Friday 29 April, 2016
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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

City Manager Leon Towarnicki’s recommendation to cut Senior citizens services in order to balance the new budget created an uproar. Some defended the plan, but most were outraged. City Council responded Thursday night during a budget work session by restoring funding to the service and charging Towarnicki to find other budget items to cut. Towarnicki...

The National Weather Service is calling for showers this morning and thunderstorms possible this afternoon. Both will continue through tonight. The weekend will be sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70’s. ...

According to the Martinsville Bulletin, five former employees of Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine in Martinsville are suing Dr. Noel T. Boaz, president and CEO of ICSM, alleging breach of contract by nonpayment of wages (and for some, paid time off leave), totaling nearly $24,000 during February 2016. Robbin Hall, former administrator of...

Bassett Funeral Service plans to honor Henry County veterans who fought in the Korean War or Korean DMZ Conflict with a memorial bench to be installed outside the Bassett Historical Center listing the names of vets who lived or are still living in the county inscribed on the back of it. If you would like to have someone’s name added to the bench,...

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Telvin O’Shea Hairston Martinsville, VA – Martinsville Police responded to shots fired in the 100 block of E. Market Street.  Once on scene, officers identified the adult male victim who indicated he was approached by two men in a vehicle...

By Bill Wyatt on Apr 19th, 2016

Martinsville resident Kim Adkins has been named Executive Director of the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville. Adkins succeeds Tiffani Underwood, who accepted a position with Patrick Henry Community College. Adkins currently serves as the President of KEA Consulting Services, a position she has held since 2013. From 2007 to 2013, she served...

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Virginia State Police Trooper B. Scott is investigating a fatal crash which occurred in Henry County on April 12, 2016.  The crash was on Route 626, near Route 627 at approximately 1:44 am in the morning in Bassett. A 2010 Kia Forte was traveling...

By Bill Wyatt on Apr 16th, 2016

A 12-unit apartment complex on Madison Street in Martinsville is a total loss after a fire that started near a microwave in one unit around 8 pm Wednesday night. No one was injured but 12 families have been displaced and damage including the building and its contents could be as much as $750,000 according to Fire Marshall Ted Anderson. A release from...

Police say a man in his 30’s ran his pickup truck off of Barrows Mill Road. Both the man and the truck were on fire. The man managed to get out and ran nearly two miles before coming to a pond where he jumped in. He was flown by air care to the North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem with 2nd and 3rd degree burns. ...

Danville’s Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Newman says as Special Prosecutor he will not be seeking criminal charges against Andy Parker, whose daughter was shot to death on live TV during a report she was doing for WDBJ7. Parker posted what State Senator Bill Stanley took as physical threats to him on his facebook page. Parker called the comments...

The Henry County Board of Supervisors and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are considering the purchase of land for a new correctional facility and are seeking approximately 25+ acres. Interested landowners are asked to submit letters detailing their available property to Dale Wagoner, Deputy County Administrator, P.O. Box 7, Collinsville, VA 24078...

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Martinsville police arrested three Martinsville men after a burglary on Sunday evening. At 5:11 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Oneida Street for a burglary in progress. Once on scene, police say they found the first suspect, 22-year-old...

By Bill Wyatt on Apr 16th, 2016

The Martinsville School Board approved an amended school budget Monday. The school system expects to get $15.5 million from the state, nearly $300,000 over last year’s amount. However City Manager Leon Towarnicki is proposing to reduce school funding about nearly the same amount. ...

HENRY COUNTY, Va. – The Henry County Board of Supervisors and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are considering the purchase of land for a new correctional facility and are seeking approximately 25+ acres of usable land for this purpose.  “Finding a suitable location is one of the first steps toward building a new correctional facility to serve...

City Manager Leon Towarnicki will present the upcoming budget to City Council this week. Council will then try to find nearly a million dollars to balance the deficit. Cuts in services along with hikes in utility rates are expected to be considered. Another hike to the unpopular food tax is also a possibility. Meanwhile, the Martinsville School Board...

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Pictures from Facebook Trooper A.M. Metzger of the Virginia State Police says 54 year-old Rufus Daniel Martin of Martinsville was charged with DWI, refusal to take a breath or blood test, reckless driving, and failure to maintain control after...

By Bill Wyatt on Apr 10th, 2016
CVS Shoplifting

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shoplifting that occurred on February 28, 2016.  This incident occurred at CVS which is located at 400 Riverside Drive, Bassett, VA.  The individuals shown in the attached picture came...

The National Weather Service has placed our area under a Wind Advisory until 6 PM this evening. A Hard Freeze warning goes into effect at midnight tonight and remains until 10 AM Sunday morning. Strong gusty west winds will blow this afternoon and below freezing temperatures will last from late tonight until 10 AM Sunday morning. The sub freezing temperatures...

Martinsville City Sheriff Steve Draper says he’s required to have the jail properly staffed at all times or he’s required to outsource inmates to other facilities. If he does that, he no longer qualifies for the amount of state money the department receives because it’s based upon the number of inmates housed. Draper says he has 3 or 4 openings...

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The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze watch for Virginia and the North Carolina Piedmont Saturday night through Sunday morning. Lows will be in the mid to upper 20’s. Freezing temperatures will impact vegetation. Any exposed...

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Carlos Del Cid-Vasquez 33 year-old Carlos Del Cid-Vasquez of Martinsville has been charged with soliciting child pornography and using a communication device to facilitate offenses involving a child younger than 15. A release from the Bedford...

Hooker Furniture Corp. Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $4.1 million. On a per-share basis, the Martinsville, Virginia-based company said it had net income of 38 cents. The home furnishings company posted revenue of $60.6 million in the period. For the year, the company reported profit of $16.2 million, or $1.49 per share. Revenue...

The Virginia Employment Commission’s latest unemployment numbers has Martinsville at 7.8 percent, down from 8.2. Danville is at 6.5 percent. Henry County is at 6.2, down from 6.4 percent. Patrick County is down from 5.6 to 5.5 percent and Pittsylvania County is just above 5 percent. Statewide the unemployment rate is down from 5.3 to 5.2 percent....

Martinsville, VA – The Martinsville Police Department would like to warn everyone of a Facebook scam that is using the military to target victims. Scammers will copy a real military photo and add it to a Facebook page so that victims will see military personnel in uniform. Scammers will then pray on an unsuspecting victim’s good nature by...

Martinsville, VA – Officers from the Martinsville Police Department were called to Bo Knows Wireless at 101 Commonwealth Boulevard in Martinsville in reference to a Burglary. Taken in the burglary were multiple replacement screens for cellular phones. The Martinsville Police Department asks that anyone with information about this case to please...