Wednesday 24 August, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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. ...

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At 7:38 AM Wednesday morning 22 year-old Stacey McNeely ran off of U.S. 57, over-corrected, then ran back off the road and crashed into two houses in the 4000 block of Chatham Road. Stacey was taken to the Morehead Hospital in Eden with a cut...

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The National Weather Service is calling for a 50 percent chance of rain through the rest of the work week with highs about 80. This weekend will be sunny with highs around 90 on Saturday and mid 80’s on Sunday. Look for cloudy skies, slight...

Catina Fay Johnson of Ridgeway admitted to embezzling $24,150 from the Sirloin House on Commonwealth Boulevard in Martinsville over a period of several years. She could get 20 years in prison. A restitution hearing and sentencing has been set for November 2nd. ...

The rest of the indictments have been unsealed in the Martinsville Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. 116 indictments were handed down by a Martinsville grand jury July 25th and 82 were initially sealed. ...

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Former Martinsville City Public Schools Superintendent Pam Heath, who recently retired, could get nearly $190,000 according to a severance agreement she signed with the school system. Meanwhile, Zeb Talley, Heath’s temporary replacement, received...

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...