• Blevins recovering from flood damage

    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.

  • Anderson Insurance expands in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE ­— Anderson Insurance Agency of Independence is expanding its services following the announcement of Yvonne Mundy of Mundy Insurance retirement on Sept. 1.
    Mundy’s business has been purchased by Anderson Insurance Agency, which will continue offering coverage to Mundy’s former client base in addition to their existing clientele.

  • 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.

  • Appalachian Power joins restoration efforts in Puerto Rico

    ROANOKE – Appalachian Power was recently awarded for restoration efforts in Puerto Rico, following the widespread damage caused by Hurricane Maria last year.
    Following their efforts, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) recently presented AEP with the 2018 Emergency Assistance Award for Puerto Rico Power Restoration. In addition, AEP Transmission and each AEP operating company, to include Appalachian Power, received the award.

  • Passing the scoop

    FRIES — The caboose in Fries has been long-known as a popular stop for ice cream to combat the spring and summer heat; and new business owners Denny Brooms and wife Cindy hope to build upon that tradition.
    The former Whistle Stop Ice Cream Shop, founded and operated by Cynthia Grant of Fries, is confirmed to be changing hands in the next few weeks. The Brooms’ family will reopen the business under the name Sweet Lily’s Ice Cream, named for their granddaughter.

  • Volney business is booming for new owners

    By D. T. Clark

    VOLNEY – These days, even during the “slow time” on a weekday afternoon between the lunch and supper crowds, the restaurant located at the intersection of US 58 and VA 16 in Volney is busy.
    The establishment, freshly named the Corner Store and Cafe, has recently undergone a change of ownership, a re-model and facelift, a shift in focus, and a dedication to certain policies that have made it a mecca for folks in the surrounding communities.

  • Fries information, gift shop opens

    FRIES — The official grand opening ceremony for the Fries Information and Gift Shop will be held May 11-12.
    The shop, now open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., serves to inform locals and tourists of local events, venues, businesses and recreational activities available in Fries and surrounding areas. Visitors can stop by to pick up brochures and request information, and pick up a souvenir or two made by local artists.

  • CATE Center receives $37,500 equipment grant

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Angie Lawson, principal of the Grayson County CATE Center, presented the Grayson County School Board with some welcome news during her presentation at last Monday’s night’s meeting.
    Lawson told board members that she and other staff members got together and wrote a grant for funds to upgrade equipment for the career and technical education programs at the Cate Center.

  • Twin County Chamber announces new logo, motto

    The Twin County Chamber of Commerce announced a new logo design and motto of the regional organization.
    In mid-2017, the executive board began an initiative to re-brand and launch a new identity for the chamber in 2018.
    The initiative was led by a newly formed marketing and communication committee of seven members of the executive board. The design was led by Brazzell Marketing Agency of Woodlawn.

  • Progressive Health Systems opens in Galax

    By D.T. CLARK

    Progressive Health Systems, a business that helps people who have been diagnosed with certain mental illnesses and also meet other criteria to live comfortably and safely in their home communities, has opened on Larkspur Lane.
    Billie White, CEO of PHS, explained that their mission is to “provide and ensure accessibility of quality community services to our clients and their families.”