This newspaper marks the inaugural edition of the Henry County Enterprise, a publication dedicated to telling the stories of the communities it serves.
“We believe in community journalism,” said Michael Showell, publisher. “The Enterprise in Patrick County does a really good job of providing that to the communities it serves, and we know there are a lot of stories to tell in Henry County and Martinsville.
“We want to be a part of sharing those stories as well,” Showell said. “After all, we’re neighbors.”
The Henry County Enterprise and The Enterprise in Patrick County both are owned by Virginia Media Inc., a subsidiary of Mountain Media LLC, in Lewisburg, W.Va. The company owns and publishes newspapers in both states.
Debbie Hall, editor of the Enterprise in Patrick County, worked in journalism in Henry County for many years and is familiar with its people, places and issues.
“This project has been a labor of love, undertaken at the request of many in Henry County who know our reputation for providing fair, accurate and balanced coverage,” she said.
“We appreciate the tremendous encouragement and support we have received while working on this and future editions,” Hall said. “We hope you enjoy this, YOUR Henry County Enterprise.”
Wendi Craig, marketing and advertising manager, is a familiar face in Henry County.
“It’s been wonderful to see old friends and make new ones while working on this project,” she said. “I’ve lived in Henry County all my life. There truly is no place like home.”
The Enterprise in Patrick County is based in Stuart and covers the communities in and around Patrick County. Its first edition was printed in 1876, making it among the oldest continuously operating business in that county.
In addition to The Enterprise in Patrick County and now Henry County, the company’s newspapers in Virginia include The Salem Times Register, The Radford News Journal, The News Messenger in Blacksburg, The Fincastle Herald and The New Castle Record.
For more information about the Enterprise or to suggest story topics, call Hall at (276) 694-3101 or email [email protected]
The next edition of the Henry County Enterprise will be available on Dec. 7.