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Business

  • SCC sets new APCo fuel rate

    State regulators have approved Appalachian Power Co.’s request to increase the fee it charges customers to recover higher costs of coal and other fuel.
    The new fuel rate approved by the State Corporation Commission is 2.953 cents per kilowatt-hour, an increase of 0.756 cents per kilowatt-hour from the rate established by the SCC in 2010.
    For the average residential customer, the increase means the monthly bill for 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity will increase $7.56, or approximately 7.2 percent.

  • Training sparks utility careers

    A local firm, TCR Management Group, recently signed a contract with the Virginia Community College System to provide training classes for utility line groundsman.
    TCR Management’s Eddie Reavis began providing the training through Wytheville Community College two years ago, and has now expanded those vocational offerings to all 23 institutions in the Virginia Community College System, according to Greg Hampton, the company’s business development officer.

  • Doe Run restaurant to re-open

    Foodies and music fans could once again bask in sun or torchlight on the expansive patio of Doe Run when its restaurant opens again this summer.
    Deborah Simmons can remember when Doe Run was the must-visit destination for food and fun in the region, when she enjoyed musical entertainment on the patio herself.
    She wants to revive interest in the resort that straddles the Carroll-Patrick county line at Groundhog Mountain, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Airport projects underway

     

  • Asphalt plant planned for Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A public hearing on a request to rezone property at U.S. 221 and Virginia 668 will come before the Hillsville Town Council and planning commission Monday.
    The rezoning request arises from a plan by Jeremy Hendrick to create a new asphalt plant on a portion of the property.
    This involves a potential new venture by Hendrick, who also is in business with Nehemiah Engineering.

  • Farm-related business sprouts in West Galax

     

  • Bassett shares 5 keys to remaining competitive

     

  • Ricky Keith Shaw, 45

    Ricky Keith Shaw, 45, died suddenly on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

    He was born on March 6, 1967, in Randolph County. Ricky was loved dearly and will be missed.

  • Log home center's new lease on life

    HILLSVILLE — Former model homes have a new lease on life and will contribute to the flow of commerce around Interstate 77’s Exit 14.
    Businessman Jim Dixon has set up an office of Blue Ridge Mountain Home Center in the former AmerLink log home sales center after winning the remainder of the 99-year lease at a January bankruptcy auction.
    Dixon has renamed the three homes “the log mall” while restoring the exterior and catching up on the long-delayed maintenance from the time when AmerLink finally collapsed due to its financial troubles.

  • GNB weathering economic storm