• SOIA Chamber will honor small businesses with award

    Is there a business in the Southport-Oak Island area that has provided you with exceptional customer service? A clerk, waiter/waitress, a plumber, electrician, realtor, lawyer or accountant that has gone that extra mile to make sure you have been served? Now is the time to recognize them.

  • Business briefs

    SOIA Chamber gets new coordinator
    The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce has named Megan Canny as its new membership sales and events coordinator.
    Canny is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a B.A. in communications studies and a minor in psychology.

  • Dosher adds public wireless Internet

    In keeping with its mission to continually enhance its patient and visitor experience, Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport has updated its onsite wireless network.
    It has substantially upgraded its existing wireless network throughout the hospital to a new, state-of-the-art wireless network to meet current and future Wi-Fi demands.

  • Dosher chosen for national excellence award

    Dosher Memorial Hospital was chosen from more than 1,900 hospitals nationwide to receive the 2012 T-System Client Excellence Award for Rapid Process Improvement with an Emergency Department Information System (EDIS).
    T-System Inc., the industry leader in clinical, business and IT solutions for emergency care, annually recognizes hospital and primary and urgent care clinic partners most effectively improving the quality of patient care and satisfaction, community health leadership, operational processes and financial results.

  • 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.