• Core Health and Fitness to shift Independence plant operations

    INDEPENDENCE ― Core Health & Fitness has announced that operations will be shifting from manufacturing to customization at its Independence plant over the next six to nine months, with manufacturing operations moving overseas.
    “This process will result in several organizational changes, including the planned elimination of approximately 50 positions in Independence,” according to a statement from the company.

  • Willing Partners finds temporary home


    GALAX — Willing Partners has found temporary quarters, said director Kathy Cooley on Thursday.
    Cooley, spending the Christmas holidays with family, said that the Galax non-profit, which operates a thrift store and a food bank, will have its offerings split over two locations.

  • Cornett joins tourism effort

    INDEPENDENCE — Tourism continues to be a top priority in Grayson County; and less than one month into her new position as Tourism Support Specialist, Tracy Cornett is excited to promote what the county has to offer.
    Cornett officially began her new position on Nov. 19. She filled the seat previously occupied by Rhonda Sproviero, who announced in November that she would be taking a full time position in the county’s building department.

  • 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.