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Martinsville woman charged Monday in connection with unattended infant

Francis Cabiness Kissee, 62, of Martinsville, was charged Monday with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said the Code of Virginia includes abandonment as one part of the criteria for that charge. The charge was issued in connection with an incident that occurred at Walmart, according to a release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. A 911 call was received at 11:33 a.m. Monday, alerting authorities that an infant was unattended in a car parked at Walmart, which is located at 976 Commonwealth Blvd. The call was dispatched at 11:34 a.m. and deputies...

Former NBA player to visit local schools

Al Wood, a former UNC Tarheel standout and NBA player, will be in local schools to discuss morals, character, responsibilities and accountability with students. “The biggest thing for our kids’ future is getting them to read and comprehend what they read,” Wood said. “Education opens the door for all kinds...

Shilling honored in surprise presentation

By Kim Barto Meeks Henry County honored a native son with his own holiday, naming September 7 “Josh Shilling Day” in a surprise presentation during a local music and beer festival. Josh Shilling, who grew up in Bassett, found success in Nashville as a Grammy-winning songwriter and musician. He has fronted...

Brewster Walk – successful blend of craft beer, music and crowds

By Kim Barto Meeks Hundreds of people, 50 craft beers, and three bands added up to a successful fifth annual Brewster Walk festival in uptown Martinsville on Saturday afternoon. Musician Josh Shilling, who headlined the event with his band, Mountain Heart, summed up the mood of the crowd as he introduced...

New initiative weighed to tackle overpopulation

By Kim Barto Meeks The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA may soon have “paw-sitive” news for local cat lovers. A long-running partnership with a national animal rescue group has dramatically cut down on the number of homeless dogs and puppies in the area, said interim SPCA Executive Director Leslie Hervey. Now, they hope...

Safety enhanced along the Smith River with Harvest PUP! grant

Using the Smith River for paddling, fishing and other forms of recreation and sport will now be safer following a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant award from The Harvest Foundation to the County of Henry Department of Public Safety. Development of inputs and other amenities along the Smith River...

Road projects underway

Several new road maintenance projects are underway in Henry County, and a road closure remains in effect, according to a release from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Virginia 618 (Fanny Cook Road/Max Kendall Road) is currently closed as crews work to replace two separate pipes. The work is estimated...

Warning issued about self-administered evidence kits

RICHMOND —Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued a warning about a recently launched product that purports to offer survivors of sexual violence the ability to perform forensic evidence collection outside the healthcare and criminal justice systems. These kits have been roundly criticized by professionals and experts in sexual violence,...

County school board hears technology update

By Joe Ross Henry County Schools are ahead of the curve when it comes to incorporating technology in classrooms. In an update to the school board, Elizabeth Adkins, director of Technology and Innovation in the division, said there are approximately 7,100 iPads, about 1,600 laptops in carts, 550 desktops, an estimated...

Fieldale man died in single vehicle crash

A Fieldale man died in a single vehicle crash that occurred Friday, Sept. 13, according to a release from the Virginia State Police. The crash occurred at 10:50 a.m. on Virginia 609, just west of Virginia 1000 in Henry County. A 1996 Chevrolet S-10 was traveling east on Virginia 609 when...

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Fieldale man died in single vehicle crash

A Fieldale man died in a single vehicle crash that occurred Friday, Sept. 13, according to a release from the Virginia State Police. The crash...

Longwood SBDC marks 30th year assisting small businesses in Central Virginia

Small business has a friend in Central Virginia. It’s a friendship that’s expanded and grown since 1989 when the Longwood Small Business Development Center...

Martinsville native featured at ILAR entrepreneur event

(DANVILLE, Va.) – The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) will host the next “Evening with an Entrepreneur” speaker event featuring local business leader...

Tourism Revenue Reached 74.3 Million in Martinsville – Henry County in...

Martinsville - Data released by the United States Travel Association (USTA) reveals that all regions in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last...

New Art Classes set at Piedmont Arts

Explore new art forms, mediums and techniques with a fresh slate of art classes at Piedmont Arts. The museum offers art classes year-round for seniors,...

Congressional staff to hear concerns

Ninth District U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith’s staff will be available in Patrick and Henry counties on September 25. The staff will be Henry County from...

Piedmont Arts’ Bus to Broadway Takes a Magic Carpet Ride to...

Hit Broadway musical based on Disney's animated classic Piedmont Arts’ Bus to Broadway will take guests on a magic carpet ride to the hit Broadway musical, Aladdin, on Saturday, October...

Church completes community service project

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Martinsville recently completed a Thrivent Action Team project as part of the national Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's "God's...

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Martinsville Speedway names new director of communications

MARTINSVILLE – Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell added a new staff member. Tim Southers joined the Martinsville Speedway staff as the Director of Communications. Southers...

Bengals’ Road Woes Continue at Pulaski

By HARRISON HAMLET (DUBLIN, Va.) – Bassett’s first football game featured a bus ride to Rustburg before kickoff and a long ride home with thoughts...

NASCAR Playoff Field Chock Full of Martinsville Winners

Eight of 2019 championship hopefuls have visited Victory Lane at legendary speedway MARTINSVILLE – There is a common thread that runs through this year’s 16-team...

Perennial Power Galax Hands Bulldogs a Loss

By HARRISON HAMLET (GALAX, Va.) – Martinsville first year head coach Bobby Martin is clear when discussing his football team: There is work to be...

Warriors Ride Key Plays to Victory Over Dan River

By HARRISON HAMLET                 (RINGGOLD, Va.) – After Magna Vista’s explosive road win in Week One, Dan River’s athletic squad and a trip to Ringgold...

Wood Brothers Racing announced  DiBenedetto to replace Menard

By Holly Cain NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In what many consider a surprise announcement only five days before NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series Playoffs...

Morehead spoils Bulldogs’ home opener

By HARRISON HAMLET     (MARTINSVILLE, Va.) - Friday night’s debut for Martinsville head football coach Bobby Martin did not go to plan.     “That is an...

Turnovers Haunt Bengals in Opening Loss

By HARRISON HAMLET (RUSTBURG, Va.) - The opening few possessions of Bassett’s football season saw jitters take their toll on the Bengals. Three turnovers in...