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Business

  • Comcast announces data caps

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    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.

  • CTG Fanatics opening for business in Galax

    Staff Reports

    GALAX - CTG Fanatics, a local store specializing in comics, toys, and games, will be opening their doors on Oct. 8. The store is located at 105-B East Oldtown Street in Galax, across from Oldtown Pottery Studio.  
    According to a news release, CTG Fanatics will be a store that offers an opportunity for those of all ages to purchase comic books, action figures, video game systems and collectable cards. Novice and expert collectors of all ages, both near and far, are welcome to shop their one of a kind selection.  

  • TCRH unveils multi-million dollar renovation plan

    GALAX — Twin County Regional Hospital (TCRH), an affiliate of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, has announced a $4.4 million interior renovation plan that will enhance the hospital’s ability to provide quality care close to home for the Twin County community and surrounding areas. This renovation will improve patient access to healthcare services, modernize the facility and enhance the overall patient experience at the hospital.

  • County sees surge in building projects

    The Grayson County Building Department has seen its share of poured foundations, hammered nails and shingled roofs in the past year, and it appears that the county’s recent surge in job creation is to thank.
    During the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ Sept. 10 meeting, the board viewed a photo presentation from county building official James Moss. Due to time constraints, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet yielded his time at the meeting to accommodate Moss’s time.

  • Local, state officials welcome businesses to Grayson County

    It was a historic day for state and local leaders and the community on Monday, when a crowd of nearly 200 individuals gathered to celebrate two large businesses that recently made their home in Grayson County.

  • Elk Creek highlighted in agribusiness showcase

    The third Grayson Agribusiness Showcase highlighted agriculture and natural resource enterprises in Grayson’s Elk Creek District.
    The first stop was Independence Lumber Inc., operated by Randall Eller. The sawmill is Grayson’s second-largest private employer with around 130 employees at the Independence facility.

  • Business challenge seeking applicants

    Staff Reports

    Applications are now being accepted for the Mt. Rogers Business Challenge, a new venture geared towards growing and supporting local businesses in Grayson County.
    The Mount Rogers Business Challenge is a competitive process that will award more than $20,000 in business investment grants for entrepreneurial ventures and existing businesses looking to expand with additional job creation in Grayson County, with a focus on the Mount Rogers Recreational Area.

  • Comfort Companions

    Janet Tompkins, a local speech therapist and founder of SpeechPath Tools — an organization for developments in senior-to-caregiver communication tools — has recently introduced a new product line with a personality all it’s own.
    “My Comfort Companions,” a series of personalized dolls (and a stuffed beagle for the male geriatric population), are now available for patients and caregivers, who are in search of the perfect gift for loved ones suffering from the devastating effects of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.

  • New River Outdoor Adventures open for business

    FRIES – A local family celebrated the opening of its new riverside business in Fries with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 12.
    New River Outdoor Adventures (NROA) opened for business May 23, to offer a variety of trips along the New River for tubing, canoeing, kayaking or biking enthusiasts along the New River Trail.  
    Shuttle services are available for anyone renting or providing their own equipment. NROA also offers fishing supplies and primitive camping on the banks of the New River, and sells fishing and hunting licenses.