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Business

  • Vaughan-Bassett partners with HGTV hosts for new furniture collection

    Staff Report

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company announced last week that it will partner with Ben and Erin Napier, the hosts of HGTV’s “Home Town,” to develop multiple collections of both solid wood and veneered casegoods collections.

    The first groups will debut in October at the High Point, N.C., furniture market.

  • Mohawk to expand in Carroll County

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Mohawk Industries will expand its manufacturing operation in Carroll County, thanks to a $95,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

    The project will preserve existing jobs and add several new positions at the carpet and flooring company’s Hillsville plant, according to a news release from the commission.

    The grant was awarded based on six new jobs, 120 retained jobs and $6.9 million in capital investment, said Jordan Butler, public relations coordinator for the commission.

  • Shentel to build local cell towers

    Staff Report

    The Sprint affiliate Shentel announced it has built new cellular sites in Galax, Hillsville and Independence to provide and enhance coverage in Carroll and Grayson counties.

    The new cell sites are equipped to provide 4G LTE, which means clearer signals, fewer dropped calls and faster download speeds to offer customers a better experience when calling, texting or streaming video, the company said.

  • United Way honors Sutherland, local industries

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – During its annual awards on March 15, United Way recognized Brenda Sutherland of Grayson County as its 2017 “Woman of Distinction,” and presented honors to Mohawk Industries, Vanguard Furniture and Food City.

  • Dixon brings new ideas to chamber

    “It’s funny; when you say my name, the first question that comes out of peoples’ mouths is, ‘Do you spell it Dickson or Dixon?’ I kind of know I’m at home,” said Beth Dixon, the new Twin County Chamber of Commerce director, in her office.

    Dixon introduced herself at the first February Galax City Council meeting and has spent most of her days meeting, greeting and building relationships around the area. With a crisp speaking voice, friendly tone and high-energy approach to her job, Dixon immediately makes a good impression.

  • Li'l Country Store closing after four decades

    The owner of the Li’l Country Store on Pipers Gap Road has announced it will be closing down.

    The store has been locally owned and operated as a convenience stop in the community for 44 years as of March 1, according to owner Nancy Parks.

    The store is well known for its wide variety of inventory, ranging from groceries to tools and appliances. Alongside convenience items, the store also has a deli that serves sandwiches, beverages and other foods.

  • Smokehouse changing hands, but not menu

    The Galax Smokehouse’s 15th anniversary is Wednesday, and along with lots of fond memories comes a surprise: the popular downtown institution has changed hands.

    Partners Ron Passmore and Dan Milby, who started and have maintained the restaurant for a decade and a half, have passed it on to managers Bernadette Hodges and Casey Dawkins.

    “It hasn’t been an emotionless decision,” said Milby, visibly misting up; but they’re ready to move on to a new phase, he said.

  • New partnership will manage Alleghany Memorial

    Staff Report

    SPARTA, N.C. — Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have announced a partnership to ensure the future of Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta.

    Through the agreement that was effective Feb. 2, Wake Forest Baptist and Hugh Chatham created a 50-50 joint venture called Alleghany Health LLC, which will become the full owner of Alleghany Memorial.

  • IDA sells industrial park land for new business

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) passed a resolution Monday afternoon to sell a parcel of land located near the old Andrews Farming building in the Carroll County Industrial Park.

    The motion to approve this resolution, made by IDA Member Richard Sowers, was seconded by IDA Member Larry Chambers, carrying a unanimous 7-0 vote by the council.

    The 8.8 acres of land were sold to Donald and Unella Branscome for $90,200, and reportedly will be used to construct an office and machine shop, and for other business purposes.

  • Nuckolls Drug expanding into former bank

    By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Nuckolls Drug Company, a local pharmacy serving the Carroll County community for over a century, will be expanding its business into the old Bank of Floyd building, located at 185 South Main Street in Hillsville.

    The store has been in the Nuckolls family since 1896 and serves an average of approximately 3,000 customers annually in Carroll County.