Pack & move fast, with these tips

August 24, 2017
  1. Start early
  2. Pack strategically
  3. Have a packing room
  4. Save on boxes; used and recycled
  5. Don’t be a heavy; small size for heaviest
  6. Don’t pack air; fill all items EX: suitcases
  7. Trash bags are treasure; only non-breakable of course
  8. Hang’em high; clothing does not travel best box’d
  9. Pad and pack; use those towels and blankets as padding
  10. Label on two sides.
  11. Be ready; before the movers arrive

A Stress-Free Guide to Moving Elderly Parents

August 10, 2017

As your parents grow older, you may see them begin to struggle living day-to-day.  At some point, you will need to move them into a safer living environment.

  • Giving them time to come to the same conclusion as you will help them feel more confident and less distressed.
  • Discuss the level of care your parents will need in their new home.
  • Before you start to pack, go through your parents’ home and organize their belongings.
  • Booking a moving company will help ease the stress on you and your parents.
  • Your parents may need days, weeks, or months to adjust to the new living arrangements. Check in with them often to make sure they feel safe and comfortable.

Be sure to see the moon moving between the Earth and the Sun August 21, 2017

August 3, 2017


Imagine a bright sunny day, with turquoise skies and the brilliant sunshine we all enjoy. Gradually, the illumination around you diminishes; It takes some time before you notice. If you had not heard about the eclipse you might think a cloud temporarily blocked the Sun. Then it happens.

The Moon has fully engulfed the Sun.

For the next minute or so, your eyes are drawn up to behold in the middle of the day, a small black circle surrounded by a fire-like glow (the Sun’s corona). The sky itself has darkened so much it is like deep twilight.

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10 Little Known Beaches In North Carolina That Will Make Your Summer Unforgettable

July 28, 2017

Taken from

Way to go Brunswick County! Who knew that Brunswick County has 3 out of 10 of the Unforgettable Summer Beaches.

Holden Beach took #1!

  1. Holden Beach

Located in Brunswick County, Holden Beach is a true gem in North Carolina. This quaint beach town is bustling with charm, a relaxed vibe, amazing food, and BREATHTAKING sunsets!


4. Bald Head Island

There’s no way you won’t be enchanted by the island of golf carts, sandy shores, and peaceful solitude. This 12,000 acre slice of paradise is home to Old Baldy, amazing seafood, and peace of mind!


9. Oak Island

Oak Island sometimes goes overlooked, but it’s a well kept secret. You can enjoy great kayaking and fishing on Davis Canal or just chill out on a beach chair. You’ll get serenity, a lighthouse, and a nice tan.

Stay cool during your summer move

July 20, 2017

Keep your family and moving team hydrated.  Consider having cold drinks, water or sports beverages preferably, in a cooler and handy to grab.

Be considerate of your moving crew; they’re used to the heat, but they need to cool down and stay hydrated and motivated.

Learn about Rip Currents

May 11, 2017

Rip Current

The Danger of Rip Currents

  • Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore.
  • They typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves.
  • Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves.

Escaping Rip Currents

  • If you become caught in a rip current, yell for help and remain calm.
  • Do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for help.
  • If you must swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible.
  • Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you quickly become exhausted.

How to Avoid Rip Currents

  • Don’t assume! Great weather for the beach does not always mean it’s safe to swim or even play in the shallows.
  • Rip currents often form on calm, sunny days.
  • Check water conditions before going in by looking at the local beach forecast before you leave for the beach.
  • Only swim at a beach with lifeguards.

Be Aware: Card Skimmers at Gas Stations

April 7, 2017
  Be Aware: Card Skimmers at Gas Stations

Recently, incidences of card skimming fraud at gas stations have increased. While it is important to remain vigilant whenever you are using your credit or debit card, gas stations have become the new hot spot for fraud. Knowing what to look for when at the pump could save you from havingas pump blogg your information compromised.

What is card skimming?

Skimmers are card readers that steal and store data off a credit or debit card’s magnetic strip. The skimmer attaches to the card reader and doesn’t cause a functional issue for the terminal, which can allow the issue to go unnoticed.

What am I looking for?

A credit card skimming device is smaller than a deck of cards and fits over the existing card reader. When a customer swipes their card, the device immediately saves and stores the card information.

Here are some ways to stay observant at the gas pump.

  1. Look for signs of tampering such as different colored materials on the machine, graphics that aren’t aligned correctly or anything else that doesn’t look quite right.
  2. If you don’t see anything that looks off, give the card reader and keyboard a little shake. Card readers are sturdy and nothing should shift when touched.
  3. If you notice something is not secure, do not use that machine and inform the manager immediately.

Criminals can also plant devices into the card machine at the gas pump.

  1. Look at the edges of the gas pump where the terminal opens for maintenance. If the hinges or lock are battered or seem tampered with, it could be compromised.
  2. Several gas companies use tamper-proof seals across the opening of the credit card door. When broken, the sticker is lifted revealing the word VOID on the sticker.
  3. If you see a void sticker or the machine shows signs of tampering, inform the attendant and move to a different station.

How can I avoid card skimming?

Be aware of your surroundings and take the time to look at the card machine before using it will go a long way in keeping your information safe. Other ways to avoid card skimmers include using the pump closest to the cashier, using cash and paying the attendant inside the gas station.

What else should I know?

Each time you use your card at the gas pump, it’s a good practice to check your credit card statements or bank account through online banking. If you see criminal behavior call your credit card company immediately and they will work with you on the next steps.

We want our customers to feel protected as they use their South State debit and credit cards. For more information on protecting yourself, visit our Advice Center here.


March 24, 2017





Just conduct this simple test: Place the tip of your fingernail

against the reflective surfaceand if there is a GAP between

your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is GENUINE

mirror. However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES

the image of your nail, then BEWARE! IT IS A 2-WAY MIRROR!


“No Space, Leave the Place” So remember, every time you see a

mirror, do the “fingernail test.” It doesn’t cost you anything.


REMEMBER. No Space, Leave the Place:

Ladies: Share this with your girlfriends, sisters, daughters, etc.

Stay-cation Anyone?

March 17, 2017

This weekend, why don’t you embark on a new adventure an explore our little town of Shallotte! There are beautiful beaches nearby and attractions right here in town!

  1. Whether you’re a professional or learning  how to hold the club, the River’s Edge Golf Course is the place to be! The course offers beautiful grounds in top-notch conditions. River’s Edge was featured in Golf Magazine as one of the Top 20 “Best New Courses” of the United States.
  2. Fancy Flea Antique Mall offers two locations conveniently located off Hwy 17. They have a wide variety of items to choose from and is something there for everyone!
  3. Coastal Cinemas has comfortable seating, affordable pricing, delicious popcorn, and a great sound system.
  4. Planet Fun offers fun for all ages with bowling, laser tag, bumper cars, arcade, pool tables, and Starz Grill for a bite to eat while you’re having a blast.
  5. Hungry? For breakfast or lunch, try the Purple Onion Cafe! Other great restaurants in town include San Felipe, Wing & Fish, Angelo’s, and for dessert, stop by the Sugar Confcoastal cinemasections Bakery! wing and fishthe fancy flea
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Stopping Previous Resident Mail Deliveries

March 10, 2017

End Mail Deliveries to Previous Residents by:

  • “Return to Sender”

-Write “Return to Sender” on the outside of the envelope, place it back in your mailbox and put the flag up. Writing in red ink will help catch the attention of your mail carrier and help prevent future mix-ups.

  • “Note” your mailbox

-Place a sticky note on your mailbox stating you are the only tenant or (name of previous resident) is no longer at the address.

  • Cross out barcode

-Barcodes on the envelopes are used by the postal service sorting machines to sort mail to the proper addresses. Some mail can get tossed into the wrong bin without someone catching the mistake. Once the barcode has been crossed out the sorting machine will read it as “undeliverable” and a person must manually examine the mail.

  • Approach your mail carrier

-Wait for your carrier to arrive for your delivery and politely explain that the previous resident no longer resides at the address and that you wish to no longer receive their mail at your address. Keep in mind, your carrier delivers to an abundance of people and may have just made and an accidental mistake. Being calm and polite will get you a lot further than coming off as rude.

If Previous Resident is Deceased

  • “Deceased, Return to Sender”

-Write “Deceased, Return to Sender” on the outside of the envelope, place it back in your mailbox and lift the flag.

  • Contact companies directly

-Small companies will normally cease the distribution of mail intended for the previous resident if returned mail has a deceased note on the envelope, whereas large companies rely on the National Change of Address database for address updates.

  • Report Junk Mail

-Go online to the Direct Marketing Association website. From there, go to the “Deceased, Do Not Contact Registration” page and enter the deceased’s information. This may take up to three months for changes to take place.



Do NOT open the mail!
Do NOT throw away the mail!
Do NOT fill out change of address forms!

Doing any of the above is against the law and you could be held responsible for those residents not receiving their mail.