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Pender County Schools will hold groundbreaking ceremonies for the Penderlea and Surf City bond projects Dec. 15-16 The school projects funding was approved by the Pender County Commissioners in November. The groundbreaking for Penderlea will take place at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Penderlea School, 82 Penderlea Road, Willard. T he Surf City project groundbreaking is scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Guests should park along Perkins Drive and Shepards Road. Please wear appropriate footwear and park under the power lines along Perkins Drive and Shepards Road by 1:30 p.m for transportation to the groundbreaking site. A reception will follow both events.

PMH recognized for quailty care Staff photos by Andy Pettigrew

Thousands lined the streets of Burgaw around the Courthouse Square for the annual Christmas Parade Saturday night. The Burgaw ArtBeat stilt walkers (above) were a colorful hit with the crowd as others from ArtBeat follow with the group’s wagon. County ďŹ reďŹ ghters honored fallen heroes with a 911 memorial oat. See more photos of the event on Facebook and Page 4B.       

From Staff Reports Pender Memorial Hospital has been recognized for overall excellence in quality by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for the second year in a row. Pender Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, is one of seven hospitals in the state to receive the recognition as a top quartile performer compared to rural acute care hospitals nationwide. “We are proud to again receive this recognition for providing patients with highquality care in their own community,� said Ruth Glaser, president of Pender Memorial Hospital. “Rural hospitals play a vital role in the well-being of the region, and we work hard to ensure our patients have access to the highest standard so they and their families can live healthy lives.� Hospitals were ranked according to the Hospital Strength INDEX, which includes data aggregated from 66 performance metrics for all rural and critical access



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From Staff Reports The Pender County Sheriff ’s Office seeks the public’s assistance in locating Jeremiah Wayne Lewis, who is a registered sex offender. Lewis left his address in Willard and his whereabouts are currently unknown. As a registered sex offender, Jeremiah Lewis has to report his address to the sheriff ’s office. As of Dec. 7, Lewis had left his Willard residence and is currently missing. There is a warrant for Lewis’ arrest for failing to report his change of address and it is possible he may currently be out-of-state. Lewis is listed on the state’s Sex offender registry as a recidivist offender after being

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Burgaw attorney Kent Harrell is sworn in as a Fifth Judicial District Superior Court Judge Sunday by Judge Jay Hockenbury at a ceremony held at the Pender County Courthouse. With Harrell are son Nathan, wife Mandy, and daughter Mackenzie.


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Arrest report Calvin Mitchell Bannerman, 48, 3900 Highway 117 Lot 12, Burgaw. Impeding traffic. Arrest by NC Highway Patrol. Released under $300 secured bond. Jaquan Bowen, 26, 601 N. Timberly Lane, Burgaw. Simple affray. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released under $4,000 secured bond. Zynekious Ky’Juada Brewington, 19, 24 Old Savannah Road, Burgaw. Sex offender use of a social website, probation violation. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Incarcerated under $5,000 secured bond. Abigail Elizabeth Brite, 21, 154 Amberleigh Drive, Wilmington. Possession of stolen goods, possession of a controlled substance, possession of prescription medicine outside of original container, driving while license revoked. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released under $5,000 secured bond. John Robert Calloway, 19, 191 Belt Road, Hampstead. Contributing to delinquency of a juvenile. Arrest by Surf City Police Department. Released under $1,200 secured bond. Derrick Wayne Charles, 25, 208 N. 11th Street, Wilmington. DWI, speeding, civil revocation. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released, no bond. Melinda Dawn Chaulk, 38, 306 Pondview Court, Hampstead. Second degree murder. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Incarcerated under $100,000 secured bond. Russell Bryan Coleman, 20, 65 Cheuffa Court, Rocky Point. Breaking and entering, trespassing. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released under $1,000 secured bond. Breia Marie Cooper, 42, 2082 NC Highway 172, Sneads Ferry. Driving while license revoked, expired registration, possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance on jail/ prison premises, possession of drug paraphernalia. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Incarcerated under $8,500 secured bond. Michael Andrew Cowan, 26, 125 Bellhammon Forest Drive, Rocky Point. Probation violation. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Incarcerated. Korey Austin Dial, 19, 122 Gladbrook Drive, Wilmington. Possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released under $1,100 secured bond. Larry Dixon Jr., 43, 2560 Halfway Branch School Road, Ivanhoe. Probation violation, DWI, driving while license revoked. Arrest by NC Highway Patrol. Incarcerated under $50,000 secured bond. Hayley Dubose, 17, 2719 Sappling Circle, Wilmington. Possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released under $1,000 secured bond. Tyler Davis Farmer, 22, 14565 Ashton Road 9, Rocky Point. Hiring with intent to defraud. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released under $300 secured bond. Joseph Carl Fisher, 37, 1525 Marine Drive, Wilmington. Child support. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Incarcerated. Matthew Zachery Flewwellen, 22, 314 Cape Fear Boulevard 17, Carolina Beach. Parole warrant, possession of stolen goods, possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Arrest by Burgaw Police Department. Incarcerated under $2,500 secured bond. Brandon Louis Gregory, 30, 217 Whispering Pines Court, Hampstead. Breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, obtaining property under false pretense. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Incarcerated under $3,000 secured bond.

Pender EMS & Fire Report Dec. 4-10 EMS Report Total number of Patient Contacts: 169 Calls per Station Burgaw Station 1 51 Sloop Point Station 14 19 Hampstead Station 16 22 Surf City Station 23 12 Topsail Beach Station 4 2 Union Station 5 14 Rocky Point Station 7 26 Maple Hill Station 8 5 Atkinson Station 9 15 Scott Hill Station 18 0 Hwy 421 South Station 29 3 Type of Calls Cancelled: 29 Refusals: 53 Transported: 77 Stand by: 1 Treated/released: 9 Fire Department Reports Total Calls: 43 Calls per Station Rescue Station 1 Burgaw 9 Fire Station 14 Sloop Point 6 Fire Station 16 Hampstead 2 Fire Station 18 Scotts Hill 7 Fire Station 21 Long Creek 7 Fire Station 29 421 South 12 Fire Call Type Summary Fire 10 Motor Vehicle Crash 9 Search and Rescue 0 EMS First Response 12 Cancelled 12 Ocean Rescue 0

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Brenda A. Harper, 55, 118 Gobbler Court, Rocky Point. DWI. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Incarcerated. Joseph William Holland, 46, 302 E. Seaview Road, Wilmington. Child support. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Incarcerated. Carly Keith, 16, 222 Hooker Road, Wilmington. Manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released under $15,000 secured bond. Timothy Earl Kenon, Jr., 27, no address given. Breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods. Arrest by Tabor Correctional. Released, no bond. Melissa Jenness Longnecker, 37, 44 Kimwood Lane, Rocky Point. Assault with a deadly weapon. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released under $3,000 secured bond. Gordon Tyrone McAllister, 58, 218 Crooked Creek Drive, Burgaw. Criminal trespass. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released under $2,500 secured bond. Alan Art Morton, 55, 3611 Tulsa Road, Gwynn Oak, MD. DWI. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released, no bond. Joie Blevins Parks, 53, 755 2nd Rainbow S., Lexington. DWI, reckless driving to endanger. Arrest by NC Highway Patrol. Released under $1,000 secured bond. Thomas Alan Phelan, 57, 141 Renee Drive, Hampstead. Injury to personal property, communicating threats. Arrest by Burgaw Police Department. Released under $1,200 secured bond. Ruthie Ann Rivenbark, 34, 1017 West Wilmington Street, Burgaw. Larceny, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia. Arrest by Burgaw Police Department. Incarcerated under $2,200 secured bond. Stacy Allen Rogers, 47, 295 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington. Robbery with a dangerous weapon. Arrest by Tabor Correctional. Released, no bond. Justus William Simmons, 33, 120 N. Alderman Street, Atkinson. Breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, probation violation. Arrest by Department of Adult Corrections. Released, no bond. Howard Smith, Jr., 46, 1178 New Road, Burgaw. Probation violation. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Incarcerated, no bond. Justin Kyle Stanley, 22, 23379 NC Highway 50, Holly Ridge. DWI, reckless driving to endanger. Arrest by Surf City Police Department. Released under $1,000 secured bond. Jamel Surles, 22, 391 Nutgrass Road, Bunnlevel. Possession of stolen goods, possession of open container of alcohol in passenger area. Arrest by Burgaw Police Department. Incarcerated under $2,500 secured bond. Dominic David Taylor, 18, 100 W. Center Street, Black Creek. Probation violation. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released under $500 secured bond. Bryce Elliott Teachey, 17, 510 Pinehurst Circle, Hampstead. Possession of stolen automobile, possession of stolen firearm, contributing to delinquency of a juvenile. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Incarcerated under $15,000 secured bond. Jeremy Vause, 35, 103 Hideaway Shores Road, Hampstead. Communicating threats, assault on a female. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Released under $3,000 secured bond. Dawn Renee Watson, 51, 203 Stillwater Point, Rocky Point. Driving while impaired. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’s Office. Incarcerated under $50,000 secured bond. Latoya Nicole Williams, 28, 315 South Dudley Street 1, Burgaw. Probation violation, simple assault, communicating threats. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff ’ s Office. Released under $2,500 secured bond. Jodi Lyn Wilson, 23, 105 Winterberry Lane, Rocky Point. Embezzlement. Arrest by Burgaw Police Department. Released under $2,500 secured bond. Nicholas James Zoda, 27, 2161 Morgan Road, Kelly. Possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia. Arrest by Burgaw Police Department. Released under $10,200 secured bond.

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Topsail Young Life welcomes new director By Lori Kirkpatrick Post & Voice Staff Writer Topsail Young Life, a Christian ministry that has been meeting in Hampstead since 2009, welcomed a new area director a few months ago. Jimmy Sappenfield moved from Ashville to the Hampstead area in August, just in time to step in as the previous director moved away. The ministry is currently reaching out to students at Topsail High School. On a college semester schedule, participating high school students meet for ‘Club’ Monday nights at 7:30 p.m.; and for Campaigners, or Bible Study, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Sappenfield said that they hope to venture out to other local high schools and middle schools in the future, as well. Topsail Young Life started with a group of adults who wanted to see the organization come to the Hampstead area. They began by praying for it, and they started to gather folks from around the community that wanted to join up with them. “Wild Life” was first initiated at Topsail Middle School. However, it started fizzling out a bit, so they decided to

go back to the drawing board and introduce Young Life at Topsail High School. “Young Life considers itself as an arm of the church, an extension that is trying to reach the kids that might not show up at church. We do contact work, which is where we go to the high school and build relationships with the students. We go to the lunch room, to games, to sporting events, to plays or whatever it might be. “We believe that if we can build trust and friendship, then we can talk about who we believe Jesus is; and let them make the decision for themselves based on that. Our goal is to reach every kid, but we would really like to reach the farthest out kid - the kid that would not necessarily just walk in the church,” said Sappenfield. Sappenfield referred to Club, which is held every Monday night, as “controlled chaos.” They begin Club each week with the high school students by singing songs, playing games, and passing along announcements. It starts as a high energy production and slows down as they get to the message for the evening. The nonprofit Christian ministry welcomes

all denominations. Young Life receives its financial support from members of the community and local businesses, as well as from banquets and other fundraisers. Teen participants also have an opportunity to attend camps twice a year. “Young life considers camp to be its pride and joy. We have 21 or 22 camps across the country. Every summer and fall we go, and they are five star resorts with super nice dor ms. These camps are awesome. We consider ourselves missionaries to the high school, whereas a normal missionary would go to Africa or Haiti or somewhere, our mission field is Topsail High School. “We’re looking to expand and maybe start Wild Life a g a i n at To p s a i l M i d d l e School. We’ve also had some interest at Heide Trask High School, as well as Dixon High School. We are starting with Topsail High School and we will see where it takes us,” said Sappenfield. Fo r m o re i n fo r m at i o n on Topsail Young Life or to learn about upcoming dates for camps and other activities, please visit www.topsail.young or email

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The speaker for last week’s Burgaw Rotary meeting was Sean Coveleski, Senior Regional Director, Planned and Major Giving South Central Region, Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners Hospitals for Children are committed to providing the best care for children in the specialty areas of orthopaedics, burn care, spinal cord injury, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Find out more at Pictured left to right are Helle H Jorgensen, Sean Coveleski, and Bill Marshburn.

PATH celebrates six years of helping students, families By Lori Kirkpatrick Post & Voice Staff Writer A Founders Reception was held last week by Pender Alliance for Teen Health (PATH). PATH was started six years ago by a group of people who sought to improve access to health care services for youth and their families in Pender County. The nonprofit group partners with Pender County Health Department to provide health care to children who are enrolled in the program. Students are able to seek medical attention right at the school with PATH’s Family Nurse Practitioner or one of its registered nurses. Mental health and counseling are also provided in the centers by PATH’s partner, Coastal Horizons. “I have to say it went off so much better than I had even hoped for,” began PATH Exec-

utive Director Sandy Rowe. “It was spectacular evening. All nine of the founders of PATH came. I brought in friends from my childhood that are events coordinators, and they transformed the depot into a wonderland. We used Jackie Norton for catering because we wanted to keep it ‘Pender

County.’ It was just a wonderful celebration of all that PATH has done in just a few short years.” Nine PATH founders attended and were recognized, including: Julie Askew, Thomas Blackstone, Kim Collins,

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Storm debris pick up continues into January From Staff Reports The Pender County Office of Emergency Management announced county-wide storm debris pick-up will continue through mid-January. “This has been a slow process due to the amount of debris caused by Hurricane Matthew,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. Collins said Pender County Emergency Management requested additional crews from

NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT). “In Hampstead, a Brunswick County NCDOT crew will be assisting in the clean-up,” said Collins. “A crew from Onslow County will assist in the Maple Hill area.” Residents living in private subdivisions with private roadways should take their debris to the connecting edge of the state road right-of-way.

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Drawing the line in the sand for good While it doesn’t seem like a major issue, and the action did earn some quizzical looks if not outright laughter, a longstanding disagreement has finally been settled. With the stroke of a pen last week, the governor approved a new boundary line between North and South Carolina. Although it doesn’t seem like a big deal, the invisible border has caused more than a few headaches for law enforcement, lawmakers and residents of the border country for nearly 200 years. Every few decades, We hope that this someone would decide to time, the decision stays retrace the route to make it “official” again, and that would decided, and Palmetstir up as much dissension as toans and Carolinians to whether “Carolina” refers to can rest easy knowing Tar Heels or Gamecocks. where they live, work, go Original survey markers into school and pay taxes. cluded such things as the natural run of waterways, trees and other landmarks typically used for boundary indicators in centuries past. Through the years, trees are cut down, rivers and creeks change their courses, and stones are moved. When the original boundary line was laid out, it’s notable that there were no paved roads, no electricity, and more ferries than bridges. Things have changed, just a little bit. While our two states are similar in many regards, there are notable differences in several laws, ranging from taxation to firearm possession. Then there’s the entire problem faced by folks who live in one Carolina or the other, but have addresses in the other Carolina – and often get tax bills from both. This really wasn’t a major fix, but its impacts are more notable than most of us will ever realize. Industrial recruitment, emergency funding, emergency response, vehicle inspections, even hunting, fishing and trapping rules are among the dozens of things we take for granted can be affected by whether or not one’s home is actually where one thinks it is. We hope that this time, the decision stays decided, and Palmettoans and Carolinians can rest easy knowing where they live, work, go to school and pay taxes. After all – nobody on this side of the line would want to be a part of that other Carolina, anyway.

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Governor Cooper What can we expect when Roy Cooper becomes the 75th Governor of North Carolina Jan. 5? Cooper is the most experienced and knowledgeable officeholder we’ve seen in decades, having served in leadership roles in the legislature and as our Attorney General. He has the advantage of understanding both the powers and limitations of the Governor, has a good grasp of the workings of state government, is experienced in the art of deal-making with the legislature and knows many people who can serve his administration. Timing is important. To his good fortune, Roy Cooper inherits a strong and recovering economy. Recent sessions of the legislature have taken actions that helped improve the picture Tax revenues to the state are ahead of projections, the state has built sufficient reserves to help weather future economic downturns and there is evidence that the tax cuts enacted by the legislature, while favoring upper income citizens and corporations, are working. Unemployment rates are down, new jobs have been created in recent months and wages are increasing slightly. But it’s not all roses. Rural sections and certain population groups are not enjoying the benefits as much as others and many of the new jobs are being created in lower-paying job sectors. Our governor is one of the weakest executive officeholders in the nation and Cooper will face some challenges, specifically a legislature run by Repub-

licans. With a veto-proof majority in both houses, strong personalities and forceful leadership, legislators pretty much had their way with Cooper’s predecessor. To be successful “Coop” must be disciplined, have a well-crafted, limited agenda of attainable goals and will need all his skills to build coalitions. He must also be willing to use the bully pulpit of the office to sway both public and legislative opinion when needed. Cooper watched Jim Hunt work this recipe to perfection; of course Hunt had a Democratic controlled legislature. Roy Cooper gave us an inkling of several priorities during the gubernatorial campaign. Look for a major emphasis to be making life better for middle class North Carolinians. Having come from Nash County you will hear much about strengthening rural parts of our state. Public education will also be a major thrust, especially in further raises for teachers, changing school funding formulas and in better training students to have the skillsets needed by employers. Don’t be surprised if Cooper gets out in front of a large transportation package to create jobs and improve roads in the state. He has vowed to repeal HB2, but that pledge is problematic, since the legislature must take this action and doesn’t appear inclined to do so. Elected by only a .2 percent margin, Cooper acknowledged the close contest but proclaimed at a rally in Raleigh Tuesday night that he intends to be the Governor for all the state. Whether a Democrat or a Republican we should all wish Roy Cooper well. His success will also be our success. Our hope is that both Governor Cooper and our legislature will put aside partisanship and differences to work for the common good. Governor-elect Cooper says he can’t wait to get to work. We wish him well. Tom Campbell is former assistant North Carolina State Treasurer and is creator/host of NC SPIN, a weekly statewide television discussion of state issues. NC Spin airs Saturday at 7 p.m. on WILM-TV.

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Christmas clipping It would surprise no one to find files on top of files of newspaper clippings in our household. Many are clips of stories written by Papa, Mother or myself, for any of a couple dozen publications for which one or the other of us wrote. Others are stories you might find in anyone’s home, pieces involving awards or family members or friends. Many are stories about places or things of interest to someone in the family, the interest often forgotten through the years. We also have, as I have mentioned before, dozens of memories clipped by my Great-Grandfather Traylor, a habit carried on by his daughter, my beloved Aunt Eleanor (never say Great Aunt Eleanor—it implied her age, which a lady should never allow to be known.) Mr. Traylor was involved in everything social and civic; the clippings are mainly of historic importance, unless they were social events or stories of personal interest to him. Many of those clippings were from his days as the leader and organizer of The Young Men’s Choral Society. That’s with a capital “The,” thank you. The Young Men’s Choral Society was the complete name for the group, in that quaint writing style so beloved by Victorian-era newspeople. His stated reason for founding the Society, I might add, was to keep young men out of mischief. I guess young women didn’t get into mischief back then. Other clips of Grandfather’s tell stories of the

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Jefferson Weaver Great War; some are family notices from the same time, noting the deaths of young men he had sought to keep safe from mischief, but couldn’t keep safe in the trenches of World War One. Intermingled with all these clippings are those which were neatly snipped by Aunt Ellie. I spent many a visit rooting through the two drawers of musty old clippings and notes in the bureau that filled one side of her little old lady’s parlor. Aunt Ellie’s are more personal than Grandfather’s; most are stories about family members passed on forty years before I was born. Others are bylined pieces by Papa, with a few by Mother, and a scant few by myself, since Aunt Ellie was getting on in years when I finally began writing. Unlike many old maids, she never seemed to have that nurturing streak so common among folks with no grandchildren of their own. She wasn’t mean or anything; she just didn’t easily tolerate kids

from outside the family (although she doted on myself, my cousins and siblings). One of the clips, which we keep in its own folder, is entitled “Yes, Virginia.” I’ve never known who clipped that column out of a 1927 paper; it doesn’t seem like the kind of thing either Aunt Ellie or Grandfather would do. It bugs me every year about this time. Mr. Traylor was a gentleman’s gentleman, and a man’s man for that time. A veteran of the War Between the States, he eventually went to work for the Smithsonian Institute. He gathered things for our nation’s museum—stuffed animals, bones, Indian relics, Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, and the airplane by Dr. Langley that may actually have beaten the Wright Brothers into the sky. “Yes, Virginia” just doesn’t seem like something Grandfather would clip and save for years.

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A safe aging-in-place home Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us with aging in place ideas? Staying Put Dear Staying, Many retirees, like you and your husband, want to stay living in their own house for as long as possible. But being able to do so will depend on how easy it is to maneuver your home as you get older. Here are some helpful resources you can turn to, to get an idea of the different types of features and improvements you can make that will make your house safer and more convenient as you grow older. Home evaluation A good first step in making your home more age-friendly is to do an assessment. Go through your house, roomby-room, looking for problem areas like potential tripping or slipping hazards, as well as areas that are hard to access and difficult to maintain. To help with this, there are several organizations that have aging-in-place checklists that point out potential problems in each area of the home, along with modification and solutions. Rebuild Together, for ex-

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ample, has a two-page “Safe at Home Checklist” that’s created in partnership with the Administration on Aging and the American Occupational Therapy Association. Go to and search for “Rebuilding Together Safe at Home Checklist.” The National Association of Home Builders also has an “Aging-in-Place Remodeling Checklist” that offers more than 100 suggestions to can help homeowners age 50-plus live safely, independently and comfortably. Go to and search for “Aging in Place Remodeling Checklist.” Also check out AARP’s excellent resource called the “HomeFit Guide” that’s filled with 28-pages of tips and diagrams to make your entire home safe and easier to live in as you age. You can access it at – search for “HomeFit,” or call 888-687-2277 and ask them to mail you a free copy. Personalized advice If you want more personalized help, consider getting a professional in-home assessment with an occupational therapist. An occupational therapist, or OT can evaluate the challenges and shortcomings

of your home for aging in place, recommend design and modification solutions, and introduce you to products and services to help you make improvements. To find an OT in your area, check with your physician, health insurance provider or local hospital, or seek recommendations from family and friends. Many health insurance providers, including Medicare, will pay for a home assessment by an OT if prescribed by your doctor. However, they will not cover the physical upgrades to the home. Another option is to contact a builder who’s a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). CAPS are home remodelers and design-build professionals that are knowledgeable about aging in place home modifications, and can suggest ways to modify or remodel your home that will fit your needs and budget. CAPS are generally paid by the hour or receive a flat fee per visit or project. To find a CAPS in your area visit the National Association of Home Builders website at where you can search by state and city. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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Biting the Big Apple I was less than excited about my weekend trip to New York City, but as the skyline of tall buildings appeared in the distance, a nervous energy traveled within me. Honestly, I had dreaded this trip for a number of reasons, but mainly because I detest large crowds and traveling long distances. I, however, had pledged to be more adventurous and New York seemed the perfect place to find that adventure. I had never been on a subway before and just the thought of riding a tightly occupied, narrow vehicle underneath the ground in a dimly lit station instigated waves of anxiety. Prone to panic attacks, I am severely claustrophobic and the anticipation of being in this situation created the familiar discomfort which precedes inescapable panic. As my friends and I made our first approach to the subway, my heart began to race as the smell of urine and the sight of the homeless replaced my excitement. I wanted to approach the older gentleman whose head was slumped to the side, covered in newspapers as he slept. I wanted to remind him that he was a human being with worth, not the invisible fixture whom I was told to ignore. I desperately wanted to know his story but, as I quickly discovered, small talk is frowned upon in the city that never sleeps. My friends pulled me to the turnstile as I scanned my ticket and moved toward open tracks which carried fast moving trains and blurred faces. I was advised never to travel in empty subway cars, as there was often a reason for vacancies. Our train was, thankfully, occupied and I absorbed every ounce of conversation and body language that I nonchalantly could. What was most shocking was the quiet contemplation of most of the riders starkly contrasted by a profanity laced conversation of a couple sitting close by. My first inclination was to ask these unsophisticated wordsmiths to either lower their voices or opt for words which were, in my precious little world, decent as children sat nearby. I shot my friends a look of disgust as my “how dare they” meter ran hot. Our experienced, self-imposed group leader mouthed “don’t” and motioned the familiar finger across the neck gesture, indicating either she or the potty mouths would eagerly cut me if I intervened. This was not my city and these were not my people, so I decided that this trip would be for mental note-taking only. A feeling of utter homesickness came over me as the subway screeched to a halt. Perhaps it was the eagerly anticipated light of day that greeted our ascent from underground or the charming old shops that were beginning to open, but my demeanor be-

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Shop local artisans at Coral Cottage Boutiques By Tammy Proctor Pender County Tourism Special to the Post & Voice The Greater Topsail Area Chamber and the Burgaw Area Chamber are sponsoring Hometown Christmas, a program designed to shop local. It’s a great program because shoppers are rewarded for keeping their spending in Pender County. Pender County and the region is filled with talented artisans. Their works are available at local boutiques and shops. Giving items that are crafted by locals equates to gift-giving that is unique – not mass produced to be found in a big box store. Coral Cottage Boutiques is a shop full of gift ideas created by artisans. “A customer told us we are an Etsy shop in which they shop, touch and feel the finished product,” said Becky Borneman, co-owner of Coral Cottage Boutiques. “That is a wonderful compliment.” Borneman said she is awed by the talent of local artisans. “Our customers are very appreciative of our local talent,” said Borneman. “We’re pleased to feature their products.” “We have a large selection,” said co-owner Michelle Klein. “We have jewelry, clothes, soaps, art, baby items, and pet items, and more.” Klein said Coral Cottage features 25 different vendors, each with their own specialty art. “We have birdfeeders to soaps, local art, coasters – we have a little bit of every-

Weaver Continued from page 4A Nor does it really seem like something Aunt Ellie would save.The column was written when she was about two, and this version was clipped when she was a young woman in a growing, busy, modern town full of power. Shoot, the looker that she was in 1927, I doubt Aunt Ellie had time to clip “Yes,

Hill Continued from page 4A came a bit sunnier as I vowed to experience all that I could of New York City. Sidewalk vendors competed for my attention, luring me with promises of discounted Ray-Bans and Chanel sunglasses. Prada handbags were sold at deep discounts, transported in large sheets for portability by the desperate peddlers who stationed themselves at every corner. I was aware, of course, that their authenticity was questionable, but I couldn’t help but haggle with a few just for kicks. And, yes, I managed to score two lovely, albeit phony, Michael Kors handbags. I expected to be snubbed and ignored, but discovered

The Coral Cottage owners Becky Borneman and Michelle Klein. Across Pender County, there are many shops featuring local artisans, including Scotts Hill Market and Carolina Home Décor. Be sure to check out the Pender County website,, for a complete list of the many shops nearby. thing,” said Borneman. Perhaps the artisan closest to Coral Cottage is Pam Lowry of Mia’s Marketplace. She makes quilts that can be purchased at Coral Cottage. Coral Cottage features Patrick Brown’s “It’s a Topsul Thing” T-shirts and Jeff Wenzel’s aerial photography, just to name a few local artisans. “So many of artisans have been with us since the beginning,” said Borneman. Borneman and Klein offer a wish list registry for easy gift giving. In addition to items for Christmas giftgiving, the shop offers a nice

selection of items for bridal parties and wedding gifts. Coral Cottage Boutiques started as the Shoppes at Mia’s, operated by Sandy and Pam Lowry. But operating two businesses on opposing ends of the shopping area was demanding. Borneman, who worked at Mia’s Marketplace and the Shoppes at Mia’s, purchased the store with her best friend, Klein. On May 18 of this year, Klein and Borneman changed the name of the business to Coral Cottage Boutiques. “I’m so blessed,” said Borneman. “I get to work in a business with my best friend, offering the works of very talented people.” Located at 14061-D Hwy. 50 in Surf City, Coral Cottage offers free gift bags and wrapping all year long. Coral Cottage is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more details about the business, “like” the shop on Facebook or call 910-599-5115.

Virginia,” especially around the holidays. So who clipped “Yes, Virginia?” It’s entirely possible it was snipped by someone else and just dropped into a scrapbook sixty or seventy years ago. Aunt Ellie was the unofficial historian and ratpacker of Papa’s family, and it could easily have been in someone else’s belongings. It’s also possible, even likely, that Aunt Ellie looked out the window one day and had a fit of the Christmas

Spirit. Or maybe Grandfather was reading the newspaper at his desk at the museum— the desk where he eventually suffered the stoke that would kill him—and decided on a whim that Francis Church’s column was worthy of a place in our family scrapbooks. Either way, that clipping has wandered along with our family through many years. Papa ran it in several

quite the opposite. The crowds of pedestrians moved quickly and with such a sense of purpose that there was little opportunity for hesitation. My friends and I, of course, were hesitant, lost and gawky as we were pushed along with the masses. Yet, within this unfamiliar hustle and bustle, courtesy prevailed. Our repeated requests for directions were cordially met. I even convinced a gentleman to fake mug me as I facetimed my family from Rockefeller Center. This stranger had a firm, slightly uncomfortable, grip around my neck as my dad and sister looked on in helpless shock and horror. My acting skills were spot on as I moved seamlessly from fake gagging to peals of laughter. These New Yorkers had a sense of humor and gladly obliged this Southern tourist a prank

on her overly protective family. I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing break dancers in the subway as eager crowds of strangers gathered to watch. I watched NYPD police officers posing for photographs with children, visited Chinatown and Little Italy, walked down Wall Street and marveled at the animated window displays. I visited Ground Zero, running my fingers across the names of firefighters and police officers who entered a burning building they knew they’d never leave. I stared in awe as the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center stood tall amongst rows of iridescent banners. In this most busy of places I allowed time to stop. I forgot about grading papers and catching up with laundry. Suddenly, the cynicism I felt on my first approach to

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By Edith Batson Post & Voice Staff Writer Burgaw Book Club The club met Thursday at the home of Jennifer Hansen. The home was beautifully decorated with a Christmas tree and lots of miniature lights and other lovely decorations. Sue Cowan, president, opened the business meeting and then introduced our guest speaker, Sandra Davis, president of the Pender County Christian Services. She is very dedicated to the agency and has been a valuable worker for many years. She reminded us that through the efforts of Edna Vann Bradshaw, the agency had its start. I’m sure Edna Vann would be proud of its growth. There are warm clothes for those who need them and food for those that have a need. Other help is available as needed. There is a wonderful thrift shop in the building where smart people can get good bargains for themselves or gifts for people at Christmas. Sandra said that she has connections with 43 agencies, schools and other non-profit places who help each other out. There are lots of willing volunteers who help with repairs, washing and cleaning when necessary, taking charge of food services and keeping the thrift shop well stocked. If you have never shopped there you should check it out. I think it is open Monday through Friday until about 3 p.m. Call the number and check it out. Donations are always welcomed of clothes, food, toys and of course money. New York hours before was supplanted by pure enchantment. I was one of thousands of people standing in that square on an ordinary Saturday evening, but the sense of community I felt with these complete strangers in this unfamiliar city was palpable. New York, I realized, was a city with grit, determination and heart. Unfortunately, 14 hours in New York was not long enough to experience all that it has to offer. I shouted kudos to the young moms hauling strollers up escalators and leading children through the maze of people charging down sidewalks. Could I manage this city for more than a week? Fuhgetaboutit. Maybe Dorothy was right after all. There’s no place like home. –Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

Sandra is always good about giving thanks to those who help. Following the program, the hostess invited us to the dining room to spice cake with lemon glaze sauce, nuts, chocolate candy and other delicious tidbits. The January meeting will meet with hostess Carolyn Westbrook. Graduation party The family of Jeffrey Canaday had a graduation dinner party for Jeffrey who graduated from UNCW on Saturday afternoon. A dinner party followed at 5 p.m. at The Brooklyn Arts Center on N. 4th Street in Wilmington. Directions were a bit complicated and the weather had gotten very cold. We went in one door wrong. We went around the corner of the church. A bride in her lovely white wedding dress and two young men were waiting for her until they could get in the church. Someone then directed us to a courtyard and beside the next building. There was a line of people waiting to get in the church for the wedding. Back to the front of the building. It was beginning to get cold so I announced I was going inside to get warm. After a few minutes a lady came in wearing a beautiful long white coat. She said she hated to make me leave but she was told to lock the doors. Out I went again. Right outside was a gentleman who knew where the party was and took me through a walkway to an elevator that took me to the second floor. The room was a lovely large room with round tables covered in cloths with flickering lights as centerpieces.

The windows were ceiling height with arched stained glass patterns in each. I was wishing I could have seen them in the daylight with the sun shining through. The buffet was filled with chicken, barbeque, squash casserole, creamed potatoes, lima beans, rolls and butter. Jeffrey was not only graduating on Saturday-it was also his birthday. So along with the birthday cake came the Happy Birthday song. Jeffrey’s parents and family gave the lovely party and nobody wanted to leave. Barbara Incerto Canaday and husband Jeff Canaday are the parents. Bob and Marsha Dees and Bryan and Ann Dees who are cousins attended the party from Burgaw. Bob and Marsha let me tag along with them. Church activities Many activities took place on Sunday and I had to miss all of them. I missed church worship service and the lunch which followed. At 3 p.m. a portrait was hung honoring Judge Gary Trawick. Kent Harrell was sworn in as Superior Court Judge. A reception followed at the Pender Depot. Although I couldn’t make it to the Outdoor Nativity on our church lawn, I know it was beautiful. It always is. Sometimes we can’t do everything and it hurts. I hope everyone enjoyed it. God bless the people who were in the Nativity and those who worked so hard to pull it together. Christmas soon will be here and we know whose birthday we will celebrateJesus Christ the Lord. Merry Christmas everyday. Shalom!

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If you were feeling the chill when the arctic blast blew in this past weekend you weren’t alone. For any sea turtle still around our inshore waters when the temps plunged into the 20s they were most likely beyond chilled – they were literally stunned. Yes, it’s our (not) season at the hospital – cold-stunning season. While we were enjoying our extended warmth into $ECEMBER THE .EW %NGLAND Aquarium was gathering up their first batch of frozen sea turtles and preparing them for transport to other facilities for extended care. A few weeks ago we picked up nine banana boxes of little Kemp’s that arrived by private plane in Beaufort. Our Yankee friends were really on their toes because these critters appear to have been rescued before too much obvious damage had been done. But if you’ve been reading this column over the years Photo contributed and have visited our facility Turtle Hospital volunteer Lisa with recovering cold-stun you know that the really serious stuff can take months to Kemp’s-Ridley patient Ron. show up. The Kemp’s, who have been days – and probably about to It’s important that the critter named after characters in the get a lot more crowded after not lay exposed on the beach for hours, subject to weather Harry Potter books have made last weekend. Please be on the lookout and predators. THEMSELVES AT HOME IN 3ICK Call our Director of Beach Bay where they receive extra for any turtle stranded on the beaches or in the marshy areas Operations Terry Meyer at 910TLC by our volunteers. At first reluctant to eat as it’s very possibly a cold-  OR*EANAT   (except for one who continues stun. Do not assume it is dead 9OU MAY ALSO CALL THE 3TATE to eat enough for all of them even though it is cold and not of N.C. hotline for stranded, and asked to identified only moving. Cold-stuns are unable sick and injured turtles at as Turtle X) they’ve begun to to move their flippers, head or   PICKSUP OR appreciate their skillfully pre- even blink their eyes because our hospital during operating pared fish, squid and shrimp all of the blood has been re- hours 910-329-0222. If you are local we will and the individual attention directed to their core to keep they receive during their their vital organs functioning. quickly send one of our volunThey are vulnerable to wind, teers to retrieve the turtle for morning meal. Treatment continues with blowing sand and predators. follow-up care at the hospital. Last chance to a soapy bath, topical potions They are helpless. If you find a critter in this visit in 2016 for cuts and abrasions and Our last two days in 2016 eye drops and injections as situation carefully pick it up and place it in an unheated for public tours are Dec. 15 needed. Kemp’s have a lot of attitude no matter how tiny area like your garage or car. AND!FTERTHATITSGOODBYE they are (and we have a few Do not try to warm it up as a UNTILLATESPRINGOF 7ERE BITTY ONES SO 3ICK "AY IS A rapid change in temperature OPEN FROM   PM THOSE TWO pretty hopping place these might cause it to go into shock. days and just as a reminder we do close our building at PMSHARP SOPLANONALLOWING ABOUT  MINUTES FOR your visit. Admission is $5 for adults,  FOR ACTIVE MILITARY AND SEniors 65 and older and $3 for children under 13. The hospital is located at 302 Tortuga Lane IN3URF #ITY&ROM.# turn onto Charlie Medlin Dr. YOURLANDMARKIS3HIPWRECK Point Mini Golf) and follow it through the roundabout onto Tortuga. Our gift shop is open during tours and we have a lot of exclusive hospital clothing and plush animal merchandise and other stuff perfect for the turtle lover on your holiday shopping list – or for yourself ! Questions, comments, suggestions A Fireball Run team member feeds a loggerhead turtle at Please direct any questions, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation comments or suggestions reCenter in Surf City. The episodes featuring Topsail Island garding this column to me at: are online for viewing at

Dr. Chris Wirszyla at Cape Fear Elementary School was the recipient of a Links for Learning grant through the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington. The grant was entitled Shape-Less – Student Healthy Activities in PE, Lifetime Exercise and Sport Satisfaction. The money will be used to buy ďŹ tness equipment for the school. Pictured above are Eileen Shober, Assistance League of Greater Wilmington, and Wirszyla.

Topsail Friends of the Library seeks new members By Kathy Sabella Special to the Post & Voice As 2016 draws to a close, Topsail Township Friends of the Library (FOL) extend their appreciation to the 383 families and households who have joined the nonprofit volunteer organization. This year you have purchased hundreds of books for the library collection, contributed to the 1,000 Books Program for Preschool children and the Battle of the Books for school age children. Your membership made possible many programs for adults and children as well as the new book drops. The executive board of the FOL takes this opportunity to respond to the many questions we have received from the public regarding the construction of our long anticipated regional library next to the County Annex Building. Construction of the library facility is included in the long-range plans of Pender County Commissioners. The Friends hope that the Commissioners will make

the library construction a priority when they meet in February. To demonstrate strong local commitment to this project, the FOL have set two big goals: s3OAR /VER  &/, MEMberships by the end of December. s%NCOURAGE END OF YEAR gifts to our Library Building Fund. We invite you to join the FOL. If you are already a member, recr uit another friend and/or consider making an end-of-the year donation of $25, $50, $100 or more

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Continued from page 3A Beth Deaton, Catherine McCall, Laura Shenkman, Edith Skipper, Amy Smith and Diana Woolley. Brenda Buie, who passed away last year, was remembered for her contributions, as well. Several of the founders originally started working together at WHAT (Wilmington Health Access for Teens). They later took on different jobs in Pender County, and saw the need for a similar program in the area. That’s when the group began collaborating to develop a program that would help provide adolescents with better access


Continued from page 5A papers in Virginia, and a couple in Sampson County, but when we ran it in the Dunn Dispatch sticks out the most in my mind. It became a bit of a ceremony each year for Papa to type out the column, with a little modern commentary, on a sheet of the old yellow pulp paper. He would then carry it through the drafty old newspaper office to the typesetters, and wait for the final product to be prepared for printing. Sometimes Mama typed the copy. I always looked forward to the day when I was old enough to have that responsibility. It made no sense to me to type the same story over again each year, then hand it to the typesetter like it was any other piece of copy. But it was

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to health care. “It’s unbelievable that just six short years later, we have three school-based health centers, full-time therapists and a full-time family nurse practitioner. I told them in my speech that the problem when they set the bar so high for themselves and then achieved it, was that then everybody coming behind them set the bar even higher - and we’re striving to achieve that now. It’s our tribute to them that we’re going to keep reaching for the stars because they didn’t let anything get in their way. They just said, ‘We’re going to do this,’ - and somehow it happened,� said Rowe. Following the introductions at the reception, Beth

Deaton spoke about how they all started together in the medical field in other places; and later came together to create PATH. Rowe announced that PATH was recently awarded a $268,000 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for its integrated system of care model. She explained that part of the reason they were awarded the grant is that PATH has agreed to be a model for the integrated system of care; sharing it with the other school-based health centers in North Carolina and across the country. “The most important thing about what this integrated system of care that we’re doing requires is that we have three strong partnerships.

For primary care, it’s Pender County Health Department. For the behavioral health , it’s Coastal Horizons, and they’re the ones that provide us with the full-time therapist and several part-time therapists that are in the schools. Then thirdly is the Pender County School system. They’re incredibly supportive, and they do everything they can to help us help our mutual children. That’s how the integrated system of care works. It can only work because we have those three strong partnerships working together. It’s pretty wonderful,� said Rowe. For more infor mation about PATH, visit www.penderallianceforeteenhealth. com.

a tradition. That old clipping is getting too fragile to leave home anymore, so I have bowed to a little modern pressure and made use of technology to bring our readers “Yes, Virginia.� We don’t use typesetters anymore, so I couldn’t pound out a commentary about the importance of “Yes, Virginia� on my Papa’s old Royal. That typewriter still sits here beside me, though, as I write this column on a computer. It’s a tradition, you see. “Yes, Virginia� is also a tradition that lives on, with a few modern modifications in the delivery, though not the words or the message. I hope Papa and Aunt Ellie and Mr. Traylor approve. Besides, without “Yes, Virginia,� there may as well not be any Santa Claus. PS -- I have no idea, as we slowly make sense of the

jumbled remains of boxes we tried to save from Hurricane Matthew, if that clipping survived. We lost a lot of old family things, as many of you did, but we saved a lot, too. I sincerely hope that sometime in the next week or so, I’ll put my hand on just the right box at just the right time, and find a fragile yellowed clipping of a that smells of dust and old ink and maybe just a hint

of Christmas. Even if it didn’t survive, the editorial itself is easily found, both online and in print, still carrying the same story of love and hope and childhood innocence, and for our family anyway, a lot of tradition. Jefferson Weaver is a columnist with the Post & Voice. Contact him at jeffersonweaver@


James Edison Carter, Sr. WILMINGTON -- James Edison Carter, Sr., 91, of Wilmington passed gently from his earthly life Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center. He was born Jan. 9, 1925 in Wilmington, the son of the late Joseph A. and Alice Willetts Carter. Also preceding James in death was his beloved wife of 51 years, Mary Lee Taylor Carter. James is survived by his sons, James E. Carter, Jr. (Marilyn) and Claude Allen Carter; grandchildren, Heather L. Carter-Young (Gene) and Jonathon O. Carter (Sabrina); five great grandchildren, Wyatt, Eli, Taylor, Peyton, and Bradley; special family friends, Janice McKoy and Bethann Carter; and loving caregivers, Pat, Margaret, Ida and Alberta. James, a native of Dry Pond community in Wilmington, joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served honorably in the Asia-Pacific Theater until the end of the war. An accomplished carpenter and builder, James started Carter Construction Company and built many houses that still stand in Wilmington today. In 1974 he and Mary Lee retired to farming in Kelly, returning to live in Wilmington in 1989. James was a gentle, humble man who enjoyed simple pleasures like fishing, family reunions, and working

with his hands. James was very interested in the sciences and engineering and his mechanical skill was beyond compare. His smile, love for his family and his consideration for others will always be remembered. A graveside service will be at noon Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 in Garden of Memories Cemetery, 16550 N.C. Hwy. 53 in Kelly with The Rev. Billy Ray Pait, Jr. officiating. A family luncheon will follow in Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Anyone who wishes to share a special memory or thoughts about James is encouraged to do so at the luncheon. The family would like to thank caregivers and friends for their loving care of James, especially during the past five years. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401. Shared memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The family was served by Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw. Walter Don Augustine ELIZABETHTOWN -- Walter Don Augustine 76, of Elizabethtown passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. He is survived by his wife Mary Augustine of the home, son Walter Lee Augustine of Virginia, brother Fred Augustine of Atlanta, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The family received friends from 2-4 pm Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center, 1414 Physician Dr., Wilmington, NC, 28401 or Elizabethtown Christian Academy (ECA), 1800 West Broad St., Elizabethtown, NC 28337.

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The Heide Trask Titan men’s basketball team came into the 2016-17 season with many unanswered questions. In fact many thought this would be a rebuilding season for veteran coach Rodney Orr. If the early season results are any indication of what’s to come for the defending Four County Conference champions, Coach Orr’s band of hardwood heroes are on their way to another successful season. The Titans came into the week with Coach Orr looking to earn his 300th career win. Trask opened the week at 4A Hoggard and by Orr’s own admission; he figured he would get that milestone win later in the week. Someone forgot to tell his young team as they rolled into Wilmington and took a 68-57 win. The Titans used an early push to take a 13-8 lead after one quarter of play. The Rocky Point team continued to outplay their 4A competitors in the second period and went into the halftime break with a 27-20 lead. The Vikings would not go down without a fight and came out in the third frame with increased intensity. Hoggard took their first lead

in the third quarter but the Titans quickly answered. Coach Orr’s squad played well down the stretch in taking the win. Junior Tiyuan Ballard led the Titans with 19 pints with sophomore B.J. Jordan chipping in 15 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Freshman Jujuan Carr contributed 13 points. Next up was a home game against future conference mate Southwest Onslow. The Titans had beaten the Stallions a week ago and hoped to make it a sweep. Jajuan Carr scored 16 points in leading the Titans to a 73-57 win. The Stallions appeared to have the Titans number early in the game. A 7-2 advantage was erased with four straight points by junior big man Nathan Harrell. Those four points fueled an 8-0 Trask run. Both teams used small runs to end the period with Trask on top 18-15 going into the second quarter. Southwest opened the quarter with a three point bucket to tie the score. The Titans answered with a basket and the two teams fired back and forth. A late 7-0 Trask run gave the home team a seven point lead going into the break. The Titans stretched the seven point lead to double dig-

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Titan center Nathan Harrell makes a strong move to the basket against Southwest Onslow. its early in the third quarter and kept the Stallions at bay through the first eight minutes of the second half. Trask held a 14 point advantage go-

ing into the fourth frame and held on for the victory. Carr led three Titans in

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A few years ago the powers that be at Topsail High decided that a 19 win season was not good enough for its men’s basketball team and decided to as they put it, go in another direction. The coach at the time was devastated. However, that coach moved on and became an assistant at Pender. He bided his time and eventually became a head coach again. Since becoming a head coach he has averaged almost 16 wins a year. He has two 20 plus winning seasons and has won the conference title once. He has also finished as the top 1A team twice in the split Four County Conference. The coach I am talking about is Trask men’s coach Rodney Orr. The Topsail administration that made this decision is long gone. I want to make that perfectly clear up front. I also want to say that I believe that I still hold those former administrators in contempt far more

than Coach Orr does. As a matter of fact every time I bring this subject up Coach Orr just smiles and says that he believes that things worked out for the best. Coach Orr recently notched career win number 300. It was a kind of poetic justice that he reached that milestone against 4A Hoggard. Again, Coach Orr downplayed this by saying “It just means I’m old.” No Coach, it means that you are in the upper echelon of coaches in this area. The Titans are supposed to be in a rebuilding year. However, they are 5-1 early on and are in great shape heading into their final season in the Four County Conference. The Titans have one senior and a bevy of young and untested basketball players. However, they also have a veteran coaching staff led by a 300 win head coach. I do a preview each year and when I talked to Coach Orr he said that he thought that he would take his lumps early but would be pretty good by the end of the year. I have some news for Coach Orr and the rest of the Four County Conference. The Titans are pretty good now. If they improve like Coach Orr thinks they will, they may be a player in the Four County Conference race. If I were a betting man, I wouldn’t bet against Coach Rodney Orr.

Patriots fall to New Hanover county teams By Bobby Norris Post & Voice Sports Writer

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Pender’s Rodney Hansley plays off the pick to drop in a basket.

Many years ago Pender High school was a 3A school and a member of the Mideastern Conference along with the Wilmington schools. The Patriots played the New Hanover County schools twice a year every year. Under the guidance of Patriots men’s coach Gary Battle that has continued although the Pats are a 1A school now. Last week the Patriots hosted both New Hanover and Laney in hopes of using the tough competition to mold the team into a Four County Conference contender. Although the Patriots lost to both squads, Battle hopes to have found a rotation that will enable his team to navigate their way to a FCC championship. First up was the tough and athletic New Hanover Wildcats. The Patriots had lost to the Wildcats by 26 points early in the year. This time the Pender County crew had them at home and looked for a little revenge. For a while it looked as if the team would find that revenge. Pender played the Cats evenly through the four quarters of regulation play before the wheels came off. New Hanover outscored the

Patriots by 16 points in the extra period in taking a 78-62 win. New Hanover was up 33-26 at the half before the Patriots outscored the 4A Wildcats 18-12 in the third frame. New Hanover took a one point lead into the final frame. Pender held a one point advantage in the fourth quarter and sent the game into overtime. New Hanover used its depth to pull away from the Patriots to end the game. Rodney Hansley led the Patriots with 22 points including four three point baskets while Cameron Kea and Justin Hooper each contributed 11. Next up for the Patriots was a Friday night affair with another 4A school in Wilmington Laney. Pender had beaten the Bucs by 14 points at their place and looked to sweep the season series. For a while it looked as if that would happen but The Bucs took advantage of a couple of late breaks to come away with a 68-54 win. Senior guard Jarious Williams has played well of late and continued that fine play early in the game. He scored the first seven points for the Patriots as well as outscoring

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Solid play lifts Pirates past Scorpions and Coastal Christian By Lee Wagner Post & Voice Sports Writer After two close road losses to North Brunswick (in overtime) and Pender, Topsail High School shows signs that they are finally learning how to standup under the end-ofgame pressure in the close games they will most likely see throughout the upcoming Christmas tournaments and the tough Mid-Eastern 3A/4A Conference schedule. A very good Coastal Christian was followed to Hampstead by a North Brunswick squad that defeated Topsail 74-67 in overtime a week ago, and solid defense, opportunistic offense, and – clearly – better free-throw shooting made a difference in the outcome of

both games. Alec Baker had 21 points and three steals, and Kodiak Nestor-Dowling added 11 points to back stellar defensive effort as Topsail overpowered North Brunswick 5634 Wednesday in a nonconference game in Hampstead. The Pirates (4-2) never trailed after a pair of threepointers from Baker and six points for Nestor-Dowling helped stake them to a 15-10

first-quarter advantage. The gap widened to seven at the intermission thanks to a defense that limited the Scorpions (1-4) to five points in widening the Pirate advantage to 23-15. “Overall I think that was, by far, the best and most complete game we’ve played this year,” Topsail Coach Jamie Rochelle said. “It was not the largest margin of victory but, overall on offense and defense it was our best effort. We took care of the ball and that’s we have stressed. “I told them at halftime there’s no shot clock in high school so we didn’t to get overly cautious and stagnant, we just wanted to run our offense and take care of the ball. The other thing we’re

getting is contributions from a lot of different guys. We passed the ball well tonight and this should give us confidence heading into next week (Mid-Eastern 3A/4A Conference action). “They’re big games, winnable games. I don’t think there is anybody in this league we can’t play with so we just have to get back at it and keep improving.” North stayed within striking distance through the third period – trailing just 36-29 entering the final eight minutes. But a trey from Baker, opened the advantage to 10 (39-29) a 9-for-11 performance from the free-throw line – combined with a stingy defense that

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Lady Pirates beat Coastal Christian, fall to S. Brunswick By Lee Wagner Post & Voice Sports Writer It is hard, at times, to judge improvement early in a season but – especially with conference play about to begin – but if Wednesday’s results from the Topsail girls’ basketball team’s game against visiting North Brunswick is any indication the Lady Pirates could be on the right track. Dominique Bryant scored 13 points and pulled down 9 rebounds and sophomore Kathryn Soderman came off the bench to score seven points but those efforts were not quite enough as Topsail fell 42-34 to North Brunswick in a non-conference game in Hampstead. A seven-point loss is still a loss, but when compared to the 56-27 defeat suffered at the hands of the Lady Scorpions (7-0) in Leland on Nov. 29 there is plenty of reason for optimism. “The fourth quarter was all free throws, and they hit theirs and we did not (2-for-7 in the period),” Topsail Coach Andrew Ellington said. “Early on we couldn’t throw it in the ocean from the field (36.2 percent for the game) but they couldn’t either, and I credit our defense for that. “But to go from losing by

29 last week to a much more competitive game tonight shows the girls are making the necessary commitment to defense. We’re not a team that is going to outscore a lot of people so playing a solid defense is what gives us our best chance of being competitive. I do think, beside the free throws, we did a good job of holding (North’s Perkins) Taylor in check, and that should give our girls confidence they can play with anybody if they play defense.” The Lady Pirates (4-3) put themselves in the hole in the opening period, scoring just one field goal and falling behind 9-2 entering the second quarter. Rachel Kapiko had the only field goal. Topsail narrowed the deficit to three (12-9) at halftime with strong defense that held the Lady Scorpions to just three points. But the Topsail girls stayed cold from the field in the third quarter with 4 points, all from Bryant. Entering the final period Topsail was 6-for31 (19.4%) from the field, But Bryant and Soderman got hot in the fourth quarter, each scoring 6 points, as Topsail closed a 9-point deficit to one (24-23) on a Soderman field

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Topsail Basketball Association report By Bob Willard Special to the Post & Voice Forty-four teams all saw action this past Saturday in what has now become the largest league ever staged by the Topsail Basketball Association. Teams from the co-ed’s grades one and two through high school grades launched the first round of games with literally hundreds of town folks filtering in and out of the two TMS gyms all day long, supported the youth of the Hampstead and surrounding communities. In the co-ed division, Canady and Son Exterminating Inc. outlasted Coury Science and Engineering with Kellan Coleman pouring in 14 points. Pierpan Family Dentistry over Isla Skin and Hair, and Surf City Tire and Auto downing Pack Rat led by Alexander Wolf ’s 18 points. Girls third through fifth division saw Ronel AustinRemax win big over the Bagel Bakery with Alexis Dawson hitting for 18 points for the Remax squad. Carolina Pines MedSpa downed Finessee Pro

Services with Ryan Lambert notching 16 markers. Boys third/fourth grade group displayed much talent. Bodie Taylor and Ryder Willcox each hit for 10 points helping Dick’s Sporting Goods down, The Darden Agency over Harman Landscaping by three, and Coastal Fitness over Breakaway Fitness and Performance let by Mason French tossing in 13 counters, and the Discovery Child Care Center downing Ferguson Waterworks. In high school grade play, Guy C Lee Building Materials upended White and Johnson Pediatric Dentistry, Thomas Construction Group over Cape Fear Kitchen and Baths led by Dawson Asbury with a 17-point performance, and the House of Raeford winning over Sport Shots. Girls sixth through ninth grade division saw Patriot Tree Service victorious over Honeycutt Construction Service led by Shelby Parker’s 14 points and Carolina Outboard downing JT’S Brick Oven Pizza. Boy’s fifth-sixth grade sec-

tor had Gunnar Shultz-State Farm down The Paint Store, Prism Painting eking out a two-point victory over Jenkins Vinyl Siding, Highway 55 toppling Summit-2-Sea, LLC behind Xavier Terell’s 16 tallies, Cape Fear Seafood Company hit on Palmetto Brick with Jack Lambert bombing 17 markers for the Seafood aggregate. Winding up 13 games in the main TMS gym, the seventh and eight boys took over and the Ogden Tap Room edged out Reliant Roofing. Sam Stowe led the Tap Room attack with 13 points. ShipOnSite 38, Otero Dentistry 25. In a highly competitive contest, Realo Discount Drugs edged Renovation Church in a real thriller, 38-37. Nicholas Satterfield served up 15 for the winners, and in the nightcap, R J Miller Construction downed the squad representing Cherubini Orthodontics. TBA league play resumes Dec. 17, before taking a holiday break. We urge all residents of Hampstead and surrounding communities to come out and see all of our youth in action.

such as Old Navy, Wal-Mart, Target, Dick’s, etc. would be good choices. “We wanted to support local foster children because there is a chance they won’t get much, if anything, for Christmas,” Preville said. “Let’s join together as a community and give them a good Christmas.” Track and field The Pirate teams saw their first action last Wednesday and there were some very promising individual results on both the girls’ and boys’ sides. The Lady Pirates finished fourth (49 points) as a team behind White Oak (93), West Carteret (74), and South Brunswick (69),, and ahead of Richlands (25), New Bern (24), and North Brunswick (10). Individually, freshman Madison Lofton crossed the finish line first (44.00) in the 300-meter dash, a full 5.3 seconds ahead of runner-up Jorden Tyska (49.30). Lofton’s time already qualified her for the NCHSAA 3A state meet. Topsail’s Paige Ruggiero was fourth in 55.70. Kaylee Adkins had a personal-best throw of 22-06 while finishing fourth in the shot put, with teammates Holland Woodard (18-5) and Megan Landwher (18-0) seventh and eighth, respectively. Maliea Moore (7.50) and Aneshia Jordan (8.00) were fourth and fifth in the 55-me-

ter dash, and Alexis Walsh was sixth (4:04.00) in the 1,000meter run. Maggie Smith (1:41.20), Kristan Dillon (1:49.80), and Ruggiero (1:56.40) were fourth, sixth, and seventh in the 500-meter dash, and the 4x200 relay team of freshmen Jordan, Lofton and Tralyn Magliocco and senior Moore was third (2:01.20) – not too far off the state-qualifying mark.. The Pirate boys also finished fourth (53) in the team competition behind White Oak (130), South Brunswick (108), and West Carteret (69), and ahead of Richlands (44), Jacksonville (39), and New Bern (16). Three Pirates took first, second, and third in the shot put. Adam Hart was first (450-1/2), Justin Burgess was second (39-5), and Austin Brigance (37-3) was third, with Hart qualifying for the state meet. Bryce Dillon was third 39.20) in the 300-meter dash and fifth (1:10.90) in the 500-meter dash, Noah Dansby was fourth (3:11.10) in the 1,000-meter run and fifth (5:12.00), Jacob Viebrock was third (9.10) in the 55-meter hurdles, and the boys’ 4x400relay team of Dillon, Dansby, Adam Stehly, and Viebrock was fifth in 3:59.80. Freshman Johnny Paliotti showed well

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By Lee Wagner Post & Voice Sports Writer Things heated up a bit with the Pirate indoor (inter) track teams seeing their first action. Beside the action on the courts, mats, in the pool, and on the track there is a special event taking place in Hampstead, and at Topsail, as the Christmas season approaches. Adopt A Pirate The Adopt A Pirate Club was originated by Lady Pirate senior volleyball plyer Makenna Preville – Topsail’s high-school Heisman recipient – as part of her senior project. The event happening this coming week is a toy drive on Dec. 16 to support local foster and needy children in Pender County. There will be a drivethrough drop-off at Topsail High school Dec. 16 from 5:307:30 p.m. where you can drop off new or gently-used toys and/or gift cards in conjunction with the Pirate girls’ and boys’ home basketball games versus Mid-Eastern 3A/4A Conference rival Laney. If you cannot make it to the toy drive there will be toy donation boxes at Highway 55, Farm Bureau, and Raise the Bar Fitness through Dec. 16. One of the biggest needs this year is for teenagers, so perhaps gift cards to stores

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On the Mat By Bobby Norris and Lee Wagner Post & Voice Sports Writers The Trask and Topsail wrestling teams were busy last week while the Pender grapplers are finally getting in the groove as well. Last week the Titans hosted Pender and Lejuene in a tri-meet. The Titans beat both Pender and Lejuene 69-12. Andrew Ocampo and Tyler Sawyer were the only Patriots to earn a win while Kyle Hancock, Joseph Chung, Zion Cruz and Gerardo Santiago-Garcia were among the winners. Against Lejuene the Titans lost only two matches. Matthew Cather, Kaven Garcia-Cruz and Carlos Ruiz-Lopez led the way. The Titans participated in the Rosewood tournament over the weekend. Although the team had no one place in the individual tournament, Coach Chris Johnson thought his young team wrestled well. “We had no one place in what will probably be our toughest tournament of the year but we won a lot of matches,” said Johnson. “We came up short on the hardware, but we did manage to finish eleventh in team points. I saw a little something different this weekend in the guys that I hadn’t seen. There seemed to be a determination not to

lose and they were actually talking about it amongst themselves. I have seen a difference lately in their intensity at practice. Who knows, maybe the youth and inexperience is leaving.” Topsail wrestling The Pirates headed to Shallotte Dec. 3 for the Caleb Hawkins Round-Robin Tournament at West Brunswick, and several Topsail wrestlers fared very well. Freshman Noah LaValle got his first mat action at 160 pounds and came away with three wins in four bouts. LaValle pinned Purnell Swett’s in his first match before losing by fall to Richlands’ Brandon Shene. LaValle then beat St. Paul’s (Md.) Joseph Layne by major decision (16-2) before winning by technical fall (17-1) over Gray’s Creek’s Jalen Keith. Pirate Nathan Martinez (145) wrestled four times and finished 2-2, and Tyler Dempsey (195) also finished 2-2 in his action. Martinez pinned West Brunswick’s Trevor Wilson and decked St. Paul’s Hector Cantu for his two wins,

while losing by fall to South Jalen Parker and via a 10-2 decision to Lumberton’s Armando Marquez. Dempsey lost by fall (1:53) to Gray’s Creek’s Dylan Porter and by pin to Richlands’ Kooper Wolf, but came away with a 7-4 win by decision over Lumberton’s Edward Brock and a win by fall over West Brunswick’s Alex Delacruz. Topsail’s Ethan Rivenbark finished 2-3, winning by pins over St. Paul’s Damion Ortiz and Lumberton’s Justin Kelly, and losing 9-2 to Socastee’s Tyler Ward, by technical fall (17-1) to Ashley’s William Adame, and by fall to West Brunswick’s Matthew Tippett. Other Topsail wrestlers active in the tournament were Joe Lamb (1-3 at 182), Ethan Ripley (1-3 at 220), Zack Still (1-4 at 132), Tyler Still (0-3 at 120), and Dillon Orren (0-3 at 126). The Pirates did not have any dual meets last week. They were at the Eagle Invitational last Saturday at Rosewood High School, and at 4A powerhouse Laney Wednesday. The top six.

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Post & Voice Top Performers By Bobby Norris Post & Voice Sports Writer The county high schools were busy last week with the winter sports season picking up the pace. The Trask wrestling team beat Lejuene and Pender 6912 behind the grappling of Kyle Hancock and Joseph Chung. Pender’s Tyler Sawyer and Ocampo each won twice in the tri-match as well. Topsail Freshman Madison Lofton won the 300 meter dash in winter track action. Lofton’s time qualifies her for the NCHSAA 3A state meet. The Topsail girls’ basketball team split non-conference games last week. Dominique Bryant scored 13 points and pulled down 9 rebounds and sophomore Kathryn Soderman came off the bench to score seven points in the loss to North Brunswick while

Bryant scored 20 points in the Pirates win over Coastal Christian. Freshman Julia Sullivan had eight points while Payton Little added nine points and eight boards. The Topsail boys won twice last week and seem to be gaining momentum. Alec Baker had 21 points and three steals while Kodiak NestorDowling added 11 points in a big win over North Brunswick. Johnny Tartaglione led the Pirates with 16 points and seven boards while Kodiak Nestor-Dowling added 11 points. Owen Ellis had eight points and seven boards. The Pender boys lost two non-conference games last week to 4A New Hanover and Laney. Rodney Tigga Hansley had 22 points including four treys against New Hanover while Jarious Williams had 22 points against Laney. Andre Devane chipped in 11 in the loss to the Bucs.

The Trask men’s basketball team won three times last week to run their record to 5-1. Junior Tiyuan Ballard led the Titans with 19 pints with sophomore B.J. Jordan chipping in 15 points, seven rebounds and five steals in the teams win over 4A Wilmington Hoggard. Freshman Jujuan Carr contributed 13 points. Carr had 16 points while Ballard had 11 points and nine rebounds in a win over Southwest Onslow. Jakel Newton chipped in 11 points for the Titans. The Titans finished up the week by trashing Dixon. Jakel Newton led the Titans with 14 points while Freshman Watson Orr made his varsity debut and contributed 10 points. This week’s top performer is Titan freshman Jujuan Carr. The freshman standout averaged double figures last week in leading the Titans to three wins.

Post & Voice Sports News and Notes By Bobby Norris Post & Voice Sports Writer The Four County Conference all-conference selections for the fall sports were recently announced. Pender’s

Titan Carr is not your average freshman By Bobby Norris Post & Voice Sports Writer When the Heide Trask Titan varsity men’s basketball team takes the floor there are several new faces in the lineup. The Titans lost their top three scorers from a year ago and are dependent on those new faces. Among those new faces is freshman guard Jajuan Carr. Carr came to the Titans with an abundance of potential along with a very good resume. So far the young man has managed to meet all of the high expectations that preceded him. Carr’s best attribute is his ability to make plays on the fly. He can run the floor and drive to the basket with the best of them. He is also a very good defender and works hard on the defensive end of the floor. As the season progresses, Jajuan Carr should get better. By the end of the year he will be an all-conference performer for the Titans.

Osvaldo Rivera and William Velasquez were named allconference in soccer while Trask standout Fernando Aldama was named all-conference. Lakirah Forney and Kam

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Ellis gives Pirates strength and size on the inside By Bobby Norris Post & Voice Sports Writer Entering basketball season the Topsail Pirate men’s basketball team seemed primed and ready to take it to the next level in the conference. The Pirates have lacked size inside in the past two years. This year senior Owen Ellis seems to have remedied that problem. Ellis has come on strong thus far. He has made his presence known in the paint with his strength and rebounding ability. One of Owen’s strengths is his ability to rebound the basketball. He is a tenacious defender and has a never say die attitude when hitting the boards. The Pirates are on the cusp of becoming a major player in the Mid-Eastern Conference. To do that Ellis will have to step up his play in the paint. He has shown glimpses of doing just that early this year. Owen Ellis is just what the Pirates need to compete in the MEC.

the Patriots placed five men on the cross country all-conference team. Those selected were Bradley Parton, Barry Parton, Earl Cottle, Jose Cruz, and Noah Gurganus. The Titans had five ladies

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on the cross country allconference squad. Vanessa Velasco, Yaritza Villalobos, Edith Mendoza, Skye Owens, and Michelle Sorroso were named to the squad. Trask men’s basketball

Kea gives Patriots more options By Bobby Norris Post & Voice Sports Writer When the Pender Patriot basketball team takes the floor there is no doubt that the strength of the team is its back court. The Pats top two scorers are guards with the ability to score from the outside or via driving to the basket. While these young men are the core of the team there are others that have the ability to contribute. One of those players is senior Cameron Kea. He has the ability to shoot the basketball from the perimeter. However, his best attribute is his defensive intensity and transition game. Kea is a very good defender and rebounder. He runs the floor well . As the Patriots enter Four County Conference play, Cameron Kea will become an important part of the Patriot basketball team. He gives the team another option on the offensive end and will play tough defense.

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By Bill Howard Post & Voice Columnist When I used to teach hunter education, we saved the section on wildlife identification and worked it in with duck hunting. Duck hunting may be the most important type of hunt that requires proper identification due to the regulations limiting certain species and gender in the daily bag limit. I would explain the importance and then Segway over to a couple of stories on bears and deer. The bear story was entirely fictional and had to do with identifying the species of bear based on their scat. The deer story however was and is completely true. Many years ago, when the state of Kentucky was still building a sustainable population of elk, prior to the permitted hunts that are available now, a hunter was in the easter n part of the state. He happened to see the largest deer he had ever seen in his life. Buck fever set in and the hunter was doing everything he could to control his nerves as he waited for the clear shot.


Continued from page 9A ball, the Titans’ scheduled game verse Wallace-Rose Hill has been postponed due to the Bulldogs date in the state championship game. The Bulldogs will be playing for their third straight state title. The Trask wrestling team will host the Titan duals this Saturday. The Titans are off to a 7-2 start this year. Both Topsail and Pender are scheduled to participate in the duals match. All three county high school basketball teams will open conference play this week.

The buck had a rack that towered above his head. The body must have been over 400 pounds. He settled the sights on the buck, and even though he was fighting hard to keep the crosshairs steady, the buck bounced around in the glass. Finally, he felt that he could hold it steady enough to squeeze the trigger. “Blammm!!” sounded the rifle as the bullet left the muzzle. He watched in amazement as this true trophy dropped to the ground. Kentucky had check in stations for when you killed a deer, and the hunter called ahead to let the game warden know about this tremendous buck he had just downed. He also made a few calls to local media, friends and family, as he was positive this beast, a sure once-in-a-lifetime prize, would be a new world record. After all, he had to use a wench to pull the great animal into his truck and the antlers were so large they hung over the tailgate with it up. He drove up to the check in station and saw that between the people he called, and the people they called, there was a large gathering to greet him. He beamed with pride as he was certainly about to become the talk of the town, the state, and maybe the country. But something was wrong. As soon as he pulled up the game warden begin calling in other wildlife officers. Instead of a look of awe, there was a look of concern. The hunter had shot one

Trask will be at Union on Friday night while Pender hosted Clinton on Tuesday. Topsail opened at Hoggard on Tuesday. All three schools will be off during the week leading up to Christmas. The Titan men and women will participate in the CFA holiday challenge the week after Christmas while Pender is not scheduled to play again until January. The Topsail men will participate in the Brunswick Community College Christmas tournament the week of Dec. 19. They will play in the East Columbus Christmas Tournament starting Dec. 28.

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of the elk that Kentucky was using to grow the herd. Not a deer, but an elk. Same family, but a completely different species. An elk stands almost twice as high as a whitetail at the shoulder, the neck is long, the coat is much thicker and browner, and the antlers, well, the antlers are nothing similar. A whitetail has curved main beams that forces the tips back in to each other. The most mature bucks may have a beam that comes close to 24 inches in length. An elk has antlers that go straight up and back and may be as long as four feet. My class always questioned the validity of the story and I kept a newspaper clipping that I was happy to pass around. Now there is more proof that identification is important. This story, like history in general, repeated itself. A hunter in Michigan proceeded to do the same thing

back in November. Misidentification can be costly regarding wild game animals. The hunter in Michigan was charged with a $5000 fine plus and additional $500 for each point on the antler. The elk was a 6x6. That is an additional $6000 on top of the $5000 fine. And he didn’t get to keep it. As always, know your target before squeezing the trigger. That doesn’t mean just knowing where your target is, it also means knowing what is your target. –Bill Howard is a lifelong North Carolina resident and hunter. He is a lifetime member of the North Carolina Bowhunters Association, an associate member of Pope and Young, and an official measurer of both. He is a certified hunter education (IHEA) instructor and bowhunter education (IBEP) instructor. Please share your stories with Bill at BillHowardOutdoors@

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December 23, 26, 27 Town offices closed in observance of Christmas Request for Proposal for January 2 Town offices closed in observance of New Year’s Day Comprehensive TOWN OF BURGAW TIMES PhoneMEETING 910.259.2151 Fax 910.259.6644 Disaster Recovery Service Email: Web: st Surf City Town Council 1 Tuesday of the mont RFP#12052016 nd

Planning 2 Thursday of the mon Pender EMS and Fire Inc. is seeking qualified firms Board ______________________________________________________ to provide FEMA public assistance program consultTown City ing in response to Hurricane Matthew. TownofofSurf Surf City Government News The proposals will be received at 805 Ridgewood Government News Town ofHEARING Surf City NOTICE OF PUBLIC December 2016 Road, Burgaw, NC 28425ADDRESS, 12/09/2016, by 2:00 December15, 15, 2016 Government News pm. If submitted by mail, properly mark envelope to December 15, 2016 read “Sealed Proposal RFP # 12052016 and send The topublic will take notice that the Town Council of th Pender EMS and Fire, Attention: David J. Stancil at MEETING TIMES Town Surf City, North Carolina, 1has called a public st 805 Ridgewood Road Burgaw, NC 28425. Mailed pro- of Surf City Town Council MEETING TIMES Tuesday of the month nd st MEETING TIMES City Town Tuesday of the monthon Board 2 st 1Thursday the month posals must arrive prior to 2:00 PM 12/19/16. hearing Surf atPlanning 7:00 pm,Council or as soon thereafter asofofthe possible, nd Surf CityBoard Town Council 1 2Tuesday Thursday ofmonth the month ________________________________________________________ Proposals will also be accepted in electronic Planning nd Board 2017, at Surf City 2 Thursday the month the 3rd ofPlanning January Townof Hall on: (email) format as well. Proposals can be emailed to ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING and admin@penderems. NOTICE OFPUBLIC PUBLIC HEARING com. Vendors are advised to request notification that NOTICE OF • Contiguous Annexation request for 99 Seahorse The public will take notice that theHEARING Town Council of the La submission is received, if sending by email. Town of4.18+/Surf City, Acres. North Carolina, has called a public will notice that Town Council of the BeingThe all of Pender County # 423 Thepublic public will take take notice that thethe Town Council ofPin the To be considered for award/selection, proposals hearing at 7:00 pm, or as soon thereafter as possible, on NorthCarolina, Carolina, called a public must be received by the Purchasing office by the79-5909-0000 des- Town TownofofSurf Surf City, City, North hashas called a public the 3rd at of January 2017, Surf thereafter City Town as Hall on: orasasat soon possible, ignated date and hour. Proposals received in the Pur- hearing hearing at7:00 7:00 pm, pm, or soon thereafter as possible, on on • Satellite Annexation request for 1108 McClammy R chasing office after the date and hour designated are the the3rd 3rdofofJanuary January 2017, Town HallHall on: on: 2017,atatSurf SurfCity City Town • Contiguous Annexation request for 99 Seahorse Lane. automatically disqualified and will not be considered. Being allBeing of 0.99 +/- Acres. Pender County Pin # 422 all of 4.18+/- Acres. Pender County Pin # 4235The Purchasing office is not responsible for delays in • •Contiguous Contiguous Annexation 99 99 Seahorse Lane.Lane. Annexationrequest requestforfor Seahorse 01-8922-0000 79-5909-0000 the delivery of the mail by the U.S. Postal Service or Being all of 4.18+/Acres. Pender County Pin # 4235all Annexation of 4.18+/- Acres. Pin #Rd. 4235•Being Satellite request Pender for 1108County McClammy private couriers. It is the sole responsibility of the 79-5909-0000 79-5909-0000 Being all of 0.99 +/- Acres. Pender County Pin # 4225bidder to ensure that the proposal reaches the Pur• Satellite Annexation request for 1108 McClammy Rd. • Satellite Annexation request for 1108 McClammy Rd. 01-8922-0000 chasing office by the designated time and hour. Being all of 0.99 +/- Acres. Pender County Pin # 4225Being all of 0.99 +/- Acres. Pender County Pin # 4225Pender EMS and Fire reserves the right to waive 01-8922-0000 01-8922-0000 any informality, to reject any and all request for proposals, and to accept any proposal which in its opinion may be in the best interest of Pender EMS and Fire. 214 214 N. New River Drive N. New River Drive Firms providing proposals shall be responsible SurfSurf City, City,NC NC 28445 28445 for complying with North Carolina Laws and local 214 N. New River Drive ordinances and all applicable FEMA regulations. (910) 328-4131 (910) 328-4131 SurfN.City, NC 28445Drive 214 New River To see the full RFP, Visit (910) 328-4131 Surf City, NC 28445 (910) 328-4131



NOTICE TO BIDDERS DEMOLITION AND LOT CLEARANCE SERVICES PENDER COUNTY FMA ACQUISITION PROGRAM Pender County is seeking qualified contractors to perform demolition and lot clearance work for one (1) residential property in the Maple Hill area to be funded through the county’s Flood Mitigation Assistance Program. The contract will be awarded based on a competitive bidding process in accordance with the provisions of 44CFR13.36 and Pender County’s FMA Equal Employment and Procurement Policy.

WANTED! A FEW GOOD MEN & WOMEN! VOLUNTEER! The Pender County Board of Commissioners will consider appointments to the following boards/commissions/committees: Name of Board Advisory Board of Health Animal Shelter Advisory Committee Board of Adjustment EMS & Fire Board Industrial Facilities & Pollution Control Financing Auth. Library Board Tourism Development Authority District 1 = Upper Topsail; Surf City District 2 = Scotts Hill; Lower Topsail District 3 = Rocky Point; Long Creek

# of Vacancies 2 1 2 1 7 2 1

Positions/Categories Dentist***, Engineer*** Veterinarian District 4, District 5 District 4 Business/Insurance/Attorney/Banking District 3, District 4 Collector

District 4 = Union; Penderlea; Grady; Columbia; Caswell; Canetuck 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.

Bid packages may be obtained from Holland Consulting Planners, Inc., at (910) 392-0060. There is no charge for receiving bid packages. Bids will be opened and read promptly at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, December 28, 2016, in the Public Meeting Room, Pender County Administration Building, 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC. Pender County is an equal opportunity employer/service provider and encourages participation by historically underutilized businesses, including small, minority, and female-owned businesses.

NOTICE OF HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURES Pender County Government Offices will be closed on the following dates in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays: Friday, December 16, 2016 from 11:30 – 2:30 for the Employee Christmas Party Friday, December 23, 2016 Monday, December 26, 2016 Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Monday, January 2, 2017

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Continued from page 8A held the Scorpions to one field goal and three foul shots – put the finishing touches on the win. “The main thing was our defense,” Nestor-Dowling said. “They scored more than 70 points in the first game and this time they were in the 30s so our defense played a huge part in the win tonight. We made our free throws and we learned a new motion offense and that led to some nice passes that led to some easy baskets, a couple of them luckily coming my way. “These two wins were huge and we know, going into conference play, we can play with anybody so we just have to keep it going with solid defense and good teamwork on offense.” Tuesday they Pirates welcomed a 5-1 Coastal Christian Academy team that came to Hampstead with impressive wins over North Brunswick


Continued from page 8A the Laney team 7-1. An 8-0 Buc run gave the Wilmington team a 9-7 lead before a Pender bucket stopped the rally. Laney led 10-9 when a Robert Walker floater gave the Pats an 11-10 lead. The teams battled to an 11-11 tie going into the second period. Laney opened the second stanza with a 3-0 run. Pender answered with a 4-0 run behind a pressing defense. The games frantic pace was just what the Patriots ordered and every time the Bucs made a run the Patriots answered. Pender took a 24-20 lead on a Justin Hooper three pointer late in the second period. Laney answered with an 8-0 run to end the half with a 28-24 lead. Laney began to pull away midway through the third quarter and held a 46-33 lead going into the final eight minutes of play.

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Continued from page 8A goal with 5:56 left in regulation. But that’s when Nor th seniors Taylor Perkins (15 points) and Jada Bellamy (15 points) took over. Perkins scored 12 of her 15 points in the period –going 7-for-9 from the charity stripe and hitting a clutch 3-pointer, and Bellamy hit a key field goal and free throw to hold off the Lady Pirates (4-3). For the second game in a row Tuesday the Lady Pirates hustled their way through a relatively easy game as a 15-0 first quarter advantage led to a 41-14 win over the Coastal Christian Academy Lady Centurions. A hustling and agg ressive full-court trapping press forced 12 Lady Centurion turnovers in the first period alone, leading to several easy


Continued from page 8A double figures with 16 points while Ballard had 11 points and nine rebounds. Jakel Newton chipped in 11 points for the Titans. The final game of the week was a home affair with Dixon. The Titans ran away from the Bulldogs at their place, taking a 31 point win. This time the game was played in front of the Titan faithful. The Rocky Point crew put on a show for their home fans in taking a 77-28 win. The Titan defense forced 33 turnovers and controlled the boards throughout the contest. Coach Orr played everybody on his roster during the game. Jakel Newton led the Titans with 14 points while Ballard chipped in 11. Freshman Wat-

(64-55) and West Brunswick (50-48) but the Pirates turned out to be the better team on this night with a hard-fought 51-42 win over the Centurions. The Pirates trailed 27-24 thanks to a three-point basket by Coastal Christian’s Timothy Murphy (16 points, 4 three’s) but a basket by Ellis (8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals) brought them to within one at 27-26, and score by NestorDowling (11 points) with 4:21 remaining in the third period provided the Pirates with a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way. “I’ve been telling the guys all season we’re going to be in a lot of close games this year, we’re not going to get blown out and we’re not going to be blowing a whole lot of teams out, if any, so we have to learn how to win these games. “The last two we lost (North Brunswick and Pender), they didn’t beat us we beat ourselves between the 25 missed free throws (North) and the 17 tur novers (Pender). We have to learn how to win this

type of game since we’re not all that use to being in them. I think we’re slowly turning that corner.” Johnny Tartaglione, Owen Ellis, Baker (7 points), and Nestor-Dowling took turns having the hot hand throughout the first three quarters with the Pirates holding a 40-33 lead entering the final eight minutes. After missing those 25 free throws against North, the Pirates showed what is possible by hitting 9-of-10 charity tosses in the fourth quarter with Tartaglione going a perfect 6-for-6 down the stretch. “It was a total effort from everyone out there,” Tartaglione said. “And as a senior I was determined that we were not going to give another game away at the end. I don’t think I felt any pressure, it was just a matter of concentration and getting the job done.” The Pirates opened conference play this week with a game Tuesday at Hoggard. They will follow that up by welcoming Laney to Hampstead Friday.

The Patriots trailed 50-33 midway through the fourth period before the home team began to rally. A 17-10 Pender run cut the lead to 60-50 with 2:21 to play. However, two technical fouls and a one and one personal foul derailed the Patriots hopes. A 10-point deficit became a 14-point deficit in a matter of a minute or so and the Bucs never looked back. Jarious Williams led the Patriots with 22 points while Andre Devane added 11. The Patriots (3-3) open Four County Conference play this week. They Hosted Clinton on Tuesday and traveled to Midway on Friday. Lady Patriots drop two non-conference tilts; still winless The Pender Lady Patriot basketball team has shown improvement in almost every facet of its game through the early part of the season. However, to first year coach Andrienne Bannerman’s chagrin, they have not been able to improve on the one thing that

wins basketball games. “We just can’t put the ball in the basket,” said Bannerman. “We have focused on defense and rebounding in practice and not as much on shooting. I can take the blame for that, but sometimes you have to put in the work on your own.” The Lady Patriots played two tough competitors last week in the powerful New Hanover Wildcats and the Laney Buccaneers. The Wildcats ran away with a 74-6 win while the Buccaneers took a 37-15 victory. The Lady Patriots played the lady Bucs tough in the early going but the Patriots inability to finish caught up with them in the second period. Laney took a 17-5 lead into the break and stretched that lead to 24-9 after three quarters of play. A 13-6 Laney advantage ended the Patriots night. Taylor Marshall led the Patriots with seven points. Pender (0-6) hosted Clinton on Tuesday before traveling to Midway on Friday.

baskets. Bryant was the beneficiary of several of those turnovers as she piled up 11 of her game-high 20 points. Coastal Christian did not score its first point until Julia Masters (3 points, 13 rebounds) hit a free throw with 1:01 gone in the second period, and they didn’t notch their first field goal until Samantha Stanko (7 points) knocked down a shot with 2:33 remaining in the first half – which ended with the Lady Pirates holding an overwhelming 25-7 advantage. “They’re buying into the defensive scheme and we need that,” Ellington said. “ Any time you can get extra possessions by taking the ball away gives you a better chance to win. Tonight defense definitely predicated the outcome from start to finish.” To p s a i l o u t s c o re d t h e Lady Centurions 12-2 in the third quarter to take remove suspense from the outcome. Freshman Julia Sullivan, who

appears to be fitting in well in her second start, scored four of her eight points in that period. Sullivan also pulled down 9 rebounds to go along with an assist and three steals. “We’ve been working on our defense and the press a lot in practice and tonight it really paid off for us,” said the 15-year-old Sullivan. “It’s been a bit of a transition moving from middle school to the varsity level but all the girls have been really supportive and have made me feel comfortable.” Payton Little added 9 points and 8 rebounds. Lauren Caveness (5) and Carmen Pyrtle (5) each scored two points but combined for 10 steals – most of them coming via the press. The Topsail girls had a total of 20 steals. Mid-Eastern 3A/4A Conference play opened up this past Tuesday at 4A power Hoggard. The Lady Pirates play host to Laney Friday,

son Orr made his varsity debut and contributed 10 points. Every player on the roster scored and chipped in a rebound during the lopsided win. The Titans (5-1) were scheduled to play Wallace – Rose Hill in their conference opener early in the week. However, the Bulldog football team will be playing for the state championship this weekend, therefore the game was postponed. Trask will play at Union on Friday night. Lady Titans lose three games The Trask Lady Titans attempted to follow the lead of the men’s varsity basketball team last week. In the process they were trying to earn their first win of the season. However, first year Coach Laverne Lampkins young squad found the going tough once again, dropping three contests. The Lady Titans followed the men over to Hoggard to

open the week. The Lady Vikings were not very hospitable in running the Lady Titans out of the gym. Hoggard took a 30-5 lead after one quarter of play in taking a 67-19 win. Next up was a home game with a Southwest Onslow team that the Lady Titans had played tough. This time around the Lady Stallions jumped on the Lady Titans early and rolled to a 41-18 win. The final stop of the week was another home game. This time it was the Lady Bulldogs from Dixon High School. The Lady Titans went down 13-2 after one quarter and trailed 35-8 at the break. The Lady Titans outscored Dixon 21-18 in the second half but could not overcome the large first half deficit in losing 53-29. The Lady Titans (0-6) will play at Union on Friday in their Four County Conference opener.

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Legal Notices Legal Notices Legal Notices NOTICE TO CREDITORS EXECUTRIX NOTICE TO CREDITORS Pender County Estate File No.: 16E435 All persons, firms or corporations having claims against Joseph Henry Jr., deceased, late of Pender County, North Carolina, are notified to exhibit the same to the undersigned on or before March 1, 2017 or this notice will be plead in bar of recovery. All persons indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This is the 30th day of November 2016. Renee Williamson Bloodworth Executrix of the Estate of Joseph Henry Jr. Attorney at Law PO BOX 129 Atkinson, NC 28421 #7556 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22/2016 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 Ruth H. McPherson, deceased, of Pender County. This is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of said decedent, Ruth H. McPherson, to present them to the undersigned on or before February 27, 2017 at 1427 NC Hwy 131 S. Tarheel, NC 28392 or be barred from recovery. All persons indebted to said estate, please make immediate payment. This the day of November 24, 2016. Margie J. Izzo 1427 NC Hwy 131 S. Tarheel, NC 28392 #7554 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15/2016 STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA PENDER COUNTY NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS OF KRISTEN CARNELL SIMPSON 16 E 439 All persons, firms and corporations having claims against Kristen Carnell Simpson, deceased, are notified to exhibit them to Mark I. Nunalee, Administrator of the decedent’s estate, on or before March 2, 2017 at Post Office Box 598, Hampstead, NC 28443, or be barred from their recovery. Debtors of the decedent are asked to make immediate payment to the above named Administrator. Mark I. Nunalee, Administrator of the Estate of Kristen Carnell Simpson BIBERSTEIN & NUNALEE LLP Attorneys at Law P.O. Box 598 Hampstead NC 28443 910-270-4347 #7555 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22/2016

IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE OF NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION PENDER COUNTY 16SP199 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST EXECUTED BY BEVERLY HITCHCOCK AND GWENITH S. HOBBS DATED JANUARY 7, 2005 AND RECORDED IN BOOK 2559 AT PAGE 110 IN THE PENDER COUNTY PUBLIC REGISTRY, NORTH CAROLINA NOTICE OF SALE Under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in the above-referenced deed of trust and because of default in the payment of the secured indebtedness and failure to perform the stipulation and agreements therein contained and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the secured debt, the undersigned substitute trustee will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at the county courthouse of said county at 3:00PM on December 20, 2016 the following described real estate and any other improvements which may be situated thereon, in Pender County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Being all of Lot 10 of Emerald Ridge Subdivision, Section 1, as the same appears on a map thereof recorded in Map Book 32 at Page 137 of the Pender County Registry. And Being more commonly known as: 147 Shandy Way, Hampstead, NC 28443 The record owner(s) of the property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds, is/are Gwenith S Hobbs. The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale. Any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. This sale is made subject to all prior liens and encumbrances, and unpaid taxes and assessments including but not limited to any transfer tax associated with the foreclosure. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. This sale will be held open ten days for upset bids as required by law. Following the expiration of the statutory upset period, all remaining

amounts are IMMEDIATELY DUE AND OWING. Failure to remit funds in a timely manner will result in a Declaration of Default and any deposit will be frozen pending the outcome of any re-sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, the Substitute Trustee or the attorney of any of the foregoing. SPECIAL NOTICE FOR LEASEHOLD TENANTS: If you are a tenant residing in the property, be advised that an Order for Possession of the property may be issued in favor of the purchaser. Also, if your lease began or was renewed on or after October 1, 2007, be advised that you may terminate the rental agreement upon written notice to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time notice of termination is provided. You may be liable for rent due under the agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. The date of this Notice is November 29, 2016. Grady I. Ingle or Elizabeth B. Ells Substitute Trustee 10130 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 400 Charlotte, NC 28216 (704) 333-8107 16-086035 #7560 12/8, 12/15/2016 NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS OF CARL DOUGLAS ROGERS 16 E 450 Having qualified as Administratrix of the Estate of Carl Douglas Rogers deceased of Pender County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 10th day of March, 2017, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of recovery. All persons, firms and corporation indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 8th day of December, 2016. Lisa Tartaglione Administratrix of the Estate of Carl Douglas Rogers c/o Lawrence S. Boehling Attorney at Law P.O. Box 1416 Burgaw, NC 28425 910-259-3334 #7559 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29/2016 Public Notice The Village of St. Helena Council will hold a public hearing December 15th 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Village Hall located at 305 East Main Street. The purpose of the meeting is to hear public comment regarding the consideration for rezoning of the Tomosunas property formerly known as Coastal Instruments. The property is located 2120 Highsmith Rd about ¼ miles south of the Northwest Avenue intersection. If approved, the proposed rezoning would change the zone from I-1 (Light Industrial) to R-12 (Residential). The parcel include # 3218-93-6023-000).For more information, contact the Village Inspector at 910-604-0912. #7558 12/8, 12/15/2016 IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE OF NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION PENDER COUNTY 15SP272 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST EXECUTED BY JEREMIAH JONES A N D B R I T T N I J O N E S D AT E D MARCH 18, 2011 AND RECORDED IN BOOK 3903 AT PAGE 7 IN THE PENDER COUNTY PUBLIC REGISTRY, NORTH CAROLINA NOTICE OF SALE Under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in the above-referenced deed of trust and because of default in the payment of the secured indebtedness and failure to perform the stipulation and agreements therein contained and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the secured debt, the undersigned substitute trustee will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at the county courthouse of said county at 12:00PM on December 29, 2016 the following described real estate and any other improvements which may be situated thereon, in Pender County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at a new PK nail in the center of the pavement of N.C.S.R 1324 (Crooked Run Road) which said P.K. nail is located from the point of intersection of N.C.S.R. 1325 (Sills Creek Road), on the north side of Crooked Run Road with the centerline of Crooked Run Road North 62 degrees 22 minutes 36 seconds West, 149.04 feet, a chord; North 68 degrees 32 minutes 54 seconds West 152.66 feet a chord; and North 69 degrees 59 minutes 44 seconds West 1071.18 feet to said beginning point, said beginning point being so located runs thence as follows: 1. To, and with the center of a small drain ditch South 20 degrees 05 minutes 00 seconds West 293.31 feet (passing over an inline iron pipe with an old State Right-of-Way monument beside said pipe, at 38.08 feet) to a tall iron pipe at the intersection

of a second ditch (old State Rightof-Way monument beside said iron pipe); thence 2. With the center of said ditch North 69 degrees 55 minutes 00 seconds West 295.18 feet to a new iron stake in said ditch; thence 3. Leaving said ditch North 55 degrees 38 minutes 00 seconds East 365.45 feet (passing over an inline iron stake at 296.69 feet) to a new P.K. nail in the center of N.C.S.R. 1324, said PK nail is South 74 degrees 45 minutes 44 seconds East 16.59 feet from the centerline intersection of N.C.S.R 1359 (Hawkeye English Road (dirt) and N.C.S.R 1324 (Crooked Run Road); thence 4. The same line continued North 55 degrees 38 minutes 00 seconds East 3.28 feet to the old corner of this lot; thence 5. With said old lot line South 69 degrees 54 minutes 55 seconds East 80.80 feet to an old corner of said lot; thence 6. South 20 degrees 05 minutes 00 seconds West 6.69 feet to the point of beginning. The above described lot or tract of land contains 1.29 acres to be the same more or less, and is all of the lands described in Deed Book 747, Page 618, of the Pender County Registry. And also being the same land described in Book 982, Page 208 of the Pender County Registry. And Being more commonly known as: 3211 Crooked Run Rd, Willard, NC 28478 The record owner(s) of the property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds, is/are Jeremiah Jones and Brittni Jones. The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale. Any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. This sale is made subject to all prior liens and encumbrances, and unpaid taxes and assessments including but not limited to any transfer tax associated with the foreclosure. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. This sale will be held open ten days for upset bids as required by law. Following the expiration of the statutory upset period, all remaining amounts are IMMEDIATELY DUE AND OWING. Failure to remit funds in a timely manner will result in a Declaration of Default and any deposit will be frozen pending the outcome of any re-sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, the Substitute Trustee or the attorney of any of the foregoing. SPECIAL NOTICE FOR LEASEHOLD TENANTS: If you are a tenant residing in the property, be advised that an Order for Possession of the property may be issued in favor of the purchaser. Also, if your lease began or was renewed on or after October 1, 2007, be advised that you may terminate the rental agreement upon written notice to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time notice of termination is provided. You may be liable for rent due under the agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. The date of this Notice is November 21, 2016. Grady I. Ingle or Elizabeth B. Ells Substitute Trustee 10130 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 400 Charlotte, NC 28216 (704) 333-8107 13-047052 #7557 12/15, 12/22/2016

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Hampstead Women’s Club Breakfast with Santa Dec. 17 Hampstead Women’s Club and the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa Dec. 17 from 8-10:30 a.m. After breakfast, the children will have an opportunity to visit with Santa and tell him about their Christmas lists. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera to capture the special moment. The cost of each ticket is $5, and children age two and under will be admitted free with their parents. “We wanted to do something for the local community where people would be able to bring their children and do something very affordable,” said Hampstead Women’s Club President Pat Truscello. “It’s such a lovely time. We have families and grandparents here, and we have a nice breakfast. We will serve pancakes and sausage, and everything is going to be donated. I feel this is one of the nicest things we do all year, and it’s so enjoyable. It gives us such joy to see how excited the parents and the children are when they see Santa Claus.” Truscello said that the event has grown every year, and that people wait for it as the Christmas season approaches. Locals come in specifically to ask when the tickets will be ready because they want to bring their kids to their favorite event. Truscello said their only reason for the gathering is to simply to do something nice for the community. The ladies from the Women’s Club, as well as Food Lion and Lowe’s Foods donate items for the breakfast. Last year’s breakfast was such a popular occasion that the ladies found themselves running back and forth to Food Lion as breakfast necessities started to run out. “We try to keep it affordable, and everyone pitches in together and donates everything. We will have pancakes, sausage, juice and milk. Of course, the kids will be able to see Santa and get a little prize. The Chamber of Commerce participates each year, as well. They can’t wait to come down every year. Tammy Proctor and her husband, Jim, come to help, and Jim is our main pancake maker – we’ve got to have Jim. It’s just a fun time and we look forward to it every year,” said Truscello. Hampstead Women’s Club recently held its annual Christmas Bazaar, and later this winter they plan to collaborate with Kiwanis Club of Hampstead for a Souper Supper. Hampstead Women’s Club is located at 14435 U.S. Hwy. 17 North in Hampstead. By Lori Kirkpatrick, Staff Writer

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And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, how shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:30-35 As an elderly priest named Zechariah ministered in the temple, the angel Gabriel appeared to him and told him that he and his wife, Elizabeth, would have a child together.

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Zechariah responded with astonishment, asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can I be sure of this, since both of us are very old?â&#x20AC;? Gabriel answered by striking him dumb. A few months later, Gabriel visited a young girl named Mary and told her that she would bear a son named Jesus. As the Son of God, her newborn child would be the long-promised Messiah. Mary responded with bewilderment, because she was a virgin. Mary appeared to respond just as Zechariah did; so why did Gabriel strike Zechariah dumb for his question, but answered Mary kindly with a full, but startling explanation? I think part of the answer is that Mary was young and innocent, and her question natural and inevitable. Elizabeth and Zechariah knew from Scripture that Abraham had reached a hundred years of age, and Sarah ninety, when Sarah gave birth to Isaac. The priest should have understood Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s miraculous power that let older people conceive babies long after their normal time of child-

bearing. Mary, on the other hand, was not a Bible scholar. Furthermore, for a virgin to have a baby was unprecedented. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s question was not considered cynical, like Zechariahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, but a puzzled honesty. Corrie Ten Boom stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.â&#x20AC;? This gift to Mary was not only for her, but to the entire world that would receive Jesus as their Savior. God takes into account not only our actions, but the state of our hearts and the circumstances of our lives. Gabriel blessed the young and innocent Mary and helped relieve her honest confusion about how she could bear a child as a virgin. God deals with all people on their own terms. He already knows our struggles and confusion and is willing

to bring peace to our life. Jesus also said in Luke 12:48, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of those who have much, much will be required.â&#x20AC;? We as Christians are expected to measure up to a very high standard of ethical standards and conduct. John Piper proclaimed, Zechariah was a righteous and prayerful man, but even the best of men fall into unbelief now and then. None of us trusts Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promises perfectly from day to day. Thanks to God, though we may have to endure some chastisement for our unbelief, God does not cast us away, if we repent and set our hope afresh on him.â&#x20AC;? I encourage you this week to trust in the promises of Christ. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow the world to distract you from believing that God never changes. Mary will be the only person to be promised the birth of the Savior, but all have been promised a new birth if we are willing to accept Jesus as our Lord. Now is the perfect time to start believing in the promises of our Messiah.

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Hopeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cooking Corner

By Hope Cusick Contributing Writer This is the season to make your favorite recipes for guests and family. Here are a few recipes you might enjoy making. Enjoy! Gift-in-a-Jar hot chocolate This is a great hostess gift. Put a pretty holiday ribbon around jar. 3 cups dry milk powder 2 cups confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar 1ž cups cocoa powder 1ž cups mini semisweet chocolate morsels ½ teaspoon Chinese FiveSpice or ground cinnamon Pinch of salt 1 cup mini marshmallows 4 12- ounce Mason jars In a blender or food processor, combine dry milk powder, confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate morsels, Chinese Five-Spice, and salt. Process the mixture until

powdery and light. Fill half of each Mason jar with hot cocoa mix and the other half with mini marshmallows. To prepare hot chocolate, place Âź to â&#x2026;&#x201C; cup of hot cocoa mix in a mug and stir in one cup of boiling milk or water. Top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream. Salmon fillets in butter sauce with wine and lemon 1 pound frozen peas, about three cups 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, six tablespoons cubed 1â &#x201E;2 cup heavy cream salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 cup dry white wine 2 teaspoons lemon juice 4 6-ounce salmon fillets, with skin garlic powder, to taste 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil In a large saucepan of boiling water, cook the peas until tender, 3-4 minutes; drain. In the same saucepan, melt one tablespoon of the butter in the cream. Add the peas and mash with a potato masher until chunky. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm. In a small saucepan, simmer the wine with the lemon juice over moderate heat until reduced to one tablespoon, 8-10

minutes. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the remaining six tablespoons of butter, one cube at a time, until the sauce is thickened. Whisk in salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a small bowl and keep warm. Heat a grill pan. Rub the salmon with the garlic powder and olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill skin side down over moderate heat, turning once, until browned and just cooked through, 10-12 minutes. Spoon the mashed peas onto plates and top with the salmon, skin side up. Spoon the butter sauce over the salmon and serve. Russian tea cakes 6 tablespoons confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Âź teaspoon Chinese Five-Spice or ground cinnamon 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts 1/3 cup confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar for decoration Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl cream butter and vanilla until smooth. Combine six tablespoons confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar and flour; stir into the butter mixture until just blended. Mix in Chinese FiveSpice and chopped nuts, combine until blended. Roll dough into one-inch balls, and place

them two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 350-degree oven for 10-12 minutes. When cool, roll into remaining confectionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sugar, and roll a second time, if desired. Tasty gingerbread cake ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup butter 1 large egg 1 cup molasses 2½ cups all-purpose flour 1½ teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon Chinese Five-Spice or ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger Âź teaspoon ground cloves Pinch of salt 1 cup hot water Whipped cream for garnish Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a nine-inch square pan; set aside. With an electric mixer in a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg, and mix in molasses. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, Chinese Five-Spice, cloves, and ginger. Blend into creamed mixture. Stir in hot water. Mix until well blended. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for one hour, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan before serving. Cut into squares and garnish with whipped cream.

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS Christmas Eve Services at Holy Trinity Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Hampstead, will hold its Christmas Eve service at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 24. A selection of seasonal music will precede the 5 p.m. Holy Eucharist. A regular service of Holy Eucharist will be held Sunday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 107 Deerfield Drive behind the Port City Java on Rt. 17. For more information, call 270-4221. Hampstead Lions scholarship fundraiser The Hampstead Lions Club and the Hampstead N.C. Lions Foundation Inc. have, for the past 35 years, awarded college scholarships to deserving Topsail High School students. The program was started in 1981 when the Club raffled a shotgun and the proceeds, $50, were awarded to a Topsail High School senior. Since that time, the program has grown. By 1999, the club was awarding $5,000 each year and for the last two years, $30,000. This is due only to the generous support of the Hampstead community. Lion Billy Oliver, now deceased, was instrumental in

establishing the Foundation and in raising funds for the scholarship program. In his honor, one of the scholarships awarded each year it the Billy Oliver Scholarship, which is $10,000 awarded for a four-year period. To qualify for this scholarship, the student must be enrolled in an engineering program at N.C. State University. The Foundation is now holding itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual end-ofyear fundraiser in support of the scholarship program. To help a worthy Topsail High School attend college next fall, consider a donation to the scholarship fund. Donations may be sent to the Hampstead N.C. Lions Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 231, Hampstead, NC 28443. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volunteer Service Award Nominations Nominations are now being acce pted for the 2017 Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volunteer Service Award. The awards program, created by the office of the governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed

on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community. Each county selects up to 10 individuals, businesses, groups/teams and one paid director of volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. One of the nominees will be nominated for the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state. A local committee evaluates the nominations. Nomination for ms are available in Pender County at the following locations: s0ENDER!DULT3ERVICES  S. Walker St, Burgaw s"URGAW 0UBLIC ,IBRARY 103 S. Cowan St, Burgaw s(AMPSTEAD0UBLIC,IBRARY 75 Library Dr., Hampstead Re t u r n t h e c o m p l e t e d forms to: Kay Warner, Pender Adult Services, 901 S. Walker St., P.O. Box 1251, Burgaw, NC 28425. Nomination forms are due by Jan. 17. AARP Tax-Aide needs new volunteers If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that is both mentally challenging

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The Surf City Police Department has been recognized for completing the Law Enforcement Risk Review Process performed by the N.C. League of Municipalities. At last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s town council meeting, NCLM Public Safety Risk Management Consultant Tom Anderson presented Police Chief Ron Shanahan with a plaque recognizing the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts in risk reduction by completing the review process and adhering to industry standards related to risk reduction. Pictured left to right is Surf City Capt. Jeff Johnson, Tom Anderson (NCLM), Chief Ron Shanahan, and Town Manager Larry Bergman

and fulfilling, perhaps you should consider the AARP Tax-Aide, a free income tax preparation service. They are seeking new volunteers for the next tax filing season which begins in February of 2017. The Organization provides a complete tax preparation and e-filing service for both federal and state tax returns FREE of charge, to all qualified taxpayers, with emphasis placed on those with low to middle incomes and those 60 years of age or older. This service is administered nationwide by the AARP Foundation and sponsored by AARP and IRS. Volunteers need not be AARP members. Tax Counselors receive IRS approved training at a local site, as well as IRS certification. The training covers tax law as well as how to use the IRS approved software to prepare tax returns. Training begins in late November to early December with self study and practical exercises preparing sample returns. Classroom and computer training follows in midJanuary. Volunteers receive resource guides on tax law to use throughout the training and the tax season. Though counselors are trained to prepare the vast majority of all tax returns, they are not trained to prepare, nor are they allowed to prepare, highly complex returns. Returns prepared by tax counselors are e-filed to the IRS and the State of NC. All tax returns are quality checked by a second counselor at the site before being filed. Counselors at the Hampstead site will be expected to volunteer weekly for two afternoon sessions of four hours each during the 10 week tax season. If you are interested in helping provide this public service to the people of Pender County and would like to know more, please call Local Coordinator Jack Padgett at 910-270-4387.

Thursday, December 15 s4HE+IWANIS#LUBOF (AMPSTEADWILLMEETATAMAT the Sawmill Grill on Hwy. 17 in Hampstead. s!LCOHOLICS !NONYMOUS WILL MEET FROM NOON  PM AT the Surf City Community Center. Call 328.4887 for more information. s0ENDER #OUNTY -USEUM IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR FREE (donations are welcome) every Thursday and Friday from 1-4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Group tours are available at other times by contacting the Museum at 259-8543 by email at\ sThe Hampstead Lions Club meets on the first and third Thursday of the month at noon at Topsail Presbyterian Church Highway 17. For more information about the Lions Club please call Val at 910-231-6003. Friday, December 16 s!TKINSON"APTIST#HURCH (WYIN!TKINSON HASAFREE bread giveaway Fridays from 4-5 p.m. All types of bread from white to multigrain to hamburger buns. s0ENDER#OUNTY-USEUMOPEN PM s4HE -ARINE #ORPS ,EAGUE $ETACHMENT  MEETS FOR breakfast at the Sawmill Grill in Hampstead at 8 a.m. each Friday. Tuesday December 20 s4HE "URGAW ,IONS #LUB MEETS AT  PM THE lRST AND third Tuesday of each month at Burgaw Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Members do not have to live in Burgaw to be a member of this service organization. For more information, call Alan King at 910-789-1074. s4HE (AMPSTEAD ,IONS #LUB MEETS ON THE FIRST AND third Thursday of the month at noon at Topsail Presbyterian Church Highway 17. For more information about the Lions Club please call Val at 910-231-6003. Wednesday, December 21 s!LCOHOLICS!NONYMOUSWILLMEETFROM PMATTHE Surf City Community Center, 201 Community Center Dr. Call 328.4887 for more information s4HE#OASTAL0ENDER2OTARY#LUBMEETSEACH7EDNESDAY at 12:30 p.m. at the Belvedere Country Club, 2368 Country Club Drive in Hampstead. Thursday, December 22 s4HE+IWANIS#LUBOF (AMPSTEADWILLMEETATAMAT the Sawmill Grill on Hwy. 17 in Hampstead. s!LCOHOLICS !NONYMOUS WILL MEET FROM NOON  PM AT the Surf City Community Center. Call 328.4887 for more information. s0ENDER #OUNTY -USEUM IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR FREE (donations are welcome) every Thursday and Friday from 1-4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Group tours are available at other times by contacting the Museum at 259-8543 by email at\

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Superior Court Judge Gary Trawick was honored Sunday with an unveiling of his portrait that will be displayed in the Pender County Courthouse. Trawick, a Special Superior Court Judge, has been on the job since 1991, and has tried cases in all 100 counties of North Carolina. He is one of seven judges in the history of North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s justice system to earn the distinction of trying cases in all the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s counties. Trawick reached the 100-county milestone in 2013 while on the bench in Ashe County.

Winter holiday volleyball clinic in Surf City A special winter volleyball clinic is returning to the Surf City during the holiday break for the third year. Open to players 11-18 years old, it is hosted by Surf City Parks and Recreation and features Coach Jelena Allen who has previously run instructional and camp programs in Surf City. The clinic will be held Dec. 28-29 from 1-4 p.m. Part 1 (12/28) will be a Focus on the Basics (setting, passing and serving while the second day

(12/29) will feature Positional Specialties (hitting, blocking, serve/receive and defense) One day is $32 with the twoday price being only $48, at Surf City Community Center, 201 Community Center Drive. Join us for the fun and intense volleyball skills camp. It is perfect for beginner and intermediate players who are looking to improve their volleyball skills and gain some additional playing time. Each session will conclude with a

game to practice the skill set. Each session is limited to 20 players â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great opportunity to work with one of the finest coaches in the area,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Unger, Athletics Supervisor at Surf City Parks & Recreation. Jelena Allen has coached locally at the Surf City Community Center and for the Topsail Volleyball Club. She is an IMPACT certified and YMCA certified volleyball coach.

Jelena played four years the State University of New York at Geneseo as an outside hitter and was the team captain for two years. She loves the sport of volleyball and focuses on team play and friendly competition in addition to skill building. All registration is done online at For more information call 910-228-8679 or e-mail

Travis Horrell of Hampstead, a representative for WoddmenLife Insurance Society, received the 2016 Fraternal Insurance Counselors Quality Service Award and the 2016 Fraternal Insurance Counselors Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Award. Horrell is a local representative of WoodmenLife and serves member-customers in the Hampstead area.

Pender-Topsail Post & Voice, Thursday, December 15, 2016, Page 4B

BURGAW CHRISTMAS PARADE 2016 Staff photos by Katie and Andy Pettigrew

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