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Former school board member raises concerns about needed updates to cafeteria, kitchen

By Brandon Martin A former school board member addressed Henry County School officials recently about an ongoing issue at G. W. Carver Elementary School. Curtis Millner, who served as the Iriswood District school board representative for a number of years, said repairs/upgrades at Carver do not appear to be "the top priority on many people's list." Millner's relationship with the historically black school dates back to 1954, when he attended the school, graduating in 1960 from the then-high school. He returned to the school as a teacher 23 years later, leaving when the then-high school closed in 1989. G.W. Carver Elementary School is...

School officials discuss proposed firearm safety course

By Brandon Martin Officials in the Henry County School division said a proposal to offer firearms training in schools may have merit. Darryl Holland, instructor of the Hunting Safety Course at Henry County Public School's Career Academy, said the measure would "provide a way to train on the safe handling of...

Stop the Violence Walk part of Dillard’s vision for community

The 10th annual Stop the Violence Walk will be held Monday, Jan. 20, according to Garrett Dillard, organizer. This marks the second year in a row that the community has suffered a loss right before the walk, Dillard said, referring to a recent apparent murder-suicide. He also noted a portion of...

City schools float new budget proposal

By Brandon Martin Martinsville City Public Schools' Superintendent Dr. Zebedee “Zeb” Talley Jr., unveiled the school system's proposed $22,980,673 budget at a Jan. 13school board meeting. The budget includes a proposed $6,388,276 in local funds to pay for staff, buses and pay hikes for teachers. As part of that, the division requested...

Hartigan to retire from Community Dental Clinic

After 40 years in dentistry, 23 of them in public health, Dr. Jim Hartigan says “it’s time” for him to retire. The dentist at the Community Dental Clinic in Uptown Martinsville, Hartigan will retire the end of April.   He was the first dentist at the clinic in 2007 and returned...

Harvest PUP! grants focus on 2020 census in Martinsville-Henry County

The Harvest Foundation has awarded two grants with one ultimate goal: To help area residents realize the importance of their participation in the 2020 census. The United Way of Henry County & Martinsville and Henry County each has been awarded a $10,000 PUP! (Pick Up the Pace!) grant by Harvest....

Fall 2019 honors and dean’s lists announced by PHCC

Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) named the following students to the dean’s and honors lists for their academic achievements during the Fall 2019 semester. Students on the dean’s list earned a grade point average between 3.2 and 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students named to the honors list have...

AVID students in Martinsville outperform peers

Martinsville City Public Schools has released new 2018-2019 data on the success of last year’s graduating class of students participating in the district’s AVID program—a nationally-recognized program that helps student navigate the college application process, and build the academic and soft skills needed to succeed in college and the...

Patrick board declines to renew county administrator’s contract

A majority of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors on Monday supported a motion to not renew County Administrator Tom Rose’s employment contract. The motion came after the board returned from a closed session meeting. Dr. Clyde Deloach, of the Blue Ridge District, said the nonrenewal would be effective immediately, according...

Reception set for new exhibits

Piedmont Arts will host an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 in honor of the museum's new exhibits, which will be on display through March 7. The reception is free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. Live music by Lauren...

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Golf course under new management, As revitalization project gets underway

By Brandon Martin The Beaver Hills Golf Club is here to stay. Originally established in 1946, new co-managers Michael Hendricks and William McLawhorn celebrated their vision...

Video games emerge in the world of sports

By Brandon Martin For decades, the image of a "jock" has been pretty consistent. Muscular, young men or women donning cloth letters from their respective...

Adams, Buchanan to lead county

By Brandon Martin Jim Adams and Debra Buchanan will lead the Henry County Board of Supervisors in the upcoming year. Adams, of the Blackberry District, was...

Auker tapped to lead school board, Stambaugh selected vice-chairman

By Brandon Martin Thomas Auker, of the Blackberry District, was elected to take the helm and serve as chairman of the Henry County School Board...

Hodge, Prillaman, Van Dyke join The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors

Litz Van Dyke, Leeland Prillaman and Judy Hodge will join The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors this year. Van Dyke, chief executive officer and director...

Henry County woman perished in blaze

Fire crews in Henry County battled a New Year’s Day blaze that claimed the life of a local woman. Cynthia B. Robinson, 66, died Jan....

Martinsville man charged with attempted capital murder

A Martinsville man was charged with attempted capital murder in connection with a Jan. 1 officer-involved shooting incident in Ridgeway. Thomas Joe Braxton III, 37,...

ILAR sponsored holiday tree program raised more than $16,000 for...

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) announced that its 10th annual Decorating the Trees for a Cause program raised $16,585 for nonprofit...

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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...

Lady Warriors make statement against Northside

By Miranda Crockett Magna Vista defeated the Northside Vikings 60 to 28 at William Fleming in their invitational tournament right before Christmas break. The Lady...

Magna Vista running back commits to Liberty University

By Miranda Crockett Magna Vista High School senior Louis Taylor received an offer to play Division I football back in May and on...

OPINION: Bright Future Ahead for Local Teams

By HARRISON HAMLET (MARTINSVILLE, Va.) – Last year at this time, fans of local high school football were left wondering. It didn’t matter if those...

All-Piedmont District Teams Announced

Graves and Green receive top player honors; Johnson and Morrison named co-coaches of the year. By HARRISON HAMLET (MARTINSVILLE, Va.) – After a season of work,...

DGIF Stresses Cold Weather Boating, Water Safety

Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) point out that the time of the year has arrived where...

Vikings End Warriors’ Playoff Run

By HARRISON HAMLET (ROANOKE, Va.) – In 2013 and 2014, Magna Vista and Northside’s football teams met in the playoffs. Both times, the victor went...

Warriors Roll Into Second Round

By HARRISON HAMLET (RIDGEWAY, Va.) – Revenge wasn’t on the mind of Magna Vista’s football team one week after a regular season finale loss to...