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  • Solar energy product line to add 40 jobs

    GALAX — A longtime Galax manufacturing company announced last week an expansion into a solar energy product line that will create 40 new jobs for an economically hard-hit community.
    Guardian Industries, via its subsidiary Consolidated Glass & Mirror, will spend $2.1 million on the expansion in Galax. The city will use $100,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds to help with the project.

  • Russell named VDOT manager

    BRISTOL -- Jeff Russell has been named residency maintenance manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Wytheville Residency, which serves Grayson, Wythe, Smyth and Bland counties.  
    A native of Grayson County, Russell began his VDOT career in August 1993 as a construction inspector.  In 2002, he became maintenance superintendent for VDOT’s Volney Area Headquarters.  He moved to the position of maintenance operations manager for the Wytheville Residency in August 2007.  

  • Squealer’s cuts ribbon
  • BUSINESS BRIEFS

    GNB announces dividend

    The board of directors of Grayson Bankshares, Inc., recently declared a dividend for the fourth quarter of 2010.
    A dividend of 10 cents per share was approved for shareholders of record as of Dec. 24, 2010, payable on Dec. 31.
    Grayson Bankshares operates Grayson National Bank, with headquarters in Independence. Branches offices are located in East Independence, Troutdale, Whitetop, Elk Creek, Galax, Carroll County, Hillsville, Wytheville and Sparta, N.C.

  • Grayson announces 42 new jobs in Independence

    A new modular cabins and cottages manufacturer in Independence will create forty-two new jobs.
    Independence Homes, LLC, will invest $1 million to begin manufacturing operations at its new facility in Independence, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, along with the Grayson County Industrial Development Authority, the Independence Industrial Development Authority and the Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center, announced Monday afternoon.

  • Hospital to open new facility

    SPARTA, N.C. – The grand opening of the Alleghany Memorial Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Building is planned Thursday, Dec. 16 from 3-6 p.m.
    The new facility includes private treatment rooms, a separate gym and an optimized space for rehabilitation.
    Light refreshments will be served.
    Everyone is invited to attend the opening and inspect the new facilities.

  • Three accused of killing man in Alleghany

    SPARTA, N.C. – Three suspects have been arrested by the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department and charged in connection with the alleged murder of a Mount Airy, N.C., man.
    Sheriff David “Squeak” Edwards said last Wednesday that James Bradley Upchurch, 41, his wife, Rebecca Jane Wright Upchurch, 39, both of Cana, and Wayne Thomas Lawson Jr., 39, of Mount Airy, had all been charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder.
    Edwards listed the victim as Michael Thomas Hawks, 40, of Mount Airy.

  • Trees For Troops

    WHITETOP – Once again, the Mount Rogers Christmas Tree Growers Association participated in the “Trees for Troops” program.
    John Rosser of Elk Creek, president of the association, said the approximately 350 Fraser fir trees were donated by Grayson County growers, all members of the association.
    The growers had two different drop-off points this year.
    About 200 trees were dropped off at the association’s warehouse in Whitetop and another 150 were dropped off at Severt’s Evergreen warehouse in Elk Creek.

  • Fluoride out in Sparta

    Due to new developments, the Virginia-Carolina Water Authority directed its engineer to look at ways to provide fluoridated water to Independence and Grayson County and unfluoridated to Sparta and Alleghany County.
    Board chairman Bryan Edwards, who is also Sparta’s town manager, said Sparta Town Council had voted not to purchase fluoridated water from the Authority.
    The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners also voted last month not to buy fluoridated water.

  • Grayson leaders urge funding for prison

    Grayson County leaders have not given up on urging the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide funding to open a, now dormant, state facility just outside the town limits of Independence.
    In Thursday night’s regular board meeting, supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to encourage the Commonwealth of Virginia to operationally fund investments in core services.