Hometown Team

Conversation led Nelson to create LMS team Barry Nelson spent much of his youth tinkering with race cars and visiting race tracks but as an adult, he became so wrapped up in work, family and community endeavors racing became an afterthought. Until he had a chance meeting with NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Timothy Peters in 2013 the thought of...
(The following information is from visitmartinsville.com, the website of the Tourism Office of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. See that website for more information on these and other events. Also, events held more than once a month are listed each time but described only on the first event of the month.) March 1 • “Don’t Drink the Water” Broadway hit...
By Becky Lovell For 30 years, the Edwards Adult Day Center has provided day services to hundreds of dependent adults and their families. The center, at 431 E. Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville, has 63 participants and can accommodate up to 70, according to Executive Director Patsy Dillard. It provides a safe place for dependent adults where they can socialize, make friends and...
Livy's ice cream shop plans to open in mid March for a couple of weekends prior to its official opening, in which they are aiming for April 1. The shop is located at 2842 Virginia Ave. in Collinsville. It will be open seven days a week, starting at 4 p.m. and later on the weekends. Livy’s ice cream shop will...
By Ginny Wray Area runners are in high gear, training for the ninth Martinsville Half Marathon and 5K on March 30. The 13.1-mile half marathon and 3.1-mile 5K are part of the seven-race Miles in Martinsville series that raises funds for Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA scholarships and other items. The event typically attracts several hundred runners, and it has drawn as many...
By Ginny Wray Robert L. Hamby jokes that he invested in Philpott Dam. No, he isn’t referring to the hours he spent helping build at the dam nearly 70 years ago. He is talking about the quarter he put in the first bucket of concrete ever poured for the dam. And it wasn’t just Philpott Dam north of Bassett. Hamby put 25...
  By Ginny Wray A Polish company’s decision to build a glass processing operation in Henry County began when a local businessman saw a company’s need and suggested a local solution. Bobby Lankford sparked the effort that culminated in July with the announcement that Press Glass would spend $43.55 million to build a 280,000-square-foot manufacturing operation and create 212 jobs in the...
By Mary Jordan Music Night at Spencer Penn Centre began on the second Friday night in February 2006. Having obtained the deed to the property in November 2004, the organization needed to raise money for renovations of the old school. It also needed to get the word out about the new life of the school, now called the Centre, and hoped...
By Ginny Wray At 92 years of age, Eugene Wagoner has found the secret to a long, full life — Grace Network. It is not the food or financial assistance that Grace Network distributes to area residents in crisis situations. It is his volunteer service at the agency. “I think Grace is keeping me alive,” said Wagoner, of Martinsville. It does that...

Brewery plans expansion

By Ginny Wray After only 17 months in business, Henry County’s first craft brewery is expanding, thanks to growing demand and a state grant. Mountain Valley Brewing in Axton announced Wednesday that it will invest $174,000 over three years and create five jobs to more than double production, sourcing more than 65 percent of its agricultural inputs from Virginia farmers. That...

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