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Pender County News

Topsail Beach permitted to renourish

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The process has been five years in the making; now it finally looks like Topsail Beach will get some new sand. Full story...
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Cape Fear Pride Burgaw: Sites around the courthouse

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videoThis month, our Cape Fear Pride series focuses on Burgaw. Today we take a closer look at some of the recognizable sites around the Pender County Courthouse. Damaris Griffith of Burgaw Middle School explains. Full story...
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Atkinson voters approve proposed water system

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Atkinson voters cast their ballots on a $750,000 bond referendum Tuesday night. Unofficial results show residents voted 59 to 18 to approve the referendum for the town's proposed water system in the Pender County town. Full story...
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Pender couple may get malnourished horses back

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Billy Joe Suttles and his wife Laura Louise Westbrock plead no contest to animal cruelty charges in Pender County Tuesday. Full story...
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Cape Fear Pride Burgaw: Artist pushed by disease

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videoIvey Hayes has been an artist as long as he can remember, but in 1986 he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors told him to continue his artwork as therapy to help him deal with the disease. He said his desire to paint helped him push himself as an artist.

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Burgaw window decorations

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North Carolina’s Blueberry Festival is still two weeks away, but there's already a blue tint in Burgaw. Some businesses are competing for the best blueberry window design. Full story...
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Dark days may be ahead for Pender County schools

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videoUntil area school districts get some answers from the state on possible budget cuts, administrators are preparing for the worst. That is just what they did in Pender County Monday night. Full story...
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Pender deputy demoted surrounding animal abuse cases

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Sergeant Michael Lewis was demoted after he helped rescue malnourished horses in the Hampstead area. Today, Sheriff Smith cited two other incidents where he claims Lewis took over animal abuse cases without informing animal control. Full story...
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Pender County prepares for possible budget cuts

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School leaders in Pender County have been working on a budget plan, preparing the county for an 11 percent reduction in state funding. Full story...
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Demotion of Pender County sheriff's deputy

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Pender County leaders plan to release information about the demotion of a sheriff's deputy. Sheriff Carson Smith demoted Sergeant Michael Lewis last month to deputy in connection with Lewis's role in helping rescue malnourished horses in the Hampstead area. Full story...
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Cape Fear Pride Burgaw: Burgaw business, old and new

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videoHarrell's Retail Store has called Burgaw home since 1903. Since the store opened, Burgaw has seen some drastic changes. Plenty of businesses have come and gone, and the town's population has grown. Full story...
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Cape Fear Pride Burgaw: The story of General Pender

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videoThis month our Cape Fear Pride series focuses on Burgaw, which is home to a monument dedicated to General Pender. David Ajeen of Burgaw Middle School tells the story. Full story...
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Troubleshooters: Pender woman doesn't feel safe as a result of neighbor's dogs

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videoCharlotte Mahn is still recovering from a dog attack two weeks ago. While she was walking her dog around her Rocky Point neighborhood, she says a neighbor’s pit bull came after her. Full story...
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To tear down or fix up old Topsail High School?

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videoA piece of Pender County history may be coming down, or it could get a face-lift. The old Topsail High School built back in the 1920’s still stands and many want to keep it that way. Full story...
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Pender schools staring at cutbacks

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Financial strains at the state level could mean deep cuts for Pender County schools. The school district faces an eleven percent reduction in state funding, meaning the county would loose nearly four million dollars. Full story...
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