• 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.

  • Discussions continue for county job growth

    INDEPENDENCE — The second meeting of the Grow Grayson Forum was held at the Skyline National Bank Conference Center in Independence April 4, which featured the ongoing discussion between county, business and educational leaders on the importance of workforce development.
    Formed last year, the group meets every March and October to discuss the need for population retention, in the interest of improving the state of our local workforce. The meetings are designed for county leaders, businesses and educators to share their needs with one another to help achieve this goal.

  • Recycling saves more than $100,000 for county

    INDEPENDENCE — Recycling efforts over the past several years have added up in savings for Grayson County, with a positive impact to the county budget, as well as the environment.
    Steve Delp addressed the effects with the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during their March 9 meeting, before highlighting a series of events that are scheduled to assist the in safe disposal efforts.