Tuesday 24 May, 2016
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The National Weather Service is calling for occasional heavy rain possible Friday night and Saturday as a low pressure system tracking from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Mid Atlantic region brings widespread rain to the area. There is a 50% chance of rain Friday and a near 100% chance Friday night and Saturday. ...

Ural Harris (currently serving on the Martinsville Planning Commission) is the only one to officially announce a run for 1 of the 3 seats up this November. Mayor Danny Turner is the only one to officially announce he is not running. Incumbent Mark Stroud said he is considering it but has not picked up a packet. Incumbent Sharon Brooks Hodge says she’s...

The Virginia Community College System plans to approve a 2.6 percent increase in tuition for students in its two-year academic degree programs. The system’s state board will consider a recommendation by its finance committee to raise tuition by $3.75 a credit hour. If approved, the total cost to students at 23 community colleges, including Patrick...

According to City officials the Fayette Area Historical Initiative asked for use of the Fourth Street building for additional room for displays and programs. FAHI wanted the City to give them the building, but instead the City offered to lease it for $1 per year. FAHI officials did not sign the lease so the City has withdrawn its offer. No word from...

The Piedmont Area Regional Transit bus system had a slow start in Martinsville and Henry County several years ago, but now the use justifies a third bus route slated to begin next year. Federal, state, and local funds provide the money to operate the program. The City and the County will each contribute about $5,000 toward the cost of the extra bus....

Iconic Country Music Trio Will Play July 4 at Martinsville Speedway  MARTINSVILLE, Va. – For more than 60 years Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers have entertained crowds of all-ages. On July 4 they will bring the show to Martinsville Speedway, as the headline band for Celebration 2016. Best known for their hits “All the Gold in California,”...

Gateway Streetscape Foundation and The Dan River Basin Association will hold a spring river cleanup on Saturday. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, and volunteers should meet at the Fieldale Trail and River Access on River Road. Volunteers may bring a boat, get in the river or clean along the banks. Shuttle service will be...

Martinsville officials are struggling to balance the budget and revenue sources are tight. Despite the situation, Martinsville paid $25,000 to tear down an old water tower instead of accepting a contract with a cellphone provider for $30,000 a year. The 80-foot Bethel Lane landmark came down Wednesday because of a petition signed by over 200 people...

City Manager Leon Towarnicki says the revenue in the city is not keeping up with the increasing costs. All major city departments have been hit with a budget reduction of 5 percent compared to last year. Because of the financial circumstances Towarnicki says reversion to a town needs to again be considered. He expects the 2018 budget to include public...

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – Patrick Henry Community College celebrates the grand opening of the Thomas P. Dalton IDEA Center onThursday, May 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 26 Fayette Street in Uptown Martinsville.  The entire community is invited for...

By Bill Wyatt on May 11th, 2016
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Martinsville, VA – The Martinsville/ Henry County Crime Stoppers held their Annual Recognition Banquet on May 10th, at the Dutch Inn in Collinsville to recognize Law Enforcement and Emergency Communications Officers from Martinsville,...

By Bill Wyatt on May 11th, 2016
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Martinsville inmate walks off work crew, caught in North Carolina Posted: Tue 4:22 PM, May 10, 2016 A City of Martinsville inmate who walked off a work crew Tuesday morning has been caught, but not before making it across the state border. The...

By Bill Wyatt on May 10th, 2016

Yesterday, candidate for City Council, Ural Harris, said he thought Mayor Danny Turner was not going to run for another term. Later that day Turner confirmed it. This November the seats of Turner, Mark Stroud and Sharon Brooks Hodge are up. Harris said Hodge was circulating petitions. The voter registrar’s office says Tim and Joey Martin have candidate...

Shentel has officially acquired nTelos, the company announced on Monday morning. Shentel is a Sprint affiliate and will use the Sprint name to offer service in the former nTelos area. The deal was announced in August but just went through. It more than doubles the Shentel wireless company base. nTelos customers don’t need to do anything right...

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A 1946 Taylorcraft single engine airplane with a pilot and no passengers struck trees while trying to land at an airstrip in the Moorefield Store area of Patrick County Saturday afternoon. The plane flipped over and landed upside down in the...

By Bill Wyatt on May 10th, 2016

Local attorney Robert Williams received this year’s Michael Cannaday award from the Martinsville-Henry County Bar Association. It was the fifth annual event for the award named after attorney Michael Cannaday who died last year. The award goes to an attorney the local bar believes contributes to the success of the administration of justice and embodies...

23 year-old Bradley Lewis Harris and 24 year-old Brandon Lee Harris, brothers from Bassett, were convicted earlier this year of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of robbery last week in Henry County Circuit Court relating to the robbery of Misty Dawn Baker at her Bassett home last year. Last week Bradley was sentenced to 20 years in prison...

Martinsville resident Ural Harris announced plans to run for City Council this November. It will be his second attempt. On the steps of City Hall Friday Harris said he had filed his paperwork along with 125 signatures of registered voters. In 2014 Harris ran with Councilman Gene Teague, Vice-Mayor Jennifer Bowles, John McCraw, and Tim Martin. Teague...

At 9:54 am this morning a tractor trailer hauling wood chips ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned into the median on Route 220.  The single vehicle crash occurred near Double Branch Road in Henry County which is about halfway between Bassett Forks and Oak Level. The driver was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. There is...

U.S. Air Force Airman Matthew H. Hammons graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete...

When the Prom Ended, The Fun Still Going for Martinsville High School Students MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The Martinsville High School Prom ended at midnight, but for students, the fun was just getting going. In what has become an annual tradition, Martinsville Speedway hosted the school’s After-Prom Party. “Prom night is such a big part of the high...

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

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Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $260 million in funding to 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for facility renovation, expansion, or construction. Health centers...

An overturned tractor-trailer has blocked both southbound lanes of Route 220 in Franklin County.  The incident occurred near Route 220’s intersection with Route 619 (Pleasant Hill Road). This location is south of Rocky Mount, about 34 miles south of Roanoke and ten miles north of the Henry County line. No estimated time for reopening southbound Route...

According to Martinsville Fire Chief Ted Anderson, at approximately 4:25 pm, Martinsville Fire and EMS responded to a structure fire at 1116 Corn Tassel Trail in the City of Martinsville.  The initial report stated there may be someone trapped inside of the residence. Firefighters arrived and found smoke showing from the structure. A family member...

A psychologist has determined that Benjamin Rios Tovar, who is charged with second-degree murder of a man whose body was found at a Collinsville motel, is not mentally competent to stand trial. Thursday, a judge in Henry County General District Court ordered that Tovar receive treatment at an in-patient psychiatric hospital to restore his competency....

3-year-old Mason Ryan was discovered missing from the Wagon Trail Road area of Spencer about 5:30 PM Monday. Nearly 250 volunteers began combing the area looking for the child. Mason and his dog were found safe about 3 miles away 10 hours later. This morning on the “Coffee Break” program a man called in and explained that his son, who lives in Salem,...

Plan includes no rate increases  (April 25, 2016) – The Henry County Public Service Authority’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget at a work session Monday. The approved budget includes no rate increases. The budget totals $12,266,362, which includes $3,963,819 in capital projects and debt payments.  This compares...

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By Kayla Good, Navy Office of Community Outreach SAN DIEGO – A 1994 Martinsville High School graduate and Martinsville, Virginia native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a team supporting one of the country’s most versatile combat ships. Petty...

By Bill Wyatt on Apr 25th, 2016
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MARTINSVILLE, VA – Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) recently held a ceremony for the newly inducted members of the Psi Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a national honors society for community college students. To be eligible to join this...

By Bill Wyatt on Apr 25th, 2016
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In a balance billing dispute with a patient, a judge has ordered Martinsville (Va.) Memorial Hospital accept 25 percent of its chargemaster rate as payment-in-full for care provided to a patient with coverage from a non-contracted insurer, reports...

By Bill Wyatt on Apr 25th, 2016

MARTINSVILLE, VA – Nationwide Custom Homes is planning to expand its production and create approximately 59 new jobs at its Martinsville facility. Nationwide President Andy Miller said the two-phase, $986,342 project involves up fitting one of the four plants at the Rives Road site to extend its production line. This expansion will increase production...

The tree-lined lot at the corner of Mulberry Road and Starling Avenue in Martinsville will be the site of Piedmont Arts’ and the City of Martinsville’s new Public Art Garden

“Four Seasons” by Ed Dolinger Three Sculptures Unveiled at Community Meeting Martinsville, VA – Piedmont Arts and the City of Martinsville unveiled three sculptures that will be part of the museum’s new Public Art Garden at a Community...

By Bill Wyatt on Apr 24th, 2016