BURGAW – Pender County Tourism and Pender County Parks & Recreation announce a Pender County Nature Photography Contest. The contest is open to the public. Photos will be used in published materials giving credit to the photographer and location along with prizes awarded for first place in each category. Entries will be accepted through 5 p.m. on May 11. “The contest has categories including...

Although many attractions are closed you can still get outdoors while practicing social distancing guidelines. Park trails and recreational areas are open, the Moores Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center and park restrooms are temporarily closed as of March 24, 2020. The park is also not taking any new reservations for Patriots Hall at this time. Updates will be posted to the park website and social media channels....

Nothing, including Covid-19, stopped the Easter Bunny from making his rounds this year. And he even had a little gift for us - “Easter.” Just when we were hoping that we had “flattened the cold stun curve” the weather throws in a few frosty nights and the tides wash in those pitiful critters who just don’t have another ounce of strength in their little bodies. Honestly, we’re...

Sea Turtle Hospital News First there were 109, then 26 went home so we had 83. A week later another 19 turtles left for the deep blue sea. So then we had, well, we still have a lot of turtles. And now, thanks to Covid-19, a lot of our patients who had been blessed by Dr. Harms for release are stuck with us until who knows when. At least we’re now down to only three rooms full of pretty mad turtles who...

News from the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabiltation First there were 199, than 26 went home so we had 83. A week later another 19 turtles left for the deep blue sea. So then we had, well, we still have a lot of turtles. And now, thanks to Covid-19, a lot of our patients who had been blessed by Dr. Harms for release are stuck with us until who knows when. At least we’re now down to only three...

Just in time for lunch! Participate in Pender County Tourism's Take-Out Bingo! When you visit any of these Pender County Restaurants save your receipts. Use your phone to take a picture of them and your card, and email them to tourism at skey@pendercountync.gov for prizes. All you have to do is get 5 in a row. Drawing will be held on May 1st. Be sure to follow your CDC Health Recommendations when going to get breakfast,...

T.G.I.F. It's Friday! Who wants to cook on Friday night? Well just in case you don't, here are some great local restaurants that are offering Take Out, Curbside and Delivery. We are still promoting our open local restaurants that are here to help serve you. Try one of these favorites tonight! #NoCookFriday The Sailfish, Dabby's Grill , Paul's Place Famous Hotdogs , Daddy Mac's Beach Grille...

Thursday night...what's for dinner? Check out our feature restaurants for # TakeHomeThursday . And prepare yourself for more weekend eats and treats!

It's almost dinner time and guess what that means? #WalkUpWednesday. Check out our new featured restaurants tonight like Nineteen Restaurant, MeMa's Chick'n & Ribs and SurfDog Bites and Brews. Or maybe visit a favorite like Paul's Place Famous Hotdogs and The Sailfish. Or somewhere completely different! #SupportLocal

Pender County and the Town of Burgaw are poplar locations for Hollywood. Our shops, our parks, our schools, and more have been backdrops for hundreds of television and movie productions. “We want to make the most of staying home during the pandemic,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director. “Our staff has put together a list of movies for anyone who has visited or resides in Pender County,...

More Pender County Restaurants! Keep checking our Facebook page daily for changes and new restaurants adding Take Out Options! We are still encouraging you to pick up your breakfast, lunch, & dinner from our local restaurants & businesses.

What are you craving? Need a break from cooking here are some great places in Hampstead to order take out, delivery or to go! Also check out places in Burgaw, Surf City and more to satisfy those cravings! Burrito Shak is our newest addition. They just opened back up for take out today! Check them out and other restaurants that are providing take out, delivery and curbside! Call ahead and pick up at the curb!

You can still support your local restaurants and businesses while practicing social distancing! Support your favorite local businesses & shops! Call ahead to check hours & availability, place an order, & some offer curbside pickup! Many of our favorite shops have much to offer from kid favorites, to puzzles, arts&crafts, gifts for any occasion, greeting cards, clothing, candy, & fudge! # shoplocal...

It's DINNER TIME!!! Take a break from cooking and pick up one or more of the great take-out options in Surf City! You can still support your local restaurants and businesses while practicing social distancing! Many places even deliver! *BE SURE TO CALL AHEAD*

Support your local businesses & shops that are still open and operating at this time as the COVID-19 has impacted our business & tourist communities! Tourism is here to support your businesses. Tourism is working to also share other businesses & local shops throughout Pender County! #shoplocal #supportsmallbusinesses #shoppender

Eat Local Burgaw! Support your local Restaurants! The Town of Burgaw is still up and running just in a different way. Be sure to order your take out before you have to cook more! Stay tuned for our eateries that are open on Topsail Island , Hampstead, North Carolina and other area's of Pender County! A page designed with local resturant menus and information on open eateries. Call the restuarants for more...

There’s a song by the Who called “Who Are You.” And with 107 turtles in house we’re sometimes asking not only who they are but where they are. When I say that there are turtles everywhere I really mean that there are turtles everywhere! Normally we have turtles in two areas; Sea Turtle Bay (the big house) and Sea Turtle Sick Bay, the first stop for any new admits and turtles requiring on-going...

ROCKY POINT – For those under the age of 60, it’s almost impossible to imagine segregated public schools. African Americans were taxed to support a public-school system, but it was up to them to build schools and provide bus service for their children. In 1917, the African American citizens of Rocky Point collected $400 for a four-room school building. The county and the Julius Rosenwald Fund supplemented...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Update Space – the final frontier (Star Trek music plays in the background….) Maybe, but if you’re a sea turtle the chances of blasting to the moon are slim to none. However there is another frontier - our oceans - and our turtles have been exploring it for eons. They’ve seen things we humans will never see and they’re telling us about what’s going on...

Founded in 1903 as C. Harrell and Sons, Harrell's Department Store has been owned and operated by the Harrell family for 116 years . (Yes, you read that right!). Vernon Harrell, the current owner and manager of the store, began helping at the family business at just 13 years old. In 2016, when Vernon's father Charles passed away, it was Vernon's turn to carry on the family legacy. Vernon now owns the business...

Carolina Sisters is the brain&heart-child of Angie & Kelly Longley -- lifetime friends who became actual sisters. Located at 115 S Wright St. in Burgaw, Carolina Sisters is your one stop shop for everything fashionable. Their shop-- full of trendy clothes, jewelry, and accessories-- is perfectly accented by both sisters' welcoming and warm personalities. Tastefully styled shelves and decor boast a variety...

“Rusty, funky, and junky” is how Jennifer Matthews, owner and operator of The Old Farm Shed, describes her eclectic mix of wares. The store, which is now located at 111 W Fremont St. in downtown Burgaw, originally occupied a much smaller footprint upon its opening in 2014. Matthews opened The Old Farm Shed to fill what she saw as a gap in the downtown shopping scene, and it looks like her vision was 20/20! Her...

Persistence, support, and a love for the game. To the sports fans among us, these are probably qualities that describe your ideal athlete. If you're a Burgaw resident, you're lucky enough to have someone like that right in your backyard. We’re talking about Desmond Jordan, of course, a third generation Pender County resident, and the owner, operator, and lead trainer at The House of Gains. Nestled...

If it seems like almost every story coming out of our hospital these days is about cold stunned turtles it’s because the story at the hospital these days is cold stun turtles. How many turtles? Right now we have over one-hundred (103 and probably climbing) patients in house and about ninety percent of them are recent victims of the cold weather. And if you’re wondering where we put them all the answer is pretty...

Even though we’ve recently been appreciating those daytime temps in the 70’s cold stun season is definitely here. Right before Christmas we admitted 22 turtles found on North Carolina beaches - one good-sized loggerhead and 21 small greens. They were in pretty rough shape, sometimes more barnacle, mud and algae than turtle. Last week, two more were brought in. For years we’ve emphasized that our...