• Leafy green in layers of white

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Farmers Market is up and running, even during the cold winter months.  The online winter market has had $4000 in sales since opening for the season on Oct 18. There are 14 vendors and two community fundraisers.
    Customers can place orders anytime from Friday afternoon until Wednesday evening. This gives the vendors time to prepare orders for customer pickup at the 1908 Courthouse on Friday’s from 10am until noon.

  • Fries approves stipulation for property sale

    FRIES — The Town of Fries held a public hearing on Jan. 5 to receive comments about removing a possible reverter clause from the deed to the town’s mill property and adjacent 40 acres.
    The mill and corresponding land, along with downtown properties in Fries including the bingo hall, former fire station and garage, are currently pending sale to a local buyer for development.

  • Independence Farmer’s Market thriving online

    INDEPENDENCE — During the Independence Town Council’s Dec. 8 meeting, Farmer’s Market Manager Michelle Pridgen had some impressive numbers to share.
    According to Pridgen, the online market, located at www.independencefarmersmarket.org, has already earned more money in a month and a half than it did in six months in 2014. “We have a lot of produce this year, and it seems to have made the difference,” she told council members.

  • Alleghany Memorial Hospital receives $16,000 grant

    ALLEGHANY CO. — On December 14, Blue Ridge Electric presented Alleghany Memorial Hospital a check for $16,000 for purchase of a Zoll R Series Cardiac Defibrillator with wave form capnography capabilities.
    The American Heart Association 2010 Guidelines recommend this technology as a reliable method to ensure quality CPR.
    “With the capabilities of this new machine we hope to enhance our emergency response to in turn improve patient outcomes,” stated Craig James, AMH President.

  • Independence receives $30,000 for water system improvements

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development recently announced that six water/waste planning grants were awarded to areas of the state, including Independence.
    According to a news release, Independence will receive $30,000 to address needed water system improvements, including the replacement of a water line along the Route 21 corridor.

  • Town, BRCEDA find buyer for Fries properties

    FRIES ― The goal of seeing significant economic developments in Fries is now within sight of town officials, who with members of the Blue Ridge Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) announced Wednesday that BRCEDA-owned properties in Fries, including the old cotton mill site, will soon be sold to a local buyer for development.

  • Chestnut Creek Woodworking Studio in Galax now open
  • Business Challenge winners announced

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA), and Grayson County recently announce the winners of the Mount Rogers Business Challenge, a new joint venture geared towards jump-starting new and existing local businesses within the county.

  • Comcast announces data caps


    Cable giant Comcast has announced that starting Dec. 1, there will be a 300 GB (gigabyte) per month cap on its data plans, but customers who run over the plan can be charged for additional blocks of 50 GB of data at $10 each.
    According to Alex Horwitz, vice president of public relations, there’s another option for data, for what Comcast terms the “Big South Region” (Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee and Southwest Virginia).

  • “Business Challenge” contestants vie for $10,000 prize

    Local entrepreneurs presented ideas for various business ventures in the area this week, in the hopes of winning a $10,000 cash prize to put their proposals into action.
    On Nov. 10, in the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom, the group of hopefuls met to deliver their proposals in front of their peers, and a small panel of judges, to conclude their six-week session through the Mt. Rogers Business Challenge, a new venture geared towards growing and supporting local businesses in Grayson County.