While some Red Cross volunteers are making their way back from Oklahoma, one man is traveling home after 12 days on the water where he aimed to make a difference from the inside of his kayak. Full story...
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Pender Co. man sentenced to prison for sex crimes against children

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A Pender County man will spend about 35 years in prison for sex crimes against children, according to the District Attorney. Full story...
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A memorable Memorial Day for new citizens

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video Today is a special day to many people in our country when we remember the heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom. For some, this Memorial Day is one they will never forget. Full story...
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Surf City town manager to retire next week

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Surf City Town Manager Michael Moore handed in his resignation letter today. Moore says he is retiring. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Incest suspects try to share story before surrendering

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video The Pender County father and daughter on the run and charged with sex offenses reached out to WWAY over the weekend. They say they want their side of the story to be heard. Full story...
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No one hurt, truck driver cited after head-on crash with Pender Co. school bus

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No one was hurt in a head-on crash involving a tractor trailer and a Pender Co. school bus early Monday. Troopers say children were not yet on the bus at the time of the crash. Full story...
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Quick-acting witnesses save victims of fiery car crash

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videoSkid marks and glass still line a ditch near the 7000 block of NC 50 near Maple Hill after an accident yesterday afternoon. Two cars collided head-on at high speeds trapping four people in a burning car. Luckily neighbors came to the rescue. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: The family of the man and his daughter wanted for incest speak out

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Detectives in Pender County charged Robert Earley and his daughter Natalie Earley with incest. Full story...
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