Featuring five barrier islands and miles of pristine beaches, North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands are known for family “fun in the sun,” but when visitors look beyond the beach a world of natural adventure unfolds. In a myriad of tidal creeks and rivers, historic towns, uninhabited barrier islands and nature preserves, endless opportunities to get up close and personal with nature lure beach-goers inland and off-shore. For more information, visit www.ncbrunswick.com
LELAND, NC – The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce has extended its online citizen survey through May 6. The chamber is conducting the survey to obtain citizens’ input and feedback on the economy and a variety of other issues that impact northern Brunswick County. All responses will be kept anonymous. Anyone who lives, works or does business in northern Brunswick County is invited to take the survey, which can be accessed via the Chamber’s website at http://www.nbchamberofcommerce.com or by visiting http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NBChamberSurvey2011.
SHALLOTTE, NC – The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 3rd annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off this Saturday, April 16.
The event, which will be held rain or shine at the Planet Starz Grille in Shallotte, begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Admission is free and stew-tasting tickets are $5.
In addition to the Brunswick Stew Cook-Off the event will feature a kids’ area, pool competition, local crafters, food vendors and live music by Randy Hass and the Blue Grass Boys.
SOUTHPORT, N.C. — On May 19 the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Southport will launch a new bi-monthly event called “Shop to the Beat”.
“Shop to the Beat” will position music or entertainment throughout the business district outside and near participating merchants. Participating merchants and restaurants will add to the evening by having specials or merchandising games during “Shop to the Beat”.
LELAND, N.C. – A breakfast held Feb. 22 in Leland raised approximately $6,500 for the Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Leadership Breakfast, which is part of the Boy Scouts’ “Investment in Character” campaign, is only the second such event held in Leland. District Attorney Jon David was the keynote speaker.
LELAND, NC – The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce is conducting an online survey to obtain citizens’ input and feedback on the economy and a variety of other issues that impact northern Brunswick County. All responses will be kept anonymous. Anyone who lives, works or does business in northern Brunswick County is invited to take the survey, which can be accessed via the Chamber’s website at http://www.nbchamberofcommerce.com or by clicking here. The survey will be accessible through April 15.
Members of the Home Services Team of Coastal North Carolina (HSTNC), a group of southeastern North Carolina businesses that provide home services such as roofing and appliance repair, recently donated $3,000 to Step Up for Soldiers. The funds were raised through the group’s “Helping Heroes for the Holidays” campaign, during which they contributed $5 for each new customer to Step Up for Soldiers, a New Hanover County-based non-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of disabled veterans and their families. HSTNC members presented a check to Tom Russell, founder of Step Up for Soldiers, in late January.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is seeking applicants to operate a license plate agency in the Southport area. The current lease for the agency has expired and is open for renewal.
The agency currently located at 4831 Port Loop Road, Unit 2 will continue to operate on a month-to-month basis until a new contract is established. DMV’s policy is to seek new applicants whenever a contract expires or ends.
SHALLOTTE, NC — ATMC Wireless has announced the completion of two new 3G wireless transmission sites. The sites are located in the Pireway/Longwood and Green Swamp areas. The addition of 3G technology allows for faster mobile high speed Internet and better call quality with fewer dropped calls.
RALEIGH, N.C. – According to a press release from the N.C. Department of Transportation, all four lanes on the new bridge to Oak Island were scheduled to be open by 5 p.m. today. Two of the four lanes were opened in November 2010. The two other lanes were kept closed so that the contractor could complete work on the bridge.
The 980-foot bridge is the second bridge to connect the 14-mile long Oak Island to the mainland. The new bridge is 65-feet tall with two 12-foot lanes in each direction and 4-foot shoulders on each side.
SOUTHPORT, N.C. — January is the 10th Annual National Mentoring Month nationwide, and Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. (CIS) is looking for mentors for at-risk Middle School students.
According to a CIS press release, mentoring provides positive adult influence for children who may otherwise receive none.
“They need someone to talk to and they come to realize there are adults in their lives who care” said Linda Rumsey, CIS Dropout Prevention Director.
Members of the Home Services Team of Coastal North Carolina (HSTNC), a group of southeastern North Carolina businesses that provide home services such as roofing and appliance repair, are in the midst of a campaign entitled “Helping Heroes for the Holidays.” Between now and Christmas, each of the group’s member will contribute $5 for every new customer to Step Up For Soldiers, a New Hanover County-based non-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of disabled veterans and their families. Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer organization that places special emphasis on helping disabled veterans who were involved in Operation Enduring Freedom and subsequent combat operations. For more information about Step Up For Soldiers, visit http://www.stepupforsoldiers.org.
LELAND, N.C. — Bobbitt Design Build recently started work on a new facility for Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital. The 4,500-square-foot design build project will be located at 1513 Brunswick Village Boulevard in Leland, N.C.
“Veterinary facilities have many unique requirements and can be challenging to build,” said Rich Zielinski, Owner and Veterinarian. “We were looking for a company with experience in green building and also a strong background in working with vet practices. Bobbitt proved to be a perfect contractor for the project.”
SHALLOTTE, N.C. — ATMC recently awarded $25,000 in grant funds to 15 educators and community organizations serving Brunswick County students and residents.
The cooperative honored the recipients with a reception on November 9th at ATMC’s corporate headquarters in Shallotte. Representatives from each school talked about the programs for which the grant funds are earmarked and how these grants will positively impact area students.
Those receiving funding were:
LELAND, NC – The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce is hosting an elected officials’ reception from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 at Monk’s Lounge, located inside the Best Western Westgate Inn & Suites at 1120 Towne Lake Drive in Leland. Confirmed attendees include State Representative Frank Iler, Sheriff John Ingram, State Senator-elect Bill Rabon, District Attorney-elect Jon David and Clerk of Court-elect Jim MacCallum. Other invited officials include the Brunswick County Commissioners, Brunswick County Board of Education members, H2GO commissioners, municipal officials from Leland, Belville, Navassa, Northwest and Sandy Creek, U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan and U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre. Admission is free for chamber members and elected officials and $10 for non-members; non-members can pay at the door.
LELAND, N.C. – Frank Williams, a Brunswick County native and president of Pioneer Strategies, Inc., has been named to the Brunswick Community College (BCC) Small Business Center Advisory Committee. BCC’s Small Business Center provides seminars, workshops, a resource center and local, confidential counseling for new and existing businesses.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” says Williams. “Brunswick Community College’s Small Business Center plays an important role in helping foster an environment in which small businesses and entrepreneurs can grow and prosper in Brunswick County. I am pleased to assist with their efforts by serving in this capacity.”
LELAND, N.C. – Pioneer Strategies, a Brunswick County-based public relations agency, has signed on as a Bronze Sponsor of Communities in Schools of Brunswick County’s Ninth Annual Benefit Gala for Children, which is set for Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Sea Trail Conference Center in Sunset Beach. Tickets are available for the gala. For more information about the event, please visit http://www.cisbrunswick.org/gala.html.
SHALLOTTE, N.C. — ATMC’s 53rd Annual Membership Meeting will be held Friday, October 8, 2010 in the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Supply.
Member registration will begin at 4 p.m. A barbecue pork and fried chicken dinner will be served outside from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
LELAND, N.C. – Pioneer Strategies, a Brunswick County-based public relations agency, has launched SmallBizPRTips.com, a new members-only website that provides small business owners with affordable access to professional public relations and marketing advice. Pioneer Strategies is owned and operated by Brunswick County native Frank Williams, a 1988 graduate of North Brunswick High School. Williams serves on the boards of directors of the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, the Leland Area Rotary Club and Communities in Schools of Brunswick County.
SUPPLY, N.C. — Brunswick Community Hospital recently recognized five exceptional employees with Novant Health’s prestigious Circle of Excellence award, which recognizes employees who consistently demonstrate excellence in the hospital’s core values of compassion, teamwork, personal excellence and diversity.
This year’s recipients include Denise Bordlemay, RN, of the intensive care unit; Sue Leach, RN, corporate educator; Carolyn Long of patient access, Deborah Rochelle, manager of service excellence and volunteers; and Nellrisa Smith of laboratory services. These honorees were each nominated by their peers and selected by a committee made up of staff and leaders.
SHALLOTTE, N.C. — Allen Russ, CEO/General Manager of ATMC (Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation), recently announced that the cooperative has issued $1,900,000 in Capital Credit Refunds.
As a membership cooperative, ATMC refunds to its members portions of revenues not used for expenses in a given year. These refunds are called Capital Credits. In July, ATMC’s Board of Directors approved a refund of $1,900,000 dollars to current and former cooperative members who had service in 1995. Only members who had service during that year will be receiving a check.
CALABASH, N.C. — James Moreci, M.D., is proud to welcome Peter Schottlander, M.D., who is board certified in internal medicine, to the Calabash community. Dr. Schottlander, originally from Manalapan, N.J., has joined Dr. Moreci at Calabash Internal Medicine at 9970 Beach Drive SW, Unit 1, in Calabash.
SOUTHPORT, N.C. – Dosher Memorial Hospital is sponsoring a drive-through drug and medication collection event on Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event, dubbed “Operation Medicine Cabinet”, is intended to give residents in and around Brunswick County the opportunity to safely dispose of out-of-date or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. The hospital will also be collecting pet medications and used hypodermic needles.
SOUTHPORT, N.C. — As part of Progress Energy’s commitment to keeping neighbors and others informed of important developments and issues, the leadership staff from the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will host a community update meeting Thursday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Progress Energy Media Center. The center is located behind the Brunswick Visitors Center on Highway 87, two miles north of Southport. Representatives from Progress Energy will be available to discuss a number of topics related to the plant, hear comments and answer questions.
SUPPLY, N.C. — Brunswick Community Hospital was recently recognized as a leader in clinical quality and patient safety for its efforts to reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired infections, specifically Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA infections, which are difficult to treat if they develop.
VHA Inc., a national health care network, presented Brunswick Community Hospital with a 2009 Excellence in MRSA Reduction Award for reducing hospital-acquired MRSA infections by more than 50 percent per 1,000 patient days in 2009 as compared to 2008. Brunswick Community Hospital had only one hospital-acquired MRSA infection in 2009.
SUPPLY, N.C. — Brunswick Community College’s Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWD) recently announced its upcoming schedule of courses and seminars. Upcoming business-related courses and seminars include:
Career Readiness Certification/Human Resource Development – Pre-registration required for all classes in this section
(Fee waiver available for classes in this section)
Career Readiness Certification
Monday, August 16
August 24 – September 9
Tuesday & Thursday
LELAND, N.C. – Pioneer Strategies, a public relations agency that does business in southeastern North Carolina and the Triangle area, celebrates nine years in business this month. The firm was founded by Brunswick County native Frank Williams in August 2001 and officially incorporated in September 2001. Williams is a 1988 graduate of North Brunswick High School. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Leland Area Rotary Club, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and Communities in Schools of Brunswick County.
HOLDEN BEACH, N.C. – Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett recently completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government leadership program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The specially tailored program is offered to a small, select group of senior-level appointed and elected state, local and international executives. Through interactive case studies led by world renown practitioners like Dan Fenn (special assistant to President Kennedy), Phil Heyman (Deputy US Attorney General/Watergate Special Consultant) and Hannah Riley Bowles (Harvard’s Women and Power Program Director), participants learned to navigate advanced issues of leadership, strategy and political management, public value, policy analysis and internal capacity management.
HOLDEN BEACH, N.C. – If you have videos that depict Holden Beach’s quiet, family-friendly atmosphere, the Town of Holden Beach wants to hear from you.
The town is running a video contest now through Sept. 8. Residents and visitors are asked to record their favorite Holden Beach moments, activities and scenes in videos that are four minutes or less in length. The winner’s video will be featured on the Town of Holden Beach’s website (http://www.hbtownhall.com), Facebook page and YouTube channel (http://youtube.com/townofholdenbeach). The winner will receive a small prize, which will be announced at a later date.
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. — The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce will unveil the artwork for the 30th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. (UPDATE 8/10/10: this event has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach).