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Business

  • 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.

  • Charter service offers sightseeing, guided fishing on New River

    Ben Lucas, a native of Ashe County, N.C., and a river guide with Rock On Charters, has a strong passion for river fishing as well as conservation.
    The business, which is run by a group of professional fishing guides and anglers, seeks to teach clients about the sport and foster a desire to protect the nature and wildlife around them.

  • Carroll, ANDCO look for solutions

    HILLSVILLE – Andrews Farming Inc. and ANDCO Logistics were topics of discussion for Carroll County Industrial Development Authority members and concerned citizens at the authority’s June regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.

    Markel Cochrane and Debby Brady Stone, two Carroll County citizens who have been doing research into Andrews Farming and its recent bankruptcy filing were in attendance at the June 7 meeting to ask questions of the IDA members. The produce company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on May 5 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Roanoke.

  • Andrews Farming bankruptcy raises questions

    Staff Reports

    ROANOKE — Court documents show that Andrews Farming of Hillsville has filed for bankruptcy, with a list of creditors that includes Carroll County, the Virginia Tobacco Commission and other state agencies and numerous produce vendors.

    The produce company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on May 5 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Roanoke. Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code provides for liquidation of a company — the sale of a debtor’s property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors.

  • Carroll company meets goals earlier than expected

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — A Carroll County company has met its investment goal more than 18 months early and exceeded its hiring goal, after receiving a Virginia Tobacco Commission grant.

    The state money received by Thomas Automation Management (TAM) came with requirements that it meet certain capital and employment targets by October 2017. According to a company news release on Friday, it met those goals in March.

  • Shareholders approve merging local banks

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd and their respective holding companies, Grayson Bankshares and Cardinal Bankshares, announced last Thursday that their shareholders have overwhelmingly approved a merger combination of their banks.

    The companies combined have more than 200 years of community banking heritage.