Right time for university in the area

January 15, 2004


Developers Bill Adkins and Earl Greene have sweetened the pot for
location of a public college or university in Henry County.

The two said on Tuesday that they will donate 100 acres of prime land in
Henry County, worth an estimated $1 million, if the state builds a
university there. The land, adjacent to the Patrick Henry Farms development,
is off U.S. 58 east of Martinsville and in the corridor of the proposed
Interstate 73.

It is premature to say what site is the best for a university. What this
generous offer does is provide further evidence of the community's desire
for a college or university here. With The Harvest Foundation's $50 million
challenge grant to the state to locate the institution of higher learning in
Henry County or Martinsville within two years, it creates a $51 million
grass-roots commitment that should be hard for the state to ignore.

The university is a project that needs everyone?s support.  Martinsville
City Council endorsed the university concept in a joint resolution on
Tuesday, and the Henry County Board of Supervisors will consider it at a
special meeting today.  We hope this is the start of a massive groundswell of
commitment that will convince the state that this is the right time and
Henry County/Martinsville is the right place for a new state university.


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