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Pender County News

1 dead, 1 hurt after boat collision

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videoOne person is dead and another injured after two boats collided on the Northeast Cape Fear River. Full story...
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Constant rain leaves hole in Pender Co. neighborhood

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video After one of the wettest Junes on record, Mother Nature has made the trip home a little more difficult for residents of the Sycamore Farms subdivision near Burgaw. Full story...
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Belle of Topsail towed from Intracoastal Waterway

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videoThe Belle of Topsail became grounded in the Intracoastal Waterway near Surf City Friday evening after having engine trouble. The Coast Guard and Pender County fire department helped 46 passengers and 4 crew members aboard the dinner cruise boat to a sport fishing boat 'Big Daddy.' They were then taken to shore at the Beach House Marina in Surf City. Full story...
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Topsail Beach drowning victim identified

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Topsail Beach Police have identified a man who drowned off the coast Saturday. Police Chief Sam Gervase says the victim was Stephen O'Rork, 36, who was vacationing from Greensboro. Full story...
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Body found in Topsail Beach

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Topsail Beach Police say the body of a 36-year-old man from Greensboro was found near the Jolly Roger Pier Saturday near the 1000 block of Ocean Boulevard in Topsail Beach. Full story...
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Report: Alleged Pender HS rape happened in school auditorium

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videoInvestigators and school leaders are not saying much about a rape that allegedly happened on a high school campus in Pender County. But tonight we are learning more. Full story...
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Pender High student charged with statutory rape on campus

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videoDeputies in Pender County have charged a 19-year-old with raping a fellow student at Pender High School on the last day of school earlier this month, WWAY has learned. Full story...
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Pender Co. fire departments merger will mean tax hike

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video Pender County of residents could soon see a change in their emergency services. After a week of discussions Pender EMS and four other volunteer fire departments have tentatively agreed to merge. Full story...
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This week's 'Pender-Topsail Post & Voice' headlines

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"Pender-Topsail Post & Voice" Editor Andy Pettigrew sat down with Good Morning Carolina anchor Randy Aldridge to talk about the week's headlines. videoFull story...
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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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