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  • Gates Corporation to add 58 jobs

    WEST JEFFERSON, N.C. -- In a time when there are more plants closing than expanding, it was welcome news last week when N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue announced that Gates Corporation, an auto belts and hoses manufacturing company, would expand a facility in Ashe County and create 58 new jobs.
    WXII 12 television reported that the Ashe County facility, which currently employs 265 people, will expand by adding two robotic cell production lines for synchronous belts used to drive electric power steering generation mechanisms, a news release from Perdue said.

  • LOTTERY UPDATE: March 2 edition

    The Mega Millions jackpot hit $88 million in last night’s (Tuesday) drawing after there was no big winner in last Friday night’s drawing.
    Winning Mega Millions numbers were: 4-5-17-19-50 and the Mega Ball was 7.
    Seven players, none from Virginia or North Carolina, won second place prizes of $250,000 apiece.
    Another 46 players won third place prizes of $10,000 each.
    Also, 370,538 players picked the money ball to win $2 each.

  • Wildwood Commerce Park project information session planned 5 p.m. today in Galax

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) will hold a called meeting 5 p.m. today, March 1, at the Crossroads Institute in Galax to share information with the public regarding the Wildwood Commerce Park project. No business of the board will be considered.
    The meeting will consist of a formal presentation of the project at 5:30 p.m., with questions from the public immediately following the presentation.
    This event is considered a called meeting because a quorum of BRCEDA board members will attend.

  • LOTTERY UPDATE: Feb. 16 edition

    There were no big winners in lottery drawings last weekend.
    The jackpot for tonight’s (Wednesday) Powerball drawing is $101 million, $49.6 million cash option.
    Winning Powerball numbers drawn last Saturday night were: 11-32-36-48-52 and the Powerball Number was 19.
    There were 16,632 winners in Virginia and 33,697 in North Carolina.
    The Mega Millions jackpot climbed to $40 million in last night’s (Tuesday) drawing after there was no big winner in last Friday night’s drawing.

  • Darco Southern recognizes employee

    Darco Southern, Inc. recently recognized Linda Austin as Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2010, which ended Dec. 31.
    She was nominated by her peers and selected for her outstanding work ethic and positive outlook, according to a press release.
    One nomination stated: “Linda is such a friendly person, she comes in every day and works well and is always so nice to everyone.”  

  • Farm Service Agency offers income program sign-up through Feb. 15

    GALAX — The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has been helping farmers through good times and bad for many years, and while many changes have come about for the agency throughout those many years, its main objective still remains the same.  The objective of FSA (or as it was once known as ASCS) is to help farmers where possible and keep agriculture in America strong and thriving.  

  • Lottery Update: Feb. 9 Edition

    There were no big winners in lottery drawings last weekend.
    The jackpot for tonight’s (Wednesday) Powerball drawing is $63 million, $31.2 million cash option.
    Winning Powerball numbers drawn last Saturday night were: 15-37-41-56-59 and the Powerball Number was 5.
    There were 15,502 winners in Virginia and 33,252 in North Carolina.
    The Mega Millions jackpot climbed to $19 million in last night’s (Tuesday) drawing after there was no big winner in last Friday night’s drawing.

  • BROC plans meeting Feb. 10

    SPARTA, N.C. – A full board meeting of the Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission will be held Thursday, Feb. 10 in Sparta.
    The meeting gets underway at 6 .m. at the BROC office.
    For more information, call (336) 372-7284.

  • Lowe’s to cut 1,700 managers

    Lowe’s Cos. announced last week that it would lay off about 1,700 middle managers nationwide and add thousands of hourly, part-time sales staff on weekends.
    A spokesman said the company redefined hundreds of middle-management jobs and will eliminate those between assistant store manager and store manager.
    Lowe’s, the nation’s No. 2 home-improvement chain, said the company would start taking applications this week to fill the 8,000 to 10,000 new positions to be spread evenly among Lowe’s 1,725 stores.

  • Dollar General to open more stores in 2011

    Officials of Dollar General Corp. recently announced plans to open 625 new stores and hire more than 6,000 workers in 2011.
    The company, based in Goodlettsville, Tenn., said the store openings would be in 35 states where the company currently operates, which includes Virginia and North Carolina. Also, the company plans to remodel or relocate 550 stores.
    The discount-store chain currently operates 9,200 stores, including stores in Independence, Fries, Galax, Hillsville, Fancy Gap, and Sparta, N.C. It has 88,000 employees.