• Ocean Isle Beach will soon be featured on national TV

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Mayor Debbie Smith unveiled the town’s video Tuesday that will appear on Terry Bradshaw’s “Today in America” show.

    “Let’s take a look at a town its citizens are proud to call home—Ocean Isle Beach,” Bradshaw says as the video begins.

    The video highlights Ocean Isle Beach’s natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle. With 554 year-round residents and a seasonal population of 25,000, the town is hailed as a “place to bond with family and friends.”

  • Sixty-two-unit apartment complex approved for Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Shallotte is one step closer to a new apartment complex—River Pointe Apartments.

    The proposed apartment complex encompasses a 62-unit, 4-building complex at 4620 White Street on 6.27 acres of land.

    “I am here to answer any questions you might have about our project,” Brian Smith of Southern Properties & Development said to aldermen at the April board meeting.

    Smith represents the property owners Maurice Hawes and the estate of Elba Hawes.

  • Business briefs

    Chamber seeks nominations for awards
    The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its Small Business Person of the Year and Golden Pineapple Customer Service awards. Small businesses represent 98 percent of the businesses in Brunswick County, create three out of every four new jobs, and generate a majority of American innovations.

  • RE/MAX has grand opening

    Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the new RE/MAX Community Brokers at 4330 Southport-Supply Road, Suite 104, in Southport. The ceremony marked the official debut of the former Plantation Properties’ partnership with RE/MAX.

  • 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.