• 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.

  • Bassett shares business wisdom in new book

    John Bassett III, chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, never appears to think himself too good to talk to anyone, and never talks but that he reminds even the casual listener of a hard-but-fair general making battle plans.

  • Grayson LandCare opens new office

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson LandCare and the Independence Farmers’ Market had a lot to celebrate May 13, as the first market of the season kicked off in the Independence Town Square, followed by the grand opening and ribbon cutting at Grayson LandCare’s new office at 110 Courthouse Street.

    The Farmers’ Market was bustling with customers from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. that Friday, with several returning vendors offering fresh fruits, plants, baked goods and hand-made items.

  • Old Galax bank has new owner

    While one vacant downtown Galax bank building – the old Carter Bank & Trust – has been pulled down, the former Wachovia bank building at 200 N. Main Street has been purchased by LB Capital Management.

  • Regulators approve bank merger

    Staff Report

    The application by Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd to combine into a single holding company has been approved by federal and state regulators.

    The combination was approved by the Virginia Bureau of Financial Institutions, the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

    Cardinal Bankshares Corp., the parent company of Bank of Floyd, and Grayson Bankshares Inc. announced the approval on Monday.

  • Bank to hold merger meetings

    Staff Report

    The Board of Directors of Grayson Bankshares Inc. and Grayson National Bank announced that a special shareholder meeting will be held May 24, at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department at 529 Davis Street at 1 p.m.

    As in the past, small group informational meetings will also be held in advance on May 9 and May 11.

    Board Chairman Tom Jackson said, “We look forward to seeing our shareholders, reviewing our recent results and our plans for the future, including our planned combination with the Bank of Floyd.”