Friday 30 September, 2016
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The first phase in the creation of the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre is expected to be completed in late October, according to officials with the grading project that began in 2014. They updated the project for area officials and present...

By Bill Wyatt on Aug 31st, 2016
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~ While 117 volunteers are confirmed, more are needed to meet the need of the caring community ~ MARTINSVILLE, Va. — United Way of Henry County & Martinsville’s 22nd Annual Day of Action is Friday, September 9 – just 10 days away....

By Bill Wyatt on Aug 29th, 2016

Virginia State Police Trooper R.S. Lawson is investigating a single-vehicle crash in Henry County. The crash occurred Sunday (Aug. 28), at 12:50 a.m., on Route 58, east of Route 695. A 1996 Toyota T100 pickup was traveling on Route 58 when it ran off the right side of the road. The driver overcorrected causing the pickup to cross back over Route 58...

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Fresh-cut vegetables are being recalled from grocery, discount and convenience stores across the Southeast because the food may be contaminated with potentially fatal Listeria bacteria. Conroe, Texas-based Country Fresh Inc. said Friday that...

By Bill Wyatt on Aug 28th, 2016

(UPDATED) * ROUTE 626 PIPE REPLACEMENT – On Monday, August 15, a portion of Route 626 (Morning Side Drive) will be closed to through traffic from Route 880 (Cassell Drive) to Route 977 (Starcrest Avenue) for a pipe replacement. The road is expected to be closed until August 25, weather permitting. Signs will be in place to assist drivers. * ROUTE...

A man charged with embezzling $45,000 waived his preliminary hearing in Henry County General District Court Thursday, and the charge now goes to Circuit Court. Howard Todd Huff, 48, of 200 St. Johns Circle, Martinsville, allegedly embezzled $45,000 belonging to Scott Lentz of Edgewater, Maryland. A criminal complaint with the Henry County Sheriff’s...

It’s been one year since WDBJ (Channel 7) reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed by a former WDBJ news employee during a live broadcast watched by thousands of television viewers. That morning, Parker, a 24-year-old reporter, and Ward, a 27-year-old cameraman, were shot and killed by a former WDBJ news employee during...

James Brandon Hancock On August 25, 2016 at approximately 8:56am, the Martinsville/Henry County Emergency 911 Center received a call of an assault and abduction that took place at 296 Friendship Circle, Bassett, Virginia. The caller advised that 2 male subjects had broken into the home and Michael Harold Nunn, 41, of 1215 Elf Trail, Bassett, VA had...

Businesses and vehicles classified as mostly business use excluded, but for everyone else that resides in Martinsville and owns a vehicle, expect your personal property taxes to be lower than last year. Martinsville Commissioner of Revenue Ruth Easley says the cost for localities in Virginia is determined by the number of registered vehicles. Seven...

With the recent shakeup in the Martinsville School Board causing the unexpected retirement of former Superintendent Pam Heath and the new appointment of Chairperson Joan Montgomery, School Board member Craig Dietrich took his marbles and went home. Dietrich resigned with no explanation given. Tuesday, Martinsville City Council unanimously chose Donna...

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34677869 – jobs ! The Martinsville and Henry County EDC is currently working with a dozen companies who are considering locating here. The problem is… there are over 1,400 good paying jobs already unfilled in the area and the employers...

By Bill Wyatt on Aug 25th, 2016
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Money will help with training and equipment for public event safety. MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Aug. 24, 2016) – As a way to show support for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Martinsville Speedway Track President Clay Campbell presented Sheriff...

By Bill Wyatt on Aug 24th, 2016

Laurence Vanderwoods, also known as Larry Niel Goodman, co-owner and operator of the Serendipity Metro Deli and ice cream shop in Uptown Martinsville has been arrested for embezzling over $15,000 from a hotel in Virginia Beach. The Martinsville Bulletin reports local police received an anonymous tip that Goodman was here in Martinsville under the assumed...

Harvest Youth Board Vice Chairman Cameron Brummitt (right) presents Lloyd Barber, director of development for the Smith River Sports Complex (center), and Billy Russo, director of operations, with a $2,500 grant to enhance the playground at the complex.

Harvest Youth Board Vice Chairman Cameron Brummitt (right) presents Lloyd Barber, director of development for the Smith River Sports Complex (center), and Billy Russo, director of operations, with a $2,500 grant to enhance the playground at...

By Bill Wyatt on Aug 19th, 2016

The Martinsville School Board has learned that Martinsville Middle School, Albert Harris, and Clearview have all qualified under the Community Eligibility Program meaning that all students of those schools receive free meals each school day. Martinsville High School didn’t make the list, but students there can qualify on an individual basis.   ...

Martinsville City Public Schools had double-digit gains across multiple areas at both Albert Harris Elementary School and Martinsville High School.  The percentage of students at Albert Harris achieving pass proficient or advanced on Standards of Learning assessments in reading increased by 6 points and increased in math by 16 points.  Albert Harris...

Christopher Bowers Previously Admitted to Robbing Drug Dealer DANVILLE, VIRGINIA – A Bassett, Virginia man, who committed armed robbery during an intended drug deal, was sentenced today in federal court, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced. Christopher L. Bowers, 23, of Bassett, Virginia, previously pled guilty in the United States...

School division SOL pass rates, based on 2016 Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, were released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) today. HCPS principals and staffs worked collaboratively to implement measures to improve student achievement during the past school year, including: focused professional development, collaborative planning,...

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Virginia State Police Trooper E. W. Dillard is investigating a three vehicle crash which occurred on Route 57, two tenths of a mile east of Route 793 at 8:30 am on August 15, 2016. A 1995 Honda Civic was traveling east at a high rate of speed...

By Bill Wyatt on Aug 15th, 2016
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Martinsville, VA – The Martinsville Police Department is pleased to announce that Captain Robert Fincher has graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP). SMIP is a program of the Police Executive Research Forum that...

By Bill Wyatt on Aug 14th, 2016

According to the Martinsville City Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday, August 7, 2016, Larry Dews, an inmate, was assaulted by Christopher Martin, another inmate. Dews had injuries to his face, head, and leg. He was taken to the Martinsville Hospital and Martin was charged with malicious wounding. Deputies discovered the incident around 5 AM. ...

The 9th annual Smith River Fest was held Saturday at the Smith River Sport Complex. Canoes and kayaks were plentiful throughout the day. Several thousand people were expected to drop by during the event. ...

Charges of assault and battery and malicious wounding were certified in Henry County General District Court Thursday against 37 year old Stacy Allen Triplett of Bassett. Triplett is charged with breaking in the apartment of Billy Moody, Jr. of Bassett on May 13th and hitting Moody cutting him twice above the eye and breaking his nose. ...

37 year-old Emily Amanda Pugh of 115 Emmett Street in Martinsville pled guilty to possession of cocaine and intent to distribute methamphetamine and oxycodone. Her five year prison sentence was suspended. She’ll be on probation for three years and can’t drive for six months. ...

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According to the Virginia State Police, 27 year-old Ryan Patrick Flipper of Bassett was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt east on Coles Road in Franklin County about 5:10 PM Friday. He crossed the center of the road and struck a 1983 Toyota SR5...

By Bill Wyatt on Aug 14th, 2016
CrimeScene

Adrian Lewis Purcell of Reidsville, North Carolina was denied bond Wednesday. He’s charged with shooting 20 year-old Damien Anthony Ferrell of Fieldale to death on March 8th. Four people were originally charged with the murder, two of which...

By Bill Wyatt on Aug 14th, 2016
CrimeScene

Barry Lee Tucker of Martinsville plead guilty to distribution of oxycodone and acetaminophen and conspiracy to distribute of the same. The case against Tucker involved 20 pills and no profit according to his defense. Tucker will be evaluated...

By Bill Wyatt on Aug 14th, 2016
Everett Odell Bivins Jr.

Everett Odell Bivins Jr. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has issued the release below regarding a body discovered on Appalachian Drive Monday evening. On 08/08/2016, at 7:31 pm, the 9-1-1 Center received a call in reference to a body...

By Bill Wyatt on Aug 10th, 2016

Summer may not be over, but school begins for students in Martinsville and Henry County on Wednesday. Be aware and watchful for students entering and exiting school buses and don’t forget to stop when you’re supposed to. ...

MARTINSVILLE, VA – Dr. Angeline Godwin, president of Patrick Henry Community College, is the finalist for the same position at Central Piedmont Community College (NC). CPCC announced that she is one of five finalists for the position. Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president for 23 years, will be retiring once a successor is named. Dr. Godwin informed PHCC...

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Biscuitville now has 55 locations serving up biscuits all day long in Virginia and North Carolina. What you might not know is that the owner started out his enterprise as a pizza shop called “Pizzaville.” Maurice Jennings preferred to work...

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A cold front has arrived, if you can call it that. Still, it has brought the area some relief from the 90 plus temperatures and high humidity we’ve been getting. For the first half of the work week we’re expecting a high pressure wedge to...

The National Weather Service says there’s a chance of rain this weekend, but greater chance it won’t. Highs will hit the upper 80’s. For our work week coming up there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms every day with highs in the 80’s. ...