News - 2017

Outgoing board members reflect on time at Harvest

Dec 27, 2017 - Achievements have been made in education, health care and other areas of the community in the past nine years thanks to investments by The Harvest Foundation, according to three local residents who are retiring from the foundation board. - Read More

Harvest Foundation grant recipient takes ‘FeedTheNation’ nationwide

Dec 20, 2017 - Fueled by an investment of time and manpower from EMI Imaging and a PUP! (Pick Up the Pace!) grant from The Harvest Foundation for a yearlong pilot program, the FeedTheNation app is serving more organizations. - Read More

Commonwealth Crossing Uses New Markets Tax Credits to Complete Advanced Manufacturing Training Center

Dec 20, 2017 - Henry County, VA – Henry County, in partnership with the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) recently closed $13 million in funding to break ground on a new advanced manufacturing training facility in the Commonwealth Crossing - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: SEED Fund receives more than 100 applications

Dec 19, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – In just a little more than a month, Patrick Henry Community College has achieved roughly 45 percent of its goal toward attracting high school seniors graduating next spring into a new program enabling students to attend the college for free - Read More

Harvest Youth Board grants $5K to Charity League’s Brighter Christmas program

Dec 12, 2017 - The Harvest Youth Board will help make Christmas brighter this year through a $5,000 grant to Charity League of Martinsville & Henry County for its Brighter Christmas program. - Read More

Harvest Foundation grant will extend trails in Martinsville-Henry County

Dec 1, 2017 - A Harvest Foundation grant to the County of Henry, totaling nearly $1.4 million, will extend the Dick and Willie Passage Rail Trail to Spruce Street, eventually allowing for the trail to extend for 10 miles one-way and 20 miles roundtrip. - Read More

Smith River Small Towns receives $500K Harvest Foundation grant award

Nov 29, 2017 - The Smith River Small Towns Business District Revitalization Project is moving forward with a $500,000 grant award from The Harvest Foundation. The grant funding will be used primarily for exterior building renovations in the town centers. - Read More

Youth Board serves more than 2,400 meals

Nov 28, 2017 - The Harvest Youth Board served traditional Thanksgiving dinners, with extra helpings of good will, community spirit and youthful energy, to thousands of area residents on Nov. 22. - Read More

Piedmont Dental Clinic receives $600K Harvest Foundation grant award

Nov 27, 2017 - The Piedmont Virginia Dental Health Foundation (PVDHF), the driving force behind the Community Dental Clinic, received a three-year grant from The Harvest Foundation in the amount of $603,195 for indigent dental care. - Read More

Bid process underway for Smith River Small Towns project

Nov 20, 2017 - Bids have been submitted for some of the improvements to Fieldale and Bassett as part of the Smith River Small Towns Business District Revitalization Project. - Read More

Harvest Foundation partners with Community Recovery Program to help jobseekers

Nov 17, 2017 - The Harvest Foundation has awarded a two-year grant of $520,033 to Piedmont Community Services, for the Community Recovery Program (CRP), to expand their service area to jobseekers not selected for employment because they were unable to pass a pre-employm - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Virginia overhauls school accreditation system

Nov 17, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE-For years, local residents have said they want more than just test scores taken into account when it comes to a school’s accreditation status. On Thursday, the Virginia Board of Education agreed, signing off on multiple changes to the process - Read More

Harvest Foundation awards $3.1 million to PHCC

Nov 14, 2017 - Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) will receive a three-year grant totaling $3.1 million from the Harvest Foundation to strengthen Martinsville-Henry County’s workforce and develop future career pipelines. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Giving A Gift - Harvest makes college courses free for local students

Nov 14, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE-If you graduate from high school next spring in Martinsville or Henry County, you’ll be able to attend Patrick Henry Community College for free. The new program, funded by The Harvest Foundation, was announced at PHCC on Tuesday. - Read More

Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. awarded $5.7 million from Harvest Foundation

Nov 13, 2017 - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) received a three-year grant of $5.7 million from The Harvest Foundation to support new job creation and tax base increase in Martinsville-Henry County. - Read More

Harvest Foundation announces 2017 grant awards

Nov 10, 2017 - The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors awarded six grants totaling nearly $11.9 million to five recipients at its Thursday, Nov. 2 meeting. - Read More

Fieldale Heritage Inc. receives $10,000 Harvest PUP! grant

Nov 3, 2017 - A $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant from Harvest Foundation will help Fieldale Heritage Inc. and Fieldale Recreation Center & Pools ramp up its marketing and promotion efforts to better serve the community. - Read More

Harvest grants $10,000 to Hope Center Ministries

Oct 31, 2017 - The Harvest Foundation is partnering with Hope Center Ministries to bolster recovery programming for men in Martinsville and Henry County. Harvest recently awarded a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant to the Axton location of Hope Center Ministries, located - Read More

Harvest Youth Board reflects on national presentation

Oct 25, 2017 - The voice of youth is important to the future of a community. For that reason, empowering young people now will make them better leaders in the future. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: On The Rise - More students are enrolling at NCI

Oct 20, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Enrollment at the New College Institute (NCI) seems to be increasing. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: The Language of Life - Warrior Tech students study for more than tests

Oct 20, 2017 - RIDGEWAY–Students in Joel Bunn’s Language of Life class at Magna Vista High School practiced hands-on learning Thursday. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: PHCC set to be reaccredited for another 10 years

Oct 17, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – It’s not official yet, but Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) is going to be reaccredited for another 10 years. - Read More

Youth Board names dinner for local doctor

Oct 5, 2017 - The Thanksgiving Eve dinner sponsored by The Harvest Youth Board has been named for the late Dr. W. Dan Prince III. - Read More

Partnership to expand PHCC's offerings in Patrick County

Sep 19, 2017 - Stuart, VA – A four-way partnership brings expanded community college offerings to Patrick County - Read More

Martinsville Speedway, Rooster Walk awarded tourism grants

Sep 19, 2017 - Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced more than $967,000 in matching grant funds to be awarded to 50 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board to present at national conference

Sep 18, 2017 - The Harvest Foundation’s Youth Board has been invited to make a presentation about its formation, mission and accomplishments at the national annual convention of the Grantmakers for Education organization. - Read More

'Game changer' announced at Commonwealth Crossing

Sep 7, 2017 - The Commonwealth Centre for Advanced Training (CCAT) will be a “game changer” that will give Martinsville and Henry County a critical edge in recruiting industries to the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre. - Read More

Commonwealth Centre for Advanced Training (CCAT) Breaks Ground

Sep 6, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE — Ground was broken today for a unique training center that will serve companies locating in the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: PHCC sees shifting enrollment numbers

Aug 22, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Spring semester enrollment at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) dropped from the same period last year, corresponding with predictions. Yet summer enrollment increased slightly, despite fewer students being on campus. - Read More

HCPS highlights 2017 SOL pass rates

Aug 15, 2017 - School division SOL pass rates, based on 2017 Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, were released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) today. - Read More

New members join Youth Board

Aug 12, 2017 - Seven new members have joined the Youth Board of The Harvest Foundation with goals that include helping the community and growing their own leadership skills. - Read More

Youth board graduates pass torch

Aug 11, 2017 - Departing members of the Youth Board of The Harvest Foundation were celebrated Thursday for their impact on the community and its youth, their strong work ethic and the unique traits each brought to the board. - Read More

Back2School receives Harvest Youth Board grant

Aug 3, 2017 - The Harvest Youth Board is helping area students get ready for the new school year with a $5,000 grant to The Community Fellowship for its Back2School 2017 event. - Read More

More than 130 graduate from PHCC's workforce programs

Aug 1, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – Last week, more than 130 graduates from 11 different programs celebrated the completion of their certifications during the Workforce Progras Graduation Ceremony. - Read More

PHCC brings families together with fabrication and manufacturing workshops

Jul 24, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – Spurred by the success of its recent summer camps, Patrick Henry Community College developed a new program for kids, teens, and their parents to learn together through hands-on workshops called The FabLab Family Days. - Read More

Harvest funds Piedmont Arts’ ARTStart, increasing local access for arts education

Jul 24, 2017 - A preschooler’s artwork is more than child’s play. Research shows that a young child who is exposed to the arts — whether it is by listening to a musical performance, doing a craft or watching a play — is more likely to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. - Read More

Workshop scheduled for business networking and follow-up tips

Jul 14, 2017 - Martinsville, VA (July 14, 2017) The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business Division will be offering a workshop to help businesses with effective networking, partnering and follow-up techniques on July 27 from noon t - Read More

Smith River Fest 2017 to Feature Local and Regional Breweries, Stone Canyon Band & More

Jul 12, 2017 - Martinsville, VA (July 12, 2017) – For outdoor and nature enthusiasts, the highlight of the summer is just around the corner. - Read More

Greater Bassett Family Fun Float coming this summer

Jun 29, 2017 - Spend the day on the Smith River with family and friends! Join the Greater Bassett Area Community and Smith River Outfitters to paddle or float the Smith River between Philpott and Bassett. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville council chooses new school board member

Jun 29, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – A professional educator is joining the Martinsville School Board. - Read More

Middle School Girls Explore STEM through PHCC, Verizon partnership

Jun 28, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – This summer, Verizon Innovative Learning, a Verizon Foundation initiative, chose Patrick Henry Community College as one of five community colleges in the nation to launch a pilot program for training future female leaders in the science - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Building Leaders - New Boys & Girls Club director wants kids to feel safe, secure

Jun 28, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – While she’s worked with children in the area for 11 years, Joanie Petty took on a new challenge this month as the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Blue Ridge. - Read More

High School students at PHCC sew for cancer patients

Jun 19, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – Patrick Henry Community College’s Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science students participated in a unique service project benefiting the cancer patients of Ravenel Oncology Center of Martinsville Memorial Hospital. - Read More

PHCC Receives $10,000 in scholarship funds

Jun 16, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA– On Friday, Ed Blackburn of the Gene Haas Foundation presented a check for $10,000 to the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) Foundation. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Six Martinsville residents considered for School Board seats

Jun 15, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE –Six city residents are in the running to fill two seats on the Martinsville School Board that are up for grabs. - Read More

Bassett Physical Therapy announced as Smith River Fest Title Sponsor

Jun 14, 2017 - Martinsville, VA (June 14, 2017) – For outdoor and nature enthusiasts, the highlight of the summer is just around the corner. Smith River Fest presented by Bassett Physical Therapy will be held on Saturday, August 12th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Smith R - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Learning To Imagine - Children focus on reading at Spencer-Penn

Jun 14, 2017 - SPENCER–“If you can think it in your mind, you can imagine it,” Rose Hylton told kids Tuesday at the Spencer-Penn Centre’s Summer Reading Program. - Read More

PHCC launches honors program

Jun 13, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – This fall, Patrick Henry Community College is launching a program that has been in the works for two years. The Humanities Honors Program, which is now open for enrollment, will offer students a new and academically-challenging option. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: PHCC launches Patriot Ambassadors program

May 22, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – There will be 11 extra helpful faces walking around Patrick Henry Community College in the fall – they’re called the Patriot Ambassadors. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: NCI’s purpose and programs are evolving, director says

May 20, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – The purpose of the New College Institute (NCI) is to help Southern Virginia residents boost their educational levels in various ways, not just through earning degrees, Executive Director Leanna Blevins emphasizes. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Museum trustees want to increase attendance and visibility

May 20, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–How do you attract more people to the Virginia Museum of Natural History? The Board of Trustees wants to answer that question, while also increasing its visibility statewide. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Building Blocks - PHCC offers tools, workshop for job hunters

May 15, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – As of Monday, there were 917 jobs open in Martinsville and Henry County. An office services assistant with the Division of Community Corrections can make up to $38,607 a year. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: A Helping Hand For Seniors - Health Fair comes to Martinsville

May 15, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Even healthy people should see a doctor every once in a while. Bringing the clinic to the community, Henry County Parks and Recreation and the Martinsville Senior Center will offer a multitude of free screenings to those 50 and over. - Read More

Dr. Kris Westover Hired to Become the President of Mountain Empire Community College

May 15, 2017 - RICHMOND – Dr. Kris Westover will become the next president of Mountain Empire Community College. That announcement was made today by Dr. Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Westover becomes the seventh person, and second woman, - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Regional collaboration strengthens our hospitals

May 12, 2017 - Significant changes are occurring right now in the healthcare industry, with many more on the horizon. Daily, we are inundated with news from various sources about the shifts and uncertainty happening in healthcare. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: County makes improvements to Jack Dalton Park

May 12, 2017 - COLLINSVILLE - New improvements at Jack Dalton Park have added to the park’s beauty, comfort and safety, according to Henry County Parks and Recreation Director Roger Adams. - Read More

Dates announced for this season's Bassett Cruise-in

May 12, 2017 - Car enthusiasts, mark your calendar. On May 20, the first Bassett Highway 57 Cruise-in of the 2017 season will be held. - Read More

Bid process may begin this summer for Smith River Small Towns Business District Revitalization Project

May 12, 2017 - Bids may be sought this summer for Bassett improvement projects that are part of the Smith River Small Towns Business District Revitalization Project, according to a Henry County official. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Bridging the Gap - Martinsville program helps students prepare for college

May 10, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – High school seniors have to make adjustments when they go to college. That’s especially true for some when it comes to study habits. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Protect And Serve - Martinsville students build security robot

May 9, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – The competitive season is over, but that doesn’t mean the MADawgs robotics team at Martinsville High School is taking it easy. - Read More

Local Schools Make US News and World Report Top 100 in Virginia

May 9, 2017 - U.S. News and World Report has recognized both Henry County high schools as national bronze-level schools. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Giving Back - Martinsville native helps Liberian students afford school

May 8, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Nathan Penn started working when he was eight years old. The Martinsville native still remembers growing up on Roundabout Road and working as a delivery boy for Wray’s Sandwiches and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. - Read More

Harvest Foundation releases 2015-2016 annual report to community

May 8, 2017 - The Harvest Foundation, located in Martinsville, Va., has released its 2015-2016 annual report, which summarizes financial highlights from fiscal year 2015 and grant highlights from 2015 and 2016. - Read More

Local School Board Members Attend Education Conference

May 8, 2017 - Henry County School Board Chairman Curtis Millner Sr. and member-at-large Joe DeVault attended the Virginia School Boards Association’s Hot Topic Conference on May 3 in Wytheville, VA. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Personnel changes planned for Henry County schools

May 7, 2017 - COLLINSVILLE - There will be some new faces in Henry County schools next fall, with some familiar ones taking on different roles. The school board has approved recommendations made by Superintendent Jared Cotton and signed off on those appointments this w - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: City council set for final budget approval

May 7, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – A roughly $92 million budget proposal for the new fiscal year that will start July 1 is expected to receive Martinsville City Council’s final approval Tuesday night. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville celebrates Cinco de Mayo with uptown festival

May 7, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Despite at times cool and overcast weather, several hundred people came to uptown Martinsville Saturday for the Cinco de Mayo street festival, which organizers hope, over time, will become a spring equivalent of the popular Oktoberfest. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Local officials say medical resources needed to fight drug problem

May 6, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Drug abuse mainly is a medical problem – not a crime problem – and more resources are needed locally to combat it, area law-enforcement officials and community services providers told state Attorney General Mark Herring on Friday. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: New partnership between colleges will help local students

May 5, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–A new partnership between three local schools will make it easier for residents to take the college classes needed to advance their career in several technical fields. Friday morning, the presidents of the New College Institute, Patrick Henry - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin:Budget cuts still looming for Martinsville schools

May 2, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE-Even though the city council gave the same amount of money to Martinsville schools as last year, it won’t be enough to hold off cuts. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Shooting To Win: Martinsville student places fourth in national competition

May 1, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–From the first shot this season, Treylan Beamer felt he could make it to nationals. - Read More

Community College Philanthropists Honored with 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

May 1, 2017 - Richmond – Eastman Chemical Company, of Fieldale, Virginia, has received the 12th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: A Second Chance: Re-Entry Fair offers help to local residents

Apr 26, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – The rain Tuesday morning didn't dampen the spirits of those looking for a brighter future. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: More shows for Rooster Walk? County gives approval for expansion

Apr 26, 2017 - COLLINSVILLE - Rooster Walk Inc. will now be able to hold four additional one-night events per year at Pop’s Farm, based on a Henry County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) decision on Wednesday. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: City council, local officials outline impact of budget decisions

Apr 26, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – The city can’t afford to continue dipping into its reserves to satisfy the funding requests of city departments and outside agencies, officials maintain. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Decision Time: Council sets funding for schools, public safety

Apr 25, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Level funding will be provided to the city’s public schools, police department and fire department for the new fiscal year that will start July 1. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Up for Display: Porsche exhibit highlights design

Apr 24, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE - The theme of this year’s Historic Garden Week tour is “Art in Bloom,” and it is – even if there’s a racing-quality engine behind it. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin:Volunteers handle trash pickup in Bassett

Apr 23, 2017 - BASSETT-While some marched in support of science in Martinsville and across the country, other volunteers walked through Blackberry Creek on Saturday, hauling canoes full of trash. - Read More

Professional development opportunities are essential to the growth of local school systems

Apr 21, 2017 - At the heart of Martinsville and Henry County are its greatest assets: the community’s dedicated school systems. Magna Vista, Bassett, and Martinsville high schools are the stepping stones for instilling greatness in the youth of our community. - Read More

Marina’s success leads county to consider expansion

Apr 21, 2017 - Several years ago, Robert Boyd opposed the construction of the Philpott Marina, but now, he can’t quite remember why. Maybe he feared more traffic and congestion at the lake, or maybe he just didn’t want change, he said recently. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Kinkema files to run for Board of Supervisors

Apr 20, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–Brad Kinkema has been in several management roles during his life. Now he’s applying for one more. On Wednesday, Kinkema announced his plans to run for the Collinsville district seat on the Henry County Board of Supervisors. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Cassell honored as Martinsville's Teacher of the Year

Apr 20, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Her teams have competed and won all over, from Maryland to Washington D.C. On Thursday night, Martinsville High teacher Melissa Cassell won a competition of her own, taking home the award as the district’s Teacher of the Year. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville bands look for help to pay travel costs

Apr 20, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – The concert and jazz bands from Martinsville High School recently won big at a band festival in Tennessee's Dollywood theme park. - Read More

NCBA Returns to Martinsville-Henry County

Apr 20, 2017 - Martinsville, VA (April 20, 2017) – For the sixth consecutive year, Hooker Field in Martinsville, Virginia will host the Division I Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament for the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA). - Read More

PHCC named third in state for student success

Apr 20, 2017 - Martinsville, VA - Every year, hundreds of faculty and staff from Virginia’s community colleges gather for a week-long professional development conference called New Horizons. During this year’s conference, Patrick Henry Community College was honored as o - Read More

Drug Take Back event coming April 29

Apr 19, 2017 - A community Drug Take Back event is coming up on April 29th, 2017. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Earth Day celebration coming to Martinsville

Apr 19, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE-To those wishing to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, the Virginia Museum of Natural History has you covered. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Council asks school officials to justify funding request

Apr 19, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Do Martinsville schools need increased funding? During a budget hearing this week, school officials defended their request, without satisfying at least one council member’s desire for proof that they need it. - Read More

Henry County School Board Appoints Teddy Martin II to Reed Creek District Seat

Apr 18, 2017 - The School Board of Henry County appointed Teddy Martin II Tuesday as the interim board member to fill the Reed Creek District seat left vacant after the death of Betsy Mattox in March. - Read More

PHCC chosen to receive $179,000 National Science Foundation grant

Apr 18, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA- PHCC is starting a new program for high school juniors and seniors whose interest in robotics, engineering, or advanced manufacturing could be cultivated into a variety of applied engineering jobs. - Read More

Professional development opportunities are essential to the growth of local school systems

Apr 18, 2017 - At the heart of Martinsville and Henry County are its greatest assets: the community’s dedicated school systems. Magna Vista, Bassett, and Martinsville high schools are the stepping stones for instilling greatness in the youth of our community. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Should school district receive carryover funds?

Apr 18, 2017 - COLLINSVILLE -- Should money not used in last year’s budget for Henry County schools be returned to the district? That’s the question district officials want answered. - Read More

Memorial ride to honor fallen Marine and fund scholarship

Apr 17, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – The annual memorial motorcycle ride to remember fallen Marine Jonathan Williams Bowling is Saturday, April 29. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Student fees will rise at PHCC

Apr 17, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) students may have to pay more during the next academic year to be able to participate in clubs and organizations on campus. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Grant funding will help PHCC work with high school students

Apr 17, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–Any students interested in learning more about robotics, engineering or manufacturing got some help Monday from Patrick Henry Community College. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Retiring school district workers honored in Henry County

Apr 11, 2017 - CHATMOSS–They’ve worked in Henry County’s school system for decades, teaching classes, managing budgets and helping solve problems. Several teachers, principals and other staff members were honored Tuesday night. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville school board votes to release line by line budget

Apr 11, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – City Council members have a perception that the Martinsville School Board is not being entirely forthright with them about budgeting matters, according to board member Eric Hruza. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Region continues to struggle with drug problem

Apr 7, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–From 2007 to 2015, the city of Martinsville had a 330 percent increase in the opioid overdose death rate (from 6.9 to 29.7 per 100,000 population). - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Progress continues at Meadow View Elementary

Apr 7, 2017 - COLLINSVILLE–Meadow View Elementary continues to take shape. On Thursday, the Henry County School Board received an update on the project, which is scheduled to open in December. - Read More

Southside Area Tennis Association (SATA) will host Tennis Jamboree

Apr 5, 2017 - Southside Area Tennis Association (SATA) is hosting a Tennis Jamboree April 15 at 1 p.m. at Chatmoss Tennis Center in Martinsville. The community event is open to the public and you must RSVP. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Teaching Technology -- Fieldale-Collinsville teacher receives regional award

Apr 4, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–She was shocked. Not just that she had been selected as a candidate, but Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School teacher Karen Adams was surprised that she won. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: A Creative Life -- Henry County art teacher's work highlighted in competiton

Apr 4, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE-The money wasn’t what interested her about the contest. Sure, winning hundreds of dollars would be nice, but that’s not why Mercedes Fleagle entered the art competition at Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Engaging New Voices: community asked to support rape victims

Apr 3, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – “It’s happening in your home, in your neighborhood, down the street,” said Mary Jones, Southside Survivor Response Center (SSRC) sexual assault victim advocate. - Read More

Piedmont Governor’s School Will Return to PHCC Campus

Mar 31, 2017 - At its March 28 bimonthly meeting, the Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science & Technology Governing Board, voted to relocate from New College Institute to Patrick Henry Community College for the 2017-2018 school year. - Read More

Community Recovery Program to host documentary screening

Mar 31, 2017 - Educating the community about substance use issues and addiction is one more step to removing the stigma surrounding those in recovery, according to Lisa Smith of the Community Recovery Program (CRP). - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Henry County School Board to appoint interim member

Mar 27, 2017 - Following the death of Reed Creek district school board member Betsy Mattox, the Henry County School Board met on Monday to discuss the election of an interim member to fill the vacancy. - Read More

Bassett Furniture invests in Martinsville and Henry County

Mar 22, 2017 - BASSETT, Va. (March 22, 2017) — Retail store growth is prompting Bassett Furniture to invest $1.5 million in equipment and add 22 employees at its Henry County operations. - Read More

HCPS wins digital initiative recognition

Mar 21, 2017 - School districts investing in tools for next generation digital learners, launching STEM academies and encouraging the innovative use of drones, solar panels and robotics clubs and camps earned top rankings in the annual Digital School Districts Survey. - Read More

VisitMartinsville Launches Snapchat Geofilter Design Contest

Mar 21, 2017 - Martinsville, VA (March 21, 2017) - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Tourism Office has officially launched a Snapchat contest to encourage residents and visitors to help design a Martinsville-Henry County geofilter. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville, Henry County overdose visits cut in half

Mar 16, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–It appears work in the community to crack down on the drug problem is already having an impact. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: District officials consider options for endowment funding

Mar 16, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Martinsville City Public Schools are buzzing after word recently broke that an anonymous donor gave approximately $95,000 to the school system’s Endowment Fund. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Johnson claims Henry County’s Teacher of the Year Award

Mar 16, 2017 - CHATMOSS–Brandon Johnson already made headlines once this year, as the Henry County native agreed to take over the Bassett High football program. - Read More

Monogram invites nonprofits to apply for grant

Mar 14, 2017 - Monogram Foods of Martinsville, Virginia will be issuing grants to registered local 501(c)(3) public charities. - Read More

PHCC announces Big IDEA winners

Mar 14, 2017 - Over the last month, a diverse group of community members ranging from 13 to 60 years old competed in Patrick Henry Community College’s (PHCC) second Big IDEA Challenge – a 30-day competition challenging participants to develop their ideas into new produc - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Work moves forward on Meadow View Elementary

Mar 10, 2017 - COLLINSVILLE–Meadow View Elementary is on schedule to open later this year as planned. - Read More

Area's Second Annual Childhood Education Conference: April 18

Mar 10, 2017 - The Early Childhood Education department of Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) and Smart Beginnings of Martinsville-Henry County bring the second annual Early Childhood Education Conference to Martinsville - Read More

PHCC holds ribbon cutting for area’s first student food pantry

Mar 10, 2017 - On March 27, Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) is holding a ribbon cutting of the first community college food pantry to partner with Feeding America in Southwest Virginia. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board meets prospective members at info session

Mar 9, 2017 - Interest in serving on the Harvest Youth Board is far exceeding organizers’ expectations. An informational meeting on Monday, March 6 attracted more than 50 students and their parents, nearly double the 30 people that the Harvest Youth Board had anticipat - Read More

STEM-H Education & Industry Achievement Award Recipients Honored

Mar 2, 2017 - Regional educators and industry leaders were honored by their peers as nominees and/or award recipients of the 2017 SOVA STEM-H Education & Industry Achievement awards. - Read More

Bengal Bash Soccer Jamboree Takes Over SRSC Saturday

Mar 1, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) is excited to announce it will be hosting the 2017 Bassett Bengal Bash Soccer Jamboree this Saturday, March 4. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville superintendent says district needs more funding

Feb 28, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Martinsville Schools Superintendent Zeb Talley wants to ask for $657,185 in extra funding from the Martinsville City Council during this year’s budget talks. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: PHCC announces plans to launch new medical program

Feb 28, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – In two years, students wanting to become assistants to physical therapists may no longer have to leave the area to receive training in the field. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: The Right Tools - SmartSTART helps business owners succeed

Feb 26, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–A great idea doesn't automatically equal great cash flow. To make a business successful, a person also needs a solid marketing plan. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: I-73 bill approved by General Assembly

Feb 26, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE-When work is finished on Route 58, the money could pass over to Interstate 73. The General Assembly signed off on a bill to make that happen this week, with one catch. It has to be approved one more time in 2018 by both the Virginia House and - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Superintendent expects shortfall for Henry County

Feb 24, 2017 - COLLINSVILLE-At a joint budget work session of the Henry County Board of Supervisors and the Henry County School Board, schools superintendent Dr. Jared Cotton told the supervisors that he anticipates a school budget shortfall of $422,000. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Drug problem getting worse in Henry County, Martinsville

Feb 24, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–Statistics from the Virginia Department of Health show that in January, the area had the highest rate in Virginia per 1000,000 residents for emergency department trips involving unintentional opioid, heroin or “unknown substance” related over - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: A Front Row Seat - City Council learns about Martinsville schools

Feb 24, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – City Council members went back to school to learn on Thursday. They didn’t learn any reading, writing or arithmetic, though. - Read More

QuickStart brings tennis back to the community

Feb 23, 2017 - Aviana Turner stepped on a circle in the Mount Olivet Elementary School gym and picked up a child-sized tennis racket, one of the first times she had ever held a racket. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Transmission project moves forward for Commonwealth Crossing

Feb 23, 2017 - RIDGEWAY – Appalachian Power on Wednesday announced plans for a new transmission line project intended to help Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre attract industries. - Read More

Tournament Time is Here for SRSC

Feb 23, 2017 - The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) and Without Limits Ultimate are proud to announce that the 2017 Commonwealth Cup will be this weekend, February 25-26 in Axton, Va. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville school officials postpone budget presentation

Feb 19, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – City public schools officials have decided to postpone their presentation of a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year by a week out of convenience for school board members. - Read More

Youth Board to host information session

Feb 15, 2017 - Harvest Youth Board members are hosting an information session at New College Institute on March 6 and 16, 2017 to share more about their program with prospective members. - Read More

Applications for PHCC Scholars and The Commonwealth Legacy Scholars now open

Feb 8, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – The Patrick Henry Community College Foundation is now accepting applications for the Patrick Henry Scholars and Commonwealth Legacy scholarships. The deadline to apply is March 31. Applications are available at - Read More

Summer Internship Opportunities at the Institute

Feb 7, 2017 - The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will host six summer interns to provide meaningful on-the-job training and real-world leadership development experiences in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). - Read More

Southside Area Tennis Association Now Forming

Feb 6, 2017 - QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) is pleased to report a group of 18 local tennis enthusiasts has met to begin formation of the Southside Area Tennis Association (SATA). - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Harvest says door open for future NCI funding

Feb 6, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – The Harvest Foundation is not unwilling to fund the New College Institute (NCI), its executives maintain, despite the school’s access to what remains from a $50 million grant being withdrawn. - Read More

SmartSTART Business Plan Program Enters Its 10th Year

Feb 3, 2017 - Martinsville, VA (February 3, 2017) The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business Division is entering its 10th year of offering a training program specifically to help entrepreneurs and business owners develop solid plan - Read More

Hodges named EDC Director of Tourism

Feb 3, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – Martinsville native Sarah Hodges has been named Director of Tourism for the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC). - Read More

Update: More Schools in Henry County Equipped

Feb 1, 2017 - Charlottesville, Virginia (2/1/2017) – QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) is pleased to report four additional schools have been equipped as part of QCV’s Jump Start QuickStart Tennis Initiative in southside Virginia. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Search to begin for new Patrick Henry principal

Feb 1, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – The search for a permanent principal for Patrick Henry Elementary School is expected to begin this spring, according to city schools Superintendent Zeb Talley. - Read More

ANCHOR to begin 'Seven Challenges' in February

Jan 30, 2017 - In fiscal 2016, the ANCHOR Commission group home housed 26 young males in Martinsville. An estimated 75 percent of them had issues related to the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Changes coming for New College Institute

Jan 27, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE-The New College Institute will have to make changes in the coming months in order to develop. That was the main takeaway from Thursday’s meeting of the board of directors, held in Richmond. - Read More

Governor McAuliffe Announces Decrease in Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate

Jan 24, 2017 - RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in December to 4.1 percent. Compared to one year ago, the seasonally adjusted employment rate was also down 0.1 percent - Read More

TheatreWorks Community Players Receives Tourism Marketing Grant

Jan 19, 2017 - Martinsville, VA (January 19, 2017) – The Martinsville-Henry County EDC’s Tourism Division recently awarded a tourism marketing grant to the TheatreWorks Community Players, a community theatre troupe with more than 10 years of performances in Uptown Marti - Read More

TheatreWorks receives PUP! grant from Harvest

Jan 12, 2017 - TheatreWorks Community Players (TWCP) is the recipient of a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant from Harvest Foundation to help strengthen the organization by growing its brand and using technology to better serve the community. - Read More

Institute Receives Tobacco Commission Grant to Assist Growers

Jan 11, 2017 - Scientists at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will continue assisting growers in the counties of Franklin, Halifax, Henry, Mecklenberg, Patrick, and Pittsylvania by introducing precision agriculture technologies to current growers of stra - Read More

Tennis Continues To Grow in Southside Virginia

Jan 11, 2017 - Charlottesville, Virginia (1/11/2017) – QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) is pleased to report tennis is growing in Southside Virginia. - Read More

Harvest, NCI talk future pathways for programming, partnership

Jan 10, 2017 - Harvest Foundation officials and leadership from New College Institute gathered Wednesday, Jan. 4 to talk about the future of NCI and how Harvest will continue its long-standing partnership with the organization. - Read More

ANCHOR Commission receives Harvest grant

Jan 9, 2017 - The ANCHOR (A New Chance Organization) Commission received a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! (PUP!) grant from the Harvest Foundation to implement a new and innovative, evidence-based outpatient program for youth dealing with substance abuse. - Read More

New members join Harvest Foundation Board of Directors

Jan 4, 2017 - The Harvest Foundation welcomes two new board members, Kelvin Perry and Danny Wulff, joining the Board of Directors this year. - Read More

'Bridges' program highlights poverty

Jan 4, 2017 - A dynamic speaker is returning to Martinsville and Henry County on February 16-17 at New College Institute to present a program on understanding poverty. - Read More

In-demand, short-term training now available at one-third the cost

Jan 3, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – Whether starting a new career or earning continuing education credits, students at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) can now do so for a third of the price in select programs. Other financial assistance may be available to help pay - Read More


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