Community News

  • Business after hours RESCHEDULED FOR FEB. 3, 2011

    SPARTA, N.C. – The Alleghany County Chamber of Commerce had planned a Chamber Business After Hours, Thursday, Jan. 27 from 5-7 p.m. This has been RESCHEDULED for Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, to make sure slick roads don't prevent anyone from enjoying the fun and company of friends .
    The event will be held at Touch of Grace and Mustard Seed Café, located in the Smithey’s Building on Main Street.Food, door prizes, product demonstrations and entertainment are planned.

  • TCRH presents free seminar on Jan. 24

    GALAX — Twin County Regional Healthcare will present a free education seminar about the advanced treatment, TIF incision-free procedure, for GERD at Twin County Regional Hospital on Monday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Twin County Room on the ground floor.
    Mark M. Mattson, MD will be the presenter.
    For more information or to reserve your space for this seminar, call (276) 236-1654.

  • Alleghany Roundup

    Chamber adds new staff member

    SPARTA, N.C. – Ashley Weaver has joined the staff of the Alleghany County Chamber of Commerce.
    Weaver, who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in hospitality and tourism marketing from Appalachian State University, will work two days a week – Monday and Friday.
    She replaces Pat Harmeson, who recently retired.

    Business after hours planned

  • TCUW to host Groundhog Day auction

    The Twin County United Way will hold its first “Groundhog Day” auction Feb. 4, to raise money to assist more than two dozen local non-profit agencies.
    The silent auction starts at 6 p.m. with the regular auction beginning at 7 p.m.  The fund-raiser is set for the Galax Elks Lodge at 800 East Stuart Drive with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.  
    All attending will receive a free “gourmet” hot dog dinner.

  • Grief support group to meet

    Twin County Hospice Healing Hearts Grief Support Group will meet 11 a.m. Jan. 24 at Pizza Plus in Independence.
    The buffet will be available for $5.99.
    Anyone who has lost a loved one is welcome to attend.
    For more information, call Twin County Hospice at (276) 236-0973.

  • Pancake supper to benefit Elk Creek rescue

    ELK CREEK — A pancake supper, sponsored by Elk Creek Rescue Squad Auxiliary, will be held at the Elk Creek Rescue Squad Building on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m.
    Cost of supper for adults is $5 with children (under 10) at $3.

  • Veterans Affairs program set

    TROUTDALE — Flat Ridge Community Center will host the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Rural Health Initiative of Salem Medical Center 2:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 22.
    Veterans and their spouses or caregivers are encouraged to attend this enrollment and education program.
    Information about VA services, resources (including www.myhealth.va.gov) and health information materials will be available.
    For more information, see www.myhealth.va.gov or call Jeannette Parks at (276) 655-4269 or Jennifer Noell at (540) 855-5066.

  • Unemployment rates climb

    SPARTA, N.C. – Alleghany and 12 other counties in the Triad and Northwest North Carolina reported increased unemployment rates for November 2010.
    Alleghany reported an unemployment rate of 10.9 percent compared with 9.0 percent in October. The November 2009 rate was 11.6 percent.
    Ashe County increased from 10 percent to 10.8 percent and Surry County increased from 10.1 percent to 10.9 percent.
    The N.C. Employment Security Commission said Davie County reported a rate of 8.9 percent, the same as October.

  • Herman is new extension agent

    SPARTA, N.C. – Teresa Herman of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, is the new extension agent in Alleghany County.
    She replaces two other agents who left last year, David Isner and Jacquelyn Gordon.
    She will have a variety of duties, including assisting local farmers and residents with livestock, pesticides, general crops and horticulture.

  • Grayson County infant recovering from third-degree burns

    Landmark News Service

    A Grayson County infant is being treated for third-degree burns, and his family is looking for help paying bills and covering expenses as they stay by his side at a hospital in Ohio.
    Jayden McCraw, eight months old, has burns that cover his body from his chest to his knees, according to his aunt, Elena Smith of Galax.
    On Dec. 14, 2010, Jayden’s mother came home from working third shift, sat down and dozed off.