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Pender County News

Recycling center changes increase efficiency

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Changes at Pender County recycling centers have caused concern for some of our viewers. At the recycling centers in Hampstead, Rocky Point and Burgaw, there is now only one recycling dumpster, where there used to be four. Full story...
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Grant to help restore historic schoolhouse

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The Canetuck School in Currie is one of eight Rosenwald schools around the country awarded a $40,000 grant today from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Lowe's. Full story...
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Ward wins Pender Commission GOP nomination

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Fewer than 600 voters took part in the Republican run-off for the District 2 Pender County Commission race. That meant a 67-vote margin turned out to be a big win for Chester Ward over Timothy Thomas.

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Second review finds issues at Pender Health Department

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The review is part a larger assessment requested by the Pender County Board of Commissioners after they received multiple complaints from employees. Full story...
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Blueberry crop good ahead of Burgaw festival

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videoWe're in the heart of blueberry season here in Southeastern North Carolina. Each year, the weather plays a role in the sweetness of the blueberry. So how is this year's crop, especially with the 7th Annual NC Blueberry Festival this weekend in Burgaw? Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Marine charged with indecent liberties with 8-year-old

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A 23 year old US Marine from New River Air Station is in the Pender County Jail under a $400,000.00 bond. Dain Arthur Larson a private with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-29 has been charged with four counts of Felonious Indecent Exposure and four counts of Felonious Indecent Liberties with a minor. Full story...
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Criticized Health Director fires back

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video Much of the 13 pages of Health Director Jack Griffith's response was concealed to protect personnel. In it he calls the independent review of the Pender County Health Department biased and unsubstantiated. Full story...
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Pender Health Director claims independent assessment lied

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An independent assessment of the Pender County Health Department was criticized Tuesday for presenting a skewed picture of the agency and its director - reports the Pender Post. Full story...
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Review pinpoints Pender Co. Board of Health problems, members fight over results

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video A health department divided. That's how an independent review described the Pender County Health Department. Monday night the Pender County Board of Health held a special meeting to discuss the report sparked by employee allegations. Full story...
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Pender Co. parents want answers regarding principal's suspension

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The Pender County School Board heard from frustrated parents Monday night regarding the suspension of Burgaw Middle School Principal M.D. Coleman. Full story...
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Pender teen arrested for indecent liberties with child

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Pender County deputies have arrested a 16-year-old Rocky Point boy for indecent liberties with a minor. Investigators says the charge requires that the defendant be at least five years older than the victim. Full story...
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Sex offender facing pot charges

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Detectives with the Pender County Sheriff’s office Narcotics Unit arrested 41-year-old David Gerald Batts, a convicted sex offender, at his residence at 308 Oakmont Dr. Hampstead... Full story...
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Rocky Point man charged with arson

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Investigator’s With the Pender County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32-year-old Edward Lee Lippard III with Fraudulently Burning A Dwelling after he set fire to a residence that he was occupying in the 2800 Block of Clarks Landing Rd. in Rocky Point. Full story...
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Reward increased in turtle death investigation

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Investigators still don't know who tortured and killed a rare sea turtle on Topsail Beach, but the reward has increased for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Full story...
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UPDATE: DOT apologizes to Rocky Point family

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The Swopes say the DOT ripped up part of their yard, taking sod and reflectors they had put up. Full story...
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