Monday 25 July, 2016
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The National Weather Service says hot and humid conditions are expected through Monday with heat index values exceeding 100 degrees and could reach as high as 105 degrees for a couple of hours. Temperatures will be in the low 90’s Tuesday and Wednesday and around 90 Thursday through Saturday with a 40-60% chance of rain Tuesday through Saturday. Martinsville...

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Photo by Smith River Outfitters Smith River Outfitters reports well over 100 paddlers came to the Greater Bassett Family Fun Float Saturday to enjoy a day on the river. There were local people, people from out of town, and even out of state...

By Bill Wyatt on Jul 24th, 2016

Martinsville City Schools are in the same boat as the Martinsville Police Department, teachers and officers don’t match the public they serve in ethnic diversity. Specifically, there are too many white people teaching and policing black people in the City of Martinsville. The Police Department has tried, with limited success, a recruitment plan to...

According to Captain R.V. Vaughn with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, police responded to Tensbury Drive in reference to a missing juvenile this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.  She was located at the base of the dam just below the Martinsville City limits at 4:40 p.m. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Henry County Public Safety,...

The Martinsville Police Department has released their semi-annual update January through June of this year. Violent crime is down 56% and overall crime is down 25% compared to the same period last year. Chief Sean Dunn said the department typically does not release crime statistics until the end of the year, but the numbers are “simply too significant...

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Martinsville, Virginia – Forty local and state public safety officials gathered earlier this morning at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) to plan for potential campus emergencies. PHCC Police Chief Gary Dove spearheaded the table top...

By Bill Wyatt on Jul 22nd, 2016

Martinsville man arrested following stabbing on Thursday night A Martinsville man is charged with malicious wounding following a stabbing Thursday night. The incident was reported around 7:40 p.m. Thursday night in the 1100 block of Pine Hall Road. Two victims said they were assaulted by 39-year-old Vincent Penn. The victims said they knew Penn. It’s...

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As temperatures are expected to reach well into the 90s in the next few days, Martinsville electric customers are being asked to conserve power to help reduce costs. City customers are requested to voluntarily lower electricity usage during...

By Bill Wyatt on Jul 22nd, 2016
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If you think it has been hot outside this week, brace yourself for the weekend… it’s forecast to be even hotter reaching dangerous levels for those exposed. The National Weather Service is calling for hot and humid conditions Saturday through...

By Bill Wyatt on Jul 21st, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday Solid Stone Fabrics, a textile manufacturer in Henry County, will invest $1.5 million to expand operations creating 22 new jobs. Virginia is awarding the company a $50,000 grant and offering other state incentives. ...

An estimated $50,000 in damages to a telephone pole and fiber optic cable occurred Wednesday at the intersection of Bridge Street and Memorial Boulevard around noon. Police reports indicate a Kia Sportage driven by Leonia Goad made an unsafe lane change causing the driver of a Ford Fusion to strike the telephone pole. The driver of a tractor trailer...

Martinsville, VA – The Martinsville Rotary Club and White Hot Productions Executive Producer, Ian Kirk, have announced an official screening in Martinsville of the feature film, “The Dressmaker,” starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth. The one-night showing will be held at Movie Town in Martinsville on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at 7:15...

Radial, formerly eBay Enterprise, provides opportunities for part-time workers to become full-time associates in various positions MARTINSVILLE, Va., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Radial announced today its plan to hire an additional 1,600 workers inMartinsville, Virginia to support the 10-fold increase in demand during the upcoming holiday...

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The Henry County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop on a 1998 Ford pickup with fictitious tags on Bowles Rd.  The vehicle failed to stop and accelerated in speed.  The vehicle wound through the area of Daniels Creek Rd. and Kings...

By Bill Wyatt on Jul 19th, 2016

Mark Heath, President and CEO of the Martinsville – Henry County EDC, has announced a press conference for an economic development announcement with Mary Rae Carter, Special Advisor for Rural partnerships at the Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe. The announcement will take place at the Henry County Administration Building on Wednesday, July 20,...

Uptown business owner Laurence Vanderwoods wants to hold a “drag brunch” for anyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender or has such interests. The purpose of the event is to promote awareness and acceptance. In planning the event, Vanderwoods found out it’s against the law to cross dress in public in the City of Martinsville. The ordinance...

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The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Breaking & Entering to a residence that occurred at 943 Daniels Creek Road, Collinsville, VA on July 1, 2016.  A credit card that was stolen during this incident was used on the same...

By Bill Wyatt on Jul 13th, 2016
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Martinsville, VA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Academy (NFA) recently announced that Martinsville Assistant Fire Chief, Troy “Greg” Reeves, has successfully...

By Bill Wyatt on Jul 10th, 2016

With the term of two long-standing board members set to expire, the Henry County Board of Supervisors is seeking County residents with an interest in serving on the Henry-Martinsville Social Services Board.  The Board has many responsibilities including making policy and preparing budgets for the local social services department. “The Department...

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – For the 18th consecutive year thousands of people came to Martinsville Speedway for Celebration 2016, Martinsville and Henry County’s annual Independence Day Celebration. The 2016 edition featured music from The Gatlin...

Virginia, VA, July 5- Average retail gasoline prices in Virginia have fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.09/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 4,081 gas outlets in Virginia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.26/g, according to gasoline price...

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The Martinsville Police Department is requesting help to identify a local shoplifter. On June 30, 2016 about 6:20 in the morning an older male went into the Kroger’s Supermarket on Commonwealth Boulevard. The male went over the customer...

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Martinsville, VA – Worth Harris Carter, Jr., Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Carter Bank and Trust, is pleased to announce the following: Phyllis Q. Karavatakis has been elected President of Carter Bank and Trust by...

By Bill Wyatt on Jun 28th, 2016

The Martinsville School Board met Monday night where they revised a policy regarding students recovering from concussions. The new policy applies to all students, not just those playing sports, and basically pledges the support of the student’s teachers and school officials to working with the physician in treating to student. Just how that is to...

Judge Larry Gott denied a request for bail from the attorney representing 33 year-old Adrian Lewis Purcell of Reidsville. Purcell is charged with first-degree murder and other charges related to the shooting death of 20 year-old Damien Anthony Ferrell of Fieldale. ...

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Ricky Wayne Hairston Sr. Ricky Wayne Hairston Sr, 64, of First Street Martinsville has been arrested for Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Reckless Handling of a Firearm, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Shooting into an Occupied...

By Bill Wyatt on Jun 28th, 2016
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Brian Kevin Martin On June 24, 2016 at approximately 1:40 AM, the Martinsville/Henry County 911 Center received a call of a shooting that occurred at 109 Plaster Rd., Fieldale, Virginia. Deputies arrived on scene and located a male victim outside...

By Bill Wyatt on Jun 24th, 2016

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Virginia State Police Trooper J. M. Mabe is investigating a three-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on June 22, 2016. The crash occurred at 4:32 pm on Commonwealth Blvd at its intersection with Virginia Ave in Henry County. A 2001 BMW traveling at an excessive speed crossed the center line and struck two vehicles, a 2006 Ford...

Martinsville, VA – New College Institute and the City of Martinsville are working with artisans to seal, caulk, prime and paint the Juneteenth Mural. The mural has already been taken down and moved to a workshop so that it may be weatherized.  “We are being proactive,” said Susan McCulloch, “we want to make sure the mural has many years...

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Chad Martin, a self-described community activist in Martinsville filed to run for City Council along with incumbent Sharon Brooks Hodge, Ural Harris, Efigenia Curnca Mota, and Joe Martin. There are three seats up this term. ...

By Bill Wyatt on Jun 20th, 2016
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James “Scottie” Witherow became a Martinsville Police officer in 1971. Two and a half years later he had worked his way up to Investigator, but had to resign after some evidence went missing in a murder investigation. Less than seven months...

By Bill Wyatt on Jun 19th, 2016

Nearly 70 Area Businesses Donated A Total of $100,000  MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Nearly 70 local business have come together to donate the more than $100,000 needed to put on the Celebration at Martinsville Speedway on July 4. Jeb Bassett who leads the fundraising efforts, said the businesses who support the event are what has kept it going nearly two...

HENRY COUNTY, Va – Virginia State Police Trooper L. J. D’Albero investigated a single vehicle crash on May 15, 2016 at 12:31 am on Route 647 in Henry County.  The crash status has been changed to “Fatal.” A 2000 Pontiac Sunfire was traveling north on Route 647, a half mile north of Route 789 when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway...