• 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.”

  • 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.