• Three chambers to collaborate on Building Brunsco Kids Expo

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce have announced a tri-chamber collaboration of the Building Brunsco Kids Expo. The Brunswick County Chamber piloted the Building Brunsco Kids Expo on Aug. 25 this year after eight months of planning and preparation.

  • NCDA&CS announces floodplain swine buyout program’s fifth phase

    The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has partnered with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to continue its program to purchase permanent conservation easements on swine operations within the 100-year floodplain.

    This will be the fifth time the state has offered this program that began in 2000 following flooding from Hurricane Floyd. The program offers an opportunity for swine production operations with a high risk of flooding to convert to other forms of agriculture more compatible with floodplain locations.

  • NCDA&CS offers soil management guidance following Hurricane Florence

    Hurricane Florence inundated southeastern North Carolina with record rainfall and left many fields saturated and flooded for days, while fields in other areas of the state received only a few inches of rain. Although storms like this have complex effects across the landscape, two general effects are most important to consider: 1) soil disturbance, including erosion loss plus accumulation of soil and debris, and 2) soil nutrient losses.

  • FDA warns flooded crops cannot be used for human food

    Farmers whose crops were flooded by Hurricane Florence face not only the prospect of lower yields and loss of quality, but also the reality that those crops cannot be used for human food. Crops and commodities exposed to floodwaters are considered adulterated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and cannot enter human food channels. They also cannot be used for animal feed unless they pass a testing protocol.

  • BCAR: county real estate market exceeds expectations through September

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market continued to demonstrate strength approaching the end of summer, according to the latest statistics released by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    The number of new listings in August 2018 was up 20 percent compared with August 2017, while total sales volume dropped by 5.5 percent. The average sale price increased slightly, up almost 4 percent over last year.

  • State reaches $3.6M settlement with Uber

    North Carolina reached an agreement with the ride-sharing company Uber Technologies Inc. (Uber) to address the company’s one-year delay in reporting a data breach to its affected drivers.

  • Brunswick County Healthcare Job Fair planned for Sept. 11

    Brunswick NCWorks Career Center has announced its inaugural Healthcare Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Brunswick Community College’s Virginia Williamson Event Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    This event features employers-only from the health-care industry offering current and future positions. It is geared to connecting local health-care employers to health-care job seekers and connecting individuals with available area educational opportunities.

  • Analysis shows home sales in Brunswick, New Hanover counties buck national trends

    The southeast North Carolina housing market continues to perform well, with July sales up 13.8 percent over a year ago in Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender and Onslow counties combined, while prices rose 7.3 percent, according to Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage.

    More than 1,610 homes were sold in these four counties last month with a median sales price of $219,900. These homes stayed on the market for an average of 71 days, down 15.5 percent from a year ago.

  • BCAR: steady sales, tight inventory point to competitive seller’s market

    Brunswick County is seeing an increasingly competitive residential real estate market as the end of summer approaches, according to the latest data released by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Sales in July 2018 outpaced last year, while the number of active listings and the absorption rate are at their lowest points since 2005. The absorption rate measures how long it would take to sell the existing inventory at the current rate of sales.

  • Chamber opens Women of Impact nominations

    The Women in Business Committee of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce announced its Women of Impact awards nominations are open. The awards will be presented at its annual luncheon Monday, Nov. 5, from noon to 2 p.m. at The View at Brick Landing, 1882 Goose Creek Road in Ocean Isle Beach.