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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SBA accepts 2019 National Small Business Week award nominations

    The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting nominations for its 2019 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year.

    Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities and to the nation’s economy.

    SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week on May 5-11, 2019 include

  • County’s unemployment rate dips below 5 percent for April and May 2018

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in April then dipped again to 4.6 percent in May completing a full point drop from 5.6 percent in March.

    A year-to-year comparison showed Brunswick County’s unemployment rate hit 4.9 percent in April 2017 and rose to 5.1 percent in May 2017.

    The unemployment numbers for Brunswick County peaked at 6.9 percent in January, dropped to 6.4 percent for February and fell below 6 percent for the first time since November 2017 in March.

  • EmergeOrtho office breaks ground in Leland

    LELAND — EmergeOrtho broke ground July 26 on its second Brunswick County medical office along U.S. 17.

    The former OrthoWilmington opened a 15,000-square-foot Shallotte-based medical office for orthopedic and spine treatment, pain management and an AccessOrtho walk-in medical service in 2017.

    The Shallotte practice merged Supply and Sunset Beach offices in a building with more than 20 exam rooms and 1,700 square feet of physical therapy space.