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BOC gives nod to west Pender Internet project By Andy Pettigrew Post & Voice Publisher. Pender County Commissioners gave the go-ahead to Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation (ATMC) to apply for a USDA ReConnect Grant to provide a broadband Internet network to underserved areas in western Pender County. If funding is received, a minimum 50 megabit Internet fiber optic network will

be constructed by ATMC. Proposed service areas for the project include areas west of I40 to the Bladen County line, areas in and around Atkinson and Currie, and unserved areas east of Burgaw. The proposed project would cover more than 163 square miles and nearly five thousand households. Estimates indicate the project would require a $25 million USDA grant award, with ATMC adding up to $6.25 million to

Funding approved for county fire/EMS study Pender County Commissioners approved a proposal for a comprehensive review for county fire and EMS coverage in the county. The company, Fitch and Associates will investigate options for Pender County that incorporate best practices, improve or maintain desirable ISO ratings and a sustainable fire/EMS program to meet current and expected population growth. All areas of EMS and fire service will be reviewed. The approved budget for the evaluation is $64,960. According to the proposal from Fitch and Associates, the company’s role is to conduct an objective review of the Pender fire and EMS system with future oriented options that embrace efficiency, effectiveness, and long-term sustainability.

The evaluation will include a review of community risk, fire/ems operations, staffing, structure, dispatching, facilities and equipment, performance, and develop future oriented options outlining order of magnitude costs, advantages and disadvantages for each option. “We welcome an unbiased, independent look at fire and EMS service and are always looking for ways to improve,� said Pender EMS and Fire Director Woody Sullivan. Pender County Manager Chad McEwen expects the review study to begin within 30 to 60 days. “They will be looking at all aspects of our deliver of fire and EMS service. They will provide us with options and alternatives that will be discussed by the Commissioners. We are planning input meetings with stakeholders to be involved in the process,� McEwen said.




Burgaw takes next step in sewer expansion plan By Andy Pettigrew Post & Voice Publisher

Burgaw commissioners approved a request Tuesday from Town Manager James Gantt to proceed with a sewer infrastructure project in east Burgaw. Gantt asked the board to move ahead with the project by proceeding with the RFQ (request for qualifications) phase of the project. This first step in the project will seek engineering and architectural firms

to design the work. The firm chosen by the board will then design the project in detail to be put out for bid. The board asked Gantt to contact three companies to talk with the board before deciding on one. Presentations will be made Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at a continuation of Tuesday’s meeting. Town of ficials say a number of developers have expressed interest in build-

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USDA grant.� The USDA grant application is due for submission in March. The grant money can only be accessed through a utility company or cooperative such as ATMC. “This means a lot to western Pender County,� said Commissioner Jackie Newton. Newton serves District 4, which includes much of the project area. More information on the project can be found at

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the project for a total of $31.25 million. The company has a history of providing broadband service to rural areas including unserved areas of Columbus and Brunswick counties. “We have been looking at Pender County for a number of years, said Chris Ward of ATMC. “Businesses and developers, all kinds of people have reached out to us to help bring service here. We plan to apply for the maximum amount of the

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Pender hosts state search and rescue training By Andy Pettigrew Post & Voice Publisher

conference Friday night at CFCC’s north campus,â€? said Pender EMS and Fire Director Woody Sullivan. The eighth annual Pender Search “We will be testing UAS operations, and Rescue Swamp Stop will be held weather permitting, on drone search this weekend. The exercise will be and rescue operations and emerheld off U.S. 421 in the Currie area at gency services.â€? Push Mowers • Lawn Tractors • Zero Turn Mowers the Black River Hunting Club. Sullivan said more than 200 Trimmers & Chainsaws Each year, SAR teams from across participants are registered for the the state come for full-scale wilderSAR training, which will begin Jan. “We have a large UAS (Unmanned 16 and run through Jan. 19, with ness search and rescue operations training. Training includes incident Aerial Search) integration in the Saturday and Sunday the most atmanagement, ground search, canine, program this year. People from tended days. across the state will be here for a tracking and air operations.

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s+AQUAN"RICE *OHNSON!VENUE7ILLARD2Esisting arrest/hindering/delaying officer. Arrest by PC Sheriff ’s Office. s#HRISTOPHER"URGESS -EMORY,ANE"URGAW Possession of stolen goods, felony larceny, second degree burglary, driving while license revoked. Arrest by N.C. State Patrol. s3ALVATORE#ORRADENGO 'RANDVIEW$R3NEADS &ERRY0ROBATIONVIOLATIONTWOCOUNTS s$ARIUS $AVIS   3PRINGVILLE $R *ACKSONVILLE Driving while impaired, failure to dim headlights. Arrest by N.C. Hwy. Patrol. s&LORENCIO'UTIERREZ !NNABEL,N(AMPSTEAD Driving while impaired, failure to maintain lane control. Arrest by NC Hwy. Patrol. s0AGE(AIRE 0OINT#ASWELL2OAD!TKINSON Criminal contempt. Arrest by Burgaw Police Department. s$ALTON (ANCOCK   'AYES !VE (OLLY 2IDGE Possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Arrest by Topsail Beach Police Department. s2ICHARD(ANDY -ALLARD"AY2D(AMPSTEAD Driving while license revoked, operate vehicle with no insurance. Arrest by PC Sheriff ’s Office. s&ELIPE(ERNANDEZ 'ARCIA -ICHELLE,N2OCKY Point. Simple possession of marijuana, driving while impaired, possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Arrest by PC Sheriff ’s Office. s3HON(ODGES $ISNEY$R7ILMINGTON0OSsession of stolen firearm, possession of firearm by felon. Arrest by PC Sheriff ’s Office.

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Giving downed trees a new life By Lori Kirkpatrick Post & Voice Staff Writer Hampstead resident Eric ,OEWENHADNOTPICKEDUPA chainsaw since his younger DAYS GROWING UP IN ,EADville, Colorado. He had first started working with wood by helping a friend remove trees at ski resorts. They would chop down the trees, carry off the wood and sell it. At the time, he had no idea that what was once just hard work would someday become what he now refers to as chainsaw therapy. ,OEWEN AND HIS FAMily moved to Hampstead YEARSAGO ANDITWASNT until Hurricane Florence that he saw the need to pick up a chainsaw again. On the property that he and his family live on, they lost ABOUT  TREES !FTER HAVing the first half of them professionally removed, ,OEWEN DECIDED THAT HE could tackle the rest himself. That’s when he bought his first chainsaw and he cut down and removed the trees. 4HE ,OEWENS HAVE ALways been active. Eric’s WIFE *ENNIFER DESCRIBES themselves as a surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking kind of family. Their daughter, Zatha, is known as the Topsail High freshman who won the school’s first-ever state title in cross country. Their SON (ANS WASALWAYSQUITE the outdoorsman: a surfer, a kite surfer, a snowboarder and good at building things. Hans lived his life to the fullest, but sadly, his life was cut short during a tragic accident six years ago. It was after the hurricane when his father began to realize that working with wood was something that got him outside. It became therapeutic for him to work with his hands instead of

Shugarts accepts plea deal From Staff Reports Surf City Councilman *EREMY 3HUGARTS PLEADED guilty to one count of a Class 2 misdemeanor elections violation in Burgaw *AN3HUGARTSHADBEEN charged in August with six felony counts of elections violations. Fo l l ow i n g S h u g a r t s COMPLETION  HOURS OF community service with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Superior Court


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Eric Loewen, Earl Saito, Jennifer Loewen, Matt Esteves, Bob Johannesen (Jennifer’s father) with his brain as he does at his job. $R %RIC ,OEWEN IS CURrently the chief consultING ENGINEER FOR 'ENERAL Electric, who supports the Advanced Reactor and Advanced Recycling Center, which couples electro-metallurgical processing and the PRISM sodium cooled REACTOR !CCORDING TO '%S website, his current work involves leading efforts to deploy the PRISM integral fast reactor. He was featured in Esquire Magazine’s AND"ESTAND"RIGHTEST issues. ,OEWENGOTTHEIDEAFOR harvesting the wood from his property when the family decided to make an outdoor screened in porch that they called the Hans Hut, in memory of their son. The porch was under construction when Florence hit and their contractor went off to help people move back into their homes, postponing the porch projECT )N THE MEANTIME ,OEwen had cut one of the fallen trees, hand-milled it

with a chainsaw and made a mantle for the Hans Hut. Then he got interested in more chain sawing and found out about Alaskan chainsaw milling. “We started utilizing the chainsaw mill on the trees and it cuts nice, flat planks for us at any depth,� said *ENNIFER h7HEN %RIC WAS driving by this big old tree at Washington Acres, he saw the sign that the owner -ARKUS 3CHMID HAD PUT up that said ‘free wood.’ At first, Eric thought it was just scrap wood; but when he realized the size of it, he contacted the owner and he said come take away whatever you want.� Schmid won’t need the big portions of the tree gone until later, when he PLANS TO BUILD A 'ERMAN bakery at the site. Since THE,OEWENSLEARNEDABOUT the tree, they have been spending their time at the tree planking the wood, WHICHISESTIMATEDTOBE years old. “This tree is one of the brother or sister trees to

the Washington tree, where 'EORGE7ASHINGTONSUPPOSedly had lunch under that tree. This tree had fallen during Florence, and the inside core has been eaten by bore beetles. We’ve been slowly blowing them out, but the outside planks are just beautiful live oak,� said *ENNIFER The wood will take at least a year per inch to cure. They are carefully stacking the wood with flats between the planks and with weight on top of it all so that the wood will not bow. After the natural air drying process is complete, up to three years from now, they plan to make some furniture for their family including coffee tables, end tables, dining room tables and shelves. “We’re trying to just take something old and fallen, and we’re going to eventually make beautiful things OUTOF IT vSAID*ENNIFER To learn more about the inspirational story of Hans ,OEWENANDHISFAMILY VISIT WWW(ANS,OEWENCOM

Raise The Bar offers unique approach to healing By Lori Kirkpatrick Post & Voice Staff Writer As the name indicates, it is their mission to “Raise The Bar� of present healthcare standards. Raise the Bar Therapy, located in Hampstead, provides an integrative approach to healing. The group of therapists offer one-on-one physical, occupational, feeding and speech-language therapy, as well as a holistic approach that may also be utilized to further promote overall health. At Raise The Bar, they work to do more than just treat the symptoms; but to uncover and address the root of the problem that is causing the dysfunction. Raise the Bar founder and owner Michelle Biele believes that the mindbody-spirit approach is a vital part of healing. An Occupational Therapist,

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to treat the symptom and the problem. “We’re trying so hard to provide something in the community that it doesn’t already have,� began Biele. “We’re the only multidisciplinary therapy clinic that has physical, occupational and speech therapy for

both adults and pediatrics. We’re lucky enough to have a big place where we have two separate gyms. We have the adult gym where we treat those 21 and over, and we have a full sensory gym that my husband built. We have a ball pit, rock walls, zipline and the crash pad for the Physical Therapist to use.� At Raise the Bar, there is a restorative medical tattoo artist that does postmastectomy tattoos. They also have a play therapist that works with many kids referred by DHHS. While some children are unable to talk about how they feel in therapy, the therapist works with them through play. A psychiatric nurse practitioner provides ADHD and autism testing and therapy. There are also two massage therapy practices there, including Healing Hippie

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Regina Hill Post & Voice Columnist

Money pit My fellow Americans, we are being duped. Special credit card offers and deferred payment plans give the illusion that we can have whatever we’d like immediately-if not sooner. After all, we deserve it. It matters not that the bank account suggests otherwise. For most, out of sight means out of mind. We enjoy the little luxuries until due dates loom and payments accrue. Financial literacy has gone out the window and I have fallen prey to this mentality. The most basic of human needs, coffee, has even become big business. A regular cup of coffee is no longer up to par for our palates. We must have frappuccinos, cappuccinos, lattes and mochas-all of which come with a hefty price tag. $10 is debited to my account as I sip on my cup of milk froth. The line wraps around the business, so it must be okay. What are we thinking? As a teacher, I am paid once a month yet, after three days, I’m down to double digits. I’m troubled by my ease of spending and trace my downfall to eating out. The convenience and ease make a trip to the drive through an attractive option. I reason to myself that I’ll cook dinner the rest of the week and that we are not throwing money at ridiculously overpriced options. After all, in some places consumers shell out big money to eat miniscule amounts of foods that make me mentally gag. Escargot is one example. While the act of eating snails dates to prehistoric man, the Romans were the first to hail it as a delicacy. The French, not to be outdone, took this gourmet gastropod to the next level. Plates with snailsized indentions along with snail tongs and snail forks for easily extracting slug meat were designed to provide yet one more reminder that a snail was about to grace the palate. The effort to hunt, cook and adorn a fancy plate seems to be a heavy investment for such a meager payout. Granted, snails are rich in protein and low in fat—perfect for Naked and Afraid contestants who might have limited options – snail versus a rotten ox leg. If you’ve never tried escargot and are willing to throw away 20 bucks for the tiny appetizer, be my guest. But, if I were you, I’d save the gag reflex and cash as escargot tastes just as you would expectlike snail dipped in garlic butter. I’m sure an earthworm dredged in a similar sauce would be comparable in texture and taste and Continued on page 4A

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A love of words, history, and Coca-Cola Around 2015 or so, Ray Wyche leaned around the corner of his cubicle and waved a pair of dollar bills at me. “Jefferson, if you’ll go get us a Coca-Cola, I’ll split it with you. You can keep the change.” I did get the drink (and gave him a dollar in change, against his wishes). This became a routine for us. Between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., if Ray was at the office, we would split a Coke. Ironically, I had just stopped drinking soft drinks, period, except for an occasional Sprite, which he considered “nasty.” So we each drank one to two Cokes a week, total. He finally explained one day that at his most recent doctor’s appointment, he was instructed to cease his 60-plus year habit of drinking a Coke a day. On his own, Ray decided that drinking a half-a-Coke was acceptable. I was not supposed to tell Miss Melba, but I suspect she knew, somehow. Ray Wyche went home last week; he was “only” 79 when I met him on my first full day at the News Reporter. He passed last week at age 92. “We need some new blood around here,” he sometimes said. “I’m too old for this. You’re here, so I can go home now and take a nap.” Ray joked constantly about being old. I don’t think he ever really recognized his age until the state told him (“Very politely,” he said) that he could not longer safely drive. I had the privilege of chauffeuring him to work a couple times a week, where he still proofread the paper, wrote an occasional feature or column, and kept up with the agriculture beat as long as he could. Our brief conversations on the way to and from the office were like opening a chest of gold coins. He would share stories about this house or that business, or the person who lived there who did something unusual or funny or tragic.

Jefferson Weaver When we moved to Hallsboro, it was like tearing the lid off that chest and throwing riches everywhere. I couldn’t keep up with everything he shared about his beloved community, where he was born and reared, survived the Depression, raised a family, was the postmaster, built a home and earned a reputation as a true Christian gentleman of the old school. When he finally got in his mind where we lived, he related a story about how before World War II, a railroad worker was trapped under the train one night, almost in what is now our front yard. Another man fetched the doctor, but ran away as an emergency amputation was performed right there on the tracks. The problem was that the nervous good Samaritan ran away carrying the lantern providing light for the surgery. The victim survived with one leg, but never forgave the runaway railworker. Mention a community, in Southeastern North Carolina, and Ray likely had a story about it. When I mentioned covering a meeting in Atkinson, Ray immediately related how a friend “from a well-respected Columbus County family” almost had an

embarrassing run-in with the law. Sugar was strictly rationed at the time due to the war effort, and having more than the law allowed was frowned upon. The gentleman in question was buying sugar in bulk for his illicit whiskey still; he was returning to Columbus County from a similarly-shady character near Burgaw when he had a tire blow out near Atkinson one rainy evening. The bootlegger had his spare tire on a “Continental” rack on the bumper of his car, to make room for more sugar as well as the finished product, which was in demand among the shipyard workers in Wilmington. The problem was that he lacked a tire tool. Who should come along but a Highway Patrolman. The trooper changed the tire (in the rain, no less) shook the bootlegger’s hand, and continued on his way, either oblivious to a half-ton of sugar in the trunk, or not wanting to deal with the extra paperwork. The bootlegger changed his ways a short time later. In his typical manner, Ray downplayed his service in the last months of World War II. He never saw combat, per se, but

Keeping tabs with a video monitor Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good home video monitoring devices that can help my sister and me keep an eye on our elderly mother? Over the holidays, we noticed that her health has slipped a bit, and would like to keep a closer eye on her. Worried Daughters Dear Worried, There are lot’s of great video monitoring cameras that can help families keep a watchful eye on an elderly parent from afar, but make sure it’s OK with your mom first. Many seniors find this type of “I’m watching you” technology to be an invasion of privacy, while others don’t mind and even welcome the idea. With that said, here are some top monitoring devices for keeping tabs on your mom. Video monitoring As the technology has improved and the costs have come down, video monitoring/surveillance cameras have become very popular for keeping an eye on your home, business, child or pet (via smartphone, tablet or computer), but they also work well for monitoring an elder loved one who lives alone. Most home video monitoring cameras today are sleek, small and easy to set up, but do require home Wi-Fi. Although camera capabilities will vary, the

best devices all provide wide-view angles, HD quality video, night vision, built-in motion and sound detection that can notify you when something is happening, and two-way audio that let’s you talk and listen. And, they also offer a video recording option (for an extra fee) that saves past video to a cloud, so you can rewind and review what you missed. One of the best products available today that does all this and more is the Nest Cam (, which costs $199, but if you want their video recording option, it’s an extra $100 per year for a 10-day video history, or $300/year for 30 days. Also check out the Piper NV (, which – at $279 – is more expensive than the Nest Cam but allows free Internet cloud storage. And the Simplicam (simplicam. com), which is the cheapest of the three but the video quality isn’t quite as good. They charge $150 for the camera, or $200 for the camera plus 24-hour video storage for one year. Sensor monitoring If your mom is uncomfortable with video moni-

toring, and doesn’t want you to be able to peek in on her whenever you want, another less invasive option to consider is a “sensor” monitoring system. These systems use small wireless sensors (not cameras) placed in key areas of your mom’s home that can detect changes in her activity patterns, and will notify you via text message, email or phone call if something out of the ordinary is happening. A great company that offers this technology is Silver Mother (, which provides small sensors that you attach to commonly used household objects like her pillbox, refrigerator door, TV remote, front door, etc. So, for example, if your mom didn’t pick up her pillbox to get her medicine or didn’t open the refrigerator door to make breakfast like she usually does, or if she left the house at a peculiar time you would be notified and could check on her. You can also check up on her anytime you want online or through their mobile app. Silver Mother costs $299 for four sensors, with no ongoing monthly service fees. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior. o rg. J i m M i l l e r i s a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

was part of the European Army of Occupation, a tense period after the Nazis were defeated, but outlaws and the Russians were an ever-present threat. He often mentioned how his unit had strict orders not to share their rations with the hungry German civilians – but naturally, Ray and some of the others did, anyway. That was just Ray’s heart. Ray loved to tell a story, and he loved the English language. He had a particularly pained, disgusted sound that he would make when he found an egregious error, and he was not shy about thumbing through his massive old dictionary to chase down the proper spelling or use of a particular word. It became a game for us sometimes, as I tried to find more archaic words to challenge his vocabulary and his dictionary. I didn’t win very often. Ray had no problem questioning anyone about anything that came up in conversation; he had an insatiable desire for all knowledge. He wanted to know how things were done, why, who did them, and what happened afterward. Ray Wyche had a love of the Bible. He regularly borrowed my office Bible, a large print King James, to double-check a passage he knew by heart. He noticed me reading one day, during a very dark time in 2012, and asked where I was. I told him I was in II Timothy. He quoted, almost word for word, from Chapter 4: 5 But watch thou in all things. Endure afflictions. Do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 6 for I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Ray then added, with a smile, “But I’m not ready to go right

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Tom Campbell

The transformative twenties The 1920s were known as the “Roaring Twenties,” a decade when electricity, telephones and radios became commonplace in most homes and automobiles were not just for the rich. Aside from the unfortunate (for some) introduction of prohibition and the disastrous (for most) Great Depression that closed the decade, the twenties was a decade of great innovation, growth and prosperity. For what will the decade of the 2020s be known in North Carolina? It’s one thing to predict

Continued on page 4A the coming year, but altogether another to make forecasts for a decade. To do so I consulted with a number of futurists I respect. One, Mike Walden, the NC State University Economist, said this will be known as a “transformative” decade. Individuals will be empowered through dramatic changes, a prospect both exciting and daunting. While improved technologies will increase information, products and services available, they will come with challenges to our privacy. More information about you, your spending, preferences and location will be known by others. Walden says our national economy has experienced the longest period of economic expansion in history - 11years - and foresees steady, but not dramatic growth for the coming decade. He predicts an average 2 percent increase of the gross domestic product. North Carolina suffered more during the recession and was slow rebounding but has made a steady and strong recovery, notably growth in the number of jobs. Walden doesn’t Continued on page 4A

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Continued from page 3A easily accessible at any local wetland free of charge. Maybe I should market these creatures as a delicacy, give them a fancy name and charge an exorbitant amount of money for the experience. #OMETOMYKITCHENAND sample the beau ver avec sauce à la crème (lovely worm in cream sauce). I’ll stuff my pockets with cash while you convince yourself that this dish is divine. Sounds like a win-win. It’s not only food items which are luring us into debt. When did fabric softener become so expensive? I stare at the $7 price labels and wonder if anyone feels the same. Even the generic choices are comparable to the organic, elite ones, which makes keeping my family April fresh quite the challenge. With the price of fabric softener, I’d expect to bump grocery carts with Queen Elizabeth. My family deserves a shirt that smells of fresh island breezes just as much as the next, but chicken wings and frozen

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Applications for Governor’s Volunteer Service Award now accepted Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award in Pender county. The Governors volunteer award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. Any person, group, entity from the public, nonprofit and private sector may be nominated for an award to their county co-ordinator. There are categories for the type of nominee (faith based, senior, youth, family, group,

business) Additional categories are based upon area of service The Governor Medallion award for volunteer service was implemented in 2006 to recognize the top 20-25 volunteers in THESTATEOF .ORTH#AROlina. Medallion award recipients are nominated at the county level by the county coordinator Only one Medallion nomination permitted per county. A statewide panel reviews and evaluates all these nominations to determine the recipients. Nominations for the Governors awards will be accepted on line or by using the nomination


use online technologies to monitor vital signs and make diagnoses. Patient outcomes and wellness will be major thrusts, as will more emphasis on primary healthcare providers. The current public-private system will remain. Obamacare will be restructured and, borrowing from education, patient vouchers may be issued. Hospital consolidations will begin unwinding, as they prove to neither significantly increase operating efficiency nor reduce costs. Education will be forced to change. School choice has reduced traditional public-school populations and been part of a re-segregation of k-12 education. Unsatisfactory student achievement progress will force .ORTH#AROLINATOREFORM education. Every student will have a tablet, Internet access, and instruction from master teachers online. Students will progress at their own pace as classrooms become online laboratories and teachers become mentors, enrichment providers and remediation coaches. Nationally recognized tests measure each student’s progress. In higher education declining birth rates and high costs will result in continued declines in college and university enrollments. Our 58

Continued from page 3A foresee a recession in our state, adding there might be growth pauses, but not big downturns. Urban and suburban areas will continue to attract new people but innovations, coupled with high costs of housing and office space will increase the number who telecommute from home, using virtualization to hold meetings, make presentations and conduct business. This should stimulate growth in exurban and some rural areas. Healthcare will be a major topic of the 2020s. Families can’t afford the increasing healthcare costs; neither can businesses. Increased competition will result from healthcare cost transparency, reformed insurance regulations that eliminate state barriers and redefine insurance groups, increased provider competition resulting from reductions in certificate of need regulations, expanded scope of practice approvals for nurse practitioners and physician assistants and changes that allow lower prescription prices while not stifling drug development. Telemedicine will become commonplace as providers

form These can be found ONTHE.##OMMISSIONON 6OLUNTEERISMAND#OMmunity service website at under the Volunteer Awards tab On line nominations will automatically be sent TOTHE0ENDER#OUNTY co-ordinator. If using the nomination form please send to: Barbara Mullins

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tian, gentleman, outstanding writer, proofreader, grammarian, historian, Sunday school teacher, postmaster and inspector, raconteur, scuba diver, “almost� WWII veteran, father, woodworker, husband, and mentor. I was also blessed to be able to call him my friend. Thank you, Brother 2AY7ELLTAKEITFROM here. You go on and take that nap.

#OMMUNITY#OLLEGESWILL emerge in importance as more students stay home and save expenses for their first two years of college and as business demands more vocational skills training. Increasing layoffs, due to automation and technology, will result in large numbers of working age people needing retraining. Distance learning will become commonplace. Next week in this space we will foresee the coming decade in politics, business, transportation

and consumer spending. Buckle up, the Twenties promise to be transformative. Tom Campbell is former assistant North Carolina State Treasurer and is creator/host of NC SPIN, a weekly statewide television discussion of NC issues that airs on UNC-TV main channel Fridays at 7:30pm, Sundays 12:30 p.m. and UNC North Carolina Channel Fridays at 10 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.. Contact him at

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By Rev. Ken Smith Contributing Writer And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. John 11:19 The day my grandfather took his last breath on this side of eternity I was there. His death left a giant hole in my heart. As a kid I thought my world had come crashing down. Faye Wells, my grandparent’s next door neighbor, had heard of his passing and came to the house with a box of Chinese Checkers. Mrs. Wells brought me this gift to show her sympathy. How could I know that thirty

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years later I would still be moved by her small act of kindness? When Lazarus had died his sisters mourned the loss of their brother. Word had been sent to Jesus that His friend Lazarus was sick and before Jesus arrived death had come. Before Jesus showed up to call Lazarus from the grave, the Gospel of John tells us that many Jews had visited to bring comfort to the family. Have you ever lost someone close to your heart? Maybe, it was a child that died at birth, a spouse who suffered with cancer and then passed onto eternity or a friend whose life was

cut short by a drunk driver. When we have a great loss in our lives we need a greater grace or the pain will be unbearable. The writer of Psalm 86:17 proclaims, “Show me a sign of your goodness; my enemies will see and be put to shame because You, Lord, have helped and comforted me.� The psalmist knew what God had done and was willing to declare it to others. Where is God when emotions run raw and a great hole of hurt embeds the heart? We don’t always understand the ways of God, but we can always count on Christ’s comfort. The Lord lingers long with

those caught in the pain of great loss. What other individuals cannot totally understand, our heavenly Father fully comprehends. Consider Psalm 119:76, “May your faithful love comfort me as you promised your servant.� Grace soothes the aching heart during the pain of loss. Christ’s comfort treats like a cool cough syrup flowing down an irritated throat. The Lord’s comfort has no limit in its capacity to cure. Christ gives us His comfort as an example of what we should extend to others. The apostle Paul shared an example in 2 Corinthians 7:6-7 an example of oth-

ers showing comfort, “But God, who comforts the humble, comforted us by the arrival of Titus, and not only by his arrival, but also by the comfort he received from you. He told us about your deep longing, your sorrow, and your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more.� This week I encourage you to show comfort to someone hurting, to offer grace that is not tightfisted. Do you know anyone that needs a listening ear, a silent prayer or a caring visit? As servants of Jesus we cannot allow our own busyness to stop us from showing comfort to those hurting? Even when Job

had lost everything he had others come and show him comfort. Job 42:11, “All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances came to his house and dined with him in his house. They sympathized with him and comforted him concerning all the adversity the Lord had brought on him. Each one gave him a qesitah and a gold earring.� It doesn’t take long to see someone struggling with a health, work or relational problems. When we show the love of Christ’s comfort, even by giving a box of Chinese Checkers, it will not only bless others, but we will also be blessed.

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Sunday School: Sunday 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study: 9:30-10:15 a.m. Children’s Biblical Studies (ages 3-12) from 10:45-11:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Men’s Breakfast, 2nd Sunday of Each Month, 8-9 a.m. CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP (CF2) Ladies’ Circle, 2nd Monday of Each Month, 6:30-8 p.m. RILEY’S CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH 10509 US Hwy. 117 S., Rocky Point Business Park Choir Practice & Bible Study, Tues., 7:30-9 p.m. Youth Group Every Other Wed. 6-7:30 p.m. 19845 NC Hwy. 210, Rocky Point, NC 28457 910-675-2127 Rocky Point, NC • 910-232-7759 Jim Herchenhahn / Pastor Worship Hours: Sunday Morning, 11 a.m. ROCKY POINT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Worship Services: 8:30 a.m. & 10:50 a.m. Youth each Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night, 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Ernie Sanchez located at the intersection of Hyw. 117 & 210 Pastor Mark Murphy Wednesday evenings: Meal at 6:00 p.m. / Study for all ages 7:00 p.m. Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Bible Study: Tuesday at 6 p.m. ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC CHURCH WESTVIEW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 18737 Hwy 17 North, Hampstead • 910-270-1477 CALVARY CHAPEL COMMUNITY CHURCH 5610 Hwy. 53 W • Burgaw, NC 28425 (Across from Pender High) Monsignor Joseph Ntuwa, Pastor 54 Camp Kirkwood Rd. • Watha, NC 28478 • 910-448-0919 Pastor Fred Roberts Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Weekend Mass Schedule: Hampstead - SAT 5 p.m., SUN 9 a.m. Pastor: Tony Fontana Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sun. Worship: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Surf City - SAT 5 p.m., SUN 9 & 11 a.m. (Memorial Day - Labor Day) MISSION BAPTIST CHURCH Bible Study: Wednesday 7 p.m. Youth Group: Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Daily Mass - Hampstead: TUES & WED 4p.m., THURS & FRI 9 a.m. 607 S. Walker Street • Burgaw, NC 28425 Confessions SAT 4-4:30 p.m. or by appt. JORDANS CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. 4670 Stag Park Rd. • Burgaw, NC 28425 • 910-259-5735 Wednesday Evening Dinner at 6:00 p.m. and classes at 6:45 p.m. CHAPEL BY THE BAY IN LANIER’S CAMPGROUND Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. 216 Michigan Avenue • Holly Ridge, N.C. 28445 FAITH HARBOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m.

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Bible Based Community Fellowship NEW Pender County Location 16660 Hwy 17 N. • Hampstead, NC 28443 (American Legion Building) 910-526-7890 Pastor: Monte Suggs

100 E. Bridgers Street • Burgaw, NC 28425 • 910-259-4310 Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. Wednesday evenings: Meal at 6 p.m. Prayer and Bible study for children, youth and adults 6:45 p.m.

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Yvette Marie Camps-Campins Yvette Marie CampsCampins (née Gioannetti), 85, of Surf City, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2 surrounded by loving family members. Yvette was predeceased by her devoted husband of 59 years, Francis Michael CampsCampins. They shared a lifetime of love and happiness with their children, grandchildren and many close friends in Connecticut and North Carolina. Yvette was born April 25, 1934 in New York City, the young est of three daughters of the late Albert and Maria (Schjolseth) Gioannetti, who had come to the United States from Trinidad. Yvette is also predeceased by her four sons, Rene Michael, Francis Mark, Joseph and Gerard and her sister, Rita Gomez. Yvette graduated from Mother Cabrini High School and from Thorpe Secretarial School. She spent most of her adult life in Norwalk, CT, where she raised her children, before retiring to Surf City, in 1999. She is survived by her daughter Julie and sonin-law, Michael Sandlin of Holly Ridge; grandchildren Victor, Joshua, and Tiana Avellino; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Richard Alexander of Fairfield, CT; grandchildren Michael and Mia; son Christiaan CampsCampins of Wakefield, MA

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Continued from page 1A ing new homes along the U.S. 117 corridor in Burgaw, but the existing sewer lines in that area are hindering new development. “The town has plenty of sewer capacity, but we can’t access it in some areas,” said Mayor Pete Cowan. “That is why we are looking at building

and granddaughter, Ava; son and daughter-in-law, Derek and Cheryl CampsCampins of Wakefield, MA, and grandchildren, Derek Joseph, Cole and Savannah. Yvette is also survived by her sister, Jeanne Gioannetti, nephews Richard and Peter Fernandez and their children and wives; her niece, Yvette Hofmeister and her husband, Jim; and sister-in-law, Mary Doreen DeLima and her husband Albert and their children. Yvette leaves behind many more family members and friends whom she truly cherished. She enjoyed entertaining her friends and family. Her favorite events were holidays and family gatherings. Yvette always provided a plentiful bounty of food, as well as unlimited laughter while playing board games and endless joy while singing and dancing to her favorite music. She enjoyed traveling and watching movies but above all, relished being at the beach. Nothing was more important to Yvette than her family and friends and spending quality time with each one. She was always at peace when surrounded by those she loved. She treated everyone as family and like they were the most important person in the world. A Christian memorial ceremony will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Church located at 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Yvette CampsCampins to MySmileTrain, https://www.smiletrain. org/donate/ways-donate. Share online condolences at

sa, Fla. received her wings Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. She was born Nov. 5, 1934 in Ivanhoe, the daughter of Earl Roscoe and Ruby Pearl Savage Barnhill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Dunn; grandson, Christopher Devon Dunn and brother, Buck Barnhill. Survivors include her daughter, Linda Barnhill (Chuck Robb); granddaughter, Daisey Pittman (Chad); great-grandchildren, Marcelo and Philep Pittman; brothers, Donald Barnhill (Pansy) and Tony Barnhill; and sisters, Wanda Bayles (Alec), Shelby Whitfield (Bill) and Elvina Alexander. Skeeter worked as a reGraveside services were 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 in Barnhill Cemetery in Ivanhoe with The Rev. Jerome Bullard conducting the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Skeeter’s memory to the Melech Hospice House, 11125 N 52nd Street, Tampa, FL 33617 Shared memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The family was served by QuinnMcGowen Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel.

His Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 2 p.m. in Hampstead United Methodist Church in Hampstead, NC. The family will receive friends and family one hour prior to the service. His inurnment will be in Lewis Memorial Park, Asheville, in the spring. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. West Ashely Chapel in Charleston SC. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Hampstead United Methodist Church in Hampstead for hurricane relief. Bor n Jan. 27, 1932 in Concord, Jim is the son of the late Smith Kay and Mary Margaret Barrier Patterson, and grandson of Mr. And Mrs. George Luther Barrier of Mt. Pleasant, and Mr. and Mrs. John Kay Patterson of Concord. He was preceded in death by his is wife, Mary Anne Bearden Patterson and his son, James Grey Patterson, Jr. Jim is survived by his daughter, Barrie Patterson Hinson and son in law Douglas Allen Hinson of Wadmalaw Island, SC, who have two daughters, Katherine Marie Hinson of Charleston, and Kelly Channing Hinson Bolin of Johns Island, SC. He also has a great grandson, Thomas Ward Bolin and another on the way. He is also survived by his son, John Mitchel Patterson of Asheville, and grandson, Noah Mitchell Patterson. Jim’s recipe for a great life, “Find someone to love with your whole heart, body and soul and pursue all your endeavors with passion, faithfulness and joy”. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.

Fear Care Center Jan. 6, 2020. She was born June 14, 1928, in Burgaw to the late Henry W. and Phedora Bordeaux Pridgen. Nette was predeceased by her husband, Raymond E. (Sarge) Campbell, and son-in-law, Thomas Gaskill; brothers, Harry Pridgen, Bobby Pridgen, and Merle Pridgen, and sister, Hazel Pridgen. Surviving are her sons, Ronald E. Campbell and Kevin J. Campbell (Ann) both of Wilmington; daughter, Terri Campbell Gaskill of Otway, NC. She is also survived by g randchildren, Melissa Campbell McLean, Kelli Gaskill, Daniel Gaskill (Windy), and Sara Campbell Crump; great-grandchildren, Austin Baker, Ryan McLean, and Abigail Gaskill; sisters, Julia Lueck, Betty White (FP), and Gail Moss (Bobby); and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at QuinnMcGowen Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel with The Rev. William Hill Pearsall conducting the service. The family received friends one hour prior to the time of the service. Burial followed in Riverview Memorial Park. Special thanks to Thomas Lee, MD, Darrell Foland, DC, and the staff of Elderhaus at the Lake for their loving care, compassion, and understanding. Shared memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The family was served by QuinnMcGowen Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel.

and formerly of Pineville passed gently from her earthly life Jan. 8, 2020 at Pender Memorial Hospital. She was born May 4, 1926 in Pender County where she grew up in the rural area of Atkinson. She was the daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Rena Ann West Bramble. In addition to her parents, Alice was proceeded in death by her husband, Robert James Henry; brother, William “Billy” Bramble and sister, Melva Bramble Chase. Alice is survived by her son, Grover Thomas Henry, Sr.; grandchildren, Karen McGowen and Grover Thomas Henry, Jr. (Dawn); great grandchildren, Alex, Nick, and Zack McGowen, Maggie Henry and Tristen Cox; sister-in-law, Lucille Bramble; several nieces and nephews that she dearly loved. The family received friends 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at QuinnMcGowen Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel with service at 11 a.m. Mr. Mike Bramble conducted the service. Alice was laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Robert, in Atkinson Cemetery. A special thank you to the skilled nursing staff at Pender Memorial Hospital and to Connie Wells. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to Caswell Presbyterian Church, PO Box 189, Atkinson, NC 28421 or to a cancer center of one’s choice. Shared memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The family was served Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.

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James Grey Patterson Sr. James Grey Patterson, Sr, 87, of Wadmalaw Island, SC, formerly of Hampstead, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

be able to provide these services. We take all insurances including Tricare. We treat a lot of the Camp Lejeune and Sneads Ferry veterans. We take VA, we take Medicaid we take what a lot of other people don’t,” said Biele. Biele said that everything has fallen into place, despite here concer ns when she first took over the 8,500-square feet of space at the former gover nment annex center.

They get referrals from primary care physicians and orthopedic surgeons, and they also take walkins. Anyone can come in for a free consultation with one of the therapists to learn about what would benefit them. They can then decide whether to go through their primary care or be treated at Raise the Bar privately. They will reduce the price as much as possible to make it more affordable for those not

covered by insurance. About 15 percent of Raise the Bar’s clients are from the military community. Since some insurance companies including Tricare are now starting to approve massage therapy under a licensed practitioner, Raise the Bar wants to get the word out to the veterans and active duty Marines. They can come in for a full hour and a half massage and have that covered by insurance.

“There are things that we do at Raise the Bar that is not your typical outpatient therapy setting. The reason I opened this is because the quality of care has suffered as Medicare’s rates have dropped and the private insurance companies don’t want to pay anymore - the patient is not getting what they need. I’m not in this to be a millionaire. I am in this to pay my bills and provide great quality care. I guar-

antee you, ten out of ten people that walk through our door will never go anywhere else because they see what we provide. We for m relationships with the patients, we have a really great staff and we provide some extra things that other people don’t,” said Biele. Raise the Bar Therapy is located at 8676 US Highway 17 N in Hampstead. They can be reached at (910) 821-1700.

new lines.” Existing sewer lines and lift stations in the area of the proposed project are at or near capacity, making it impossible to approve new development. The new infrastructure would connect with the existing main line to the Wallace wastewater plant. The preliminary engineering analysis indicates there is potential for up to 400 new homes in the U.S. 117 area – but only if the sewer

infrastructure is upgraded to handle the growth. The project is estimated cost is $2.1 million, with enough in the town’s water/sewer fund to handle the expenditure. The money would be paid back over time through system development fees on new homes. Burgaw closed its aging wastewater plant a number of years ago rather than attempt to expand the facility, which is located

near Burgaw Elementary School. Burgaw contracted with Wallace for wastewater service after Wallace found itself with excess capacity after the closure of several large industrial users. The old Burgaw wastewater plant was flooded during Hurricane Florence. “We would have been in serious trouble if we were still using that plant,” said Cowan.


between 11:35 p.m. Jan. 8 and 1:30 a.m. the following morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Highway Patrol at (919) 296-1311 or the SHP Communications Center at 1-800-334-7411.


Antoninette Pridgen “Nette” Campbell WILMINGTON -- Antoinette (Nette) Pridgen Campbell, 91, of Wilmington died peacefully at Lower Cape

Alice Bramble Henry BURGAW -- Alice Bramble Henry, 93, of Burgaw

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Bill Howard Outdoors

By Bill Howard Post & Voice Columnist

A few years ago something happened that shut down a United States military airfield. No, it wasn’t a blast of two missles from Iranians. Nor was it a threatening advertisement from a North Korean leader with bad videography editing skills. No, this was a bunch of birds. Each year around this time the northern coastal area of North Carolina and inland through the Pocosin Lakes region that includes Lake Phelps, Pungo Lake, Alligator Lake and even Mattamuskeet becomes home to two specific species of migratory vistors from the north. T he snow g eese are smaller than the common Canadian goose, are white and have black markings on their wingtips. They fly by the thousands and can fill up the sky. I remember on one hunt for another species we were looking across a field and saw a blurry swarm of white rising from Pungo Lake that looked almost like a living tornado. They swirled and swayed in a mesmerizing pattern from where something spooked them. It was an incredible sight as it filled the horizon upwards, and this was seen from approximately five miles away. One of the things I have not done yet but wish to one day (maybe this year?) is to go on a hunt for them. The other species I am mentioning is the tundra swan. This is the largest North American waterfowl than can be hunted and the

second largest waterfowl behind the trumpeter swan. The bird is an incredible vision of beautiful white feathers and massive size. The sector of swans that call North Carolina and neighboring Atlantic states home during the winter originate from the Arctic Ocean and fly south over the Great Lakes. They have been know to fly as high as five miles altitude in their V formations during the migrations. Mating for life, if one partner dies, the other may not mate again for three to five years if ever at all. Even when they return to their nesting grounds, it has been found that offspring will often make home nearby to parents, keeping family

units close. They are also a hearty bunch, able to fight off most predators while on nesting grounds, with brown bears and occasionally arctic foxes only taking young offspring. The adults have no natural predators. As you may see at times when studying various game animals, humans account for the largest predation. The group that migrates towards the Atlantic Coast is estimated around 150,000 in number. Hunters take roughly 4,000 each year on hunts, and another 6,000 is estimated to be taken by poachers or self-sustenance hunters. Tundra swan are limited for hunts, with lottery draws for permits available

in a few states. In North Carolina, the draw is in September to get permitted to hunt during the winter months with a limit of one bird. This seems to keep a nice balance, as the swan population has increased over the decades. There is also another group that nests in western Alaska and migrates towards California and neighboring areas. This group is actually losing population. While they can be hunted in Montana, Utah and Nevada, California does not permit hunting swans. Whether you hunt or not, it is definitely a sight to experience by taking a weekend to the Pocosin Lakes region during the next couple of months.

Pender County

Agenda Board of County Commissioners Meeting Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 4:00 PM Pender County Public Assembly Room 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC













Presentation of County Trade Pull Factors.


NC Cooperative Extension - Extension Family Youth Program (EFYP) Program Update


Update on Pender County Courthouse Remediation and Repairs






Town of Burgaw Government News



Approval of a Budget Amendment to Increase Health Department Revenues and Expenditures for Fiscal Year 2019-2020: $1,000.


Approval of a Budget Amendment to Increase Health Department Revenues and Expenditures for Fiscal Year 2019-2020: $50,000.


Approval to Accept a Donation for the Foster Care Children's Fund: $3,600.


Consideration to approve adding a Medical Lab Supervisor II to the Pender County Pay Classification Plan and to Reclassify a Medical Lab Tech I to a Medical Lab Supervisor II.

The Burgaw Tourism Development Authority (TDA) will hold a special meeting, Community Business Workshop, on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Burgaw Train Depot, located at 115 S. Dickerson Street, Burgaw. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss ways to promote tourism in collaboration with local businesses. All interested parties are invited to attend.


Approval of the Updated Pender County Personnel Policies.


Approval of a Purchase Order for 2 Replacement Work Trucks to Fairway Ford: $66,668.


Consideration of Appeal from Donald Sullivan.












Join us for a fun night of family Bingo on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the Burgaw Train Depot beginning at 6:30 PM. Limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, visit our website or contact our Parks & Recreation Department at 300-6401.

REFLECTIVE ADDRESS SIGNS AVAILABLE Reflective address signs are available for a small fee of ten dollars at the Burgaw Fire Department. Being able to identify address numbers enhances the productivity of the fire department when responding to an emergency. For more information please contact any member of the fire department or call 910-259-7494.



Resolution Requesting Approval of a Special Use Permit for the operation of a private cemetery.


Resolution Requesting Approval of a Special Use Permit for the operation of a vegetative recycling center.

Board of Adjustment Meeting Planning & Zoning Board Meeting Town offices closed for MLK Day Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting Family Bingo Night TDA Special Meeting


WANTED! A FEW GOOD MEN & WOMEN! VOLUNTEER! The Pender County Board of Commissioners will consider appointments to the following Boards/Commissions/Committees: # of Name of Board Vacancies Positions/Categories Advisory Board of Health 3 Dentist***, Engineer***, Optometrist***, Board of Adjustment 3 District 1, District 4, Alternate Industrial Facilities & Pollution Control Financing Auth. 7 Business/Insurance/Attorney/Banking Parks and Recreation Board 1 At-Large Southeastern Economic Development Commission 1 Citizen Representative District 1 = Upper Topsail; Surf City District 4 = Union; Penderlea; Grady; District 2 = Scotts Hill; Lower Topsail Columbia; Caswell; Canetuck District 3 = Rocky Point; Long Creek District 5 = Burgaw; Holly *** These positions can be temporarily filled by someone associated with this field who may not be currently licensed. Applications can be completed on-line at or write or call Melissa Long, Clerk to the Board, PO Box 5, Burgaw, NC 28425 (910) 259-1200, and complete an application.

For Immediate Release: Waiting Lists for Income-based Apartments are open to new applications The Pender County Housing Authority Waiting List for Applications known as Country Court Apartments at 10260 Highway 421, Currie, North Carolina, is open for new applications for a maximum of 20 applications at a time. Interested applicants must check with the Housing Authority for information on the status of the waiting list. A notice will be posted in a publicly accessible place notifying interested families of the waiting list’s current status. The waiting list will be purged every six months. Eligible families will pay a portion of rent based on their household’s income. Eligibility is based on household income, credit and criminal background requirements. Complete applications may be submitted in person to our office at 805 South Walker Street, Burgaw, NC between 9 am and 4 pm on the first business day each month when the list is open. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Call (910) 259.1208 or TDD 1(800)735-2962 for more information. “This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

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1/16/2020 NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS – EXPEDITED ACUISITION Notice is hereby given that Pender County is soliciting contractors and professional firms to perform acquisition work to be completed with HMGP Program funds. The County has received notice of a grant award from the NC Division of Emergency Management, which the County will utilize to undertake the expedited acquisition for approximately twenty-five (25) residential structures located in Pender County. The County will require the following services and supplies during implementation of this project: • • • • • • •

Registered land surveyor. Attorney. NC licensed general contractors. Residential building supplies. Demolition contractors. Asbestos assessment and abatement contractors. Real estate appraisers.

This publication is to notify interested parties that Pender County will utilize the following procedures, pertaining to equal opportunity employment and utilization of local businesses, during procurement of services and supplies necessary to complete these projects. 1. In accordance with Section 3 of the Housing and Community Development Act, Pender County will advertise locally for jobs, contracts, and supplies, and will encourage participation in these projects by businesses and workers located in Pender County, to the greatest extent possible. 2. Pender County will actively solicit minority- and female-owned businesses during procurement of supplies and contracts for these projects. 3. In order to encourage participation by Section 3, minority, and female individuals and business owners, the County will list all jobs available through this program with the Pender County office of the North Carolina Employment Security Commission; will maintain a list of job training and business development resources in the County Planning Department; and will list all contracts and supplies to be procured with the Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses, 1336 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1336, telephone number (919) 807-2330, or on the web at, and on the NC Interactive Purchasing System. 4. All individuals and/or historically underutilized businesses, including local, minority, and female-owned firms, who are interested in providing the services listed above, may register with the Pender County Planning and Community Development Department, 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425, telephone (910) 259-1202. Daniel Adams, CFM, Floodplain Administrator


January 22, 2020


7:00 p.m. LOCATION OF HEARINGS: THE PUBLIC HEARING NOTED WILL BE HELD IN THE AUDITORIUM AT THE HAMPSTEAD ANNEX, 15060 US HWY 17, HAMPSTEAD, NC 28443 Major Site Development Plan Revision & Major Site Development Plan Trask Land Company, applicant, on behalf of Pender Farm Commercial LLC and Dry Pond Partners LLC, owners, is requesting approval of a Major Site Development Plan and a Major Site Development Plan Revision for the construction and operation of three wells, associated well houses, and storage tanks in the previously approved Blake Farm Master Development Plan. The proposed development is located along the west side of US HWY 17, ±0.28 miles north of Sidbury Road (SR 1572) in the Topsail Township. The subject properties are zoned PD, Planned Development zoning district and may be further identified by Pender County PIN 3271-31-57570000 and 3271-21-6850-0000. For Additional Information: Contact Pender County Planning & Community Development 805 S Walker St Burgaw, NC 28425 Phone 910-259-1202

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS THE PENDER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING AS FOLLOWS: DATE OF HEARINGS: January 21, 2020 TIME OF HEARINGS: 7:00 PM LOCATION OF HEARINGS: THE PUBLIC HEARING NOTED WILL BE HELD IN THE PUBLIC MEETING ROOM AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE BUILDING ROOM 145, 805 SOUTH WALKER STREET, BURGAW, N.C. 28425 Special Use Permit Fred Jones, applicant, on behalf of Mary James, owner, is requesting approval of a Special Use Permit for the operation of a private cemetery. The subject property is zoned RA, Rural Agriculture zoning district and according to the Pender County Unified Development Ordinance, §5.2.3 ‘Table of Permitted Uses,’ a Private Cemetery Larger Than 6,000 sq. ft. is a permitted use via a Special Use Permit in the RA, Rural Agriculture zoning district. There is one (1) tract approximating ±11.46 acres associated with this request. The cemetery is proposed on approximately ±1.37 acres. The subject property is located on the west side of NC HWY 53 along McCarthey James Lane (Private), from which access to the subject property from NC HWY 53 is granted via a recorded access easement (MB 32/39). The property is located in the Holly Township and may be further identified by Pender County PIN 3394-65-1679-0000. Special Use Permit Branch and Brush Debris INC, applicant, on behalf of Barewood Services INC, Owner, is requesting approval of a Special Use Permit for the operation of a vegetative recycling center (NAICS 562219; Other Nonhazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal). The property is zoned GB, General Business zoning district and according to Pender County’s Unified Development Ordinance, Section 5.2.3 ‘Table of Permitted Uses,’ uses classified under NAICS 562219 ‘Other Nonhazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal’ are permitted via Special Use Permit in the GB, General Business zoning district. The subject property is located at 21435 US HWY 17 in the Topsail Township and may be further identified by Pender County PIN 4215-23-9366-0000. For Additional Information: Contact Pender County Planning & Community Development 805 S Walker St Burgaw, NC 28425 Phone 910 259-1202

PUBLIC NOTICE: SALE OF C OUNTY-OWNED PROPERTY The Board of County Commissioners of Pender County approved a resolution on January 6, 2020 for the private sale of 10 FEMA Temporary Housing Units to the local United Way with the specifications that the units must be used solely for the public purpose of assisting those in need as part of disaster recovery efforts forevermore. Consider this notice in compliance with requirements of N.C.G.S. § 160A-267 regarding advertisement of private sale.


Pender County Government Offices will be closed on the following dates in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday: Monday, January 20, 2020

NOTICE OF 2020 MARCH PRIMARY ELECTIONS The 2020 March Primary Elections will be held on Tuesday March 3, 2020 to elect the following contests: Presidential Preference, US Senate, US House of Rep Dist. 7, NC Governor, NC Lt Governor, NC Attorney General, NC Auditor, NC Commissioner of Agriculture, NC Commissioner of Insurance, NC Commissioner of Labor, NC Secretary of State, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, NC Treasurer, NC State Senate Dist. 8, NC District Court Judge District 5 Seat 8. Please note the following. • • • •

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Polls will be open from 6:30 am until 7:30 pm. Voters who are already registered need not re-register. Residents of the County who are not registered must register by 5:00 pm on Friday February 7, 2020 to vote in this election. Absentee ballots are allowed. Requests for an absentee ballot must be made in writing using a state approved form and be received by mail or in person in the Pender County Board of Elections office by 5:00 pm on February 25, 2020. th th One-stop early voting will be available February 13 -February 28 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM until 7:30 PM. th And Saturday February 29 from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the following locations: Board of Elections Office Cape Fear Community College Pender County Annex 807 S. Walker St Burgaw, NC 621 NC Hwy 210 E Hampstead NC 15060 US HWY 17 Hampstead NC th th th nd The Board of Elections will meet on February 11 , 18 , 25 and March 2 at 6:00 pm and again at rd 2:00 pm on March 3 , for the purpose of approving absentee ballot applications. th Supplemental absentee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on March 12 . Canvass will be held at 11:00 am th on March 13 . All meetings will be held in the Board of Elections office at 807 S. Walker Street, NC.

For additional information contact the Pender County Board of Elections at 910-259-1220. Russell Fawcett Chair, Pender County Board of Elections

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Small fruit production workshop offered in Pender County Are you interested in growing fruit for your personal use or for sale? If so, this workshop is for you. The workshop is set for Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Pender County Extension Office, 801 S. Walker St. in Burgaw. The cost of the workshop is $10 which includes lunch. The mor ning session will cover which small fruit crops thrive in coastal North Carolina as well as the details you need to know to grow them successfully.

After lunch, we will move outside for a pruning demonstration, so dress accordingly. Featured crops will be strawberries, blueberries, muscadine grapes and blackberries. Workshop speakers include Bill Cline, an extension specialist who has extensive experience in the production and disease management of blueberries, muscadines, and strawberries, and Dr. Mark Hoffmann, from NCSU Horticulture Science Department.

Hoffmann is the small fruit extension specialist and an assistant professor at North Carolina State University where he covers strawberry and grape production. To r e g i s t e r g o t o https://www.eventbrite. com/e/small-fruit-production-workshop-tickets85388662789?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Jan. 23. For more details call the Pender County Extension Office at 910-259-1235.

Vietnam Vets counseling moves to Leland Vietnam Veterans Chapter 885 announces the counseling services formerly provided at the chapter office by the Jacksonville Vet Center have been moved to Leland effective immediately.

The new location is the Leland Community Building 1490 Village Road NE. Call 910-577-1100 for details and ask for Joel. All veterans and/or their families are eligible for these services free of charge.

CHILI and BINGO January 31, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. St. Mary's Church 506 S. McNeil St. Burgaw, N. C. 28425 Tickets: Adults-$10.00 each Kids under 12 eat free! Come and enjoy Chili, Cornbread, Tea and Dessert. Ticket also includes BINGO card to be used for 6 games. Winners receive a cash prize of $10.00. If more than one winner-prize will be $5.00 each. Please join us for a FUN evening! Proceeds to be used for Children's Outreach Projects. Legal Notices Legal Notices STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF PENDER IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION COURT FILE #: 19-CVS-702 PENDER COUNTY Plaintiff(s), v. MICHAEL WALKER ROGERS, owner et. al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION TO: UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SARAH MICHAEL ROGERS Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-titled action. The nature of the relief sought is as follows: foreclosure sale to satisfy unpaid property taxes on your interest in the property sometimes briefly described as Section 1, Lot 2 Bannermans Bridge, Parcel ID Number 3350-46-7253-0000 more fully described in the complaint. Plaintiff seeks to extinguish any and all claim or interest that you may have in the property. You are required to make defense to such pleading no later than March 2, 2020. This day, January 9, 2020. Scott G. Sherman, State Bar # 17596 Richard T. Rodgers, Jr., State Bar # 28777 ProTax, A Division of Sherman & Rodgers, PLLC PO Box 250; Burgaw, NC 28425 910-259-2615 (tel/fax); #8973 1/16, 1/23, 1/30/20

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF PENDER IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION COURT FILE #: 19-CVS-702 PENDER COUNTY Plaintiff(s), v. MICHAEL WALKER ROGERS, owner et. al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION TO: SARAH MICHAEL ROGERS Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-titled action. The nature of the relief sought is as follows: foreclosure sale to satisfy unpaid property taxes on your interest in the property sometimes briefly described as Section 1, Lot 2 Bannermans Bridge, Parcel ID Number 3350-46-7253-0000 more fully described in the complaint. Plaintiff seeks to extinguish any and all claim or interest that you may have in the property. You are required to make defense to such pleading no later than March 2, 2020. This day, January 9, 2020. Scott G. Sherman, State Bar # 17596 Richard T. Rodgers, Jr., State Bar # 28777 ProTax, A Division of Sherman & Rodgers, PLLC PO Box 250; Burgaw, NC 28425 910-259-2615 (tel/fax); #8974 1/16, 1/23, 1/30/20

Legal Notices STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF PENDER PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE’S NOTICE TO CREDITORS In Re the Estate of CAROL SHINGLETON TUCKER, Deceased Having qualified as Personal Representative of the Estate of CAROL SHINGLETON TUCKER, Deceased, late of PENDER County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms, corporations and/or other legal entities having claims against the Estate to present them to the undersigned at the address given below on or before April 18, 2020, or same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said Estate please make immediate payment. On this day: January 15, 2020 Dawn Shingleton Porter Personal Representative By Patricia M. Homa Attorney for the Estate c/o Patricia M. Homa, P.C. P. O. Box 1310 Hampstead, NC 28443 #8969 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6/20

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Legal Notices Legal Notices NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, PENDER COUNTY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Having qualified as Executrix of the estate of Sherry Layne Tanner, deceased, of Pender County, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of said decedent, Sherry Layne Tanner, to present them to the undersigned on or before April 30, 2020 at 6611 Dorrington Dr., Wilmington, NC 28412 or be barred from recovery. All persons indebted to said estate, please make immediate payment. This the 16th Day fo January, 2020. Leann Heath 6611 Dorrington Drive Wilmington, NC 28412 #8962 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6/20 NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, PENDER COUNTY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Having qualified as Executrix of the estate of Barbara R. Sellars, deceased, of Pender County, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of said decedent, Barbara R. Sellars, to present them to the undersigned on or before April 30, 2020 at P.O. Box 241, Burgaw, NC 28425 or be barred from recovery. All persons indebted to said estate, please make immediate payment. This the 16th Day fo January, 2020. Barbara S. Smith 4288 Penderlea Hwy. Watha, NC 28478 #8966 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6/20 NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, PENDER COUNTY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Having qualified as Executor of the estate of Linda Ramsey Sneeden, deceased, of Pender County, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of said decedent, Linda Ramsey Sneeden, to present them to the undersigned on or before April 30, 2020 at 113 Marlboro Farms Road, Rocky Point, NC 28457 or be barred from recovery. All persons indebted to said estate, please make immediate payment. This the 16th Day fo January, 2020. Wendy Sneeden Norris 2619 White Road Wilmington, NC 28411 #8963 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6/20 Southeastern Community and Family Services, Inc. Notice of Intent to Apply For Community Service Block Grant Southeastern Community and Family Services, Inc. announces its intent to apply for funding of the Community Service Block Grant by the Office of Economic Opportunity for fiscal year 2020 on February 15, 2020. The fiscal year runs July 1, 2020 thru June 30, 2021. The funding amount is tentatively $1,235,409 for the third year of the 3-year plan. With the Community Services Block Grant, SCFS, Inc. will administer the Family Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program. The Family Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program is a comprehensive, individualized assessment program that assists low wealth individuals in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Hoke, Pender, Robeson, and Scotland Counties to obtain skills and abilities to become economically independent through employment. Our strategy is to provide comprehensive services to approximately 260 participants to become more self-sufficient by providing job search assistance, workshops to upskill current skill sets, budget training, education assistance and direct assistance to aid families during their employment search. The purpose of the public announcement is to solicit public comments about the contents of the proposed Community Service Block Grant. The Southeastern Board of Directors will meet to review this application for approval on January 27, 2020 at 301 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC at 6:00 PM. Comments and/or questions are welcome from anyone desiring to do so at any time beginning January 16, 2020 – January 24, 2020. Copies of the proposed plan are available at the Neighborhood Service Centers and at the Main Office, 405 North Elm Street, Lumberton NC. Written comments/ questions may be sent to SCFS, P.O. Box 1025, Lumberton, NC 28359. #8970 1/16, 1/23/20 NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, PENDER COUNTY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Having qualified as Executor of the estate of Margaret Louise Bland, deceased, of Pender County, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of said decedent, Margaret Louise Bland, to present them to the undersigned on or before April 9, 2020 at 7662 Funston Rd. SE, Winnabow, NC 28479 or be barred from recovery. All persons indebted to said estate, please make immediate payment. This the 26th day of December, 2019. Michael Bland 7662 Funston Rd. SE Winnabow, NC 28479 #8953 12/26/2019, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16/2020

State of North Carolina County of PENDER IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK FILE NO.: 19 E 519 In the Matter of the Estate of CHARLES BRENT JARRELL Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS JEFFREY WATTS JARRELL, having qualified as Personal Representative of the Estate of CHARLES BRENT JARRELL, deceased, hereby notifies all persons, firms or corporations having claims against the decedent to exhibit same to the said CHARLES BRENT JARRELL at the address below on or before March 26, 2020 or this Notice may be pleaded in bar of any payment or recovery of same. All persons indebted to said decedent will please make immediate payment to the undersigned at the address set out below. This is the 26th day of December, 2019. JEFFREY WATTS JARRELL, Personal Representative Estate of CHARLES BRENT JARRELL c/o KINCAID & ASSOC., PLLC 5215 Junction Circle, Suite 100 Wilmington, NC 28412 #8954 12/26/2019, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16/2020 NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, PENDER COUNTY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of James E. Ferrell, Jr., deceased, of Pender County, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of said decedent, James E. Ferrell, Jr., to present them to the undersigned on or before April 16, 2020 at 1316 Eastbourne Drive, Wilmington, NC 28411 or be barred from recovery. All persons indebted to said estate, please make immediate payment. This the 26th day of December, 2019. Rick Ferrell 1316 Eastbourne Drive Wilmington, NC 28411 #8956 12/26/2019, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16/2020 NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, PENDER COUNTY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Having qualified as Executor of the estate of Ozeen McLamb Tyler, deceased, of Pender County, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of said decedent, Ozeen McLamb Tyler, to present them to the undersigned on or before April 16, 2020 at 11986 Hwy. 210 S. Roseboro, NC 28382 or be barred from recovery. All persons indebted to said estate, please make immediate payment. This the 2nd Day fo January, 2020. James E. Rideen 11986 Hwy. 210 S. Roseboro, NC 28382 #8956 12/26/2019, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16/2020 STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF PENDER IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION COURT FILE #: 19-CVS-806 PENDER COUNTY Plaintiff(s), v. CAROLYN R. SHEPARD, owner et. al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION TO: UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CAROLYN R. SHEPARD Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-titled action. The nature of the relief sought is as follows: foreclosure sale to satisfy unpaid property taxes on your interest in the property sometimes briefly described as 2.02 acres more or less, Parcel ID Number 3393-83-28270000 more fully described in the complaint. Plaintiff seeks to extinguish any and all claim or interest that you may have in the property. You are required to make defense to such pleading no later than February 24, 2020. This day, January 3, 2020. Scott G. Sherman, State Bar # 17596 Richard T. Rodgers, Jr., State Bar # 28777 ProTax, A Division of Sherman & Rodgers, PLLC PO Box 250; Burgaw, NC 28425 910-259-2615 (tel/fax); #8961 1/9, 1/16, 1/23/20 NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, PENDER COUNTY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Having qualified as Executrix of the estate of Eddie Lynn Blizzard, deceased, of Pender County, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of said decedent, Eddie Lynn Blizzard, to present them to the undersigned on or before April 23, 2020 at 134 Borough Spur Road, Currie, NC 28435 or be barred from recovery. All persons indebted to said estate, please make immediate payment. This the 9th Day fo January, 2020. Tamela Staley Blizzard 134 Borough Spur Road Currie, NC 28435 #8960 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30/20

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Pender cagers roll over Dixon, SW Onslow Lady Patriots split conference tilts By Bobby Norris Post & Voice Sports Writer How good is the Pender Patriot men’s basketball team? The Pats have opened Coastal 8 Conference play with a 6-0 record. They have beaten their conference opponents by an average of 34 points a game and have three wins by 40 points or more. It is safe to say that the Coastal 8 Conference combatants hate to see that Pender County activity bus pull up. Last week the Pats played twice, beating Southwest Onslow 8134 at home and slamming Dixon 79-51 at their place. The lady Patriots beat Southwest 64-40 and fell to Dixon by 10 points. The Southwest Onslow Stallions are Known to have an abundance of athleticism and size. However, this years team looks much different than in teams of the past. The Pender Patriot men are poised to make a deep run in the state 1A playoffs and hope to end the conference season undefeated. That looks to be no problem. The Pats used a balanced scoring attack along with an outstanding performance by an attacking defense to overwhelm the Onslow County horses 81-34. Pender was on fire from the beginning. The defense

harassed the Stallions from the opening tip and the result was an early 8-1 lead. The lead reached 20-3 on an Asad Johnson bucket and a three by sharpshooter Jaxon Teachey set the score at 23-6 at the end of the first period. A three point bucket by junior phenom Jakwon Moore and another by Kyrese Dye gave the Pats a 29-6 lead. Coach Rayford Hankins went to his bench often and at one point substituted five players at a time. The Patriot bench outscored Southwest every time he went to them. The scoreboard read 51-14 at the half and the game was all but over. Moore opened the second half with a three pointer and Carr followed with a basket and the rout continued. Hankins went to his bench often and the result was a Pender win by 47 points. Jajuan Carr led the Patriots with 17 points and four rebounds. He also contributed four steals. Teachey had 13 points with freshman Kyrese Dye chipping in nine points and four boards. Next up was a trip to Dixon. The Bulldogs came into the game with an impressive 11-3 record and was 3-1 in conference play. However, they had not played the best of the best in the Pender Patriots. When the final horn blew, the Pats were 79-51 winners.

Pender went into the second quarter with an eight point lead stretched that led to 37-17 at the half. They extended the lead to 57-29 going into the fourth period and took the win. Carr led the Patriots with 30 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and four assists. Jakwon Moore chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds. Pender is 9-4 overall and 6-0 in Coastal 8 Conference play. They will be at Croatan on Friday Night. The Lady Patriots need to earn every win they can.

They struggled early in the year but have played much better as of late. That was evident when they hosted Southwest Onslow. They broke open a close game in the third quarter and took a 41-32 lead into the fourth period. They outscored the Lady Horses 23-8 in the final eight minutes to earn the win. The Pats were led by Tyanna Holmes. Three days later the Lady Pats fell to Dixon 4333. Pender is now 3-7 overall and 3-3 in conference play. They will be at Croatan on Friday night.

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Pender senior Jajuan Carr slams a basket during a home game.

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Lady Patriot Tyanna Holmes drives past two Southwest Onslow defenders tor two points.

Lady Titans slam Lejeune, men drop two games By Bobby Norris Post & Voice Sports Writer The Heide Trask Titan varsity men’s basketball team has had its share of struggles this year. They are off to a 6-7 start and have yet to learn how to finish games. That was evident last week when they traveled to Croatan to engage the Cougars in an important Coastal 8 Conference matchup. The Titans were up at the half and led 49-36 with just one quarter of the contest left to play. A 19-5 fourth period deficit that included several blown layups contributed to a 55-54 loss. The Titans outrebounded the Cougars and also had fewer turnovers, both remedies for success. However, a 7-for-14 effort at the charity stripe was the difference. Watson Orr led the Titans with 20 points, including three buckets from beyond the three point line. Tyran Pickett had eight points and 11 rebounds with Will Berry

adding nine points and seven boards. Three days later the Titans hosted a solid Lejeune Devil Pups team. The Devil pups were coming in fresh off a 76-28 thrashing of Richlands. The Titans were still smarting after their one point loss to Croatan. The Onslow County team broke open a close game in the fourth period and took a 77-63-win home with them. Trask looked sharp in the early going, taking a 17-9 lead behind the efforts of a superb inside-outside game that produced good looks for junior Will Berry. The athletic guard scored five in a row at one point and the Titans were on a roll. Lejeune settled down and went on a 12-0 run and took a 21-19 lead into the second period. The Titans went to a zone defense in the second period but it did not slow the Devil pups down. Lejeune used an 8-0 run to take a nine point lead. Watson Orr banged in

a three and Berry made a layup to cut the lead in half but the Pups held serve and took a nine point lead into the break. The Titans turned the ball over 11 times in the first half. If they were to have any chance in the final 16 minutes, they would have to take care of the ball. Trask opened the second half with an 8-2 run to cut the lead to four points. The Titan defense played well and the lead was cut the three going into the final quarter of play. Lejeune went on a 12-0 run to open the fourth quarter. Trask countered with a 4-0 run but Lejeune held serve. Trask cut the lead to 11 points late, but could not overcome the large deficit. Berry led the Titans with 10 points with Orr chipping in 10 points as well. Robert Pridgen had 12 points and five rebounds. The Titans are 6-7 overall and 1-4 in Coastal 8 play. They are idle until Friday

night. They will travel to Southwest Onslow. The Lady Titans found the rims unkind at Croatan. The Rocky Point squad shot just 15 percent from the floor including a 1 for 18 effort from three point range in falling 3920. The score was 18-6 at the half and 25-13 after three quarters of play. A good fourth period would have given the Lady Titans a chance but they were outscored 14-7 in the final eight minutes. Anisa Lewis was the only Titans to reach double digits. She scored 10 points and chipped in eight rebounds. Three days later the Titans got just what the doctor ordered, a very weak Lejeune team. The Titans slammed the winless Lady Devil pups 54-8. Lewis scored 31 points to lead the lady Titans. The Lady Titans are now 7-5 overall and 2-3 in Conference play. They will travel to Southwest Onslow on Friday night.

Topsail swim teams sweep MEC 3A meet By Lee Wagner Post & Voice Sports Writer Swimming: The Topsail girls’ and boys’ teams competed last Thursday against 3A foes South and West Brunswick and showed their dominance

as the girls rolled to 108 points to easily outdistance South Brunswick (86) and West Brunswick (52), while the boys hit the 135-point mark to swim away from the Cougars (86) and the Trojans (29). Madison Hoover was

the primary catalyst for the Lady Pirates with individual wins in the 100 backstroke (1:03.33) and the 200 freestyle (2:08.22) while swimming legs on the victorious 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

Also standing on the top step of the podium were Tihani Contreras with a win in the 50 freestyle (26.77) and Paiton Newbill by virtue of her 1:03.33 winning time in the 100

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Top Performers By Bobby Norris Post & Voice Sports Writer Last week the three county high school basketball teams were in action. There was some limited wrestling action as well. The Topsail wrestling team participated in the always tough Jolly Rogers invitational. Ethan Blevins and Lucas Cotto finished third in their respective weight classes for the Pirates. Trask hosted a tri match with Southwest Onslow and Croatan. Rogan Heath and Eric Sanchez each won twice while Jeffery Miles and freshman Christian Still each picked up a win. Pender picked up a win in a tri match, beating Lejeune. Da’Jron Smith won twice with Alvin Swinson earning a win. Smith also won against Dixon. The Topsail swim team beat West Brunswick. Madison Hoover was once again the best female swimmer at the meet. The Topsail boy’s basketball team had a rough week. Derek Gardner led all scorers in the loss to West Brunswick with 28 points and added six rebounds. Jackson Sullivan had 11 points and eight rebounds in the loss to Ashley. The Trask men dropped two games last week. Watson Orr led the Titans with 20 points, including three buckets from beyond the three-point line in a one point loss to Croatan. Tyran Pickett had eight points and 11 rebounds with Will Berry adding

nine points and seven boards. The Pender men keep on rolling. They demolished Southwest Onslow behind a total team effort. Jujuan Carr led the Patriots with 17 points and four rebounds. He also contributed four steals. Jaxon Teachey had 13 points with freshman Kyrese Dye chipping in nine points and four boards. In the win over Dixon, Carr led the Patriots with 30 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and four assists. Jakwon Moore chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds. The Trask Lady Titans split conference games last week. Anisa Lewis scored 31 points in the win over Lejeune. Leanna Pfeiffer had nine rebounds. The Pender ladies earned a 24 point win over Southwest Onslow behind the play of junior Tyanna Holmes. Shelby Parker (five points, eight rebounds) and freshman Lilah Johnson (13 points, four rebounds, three steals) led Topsail’s Lady Pirates in their loss to West Brunswick. Sydney Hartgrove had 15 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots and Julia Sullivan had seven points, 10 rebounds and two steals. This week’s top performer is Pender senior Jujuan Carr. He averaged 23.5 points a game in the Patriots two conference wins. He leads the Coastal 8 Conference in points per game, assists per game and steals per game.

Pirates fall in pair of conference road games By Lee Wagner Post & Voice Sports Writer It was a tough two days last week as the Topsail boys’ basketball team dropped back-to-back road games against tough Mid-Eastern 3A/4A Conference foes – the first to a very good – and athletic – Ashley squad, and the second to an equally athletic West Brunswick team. Truthfully, both games – especially the second one – were probably winnable. The effort was there but so were the mistakes, and that’s what did the Pirates in, way too

many mistakes (27 combined turnovers), missed opportunities on offense, defensive lapses, and rebounding or a lack thereof - on many occasions that led to easy put-backs by the opponent. The good news is they have had the better part of the week to regroup, thanks to exams, even though practice time is limited. The bad news – Hoggard (12-2, 5-0), North Brunswick (3-11, 0-5), Laney (8-5, 2-3), and New Hanover (9-3, 5-0) loom as the next four games on the schedule. Derek Gardner led all scorers with 28 points (six rebounds), inclusive of a 15-

for-16 effort from the free-throw line, but it was not enough to overcome the Trojans’6-9 senior Jadyn Parker and a balanced scoring effort in West Brunswick’s 62-53 win over Topsail in Shallotte. The Pirates (8-6, 2-3) fell behind early and trailed 15-8after the first period, but they never really got much closer as they were down by a 34-25 count at halftime and 48-37 after three quarters. Topsail got to within six at 52-46 with 3:37 left in the game thanks to 11 points (6-for-6 from the foul line) by Gardner, but five free throws from Trojan Chris-

tian Williams (10 points), and a 10-for-12 effort from the charity stripe helped create a 10-7 game-ending run that held the Pirates comeback effort at bay. Along with his 12 points, Parker had 14, rebounds and six blocked shots, as nine Trojans (11-3, 3-2) scored – six of them with six points or more. “They were more athletic and they were bigger than us but our guys played as hard as they could,” Pirate Coach Bob Barlett said. “They didn’t play perfectly

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On The Mat By Bobby Norris and Lee Wagner Post & Voice Sports Writers The three high school wrestling teams in the county have slowed sown a bit since the Christmas holidays. Pender High has wrestled an abbreviated schedule this season and Trask has taken to the mat just once since Christmas. Topsail has been a bit busier than the other two schools. Things will be picking up with conference tournaments right around the corner. Last Saturday Topsail went to Corinth Holders High School and finished 10th in the very tough and competitive 25-team Jolly Roger Tournament. Cardinal Gibbons won the event with 205 points with the Pirates 10th with 106.5 points. Freshman Ethan Blevins (32-3) was the top Pirate finisher with a third-place finish. Blevins had a bye in the opening round, then won two-straight bouts by fall – both in the first period

In My Opinion – before dropping a tough 2-0 decision to Cardinal Gibbons’ eventual champion Luke Kunath. Blevins then faced the same two wrestlers he pinned earlier and, again, decked both in the first period. Lucas Cotto (29-7) was fourth at 113 pounds. After a bye in the first round, Cotto was pinned by Rolesville’s eventual champion Mohammed Zaden, sending him into the consolation round. Cotto won two bouts by major decision and three by fall before losing an 8-5 decision in the third-place bout. Topsail’s Alex Hopper (36-6) was sixth at 138 and Pirate Daniel Arredondo (28-17) was fifth at 126. Last Wednesday the Pirates traveled to Hoggard and laid one on the Vikings in a 66-12 victory. Ethan Blevins (106), Jayden Orlando (132), Alex Hopper (138), Shawn Longo (145), Ethan Parker (152), Conner Kingsley (160), Joseph Kimberling (182), Damien Contreras (220), and Ty Brown (285) all won by fall for the Pirates. Topsail is at the Dan Varner Patriot Duals on


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Heath and Sanchez won while Jeffery Miles and freshman Christian Still each picked up a win. Pender picked up a win in a tri-match, beating Lejeune 36-15. They lost to Dixon 72-12. Da’Jron Smith won twice with Alvin Swinson earning a win.

Lady Pirates routed by Ashley, fall to Lady Trojans By Lee Wagner Post & Voice Sports Writer It was certainly not the best of weeks for the Topsail girls’ basketball team as they traveled to Ashley and found out just how good the Lady Screaming Eagles are – before heading to Shallotte where they suffered a six-point loss to a clearly inferior West Brunswick team, thanks to a 28-point, second-half effort by the Lady Trojans. Playing without two injured starters, the Lady Pirates saw a five-point halftime lead (21-16) dissipate under the weight of an 18-point third period that put the Lady Trojans up for good in a dispiriting 54-48 Topsail defeat at West Brunswick. Shelby Parker (five points, eight rebounds) scored all her points in the first quarter and fresh-

Roundup Continued from page 10A freestyle. Joining Hoover on the winning 200medley relay were Contreras, Newbill, and Julia Oakley, and the same quartet teamed up on the 400 freestyle relay.

Costin brings senior leadership to Trask Titans By Bobby Norris Post & Voice Sports Writer In the world of sports, many look at ones success or failures by the numbers. If you are not high upon the statistic list, you are deemed to be ordinary or even a failure. However, most coaches and many in the know will tell you that being successful is not always about how good your stats sheets looks. Case in point is Heide Trask senior Ladarius Costin. Mr. Costin is a good athlete. He may not be at or near the top of the stat sheet on any given day, but he brings much more than numbers to the table. He brings hard work and leadership to the team along with a strong will to win. Ladarius is in the midst of his senior season at Trask. He hopes his Titans win every game they play, but at the end of the day he will compete to the best of his ability.

man Lilah Johnson (13 points, four rebounds, three steals) hit the first of her trio of three-pointer to lead Topsail (11-4, 2-3) n the first period, but Lady Trojans freshman Zmyria Siler countered with eight of her team-high 14 points to give her team an early 11-10 lead. Sydney Hartgrove (15 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, two blocked shots) and Julia Sullivan (seven points, 10 rebounds, two steals) evenly split 10 points to spark an 11-5 second quarter that put Topsail up 21-16 at the intermission. But West Brunswick came out strong in the third quarter with a 9-2 run, led by a pair of treys from sophomore Gracie Elmore (13 points) to give the Lady Trojans a 25-23 lead with 3:54 left in the period – a lead they would

never relinquish. “We shot poorly inside last night, especially in the first half,” Topsail Coach Jay Kapiko said. “We gave away a lot of points in the first half where we could have extended our lead. We just have to bounce back, nobody is going to feel sorry for us.” Destiny Idol stepped up with five points, 11 rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot. The Topsail girls took the trip down College Road to Ashley and finished on the short end of a 63-28 pasting at the hands of the Lady Screaming Eagles. The Lady Pirates simply had no answer for Ashley’s incredible junior Saniya Rivers and her senior teammate Mia Seemadray. Rivers (26 points, 12 rebounds, five steals) went in, out, over, and around the Topsail defenders for

eight points in both the first and second quarters as Ashley jumped out to leads of 25-12 after the first period and 38-16 at halftime. When Rivers wasn’t tantalizing the Lady Pirates, Seemadray (16 points) was bombing away from threepoint range, hitting three treys on her way to eight first-quarter points and 11 of her 16 in the first half. Topsail had trouble handling Ashley’s pressure defense and tuned the ball over seven times in the first quarter and 15 times in the game. Hartgrove (nine points, six rebounds) and Sullivan (seven points, nine rebounds) were the only two Lady Pirates making any offensive in-roads, combining for 14 of Topsail’s 16 firsthalf points, and 16 of their

Individual second-place finishes went to Kylee Barkentin (200 freestyle), Oakley (100 freestyle), and Seleste Streck (500 freestyle). The Pirate boys won all 11 events on the card on their way to the 135 points. Individually, Chase Davis won the 100 backstroke and the 50 freestyle, Bailey MacVaugh won the 200

freestyle and the 100 freestyle, Nick Gallek won the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, and all three were on victorious relay teams. Liam McBride won the 100 butterfly, Devon Taylor came out on top in the 500 freestyle – followed by Tristen Deleon – and was on two winning relay teams, and Taylor won the

500 freestyle. Second-place honors went to DeLeon (500 freestyle), Taylor (200 individual medley), Jon Gallagher (100 backstroke), and Bradley Kimmel (100 breaststroke). Track & Field: The results of last Wednesday’s meet at Swansboro was not posted in ncmilesplit as of press time.

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Storied career winding down for Sullivan By Bobby Norris Post & Voice Sports Writer As a freshman at Topsail High School, Julia Sullivan showed great promise. She was a multi-sport star and excelled at most everything she did both in the classroom and in the sporting arena. Throughout her career she has gotten better at everything she has attempted. Miss Sullivan is now a senior and has showed great promise in one other aspect of her sporting life. She is a captain on the basketball team and wears that C proudly. Miss Sullivan leads both vocally and by example. She exemplifies class in everything she does on and off the court. With just over half a year left in her high school career, Julia has made her mark as a high school student-athlete. Those that know her can hardly wait to see what happens as she moves in her journey.

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When the conference realignment happened the last time there were those that hoped that the three area high schools would be put in a straight conference. No, I am not talking about lifestyle preferences. I am talking about a conference that is all one classification. From the outside looking in it does not appear to be a big deal. However, if you are a coach or an athletic director, it becomes a very big deal. The Trask Titans and Pender Patriots are in the Coastal 8 Conference. In that conference, there are three 1A schools and five 2A schools. Topsail High School is in the Mid-Eastern Conference. There are five 3A schools and three 4A schools in this conference. This poses a problem when the playoffs roll around. For Trask and Pender, they have to keep an eye on their fellow classification mates in their conference. For instance, the Patriots need to do well against Lejeune and East Carteret. If they finish ahead of them in the conference they are guaranteed a playoff berth. They could beat everybody in the conference but lose to those two and fail to make the playoffs. Of course, we know that won’t happen because the Patriots are going to go undefeated in the conference this year. For Trask, they have to beat the 2A schools. They could lose to pender, Lejeune and East Carteret and finish ahead of the other four 2A schools and they would be in.

Pirates Continued from page 10A at times, we had way too many unforced errors, but I’ll tell you what, if we play with that effort every night going forward we’ll do fine the rest of the year. Tuesday the Pirates journeyed down to Ashley and fell victim to a 26point fourth quarter in a 64-53 loss to the Screaming Eagles. Topsail struggled to open the game, falling behind 16-9 after the first quarter as Ashley rode a 10-3 period-closing finish run over the final 3:46 to achieve their seven point advantage. The Pirates rallied behind Sullivan (11 points,

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For Topsail, it is the same deal. They have to finish ahead of the other four 3A schools to be guaranteed a playoff berth. It is more important in some sports than in others. In football, you play someone one time. You may be better than someone but have a bad day and get beat. You could be done. Topsail can go undefeated in nonconference play and then play three 4A teams and get beat. It hurts their overall record. throw in the fact that New Hanover County High schools have an open enrollment and there you go. Don’t get me started on that. I believe that the realignment is scheduled for next year although I hear rumors it will be pushed back a year. When this happens, I hope that the state finds a way to do away with split conferences. It would be nice to see Topsail in a straight 3A conference where everything is cut and dried. The same goes for Pender and Trask. It is much easier to decipher and is easier on the folks making schedules. Of course, as I have said many times, this is just my opinion.

eight rebounds) in the second quarter to narrow the deficit to 26-23 at the intermission, and utilized a nine-point effort by Will Pressler (five boards) as the catalyst to a 14-12 thirdperiod differential that closed the deficit to 38-37. But the Screaming Eagles drained four threepointers, two by sophomore Bryon Byers (10 points) and two from junior Robbie Helmus (12 points) to go along with eight points from sophomore leading scorer Mikhail Pocknett (25 points, 10 rebounds) in a quarter-opening 15-8 burst to run away from the Pirates. The Pirates have a light week this week due to exams. They play host to Hoggard on Friday.

Advertise Today! 910-259-9111. Robinson plays hard for the Lady Patriots By Bobby Norris Post & Voice Sports Writer As a freshman on the Pender Lady Patriot basketball team, junior Sonti Robinson showed great promise. She ran the floor well and could score the basketball. However, her best attribute was her ability to rebound. She was a huge presence in the paint and had a natural knack for being in position to rebound. She continued that style of play and now is a junior under first year coach Ebony Fields. Although her numbers are not as good as they were a year ago, she seems to be growing accustomed to Coach Fields style of play. Miss Robinson is especially strong on the offensive boards. She can rebound and score with the best of them. When her career is all said and done, she will be remembered for playing hard.

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The Pender County Library will host Fresh Start Rescue Jan 18 at the Burgaw and Hampstead locations. The local rescue will present a hands-on program for all ages featuring lizards, snakes and tortoises. The Burgaw program is at 10 a.m. and Hampstead at 1 p.m.

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game total of 28. “I think we were a little like deer in the headlights in the beginning,” Kapiko said. “We executed in the beginning what we wanted to do, partially. We did get some good looks but we

couldn’t throw it in the ocean.” Topsail was 11-for-47 from the field, inclusive of a 4-for-24 effort in the second half. Losing junior forward and starter Bella Kross early didn’t help the cause. “Not to make excuses but we were already one starter down (Savannah Lambert) and we lost Bella early in

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Contributing Writer Here are some comfort food recipes for these very chilly days. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something very comforting about a moist roast loin of pork. For an added flavor the bacon strips give the pork a delicious light flavor. Serving the pork medium rare is usually a more flavorful choice. Do not overcook or dry out the pork. The gravy recipe may be doubled if more gravy is desired. I like to add some dry white wine to my gravy to meld the flavors. Enjoy. Pork loin wrapped in bacon 2-3 pound boneless top loin pork roast 1 teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon ground thyme 1 teaspoon garlic powder 6-8 slices smoked bacon, slightly cooked 2 large sweet onions, cut into wedges 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed Optional: Cranberry sauce or applesauce Gravy ½ cup water or apple juice or white wine 1-2 tablespoons corn starch, depending on thickness of

gravy ¼ cup water ¼-½ teaspoons g round thyme, to taste 1 tablespoon Gravy Master Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet slightly cook the bacon strips. Use one tablespoon of bacon drippings to rub over pork loin. Reserve more drippings for onions. In a small bowl evenly mix together onion powder, garlic powder, and thyme. Rub this over the outside of the pork loin. Place pork on rack in a shallow roasting pan; lay partially cooked bacon strips over the pork crosswise. Place onion wedges around pork in baking pan, drizzle with some bacon drippings, and sprinkle with rosemary. Roast uncovered for 45-60 minutes until meat thermometer measures 150 (medium rare) to 160 degrees (medium). Turn onions every 20 minutes. Transfer roast to serving platter and tent with foil. Remove onions to a heated bowl. Heat roasting pan over high heat until juices sizzle. Add ½ cup water, wine, or apple juice, bring to a boil and scrape up browned bits. In a cup add 1-2 tablespoons corn starch and ¼ cup water, stir until smooth, add to pan and stir, add ¼-½ teaspoon ground thyme, stir, add Gravy Master, salt and pepper to taste, stir and heat through. Remove from heat, drizzle over sliced pork and serve. Chilled cranberry sauce

or applesauce goes well with this dish. Brussels sprouts and bacon 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, cut in half lengthwise 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced 4 slices smoked bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled 2-3 tablespoons bacon drippings In a skillet cook bacon until crisp, place on paper towels to drain, cool and crumble. Set aside. Reserve 2-3 tablespoons bacon drippings in pan, sauté sliced onion until soft, add Brussels sprouts and sauté until tender and slightly golden brown. Stir in crumbled crisply cooked bacon and serve hot. Mashed potatoes with fried onions 4 medium white potatoes, cut into one inch pieces 2 bay leaves 1 chicken bouillon cube Seasoned salt, to taste 4 tablespoons butter ¼ cup sour cream Warm milk 6 slices smoked bacon, cooked crisply and crumbled 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 2 cups French fried onions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot place potato pieces and cover with water by one inch, add chicken bouillon cube and bay leaves. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until potatoes are tender, drain, discard bay leaves. Mash potatoes with a potato masher, add butter and stir in until melted, add

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sour cream and seasoned salt, mix evenly. Add milk, stirring, to make a desired consistency, but not soupy. Layer half the potatoes in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, sprinkle with half the crumbled crisp bacon, one cup shredded cheese, and one cup French fried onions. Top with remaining potatoes, spreading evenly. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through. Top with remaining bacon, cheese, and onions. Bake 5-8 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Chopped pecan tea cakes 1 cup butter, softened ½ cup confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla ½ teaspoon almond flavoring 2¼ cups unbleached allpurpose flour ¾ cup finely chopped toasted pecans Pinch of salt Confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl blend together butter, ½ cup confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar, vanilla, and almond flavoring. Stir in salt, then nuts, then flour and mix until dough holds together. Shape dough into one inch balls. Place about one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set, but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack, about 3-5 minutes. Roll warm cookies in confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar; cool on wire rack then roll in confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar again.

Topsail Basketball Association update By Bob Willard Special to the Post & Voice Topsail Basketball Association swung back into action on Saturday with a full slate of games, with the following results and highlights. In high school boys division, the morning opened with a well-played contest SEEING6ICKI3TOWESPOTREAL estate edging Cherubini Orthodontics 43-38 led by Benjamin Scarboroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10point contribution. Presley Sholar tossed in 16 for the orthodontics squad, only in a losing cause. Prism Custom Painting, behind the scoring of Ian Lister, 11 points, downed Dicks Sporting Goods 39-15, while the squad sponsored by Harris Teeter dumped Ogden Tap Room 49-8. Peyton St. Leger and Ronan Lodato were high point getters for the grocery guys with 15 and 11 points respectively. Dwyer Electric, representing the sixth through ninth grade girls division of TBA, led the way outSCORING 4HE +ITCHEN -AN 23-10. Brooklyn Beatty led all scorers flipping in 12 points for the Electricians. Homiak Transport over Coastal Fitness Center 20-

10, as Ryan Lambert led the transportation attack with 10 markers. In the fifth-sixth grade boys division, and in a very well played game, Reliant Roofing held off a last quarter run and upended Renovation Church 26-22. Jaxon Lawrence and Tripp Dugan led the scoring for the roofers. With the score tied at 16 after three quarters, Sport Shots outscored Breakaway Fitness and Performance by one point in the final quarter to take the win 21-20. Jack Gregory had 13 counters for the fitness guys in a losing cause. .ORTH3TATE!CCEPTANCERALlied in the final quarter of play to post a 46-38 victory in the scorebook. Mason French served up 23 big POINTS FOR THE .ORTH 3TATE Acceptance squad. Rounding out the 5th/6th boys program for the day, JTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Brick Oven Pizza outscored TCL Marketing 34-18, behind a 15 point output from Mathias Bossi for the pizza guys. The final three games of the senior division of TBA started at 5 p.m., with the Paint Store of Hampstead prevailing over Tyler & Roth Executive Search, 44-34. Landon Cook with

11, and Bryce Foster with 10, led the Paint Store charge. Tristen Lodato was high gun for the executive search aggregation with 13. R J Miller Construction unloaded on Cape Fear Seafood Co. 50-40. Austin Hobson pumped in 22 points to lead the construction guys. And in the finale for the senior division, in a real old fashioned barn burner, Hwy. 55 eked out a victory downing Moore Distributing 32-31. Caden Wilson led the Hwy 55 attack with 22 points, while Tristen Robles hit the nets for 12 points, but in a losing cause. In the junior division of the 42-team TBA program, the co-ed first and second grade beginners saw the Bagel Bakery out score Discovery Place Childcare 12-10. Jensen Moore led the scoring for the bagel squad with eight points. !LL+INDS/F3TUFFBIZ CONtinued their winning ways with a 24-4 win over Artesian Pool & Spa led by Ella Findley and Dalton Rodgers, both tossing in 6 points. Isla Spa outgunned Hampstead Fence 20-10, led by a 14-point scoring spree by Clayton Rose. The girls third-fifth grade division took over the

courts at noon, and Pierpan Family Dentistry out shot R J Miller Construction 41-22. Sydney Manning led the dentistry scoring parade pouring in 20 points. Reagan Gwinn had a 12point performance for the construction aggregation, but in a losing cause. In a low scoring, but very competitive game, the score was recorded as Coury Science and Engineering over Locals Ice Cream, 16-14, however the official score book is under review as a possible posting error may or may not have occurred. More to come. The boys third-fifth grade boys took center stage, and the Darden Insurance Agency outlasted $ICKS 3PORTING 'OODS  20. Chase Wehri ticked the twines for 18 points. .UNZIOS 0IZZA OVER !Rtesian Pool & Spa 31-12, TARC Logistics overpowered TCL Marketing 36-26. :ANE.ATALIELEDTHE4!2# scoring with 12 points followed by John Sigmon with 10 markers. And in the junior divisional finale for THELONGDAY +ING#USTOM Hardwoods out shot the "URRITO 3HAK   *ACK $OMINOAND3AMMY+ACENda each tossed in 16 points

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