• APCo to reduce rates, offer credits

    Staff Report

    The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has ordered a reduction in Appalachian Power Company’s rates on April 1.

    The reduction and forthcoming rate credits results from the commission’s directive issued in January 2018, which ensures that electric customers receive the benefits of the corporate tax cut contained in federal tax legislation passed by Congress in December 2017, according to a news release from the SCC.

  • Grayson celebrates its roots

    INDEPENDENCE — Roots at Grayson Bistro and Tavern in Independence recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.
    The restaurant, located at 203 N. Independence Ave., opened its doors Feb. 8, 2018, offering a lunch and dinner menu in a setting that reflects Grayson County at each and every turn.
    “We collected [materials] for the restaurant, including wood from every area of Grayson County; and we noticed when we were building that there was a blood line in the wood that can be spotted throughout the restaurant,” said restaurant owner Sandra Colston.

  • Oldtown Market closing in Galax

    After 31 years of business, Oldtown Market in downtown Galax is closing on Saturday.

    Patrons have seen the sign — literally. A bright yellow-green piece of paper greets customers on the glass entrance and exit doors, bearing the words, “Oldtown Market will be closing Saturday, February 23rd. Thank you for all your years of business. Make sure to come see us at our E. Stuart Dr. location.”

  • Veterinary clinic relocates after landslide

    The Galax Veterinary Clinic, which has been closed due to repairs being done to Stockyard Avenue, has moved to 735 Glendale Road in Galax, said manager Sandy Hash.

    The clinic, in its temporary home, can provide basic services for pets, such as routine exams, preventative care and nail trimming, Hash said.

    However, for surgery or overnight pet stays, owners will need to go to the Galax Veterinary Clinic’s sister location, Mount Airy Animal Medical Services.

  • Galax names business contest winners

    Studio B Concepts won first place in the Downtown Business Competition, featuring $43,500 in cash prizes, which took place this fall and was concluded in an award ceremony on Dec. 13 in the Galax City Council chambers.

    The city received a grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in August as a part of the agency’s Community Business Launch program. The grant provided prize money for businesses in the competition, aimed at encouraging new business startups to fill vacancies in the downtown district, or expansions of existing businesses.

  • LifePoint merger expands network

    Staff Report

    LifePoint Health and RCCH HealthCare Partners have completed their merger and will now begin operating as one united company under the LifePoint Health name, according to a news release issued by Twin County Regional Hospital.

    Corporate spokespersons for LifePoint would not comment further, but indicated they did not expect healthcare service in the Twin Counties to change significantly. A partnership between Duke and LifePoint operates TCRH in Galax.

  • Shoppers encouraged to buy locally

    Staff Report

    This weekend offers lots of local gift-buying opportunities for savvy shoppers, says the Twin County Chamber of Commerce.

    Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, and small, locally-owned businesses in the Twin Counties will open their doors to discounts, specials and holiday fare.

  • Galax business competition takes off

    Staff Report

    Entries are open for the Jump! Galax Business Competition, which was announced last month.

    The competition, funded by $43,000 in grant money from the governor, is to help draw more businesses to the downtown area.

    Applications are available at GalaxVa.com or at BRCEDA.org. They may also be obtained from Jessica Milby at (276) 238-8130 or jmilby@GalaxVa.com. Regardless of where they are obtained, applications must be returned to Milby by Sept. 26.

  • Blevins rebuilds after flooding

    In the days following a sudden burst of heavy rain throughout the Twin Counties, a downtown business in Galax has been hard at work restoring their building from extensive flood damage.

    Blevins Building Supply, located on 302 S Main Street in downtown Galax, suffered a major loss due to flooding at their business as a result of the storm on Sept. 8, but management assures customers that they are still up and running. Cleanup is still ongoing; but customers can still access the business from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Woodlawn property sold to Dollar General

    WOODLAWN – Dollar General has bought property in Woodlawn for a new store, according to the contractors who sold the lot along U.S. 58, across from Harmon’s.

    The 5-acre property, located at 5055 Carrollton Pike in Carroll County, was purchased from the Edwards family by Bowman-Griffin General Contractors LLC. The company, a partnership owned by Lowell Bowman and Todd Griffin, operates out of Christiansburg and provides licensed contracting services to surrounding areas since 2011.