• Grayson lands meat processing facility


    INDEPENDENCE – River Ridge Land & Cattle Co. announced Wednesday plans to construct a new meat processing plant in Grayson County.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that River Ridge will build and operate a new meat processing plant, investing $2.1 million and creating 11 new jobs over the next three years.

    River Ridge will also purchase nearly $4 million in Virginia-grown beef and pork for use at its new plant that is being constructed in the Grayson County Industrial Park.

  • Meat processing facility will add 11 jobs in Grayson

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that River Ridge Land and Cattle Company, LLC will build and operate a new meat processing facility in Grayson County. The company will invest $2.1 million and create 11 new jobs over the next three years. River Ridge will also purchase nearly $4 million in Virginia-grown beef and pork for use at its new facility. The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Grayson County and River Ridge Land and Cattle on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund.

  • Taco Bell coming to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – Hillsville Town Council held a special called meeting Wednesday night to approve the site plan for a new Taco Bell, which will be located on South Main Street.

    According to Council Member Greg Yonce, the planning commission met on Sept. 29 to review the site plan for approval before it was put before council. The site is located at 145 South Main, next to Pizza Hut and in front of Food Lion.

  • Company holding 'Pokemon Go'-themed job fair

    With tongue firmly in cheek, the Results Company in Galax has set out to “catch” new employees with a Pokemon Go job fair on Sept. 15.

    While the job fair is lighthearted in tone, the promise of seeking new employees is quite serious. According to materials put out by the Galax Results call center at The Crossroads Institute, numerous sales and customer service positions are available now.

    However, that’s not to say there’s no fun to be had, as part of the fair will center around playing Pokemon Go.

  • Galax offers small business loans

    Staff Report

    Have you been dreaming of starting your own business?

    Do you have a business in Galax you want to grow or expand?

    The City of Galax and the Galax Industrial Development Authority are eager to assist Galax businesses in starting or growing with money to lend below the prime interest rate. Loans are now available for $500 to $5,000.

  • Sheetz opening Wednesday in Galax

    After three years and lots of anticipation, the Twin County area is getting its first Sheetz today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m., with a grand opening ceremony at 10:45 a.m.

    The company sent out a news release saying, “The shelves are stocked, beverages are on ice and our top-notch team of employees is ready and waiting to give you the best customer service in convenience dining.”

    Food services in the store will include a coffee bar serving various hot, iced and frozen non-alcoholic drinks, a made-to-order kitchen and a drive-thru.

  • Doug Brown lays down his spatula

    Copyright 2016, The Alleghany News. Reprinted with permission

    SPARTA, N.C. — After more than 45 years, Doug Brown is retiring from the restaurant business. “I’m laying my spatula down,” the owner of Brown’s Restaurant on Jones Street in Sparta, N.C., said.

    Thursday was the last day the restaurant known for home cooking was open to the public. The business has been sold to Darren Koontz, owner of The Pines, a restaurant name that has been part Brown’s own history, and is now located on North Main Street.

  • Grant will pay for jobs, trade, upgrades

    INDEPENDENCE — Core Health and Fitness recently received a $309,000 grant from the Port of Virginia, which will assist in funding job additions, utilizing the port for importing and exporting, and moving forward with a capital project to improve the company’s distribution center in Independence.

    The Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Grant Program awards money to qualified companies as an incentive to locate new operations or expand existing operations in the Commonwealth, which in turn facilitates the growth of the port.

  • Results plans to expand in Galax

    Staff Report

    The Results Companies’ call center at The Crossroads Institute will expand its Galax operation with the addition of 40 new positions.

    The Results location in Galax, which handles calls for a satellite radio provider, will be adding staff to its inbound sales team, according to a news release.

  • Police warn merchants of 'quick-change' scams

    Staff Report

    Quick-change, or change raising, is a common short con that involves an offer to change an amount of money with someone, while at the same time taking change or bills back and forth to confuse the person as to how much money is actually being changed.

    The Abingdon Police Department warned merchants in Southwest Virginia about the con in a news release.