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Business

  • 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.

  • Contest winners will fill empty storefronts

    The City of Galax has found a unique way to fill downtown vacancies with new businesses — a business plan competition that will award prizes to entrepreneurs with the best ideas.

    Galax recently received $43,000 cash in Community Business Launch (CBL) awards from Gov. Ralph Northam to train entrepreneurs and conduct business plan competitions, primarily in downtown commercial districts. The award is from the Department of Housing and Community Development.

  • Galax radio station adds new FM frequency

    Galax has a brand new FM radio station, with some familiar programming.

    Twin County Broadcasting Corp., owners of WCGX 1360 AM, launched a new station, 96.5 FM, at 11 a.m. on Friday. The station will broadcast the same signal as WCGX “The Cat,” but to a wider audience, according to Deborah Stringer, president and CEO of Twin County Broadcasting.

  • Clip Art: Main Street Barber Shop opens in Downtown Galax

    By Ethan Campbell and Shannon Watkins
    Staff

    GALAX – Amongst competitors in the industry, Main Street Barber Shop has opened its doors in downtown Galax, hoping to provide top-notch personal care services, as well as services that have become rare in the modern era.

  • Landmark Group strikes deal with Carroll IDA to refurbish Woodlawn School

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — A real estate firm has entered into an agreement with the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to refurbish and repurpose the former Woodlawn School for apartments.

    The county and state officials announced the nearly $10 million project this week.

    The county closed the school in 2013, but it has operated as a community center since then.

  • Magic Mart to close in Galax

    Staff Report

    BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — The company that owns the Magic Mart chain has announced that it will close all its stores and offices and the company warehouse.

    Ammar’s Inc., based in Bluefield, operates a Magic Mart store in the Twin County Plaza shopping center at 1077 East Stuart Drive in Galax.

    It is one of 21 Magic Mart stores in four states.