• 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.”

  • 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.