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New Outdoor classroom, butterfly habitat unveiled

By Kim Barto Meeks Staff Writer School officials and their nonprofit partners recently unveiled a new butterfly habitat and outdoor classroom at Albert Harris Elementary School. The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) received a grant from the Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia to help implement the Green Schoolyard project last fall, said DRBA Education Manager Krista Hodges. Hodges worked with Albert Harris teachers Laurie Witt and Elizabeth Jent, as well second-grade students, to revive a garden area in the school’s courtyard and help with monarch butterfly conservation.  “The school had some older rain barrels, compost tumblers, and a startup butterfly garden on campus,...

City positioned for development with new tourism zone designation

By Kim Barto Meeks Staff Writer The entire city of Martinsville is now officially a tourism zone, in a move city leaders hope will attract new development.  At its Oct. 8 meeting, Martinsville City Council approved an ordinance on second reading that establishes the city as a tourism zone as allowed by...

Martinsville schools to unveil new website

By Kim Barto Meeks Staff Writer Martinsville City Schools will be ready to roll out a new website as soon as next Thursday, school board members learned at their Oct. 14 meeting. The school system’s current website is about six years old and lacks some functionality, especially when viewed on a mobile...

School board awards contract for elevator project at F-C Middle School

By Kim Barto Meeks Staff Writer The Henry County School Board on Oct. 3 approved awarding a $309,000 contract to Frith Construction of Ridgeway to install an elevator at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School. Frith was one of two vendors submitting a proposal. The elevator is needed to help students and visitors with disabilities...

Students from New Epoch School in Beijing visit area, hosted by Carlisle School

Ten middle school students from New Epoch School in Beijing, China, were two-week guests at Carlisle School to experience American culture and plan for their futures through Carlisle's Cultural Exchange Camp. The students hope to attend an American school like Carlisle in the future to help them better transition...

Conservation agency, Southern States partner on nutrient management effort

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is partnering with Southern States Cooperative to encourage nutrient management planning on Virginia farms. Nutrient management planning involves matching soil inputs with crop needs. The practice can make farming operations more efficient and improve growing conditions by ensuring crops don’t receive more fertilizer...

Entries sought for annual Memorial Photography Show

The Reynolds Homestead will host the 2nd annual Nancy Susan Reynolds Memorial Photography Show beginning Nov. 7 through Dec. 20.  All photographers in Patrick, Henry, Stokes, Surry, Franklin, Floyd and Carroll counties are encouraged to bring their entries to the Reynolds Homestead on the following dates: Sunday, Oct. 20, 1...

Local schools among grant winners for educational projects

Schools in Henry and Patrick counties are among those in 38 Virginia localities to receive grants from Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom.   The program awarded 62 grants to for the 2019-2020 school year, including those to Axton Elementary School and Career Academy in Henry County and Blue Ridge Elementary...

Northam signs Executive Directive to Ensure Access to Affordable, Quality Health Care Coverage for All Virginians

Gov. Ralph Northam recently issued Executive Directive Five, directing actions to increase the number of Virginians enrolled in quality, affordable health care coverage. This year, Medicaid expansion is providing access to health coverage for more than 325,000 eligible Virginians who have enrolled, positively impacting their health. But meaningful health coverage remains...

Registration Open for Fall SignUpNow Workshops

SignUpNow is on the road. The program teaches the “ins and outs” of the eligibility requirements, application procedures, and post-enrollment information for Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs: New Medicaid health insurance for adults Programs for children and pregnant women (the FAMIS programs) Low Income Families with Children (LIFC) program Medicaid for Former Foster Care...

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Retired animal control officer to lead SPCA

By Kim Barto Meeks As the city of Martinsville’s Animal Control Officer for the past nine years, E.C. Stone has been a “champion for the...

Festival of Hope to be held at PHCC, proceeds to...

By Kim Barto Meeks Martinsville native Tenzi Chacha is using her love of fashion to empower African women. Chacha’s TENZI brand features clothing and accessories made...

Oktoberfest attracts thousands to Martinsville

By Kim Barto Meeks An estimated 8,000 people filled the streets of uptown Martinsville on Saturday, October 5 for Oktoberfest.  It was the 40th anniversary of...

Improved Graduation Rates for Class of 2019

Data recently released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) shows Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) on-time graduation rate for 2019 at 89.8 percent....

________________________________________________________________________ Harvest partners on new training simulator for local law enforcement The Harvest Foundation is partnering with the Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy to bring...

‘New Work’ show includes Martinsville artist

A Martinsville artist is among the 25 selected to participate in the 17th Annual New Work Show in the Hayloft Gallery. The show encompasses...

A Memorable Anniversary Adventure

What do an 81 year old woman and an 85 year old man do on their 59th anniversary? If they are Mervyn and Virginia King,...

Big IDEA Challenge Returns

What’s the Big IDEA? Every year, Patrick Henry Community College challenges local residents to do something big with their great ideas. Anyone who has an...

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Athletic Eagles Too Much For Cougars

By HARRISON HAMLET (STUART, Va.) – Some things in sports are like clockwork. The New England Patriots are disciplined, Virginia Tech plays ‘Beamer-Ball’ on special...

Bulldogs Struggle on the Road, Fall to Comets

By HARRISON HAMLET (SOUTH BOSTON, Va.) – The improvements are there, Martinsville head football coach Bobby Martin said on Sunday afternoon, they just aren’t showing...

First Half Explosion Powers Bengals in Road Win

___________________________________________________________________ By HARRISON HAMLET (DRY FORK, Va.) – Bassett’s football team started fast on Friday night at Tunstall, then held on late, riding a 21-point first...

Odds Favor Another First-time Winner for NASCAR Hall of Fame 200

What are the chances of a first-time series winner emerging when Martinsville Speedway hosts the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 for NASCAR’s Gander Outdoors...

Bulldogs’ Rally Falls Short Against Cougars

________________________________________________________________________ By HARRISON HAMLET (MARTINSVILLE, Va.) – Martinsville head football coach Bobby Martin said last week that his team’s winless record and struggles against Magna Vista...

Josh Berry Dominates Late Model Field at Martinsville Speedway

_______________________________________________________________________ ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT (MARTINSVILLE, Va.) - Josh Berry said last week Martinsville Speedway could be a frustrating place after coming painfully close to winning there...

Road Warriors Balanced in Dominant Victory

By HARRISON HAMLET (DRY FORK, Va.) – Magna Vista head football coach Joe Favero said last week, after a solid performance against Martinsville, that he...

Early Mistakes Haunt Bengals on Road

By HARRISON HAMLET     (SOUTH BOSTON, Va.) – It is becoming a theme for Bassett’s football team this year to go into halftime trailing, but...