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  • Med-Fit's Independence plant, assets for sale

    UPDATED 4/22/14:

  • More layoffs at Med-Fit

    INDEPENDENCE — On April 18, The Gazette received reports of another round of layoffs at the Med-Fit/Nautilus manufacturing plant in Independence.

    Some company officials formerly in charge of public relations were among those cut, so The Gazette wasn’t able to reach anyone for comment on Friday. An e-mail to company owner Dean Sbragia was not returned.

    The commercial fitness equipment company let go 33 people last month, bringing its workforce down to about 100 people. No information was available about the number in this latest round of layoffs.

  • Classic Creations production going strong

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff
    HILLSVILLE – When Keith Saunders, owner of Classic Creations, decided it was time to open his own screen printing business, the first thing he had to do was find a location.
    Saunders lives in Martinsville and he began to look at sites near his home in both Virginia and North Carolina. He was still looking when he came to Carroll County and met County Administrator Gary Larrowe.

  • Grants Supermarket could open by mid-summer in Galax

    Grants Supermarket, a family-owned grocery chain, announced April 3 that it will open a new store in Galax at the old Kroger building in the Twin County Plaza Shopping Center.
    Grants has been a family-owned company since it was formed in 1949, and owners say their goal is to present a personal, family atmosphere with their stores.

  • MedFit lays off 33 workers in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia Employment Commission confirmed Monday that at least 33 employees at the Med-Fit/Nautilus plant in Independence were laid off last week.
    Galax VEC Manager Bill Webb said the 33 former Med-Fit employees came from various departments at the fitness equipment plant, and that his office was already in the process of helping the displaced workers find new jobs and/or file for unemployment.

  • Twin County Airport dedicates new terminal

    HILLSVILLE — The governor’s King Air turbo prop, which ferried several Virginia Department of Aviation officials to the Twin County Airport’s terminal dedication Thursday, sat at the region’s “front door.”
    Local, state and federal officials all found that new front door to the community impressive — and they believe that business and industry leaders will think so, too.

  • Kroger bids farewell to Galax

     

  • Antique shop roof collapses

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville lost a member of its business community after the snow-laden roof at Mountain Top Antiques Mall came crashing down on countless collectibles, furniture, glassware, art pottery and showcases Saturday morning.
    Charles Nelson, owner of the business that opened in 2007, regretfully announced the incident Sunday on the store’s Facebook page.

  • Petitions push to save Kroger

    Frustrated with the news that the Kroger in Galax will close in late March, locals took to social media websites to voice their concerns, and are attempting to cause enough of a stir to convince executives to think twice about their decision.
    Representatives from Kroger made the announcement on Jan. 17, after several attempts to gain more profits from the store failed.

  • Kroger to close Galax store in March

    UPDATED 1/20/14:

    Kroger executives announced Friday that the Galax store will close its doors on March 21, after failing to reach profitability.
    The Kroger store on East Stuart Drive opened in 1967, but the store’s presence in the community stretches even further back — as early as the late 1930s or early 1040s.