Saturday 13 February, 2016
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The Henry County Board of Supervisors toured the Henry County Jail Thursday.  The jail is rated for 67 inmates but typically has 180 to 190.   The Board has directed Moseley Architects to research alternatives to a proposed $60 million dollar new jail that would have 400 beds. The findings are expected to be presented at the Board’s next meeting....

Martinsville officials are proceeding with plans to issue $10 million in bonds to help pay back a state loan that the city has received to finance repairs to a major sewer line. In unanimous votes, Martinsville City Council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance and a resolution necessary to initiate financing for the project. The ordinance is to be considered...

The Martinsville Police are reminding everyone that there are criminals attempting to scam people out of their money during tax season. They report a few incidents where residents were contacted by phone and told that they owe money to the IRS. They were threatened with arrest if they did not immediately make payment. In another instance a resident...

The Martinsville Police Department and the Martinsville Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney will have a joint press conference on Friday February 12th, 2016 in the police department at 1:00 pm. At the conference information will be released concerning an ongoing narcotics investigation and the recent grand jury sealed indictments. ...

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Zachary Wray Haley – Benjamin Alexander Baker Authorities have arrested two men in connection to a man who was found shot and killed inside his Rockingham County home last month. Daquarius Rashawn Martin, 18, of Martinsville, Va., and...

Martinsville City council meets Tuesday where they will consider a resolution and an ordinance that allows financing to be initiated and a public hearing to be held for $10 million in bonds the city needs to repair a sewer line running from Fieldale to the treatment plant near Forest Park Country Club. The city has been approved for $21.74 million from...

weather

Drivers should monitor weather forecasts and expect possible changing road conditions According to a release from the Virginia Department of Transportation – a wintry-mix weather system is forecast to pass through western Virginia over...

Area will host 90 fishermen during fall tournament  Martinsville, VA – The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) Tourism Division announced recently that Martinsville-Henry County has been selected as host community for the 2016 Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail (FOMNTT) East Region – District 4 Championship...

Martinsville, VA – The Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce announced today that FAST TRACK 2016 is sold out of exhibitor booths. This show will feature 151 exhibitor spaces with 13 reserved for the official sponsors of the show. “We are extremely excited to have a sold out show. This is a very strong indication that our members...

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – Patrick Henry Community College recently unveiled the first art exhibition of spring 2016.  The exhibit, called “Learning the Practice: Artists at Work,” comes from Hollins University. The exhibition, which will be...

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Linwood Davis, owner of Sylvan Road Partners, appeared before Martinsville City Council Tuesday night explaining his plans to buy an old warehouse on Lester Street in uptown Martinsville from the First United Methodist Church and sink $12 million...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 27th, 2016
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Kennedy received the 2015 Jack Dalton Community Service Award tonight from the Board of Supervisors. He was joined by family and friends.  Ms. Lois Dalton, widow of the late Jack Dalton, was also in attendance to help present the award.  “Mr....

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 26th, 2016
Soldier divers of the Fort Eustis, Virginia-based dive team go through a series of safey checklists before beginning their inspection of the inner wall of Philpott Dam. A video camera is affixed to the diver's yellow helmut to provide instant imagery for Wilmington District structural engineers during the routine inspection. (USACE photo by Powell Hughes)

Soldier divers of the Fort Eustis, Virginia-based dive team go through a series of safey checklists before beginning their inspection of the inner wall of Philpott Dam. A video camera is affixed to the diver’s yellow helmut to provide...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 26th, 2016
commonwealth

The Social Security Administration announced today that the Martinsville District Office, located at 320 W Commonwealth Boulevard, would reopen on Monday, February 8. “We are pleased to be able to again provide face-to-face service again...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 25th, 2016
weather

The deaths of six people in Virginia are storm-related, according to the state’s chief medical examiner. One of those deaths happened Saturday in Henry County, where the medical examiner determined that a person died of hypothermia. According...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 25th, 2016
shortly before 9 a.m. Friday (Jan. 22) on Interstate 81 at the 84 mile marker in Wythe County

Bright sunshine and above freezing temperatures on Sunday started melting our recent snowfall. However… temperatures early this morning ranged from the lower teens in the mountains to the upper 20s in the foothills of North Carolina. Untreated...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 25th, 2016
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Thousands of dollars in prizes awarded to fans of The Kim Komando Show (PHOENIX, AZ.) — For the past 20 years, Kim Komando, host of The Kim Komando Show, has recognized listeners by giving away thousands of dollars in prizes during the Annual...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 23rd, 2016
weather

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 am EST Sunday for the foothills and Piedmont of northwest North Carolina into Southside Virginia.  Additional snowfall accumulation will add another 1 to 4 inches to what has already fallen....

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 23rd, 2016
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Henry County has declared a local emergency due to winter storm Jonas. Snow is expected to fall until Saturday afternoon blanketing the area with around 14″ of snow. Travel conditions are extremely limited as VDOT works continuously to...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 22nd, 2016
shortly before 9 a.m. Friday (Jan. 22) on Interstate 81 at the 84 mile marker in Wythe County

shortly before 9 a.m. Friday (Jan. 22) on Interstate 81 at the 84 mile marker in Wythe County Statement from the Virginia State Police: As the winter storm moves across the Commonwealth, crashes have been at a minimum and no fatalities to report...

Seven-time Martinsville Speedway winner Rusty Wallace stands with Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell and Martinsville/Henry County Chamber of Commerce President Amanda Witt. Wallace was on hand as the guest speaker for the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, held at Chatmoss Country Club.

Seven-time Martinsville Speedway winner Rusty Wallace stands with Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell and Martinsville/Henry County Chamber of Commerce President Amanda Witt. Wallace was on hand as the guest speaker for the Chamber’s...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 22nd, 2016
(Courtesy Martinsville Police Department)

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 am EST Sunday for the foothills and Piedmont of northwest North Carolina into Southside Virginia.  Heavy snow with some sleet and freezing rain will fall with accumulations of 10 to 18 inches...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 22nd, 2016
weather

Kevin Joyce at martinsvilleweather.com shares with us his latest forecast: Models have steadily been shifting the system southward little by little, which means more of the precipitation should fall in the form of snow and there will be less...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 20th, 2016
mentalhealth

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Chestnut Meadows Rd., located in Henry County, on January 20, 2016 at 12:07 p.m.  The call was in reference to a known subject that had made a threat to harm himself with a rifle.  Henry...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 20th, 2016
weather

Forecasts remain on target for a major, potentially “crippling” snowstorm for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Friday and Saturday. The storm will drop 1-2 feet of snow from the Appalachians across the mid-Atlantic and toward New...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 20th, 2016
belkshoplifter

On 01/18/16, Belk’s Department Store on Commonwealth Blvd contacted the police department about a shoplifting that had occurred. Store employees said the white male pictured had picked up a box of pots and pans belonging to the store and...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 19th, 2016
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The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Hardee’s parking lot on Virginia Ave. in reference to a subject passed out in a vehicle.  When deputies attempted to make contact with the subject, the driver left the parking lot at a...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 19th, 2016
weather

The National Weather Service says there is an increasing potential for a winter storm Thursday night into Saturday which could impact travel. There is a 30% chance of snow Wednesday, 70% Thursday night, 100% Friday, 80% Friday night, 80% Saturday,...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 19th, 2016
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On January 18, 2016, the Martinsville Police Department was notified of a possible scam involving the City of Martinsville Electric Department. In this particular instance, the caller advised the resident/business their electric bill hadn’t...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 18th, 2016
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With a Monday night low of 12 and wind chill values as low as 7, early Tuesday morning wind chill values could be as low as 1 above according to the National Weather Service.  Snow could arrive Thursday night after midnight after some rain...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 18th, 2016
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If you want to keep up with what the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has to say, you might want to open a facebook account if you don’t have one and “like” their page.  Otherwise, you’ll be out of the loop.  Recently we discovered...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 14th, 2016
bicycle

According to Trooper M.R. Lovette with the Virginia State Police, 49-year-old James Rumley of 241 Penrose Drive, Bassett was riding a bicycle on Virginia Avenue in Collinsville when a 2003 Chrysler Concord driven by 32-year-old Danielle Davis...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 14th, 2016
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~Starsprings to invest $3.7 million to establish first U.S. manufacturing operation~  RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Starsprings, a privately-held spring and spring-unit manufacturer based in Sweden, will invest...

By Bill Wyatt on Jan 13th, 2016