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  • State sales tax holiday is Aug. 7-9

    Virginia’s sales tax holiday begins Friday.

    The holiday runs through the weekend and exempts certain school supplies, clothes and shoes from sales tax.

    The holiday also exempts hurricane and emergency preparedness items along with certain energy efficient appliances.

    School supplies must be $20 or less per item and clothes or shoes must be $100 or less per item. To learn more and get lists of qualifying items for all three categories, see www.tax.virginia.gov.

  • Oak Hall to hold job fair

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap and Gown will hold a job fair on July 17, as it works to fill positions at a new operation in town.

    The event will be held from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department.

    “This is a very reputable company, a leader in their industry, all made in America labels and materials, so this is a very exciting opportunity for us,” said Grayson County Administrator Jonathon Sweet at a July 9 meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors.

  • Commerce park receives $1.75M grant

    The Virginia Tobacco Commission has awarded a fifth “megasite” grant for the Wildwood Commerce Park in the amount of $1.75 million.

    This grant award follows earlier tobacco commission grants totaling $12.3 million for the purchase and development of Wildwood, a regional commerce park at Interstate 77’s Exit 19 in Carroll County that has been under development for several years.

    Megasite projects are defined as those that should generate at least 400 jobs and $250 million in private investment.

  • Small business incubator's end a sign of success, chairman says

    The Southwest Regional Enterprise Center (SREC) has achieved its goals over the past 14 years and is no longer necessary, said the small business incubator’s chairman.
    On March 25th, the SREC Board of Directors took action to hand off the center’s operations to strategic partners in the region that share a similar mission and voted to dissolve the organization.

  • Vanguard experiences steady growth

    HILLSVILLE – Vanguard Furniture has experienced steady growth since it opened a plant last August in the Carroll County Industrial Park.

    During a recent visit to the facility by Carroll officials, plant manager Joe Bill Norman said Vanguard has 65 employees with plans to expand to 200 within the next three to five years, according to information issued by the county.

  • McAllister Mills expanding in Grayson County

    INDEPENDENCE — McAllister Mills Inc., the leading manufacturer of safe, heat-resistant materials for the textile industry, will invest $1.05 million to expand and significantly increase its textile manufacturing operations in Grayson County, according to an announcement Wednesday from the governor’s office.

    The company will purchase and renovate a vacant 33,000-square-foot facility that will house new automation and equipment. The site is the former Parsons & Reeves building in Independence.

  • Bogeys goes from basic to classic in private dinner

    In an effort to prepare both staff and public for a new future, Bogeys, Galax’s answer to fine dining, held a private, small-plate dinner with wine pairings.

    Owner Kenneth Belton, who was one of the restaurant’s four owners before buying out the others late last year, was on hand along with consultant Judy Brannock; new chef J.C. Botero (born in Colombia, raised in south Florida and lately of Olde Mill Resort); sommelier Steve Foster of Andes Importers of Salem, who was responsible for the wine pairing; and new staff members.

  • Oak Hall bringing 100 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a manufacturer of academic, judicial and religious apparel, will invest $1.2 million to establish a textile manufacturing operation in Independence.

    The company will renovate and up-fit an existing 85,000-square-foot facility — the old Robertshaw Controls building at 607 W. Main Street — and create 100 new jobs.

  • Studio's programs strengthen mind, body, spirit

    WOODLAWN — The Studio, a new business in Woodlawn, has opened its doors to the public to offer a clever hodgepodge of classes and specialized events for clients of all ages.

    The idea for The Studio sparked after Tom and DeeDee Wright rented a building across from Midway Shell in Woodlawn last November, to house an office for Tom’s business.

  • West Galax Business park open for tenants

    West Galax Business Park isn’t a name that’s familiar to a lot of Twin Counties entrepreneurs – yet.

    Joseph Andrews, 38, the property’s landlord along with his father, Bobby Andrews, 63, is working to change all that.