• 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.

  • Vanguard opening furniture plant in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Vanguard Furniture will open a manufacturing plant for upholstered furniture in Carroll County in August, which could eventually create more than 200 new jobs.

    Carroll officials announced plans July 15 for Vanguard’s plant that will occupy the former Parkdale Building at the Carroll County Industrial Park.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a news release that the Hickory, N.C.-based Vanguard Furniture will invest $550,000 to establish its first Virginia household furniture upholstery production operation in Carroll.

  • Blue Ridge Energies holds open house

    Several company and community officials were on hand for an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for Blue Ridge Energies last Thursday. The company, based out of West Jefferson, N.C., acquired the assets of Independence Oil in November 2013, and its local office is in the Guynn Shopping Center in Independence. Customers can contact Blue Ridge Energies at (336) 372-1742, (336) 526-1730 or (276) 773-9113 (Independence office).