• Grayson golf course offers unique experiences, revamped over winter

    GRAYSON COUNTY -- Longview Golf Course is one of the quieter spots one could pick to hit the links, yet so many things about it scream its uniqueness. Its 18 holes are tucked away way back in the woodlands of Grayson County and offer golfers a sort of wilderness experience unavailable elsewhere.

    “We’re out in the country with plenty of wildlife,” said Owner Pat Davis in describing Longview. “You might see a bear, deer, coyote, squirrels or groundhog pass through while you’re playing – we have all sorts of critters.”

  • McAllister Mills to invest $1.05 million in GC, create 16 new jobs

    RICHMOND -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that McAllister Mills Inc., the leading manufacturer of safe, heat-resistant materials for the textile industry, will invest $1.05 million to expand and significantly increase its textile manufacturing operations in Grayson County. The company will purchase and renovate a vacant 33,000-square-foot facility that will house new automation and equipment. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will retain 43 existing jobs and create 16 new jobs.

  • Ivory's Antiques now open in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE -- Partners Jerry White and Candice “Candy” Nowadly find it easy to come up with superlatives to describe their new downtown Independence shop, Ivory’s Antiques. “We’re the newest and the oldest in Independence,” White joked about the couple’s store. Laughing, Nowadly, his fiancée, then pointed out that as far as they know, Ivory’s is also the onlyantiques store in Independence – at least the traditional type. 

  • Cap and gown maker bringing 100 jobs to Independence

    INDEPENDENCE -- Oak Hall Cap and Gown, a manufacturer of academic, judicial and religious apparel, will invest $1.2 million to establish a textile manufacturing operation in Independence.

    The company will renovate and up-fit an existing 85,000-square-foot facility — the old Robertshaw Controls Company building at 607 W. Main St . (west U.S. 58) — and create 100 new jobs.

  • Grayson County near top statewide in job creation

    INDEPENDENCE -- Grayson County finished second in job creation per capita for calendar year 2014 out of all 95 counties and 36 independent cities within Virginia. That’s according to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Virginia Announcements of Employment Creation and Capital Investment’s 2014 End of Year Reportreleased last month. Leading the commonwealth in 2014 and finishing just slightly ahead of Grayson County was Appomattox County.

  • Bank to hold meeting about combination

    The Board of Directors of Grayson Bankshares, Inc. and Grayson National Bank announced that a Special Shareholder meeting will be held May 24, at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department at 529 Davis Street at 1 p.m.
    As in the past, small group informational meetings have been held with shareholders. The bank is holding informational meetings in Floyd later this week. Contact Linda Eller at (276) 773-2811 for more information.

  • Bankshares announce approval for combination

    The application by Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd to combine into a single holding company has been approved by federal and state regulators.
    The combination was approved by the Virginia Bureau of Financial Institutions, the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
    Cardinal Bankshares Corp., the parent company of Bank of Floyd and Grayson Bankshares Inc., announced the approval earlier this month.

  • Grayson LandCare, Independence Farmer’s Market, celebrate double grand opening

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson LandCare and the Independence Farmer’s Market had a lot to celebrate last Friday, as the first market of the season kicked off in the Independence Town Square that morning, followed by the grand opening and ribbon cutting at Grayson LandCare’s new office at 110 Courthouse Street.
    The Farmer’s Market was bustling with customers from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday, with several returning vendors offering fresh fruits, plants, baked goods and hand-made items.

  • Sheriff’s Department celebrates move to Grubb Building

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department observed a special day last Wednesday when a ribbon cutting and dedication was held at the Grubb Public Safety Facility on Davis Street in Independence.
    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors purchased the Grubb building last fall and remodeled the building to house the sheriff’s department.

  • Shareholders support local bank combination

    FLOYD and INDEPENDENCE – Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd and their respective holding companies, Grayson Bankshares and Cardinal Bankshares, announced last Thursday that their shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the merger of their holding companies and the combination of their banks. The companies’ combined have more than 200 years of community banking heritage.