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Business

  • Hotel owners would welcome development

    HILLSVILLE — Businessmen with hotels at Interstate 77’s Exit 14 want to see more nationally known restaurants as their neighbors, and they approached Hillsville Town Council on Monday for help in making that happen.
    For their part, town officials answered that certain barriers for future development have fallen after Hillsville annexed the busy I-77/U.S. 58 interchange from Carroll County last year, and that government and businesses need to work together to ensure that the area continues to grow.

  • Johnson expands with RV dealership

    WOODLAWN — Jeff Johnson has expanded his family of companies to include a different kind of vehicle.
    “It is a little bit of a departure,” Johnson said. “You’re still talking about vehicles and a type of product that’s vehicle-related.”
    Johnson Family RV, with its selection of Coachmen motorhomes and Keystone travel trailers, joins his two car dealerships nearby on U.S. 58, a business in which he recently celebrated his 20th anniversary.

  • Natural gas line project to begin

    HILLSVILLE — The newly hired contractor on Carroll County’s natural gas line project plans to begin installation next week.
    Carroll’s Industrial Development Authority took on the natural gas project as an effort to retain the Mohawk plant as part of the local business community.
    Two bids came in from certified contractors before the regular October IDA meeting last Thursday, which was delayed from last Monday in order make a decision on awarding the installation work, according to County Administrator Gary Larrowe.

  • Shaffner takes new job, but continues at chamber

    HILLSVILLE — The executive director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has accepted a full-time position with a community service organization in Sparta, N.C.
    However, she will still steer the chamber even as she assumes her new job.

  • Chamber's name is being used in scam

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Chamber of Commerce officials warn that their organization’s name is being used in a phone scam.
    Do not turn over any personal information to anyone that calls in an effort to place advertising on recyclable bags through the chamber, Executive Director Sherry Shaffner warns.
    That is not something that the chamber is doing.
    Shaffner has so far received two calls and an e-mail informing her of the scam.
    The e-mail said that a member received a call from some on who identified herself as “Tori. “

  • 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.