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  • Geico to sponsor Virginia rest stops

    RICHMOND — A national insurance company mascot will beckon to visitors at the rest area on Interstate 77 in Lambsburg and other such facilities around the state, due to increasing corporate sponsorship opportunities under Gov. Bob McDonnell.
    After then-Gov. Tim Kaine closed some of the state rest areas in a round of cuts during his last budget, McDonnell reversed that decision as one of his first acts when he won the state office.

  • Gazette welcomes Stockton to staff

     

  • O'Reilly's in Galax? Oh, really.

     

  • Squealers closes restaurant, catering and cafe carry on

    While Squealers restaurant, formerly located on East Stuart Drive in Galax, had to shut its doors last week, owner Mark Davis said his catering business and Squealers Cafe at the Crossroads Institute are going strong.
    For the past two years, Davis’ restaurant has offered some delicious helpings of barbecue, ribs, beef brisket, chicken and burgers. But in a tough economy and with the competition of other area restaurants, he said it just became too difficult to remain in business.

  • Zoning change paves way for medical clinic

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will have a new medical clinic across from Grayson Highlands School after supervisors approved a zoning change request Aug. 9.
    The site previously hosted Young’s General Store which closed several years ago.
    Troy Sage made the application to change the property located on Virginia 16 in Troutdale from rural farm to commercial use. He said the building has operated as commercial for 30 years but the zoning has always been rural farm.

  • Bogeys to reopen Aug. 30

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    It’s official — after closing in 2009, Bogey’s Restaurant will reopen Aug. 30.
    Not only will the restaurant give customers another place to eat, but it will also boost the area’s economy after 28 employees were hired, many of them with restaurant experience.
    The restaurant is owned by Kenneth Belton, Doug Morgan, Earl Morgan and Tuck Sage.

  • Family Dollar confirms plans for Cana store

    Family Dollar officials plan to open a new store on U.S. 52 in Cana before the end of the year, a spokeswoman said in response to questions from The Gazette.
    Plans for the store have been filed with the Carroll County building official’s office, and Bryn Winburn, company PR manager, believes that the construction of the new location will begin soon.
    “We do plan to open a store in Cana later this year,” she responded in an e-mail. “This store will be approximately 8,000 square feet and will employ eight to 10 team members.”

  • Family Dollar store planned for Cana

    HILLSVILLE — Plans for construction of a new 8,000-square-foot Family Dollar store have been submitted to the Carroll County building official’s office.
    The plans call for the store to be located on U.S. 52 in the Cana area in a vacant lot near Stateline Furniture.
    The review of the plans continues, with the erosion and sediment control plan being the last item needing to be approved.

  • Patrick Smith named new Declaration editor

     

    INDEPENDENCE — Patrick H. Smith has been named the new editor of The Declaration.

    He succeeds former editor Tina E. Vaughn, who is pursuing a career as a fiction writer. Vaughan had her first novel, “No Sweeter Love,” published earlier this year and is working on a follow-up.

    Some of Smith's work will also appear in The Gazette, a sister publication of The Declaration.

  • Storm damage cost could raise APCo rates

    It’s too soon to calculate the costs of restoring electricity to customers of Appalachian Power Co. who were left in the dark by last month’s ferocious windstorm.
    The bill might come next year, in the form of a rate increase.
    An APCo spokeswoman declined to say last week whether the utility will pass the costs of power line repair along to its customers through higher monthly bills.