The holiday season just isn't the same without Christmas music. The NC Blueberry Festival is sponsoring a new holiday tradition, The Annual Community Christmas Celebration. The event will feature Snyder Memorial Baptist Church which will present "Sing We Now of Christmas." Local church choir members will gather together to form a community choir as well. For more information contact the NC Blueberry Festival...

The Kemp’s – why is it always the Kemp’s that are the cold-stun equivalent of the first snow of the season? When winter rolls around it’s not a question of if we’ll admit a slew of cold-stunned turtles but a matter of when. That “when” was just before the last day of November when sixteen Kemp’s Ridleys, the most highly endangered species of sea turtles arrived in their...

By Tammy Proctor ST. HELENA - Saints Peter and Paul’s Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church celebrated the announcement that the church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ann Mizerak, David Mizerak, and Mary Bakan are the last three members of the church, even though they are often joined in services with visitors. They have been instrumental in pursuing the National Register distinction...

Jennifer Pharr Davis, a nationally recognized author and speed hiker, hitched a ride down the Northeast Cape Fear River, thanks to Pender County EMS and Fire. Davis is hiking the Mountains to Sea Trail. She arrived in Pender County Oct. 25 and hiked through Moores Creek National Battlefield. On Oct. 26, Davis was ferried down the Northeast Cape Fear River. “This was the highlight of my...

On Oct. 13 - 14 the Historic Burgaw Train Depot and the Pender County Courthouse Square will be haunted by the ghosts of Pender’s past. There will be two shows each night, 6 and 8 p.m. The two night event, rain or shine, will be a howling good time for the entire family. “Pender County is home to many ghost stories,” said Tammy Proctor, director of tourism. “We have ghost tales from the...

What's new in Pender County Tourism? Click here for the latest update. This week we discuss the Ghost Walk: Ghost from Pender's Past and the success of MST in a Day.

For the latest news in Pender County Tourism, click here. This week we wrapped up the NC Blueberry Festival, promoted the Mountains to Sea Trail, Surf City Fireworks and more.

Fido is every bit a member of the family as Junior or Grandma. So why leave Fido in a kennel while the family romps on the beach? “Dogs are family members,” said Lisa Sparrow, owner of Starfish Realty Inc. in Surf City. “We find that Fido is so important families do not wish to leave their dog behind.” While many beaches along the Carolina coast prohibit pets on the beach, Surf City and Topsail...

SURF CITY – Realtor Lara Beaudoin, the owner of Carolina Décor and More, has taken to the water. She and her partner, James Ross, started Tiki Tours which offers groups of six or less a private cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway to Lea Island, where the tours often enjoy shelling. “It’s very popular,” said Beaudoin, a native of Connecticut. “We’re booking every day on...

May is for mothers – even sea turtle mothers. May 1 was the official start of nesting season here on Topsail Island, and our Topsail Turtle Project volunteers (aka beach walkers) hit all 26 miles of beach in search of the first nest. Here’s a few of the FAQ’s we get at the hospital and from visitors we meet on the beach. When do sea turtles nest here? May 1 through the end of August is Topsail’s...

For 11 months, Pender County worked with PGA officials from Charlotte to make the Wells Fargo Championship a success at Eagle Point Golf Club. We lead a PGA official to a map, pointed to Eagle Point and the Pender County line. They were amazed at the close proximity – and the race was on to locate available parking areas and a myriad of minute details. The PGA staff designated two locations in Pender County...

Beaches and Blueberries: The perfect surf and turf weekend BURGAW- There aren’t too many locations in the nation where beautiful beaches and bountiful blueberries are in abundance. On June 16-17, visitors to Pender County can experience plenty of both. “The NC Blueberry Festival features live music, BBQ, a 5K Run/Walk, a Shag contest, craft and food vendors, activities for children, and of course,...

The Kiwanis Club of Hampstead celebrated 20 years of impacting the community. On March 31, the Kiwanis Club gathered at Kiwanis Park on Sloop Point Loop Road to commemorate 20 years of community service as well as with two ribbon cutting ceremonies. The first ribbon cutting ceremony was the official opening of the special needs playground. Built with reinvestment dollars from Trillium Health Resources and Pender...

We have a lot of perennials around our hospital, thanks to hardworking volunteers who spend hours planting, mulching and basically just keeping us looking like a “yard-of-the-month” candidate. But for the past five years we’ve looked forward to the appearance of a very special perennial, a lesser known variety from Maryland, “The Terps.” Students in the Integrated Life Sciences Honors College...

CURRIE, NC – Moores Creek National Battlefield will be hosting its annual Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 15th, 2017. The event is free to the public. It will begin at 10:00am and continue until 4:00pm. Visitors are encouraged to check in at the Visitor Center when they arrive. Junior Ranger Program The Junior Ranger Program is a fun way to explore the park. Although the program is designed for those ages...

HAMPSTEAD – Olde Point Country Club has been a staple of the Hampstead community and with new ownership it will become the Country Club destination it was always meant to be. The New Olde Point is committed to becoming the social center of Hampstead to golf, gather and dine. After the sale on Jan. 19. 2017 the remodeling and course improvements began. New paint, floors, and improvements have been made...

4-H Summer Fun Days - 2017 To register for ALL 4-H camps you must make an appointment with Reatha Hoffman - Extension Admin Secretary, to set up your registration time. Day Camp Registration Deadline: May 25, 2017 by 6:00 PM. You will not be able to reserve any camps until you have made payment and filled out the registration packet.Please do not mail your payment or registration form. You must set up an appointment...

Jean Beasley, founder and director of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, was one of a trio of tourism leaders who were welcomed into the "Winners Circle." The award, from Visit North Carolina, the state tourism agency, originated in 2004. Previous recipients include Richard Petty, charter member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame; Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers; and Hugh...