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Brunswick County real estate market sets sales record in 2020, exceeding $2 billion

January 15, 2021

Brunswick County’s residential real estate market set a new record in 2020 with $2,157,449,018 in total sales volume, up 51.3% compared to 2019. Monthly numbers also hit record highs in December, with increases in homes sold and total sales volume. “2020 was full of unknowns and uncertainty, but Brunswick County’s real estate market did more than merely stay consistent – it smashed all expectations,” said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. “Total sales for the year topped $2 billion for the first time ever, and we saw record sales in December compared to last year. These numbers are nothing short of amazing,…

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Duke Energy establishes relationship with Optus Bank to support minority-owned businesses

January 14, 2021

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Duke Energy announced today it has deposited $5 million into Optus Bank, a Black-owned bank based in South Carolina, furthering the company’s support for diverse and minority-owned businesses, individuals and low income communities. The transaction was completed at the end of 2020. One of approximately 20 banks designated as Black or African American owned in the U.S., Optus Bank will use the money Duke Energy deposited to provide other minority-owned businesses and underserved communities equal access to capital loans and financial services. “This is so much more than a deposit in a bank. It’s an investment in…

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State lawmakers gear up for busy 2021-22 session with COVID-19 in focus

January 14, 2021

By David Bass, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — COVID-19 and the ongoing fallout from the pandemic will likely dominate the 2021-22 session of the General Assembly. On tap for lawmakers is crafting a new budget for the biennium plus drawing new legislative and congressional maps for the next decade based on fresh census data. A divided government — with Democrats controlling the governor’s office and Republicans helming both chambers of the legislature — means stalemates on many issues and compromises on others are in the offing. Despite predictions a so-called “blue wave” would sweep Republicans out of power in the General…

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Dosher Appoints Linda Conner as Patient Accounts Manager

January 13, 2021

SOUTHPORT – Dosher Memorial Hospital has hired Linda Conner to assume the role of Patient Accounts Manager.  Ms. Conner, a Virginia Native, has worked in healthcare for the majority of her career and was the Manager of Patient Financial Services and Patient Access for Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital prior to joining Dosher. “We have tremendous confidence in the value Linda Conner will bring not only to Dosher but to the patient experience,” said Lynda Stanley, President of Dosher Memorial Hospital and Foundation.  “Ms. Conner’s prior career accomplishments coupled with her expressed enthusiasm for embracing new challenges will make her a…

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N.C. Small Businesses Say Financial Assistance, Easier Access to Pandemic Relief Sources Needed

January 13, 2021

New survey reports concerns as COVID-19 continues to impact the state Raleigh, N.C. – Most North Carolina small businesses remain open but have seen revenues decline in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to results from a new survey of North Carolina small businesses released today by the Department of Commerce. The report also shows more than half of the respondents to the survey have taken advantage of financial assistance programs and that such programs remain crucial, including the need to better connect businesses to the programs that remain available. The survey was conducted by the Department’s Main Street and Rural…

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General Assembly will deal with pandemic, budget, redistricting, and more, Locke experts say

January 13, 2021

by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service Lawmakers are returning to Raleigh, and they have a loaded agenda.  The legislative session begins Wednesday, Jan. 13, when lawmakers will deal with the pandemic, pass a budget, complete redistricting, and tackle needed reforms. Republicans remain in control of both chambers, but they lack the numbers to override any vetoes from Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper.  John Locke Foundation’s government affairs team on Monday, Jan. 11, told listeners at a virtual Shaftesbury Society event what to expect.  Republicans still aim to restrict the governor’s powers under the Emergency Management Act. They tried to trim…

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Wilmington Lawyers Devlin Horton and Nick Mendez Establish Personal Injury Practice

January 13, 2021

Wilmington, NC — Wilmington attorneys Devlin Horton and Nick Mendez have established Horton & Mendez, PLLC, a Wilmington law practice focused on personal injury and wrongful death. Having worked together for a large firm representing insurance companies, the partners bring valuable insight to their clients’ cases, with critical understanding as to how insurance companies investigate, evaluate and defend claims.  Horton & Mendez, PLLC, opened on January 11, 2021, and is located in Wilmington’s Soda Pop District at 705 Princess Street, or online at https://hortonmendez.com/. “Our experience in handling personal injury cases from the insurance company’s point of view gives us unique insight…

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North Carolina Ports Partners with the Scoular Company to Expand Agricultural Opportunities

January 12, 2021

Wilmington, N.C. – The North Carolina State Ports Authority is excited to announce it is expanding capabilities to better support the North Carolina agriculture industry through a partnership with Scoular. North Carolina Ports on Tuesday received approval from the North Carolina Council of State for a land lease to develop an agricultural transload facility on the Port of Wilmington. Council of State approved the long-term lease for Scoular to develop an at-port facility that will receive, store and load agricultural products. “We are excited to work with Scoular, a company that has more than a century of experience in the agriculture…

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Carolinas AGC Announces CAGC Foundation Board of Trustees

January 12, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C., — Carolinas AGC (CAGC) is pleased to announce that the 2020 CAGC Foundation Board of Trustees will extend its service throughout 2021. The CAGC Foundation Board is made up of the following members: Chair: Meghan McPhail-Ketterman, Contract Construction, Inc. Treasurer: Tana Lee, Richland One School District CAGC Chair: Casey Schwager, Sloan Construction Company Secretary/President & CEO: Dave Simpson, CAE, Carolinas AGC Trustee: Traci Strickland, HardHat Workforce Solutions, LLC Trustee: Claudia Dodgen, Crowder Constructors, Inc. Trustee: Chad Webb, Barnhill Contracting Company – Building Division Trustee: Sidney Rex, W. B. Guimarin & Company Trustee: Mike Hall, Hall Contracting Corporation Trustee: George Wightman, Central Piedmont Community College Trustee: Steve Strokis, National Renewable Energy Corportation Appointed Young Leader: Dale Schmidt, State Utility Contractors, Inc. Staff Liaison: Betsy Bailey, Carolinas AGC It is…

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ECS Announces Chief Operating Officer Appointment

January 12, 2021

Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) is pleased to announce Leo J. Titus, Jr., PE, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the ECS Group of Companies effective as of January 1, 2021. A member of the ECS team since 1997, Mr. Titus holds more than 30 years of experience in geotechnical and construction materials engineering, special inspections and environmental services, and has led ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC as the Subsidiary President since 2008. “Leo is an outstanding addition to the corporate leadership team,” said Tony Fiorillo, President of the ECS Group of Companies. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and…

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