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Pender County News

Dad surprises family at baseball game

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videoTuesday night was a big night at Topsail High School. Master Gunnery Sergeant Kenneth Kampen surprised his children when he stepped out to throw the opening pitch at Tuesday evening's game. Full story...
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Wallace man charged with sex crimes against child he lived with

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videoA Wallace man faces charges for sex crimes against a young boy who deputies say he lived with when the offenses happened. Pender County detectives say Carlos Martinez, 39, committed the crimes against the child, who is 4-years-old, on May 10, just a day before Mother's Day. Full story...
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Topsail High's electric vehicle program wins national championship again

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videoTopsail High School's electric vehicle class has won nearly 200 awards since 2001. Last month, students in the course were named national champions for the 11th year in a row. Full story...
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Teen charged, another sought for string of Burgaw car break-ins

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Burgaw Police have arrested a teen and are looking for another in connection to more than a dozen car break-ins this spring. Full story...
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Facebook page may provide insight into alleged arsonist

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videoInvestigators say a man is in custody accused of setting a fire last night at a home with two people inside. Brandon Combs, 27, is in jail charged with arson and injury to real property. Tonight we're learning more about Combs's online personality. Full story...
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SURPRISE SQUAD: 'Relishing' free food at Paul's Place

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videoWWAY's Makenzi Henderson was at Paul's Place in Rocky Point. The restaurant is famous for its hot dogs and is a staple in the community. Many people said they've been going to Paul's Place for decades. Full story...
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New kind of Walmart store opens in Surf City

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videoSurf City is now home to a new Walmart, but this Walmart is a little different than what you are probably used to. It's music to Walmart shoppers' ears in Pender County. Full story...
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Former church worker pleads guilty to embezzlement

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videoA woman charged earlier this year for stealing from the church where she used to work has pleaded guilty to the crimes. Gloria Hardee, 58, recently pleaded guilty in Pender County Court to three counts of embezzlement. Full story...
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PENDER COUNTY: Incumbent sheriff wins primary while redistricting prompts change

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Pender County's top cop will have another chance at re-election. Redistricting for the Pender County Commission forced two sitting commissioners into the same district. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Topsail High student in competition for new handicap van

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videoIt's mobility awareness month, and to celebrate the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association is giving away five brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles. One Topsail High School student is hoping to be a lucky winner! Full story...
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Four teens charged for having drugs at school

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The Pender County Sheriff's Office says four teen have been charged for having drugs on campus. According to a news release, Wednesday administrators and the school resource officer at Penderlea School got a tip there was marijuana at the school. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: CFCC bagpipe class fine tunes ancient art

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videoAt Cape Fear Community College's Burgaw campus, you can learn all about Scottish heritage by trying it's signature instrument: the bagpipes. Full story...
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Teacher of the Week: Wendy Strickland

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videoSouth Topsail Elementary teacher Wendy Strickland is loved by many; the proof is in the numbers, check out how many people showed up to help surprise her for WWAY's Teacher of the Week presentation. Full story...
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Burgaw man shot in confrontation, dog killed

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A Burgaw man was shot Monday afternoon during a confrontation with his neighbor, Burgaw Police Chief Montrina Sutton said. Full story...
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Deputies find man, woman passed out in car with engine running

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videoA man and woman are behind bars facing drug charges after deputies say they found the two passed out inside a car with the engine still running. Full story...
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