• 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


    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.

  • Scoots restaurant closing in Galax

    After about five years of service, Scoots, located in downtown Galax, is closing. Its last day of operation will be Saturday, according to Larry Brannock, operator of Scoots and former member of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    He, along with his wife, former Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce director Judy Brannock, have owned and run the Main Street restaurant, which offered dine-in lunch and dinner as well as catering; but now they’ve decided to step back and focus on retirement and family.

  • Sears closing store in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN — The Sears Hometown Store in Carroll County is closing on Jan. 15, after about 20 years of business, according to manager Bobby Davis.

    The store began in Galax, but in 2012 it moved to a new location at 30 Partridge Road, off U.S. 58 in Woodlawn.

    The approximately seven employees will be laid off. “It’s not the best time of year to be looking for a new job,” said Davis, who has been at the store for six years.

    The reason given by the Sears Corporation, he said, was “not enough support from the community.”

  • Rite-Aid in Galax to become Walgreens

    The Rite-Aid in Galax will become a Walgreens on Dec. 13, according to a company spokesman.

    Walgreens’ Director of External Communications Jim Cohn fielded questions by phone about the change of ownership taking place next week. In September, a deal was struck for Walgreens to purchase 1,932 Rite-Aid stores across the country for $4.4 billion. Rite-Aid will still own a little over half of its stores.

    The Galax store is located at 425 East Stuart Drive.