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Business

  • 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.

  • Galax employment office moving

    The Virginia Employment Commission office in Galax will be moving to a new location from Jan. 25-27 and will re-open Jan. 30 as usual, according to VEC Communications Manager Joyce Fogg.

    The new location will be in Suite 167 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, said Fogg from Richmond during a phone interview on Monday.

  • Brannock departs as chamber director

    After a long and industrious run, Judy Brannock is retiring as executive director for the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    Brannock stepped down at the end of 2016 after 15 years at the chamber. The chamber’s executive board will meet to appoint an interim director to serve until a full-time director is hired.

    “I am leaving, number one, to see my grandsons more often,” explained Brannock in an interview with The Gazette.

  • Career fair promotes local manufacturing jobs

    A Manufacturing Career Fair will be held on Dec. 13, 9 a.m.-noon, at The Crossroads Institute in Galax, put on by area workforce partner organizations and local businesses.

    The career fair is open to the public and registration is not required.

  • Audit: Virginia vulnerable to fraud

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND —Mismanagement and lax oversight at the state’s primary agency for spurring business expansion have left Virginia vulnerable to fraud for more than two decades, according to an audit released this month.

  • Grayson lands meat processing facility

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    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.