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  • Med-Fit partners with ESPN to help students

    INDEPENDENCE — An ESPN documentary on Tuesday will feature Med-Fit Systems and its sponsorship of an effort to fix up a school in hurricane-devastated New Orleans.
    The renovation included Nautilus fitness equipment donated by Med-Fit. The company has a manufacturing facility in Independence.
    The one-hour TV show, “RISE UP: New Orleans,” — airing at 7 p.m. — features New Orleans-based Eleanor McMain Secondary School and members of the New Orleans Saints’ staff and players, including Drew Brees.

  • APCo issues base rate refunds in Va.

    About 40 percent of Appalachian Power’s Virginia residential customers will see a credit on their next electric bill, the company said Monday.
    The credit is the result of the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s July order in the company’s 2009 base rate case request in which the SCC approved a rate lower than what the company temporarily collected on an interim basis last winter.

  • Med-Fit buys plant, plans to expand production

    INDEPENDENCE — Med-Fit Systems Inc. has completed the purchase of Nautilus' commercial manufacturing and warehouse facilities in Independence, which includes a 262,000 square foot plant and a 56-acre campus.

  • New website tracks local happenings

    An updated community Web site designed by Professional Networks in Galax allows visitors to view a calendar of events, plan their vacation and get directions to area happenings.
    The site tcvaevents.com was launched in June 2007 and has averaged 17,000 hits per month, as planners view events happening in Grayson and Carroll counties and Galax.
    Individual events listed on the tcvaevents.com site are getting high rankings on Google search engine lists for their respective topics.

  • Keeping us cool heats up AEP's profits

    Mike likes it hot.
    "Like most other reporting utilities this quarter, our best friend has been the weather," said Mike Morris, chairman, president and chief executive officer of American Electric Power.

    Morris spoke July 30 while discussing the utility's second quarter financial results. The three-month period ended June 30. AEP's subsidiaries include Appalachian Power Co., which serves Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

  • New owner takes over The Diner

    Apart from some few improvements here and there, the staff and the breakfast and lunch menu at The Diner — formerly West Galax Diner — will be left much the same, said Guy Sapone, who took ownership of the restaurant and reopened last Thursday.

  • Virginia's unemployment rate holds steady in July

    Virginia's unemployment rate held steady in July at the 7.1 percent rate from June, partly because of a drop in the number of jobless people seeking work, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.
    The latest rate was up from 6.9 percent a year earlier. The rates weren't adjusted for seasonal factors.
    The number employed in the state last month fell by 41,500, or slightly more than 1 percent, from June because of seasonal cutbacks, including schools closing for the summer, the VEC noted.

  • Galax woman wins car from Virginia Lottery

    Debbie Harris of Galax rolled through town last Thursday afternoon in her brand new Dodge Challenger, estimated at $40,000, that she won through a Virginia Lottery ticket called Muscle Car Money Scratcher.

  • Crossroads celebrates first 5 years

    “We had nothing but an idea,” said Crossroads Institute Executive Director Dr. Oliver McBride, whose organization celebrated its fifth anniversary on Monday at the renovated Lowe’s facility in Galax. “But the response to that idea was just overwhelming.”

  • Education, with style

    CANA — Laid off from teaching cosmetology at Mitchell Community College, Peggy Haynes set out to style her own business.
    "I decided I need to create my own job," she explained to The Gazette. IStyle Hair Salon on U.S. 52 in Cana was the result.