• New meat processing facility in Grayson will add 11 jobs


    INDEPENDENCE – River Ridge Land & Cattle Co. announced Wednesday plans to construct a new meat processing plant in Grayson County.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that River Ridge will build and operate a new meat processing plant, investing $2.1 million and creating 11 new jobs over the next three years.

    River Ridge will also purchase nearly $4 million in Virginia-grown beef and pork for use at its new plant that is being constructed in the Grayson County Industrial Park.

  • Governor announces new meat processing facility in Grayson County

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that River Ridge Land and Cattle Company, LLC will build and operate a new meat processing facility in Grayson County. The company will invest $2.1 million and create 11 new jobs over the next three years. River Ridge will also purchase nearly $4 million in Virginia-grown beef and pork for use at its new facility. The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Grayson County and River Ridge Land and Cattle on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund.

  • County board honors local businesses

    INDEPENDENCE — Two local individuals and companies were recognized last week by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, for their contributions to assist the Grayson County Public School system with their recent football stadium bleachers renovation project.
    Proclamations were approved and presented by the board to Randall Eller and Independence Lumber; and also to Gus Hill and Hill’s Coal and Trucking, during their regular monthly meeting last Thursday.

  • Special use permit for new business has sunset clause

    INDEPENDENCE — An application for a special use permit to open a sightseeing attraction in the Mouth of Wilson community was recently approved by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.

  • Core Health and Fitness receives $309,000 grant

    INDEPENDENCE — Core Health and Fitness recently received a $309,000 grant award from the Port of Virginia, which will assist in funding job additions; utilizing the port for import and export to international operations; and moving forward with a capital project to improve their distribution center in Independence.

  • McFadyen leaves BRCEDA for Botetourt, Hawthorne named interim executive director

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority has announced that Ken McFadyen, who has served as executive director since 2009, will be leaving June 30  to accept the position as director of economic development in Botetourt County.
    The executive director search has begun and applications are being received and reviewed by the authority’s board of directors.

  • Baywood Boys Barbecue opens first restaurant in Sparta

    SPARTA, N.C. — Diners who are fans of Baywood Boys Barbecue — a well-known barbecue concession vendor in the area — can now sit and dine on pork and other tasty dishes at their first restaurant location in Sparta, N.C.
    The new restaurant, which opened in Main Street, Sparta in March, offers a menu featuring meals like pork, brisket, burgers, strip steak, chicken, plenty of side items, and dessert options; as well as a downstairs bar serving beer, wine and mixed drinks, that opened May 6.

  • Charter service offers guides, fishing on the New River

    Ben Lucas, a native of Ashe County and a river guide with Rock On Charters, has a strong passion for river fishing as well as conservation. The business, which is run by a group of professional fishing guides and anglers, seeks to teach clients about the sport as well as foster a desire to protect the nature and wildlife around them.

  • Paddleyax Kayaks holds ribbon cutting

    Paddleyax Kayaks, the town of Independence’s first full-service kayak and paddlesports retailer, celebrated their grand opening on June 3. The new store is located at 112 E. Main St. in Independence, directly across from the Historic 1908 Courthouse and adjacent to the Farmer’s Market.
    The celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a tour of the business, food and door prizes. Business owners Steve and Kit Marshall received a proclamation from the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, welcoming them to the Town of Independence.

  • Shareholders support local bank combination

    FLOYD and INDEPENDENCE – Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd and their respective holding companies, Grayson Bankshares and Cardinal Bankshares, announced last Thursday that their shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the merger of their holding companies and the combination of their banks. The companies’ combined have more than 200 years of community banking heritage.