• Business-tourism expo slated in Sparta

    SPARTA, N.C. – A business and tourism expo will be held Saturday, May 28 at Village Park, the former Charleston Forge building.
    The expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will showcase Alleghany County businesses and tourism.
    Food will be available throughout the expo, along with entertainment.
    For more information, call (336) 372-5473.

  • Made in America: Nautilus treadmill production moves from China to Grayson

    After bringing back production from China, the first treadmill rolled off the manufacturing line in Independence on Tuesday, Med-Fit Systems, Inc., maker of Nautilus commercial products, announced today.
    "In an era when more and more suppliers to the industry are taking their products and jobs overseas, we are doing just the opposite, said Dean Sbragia, CEO of Med-Fit Systems, Inc., in a news release.

  • Electrical outlet sparks fire

    Freezers filled with meat were removed from Paul’s Restaurant in Independence last week.
    The restaurant was destroyed by fire on April 29.
    Quik Chek also received heavy smoke, water and heat damage from the fire.
    Store owner Phil Pickett said investigators had determined that the fire started in a building behind the restaurant from an electrical outlet. Pickett said if he could work things out with the insurance company, the buildings would be torn down and rebuilt. It could take three to four months before the businesses are back in business.

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    The Declaration is chasing information and following a number of stories in preparation for next week's edition.
    Here are some of the stories we're following:
    • Judge denies Carico bond appeal
    • Drowning victim identified
    • Grayson County Board of Supervisors discusses proposed 2011-12 budget
    • Independence names new council member
    • Fairview Elementary School students enjoy playing outside
    • Independence committee plans for Fourth of July bash

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  • Tobacco payment distribution to begin

    The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission will begin the 2011 distribution of Phase I Indemnification payments to eligible Virginia flue-cured and burley producers and quota owners in June 2011. 
    Verification for Payment Forms and Applications for Payment were mailed around April 13 to all eligible flue-cured and burley producers and quota owners. Payments to flue-cured and burley producers will be based on the 1998 crop year.  Payments to flue-cured and burley quota owners will be based on the 1999 crop year. 

  • Social media workshop to be held

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority and the Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center will hold an “intermediate social media workshop” April 29 from 9 a.m., and is aimed at business owners who already understand basics of social media marketing but want to delve deeper into more advanced and technical tools such as content, customer engagement and building an online community.

  • Independence buys building

    It’s official.
    Independence Town Council has purchased the vacant Robert Shaw building on U.S. 58 in Independence from Nautilus for $150,000.
    Independence Town Attorney Roger Brooks told council at its April 12 meeting that the deal was closed and recorded in the Clerk of Court’s office on April 8.
    Council members discussed the future use of the building, which has 85,000 square feet of space, including an office, and seven acres of property.

  • Town provides money for water plant start-up

    Independence Town Manager Kenneth Vaught received a warm welcome to the monthly meeting of the Virginia/Carolina Regional Water Authority meeting last Thursday – he brought a $25,000 check with him.
    Vaught told Independence Town Council at its regular meeting last Tuesday night that the Authority needed startup funds when it starts producing water this summer.
    He recommended to council that the town prepay $25,000 for water they will receive once the system goes on line.
    Vaught said the same amount was expected to be approved by Sparta Town Council.

  • Hearing set for APCO rates

    The State Corporation Commission will hold a public hearing next month in Abingdon on Appalachian Power Co.’s four recent rate requests and will hold four additional hearings in Richmond later this year.
    APCo earlier this month filed requests that, if approved, would mean its residential electricity customers would see an increase of 9.6 percent in their monthly bills.