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  • Construction slowdown effects seen throughout county

    Not that long ago, Brunswick County residents couldn’t drive along N.C. 211 without seeing a new sign announcing a new development selling lots or “coming soon.”

    In fact, the Brunswick County Planning Board approved 50 new major subdivisions, special exceptions and planned unit developments in 2006, up from 27 in 2005, a majority of them along the N.C. 211 corridor.

  • Restaurants get health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the week of Aug. 4-7.

    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.

  • Business briefs

    Walker joins staff of Sunset Rentals

    Betty Walker is the newest member of the staff at Sunset Beach Rentals and Sales.

    Walker will specialize in beach sales and assisting with property management. She owned and operated firms in Eden and Greensboro before moving to Brunswick County in 1998.

    Having several real estate professional designations, including GRI, CRS and ABR, she began her association with her former company, Century 21 Sunset Realty, in June 2006. In June 2008 she was awarded the company’s Excellence Award for meeting company sales goals in 2007.

  • Brunswick keeps ranking in economic impact study

    Brunswick County maintained its ranking as ninth among the 100 North Carolina counties in “The 2007 Economic Impact Of Travel On North Carolina Counties” study.

    The Travel Industry Association prepared the study for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development. The study uses sales and tax revenue data plus employment figures to determine the overall impact of visitor spending in North Carolina.

  • 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.

  • Coastroad Hearth & Patio wins award

    Coastroad Hearth & Patio in Shallotte won a bronze award in the Residential Specialty category in the 29th annual Qualified Remodeler (QR) Master Design Awards Contest.

    Sponsored by Qualified Remodeler Magazine, the Master Design Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in residential remodeling projects in 22 categories.

  • Retailers look forward to tax-free weekend

    Local retailers say the sales-tax-free weekend is one of the busiest of the year, and they are counting on the seventh annual back-to-school event to be as successful as previous years.

    The tax-free weekend starts Friday, Aug. 1, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 3.

  • Sunset Beach landscaping company donates services to Arlington, Congressional cemeteries

    Nufarm Turf & Specialty, a member of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), participated in “Renewal & Remembrance” at Arlington National Cemetery and Historic Congressional Cemetery on July 21.

    Hundreds of landscape and lawn care specialists from across the nation brought their crews to Arlington National and Historic Congressional cemeteries to spend the day mulching, caring for and cabling trees with lightening protection, pruning, liming, planting and aerating as well as installing an irrigation system at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Intracoastal Realty makes donations for scholarships

    Intracoastal Realty Corporation has donated more than $19,500 to fund scholarships at UNCW, Cape Fear Community College and Brunswick Community College for the 2008-2009 academic school year.

    For the past 12 years, Intracoastal Realty agents have donated a portion of each closing to a scholarship fund, which is then matched by company funds. The amount given the first 10 years provided two scholarships to the UNCW Honors Program.

  • Beacon news team wins four national newspaper awards

    The news staff of The Brunswick Beacon recently learned it has won four awards in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

    The team of Kathryn Jacewicz, Caroline Curran and Laura Lewis won first place for their coverage of an Ocean Isle Beach fire that killed seven college students and injured six others.

    They were competing against other non-daily newspapers with circulations of 12,000 or more across the nation.

    Judges said, “Clearly a lot of effort went into this coverage. Excellent job. In-depth information.”