• New restaurant opens in Twin Oaks

    SPARTA, N.C. – The Farmer’s Café opened April 11 at Twin Oaks Store located at the intersection of U.S. 21 and Hwy. 221.
    Hours are 6 - 10:45 a.m. for breakfast and 10:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. for lunch.
    The restaurant can be reached at (336) 372-5470. Chris and Tasha Piasta own and operate the restaurant.

  • Griffith visits Independence, tours Darco

    Rep. Morgan Griffith made his first visit back to Independence since winning the 9th District House of Representatives seat in last November’s election.
    He fielded questions during a reception at the 1908 Courthouse about his first impressions as a new congressman in Washington and his plans to improve the economy and other problems.
    5th District Del. Bill Carrico asked Griffith, who was a fellow colleague while serving in the House of Delegates in Richmond, what was being done about the high cost of gasoline.

  • BBB warns seniors of scams

    Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia is warning senior citizens to be aware of an emerging telephone scam that is preying on grandparents.
    Reports have been received about grandparents living in Western Virginia area who thought they were aiding their grandson by providing money for an emergency situation, but were in fact giving thousands of dollars to con artists.

  • Farmers Market program opens

    Area senior citizens can apply for the 2011 Farmers’ Market Fresh for Seniors program designed to help them improve their nutrition while helping local farmers to sell their produce.
    Each person enrolled will receive $40 in special-purpose checks that can be redeemed only for fresh, locally-grown produce at participating markets. Checks will be mailed to eligible recipients around July 1.
    About 4,800 senior citizens and 25 area farm organizations participated in the program last year. Former participants must re-enroll each year.

  • Citizen requests alcohol sales on Sundays

    Independence Town Council could once again consider allowing alcohol sales on Sundays.
    Citizen Kip Blevins addressed council during a public comment portion of council’s monthly meeting March 8.
    Blevins noted that adults ages 21 and older can purchase alcohol on Sundays in other nearby localities and pointed out that the town is losing revenue from those sales.
    “This needs to be strongly looked at and strongly addressed,” Blevins said.

  • Independence takes step toward new industry

    Independence Town Council made a bold move at its Feb. 8 meeting when it voted to submit a written offer for the old Robert Shaw building on U.S. 58 in Independence.
    Council held a public hearing on Feb. 8 but no citizens showed up to make any comments considering the purchase of the building, which is owned by Nautilus.
    Council also gave Town Manager Kenneth Vaught  the authority to execute all documents concerning the purchase.

  • Vaughan-Bassett to appear on ABC News

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture will be featured in a four-minute segment this week on ABC “World News” with Diane Sawyer.
    In the segment, ABC is providing a Dallas, Texas, family with an American-made bedroom and living room sets and kitchen appliances.

  • Darco Southern names Employee of the Year

    Linda Austin made the best of her first year of employment at local manufacturer Darco Southern, Inc.  
    The Independence company recently named Linda Austin as Employee of the Year for 2010.  She received an extra week of vacation as a token of appreciation along with a  trophy.

  • TCRH awarded telehealth grant

    Twin County Regional Healthcare (TCRH) announced that it received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office. The grant will allow for the future implementation of a home telehealth disease management monitoring system for Twin County Regional Home Health patients and for Twin County Hospice patients.

  • Lowe’s reports 39 percent profit for fourth quarter

    Lowe’s Co.s’ reported a 39 percent profit in the fourth quarter.
    One reason given for the increased profits was home owners taking on more renovation projects.
    Lowe’s, the No. 2 home-improvement retailer in the United States, reported net income of $285 million for the quarter that ended Jan. 28, up from $205 million for the same period last year.
    The Mooresville, N.C., based company said revenue increased three percent to $10.48 billion, up from $10.44 billion last year.