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Business

  • 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.

  • Fresh from the farm

    HILLSVILLE — Three Carroll County farms have planted the seeds for community-supported agriculture, and now they hope to see the idea bear fruit — and vegetables — for all involved.
    Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a kind of a pact between farmers and customers to share the risk and the rewards.
    The customers pay for their produce at the beginning of the growing season and receive packages made up of the yields throughout the season.

  • Hillsville cafe reopens as Irish pub

    HILLSVILLE — Irish coffee will be on the menu when Court Street Coffee relaunches later this month.
    Owners Mike and Barbara Gallaher had turned their attention to getting their steakhouse, Blue Agave at Interstate 77's Exit 14, off the ground since last October.
    They're taking time to change up the coffee shop before reopening, though, including having sisters Nancy Fogarty of Galax and Anne Stinson of Woodlawn manage the place.

  • Stix puts new twist on favorite foods

    HILLSVILLE — Owners of the Stix Eatery and Coffee Co. look to fill the contemporary country cuisine niche when it opens in July.
    The restaurant at 510 N. Main St. will seat 70.

  • Reavis to oversee Carroll Wellness Center

     HILLSVILLE — When a new football coach joins a team that's won the state championship, he wants to keep that organization successful, says Doug Reavis, who's joining the staff of the Carroll Wellness Center.