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  • Dosher office relocates

    After nearly five years at 250 E. 11th St. in Southport, Dosher Patient Accounts is relocating to the hospital at 924 N. Howe St.

    Effective Friday, Jan. 27, the department will be on the second floor of the hospital, just off the elevators. This is space that had been occupied by Cardiac Rehabilitation, which relocated to the new Dosher Wellness Center last summer.

    For more information on patient accounts, call 457-3810.

  • North Carolina to receive $16M settlement from Moody’s

    Attorney General Josh Stein announced North Carolina will receive $16 million of a settlement of more than $863 million with Moody’s Corp., Moody’s Investors Service Inc., and Moody’s Analytics Inc. (Moody’s).

  • UNCW selected as part of $250M biopharmaceutical partnership

    The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is part of a $250 million public-private national initiative to bring safe drugs to market faster and educate a new biopharmaceutical workforce. The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), based at the University of Delaware, will involve more than 150 companies, educational institutions, nonprofits and government partners.

  • SBA extends disaster assistance application

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has extended the deadline to apply for physical disaster damages from Hurricane Matthew to Jan. 23.

    The deadline extension will help ensure businesses and residents with uninsured losses have the additional time they need to submit their SBA disaster loan applications. SBA has approved more than $77 million in low-interest disaster loans to more than 2,100 North Carolina businesses and residents affected by the disaster.

  • Nichols named Brunswick County Public Utilities director

    John Nichols has been named director of Brunswick County Public Utilities effective Jan. 2, 2017.

    Nichols, a Southport native and graduate of South Brunswick High School, has worked for Brunswick County for more than 10 years as assistant director of public utilities. He will begin his new position following the retirement of Brunswick County Public Utilities director Jerry Pierce at the end of 2016.

  • Unemployment stays below 6 percent for September

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remained below 6 percent for September at 5.9 percent.

    The rate change continued a monthly fluctuation, rising from 5.7 percent in August and 5.6 percent in July. The unemployment rate for June jumped up to 5.8 percent after hitting a year low of 5.5 percent in May. The unemployment rate last reached 6 percent in April.

    The rates dropped significantly compared with early 2016, when Brunswick County had 6.7 percent unemployment for March, 7.8 percent in February and 8.1 percent in January.

  • Secretary of State releases annual charitable giving report

     

  • Brunswick County housing market shows continued growth throughout third quarter

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market demonstrated steady growth in September, completing a strong third quarter, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors. The average sales prices for the third quarter increased 7.1 percent from last year and third quarter total sales are up 8.3 percent over this time last year.

    The September numbers show an increase in sales volume over last year, with total sales at $83,720,000 for the month vs. $80,065,550 for September 2015, a 4.6 percent increase.

  • County market reports strong summer growth

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market demonstrated steady growth throughout the month of August. The total number of units sold rose 4 percent over August 2015, the average sales price was up 13.7 percent from last year and total sales for August increased 10.9 percent over the same time last year, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR).

  • NCDOI to continue BCBSNC examination

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance has determined further examination of Blue Cross Blue Shield is necessary. The initial examination report was delivered to BCBS on May 31.

    Interactions with Blue Cross Blue Shield have been ongoing but disagreements on the findings persist. NCDOI is going back in to do an additional examination and hopefully move toward a resolution, according to a news release from the agency.

    Consumers in need of assistance from NCDOI should call (855) 408-1212 or go to ncdoi.com.