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Business

  • County has best home-sales numbers in years

    With five buyers almost ready to become homeowners, Teresa Boyd, who works for Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty in the Highlands neighborhood in Shallotte, is excited to come to work.

    Boyd said Monday she’s seen great improvement in the housing market since the late spring, a huge improvement in prospects, offers and sellers accepting offers.

    “This time last year I could go weeks without anybody stopping into the sales office,” she said.

    She isn’t sure what caused the change in attitudes, but she’s happy to see it.

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    New directors elected to ATMC board
    Albert H. “Al” Parker Jr. and John W. “Buster” Dowless have been elected to serve on the ATMC Board of Directors.
    Parker was elected to represent District 5 (Holden Beach, Supply, Varnamtown) and Dowless was elected to serve as an at-large board representative. Parker and Dowless replace Marion D. Davis and Elbert D. Gore, respectively.

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    Evans becomes certified public manager
    Without strong leadership, few organizations are successful. This rule certainly holds true for North Carolina state and local government organizations.
    For the past 16 months, select managers from across North Carolina state and local government organizations have worked to improve their skills and become better leaders through participation in the Certified Public Manager Program (CPM).

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.