• Bankshares announce approval for combination

    The application by Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd to combine into a single holding company has been approved by federal and state regulators.
    The combination was approved by the Virginia Bureau of Financial Institutions, the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
    Cardinal Bankshares Corp., the parent company of Bank of Floyd and Grayson Bankshares Inc., announced the approval earlier this month.

  • Bank to hold meeting about combination

    The Board of Directors of Grayson Bankshares, Inc. and Grayson National Bank announced that a Special Shareholder meeting will be held May 24, at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department at 529 Davis Street at 1 p.m.
    As in the past, small group informational meetings have been held with shareholders. The bank is holding informational meetings in Floyd later this week. Contact Linda Eller at (276) 773-2811 for more information.

  • Fries tourism hits high notes in 2016

    FRIES —  It is a busy year in Fries for tourism, as Tourism Director Marie Isom detailed in a recent report in March.
    Website updates, festival schedules, and business growth in the town are just a few of the items Isom highlighted in a detailed email, which was shared with The Declaration.

  • Board approves campground permit

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a request from Rev. Laura George, J.D. of Oracle Institute in Independence, concerning amendments to a special use permit for Amethyst Acres, LLC Campground, during their Thursday meeting.
    The amended permit will allow George to swap one of the two bath houses planned for the property with a dining pavilion.

  • Partnership drives Fries development

    Staff Report
    FRIES — As local media outlets have recently reported, developer Gus Hill has purchased several properties in Fries that have been slated for several years for business re-development. The properties include the former Washington Mills site and adjacent hillside tract, former Fries fire station building, bingo hall, garage building, and a river lot adjacent to these downtown properties.

  • Buyer closes on Fries property


    FRIES — The Town of Fries has a new partner in economic development this week, with the announcement that the town’s mill property and adjacent 40 acres, and several downtown properties have been closed on by a local buyer for development.
    Mayor Richard Farmer gave the announcement during last Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

  • Alleghany Memorial Hospital recognized for ‘Excellence in Quality’
  • Parkway group seeking new members

    The Fisher Peak chapter of The Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway is seeking new members in their effort to preserve one of this area’s most prominent landmarks, as well as educating the community and promoting fellowship through the organization’s many resources.

  • Wildwood receives AEP certification

    Wildwood Commerce Park has earned site certification through American Electric Power’s Quality Sites Program.  McCallum Sweeney Consulting, based in Greenville, South Carolina, conducted the third-party site certification assessment.

  • Local H&R Block customers win $1000

    SPARTA, N.C. — Three locals have won $1000 prizes from H&R Block simply by doing their taxes at the office in Sparta, N.C.
    At the start of tax season this year, H&R Block announced a nation-wide contest that includes more than 9000 offices. Each day, 1000 winners are picked by a drawing to win a $1000 prize. The contest ends Feb. 15.