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  • Galax defies tourism's downward trend

    U.S. tourists visiting Virginia spent $17.7 billion in 2009, a 7.9 percent drop from the prior year, according to state figures released last week.
    But the Galax reversed that trend, with the city seeing a 10.4 percent increase in traveller spending last year.
    Tourists spent more than $13 million in Galax last year, according to the Virginia Tourism Corp. That spending includes gas, food, lodging, shopping, entertainment, public transportation and admission to local events and attractions.

  • Duties upheld on imported Chinese furniture

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission to maintain duties on Chinese furniture imports will help combat China’s unfair trade practices, Virginia’s U.S. Sen. James Webb said this week.
    In testimony submitted to the commission review hearing in October, Webb warned that “dumping” practices are putting Virginia manufacturers on “a knife’s edge” and that failure to counter them could lead to “the point where the furniture industry in Virginia is only history.”

  • John Vaughan receives AHFA award

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — John Bassett Vaughan — former chairman, CEO and president of Galax-based Vaughan Furniture Company — received the American Home Furnishings Alliance's prestigious Distinguished Service Award during the group's 2010 annual meeting at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Nov. 12.

    Vaughan, who also served as chairman and CEO of Webb Furniture Enterprises in Galax, was lauded as a "civic-minded industrialist." 

  • Wired Road to expand in Galax

     The Wired Road will begin advertising for bids soon as it seeks a construction company to lay broadband fiber from the Vaughan Furniture offices on Glendale Road east to an industrial park at Jack Guynn Drive then down Cranberry Road and over U.S. 58 to the Crossroads Institute.

  • Lottery business off its game

     CANA — Lottery revenues may have declined in the competition for dollars with North Carolina, but one Cana store continues to lead Virginia in sales.

    Cana Exxon Stop remains a destination for scratch-off and Cash 5 tickets from the Virginia Lottery, despite the Tarheels commencing their own state-sponsored games of chance about five years ago.

  • Hodges Rides Again

     “You're listening to NightRide USA. Here to take you safely through the night,” radio host Bruce Hodges would announce on his radio show, formerly on 98.1 WBRF FM. 

    For the past eight years, between 11:06 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays, listeners could call in to Hodges and request a song of inspiration and encouragement or share stories of distress and hope.

    The show is non-political, but patriotic. It's not religious, but spiritual. 

  • Bypass a road to riches for contractors

    HILLSVILLE — While business owners wonder what impact the U.S. 58 bypass will have on them in the future, a Branch Highways representative says the company has spent many dollars with local services and materials providers.

    Mike Higgins, Branch's vice president of operations, answered questions from The Gazette while in Hillsville for the bypass ribbon cutting recently.

  • Hospital weighs options

    Faced with a magnitude of challenges that federal healthcare reform is bringing to independent hospitals, Twin County Regional Hospital is using a national consultant to determine how the hospital can best serve the community — either by remaining independent or aligning with a hospital system.

    TCRH board members are concerned that the independent hospital won’t have the resources and assets to keep up with the new legislation’s requirements.

  • Armstrong to seek electric rate regulation

    RICHMOND — After several months of study by an informal working group that he created, Del. Ward Armstrong remains convinced that Virginia should scrap its 3-year-old law that partially regulates the state’s electric utilities.

    Armstrong, whose House district includes a portion of Carroll County, believes the law needs to be strengthened.

  • New hardware store opens Oct. 16

    MOUTH OF WILSON — A new business will open in the western end of Grayson County on Saturday.

    Highlands Hardware and Building Supply will open in a building formerly used as a garage on U.S. 58 at 3386 Highlands Parkway. A grand opening is set for Saturday with food provided for customers and free prizes from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    The new business is owned and operated by James and Melissa Hayes.

    Melissa said the store would offer a complete line of hardware items, lumber and much more. Delivery will be available.