• McLeod Loris Seacoast recognizes staff

    McLeod Loris Seacoast has announced the latest employees to be named Merit Award recipients. Staff members honored were Carol Richardson, nutrition services supervisor at McLeod Loris; Michelle Szabo, a physical therapist at McLeod Seacoast; and Meagan Barnes, a nurse at McLeod Seacoast. These employees were each presented with a merit award during a recognition event at the Center for Health & Fitness.

  • Parrot Head Charters relocates

    Parrot Head Charters & Recreational Boating Services has relocated to Southport Marina, serving boating or vacation needs in the southeast North Carolina coastal areas of Brunswick and New Hanover counties.
    Whether visiting or living on Bald Head Island, Caswell Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Southport or Wilmington, you can make your boating or vacation experience more enjoyable, accommodating small parties up to six, tailored to everyone’s needs and schedule.

  • ATMC supports county youth groups

    Atlantic Telephone Membership Cooperative recently presented three local organizations with funds to enable disadvantaged youth to participate in programs that teach life skills and encourage physical activity.
    Organizations receiving the funds were Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, First Tee of Brunswick County and Girls on the Run (GOTR)/STRIDE.
    Funds totaling $7,000 were made available through ATMC Cable’s affiliation with Fox Sports Carolinas and will be used for financial assistance for youth participants in their programs over the next year.  

  • ICF Builder Awards presented

    The ICF Builder Awards annually recognizes the best in insulated concrete construction. They are the project-of-the-year competition for the insulated concrete form (ICF) industry, and showcase the innovation, quality and craftsmanship possible with this construction method.
    This year’s contest attracted more than 50 entries, including a 76-home residential development in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the nation’s first net-zero energy school in Kentucky, police and fire stations, and residential projects of every shape, size and style.

  • Ocean Isle Beach will soon be featured on national TV

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Mayor Debbie Smith unveiled the town’s video Tuesday that will appear on Terry Bradshaw’s “Today in America” show.

    “Let’s take a look at a town its citizens are proud to call home—Ocean Isle Beach,” Bradshaw says as the video begins.

    The video highlights Ocean Isle Beach’s natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle. With 554 year-round residents and a seasonal population of 25,000, the town is hailed as a “place to bond with family and friends.”

  • Sixty-two-unit apartment complex approved for Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Shallotte is one step closer to a new apartment complex—River Pointe Apartments.

    The proposed apartment complex encompasses a 62-unit, 4-building complex at 4620 White Street on 6.27 acres of land.

    “I am here to answer any questions you might have about our project,” Brian Smith of Southern Properties & Development said to aldermen at the April board meeting.

    Smith represents the property owners Maurice Hawes and the estate of Elba Hawes.

  • Business briefs

    Chamber seeks nominations for awards
    The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its Small Business Person of the Year and Golden Pineapple Customer Service awards. Small businesses represent 98 percent of the businesses in Brunswick County, create three out of every four new jobs, and generate a majority of American innovations.

  • RE/MAX has grand opening

    Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the new RE/MAX Community Brokers at 4330 Southport-Supply Road, Suite 104, in Southport. The ceremony marked the official debut of the former Plantation Properties’ partnership with RE/MAX.

  • Unemployment climbing statewide

    Unemployment rates increased in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties in January. The statewide not seasonally adjusted rate was 10.2 percent.

    Brunswick County continued to remain higher than the state average with an unemployment rate of 12.2 percent.

    The North Carolina Department of Commerce released the state’s county and area employment figures for January.

  • State still deals with prolonged period of high unemployment rates and slow job growth

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate continues to remain higher than the state average.

    For December, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 11.3 percent, above the state average of 9.4 percent and the national average of 7.8 percent.

    Between November and December, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased in 97 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, decreased in one and were unchanged in two.