• 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.

  • Chamber welcomes Southport Way

    Southport Way, a new neighborhood off Robert Ruark Drive in Southport, features a series of cottages ranging from $169,900 to $229,900. Called the Southport Collection, the homes are designed with the look of the old historic charm of Southport with new home appeal.
    For decades, Realtors in Southport have realized buyers were in love with the look and charm of old historic Southport cottages. Unfortunately, those old cottages were in short supply and some that were available came with all the problems associated with old houses.

  • Homebuilders install new officers for 2013

    The Brunswick County Home Builders Association had its 2013 installation dinner at The View at Brick Landing in January.
    Special guests included Mike Carpenter, NCHBA executive vice president and general counsel; Erik Anderson, 2012 NCHBA president; and Patrick Mann, NCHBA vice president Region I. Members of the Margaret Means family were also in attendance for presentation of a service award bearing her name to a member of the BCHBA.

  • Southport chamber opens welcome and conference center

    The symbolic cutting of the ribbon on Jan. 14 completed a five-year project and officially opened the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome & Conference Center.
    The chamber’s move from 4841 Long Beach Road was triggered by a notification from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) that the chamber’s office was in the path of a new road construction project that would connect N.C.133 to N.C. 87 near Bethel Church Road.

  • Business briefs

    Ramos recertified in criminal law
    Shallotte attorney Michael R. Ramos has been re-certified as a specialist in state and federal criminal law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He was originally certified in 1997. A specialist must undergo re-certification every five years.
    Ramos has practiced law in Brunswick and surrounding counties since 1982, both in state and federal court. His practice is limited to representation of those charged with DWI, drug offense, felonies and misdemeanors of all degrees.

  • Local entrepreneur launches jewelry business with a twist

    Sheila Sanders of Sunset Beach has announced the launch of her new business as an independent designer with Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, a direct-sales company with a unique twist.
    As an independent designer with Origami Owl, Sanders conducts interactive events where she helps guests create one-of-a-kind personalized jewelry that best reflects their style.
    Origami Owl was founded by Isabella Weems, a 14-year-old entrepreneur.

  • Business briefs

    Local urologist makes Best Doctors list
    John J. Smith III, M.D., a Shallotte-area urologist, has been named to the Best Doctors in North Carolina list.
    Smith of Brunswick Urology Partners was selected by his peers to be included in the Best Doctors in America 2013 database.
    On an annual basis, Boston-based Best Doctors Inc. surveys physicians, asking them to rate their peers by naming the physician to whom they would refer their loved ones or choose for themselves if they needed care in their own specialty area.

  • People in the news

    McLamb joins Shallotte Police
    Cory McLamb, son of Scott and Lynne McLamb of Ocean Isle Beach, has graduated from basic law enforcement training and has advanced his career working with the Shallotte Police Department.

  • ATMC honors staff, board with service awards

    ATMC recently honored its staff and board of directors at the cooperative’s 36th annual service awards banquet in the Carolina Ballroom at Sea Trail Golf Resort & Conference Center. More than 230 guests attended the event. Allen Russ, CEO/general manager, and Lyle Ray King, board president, presented the awards.