Veteran educators reflect on first year in new jobs — Sandy Strayer, Henry County

By Ginny Wray As Henry County School superintendent, Sandy Strayer oversees the education of 7,100 students and about 800 employees. Her inspiration, she said, comes from her mother. The late Glenda Cox was a day maid at Magna Vista High School. “She took care of people. My upbringing is to take care of people. One day maybe I’ll be half as giving as she was. She brought decorations; she brought food. She was a true caregiver for people in the schools. She always said you’ve got to do that,” Strayer said in a recent interview. In Strayer’s case, taking of people means working to make sure students have relevant instruction, rich curriculum and rigorous assessment. For teachers, it means ...

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Photographer to stay on Trump campaign trail

Ray Reynolds, of Collinsville, is shown with his signature yellow camera at President Trump’s 2020 campaign kickoff event in Orlando, Fla. Trump is visible at the podium in the ...

Bassett speaker: Grads said ‘I will,’ not ‘I can’t’

Bassett High School Class of 2019 At the 41st annual  Bassett High School commencement exercises on Friday, May 24, members of the Class of 2019 were urged to celebrate their ...

Martinsville speaker: ‘You can do anything’

Martinsville High School Class of 2019 Members of Martinsville High School’s Class of 2019 helped the city school system improve its performance on the state Standards of Learning ...

A pinball premonition that may prove shocking

By BEN R. WILLIAMS I don’t believe in premonitions. I’d like to believe in premonitions, along with ghosts, aliens, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, Mothman and a slew of ...

All PHCC mechatronics students pass certification exam

For the sixth year, every mechatronics student at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) has passed the national certification exam. That means the program has maintained a 100 ...

County, VDOT begin project to beautify, upgrade section of Virginia Avenue

Work has begun on the Virginia Avenue Transportation Enhancement project in Henry County. The project is a joint effort between Henry County and the Virginia Department of Transportation. ...

June German Ball to make a comeback

By Angela Jones The Fayette Area Historical Initiative (FAHI) is bringing back the June German Ball on June 22 to celebrate the past. “It is like taking a step back in time ...

PHCC faculty honored with awards

Daniel Edwards, instructor of industrial electronics technology at PHCC, was named the Teaching Faculty Member of the Year at the PHCC commencement ceremony May 11. Michelle ...

Students earn degrees, credentials at New College

More than 100 people attended a reception to honor recent graduates at New College Institute. After countless hours in the ...

Carlisle alumnus returns to address graduates

Carlisle School Class of 2019 Carlisle alumnus Dr. Manas Nigam addresses the graduates, families and friends. Teresa ...

Eastman ranked among best large employers

Eastman, which has about 700 employees in Henry County, has been named to Forbes’ list of...

Griffith staff to be in city

The staff of 9th District U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith will be in Martinsville on June 26....

Memorial Day honored those who served, sacrificed — Carver

John Redd of Spencer was named Veteran of the Year at the May 27 Memorial Day...

Griffith staff to be in city

The staff of 9th District U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith will be in Martinsville on June 26. The staff will be available to help constituents from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Martinsville Municipal Building, 55 W. Church ...

Memorial Day honored those who s..

First Sgt. Bobby W. Jankowy (at podium) addresses the crowd at the Memorial Day Service at Carver Memorial Gardens on May 27. John Redd of Spencer (right) is announced as the ...

Memorial Day honored those who s..

MHC Veterans Honor Guard members raise the flag at the Memorial Day service at People’s Cemetery on May 27. Martinsville City Attorney Eric Monday addresses those gathered ...

Memorial Day honored those who served, sacrificed — Roselawn

Retired Col. Lewis T. Turner, who was the guest speaker at the May 27 Memorial Day Service at Roselawn Chapel ...

Bassett Cruise-In draws hundreds of cars, enthusiasts in fourth year

The Bassett Highway 57 Cruise-In is in its fourth season of bringing cars of all makes and models, and people who..

Chairman of the Board to headline Celebration 2019

By Hyacinth Fiorenzo The Martinsville Speedway has long embodied the spirit of freedom, fun and excitement for residents of the Southside...

D-Day remembered

  Wreaths were to be placed Thursday, June 6, at Oakwood Cemetery in Martinsville on three markers honoring ...

Unused food now helps the hungry

By Ginny Wray Thousands of pounds of food that might have ended up in the garbage now are helping feed needy residents of Henry County and Martinsville. The program, called Feeding Hope in MHC, uses volunteers to collect unopened, prepackaged food from area school cafeterias and other sources and deliver..

SOVAH Run attracted 150 of all ages

More than 150 runners turned out for the SOVAH Super Run 5K and 8K on May 10 despite the threat of rain and the warm, humid conditions. This race welcomes all runners but is the featured spring event for the local Girls on the Run and STRIDE programs. Girls on the..

Two seats open in city

By Ginny Wray The retirement of Joan Montgomery from the Martinsville School Board leaves two openings on that board for Martinsville City Council to fill. Montgomery retired from the board after serving a full three-year term and one year of a second ...

Enterprise to publish weekly starting in September, accepting subscriptions

Henry County Enterprise to publish weekly starting in September, accepting subscriptions The Henry County Enterprise will mark its anniversary by transitioning to a paid subscription weekly publication, starting on Sept. 7. Mail delivery and digital subscriptions also are being accepted. The newspaper also is accepting classified advertisements, calendar notices and club..

Gwynn overcame obstacles to goal

Savanna Gwynn leads 4-year-old children in the Collinsville YMCA after-school program in the “Pete the Cat” story and songs. By Ginny Wray Savanna Gwynn always dreamed of being a teacher, but life kept getting in the way. There were bills to pay, children to raise and so ...

Milestones in education

Degree worth decades-long quest By Ginny Wray Wanda Deering’s bachelor’s degree was 45 years in the making. Deering, 63, of Axton,..

One charged in connection with search warrant

  The Henry County Sheriff’s Office concluded an undercover drug investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, according to a..

Holiday closings announced

Henry County and PSA offices will close at noon on Friday, May 24 and remain closed on Monday, May 27 in..