News - 2016

Martinsville Bulletin: Spencer-Penn project moves forward with Harvest grant

Dec 29, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE - “Spencer Penn is a school at heart,” Mary Jordan, president of the Spencer-Penn Center, said. - Read More

Spencer Penn, Boys and Girls Club to partner on programming

Dec 27, 2016 - Spencer Penn Centre’s SPICE (Spencer Penn Investing in Children’s Education) Program and the Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge are teaming up to offer after school and summer programming to area students. - Read More

Harvest awards IALR funding for expo evaluation

Dec 23, 2016 - The Harvest Foundation recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Foundation (IALR) to evaluate the SOVA Career ChoICE Youth Expo for the next two years. - Read More

SBIF Grants Made to Four Small Businesses

Dec 22, 2016 - Martinsville, VA (December 22, 2016) – Four local small businesses were recently awarded assistance through the annual Small Business Investment Forum (SBIF) Business Plan Competition. - Read More

Governor McAuliffe Announces Expansion of Major Aquaculture Producer in Henry County

Dec 20, 2016 - RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Blue Ridge Aquaculture will invest $3.2 million to expand its aquaculture operation in Henry County and create five new jobs. Founded in 1993, Blue Ridge Aquaculture is the largest producer of aquac - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: January deadline for NCI remains firm, Harvest officials say

Dec 17, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – The Harvest Foundation remains firm in its Jan. 31 deadline for the New College Institute (NCI) to figure out how it will operate in the future, according to foundation officials. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Bassett High looks to redefine library

Dec 16, 2016 - BASSETT –How can a high school use a library in the 21st century? Is it still needed? Bassett High wanted to answer those questions when designing its new library, which opened its doors at 6 p.m. Thursday evening. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: City council tables school board’s funding request

Dec 15, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – City public schools officials are upset at Martinsville City Council’s decision Tuesday night to table their request for $666,759 that they did not spend in the previous fiscal year to be reappropriated for them to use in the current budget - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Novatech announcement brings jobs to Henry County

Dec 14, 2016 - COLLINSVILLE-Henry County will be the site of Novatech Group’s first U.S. manufacturing facility. Gov. Terry McAuliffe made the announcement Tuesday, as he spoke at the Henry County Administration Building. - Read More

Youth Board reflects on community dinner, starts planning next year's event

Dec 14, 2016 - Just weeks after serving 1,704 dinners to area residents on Thanksgiving Eve, the Harvest Youth Board is looking at how it can make next year’s dinner even bigger and better. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: TheatreWorks takes the stage for latest production

Dec 13, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – You are about to enter another dimension for Christmas: The TheatreWorks zone, for look at the holidays that’s at times hilarious, at times sentimental. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville fifth graders will move to elementary school

Dec 13, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – Moving fifth grade to Martinsville Middle School was a bad decision, according to city public schools Superintendent Zeb Talley. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Henry County School Board gets Meadow View update

Dec 9, 2016 - COLLINSVILLE – The work on Meadow View Elementary School continues, Director of Facilities Maintenance Keith Scott said at a Henry County School Board meeting Thursday night. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Blevins, Stanley selected to lead New College Institute

Dec 9, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – The New College Institute (NCI) is under new leadership. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Board members to consider bylaw changes for NCI

Dec 8, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE–A member of the General Assembly could soon serve as chairman of the New College Institute’s Board of Directors. The group will meet on Friday to consider the proposal, which would require changes to NCI’s bylaws. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Local schools receive funding for technical career programs

Dec 7, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE–Martinsville and Henry County schools, along with Patrick Henry Community College, received a state grant Tuesday to help students who want to go into technical careers, including manufacturing. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board serves 1,700 meals at Thanksgiving Eve dinner

Nov 25, 2016 - More than 1,700 area residents enjoyed an early Thanksgiving dinner — turkey, ham and all the fixings — courtesy of The Harvest Youth Board. - Read More

'Home for the Holidays' Job Fair, concert coming Friday

Nov 22, 2016 - Two bands with local ties and at least 46 job openings are on tap so far for Friday’s “Home for the Holidays” annual concert and job fair. - Read More

Enterprise Zone workshop scheduled

Nov 21, 2016 - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business Division is partnering with the City of Martinsville, Henry County and Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to host a workshop to assist businesses - Read More

Former Harvest Youth Board members returning to volunteer at community dinner

Nov 17, 2016 - The Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Eve dinner is more than a meal. It is evidence of the commitment by former and current Harvest Youth Board members to serving the local community. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville's schools now all partially accredited

Nov 15, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE — All four of the city’s public schools now are partially accredited under the state Standards of Learning, according to Superintendent Zeb Talley. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board plans community meal

Nov 14, 2016 - In the spirit of the season, The Harvest Foundation Youth Board is inviting area residents to dinner on Thanksgiving Eve. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: First phase of Commonwealth Crossing almost finished

Nov 1, 2016 - RIDGEWAY – The first phase of the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre’s development is almost complete. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Local educators focus on the future during discussion

Oct 30, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – “Let me be a myth buster,” Dr. Angeline Godwin, President of Patrick Henry Community College said. “Workforce development is college too.” - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Marshall looks into how NCI Foundation spends money

Oct 30, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – Del. Danny Marshall wants to know how $383,000 that the New College Institute (NCI) pays its private foundation annually to occupy its building on the Baldwin Block uptown is being spent. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: No decision reached on NCI's future

Oct 28, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE-Just because there's a plan on the table with Longwood University, that doesn't mean the negotiations are over for the New College Institute. That point was made repeatedly during NCI's board of directors meeting Thursday. - Read More

Annual 'Home for the Holidays' concert, job fair to merge

Oct 26, 2016 - Area agencies and organizations hope former residents will come “Home for the Holidays” and find good reasons to stay. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Info session coming Wednesday for Film Manufacturing careers

Oct 25, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE-A Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing information session on Wednesday offers an opportunity for local residents to learn more about career options at Eastman Chemical, according to Eastman Fieldale Site Manager Pat Caldarera - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: PHCC hopes to guarantee students a job interview

Oct 25, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE –When you graduate from Patrick Henry Community College, you should be able to get an interview with a local business for an opening that fits your skill set. That’s the goal the college is aiming for, over the next few years. - Read More

QuickStart receives Harvest Youth Board grant

Oct 24, 2016 - QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia recently received a grant of $4,140 from the Harvest Youth Board to introduce “kid-sized” tennis into physical education classes (PE) in Martinsville and Henry County. - Read More

Harvest welcomes new grants administrator

Oct 20, 2016 - The Harvest Foundation is excited to welcome India Brown of Martinsville as the new grants and program team administrator on staff. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: For Alison Foundation gives opportunities to local students

Oct 18, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE-Area high school students sampled the milk of human kindness, thanks to two trips to The American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. They were both sponsored by the For Alison Foundation. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Piedmont Community Services honors Jim Tobin

Oct 18, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – More than 50 people attended Piedmont Community Services’ dedication Monday of its building at 24 Clay Street in honor of Jim Tobin, who retired earlier this year after 26 years as executive director. - Read More

Governor McAuliffe Announces Plan to Balance FY2016-2017 Budgets

Oct 13, 2016 - RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced his actions to balance Virginia’s Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budgets in response to a revenue shortfall. The Governor’s plan reduces spending while protecting core priorities like education, public safety and healt - Read More

Governor McAuliffe Announces $1.1 Million Grant to Improve Workforce System Intake Process

Oct 12, 2016 - RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Commonwealth of Virginia $1.1 million to support a common intake screening and registration system for Virginians seeking training or employment services - Read More

Thousands of students explore career opportunities at SoVa Career Choice Expo

Oct 6, 2016 - DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- If regional employers are wondering where their talent pipeline will come from in the future, they should look no further than our community. - Read More

Local businesses featured in national publication

Oct 5, 2016 - Martinsville, VA (October 5, 2016) – The popularity of culinary tourism has grown significantly in recent years as travelers seek out unique experiences that involve fresh foods, farm-to-fork dining, vineyards and craft breweries. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Talley asked to stay on as Martinsville superintendent

Oct 5, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – Zeb Talley is set to lead the city’s public schools on a permanent basis. Talley, a 40-year veteran of the school division, has been serving as interim superintendent since mid-July. The Martinsville School Board on Tuesday voted unanimousl - Read More

Fishers of Men Tournament Visits Area

Oct 4, 2016 - Martinsville, VA (October 4, 2016) – This past weekend, Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia was host to the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail District 4 Championship. A total of 58 fishermen participated in the multi-day event. - Read More

Eastman Foundation Donation to Help Revitalize Fieldale Business District

Sep 28, 2016 - Martinsville, VA (September 27, 2016) – The Eastman Foundation has committed $125,000 to the effort to revitalize Fieldale, the site of its largest operation in Henry County. Eastman officials presented a ceremonial check for that amount to the Smith Rive - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Goals raised for this year's Pink for the Week fundraiser

Sep 25, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – An upcoming fundraiser is aimed at helping more women get breast cancer screenings. During the first week of October, Chatmoss Country Club and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County will host the second annual Pink for the Week f - Read More

Dan River Basin Association: Help monitor our Smith River

Sep 23, 2016 - (Collinsville, VA) The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) invites people who care about our local rivers and streams to learn how to monitor our waterways and train to be a certified citizen water quality monitor. - Read More

Rooster Walk, ART officially join forces

Sep 22, 2016 - Two local music-related nonprofits are officially joining forces. The boards of Rooster Walk Inc. and Arts at the Rives Theatre (ART), who already often work together to bring live music and arts events to Martinsville-Henry County, recently voted to form - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Women In Philanthropy awards $34,000

Sep 21, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE-Three local nonprofits received impact grants from the Women in Philanthropy (WIP) initiative of the Martinsville Area Community Foundation at the seventh Annual WIP Awards Luncheon. - Read More

Busy weekend ahead for the sports complex

Sep 21, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) and Without Limits Ultimate are proud to announce that the 2016 Virginia Fusion Ultimate Tournament will be this weekend, September 24-25 in Axton, Va. The Complex will then host the first-ever Sho - Read More

Harvest Youth Board names new members

Sep 16, 2016 - Five new members have been named to the Youth Board of The Harvest Foundation. Sean Arroyo, Sophia Esdaile, Devin Page, Laura Painter and Julian Vaughn will fill the seats of board members whose terms expired July 31. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board names officers for 2016-2017

Sep 16, 2016 - With its first, largely organizational year behind it, the Harvest Foundation Youth Board is ready to start working to make a difference in the community. That is the consensus of Youth Board officers who lead the board for 2016-2017. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: All but two Henry County schools fully accredited

Sep 15, 2016 - COLLINSVILLE – Henry County Public Schools revealed Wednesday that each school in the county received accreditation. Twelve out of 14 county schools are fully accredited and two are partially accredited. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville schools again fall short of state accreditation

Sep 15, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE — The city’s four public schools have not yet achieved full state accreditation, information released by the Virginia Department of Education on Wednesday shows. - Read More

50th Anniversary Graduating Class Breaks Records for Virginia’s Community Colleges

Sep 15, 2016 - RICHMOND — Virginia’s Community Colleges are off to a promising start in their quest to triple the number of credentials students earn annually by the year 2021. As the VCCS celebrates its 50th anniversary, the 2016 class was the most successful in histor - Read More

Wine by the River Wine Festival

Sep 14, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) will be hosting the second annual Wine by the River Wine Festival this Saturday, September 17, 2016. The event will run from 2 p.m. till 6 p.m. and feature wine tasting, live music as well as a cha - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville schools could face cuts in state funding

Sep 14, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – Martinsville City Schools could face budget reductions due to a drop in enrollment. According to Interim Superintendent Zeb Talley, as of Monday, a total of 1,920 students were enrolled in city schools, down from 2,057 a year ago. - Read More

Tourism Revenue Reached $67.8 Million in Martinsville-Henry County in 2015

Sep 13, 2016 - Martinsville, VA (September 13, 2016) – Data released by the U.S. Travel Association reveals that all regions in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year. According to the U.S. Travel Association, tourism in Virginia generated $23 billion - Read More

Economic Director for Southern Virginia Regional Alliance Named

Sep 13, 2016 - The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA) is pleased to announce the new Director of Economic Development, Linda Hutson Green. Green has an extensive career in the public and private sectors focused on economic development throughout Southern Virgin - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Telehealth centers planned at two city schools

Sep 9, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – Telehealth clinics are to be established at two city schools as part of efforts to improve the health of students, especially those who have had trouble obtaining medical care. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Dillard officially joins Martinsville School Board

Sep 9, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – All students can learn if they have help from caring, skilled teachers and access to the right educational materials and other resources, Donna Dillard believes. - Read More

PHCC to host job fair on Sept. 22

Sep 9, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – Patrick Henry Community College is hosting a job fair for students, alumni, and community members seeking employment on Thursday, September 22 in PHCC’s Frith Exhibit Hall. - Read More

New Resident Finds Fun in Record Time with Activity Guide

Sep 9, 2016 - Martinsville, VA (September 9, 2016) – In January of 2015, Martinsville, Virginia gained a new resident. Shelia Dye relocated to the area from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and was full of enthusiasm and desire to get involved in her new community. - Read More

Business plan competition accepting applications

Sep 7, 2016 - Martinsville, VA (September 7, 2016) - Local entrepreneurs have a chance to compete for funding, space and mentoring through the Small Business Investment Forum (SBIF) business plan competition. The competition is now open and will accept applications thr - Read More

PYSL Fall Soccer Season Kicks Off Saturday

Sep 7, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The 2016 Piedmont Youth Soccer League Fall Season begins this Saturday, September 10, at the Smith River Sports Complex. 427 local children will be participating in the eight-week season that concludes on October 29. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: PHCC aims to make workforce training attainable

Sep 2, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – People in need of training for jobs they want to pursue should not fear enrolling in a workforce training program at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), according to an administrator. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: United Way to offer VITA tax preparation training

Sep 1, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – United Way of Henry County & Martinsville is recruiting volunteers for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Local firms benefit from small business project

Aug 31, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – Two local firms are the first recipients of loans from a fund recently established to help small businesses prosper. - Read More

Business park's first phase to finish in October, officials say

Aug 31, 2016 - The first phase in the creation of the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre is expected to be completed in late October, according to officials with the grading project that began in 2014. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Local employers struggle to fill open positions

Aug 30, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE-Exactly how many jobs are available in Martinsville and Henry County? According to Chris Pope, manager of the Virginia Employment Commission’s (VEC) Martinsville office there were 1,271 open positions in Martinsville and Henry County as of Mo - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Enrollment in CAFM needs to grow

Aug 28, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – Enrollment in the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing (CAFM) must substantially grow to meet local high-tech companies’ demand for workers, according to officials with the center’s partners. - Read More

Local dental clinic celebrates 10-year anniversary

Aug 25, 2016 - Ten years ago, more than 200 people stood in line in Uptown Martinsville, awaiting the opening of the Community Dental Clinic. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Local health centers get federal grant funding

Aug 24, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – The operators of two local community health centers each will receive more than $72,000 in special U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funds to use toward improving their clinics. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Many jobs going unfilled in Martinsville, Henry County

Aug 24, 2016 - Plenty of jobs are available locally, but people must be motivated to work and seek training they need to do the jobs, according to city officials and an economic developer. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Additional funds needed for Meadow View Elementary work

Aug 24, 2016 - COLLINSVILLE – The Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday set a public hearing date for a $10 million loan needed for the Meadow View Elementary School project. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board grants Smith River Sports Complex $2,500

Aug 19, 2016 - The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) plans to broaden the age appeal of the children’s playground by enhancing it with a $2,500 grant from the Harvest Youth Board. - Read More

Summer fundraiser brings in $730 for United Way

Aug 19, 2016 - The Summer Water Balloon Fundraiser event at this year’s Smith River Fest, organized by Harvest Foundation, raised $730 for the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville - Read More

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 3.7%

Aug 19, 2016 - RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in July while year-over-year job growth continued for the 28th consecutive month. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: PHCC, hospital partner for nursing scholarship program

Aug 18, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County are partnering to offer the Martinsville Memorial Fellows Nursing Scholarship Program. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Superintendents optimistic as year starts

Aug 18, 2016 - COLLINSVILLE - Not a day went by this week when Zeb Talley wasn’t in a classroom. The interim superintendent for Martinsville Public Schools talked with students, visited teachers and checked to see if anyone needed help. - Read More

2016 SOL Pass Rates for Henry County Public Schools

Aug 16, 2016 - School division SOL pass rates, based on 2016 Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, were released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) today. - Read More

Henry County Public Schools - 2016-17 Lunch Program Information

Aug 16, 2016 - Henry County Public Schools has announced its policy for providing free or reduced price meals for children served under the National School Lunch, and/or School Breakfast Programs. Each school and/or central school nutrition office has a copy of the poli - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Personal attention key to success, MHS' Scott says

Aug 14, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – Students learn a lot from their teachers, but teachers learn just as much – if not more – from their students, Jeremy Scott believes. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Smith River Fest Gallery

Aug 13, 2016 - Take a look at photos from Smith River Fest, taken by staff at the Martinsville Bulletin! - Read More

Carlisle School: Susan Aaron selected as Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction

Aug 11, 2016 - Susan Aaron was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars(NSHSS). A role model to students, Aaron was nominated for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville chamber president earns professional credential

Aug 11, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE – The president of the local chamber of commerce has earned a major credential within her profession. - Read More

Countdown to Smith River Fest 2016

Jul 28, 2016 - For outdoor and nature enthusiasts, the highlight of the summer is just around the corner. Smith River Fest will be held on Saturday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Smith River Sports Complex, located at 1000 Irisburg Road in Axton, Virginia. Both - Read More

Harvest plans water balloon fundraiser for United Way

Jul 26, 2016 - The Harvest Foundation is back for a second year in a row with a summer fundraiser that will leave five brave volunteers soaking wet from an onslaught of water balloons for a good cause. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: NCI seeks help in determining future

Jul 21, 2016 - The New College Institute (NCI) will seek outside help in determining its future. NCI’s board voted on Wednesday to ask the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to present "recommendations and alternatives..." - Read More

Governor McAuliffe Announces 22 New Jobs in Henry County

Jul 20, 2016 - RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Solid Stone Fabrics, a textile manufacturer and distributor of stretch fabrics, will invest $1.5 million to expand its operation in Henry County. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Heath to retire as superintendent

Jul 15, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE - Pam Heath is no longer superintendent of Martinsville City Public Schools.During a special meeting Thursday night, the school board accepted Heath’s retirement following a half-hour closed session called to discuss a personnel matter. - Read More

Local food pantry develops app to help clients

Jul 4, 2016 - Area food banks and charitable organizations now have access to a new mobile application that gives users valuable client data that will help connect those in need to local resources.Harvest Foundation provided a Pick Up the Pace! (PUP) grant of $8,500 - Read More

EDC To Hold Franchise Ownership Seminar

Jul 4, 2016 - Martinsville, VA (June 29, 2016) The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small Business Division will be sponsoring an informational seminar addressing franchise research and purchasing. The event is scheduled for July 14th from - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Students learn about engineering at NCI

Jun 28, 2016 - Creativity (and marshmallows) went a long way toward problem-solving on Monday. John Hatchett, the AET assistant program director and VSU faculty-in-residence at the New College Institute in Martinsville, interacted with rising sixth- and seventh-grade - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville School Board improves concussion protocol, threat assessment

Jun 28, 2016 - From now on, Martinsville City Schools will work to help all students suffering from concussions, not just those who were injured playing sports, get back in the classroom. On Monday night, the city's school board revised their policy, making it clear tha - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: PHCC set to begin logistics tech program

Jun 24, 2016 - Patrick Henry Community College is enrolling students in its new Logistics Technician program. This short-term program can be completed within two semesters and is designed to propel students into leadership positions at Radial (formerly known as eBay) - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: School board closes out fiscal year in Henry County

Jun 24, 2016 - Henry County Public Schools hopes to help students keep their reading skills sharp outside of school. According to Superintendent Jared Cotton, who addressed the Henry County School Board at its Thursday morning meeting, some students in Henry County s - Read More

Official opening date set for SRSC Water Slide

Jun 21, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) is excited to announce the official opening for its new water slide, The Big Dipper. The date has been set for Thursday, June 23, at 11 a.m. The opening will mark the first time residents in Martin - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Use of river still is under debate

Jun 17, 2016 - Whether someone prefers trout fishing or paddling, both sides agree that a compromise eventually can be found regarding weekend power generation at Philpott Dam. A third public input session was held on the topic Thursday evening at First Baptist Churc - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Preston is named executive director at PCS

Jun 15, 2016 - Greg Preston has been selected to succeed the long-time executive director of Piedmont Community Services, Jim Tobin, who is retiring. Preston, who has been Piedmont’s director of community support services for several years, will begin his position as - Read More

Governor McAuliffe Announces 32 New Jobs in Henry County

Jun 14, 2016 - RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that North Carolina-based Performance Livestock and Feed Company, Inc., will invest $4.2 million to establish a new feed production operation in Henry County. The family-owned business will increase prod - Read More

Local math teachers complete Eastman 'MathElites' program

Jun 10, 2016 - MARTINSVILLE, Va., June 10, 2016 – Today, more than 30 teachers from Martinsville City Schools, Henry County Schools, and Carlisle School graduated from the region’s inaugural Eastman MathElites program, a collaborative partnership between Eastman, the Ha - Read More

Smith River Artisan Trail Highlighted on 'Daytime Blue Ridge'

Jun 10, 2016 - Martinsville, VA (June 10, 2016) – Earlier this week, Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia took center stage as the Smith River Artisan Trail was featured on WSLS Channel 10’s “Daytime Blue Ridge.” The entertainment/lifestyle TV show, which airs daily at 1 - Read More

Area businesses awarded tourism marketing grants

Jun 7, 2016 - Martinsville, VA (June 7, 2016) – Nine area attractions were recently awarded matching tourism marketing grant funds from the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) Tourism Division. The grants are a service offered by the Tour - Read More

Three receive tourism ambassador certification

Jun 6, 2016 - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) Tourism Division is pleased to announce that three more area residents have completed requirements to become Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Ambassadors. Craig “Rocky” Rockwell, Oper - Read More

Free Marketing Seminar Offered for Businesses

Jun 3, 2016 - Martinsville, VA (June 3, 2016) – The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business Division will host a free marketing seminar for businesses on Wednesday, June 15th from 12-2PM at the New College Institute (191 Fayette Stre - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Longwood looks to develop stronger partnership with NCI

Jun 3, 2016 - The New College Institute wants to form a more extensive partnership with Longwood University as part of charting a course for its future. Nothing firm has been proposed yet. Officials do not rule out NCI eventually becoming a branch campus of Longwood or - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Smith River Sports Complex opens driving range

Jun 2, 2016 - For the past few months, Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) director of facilities Patrick Francisco and his crew have been hard at work preparing a new driving range near the entrance to the facility. On Thursday morning, as ten honorary starters hit the - Read More

Free meals available for local children

May 25, 2016 - Henry County School Nutrition Programs is a Sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program. The following open sites will welcome any child during meal service times. - Read More

Henry County School Nutrition Programs is a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program

May 25, 2016 - All meals must be consumed on site. All sites will be closed July 4 -- 8, 2016. - Read More

Area Businesses Win 'Best of Virginia' Awards

May 23, 2016 - 45 local businesses featured in Virginia Living magazine - Read More

YMCA receives Harvest Youth Board grant

May 20, 2016 - The Martinsville-Henry County YMCA received a $2,500 grant from the Harvest Youth Board to help fund swimming lessons for approximately 750 first grade students in the area. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Trout fishermen voice their concerns over weekend Philpott generation

May 19, 2016 - An occasionally contentious public input session regarding weekend water flow from Philpott Dam into the Smith River hinged largely on the desires of paddlers versus the desires of fishermen. - Read More

WSLS10: New Ridgeway clinic specializes in serving patients with restricted incomes

May 12, 2016 - A new clinic is opening in the Ridgeway area due to a nearly one-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: New elementary school will be delayed

May 6, 2016 - An opening date for a new Henry County Elementary School likely will be altered due to an unexpected financial issue, the Henry County School Board learned at its meeting Thursday. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Grant used to set up clinic

May 6, 2016 - The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness will use a $950,602 federal grant toward establishing a clinic in the Ridgeway area that specializes in serving people with financial hardships. - Read More

Club Baseball Returns to Martinsville-Henry County

May 3, 2016 - Area to Host NCBA's Division I Regional Tournament Through 2018 - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Boys and Girls Club members turn their thoughts and ideas into book

May 2, 2016 - Compiling their thoughts and ideas into a book that recently was published has instilled the enjoyment of writing in students in the Boys & Girls Clubs' after-school program at Albert Harris Elementary School. - Read More

Smart Beginnings to pilot new program in Martinsville, Henry County

Apr 28, 2016 - Martinsville and Henry County will be the first area to pilot a new program aimed at improving school readiness and work readiness for children and their parents. - Read More

Ecuadorian Exchange Students Explore MHC

Apr 27, 2016 - Carlisle School exchange program introduces Ecuadorian students to area - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Economic Development Corp. to get less money from city

Apr 26, 2016 - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) will be getting less money from the city in the new fiscal year that will start July 1. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Train Depot key piece to Bassett plans

Apr 25, 2016 - The restoration of the historic former Bassett Train Depot will be a key part of efforts to revitalize the factory town's business district, according to those involved in the efforts. - Read More

Nationwide Homes to Expand Production

Apr 25, 2016 - Nationwide Custom Homes is planning to expand its production and create approximately 59 new jobs at its Martinsville facility. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Counseling, cybersecurity programs to be offered at NCI

Apr 20, 2016 - New academic programs in counseling and cybersecurity, as well as preparation courses for standardized tests, will be offered at the New College Institute (NCI) later this year. - Read More

Bassett Historic Train Depot receives $500,000 for restoration

Apr 18, 2016 - Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced more than $3.3 million in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awards for 13 projects in the Appalachian Region. - Read More

MHC Coalition receives $50,000 for breast cancer services

Apr 18, 2016 - The grant will support their Ladies First program, an initiative to provide screening mammograms for local, uninsured women who meet certain income guidelines. - Read More

Harvest announces new strategic plan

Apr 13, 2016 - The Harvest Foundation has adopted a new strategic plan that strengthens its focus on being a resource for economic development and job creation in Martinsville and Henry County. - Read More

Harvest streamlines grants application process

Apr 13, 2016 - The Harvest Foundation has improved its grants application process in response to community feedback and its continuous evaluation of serving Martinsville and Henry County. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Early childhood conference set

Apr 11, 2016 - An upcoming early childhood education conference will highlight issues facing those who are in the business of teaching young children. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Program educates children about what it takes to become a doctor

Apr 11, 2016 - Evy Bryant, a third-grade student at Stanleytown Elementary School, said Saturday she wants to be a scientist when she grows up. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: EDC to sponsor seminar on food-based businesses

Apr 4, 2016 - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) will sponsor a "Rules and Regulations of Operating a Food-Based Business" seminar from noon until 2 p.m. April 6 at the New College Institute building on Fayette Street uptown. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: NCI search stalls

Apr 4, 2016 - The recruitment of a new executive director for the New College Institute (NCI) has stalled, eight months after former state senator William Wampler left the post. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: No decision yet on GO partner

Mar 29, 2016 - A decision has not yet been made as to the localities with which Martinsville-Henry County will be partnered as part of a new coalition intended to help foster job creation and growth within the private sector statewide. - Read More

MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness names Health Connect director

Mar 29, 2016 - The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is proud to announce the addition of Suellyn Danter to the Health Connect team. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: City schools seek qualified teachers

Mar 18, 2016 - Expecting tight finances in the new fiscal year that will start July 1, the Martinsville schools' first priority will be ensuring that students are taught by well-qualified teachers, according to Superintendent Pam Heath. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: County school board approves budget

Mar 18, 2016 - The Henry County School Board approved its proposed fiscal year 2016-17 budget -- with a smaller increase in county funding than originally proposed -- at a special meeting Thursday morning. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: New Bassett tech academy set to open in fall semester

Mar 15, 2016 - Bengal Tech Academy for Global Studies -- a project-based school-within-a-school -- is scheduled to open at Bassett High School on Aug. 10, which is the first day for students in the 2016-17 school year. - Read More

McAuliffe signs pay-for-performance workforce law

Mar 11, 2016 - Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed into law measures that establish a workforce training program targeted to increase specific industry certifications and occupational licenses that meet the needs of businesses in each region of the state. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: FAHI displays art by local African-American artists

Mar 10, 2016 - A new exhibit at FAHI highlights the art of several local African-American artists. - Read More

Fighting prescription drug abuse – Project Lazarus founder shares his story

Mar 10, 2016 - More than 44 people die every day in the United States from overdosing on prescription painkillers, according to the CDC. Drug Free MHC, Piedmont Community Services and partners across the region are stepping up the fight against prescription drug abuse i - Read More

Rooster Walk receives state tourism grant

Mar 7, 2016 - Virginia Tourism Corporation's (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program gives 39 state tourism programs grants totaling $812,000. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Fast Track 2016 draws a nice crowd

Mar 4, 2016 - Fast Track 2016 overcame a few glitches on its opening day to become one of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce's most attended trade shows, according to chamber President Amanda Witt. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Hardide Coatings praises area during opening

Mar 4, 2016 - U.K.-based advanced manufacturing firm Hardide Coatings celebrated the grand opening of its first U.S. plant in Martinsville with a ribbon-cutting on Thursday. - Read More

DRBA holding annual meeting March 5, 2016

Mar 4, 2016 - The Dan River Basin Association is holding ita annual meeting and celerbation March 5, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the Museum and Archives of Rockingham County in Wentworth, N.C. (former Rockingham County Courthouse). - Read More

Prescription drug abuse seminars rescheduled

Feb 17, 2016 - Two prescription drug abuse seminars, presented by Piedmont Community Services, Drug-Free MHC and FRESH (Focus on Response and Education to Stay Healthy) Coalition of Franklin County, are rescheduled for Wednesday, March 9. - Read More

Applications open for Harvest Youth Board

Feb 4, 2016 - Applications are now open for students in Martinsville and Henry County to apply to serve on the Harvest Foundation Youth Board. - Read More

Students from Italy Say “Ciao” to MHC

Feb 3, 2016 - Martinsville, VA (February 3, 2016) -- This week, Italian exchange students and local students from Carlisle School toured the Martinsville-Henry County area. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Bill to help NCI become university branch is introduced

Feb 2, 2016 - A bill introduced in the General Assembly by Del. Danny Marshall is designed to help the New College Institute (NCI) become a branch campus of a public university. - Read More

Youth board members participate in GO Virginia focus group

Feb 2, 2016 - Harvest Youth Board members have a voice in the future of Virginia's economy! - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Gala benefits city schools

Feb 1, 2016 - Pearls, sequins and fur -- all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's golden years were on display Friday night at the "Party Like the Star You Are" Hollywood Gala hosted at the New College Institute. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Businesses earn awards at competition

Feb 1, 2016 - Three local businesses -- including two new ones -- will receive grants and services valued at a total of more than $10,200 as part of winning the 2015 Small Business Investment Forum (SBIF) Business Plan Competition. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Strategic plan for Martinsville outlined

Jan 28, 2016 - Martinsville officials continue to want to see the New College Institute (NCI) evolve into a satellite campus of an accredited four-year college or university. - Read More

Coalition tackles new programming with three-year Harvest grant

Jan 28, 2016 - The Harvest Foundation recently approved three-year grant totaling $2,579,465 to the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness. - Read More

Bassett Family Practice integrates behavioral health

Jan 26, 2016 - Bassett Family Practice is proud to announce that Cynthia Eberhardt, LCSW, has joined their team of health care providers. - Read More

Health providers, community invited to prescription drug abuse seminars

Jan 19, 2016 - Piedmont Community Services, Drug-Free MHC and FRESH Coalition of Franklin County are teaming up to provide training from leading experts to coalition, community members and health care providers about prescription drug abuse. - Read More

DRBA receives two-year Harvest grant

Jan 14, 2016 - The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) is focused on managing the natural resources in Martinsville and Henry County following a recent grant award of $176,366 from the Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Harvest program officer featured in regional newsletter

Jan 4, 2016 - Harvest Program Officer DeWitt House was featured in the weekly Connections Newsletter, distributed by the Southeastern Council of Foundations. The piece highlights his awesome work with the Harvest Youth Board! - Read More


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