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Business

  • Love's Travel Stop brings 100 jobs

    LAMBSBURG — The opening of the Love's Travel Stop at Interstate 77 Exit is in the rearview mirror, but Carroll officials see more development ahead.
    Officials from Carroll County, Hillsville and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce joined Raymont Gordon, Love's general manager for the Lambsburg location, on Monday morning not only to celebrate the opening of the truck stop, but also the interstate interchange just north of Virginia's border with North Carolina.

  • Tax holiday set for Aug. 6-8

    The next state sales tax holiday is approaching as students prepare to head back to school.
    During the holiday, Aug. 6-8, certain school supplies, clothing and footwear will be exempt from state sales tax, according to the Virginia Department of Taxation.
    Each school supply must cost $20 or less and each item of clothing and footwear must cost $100 or less, according to the site.
    Some computer supplies also are included in the list. Retailers may add additional items if they absorb the sales tax.
    For a list of exempt items, see www.tax.virginia.gov.

  • Developer alledges mutual 'mistake' in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — An alleged “mutual mistake” by Carroll County and Weststar Investments throws into doubt the settlement on ownership of a wastewater pump station, according to a complaint filed in circuit court.
    County officials and company owner Marshall Lineberry tried to correct a situation in 2008 that transferred a pump station on U.S. 58 near the industrial park to Weststar Investments.
    The Carroll Public Service Authority uses the station to send wastewater through the Woodlawn system to Galax for treatment.

  • State zeroing in on liquor store plan

    The leading proposal to get Virginia out of the liquor business is calling for privatizing retail and wholesale operations, and auctioning licenses to distributors and sellers of spirits.
    Under that plan, Virginia could issue 500 to 800 licenses across the state according to a distribution formula, the governor’s senior policy adviser, Eric Finkbeiner, told lobbyists, lawmakers and others at a meeting of the state government reform and restructuring commission.

  • Carroll to USDA: Thanks a (100) million

    HILLSVILLE — County officials have proclaimed Aug. 6 as USDA-Rural Development Celebration Day, to thank the federal agency for providing millions of dollars to help pay for water and sewer systems in Carroll.
    The federal agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided much of the funding to pay for water and sewer projects at the Interstate 77 interchanges in Carroll and along U.S. 58 in Woodlawn, which county officials see as a precursor to greater economic development opportunities.

  • 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.