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  • 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.

  • Inventor hopes to seal deal for pavement-patching product

    Ron Gorton's new business is all about creating bonds.
    In the pursuit of developing his "Fusion Plus" product, Gorton has formed a relationship with the business developers at the Crossroads Institute in Galax.
    The other indispensable bond takes place at a molecular level, because Fusion Plus is meant to be a durable, year-round and affordable fix for cracked pavement.
    Fusion Plus has all kinds of potential applications, but Gorton wants to work with localities and departments of transportation to develop a way to keep the roads in good shape.

  • Davis-Bourne Inn closes

    INDEPENDENCE — The owner of the Davis-Bourne Inn has announced that the bed and breakfast will close June 26.
    The inn's restaurant, Journey's End, will remain open through Sunday.
    Owner Taphne Volinskus cited financial reasons for her decision.
    She said she will be selling "personal and business property" through June 27. A list of items will be listed at www.davisbourneinn.net/menu. The inn and its 9.9 acres will be for sale on July 20.

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