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Duplin County is hosting a Public Meeting regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (“Buyout Program”)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Ed Emory Auditorium
165 Agriculture Drive
Kenansville, NC 28349

Representatives from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management will provide information about the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, such as residential home acquisition (buyout), elevation, and mitigation reconstruction.

This meeting is open to the public, including residents who have applied for the program, and residents who want to learn about applying.

Persons with disabilities or who need accommodations attending this event can contact 910-296-2102.


Related Information:

Acquisition Fact Sheet
Elevation Fact Sheet
Homeowner Guide HMGP Fact Sheet
Hurricane Florence Buyout – Homeowner Application

Stargazing at Cabin Lake

Saturday, April 6, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of stargazing and educational adventures!

  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., there will be fun hands-on activities and stories for kids with the Duplin County Library!
  • 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. take a tour of the night sky with the Cape Fear Astronomical Society, where one will see a star cluster, star systems, and galaxies.

Cabin Lake County Park
220 Cabin Lake Rd.
Pink Hill, NC 28572

For questions about the event contact the Cowan Museum of History and Science at (910) 296-2149, or visit www.cowanmuseum.org.


Sci-Farm Day

Saturday, April 13, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Visit Tarkil Branch Farm’s Homestead Museum for a fun-filled day of farm activities… with science!

  • Take a selfie with baby goats, chickens, and ducks from the University of Mount Olive!
  • Make ice cream with James Sprunt Community College (free samples for the public) and milk a model cow!
  • Learn from East Duplin High School how apple cider and apple cider vinegar is made. Free apple cider samples for the public.
  • Demos of turpentine distillation.
  • Demos of grafting grape vines by Mill Branch Vineyards. Free grape juice samples for the public.
  • Make edible soil profiles with the Duplin Agribusiness Academy.
  • Talk to a beekeeper and learn the science of how honey is made (with free honey tasting).
  • Sandwiches for sale from the Country Barn!

Tarkil Branch Farm’s Homestead Museum
1198 Fountaintown Road
Beulaville, NC 28518

For questions about the event contact the Cowan Museum of History and Science at (910) 296-2149, or visit www.cowanmuseum.org.



Alternative Energy Day Tour

Saturday, April 20, 2019
12:30 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

Get ready to embark on a journey that will provide a behind-the-scenes view of how Duplin County produces alternative energy. People joining the tour will learn:

  • How hog waste is converted to energy at Smithfield.
  • What types of plants are raised for biofuels at the NCSU Williamsdale Research Farm.
  • The tour will begin at:
    • Cowan Museum of History and Science
    • 411 S. Main St., Kenansville, NC 28349
    • (910) 296-2149, cowanmuseum.org

For questions about the event contact the Cowan Museum of History and Science at (910) 296-2149, or visit www.cowanmuseum.org.


Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 27, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Visit the Cowan Museum of History and Science for a celebration of our extraordinary planet. During our Earth Day party, people of all ages may enjoy the following:

  • Hands-on activities about earth science and astronomy provided by the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network.
  • Learn about silkworms and paint on silk!
  • See paintings done by birds from the Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary and meet some of their feathered residents. There will also be a Meet & Greet with the “Pirates for Parrots” author and Charlie, the Picasso of Parrots.
  • Raffle/prizes (a chance to win a dinosaur tooth)!
  • Tree planting ceremony.
  • Nature photography exhibit/sale.
  • Food!
  • Plant sale in the historical park’s General Store.
  • New Earth Day-related additions to our Little Free Library.
  • Plus, our neighbors at Liberty Hall Restoration will hold their Heritage Day, where one may learn the science behind everyday activities in the 1800s, like laundry!
  • Where? Cowan Museum of History and Science
  • 411 S. Main St., Kenansville, NC 28349
  • (910) 296-2149, cowanmuseum.org

For questions about the event contact the Cowan Museum of History and Science at (910) 296-2149, or visit www.cowanmuseum.org.


February 12, 2019 6:00 p.m.— 8:00 p.m.
Ed Emory Auditorium, 165 Agriculture Drive, Kenansville

FEMA-4393-DR-NC Mitigation Branch is hosting a Community Education Workshop to provide recovery and mitigation information for homeowners. The workshop combines brief presentations, a question-and-answer period, and an open-forum period. Panelists will include subject manner experts from Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Small Business Administration (SBA) and FEMA’s Divisions to include: Floodplain & Insurance, Individual Assistance/Housing, Disability Integration, Environmental & Historic Preservation and Community Education & Outreach. 

Workshop topics:
– Mitigation application in pre- and post-disaster environments.
– Information for homeowners, along with business owners and renters, on mitigation measures that can lessen the impact of future disasters such as floods,      tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.
– Overview of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and any other applicable insurance coverage such as fire, high wind, etc.
– Understanding the value of mitigation, i.e. dollars spent vis-à-vis dollars saved.
– Defining the concept of building safer, stronger and smarter.
– Providing information on possible funding sources for implementing mitigation measures and on other resources.
– Demonstrating the use of the flood maps and providing attendees the opportunity to locate their properties on the local floodplain map.


Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM — 2:00 PM

Where: Pathway Church
               275 N. NC Hwy 41
               Beulaville, NC 28518

Event Details:
     Take Home FREE Over the Counter Medicine Items!
     Find out more about NC MedAssist Free Pharmacy Program
     Free Health Screenings
     OTC Items Include: cold, cough and flu medicine, Band-Aids, pain and allergy
     relief, vitamins and children’s medicine, and much more while supplies last!
     No ID Required—Must Be 18 or Older

For more information visit: www.medassist.org

Informational Flyer
Home Bound Guidelines
Shopping Sheet – Home Bound


Saturday, April 13, 2019
(Rain Date April 20, 2019)
Registration begins at 8:00 AM
Tournament ends at 11:00 AM

Tournament will be free to all participants between the ages of 4 and 14.

There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize in each of the three different age brackets (e.g. 4-6. 7-9, and 10-14 years of age)
and a Grand Prize for the biggest fish

April 13, 2019
Cabin Lake Park –Beulaville, NC

Pre-Registration or Information 910-296-2120 ext. 3 or email: amanda.williams@nc.nacdnet.net

View the 2019 Fishing Rules and Regulations

Download and complete the 2019 Fishing Registration Form

Damage Assessment Information

Damage Assessment Questionnaire


2019 Tax Extension Request


What is the Voluntary Agricultural District (VAD) Program? . . . .

The purpose of the Voluntary Agricultural District (VAD) Program is to encourage the voluntary preservation and protection of farmland from non-farm development. This is in recognition of the
importance of agriculture to the economic and cultural life of the country. The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina authorized counties to undertake a series of programs to encourage the preservation of farmland. This statutory authority is found in Chapter 106, Article 61, of the North Carolina General Statutes. The Duplin County Voluntary Agricultural Districts will be governed by an Agricultural Board composed of one member from each of the six County Commissioner districts. These members will be appointed by the Duplin County Board of Commissioners. In addition, the County Extension Director and County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Director will serve as members of the Board. The Agricultural Board will be responsible for approving applications for membership in an agricultural district.

To be qualified as farmland, a farm shall contain a minimum of 10 contiguous acres of farmland.

  1. The farm shall be participating in the “Farm Present-Use-Value Taxation Program”.
  2. The property shall be certified by the Cooperative Extension Service and NRCS as being a farm on which at least two-thirds of the land is composed of soils that are:
    1. favorable for major crops common to the County; or
    2. soils on which at least two-thirds of the land has been actively utilized for agricultural,horticultural, forestry, livestock, or wildlife production.
  3. Property is the subject of a Conservation Agreement between the County and the owner of such land that prohibits non-farm use or the development of such.

What will joining the VAD Program do for me?

  1. This program will help increase the identity awareness and pride in the agricultural community and its way of life.
  2. Members will have increased protection from nuisance law suits and other negative impacts affecting participating farms.

What is the cost of this program?

There will be a one-time fee of $60.00 to join this program. This fee will cover a portion of the cost of a sign which designates a farm’s membership and the charges involved in filing the document with the Duplin County Register of Deeds Office.

For more information contact

Duplin County Cooperative Extension Service
165 Agricultural Drive
P. O. Box 949
Kenansville,N. C. 28349

Phone: (910) 296-2143

Download the Pre Application form for VAD here

Complete the form and mail it to the address above or email it to: wanda_hargrove@ncsu.edu or amanda_hatcher@ncsu.edu

Households of DUPLIN COUNTY Can Apply for
Low Income Energy Assistance Starting Dec. 3

November 26, 2018 —Households in DUPLIN COUNTY containing a person aged 60 or more, or someone receiving disability benefits and services through the NC Division of Aging and Adult
Services can apply for help covering the cost of heating their homes starting Monday, Dec. 3. All households can apply from Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 through Friday, March 29, 2019.

The federally funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program provides eligible households with a one-time payment to their heating vendor to offset the high cost of heating during the cold-weather months. Depending on the household’s primary heating source, the payment will be $200, $300 or $400.

Last year, the program provided approximately $32 million to help 128,160 households pay their heating bills from December 2017 through March 2018.

To be eligible, a person must:

  • Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets eligibility criteria
  • Have income equal to or less than 130 percent of the federal poverty limit, such as:
    • For a household of one, an income of $15,782 or less
    • For a family of four, an income of $32,630 or less
  • Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts, cash on hand, at or below $2,250
  • Be responsible for their heating cost

DUPLIN COUNTY households who want to apply for energy assistance can only do so in person at the DUPLIN COUNTY Department of Social Services office:


The office will be accepting applications from households with a person aged 60 or more, or someone receiving benefits from the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services from Monday, Dec. 3, through Monday, Dec. 31, with the exception of December 24, 25 & 26, when the Duplin County Department of Social Services will be closed. Hours for the site are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All households may apply from Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 through Friday, March 29, 2019.

Households with a Native American aged 18 or older residing in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, or Scotland counties applying for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program must contact the
Lumbee Tribe at http://www.lumbeetribe.com/

Households that include an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) living in the five-county service area of Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties,
wishing to apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program must do so through the EBCI at https://ebci.com/. This includes enrolled EBCI members on and off the Qualla Boundary in the five counties.

For more information on the Low-Income Energy Assistance program, go to