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Woman dies from gunshot wound,  man charged with second degree murder

A Bassett woman is dead, and a Fieldale man was charged with second degree murder, in connection with an alleged shooting incident Tuesday, according to a release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Krystal Anne McReynolds, 34, of McKinley Drive, Bassett, died Wednesday after suffering at least one gunshot wound to the face, the release stated. She was found Tuesday night lying outside of a home located at 60 Fourth St., Fieldale when authorities responded to a call that an individual had been shot, according to the release. The Martinsville-Henry County Emergency 911 Center received the call on February 18  at 9:48...

FAHI’s African American Museum and Cultural Center provides a “little snapshot” into Martinsville’s history

By Brandon Martin The demographics of the City of Martinsville look a little different than the rest of the country. According to the United States Census Bureau 2019 statistics, African Americans make up about 13 percent of the country and only about 19 percent of Virginia. In Martinsville; however, the current...

Finding the purr-fect home could be return to roots

By Brandon Martin Alice Ann Blevins and others are on a crusade to find purr-fect homes for a colony of feral cats near the Clock Tower on Franklin Street in Martinsville. Blevins, an animal-lover, said that the exact number of felines is uncertain, but she expects "there are about 30 cats...

Fast Track 2020 kicks off March 3

By Brandon Martin Small businesses have the opportunity to make a splash at Fast Track 2020 being held at the Patriot Centre Industrial Park from Mar. 3-4. The event, hosted by the Martinsville-Henry County (MHC) Chamber of Commerce, is themed "Best of the Decade, 2010 – 2019." This year also marks the...

Fire crews respond to dual fires

By Brandon Martin Henry County fire crews and rescue personnel responded to two separate structure fires on Feb. 6, that have both been ruled accidental. The Martinsville-Henry County 911 Communications Center received the call at 12:38 p.m. and Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department, Patrick-Henry Volunteer Fire Department, Fieldale Volunteer Fire Department,...

Traffic safety highlighted at meeting

By Brandon Martin Personal tragedy prompted a Martinsville woman to take action and try to make Martinsville streets safer for all. Donna Acuna-Rivera addressed members of Martinsville City Council, requesting either a stoplight or rumble strips be placed at the intersection of Moss and Market streets, citing multiple collisions and even...

Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps seeks applicants

Applications are being accepted for two three-week summer sessions of the Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps. The application deadline is March 5. The program will be held June 21-July 11 and July 19-Aug. 8. YCC crew members are provided room, board, T-shirts and equipment. They receive a $500 stipend at the...

Ferrum College announces local students named to President’s, Dean’s lists

Ferrum College released the names of students who made the President's List (GPA of 4.0 for the semester) and their Dean's List (GPA of 3.4 or higher for the semester). Local students who met the criteria are below:     President's List *Jasmine Agee, Axton *Brandy Lee Bembry, Stuart *Alexis Davidson, Bassett *Emelia Elisabeth Rose Guebert,...

Virginia students again among Top 10 in achievement on AP Exams

Nearly three out of every 10 of Virginia’s 2019 public high school graduates demonstrated college-level achievement on at least one Advanced Placement examination, according to data released today by the College Board, the nonprofit organization that manages the AP program. The College Board reported today that 28.8% of the commonwealth’s...

A Reporter’s Perspective

By Brandon Martin As I averted my gaze to avoid the sight of my own reflection from the polished finish of the wooden furniture in front of me at the old Henry County Courthouse in Uptown Martinsville, I couldn't help but wonder how I ended up there. It was a Saturday...

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Supervisors strategize for 2020

By Brandon Martin Addressing workforce gaps, employee compensation and the increased load of fire and emergency phone calls highlighted discussion during the Henry County Board...

City schools presentation attracts hundreds

More than 350 students, parents, teachers, and staff attended a special presentation recently detailing how Martinsville City Public Schools transformed its culture to have...

Piedmont Arts to host annual African American Read-In and Family Day 

In conjunction with the 30th Annual National African American Read-In, Piedmont Arts invites the community to take part in a celebration of African American artists,...

Teacher pay, school funding draws hundreds to Richmond

By Brandon Martin While gun-right advocates garnered a lot of attention for their rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Richmond, they are far...

Head Start representatives present PROMISE award

Two local Head Start representatives were invited to Washington, D.C. recently to present Congressman Denver Riggleman with an award. Ferrum resident Casey Hurst, who has...

PHCC unveils childcare facility, G3 initiatives

By Brandon Martin Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) announced plans to add a childcare facility to their campus during a regularly scheduled meeting at the...

VMNH hosts Ice Age Festival

By Brandon Martin Visitors to the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) caught a glimpse into the past during the Jan. 25 Ice Age Festival. Patrons...

Women up front: Tonya Jones

By Brandon Martin On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified and women all across the country gained the right to...

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Sponsorship of Chase Elliott continues through 2022

On Sunday, Elliott will drive his No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in the 62nd running of the DAYTONA 500 (2:30...

NASCAR Hall of Fame welcomed the Class of 2020

By Holly Cain NASCAR Wire Service The NASCAR Hall of Fame ceremony Friday carried a distinctive vibe – of mutual respect, and a real professional connection...

Tony Stewart’s love of racing will be treasured in NASCAR Hall of Fame

By Holly Cain NASCAR Wire Service For those that ever watched him race; saw him win and win and win; watched him hoist NASCAR’s cherished Cup...

NASCAR and Mack Trucks announce multi-year extension

As the 2020 season rolls into view and the industry prepares to hit the open roads, NASCAR and Mack Trucks announced today a multi-year...

Baker’s gifts to NASCAR will be enshrined with Hall of Fame induction

By Holly Cain NASCAR Wire Service To a whole generation of NASCAR fans, Buddy Baker was for years the gentle voice and big personality on television...

Labonte lives up to family name with NASCAR Hall of Fame induction

By Holly Cain NASCAR Wire Service The indications were there from that first green flag he took as a little boy growing up in small town...

Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course test showcases excitement to come for Xfinity Series

By Holly Cain NASCAR Wire Service The review was clearly evident on Matt DiBenedetto’s face and in his voice. After only one morning testing a NASCAR...

Magna Vista Warriors fall short to Bulldogs

By Miranda Crockett The Warriors took a hard loss Saturday after leading majority of the game. Martinsville grabbed the lead at the beginning of the...