• Brunswick County unemployment rate drops below 5 percent for September

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped to a near low for the year of 4.9 percent for September.

    Unemployment in Brunswick County was at its lowest in June at 4.8 percent, then rose to 5 percent in July and 5.1 percent in August.

    For 2017, Brunswick County unemployment started at 7.7 percent in January, fell to 6.7 percent in February and 5.8 percent in March, then dropped to 5 percent unemployment in April and stayed there through May.

  • BCAR: County market sees highest sales volume in more than 10 years

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate is demonstrating its greatest strength in more than a decade, according to the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    “As of Oct. 31, Brunswick County has seen over $1 billion in residential home sales in 2017,” BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh said in a news release.

    “We haven’t seen numbers like this since 2005, when Brunswick County ended the year with $1.2 billion in total sales volume. We are trending to meet or exceed that total in 2017.”

  • Bureau seeks homeowners insurance rate hike

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced the North Carolina Rate Bureau has filed notice with the N.C. Department of Insurance asking for a statewide average increase in homeowners insurance rates of 18.7 percent for 2018.

    The NC Rate Bureau represents the homeowners insurance companies in the state in asking for this increase.

  • BCHBA 15th annual Parade of Homes

    The Brunswick County Home Builders Association’s 15th annual Parade of Homes takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 20-22, and Oct. 27-29.

    “This year’s exceptional collection of new homes, beach homes, and remodels are complete with innovative architecture, creative construction concepts and illuminating design ideas,” BCHBA president Jeffrey B. Satterwhite said in a news release. “Everything you deserve in a new home… this year’s parade has it all.”

  • BCAR releases September 2017 data

    September has come and gone and temperatures are cooling down, but Brunswick County’s residential real estate market remains hot. The third quarter finished strong, with units sold outpacing 2016 by 27 percent and total dollar sales up by 36 percent over last year, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors. 

  • ATMC 60th annual membership meeting scheduled for Oct. 6

    ATMC will have its 60th annual meeting of members Friday, Oct. 6, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College. Member registration will begin at 1 p.m. A barbecue and chicken dinner will be served on the lawn from 4 to 6:30 p.m. while supplies last.

    The entertainment portion of the annual meeting will take place inside the auditorium beginning at 5 p.m. Attendees will be able to enjoy a special performance by the River City Dixieland Jazz Band with their distinctive New Orleans-style jazz.

  • BCAR releases August 2017 real estate data

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market continued its steady growth during August with the number of units sold up 20 percent over July and 33 percent over August 2016, according to statistics released by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR).

    “August may be the last month of summer vacation, but the real estate market in Brunswick County certainly didn’t take a summer a break,” BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh said in a news release.

  • BEMC membership meeting Sept. 23

    The 78th annual Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. membership meeting takes place 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    Highlights include registration, arts and crafts, baked goods, sausage dogs, snacks and beverages, an auction and health fair, kids’ activities, entertainment, the Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign and a raffle.

    At 10:30 a.m., the annual business meeting is scheduled in addition to prize drawings.

  • Coastal Ambassador training session set

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Coastal Ambassador training session in September will focus on coastal advocacy work, both in the Wrightsville Beach area and along the coast. The evening training will be Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fred and Alice Coastal Education Center in Wrightsville Beach. For newcomers, there will be a required orientation session starting at 5 p.m.

  • ATMC issues $3M in Capital Credit refunds

    The ATMC Board of Directors recently announced the cooperative has issued $3 million in Capital Credit refunds to current and former cooperative members who had qualifying services in 1998 and 2016.