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Volume 48, No.32
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Pender County property revaluation at midpoint in process By Andy Pettigrew Post & Voice Publisher
nology than having people visit each piece of property in the county. â€œWe are trying to take more of a digital approach to the revaluation process this time. Itâ€™s more economical and efficient,â€? said Pound. All county properties that were accessible from public right of ways were imaged. The tax office also
The Pender County property revaluation has reached its midpoint in the process, according to Tax Assessor Justin Pound. Pound says the current revaluation process has relied more on tech-
Cutler tops Republican Pender Sheriffâ€™s race Alan Cutler took slightly more than 50 percent of the Republican ballots cast in the May 8 primary election in Pender County. Cutler will face.Lawrence Fennell in the November election for Sheriff. Randy Burton was second with 14.54 percent, followed by Chester Ward with 12.18 percent. Joe Cina, Larry Brown Jason Spivey and Jimmy Stokes all garnered votes in the single digit percentages. All vote tallies are unofficial. Pender County Clerk of Superior Court Elizabeth Craver will keep her job, as she defeated Republican challenger Susan Rooks Lunsford 72.4 percent to 27.96 percent. Craver will not face a Democrat challenger in November. Democrat June M. Rob-
connector in Hampstead. The project is a new street to run from Factory Road, behind the Hampstead Post Office, to Dan Owen Road between the Food Lion Shopping Center and the Post Office. The connector will allow Factory Road traffic to access the traffic light at Dan Owen and U.S. 17. â€œIt will be ready by midJune at the latest. Iâ€™ve asked for it to be done by the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Thatâ€™s what we are shooting for,â€? Piepmeyer said. Rain has slowed construction on the connector. â€œToo much water really set us back, but Iâ€™ve asked for them to work extended hours to get it done,â€œ said Piepmeyer. Commissioner David Williams said the connector is one of the biggest safety improvement projects in the area. â€œItâ€™s an economic boost too. I doubt very seriously there would be additions at the shopping center without the improvements in safety. There is a ripple affect from this project,â€? said Williams.
Pender County Commissioner David Piepmeyer announced at the May 7 Board of Commissioners meeting the Hampstead Bypass had been funded. â€œThe middle eight miles of the Hampstead Bypass, section A, is fully funded,â€? Piepmeyer said. â€œThey are acquiring land, full steam ahead.â€? Section A of the Hampstead Bypass â€“ connecting the Wilmington Bypass to N.C. 210 â€“ is now funded. Section B of the project, which runs from N.C. 210 connecting to U.S. 17 north of Topsail High School, is also funded for construction. The total Hampstead Bypass project consists of a 12-milelong highway with four interchanges, four overpasses and a total of 16 bridges. Pie pmeyer, who re presents Pender County on the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), also updated the Board on the progress of the Dan Owen
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Staff photos by Andy Pettigrew
Barbeque is sampled at the Port City Smokers tent at the annual Cape Fear BBQ Festival at Poplar Grove Plantation last weekend. See more photos of the event on Facebook.
U.S 17 section dedicated to Ambassador Sharpless From Staff Reports Ambassador Mattie R. Sharpless was honored in a dedication ceremony May 10 at Manhollow Missionary Baptist Church as a portion of U.S. Hwy. 17 was named in her honor. The North Carolina Department of Transportation dedicated signs along U.S. Hwy. 17 from Union Bethel Road to the Pender/Onslow county line in honor of Sharpless. A native of Hampstead and a graduate of Pender County Training School in Rocky Point, Sharpless was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Ambassador to the Central African Republic. She was nominated Oct. 1, 2001 and just weeks later was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She began working from the Central African Republicâ€™s capital, Bangui, by mid-December of the same year. She served as the U.S. Ambassador
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said. â€œThey will flag parcels that need further investigation. We are trying to only inspect properties that really need to be reviewed.â€? The other piece of the revaluation puzzle is the property tax values. Pound says at this point, itâ€™s diffi-
bins will be on the November ballot for the Board of Education Distric 4 seat, defeating Reginald Terrell Moore 60.35 percent to 39.65 percent. Robbins will face Republican Ken Smith in November. Republican Pender County Commissioner George Brown survived a scare as challenger David Fallin came within 38 votes of defeating him. Brown will run unopposed in November. In the Democrat County Commissionerâ€™s race for the District 1 nomination, Morgan A. Lashaw took the close race, defeating Dorothy Royal 51.4 percent to 48.96, with 41 votes separating the two. Lashaw will face incumbent Commissioner David Williams. Across the county, 16.09 percent of registered Pender voters cast ballots in the May 8 primary.
Hampstead DOT projects move ahead By Andy Pettigrew Post & Voice Publisher
the property. â€œRight now, the revaluation company has a team of people who have the property record, the street-level image, and the aerial image and compare and review the data. We have all this information on the parcels and the information is reviewed. Thatâ€™s were we are today,â€? Pound
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used aerial photos from the United State Geological Survey from 2016. The information from previous tax revaluations was compared against the current photographs to locate any possible changes in structures since the last revaluation. Pound says if changes were noted, tax office representatives were sent to inspect
for two years. Sharpless was not a career diplomat. She started her government career in 1965 with the Department of Agriculture (USDA). She worked
with the United States Foreign Agriculture Service. Joining in the dedication ceremony were Landon Zimmer, a member of the N.C. Board of Transportation; N.C.
District 5 Court Judge James H. Faison III, N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein, Pender County Commissioner David
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Pender County Arrest Report Information in this report is provided by the Pender County Sheriffâ€™s Department, which is responsible for the content. An arrest does not always result in a conviction in court.
s*USTIN 7ILLIAM !TKINS -OORES ,ANDING 2OAD Hampstead. Assault on a handicapped person. Arrest by Pender #OUNTY 3HERIFF S /FlCE 2ELEASED UNDER SECURED BOND s*OHN +EISTON !NDERSON ))) %4 "ATSON 2OAD "URGAW Domestic assault on a female. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff â€™s Office. Released with no bond listed. s%RICKA !TES 3ALEM 2OAD "URGAW -ISDEMEANOR probation violation. Arrest by Probation Officer. Incarcerated UNDER SECURED BOND s!VERY $RINARD "ANNERMAN -C#RARY 2OAD "URGAW Child support. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff â€™s Office. IncarCERATED UNDER CASH BOND s2EGINALD -AURICE "ROWN 5NION "ETHEL 2OAD (AMPstead. Possession with intent to manufacture, sell, distribute cocaine, sell cocaine, deliver cocaine, manufacture cocaine, felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia. Arrest BY 0ENDER #OUNTY 3HERIFF S /FlCE )NCARCERATED UNDER secured bond. s#HRISTA %VE $EGRECHIE 0OPE 2OAD 7ILLARD $RIVING WHILE IMPAIRED SPEEDING !RREST BY "URGAW 0OLICE $EPARTMENT 2ELEASED UNDER SECURED BOND s$OMINIC 3TANLEY $ORM &ENNELL 4OWN 2OAD 2OCKY Point. Possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver Schedule 4 Controlled Substance (three counts), simple possesSION OF 3CHEDULE #3 SIMPLE POSSESSION OF 3CHEDULE #3 TWO counts), manufacture Schedule 4 CS, maintain vehicle/dwelling /place for CS, felony possession of cocaine, manufacture cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver Schedule 1 CS, felony possession of Schedule 1 CS, manufacture Schedule 1 CS, possession of drug paraphernalia, robbery with dangerous weapon, conspiracy of robbery with a firearm/dangerous weapon. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff â€™s Office Incarcerated UNDER SECURED BOND s$AVID %AKINS .# (WY 7ILLARD $OMESTIC ASsault on a female (two counts), fictitious/altered title/registration/tag, driving while license revoked (two counts). Arrest by 0ENDER #OUNTY 3HERIFF S /FlCE 2ELEASED UNDER SECURED bond. s4YLER $AVIS &ARMER 3AGE $RIVE "URGAW &ALSE REPORT to police station, felony probation violation. Arrest by Pender #OUNTY 3HERIFF S /FlCE 2ELEASED UNDER SECURED BOND s2ANDY 6ANA (AILE "IG &OUR 2OAD #URRIE &ELONY LARCENY CONSPIRE TO COMMIT FELONY LARCENY !RREST BY "URGAW 0OLICE $EPARTMENT 2ELEASED UNDER BOND s*EREMY 3AMUEL (ARTS 0INEY 7OOD 2OAD 7ILLARD Felony probation violation, felony probation violation out of county (four counts). Arrest by Probation Officer. Released under SECURED BOND s+ENNETH 2ICHARD *AMES *R )NLET #T (AMPSTEAD $RIVING WHILE IMPAIRED POSSESSION OF 3CHEDULE #3 POSSESSION of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Arrest by Pender County 3HERIFF S /FlCE 2ELEASED UNDER SECURED BOND s#HARLES %DWARD *ONES -OCKINGBIRD 0LACE "URGAW Driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger. Arrest by .# (IGHWAY 0ATROL 2ELEASED UNDER SECURED BOND s!UTUMN "RITTANY +ESSEL 0EARSON ,ANE (AMPSTEAD Misdemeanor larceny. Arrest by Pender County Sheriffs office. 2ELEASED UNDER SECURED BOND s*OSEPH !NTHONY +RAKAUSKAS 4RADEWINDS $RIVE Hampstead. Driving while impaired motor boat/vessel. Arrest BY 3URF #ITY 0OLICE $EPARTMENT 2ELEASED UNDER SECURED bond. s&EARDEL #URTIS ,EE .EW 3AVANNAH 2OAD "URGAW Domestic assault on a female, domestic communicating threats. !RREST BY 0ENDER #OUNTY 3HERIFF S /FlCE 2ELEASED UNDER secured bond. s*USTIN $EWAINE ,ONG -ALLARD 2OOST $RIVE "URGAW Assault on a female, injury to personal property. Arrest by Pender
Pender EMS & Fire Report May 6-12
Pender EMS Report Total number of Patient Contacts: 199 Calls per Station Burgaw Station 1 38 Sloop Point Station 14 34 Hampstead Station 16 23 Surf City Station 23 20 Topsail Beach Station 4 3 Union Station 5 16 Rocky Point Station 7 35 Atkinson Station 9 20 Maple Hill Station 13 4 Scott Hill Station 18 0 Hwy 421 Station 29 6 Type of Calls Cancelled: 29 Refusals: 44 Stand By: 0 Transported: 111 Treated/released: 15 Fire Department Reports Total Calls: 48 Calls per Station Rescue Station 1 Burgaw 4 Fire Station 13 Maple Hill 0 Fire Station 14 Sloop Point 16 Fire Station 16 Hampstead 6 Fire Station 18 Scotts Hill 3 Fire Station 21 Long Creek 11 Fire Station 29 Hwy 421 8 EMS St. 4 Topsail Beach 0 Fire Call Type Summary Fire 5 Motor Vehicle Crash 4 Search and Rescue 0 EMS First Response 30 Cancelled 9 Ocean Rescue 0
#OUNTY 3HERIFF S /FlCE 2ELEASED UNDER SECURED BOND ÂŠ!RNAY -AJOR "IG &OUR 2OAD #URRIE &ELONY LARCENY conspire to commit felony larceny, resisting, obstructing, and DELAYING OFlCER !RREST BY "URGAW 0OLICE $EPARTMENT 2ELEASED UNDER SECURED BOND s*OHN !MERICUS -ALLORY .# (WY +ELLY (Abitual impaired driving, driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger. Arrest by N.C. Highway Patrol. Released under SECURED BOND s*ESSICA !SHLEY -ILLER 0ENDERLEAS (WY "URGAW Felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Arrest by Pender County 3HERIFF S /FlCE )NCARCERATED UNDER SECURED BOND s:EKE -ICHAEL ,YN -ODISETTE .# (WY 7ILLARD Misdemeanor probation violation (two counts). Released under SECURED BOND s*OSHUA +EVIN -OELLER "