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Business

  • Rixey’s celebrates 60 years
  • Free Market celebrates grand opening

    INDEPENDENCE — The Free Market, a new resource offered by Grayson LandCare in the former Briarpatch Metalworks building in Independence, celebrated their grand opening with an open house and ribbon untying ceremony last Thursday.

  • Free Market announced in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson LandCare has signed a one-year lease for the former Briarpatch Metalworks building on N. Independence Avenue, where the organization will soon offer a new community resource: the Free Market.

  • A new victory for agriculture

    INDEPENDENCE — Local and state officials celebrated the grand opening of a new meat processing facility in Independence last Friday, July 21. The new facility, River Ridge Meats, will be used to create value-added products with locally-raised, grass-fed beef.
    According to an announcement regarding the project last October, the River Ridge Cattle Company invested $2.1 million in this project, which will create 11 new jobs for the area. Grayson Natural Farms partnered with River Ridge to complete the construction of the new facility.

  • The Homeplace offers home cooking, friendly service

    SPARTA, N.C. — After Doug Brannock first opened the doors of The Homeplace restaurant in Sparta, he described the weeks that followed as a humbling learning experience. The sit-down restaurant, offering ample seating and a full menu, opened back in March to unfavorable reviews and criticism from diners. The staff struggled to organize an effective system for providing better service; and Brannock owned up to their shortcomings openly and immediately, earning respect and a second chances from the public as they reassembled.

  • Discussions continue for county job growth

    INDEPENDENCE — The second meeting of the Grow Grayson Forum was held at the Skyline National Bank Conference Center in Independence April 4, which featured the ongoing discussion between county, business and educational leaders on the importance of workforce development.
    Formed last year, the group meets every March and October to discuss the need for population retention, in the interest of improving the state of our local workforce. The meetings are designed for county leaders, businesses and educators to share their needs with one another to help achieve this goal.

  • Recycling saves more than $100,000 for county

    INDEPENDENCE — Recycling efforts over the past several years have added up in savings for Grayson County, with a positive impact to the county budget, as well as the environment.
    Steve Delp addressed the effects with the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during their March 9 meeting, before highlighting a series of events that are scheduled to assist the in safe disposal efforts.

  • NAPCO announces expansion, jobs

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – NAPCO announced an expansion of its plant in Sparta, N.C., and the hiring of 35 new employees during a press conference held in conjunction with the start of the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.
    Michael Smith, Alleghany County manager, praised NAPCO for their commitment to Alleghany County. He said NAPCO recently celebrated its 40th anniversary in Sparta.

  • Grayson, Floyd banks combine as Skyline National Bank

    INDEPENDENCE — Since the announcement came in November 2015 that Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd would combine their 200-plus years of banking experience, the two entities have put many hours of time and effort into a smooth transition, as well as appropriate new branding that reflects their shared core values.
    This week, the two banks announced that their new, combined name will be Skyline National Bank: a nod to the local communities they will continue to serve.

  • Judy Brannock announces retirement

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    After a long and industrious run, Judy Brannock is retiring as executive director for the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
    Brannock stepped down at the end of 2016 after 15 years at the chamber. The chamber’s executive board will meet to appoint an interim director to serve until a full-time director is hired.
    “I am leaving, number one, to see my grandsons more often,” explained Brannock in an interview with the newspaper.