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  • Some retailers say no to high gas prices

    Gas prices are at record highs in North and South Carolina. While the state Attorney General’s office is cracking down on price gouging, some local stations are opting not to buy gas until the price goes down.

    On Friday, prices in Shallotte and surrounding areas were maxing out at more than $4 a gallon for premium, and vehicles were lined up at stations like Caroco and Kangaroo on Main Street.

    As of Tuesday, the highest price for regular grade gas was $4.09 in Shallotte. Premium gas cost as much as $4.23.

  • ATMC to issue more than $1.75 million in capital credit refunds

    Allen Russ, CEO/General Manager of Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation (ATMC), recently announced the cooperative will issue more than $1.75 million dollars in capital credit refunds.

    Since ATMC is a membership cooperative and is owned and governed by its members, the company refunds its subscribers portions of revenues not used for expenses in a given year. These refunds are called capital credits. This year, ATMC’s Board of Directors approved a refund of more than $1.75 million to current and former cooperative members who had service in 1994.

  • Legislation could decrease home foreclosures

    Between 10 and 15 people come into the Brunswick Family Assistance office in Shallotte every day looking for assistance with rent or mortgage payments, many of them on the verge of foreclosure.

    While the agency has a small pot of money for rental assistance, it’s usually too late for those facing foreclosure. For that, BFA Executive Director Joe Cannon has to refer clients to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development counseling agencies.

  • Sea Trail honors Nobles

    Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center has named Kevin Nobles as its July Employee of the Month. Other nominees were Siobhan Webb, Robyne Matthews, Ginger Leggett, Janet Miller and Patti Dugan.

    Nobles began work at Sea Trail in 2003 as a mechanic and a year later became the lead mechanic in the golf maintenance department.

  • Ward joins Oceanside Family Medicine

    A native of Brunswick County, J. David Ward II, M.D., has joined Oceanside Family Medicine in Shallotte. Ward, who is board certified in family medicine, will offer a full range of medical services for the family, from infants to seniors.

    He will join Chris Isenhour, M.D., and Marie Wheatley, NP, at Oceanside Family Medicine, which is at 204 Smith Avenue, Shallotte.

    Babysarojah Ravindran, M.D., of Brunswick Pulmonary & Internal Medicine, also sees patients at this location.

  • Restaurants get health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Suit filed against sheriff's office

    Six months, four indictments and one federal guilty plea later, the sheriff’s office has been sued for claims associated with former sheriff Ronald Hewett’s suspension and indictment.

    Hewett, who was suspended as sheriff on March 27 on grounds of neglect, misconduct, extortion and intoxication, was indicted March 31 on three counts of embezzlement by a public official and one count of obstruction of justice.

  • Tourist season up about 3 percent over 2007

    Even with the high gas prices and slumping economy, occupancy tax revenue was up about 3 percent over last year during Brunswick County’s summer tourist season, according to officials with the Tourism Development Authority.

    Mitzi York, the authority’s executive director, said Tuesday that May figures were up 15.5 percent over last year’s while June was down 7 percent.

    All the July and August numbers aren’t in yet, but York said the county is expected to finish the year about 2.98 percent over last year.

  • Home sales up in July; Realtors say buyers are shopping for deals

    Brunswick County’s existing home sales increased again in July compared to last year but decreased from the previous month, the N.C. Association of Realtors announced this week.

    Local Realtors say business is still slower than the peak a few years ago, and buyers are searching for bargains. Most brokers remain optimistic about the future.

    In July of 2007, Brunswick County sold 129 homes. This past July, that number jumped 51 percent—the biggest increase in the state—to 195, down 11 percent from 218 in June.

  • Health department grades restaurants

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.