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Business

  • Change in the air

    Nitrogen-inflated tires, the big buzz for the past couple of years in the automotive world, could save consumers at least $100 a year on fuel and tires, said Jeff Campbell, owner of Twin County Tire & Auto, located on North Main and Webster streets in Galax.

  • Airport runway project on schedule

    HILLSVILLE — Rarely has dirt seemed such a commodity for an airport, but Twin County Airport officials see progress on the horizon with each cubic yard moved.
    Unavoidable dust has rolled into the air during the recent heatwave as Sowers Construction pushes and scoops up 135,000 cubic yards of earth to fill holes in the federally mandated runway safe project.

  • Wildwood, Crossroads favored for funding

    Two Crossroads Institute-based projects seeking grants from the Virginia Tobacco Commission appear to have made their cases for financial assistance.
    Staff members made recommendations for the entire commission to consider grant awards later this month.
    They sifted through 24 requests for a total of $21.5 million in financial support for special projects. With an available balance of less than $8.3 million, the staff recommended no award for six requests, referred seven to other committees and simply tabled three.

  • Appalachian Power Co. gets far less of an increase than requested

    The Virginia State Corporation Commission has substantially reduced the base rate increase sought by Appalachian Power Co. in a ruling issued today that meets a legislative deadline.
    The ruling, in combination with a drop in a separate charge, will lower the average residential customer‘s monthly electric bill.

  • Sink or swim time for new restaurant

    HILLSVILLE — On the eve of the opening of Stingray's Restaurant, a roomful of employees took the plunge in a training session on the importance of customer service.
    When the new business opens in the Hickory Hills Shopping Center, possibly as soon as next week, it'll be sink-or-swim time for the 35 employees cast into the deep end of a challenging service industry.

    So the management — Michell Coffin and owner Aniello Palumbo — called in Stephanie Surrett of the Virginia Department of Business Assistance in order to successfully navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of the work.

  • Project won't close Galax street — for now

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture will not continue, for now, plans for an expansion project that would have required closing a part of Railroad Avenue, said Doug Bassett, Vaughan-Bassett’s executive vice president and COO.
    Vaughan-Bassett broke ground for its $1 million, four-phase, 16,000-square-foot expansion in May and plans to be finished with construction by the end of the year, as announced at a press conference on June 2.

  • General Assembly honors Life Center of Galax

    The Life Center of Galax and its employees were honored recently by the Virginia General Assembly, which signed a resolution commending the center on Painter Street for its 37 years of service to help those battling substance abuse.

  • Water treatment plants recognized

    Three water plants from the Twin Counties were among 80 in Virginia recognized for excellence in filtration and treatment processes, and for their everyday operations.
    Gold awards were given to plants operated by the towns of Fries and Hillsville. A silver award went to Galax.
    The Virginia Department of Health‘s 2009 Excellence in Granular Media Water Treatment Plant Performance Awards were presented to 79 of the 131 treatment plants in the state that use “granular media gravity flow filters” to clean public water supplies.

  • Cockerham Oil builds propane storage facility

    Cockerham Oil recently built a propane storage facility to provide propane service to businesses and residences in the Carroll-Grayson-Galax area.

  • 'Luxury' RV park planned in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A development company called Morris International has plans to build a luxury recreational vehicle resort adjacent to the New River Trail State Park in the Gambetta section of Carroll County.
    The plans for the Chestnut Creek resort call for a total of 30 RV sites in two phases, just off Gambetta Road., according to information available on the company's Web site, morrisinternationalproperties.com.