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  • Dosher Medical Plaza to open in August

    Dosher Memorial Hospital and New Hanover Regional Medical Center have announced the opening of Dosher Medical Plaza, 4222 Long Beach Road.

    This new facility will bring state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, laboratory services and a multi-specialty center closer to the residents of Oak Island, St. James and surrounding communities.

  • County EDC launches new strategies to recruit, retain businesses

    Despite the slow economy, the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission has seen an increase in prospects looking to locate in the county and is beefing up its efforts to attract industry here and expand existing businesses.

    EDC director Jim Bradshaw said recently the commission is in talks with three industrial prospects including two boatbuilding companies. Two local boat plants, Southport Boat Works and U.S. Marine, recently announced layoffs due to decreasing sales.

  • Eisenman joins Beacon staff as intern

    Andrew Eisenman has joined The Brunswick Beacon as its summer intern.

    Eisenman, 21, is a senior magazine journalism major in the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is an editor of Backdrop Magazine, Ohio University’s only entirely student-run print magazine, which he helped found in 2007.

    “It didn’t make sense,” Eisenman said. “[Ohio University] had a magazine journalism major, but no student magazine. So we started our own.”

  • KFC to open this week in Shallotte

    The new KFC on Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte will open this week, said Thomas A. Broome, president of Scottish Food Systems.

    “After months of anticipation, we are excited to open this new restaurant and look forward to serving the Shallotte community,” Broome stated.

    A grand opening and ribbon cutting with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is planned for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5.

    The KFC supervisor is Teresa Mills, and the general manager is Brenda McClanahan.

  • Business briefs

    Waccamaw ranked among top banks

    Waccamaw Bank was ranked by U.S. Banker magazine as one of the Top 200 Community Banks in the United States, according to a news release.

    Waccamaw Bankshares was ranked as 151 out of about 9,000 banks nation-wide.

  • Local restaurants receive 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.

  • Realtors meet with legislators

    RALEIGH—More than 400 realtors from North Carolina descended on Raleigh for Legislative Day on June 11 to visit their legislators from each district and to discuss issues that affect the real estate industry, according to a news release.

    Those issues included two bills that would repeal the 0.4 percent local option land transfer tax, as 19 counties had land transfer tax referendums and all were soundly defeated.

    One of those counties, Gates, had the referendum twice and the margin of victory defeating the tax was even greater on the second attempt.

  • Dosher Hospital introduces plastic surgery physician

    Dosher Memorial Hospital has announced Eric L. Cole, MD, has joined its team of healthcare providers.

    After attending Stanford University and Duke University Medical School, Cole trained in plastic surgery and otolaryngology at UNC and Duke. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

    Plastic surgery is comprised of surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat both the function and appearance of the body or face.

  • Silver Coast Winery wins awards

    Silver Coast Winery won three medals in the 32nd International Eastern Wine Competition, which featured entries from 38 states, three Canadian provinces and 13 countries, according to a news release.

    Its new wines, Calabash White and Calabash Red, just released to the public at the end of February, each received a bronze medal.

    “The Calabash wines are exciting because they are great wines at a great price, something you can put on your table every night and not break the bank,” said Maryann Charlap-Azzato, winery owner and manager.

  • ATMC Cable adds new networks

    ATMC Cable has added USA HD to its lineup of high definition channels. The addition brings ATMC’s total number of HD channels to 32.

    The company has also added a new network to the digital channel lineup.

    USA HD is on channel 937 and is a simulcast of USA Network. USA HD features original series, feature movies, sports events including PGA Tour golf tournaments, entertainment events, off-net television shows and blockbuster theatrical films.

    USA HD is available at no extra cost with Expanded Basic and an HD box or DVR.