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Business

  • Kopp’s Kwik Stop opens new village post office

    John and Donnie Kopp try to provide as many conveniences in their convenience store, Kopp’s Kwik Mart, as they can.

    So on Nov. 21 they added a post office.

    The Kopp’s store is the first Village Post Office (VPO) in Brunswick County—and North Carolina.

    “We are 15 miles from the Bolivia Post Office. We’ve got a large development here, River Run, there are a lot of people here—some are seasonal—but we are wide open in the summer,” John Kopp said.

  • Coastline Insurance adds new office and staff

    Southport-based Coastline Insurance recently opened a second office on Oak Island at 8821 E. Oak Island Drive. The new branch is the only insurance agency operating on Oak Island.
    Owner Jonathan Peele said his goal is two-fold: to minimize travel for islanders while better managing the area’s increasing insurance demands. To accommodate those needs, Peele has hired two additional agents boasting a combined 16 years of experience in the industry.

  • Novant recognizes staff with awards

    Novant Health recognized local service award recipients at a banquet on Oct. 11 at The Isles Restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach. The service awards were given to employees who had reached their 10-, 15-, 20- and 30-year service anniversaries.
    Special honorees for the evening included Teresa McGinn, RN, operating room; Michael Hill, plant engineering services; and Dr. James Adams, Novant Inpatient Care Specialists Brunswick. These individuals have contributed 30 years of service to the community.

  • Veterans Day leads into Employ a Veteran Week Nov. 11-17

    After honoring military veterans for their service on Veterans Day, the next way to help is to put them to work.

    That’s the job Chuck Spangler, Veterans Employment Consultant with the N.C. Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions (formerly the N.C. Employment Security Commission) is promoting this week.

    Employ a Veteran Week runs is Nov. 11-17. During the week, job fairs and expos are being organized for veterans.

  • 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.

  • Business briefs

    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.

  • Business briefs

    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.”