• Grayson golf course offers unique experiences, revamped over winter

    GRAYSON COUNTY -- Longview Golf Course is one of the quieter spots one could pick to hit the links, yet so many things about it scream its uniqueness. Its 18 holes are tucked away way back in the woodlands of Grayson County and offer golfers a sort of wilderness experience unavailable elsewhere.

    “We’re out in the country with plenty of wildlife,” said Owner Pat Davis in describing Longview. “You might see a bear, deer, coyote, squirrels or groundhog pass through while you’re playing – we have all sorts of critters.”

  • McAllister Mills to invest $1.05 million in GC, create 16 new jobs

    RICHMOND -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that McAllister Mills Inc., the leading manufacturer of safe, heat-resistant materials for the textile industry, will invest $1.05 million to expand and significantly increase its textile manufacturing operations in Grayson County. The company will purchase and renovate a vacant 33,000-square-foot facility that will house new automation and equipment. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will retain 43 existing jobs and create 16 new jobs.

  • Ivory's Antiques now open in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE -- Partners Jerry White and Candice “Candy” Nowadly find it easy to come up with superlatives to describe their new downtown Independence shop, Ivory’s Antiques. “We’re the newest and the oldest in Independence,” White joked about the couple’s store. Laughing, Nowadly, his fiancée, then pointed out that as far as they know, Ivory’s is also the onlyantiques store in Independence – at least the traditional type. 

  • Cap and gown maker bringing 100 jobs to Independence

    INDEPENDENCE -- Oak Hall Cap and Gown, a manufacturer of academic, judicial and religious apparel, will invest $1.2 million to establish a textile manufacturing operation in Independence.

    The company will renovate and up-fit an existing 85,000-square-foot facility — the old Robertshaw Controls Company building at 607 W. Main St . (west U.S. 58) — and create 100 new jobs.

  • Grayson County near top statewide in job creation

    INDEPENDENCE -- Grayson County finished second in job creation per capita for calendar year 2014 out of all 95 counties and 36 independent cities within Virginia. That’s according to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Virginia Announcements of Employment Creation and Capital Investment’s 2014 End of Year Reportreleased last month. Leading the commonwealth in 2014 and finishing just slightly ahead of Grayson County was Appomattox County.

  • Historic 1908 Courthouse hosting piano concert 3 p.m. Jan. 25

    INDEPENDENCE -- The Historic 1908 Courthouse’s first winter concert of 2015 is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. As always, admission is free -- though donations are gratefully accepted -- and everyone is cordially invited to enjoy a post-concert reception with the musicians.

    This first of four concerts features University of North Carolina School of the Arts Students of the Classical Piano.  (Upcoming concerts include, The Brilliant Flute, Feb. 1; New Traditions Saxophone Quartet, Feb. 22; and The Classical Guitar, March 29.)

  • Heart, home and community come together at Grant store


    By D.T. Clark

    Special to The Declaration

    GRANT -- If you pull up to the two gas pumps out front, you will see a small bench, a receptacle for ditching cigarette butts, a half-barrel of purple petunias, and – last month, at least – a colorful cloth witch flattened against the doorframe.

  • Grayson County Industrial Development Authority now called Economic Development Authority

    INDEPENDENCE -- The Grayson County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an amended ordinance following a public hearing at their Nov. 13 board meeting that officially changed the name of the Grayson County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to the Grayson County Economic Development Authority (EDA).  The purpose of the name change was to more effectively communicate the authority’s expanded role in supporting not only traditional industrial development projects, but new non-traditional economic development projects and programming.

  • Sparta hospital to share more services with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

    SPARTA, N.C. -- Sparta, N.C.-based Alleghany Memorial Hospital and Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center announced Monday that they are entering into a shared services agreement. The goal of the agreement is to expand Alleghany’s access to Wake Forest Baptist’s clinical, business and information technology services, such as enhanced clinical access, 24/7 IT Help Desk support and a larger supply chain system.

  • Core bringing 250 jobs to Grayson

    UPDATED 7/29/14:

    INDEPENDENCE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced July 23 that Core Health & Fitness LLC, a leader in developing and marketing advanced strength and cardio equipment for the fitness industry, will invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit operation in Grayson County.

    A news release announcing the deal said that Virginia successfully competed against California and China for the project, which will create 250 new jobs.

    At its height of production, Med-Fit employed around 100 people at the plant.