• County’s unemployment rate has slight increase from June to July

    For July, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate reached 11 percent. That’s a slight increase from June, which was at 10.9 percent.

    Unemployment has slightly increased throughout the summer, which is generally one of the county’s busiest times of the year because of tourism.

    Back in May the county’s unemployment rate was at 10.3 percent, and in April it was 9.7 percent.

    The 11 percent rate for this July is the same as it was for July 2011.

  • State’s unemployment rate up again for July

    The state’s unemployment rate has increased again.

    North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July increased to 9.6 percent. It was 9.4 percent for June.

    July’s state rate is higher than the national unemployment rate for July, which was 8.3 percent.

    North Carolina’s July 2012 unemployment rate is 1.1-percentage point less than it was a year ago.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center celebrates first birthday

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Novant Medical Center just celebrated an important birthday—its own.

    Tuesday, July 31, marked the first birthday of the hospital, which opened a year ago.

    Hospital spokeswoman Amy Myers described the anniversary as “capping a dramatic turnaround for medical care in Brunswick County that began with Novant Health’s arrival six years ago.”

  • Golden Corral set to open Friday

    SHALLOTTE—The steaks are already marinating as Golden Corral prepares to open its doors.

    According to owners Mickey and David Chance, if everything stays on track with inspections, the restaurant will open its doors for the first time in Shallotte at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3.

    At press time Tuesday, everything was on track for the Friday opening. David Chance said the staff has been hired and trained.

  • Business briefs

    Braza joins Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
    Edward Ricciardelli, MD, and the staff at Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology welcome the addition of Thomas Braza, MD, a fellowship-trained Mohs and reconstructive surgeon to its practice.
    Braza has performed thousands of Mohs micrographic procedures and is known for his quality care and personable bedside manner.

  • From gas station gourmet to local fast food delight

    SHALLOTTE—In the autumn of 2010 a new dining option opened quietly in Shallotte—one that took taste buds by storm.

    The Grille, owned and operated by Sal Rubio, opened inside the BP gas station behind Naber Dodge.

    Rubio, a chef in the area since 1993, was in the catering business and decided to give his business a storefront where people could drop in and get gourmet soups and sandwiches. He opened the restaurant quietly to see how things would progress. He was its only employee.

  • Business briefs

    ATMC upgrades wireless services
    ATMC Wireless has upgraded its Bald Head Island wireless transmission site to 4G with HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access) technology, completing its tower upgrade project and making the ATMC Wireless network now 100 percent 2G/3G/4G compatible in Brunswick County.

  • Business briefs

    Lineberger joins Tenn. law firm
    Brunswick County native Kelly P. Lineberger has joined the labor and employment practice of the law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC in Nashville, Tenn., as an associate.
    Lineberger will counsel clients in the areas of wage and hour law and issues related to hiring, disciplining and terminating employees. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University and received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced at Winston & Strawn LLP in Charlotte.

  • Sunset Slush keeps growing

    Stephen and Catherine Saia, owners of Sunset Slush–Classic Italian Ice, continue to expand their business. This year marks their 10th season in business in Brunswick County.
    Since last season, the Saia’s have been diligent in signing up new independent operators, building a new warehouse facility on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach, and preparing for the 2012 tourist season.

  • Business briefs

    Norton joins Calabash Internal Medicine
    Dr. James Moreci has announced Vanessa Norton, a certified nurse practitioner with more than 25 years of experience, has joined Calabash Internal Medicine.
    Vanessa Norton, RN, MSN, NP-C, received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Queens College in Charlotte, and then went on to complete her master’s degree in nursing with a focus in adult chronic care from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has spent the majority of her career serving Charlotte and the surrounding communities.