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Business

  • In The Pines: trees are big business in Grayson

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    MOUTH OF WILSON – In the rural high country of western Grayson County, the earth trembles under the wheels of farm vehicles pulling loads of produce out of the fields, to one of several loading areas. From there, “big rigs” are hauling load after load of seasonal stuff to markets.

    It started in October, when huge cardboard boxes of pumpkins rumbled towards town.

  • Virginia Produce to expand in Carroll County

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe joined Carroll County officials Thursday in an economic development announcement that will lead to 33 new jobs.

    McAuliffe, joined by Dr. Basil Gooden, agriculture and forestry secretary, announced that Virginia Produce Company (VPC) will create 33 new jobs and invest $650,000 to support a major expansion at its produce wholesale facility in the Carroll County Industrial Park.

  • Governor to announce economic development project in Hillsville

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Basil Gooden will be in Hillsville on Oct. 19 for an economic development announcement.

    On Thursday, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors sent out invitations to the event in the county’s industrial park.

    The county provided no other details about what the announcement will involve, though the address of the event, 227 Industrial Park Drive, is the site of Virginia Produce Co.

    The announcement is set for 1 p.m.

  • Chapters Bookshop wins national award

    Chapters Bookshop, located in downtown Galax, is a winner of the national 2017 Children’s Book Week Contest.

    In celebration of the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, 705 libraries, schools and bookstores were invited in May to enter a national display contest around the theme of “One World, Many Stories.”

  • Free Market opens in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE — The Free Market, a new community resource offered by Grayson LandCare, is now open to the public and accepting items and monetary donations.

  • Students explore career options

    Staff Report

    Grayson County 4-H partnered with several businesses in the Galax area and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for a Career Immersion event for 40 students.

    The event offered these students an opportunity to experience local careers and learn about their possibilities before graduation.

  • NAPCO expansion will bring jobs to region

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – NAPCO announced an expansion of its plant in Sparta, N.C., and the hiring of 35 new employees during a press conference held in conjunction with the start of the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.

    Michael Smith, Alleghany County manager, praised NAPCO for its commitment to Alleghany, where it has operated for 40 years.

  • Local banks to become Skyline

    INDEPENDENCE — Since the announcement came in November 2015 that Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd would combine their 200-plus years of banking experience, the two entities have put many hours of time and effort into a smooth transition, as well as appropriate new branding that reflects their shared core values.

    This week, the two banks announced that their new, combined name will be Skyline National Bank: a nod to the local communities they will continue to serve.

  • Asbury to lead economic development authority

    Staff Report

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority’s board of directors has selected Katherine Asbury as its new executive director.

    Asbury received a masters of public policy from the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She also received a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Virginia.

  • Bogeys closing after 11 years

    Bogeys Restaurant, after changing hands and seeing periods of success and struggle since August 2005 when it first opened, is closing again, this time permanently

    At the end of shift on Saturday, the popular Galax eatery will close its doors. A new owner plans to re-open soon, with a new name and concept.

    Bogeys is located at the corner of Glendale Road and Country Club Lane.