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Business

  • 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.

  • S&S details plans for Wildwood expansion

    WOODLAWN – A local business specializing in shipping goods all across the United States is expanding due to growing demand for its services.

    S&S Transporters Inc. of Carroll County was announced as the first tenant in the Wildwood Commerce Park, a regional economic development project that has worked for several years to land its first industry.

    As business has grown, S&S reports that expansion operations are well underway for its newly acquired five-acre property at Wildwood, located on Virginia 620 at Exit 19 off Interstate 77.

  • S&S Transporters to expand at Wildwood Commerce Park

    WOODLAWN — Business owners in Carroll County have capitalized on an opportunity for expansion in the Wildwood Commerce Park, with hopes of generating revenue for localities and creating job opportunities for residents of the Twin Counties.

    S&S Transporters, a local trucking company represented by founder W. Scott Frye and senior leader W. Alex Frye, has reached an agreement with the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) that makes S&S the first business to locate at Wildwood.

  • TCRH receives ‘A’ for patient safety

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax was one of 750 hospitals awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

    The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based nonprofit organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades last week.

  • Vaughan-Bassett partners with HGTV hosts for new furniture collection

    Staff Report

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company announced last week that it will partner with Ben and Erin Napier, the hosts of HGTV’s “Home Town,” to develop multiple collections of both solid wood and veneered casegoods collections.

    The first groups will debut in October at the High Point, N.C., furniture market.

  • Mohawk to expand in Carroll County

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Mohawk Industries will expand its manufacturing operation in Carroll County, thanks to a $95,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

    The project will preserve existing jobs and add several new positions at the carpet and flooring company’s Hillsville plant, according to a news release from the commission.

    The grant was awarded based on six new jobs, 120 retained jobs and $6.9 million in capital investment, said Jordan Butler, public relations coordinator for the commission.