"Without support and funding from Harvest, we would be unable to develop, promote and sustain initiatives to address health issues and work toward a healthier future for Martinsville and Henry County. "
- Barbara Jackman, Executive Director - MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness

News Releases - 2017

Bassett Furniture invests in Martinsville and Henry County

Mar 22, 2017 - BASSETT, Va. (March 22, 2017) — Retail store growth is prompting Bassett Furniture to invest $1.5 million in equipment and add 22 employees at its Henry County operations. - Read More

HCPS wins digital initiative recognition

Mar 21, 2017 - School districts investing in tools for next generation digital learners, launching STEM academies and encouraging the innovative use of drones, solar panels and robotics clubs and camps earned top rankings in the annual Digital School Districts Survey. - Read More

VisitMartinsville Launches Snapchat Geofilter Design Contest

Mar 21, 2017 - Martinsville, VA (March 21, 2017) - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Tourism Office has officially launched a Snapchat contest to encourage residents and visitors to help design a Martinsville-Henry County geofilter. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville, Henry County overdose visits cut in half

Mar 16, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–It appears work in the community to crack down on the drug problem is already having an impact. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: District officials consider options for endowment funding

Mar 16, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Martinsville City Public Schools are buzzing after word recently broke that an anonymous donor gave approximately $95,000 to the school system’s Endowment Fund. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Johnson claims Henry County’s Teacher of the Year Award

Mar 16, 2017 - CHATMOSS–Brandon Johnson already made headlines once this year, as the Henry County native agreed to take over the Bassett High football program. - Read More

Monogram invites nonprofits to apply for grant

Mar 14, 2017 - Monogram Foods of Martinsville, Virginia will be issuing grants to registered local 501(c)(3) public charities. - Read More

PHCC announces Big IDEA winners

Mar 14, 2017 - Over the last month, a diverse group of community members ranging from 13 to 60 years old competed in Patrick Henry Community College’s (PHCC) second Big IDEA Challenge – a 30-day competition challenging participants to develop their ideas into new produc - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Work moves forward on Meadow View Elementary

Mar 10, 2017 - COLLINSVILLE–Meadow View Elementary is on schedule to open later this year as planned. - Read More

Area's Second Annual Childhood Education Conference: April 18

Mar 10, 2017 - The Early Childhood Education department of Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) and Smart Beginnings of Martinsville-Henry County bring the second annual Early Childhood Education Conference to Martinsville - Read More

PHCC holds ribbon cutting for area’s first student food pantry

Mar 10, 2017 - On March 27, Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) is holding a ribbon cutting of the first community college food pantry to partner with Feeding America in Southwest Virginia. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board meets prospective members at info session

Mar 9, 2017 - Interest in serving on the Harvest Youth Board is far exceeding organizers’ expectations. An informational meeting on Monday, March 6 attracted more than 50 students and their parents, nearly double the 30 people that the Harvest Youth Board had anticipat - Read More

STEM-H Education & Industry Achievement Award Recipients Honored

Mar 2, 2017 - Regional educators and industry leaders were honored by their peers as nominees and/or award recipients of the 2017 SOVA STEM-H Education & Industry Achievement awards. - Read More

Bengal Bash Soccer Jamboree Takes Over SRSC Saturday

Mar 1, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) is excited to announce it will be hosting the 2017 Bassett Bengal Bash Soccer Jamboree this Saturday, March 4. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville superintendent says district needs more funding

Feb 28, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Martinsville Schools Superintendent Zeb Talley wants to ask for $657,185 in extra funding from the Martinsville City Council during this year’s budget talks. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: PHCC announces plans to launch new medical program

Feb 28, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – In two years, students wanting to become assistants to physical therapists may no longer have to leave the area to receive training in the field. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: The Right Tools - SmartSTART helps business owners succeed

Feb 26, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–A great idea doesn't automatically equal great cash flow. To make a business successful, a person also needs a solid marketing plan. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: I-73 bill approved by General Assembly

Feb 26, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE-When work is finished on Route 58, the money could pass over to Interstate 73. The General Assembly signed off on a bill to make that happen this week, with one catch. It has to be approved one more time in 2018 by both the Virginia House and - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Superintendent expects shortfall for Henry County

Feb 24, 2017 - COLLINSVILLE-At a joint budget work session of the Henry County Board of Supervisors and the Henry County School Board, schools superintendent Dr. Jared Cotton told the supervisors that he anticipates a school budget shortfall of $422,000. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Drug problem getting worse in Henry County, Martinsville

Feb 24, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–Statistics from the Virginia Department of Health show that in January, the area had the highest rate in Virginia per 1000,000 residents for emergency department trips involving unintentional opioid, heroin or “unknown substance” related over - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: A Front Row Seat - City Council learns about Martinsville schools

Feb 24, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – City Council members went back to school to learn on Thursday. They didn’t learn any reading, writing or arithmetic, though. - Read More

QuickStart brings tennis back to the community

Feb 23, 2017 - Aviana Turner stepped on a circle in the Mount Olivet Elementary School gym and picked up a child-sized tennis racket, one of the first times she had ever held a racket. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Transmission project moves forward for Commonwealth Crossing

Feb 23, 2017 - RIDGEWAY – Appalachian Power on Wednesday announced plans for a new transmission line project intended to help Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre attract industries. - Read More

Tournament Time is Here for SRSC

Feb 23, 2017 - The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) and Without Limits Ultimate are proud to announce that the 2017 Commonwealth Cup will be this weekend, February 25-26 in Axton, Va. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville school officials postpone budget presentation

Feb 19, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – City public schools officials have decided to postpone their presentation of a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year by a week out of convenience for school board members. - Read More

Youth Board to host information session

Feb 15, 2017 - Harvest Youth Board members are hosting an information session at New College Institute on March 6 and 16, 2017 to share more about their program with prospective members. - Read More

Applications for PHCC Scholars and The Commonwealth Legacy Scholars now open

Feb 8, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – The Patrick Henry Community College Foundation is now accepting applications for the Patrick Henry Scholars and Commonwealth Legacy scholarships. The deadline to apply is March 31. Applications are available at www.patrickhenry.edu. - Read More

Summer Internship Opportunities at the Institute

Feb 7, 2017 - The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will host six summer interns to provide meaningful on-the-job training and real-world leadership development experiences in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). - Read More

Southside Area Tennis Association Now Forming

Feb 6, 2017 - QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) is pleased to report a group of 18 local tennis enthusiasts has met to begin formation of the Southside Area Tennis Association (SATA). - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Harvest says door open for future NCI funding

Feb 6, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – The Harvest Foundation is not unwilling to fund the New College Institute (NCI), its executives maintain, despite the school’s access to what remains from a $50 million grant being withdrawn. - Read More

SmartSTART Business Plan Program Enters Its 10th Year

Feb 3, 2017 - Martinsville, VA (February 3, 2017) The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business Division is entering its 10th year of offering a training program specifically to help entrepreneurs and business owners develop solid plan - Read More

Update: More Schools in Henry County Equipped

Feb 1, 2017 - Charlottesville, Virginia (2/1/2017) – QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) is pleased to report four additional schools have been equipped as part of QCV’s Jump Start QuickStart Tennis Initiative in southside Virginia. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Search to begin for new Patrick Henry principal

Feb 1, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – The search for a permanent principal for Patrick Henry Elementary School is expected to begin this spring, according to city schools Superintendent Zeb Talley. - Read More

ANCHOR to begin 'Seven Challenges' in February

Jan 30, 2017 - In fiscal 2016, the ANCHOR Commission group home housed 26 young males in Martinsville. An estimated 75 percent of them had issues related to the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Changes coming for New College Institute

Jan 27, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE-The New College Institute will have to make changes in the coming months in order to develop. That was the main takeaway from Thursday’s meeting of the board of directors, held in Richmond. - Read More

Governor McAuliffe Announces Decrease in Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate

Jan 24, 2017 - RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in December to 4.1 percent. Compared to one year ago, the seasonally adjusted employment rate was also down 0.1 percent - Read More

TheatreWorks Community Players Receives Tourism Marketing Grant

Jan 19, 2017 - Martinsville, VA (January 19, 2017) – The Martinsville-Henry County EDC’s Tourism Division recently awarded a tourism marketing grant to the TheatreWorks Community Players, a community theatre troupe with more than 10 years of performances in Uptown Marti - Read More

TheatreWorks receives PUP! grant from Harvest

Jan 12, 2017 - TheatreWorks Community Players (TWCP) is the recipient of a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant from Harvest Foundation to help strengthen the organization by growing its brand and using technology to better serve the community. - Read More

Institute Receives Tobacco Commission Grant to Assist Growers

Jan 11, 2017 - Scientists at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will continue assisting growers in the counties of Franklin, Halifax, Henry, Mecklenberg, Patrick, and Pittsylvania by introducing precision agriculture technologies to current growers of stra - Read More

Tennis Continues To Grow in Southside Virginia

Jan 11, 2017 - Charlottesville, Virginia (1/11/2017) – QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) is pleased to report tennis is growing in Southside Virginia. - Read More

Harvest, NCI talk future pathways for programming, partnership

Jan 10, 2017 - Harvest Foundation officials and leadership from New College Institute gathered Wednesday, Jan. 4 to talk about the future of NCI and how Harvest will continue its long-standing partnership with the organization. - Read More

ANCHOR Commission receives Harvest grant

Jan 9, 2017 - The ANCHOR (A New Chance Organization) Commission received a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! (PUP!) grant from the Harvest Foundation to implement a new and innovative, evidence-based outpatient program for youth dealing with substance abuse. - Read More

New members join Harvest Foundation Board of Directors

Jan 4, 2017 - The Harvest Foundation welcomes two new board members, Kelvin Perry and Danny Wulff, joining the Board of Directors this year. - Read More

'Bridges' program highlights poverty

Jan 4, 2017 - A dynamic speaker is returning to Martinsville and Henry County on February 16-17 at New College Institute to present a program on understanding poverty. - Read More

In-demand, short-term training now available at one-third the cost

Jan 3, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – Whether starting a new career or earning continuing education credits, students at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) can now do so for a third of the price in select programs. Other financial assistance may be available to help pay - Read More


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