News - 2019

Harvest Youth Board plans fourth annual Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

Nov 11, 2019 - The Harvest Youth Board is seeking diners, drivers and other volunteers for its fourth annual Thanksgiving Eve dinner. - Read More

Piedmont Arts to bring AIR Shift Workshop to Martinsville-Henry County

Nov 8, 2019 - With support from a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant from The Harvest Foundation, Piedmont Arts will bring the AIR Shift Workshop to Martinsville-Henry County. - Read More

#DineSmall campaign kicks off for Small Business Saturday

Nov 7, 2019 - Martinsville, VA (November 7, 2019) For the second year, the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will be sponsoring the #DineSmall campaign on Small Business Saturday on November 30th. - Read More

Harvest Foundation welcomes new grants administrator, program officer

Nov 6, 2019 - The Harvest Foundation is pleased to announce a new addition to its staff, Stacy Peters, who will serve as the foundation’s grants administrator, and the addition of India Brown as a program officer. - Read More

Community celebrates newest section of Dick & Willie

Nov 5, 2019 - “Beautiful,” “scenic” and “fantastic” were just some of the words used to describe the latest section of the Dick and Willie Passage trail that opened to the public on Monday, Nov. 4. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board helps Speediatrics race into Martinsville

Oct 28, 2019 - The Harvest Youth Board helped bring the Speediatrics Fun Day Festival to the Martinsville Speedway for the first time with a $5,000 grant. - Read More

England-based recycling companies join together for U.S. business operation

Oct 24, 2019 - Two metal recycling companies based in Sheffield, England, will open their first United States joint-venture operation in the former Ridgeway Clocks building, company and local officials announced Wednesday. - Read More

Commonwealth for Centre for Advanced Training (CCAT) officially open for business

Oct 24, 2019 - The official opening of the Commonwealth Centre for Advanced Training (CCAT), complete with a ribbon cutting, was held Wednesday. About 100 people listened to speeches and toured the building. - Read More

PHCC Receives $12,000 in Scholarship Funds

Oct 18, 2019 - MARTINSVILLE, VA– This week, the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) Foundation accepted a check from the Gene Haas Foundation for $12,000. This is the fourth year that the Gene Haas Foundation has selected PHCC to be a recipient of this donation. - Read More

Real estate development workshop coming to Danville on Oct. 30

Oct 17, 2019 - The Incremental Development Alliance will hold a one-day workshop on Small Scale Real Estate Development from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Danville. - Read More

Harvest partners on new training simulator for local law enforcement

Oct 7, 2019 - The Harvest Foundation is partnering with the Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy to bring a MILO Range M-SATS Interactive Mobile Situational Awareness Training Simulator system to the region. - Read More

Governor Northam Announces Major Sawmill Expansion in Henry County

Sep 25, 2019 - RICHMOND—At events in Martinsville and Kinsale, Governor Ralph Northam today announced that British Columbia-based Teal-Jones Group is investing a total of $31.75 million to expand sawmill and dry kiln operations at two recently acquired lumber mills in V - Read More

QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia Wraps up Tenth Year of Service

Sep 24, 2019 - QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) is has completed its tenth year of serving the Central Virginia community. - Read More

Paving Work Scheduled for New Segment of Trail

Sep 20, 2019 - There is much excitement about the construction of a new segment of the Dick & Willie Trail – so much, in fact, that it has been hard to keep people out of the construction zone. - Read More

Small real estate development lecture coming to NCI Sept. 17

Sep 13, 2019 - A lecture on small real estate development will be presented Sept. 17 at the New College Institute/Baldwin Building in Martinsville. - Read More

Harvest PUP! grant enhances safety along the Smith River

Sep 10, 2019 - 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. - Read More

Tourism Revenue Reached 74.3 Million in Martinsville-Henry County in 2018

Sep 10, 2019 - Martinsville (September 10, 2019) - Data released by the United States Travel Association (USTA) reveals that all regions in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year. - Read More

Survey to assess childcare needs in Martinsville, Henry County

Sep 9, 2019 - Community leaders in Martinsville & Henry County have identified the lack of available childcare options for parents as a priority issue impacting community residents. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville-Henry County EDC creates a position to do some house work

Aug 15, 2019 - The area’s high unemployment has cleared up, and now the pressing problem is lack of places where people who work here want to live. - Read More

Housing and Revitalization Coordinator announced for Martinsville-Henry County Region

Aug 12, 2019 - MARTINSVILLE, VA (August 12, 2019) -- The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is proud to welcome Jeffrey W. Sadler, CEcD as the new coordinator for housing and revitalization. - Read More

Eastman plans expansion in Henry County

Aug 7, 2019 - COLLINSVILLE, VA – Eastman, a global specialty materials company, will invest more than $7.7 million to expand its manufacturing presence in Henry County, company and local officials announced today. - Read More

PUP! grant helps kick start county agricultural fair

Aug 2, 2019 - A $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant from The Harvest Foundation to the County of Henry will help the Henry County Agricultural Fair kick off its planning and development. - Read More

Harvest announces incentive pool to fund economic development in Martinsville, Henry County

Jul 26, 2019 - The Harvest Foundation is expanding its programming in economic development with the announcement of an incentive pool funding program for projects in the City of Martinsville and the County of Henry. - Read More

Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.9%

Jul 19, 2019 - RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage point in June to 2.9 percent, which is 0.1 percentage point lower than a year ago. - Read More

Lee Ford Camp sees improvements

Jul 5, 2019 - Lee Ford Camp is coming back to life, one project at a time. Since 2016, partnerships and donations of money, materials and labor have been used to repair and upgrade the facility. - Read More

Mountain Laurel Trails to Host Sledgehammer XC Mountain Bike Race

Jun 28, 2019 - Martinsville (June 28, 2019) -- The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Tourism Office (VisitMartinsville) and Mountain Laurel Trails are preparing to host the Sledgehammer XC Mountain Bike Race on July 13th at the biking complex - Read More

PTK Appoints Godwin to Presidential Advisory Board

Jun 27, 2019 - Jackson, Mississippi — Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has named Dr. Angeline Godwin, president of Patrick Henry Community College in Virginia, to its Presidential Advisory Board. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board grants Smart Beginnings $2,500 for youth literacy

Jun 18, 2019 - Smart Beginnings Martinsville Henry received a $2,500 grant from the Harvest Youth Board to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Martinsville-Henry County, which serves approximately 1,700 children. - Read More

Virginia Career Works to host career readiness workshops

May 31, 2019 - Throughout the month of June, Virginia Career Works - Martinsville/Henry County Center, will host a series of workshops on career readiness. - Read More

Harvest PUP! grant expands access to childcare at Clearview Early Childhood Center

May 28, 2019 - The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge (BGCBR) is able to offer an after-school care program at Clearview Early Childhood Center with help from community partners and a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Sixty students pass over 300 national certification exams in one program

May 23, 2019 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – The mechatronics program at Patrick Henry Community College [PHCC] has done it again, but this year’s numbers rival any the college has seen. - Read More

Smart Machine Technologies launching co-op program for local students

May 15, 2019 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – Patrick Henry Community College [PHCC] and one local employer are launching a new program that will provide students with industry networking, experiential training, and a well-paying part-time job. - Read More

PHCC appoints new director of development

Apr 26, 2019 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – With more than 20 years of professional experience with community and project development, Tiffani Underwood is stepping into a new role at Patrick Henry Community College. - Read More

The Harvest Foundation Honored with 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

Apr 24, 2019 - The Virginia Community College System and Chancellor Glenn DuBois presented The Harvest Foundation with the 14th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy in Richmond on April 16. - Read More

Governor Northam Celebrates Significant Milestone for Economic Development in Virginia

Apr 24, 2019 - RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has secured over $15.8 billion of capital investment since he took office on January 13, 2018. - Read More

Henry County Schools honors 2019 retirees

Apr 18, 2019 - Henry County Public Schools honored 32 retirees at a special dinner and recognition ceremony on April 17. - Read More

Governor Northam Announces Initiative to Encourage Economic Growth in Virginia’s Opportunity Zones

Apr 11, 2019 - RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new initiative that will bolster the Governor’s goal of ensuring that every region, community, and household can participate and share in the Commonwealth’s economic progress. - Read More

CCAT to be completed mid-to-late summer

Apr 6, 2019 - The Commonwealth Centre for Advanced training (CCAT) likely will be completed in June or July. - Read More

PHCC inducts eleven into international honors society

Apr 2, 2019 - MARTINSVILLE, VA– Patrick Henry Community College welcomed eleven new students into the Psi Phi Chapter of the International Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa Saturday during an induction ceremony. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: The 2019 County Health Rankings paint a dire but improving picture of healthfulness in Martinsville and Henry County

Mar 31, 2019 - If you want to take the pulse of healthfulness for Martinsville and Henry County, you have two options: the computer readout that says we are living badly and dying young, or the diagnoses of observers who say we are doing better than we were ... - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Henry County supervisors ready to hit new recreational trails

Mar 26, 2019 - The plan to expand the trail system around Martinsville and Henry County took a quick step down the road on Tuesday afternoon. - Read More

Free summer meals available for local children

Mar 21, 2019 - Groups who are hosting students/children during the summer months for any type of activities, (day camps, Vacation Bible Schools, tutoring, etc.), can receive free meals or snacks to give to the children who come to their site. - Read More

VisitMartinsville Receives $10,000 Grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation

Mar 15, 2019 - Martinsville (March 15, 2019) -- Today, the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Tourism Office (VisitMartinsville) announced that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) “50 Years of Love” grant - Read More

Community college’s food pantry receives nearly $5,000 donation

Mar 11, 2019 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – Together, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) and the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation donated nearly $5,000 to Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) to restock the campus food pantry. - Read More

Crawford & Power to Perform at Smith River Fest

Mar 8, 2019 - Martinsville, VA (March 8, 2019) – For both outdoor and music enthusiasts, Smith River Fest presented by Smith River Provision Company has some exciting news. - Read More

Rooster Walk 11 band lineup completed with additions of Sam Bush, Steep Canyon Rangers, many more

Mar 8, 2019 - Sam Bush Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, and Ghost Light are among the final list of bands announced for the 11th annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival. - Read More

Henry County Schools - Administrative appointment approved by school board

Mar 7, 2019 - The School Board of Henry County approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to fill one administrative position at their March 7 meeting. Dr. Ben Boone will be Director of Finance. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Smith River Sports Complex in Martinsville gets real - and some artificial - upgrades

Mar 5, 2019 - Artificial turf replacement on both fields and a new playground surface are among the improvements being done at the decade-old Smith River Sports Complex. - Read More

Virginia Business - A good start

Mar 1, 2019 - The announcement that Poland-based Press Glass would invest $43.55 million to establish a 280,000-square-foot factory in Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre marked a milestone for Martinsville and Henry County - Read More

Community Recovery Program featured on WSET13

Feb 27, 2019 - The Community Recovery Program, an initiative of Piedmont Community Services, was featured on ABC13's local station, WSET. Viola Rich, a former CRP participant, shared her story of recovery. - Read More

Updates move forward at Smith River Sports Complex

Feb 25, 2019 - Updates include new turf fields, renovated restroom facilities and work on the outside pedestrian bridges. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Philpott Marina plans expansion

Feb 19, 2019 - Plans are moving forward for a $250,000 expansion a “wildly successful” Philpott Marina, said Henry County Parks and Recreation Director Roger Adams. - Read More

VisitMartinsville Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant for Tourism Marketing

Feb 13, 2019 - Martinsville, VA (February 13, 2019) –The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Tourism Office was recently awarded $5,000 to help increase visitation and tourism revenue. - Read More

PHCC receives more than $150,000 to give programs a realignment

Feb 12, 2019 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – Patrick Henry Community College [PHCC] was recently awarded a grant totaling nearly $155,000 from the Virginia Community College System. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: United Way providing meaty tax advice at new location in Martinsville

Feb 7, 2019 - If you sit in a booth at the former Texas Steakhouse, you will be served up the potential of a tax refund instead of a sizzling sirloin. - Read More

Go #BeyondtheFunding with local nonprofits

Feb 4, 2019 - Join The Harvest Foundation and Martinsville-Henry County's nonprofit community as we go beyond the funding and work to reach our full potential as strong partner organizations. - Read More

Hot Rod Power Tour coming to Martinsville – Henry County, VA

Feb 4, 2019 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – VisitMartinsville and Martinsville Speedway are excited to announce they will be hosting the 2019 Hot Rod Power Tour on Sunday, June 9, 2019. - Read More

The Harvest Foundation releases 2018 annual report to community

Feb 1, 2019 - The Harvest Foundation, located in Martinsville, Va., has released its 2018 annual report, which summarizes financial and grant highlights from fiscal year 2018. - Read More

Applications for PHCC Scholars and Commonwealth Legacy Scholars now open

Feb 1, 2019 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – The Patrick Henry Community College Foundation is now accepting applications for the Patrick Henry Scholars and Commonwealth Legacy scholarship. - Read More

PHCC Athletics Starts eSports Team

Jan 31, 2019 - MARTINSVILLE, VA– On college campuses, on sports channels, and even in stock markets, eSports teams are turning heads. Within the past few years, eSports has become a multi-million dollar industry. - Read More

Local tourism programs to receive public-private marketing funds to bolster growth

Jan 31, 2019 - RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $625,000 in matching grant funds to be awarded to 33 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program (MLP). - Read More

PHCC starts new nursing scholarship thanks to $50,000 donation

Jan 28, 2019 - Patrick Henry Community College announces a new nursing scholarship thanks to a $50,000 gift from Martha Lou Henry, a longtime nurse at Children's Medical Center before her passing in 2018. - Read More

Harvest PUP! grant helps expand community asset in Ridgeway

Jan 22, 2019 - ANCHOR Commission will use a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant from The Harvest Foundation to expand the capacity of the Lee Ford Camp recreational facility, located in Ridgeway. - Read More

Eastman donates bikes, helmets to Henry County Schools

Jan 11, 2019 - Eastman Chemical Company donated a fleet of bikes and helmets to the physical education program at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School. - Read More

Whitfield, Favero join The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors

Jan 8, 2019 - Rev. Charles Whitfield and Dr. John “Pat” Favero, both of Martinsville, will join The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors this year. - Read More

The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness Welcomes Dr. Michael Waters, M.D.

Jan 4, 2019 - The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness announced today that Dr. Michael Waters, M.D. has joined its staff and will be offering primary care to adults and children at Ridgeway Family Health, one of the Coalition’s two health center - Read More

Virginia Receives $9.9 Million Federal Preschool Development Grant to Unify and Strengthen Early Childhood Education

Jan 3, 2019 - RICHMOND—First Lady Pamela Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) received a one-year $9.9 million competitive federal Preschool Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for - Read More

Administrative Appointment Approved by School Board

Jan 3, 2019 - The School Board of Henry County approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to fill one administrative position at their January 3 meeting. - Read More


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