• June real estate sales up and days on market down

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate sales show promising numbers for both buyers and sellers, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    The number of units sold increased from 342 in June 2015 to 386 in 2016, an 11 percent increase. Total sales for last month were $91,171,000, a 13 percent decrease from the $105,530,000 in June last year. The average sale price decreased 9 percent from $259,916 to $236,190 between June 2015 and June 2016.

  • Marshall applauds new crowdfunding law

    Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall congratulated the General Assembly for passage of new state crowdfunding legislation, saying it strikes a balance between investor protection and opening up new ways to invest.

    The legislation, SB 481, also known as the Providing Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs and Small Business, or “PACES Act,” passed June 21.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in April

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in April, down from 6.7 percent in March.

    The year-to-year unemployment rate has also improved, as the April 2015 rate was 6.6 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.0 percent in April.

  • ATMC board names Miller general manager/CEO

    The Atlantic Telephone Membership Corp. Board of Directors announced O’Neal Miller has been named general manger and CEO after former general manager Roger Cox stepped away from the position because of medical reasons. Miller succeeds Allen Russ, who is retiring as CEO.

  • Watch out for ‘sweetheart swindles’ of 2016

    Can an investment that sounds like a sweetheart of a deal really be posing a great danger to your pocketbook and bank account beneath its attractive surface? Yes indeed, said North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall.

    Marshall and other state investor protection administrators around the country are cautioning the investing public to be on the watch for several specific kinds of investment fraud in 2016.

  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans available after rainfall and flooding

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofits in Brunswick County as a result of excessive rain and flooding that began Oct. 1, 2015.

  • ATMC sells wireless assets to AT&T

    Atlantic Telephone Membership (ATMC) has accepted an offer from AT&T to purchase its Brunswick County wireless assets.

    Customers of ATMC Wireless will become wireless customers of AT&T. All customer contracts will become the property of AT&T and will remain in effect. Because the two companies share the same wireless network, there will be no interruption in service. ATMC will continue to sell wireless plans and products on behalf of AT&T as an authorized agent.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rates rise slightly in June

     Brunswick County ranks in the middle of the pack among the 100 counties in the Tar Heel State for its June unemployment rate.

    The latest reports from the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security show Brunswick County had 51,591 people in the civilian labor force in June and 5,054 were unemployed, a 9.8 percent rate. Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.8 of a percentage point since June 2012 when the mark was 10.6 percent. There was a minimal increase, 0.3 of a percentage point, from May to June.

  • Victoria's Ragpatch celebrates 35 years

    CALABASH — Thirty-five years ago, Vicki Clark launched a small clothing store in the Seafood Capital.

    Back then, “there wasn’t much in Calabash except for fried seafood, seagulls and us,” Clark said.

    But Clark’s late husband, Tom, was fully supportive of her endeavor.

    “He said, ‘Everybody wants to own a clothing store — you might as well do it and get it over with,’” Clark recalled with a smile.

  • Leone opens new restaurant at Ocean Isle Beach

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    The menu for Antonio’s Deli, Pizza and Grill promises “Italian food from ‘Mama Leone’s’ kitchen.”

    While it might not be the famous Mama Leone of Food Network fame, Antonio’s owner Joe Leone promises the food will be good. Using his mother’s home cooking and his father’s name, he plans to bring a little taste of Italy to Ocean Isle Beach.