"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

Martinsville Bulletin: A Second Chance: Re-Entry Fair offers help to local residents

Apr 26, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – The rain Tuesday morning didn't dampen the spirits of those looking for a brighter future. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: More shows for Rooster Walk? County gives approval for expansion

Apr 26, 2017 - COLLINSVILLE-Rooster Walk Inc. will now be able to hold four additional one-night events per year at Pop’s Farm, based on a Henry County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) decision on Wednesday. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: City council, local officials outline impact of budget decisions

Apr 26, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – The city can’t afford to continue dipping into its reserves to satisfy the funding requests of city departments and outside agencies, officials maintain. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Decision Time: Council sets funding for schools, public safety

Apr 25, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Level funding will be provided to the city’s public schools, police department and fire department for the new fiscal year that will start July 1. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Up for Display: Porsche exhibit highlights design

Apr 24, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE - The theme of this year’s Historic Garden Week tour is “Art in Bloom,” and it is – even if there’s a racing-quality engine behind it. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin:Volunteers handle trash pickup in Bassett

Apr 23, 2017 - BASSETT-While some marched in support of science in Martinsville and across the country, other volunteers walked through Blackberry Creek on Saturday, hauling canoes full of trash. - Read More

Professional development opportunities are essential to the growth of local school systems

Apr 21, 2017 - At the heart of Martinsville and Henry County are its greatest assets: the community’s dedicated school systems. Magna Vista, Bassett, and Martinsville high schools are the stepping stones for instilling greatness in the youth of our community. - Read More

Marina’s success leads county to consider expansion

Apr 21, 2017 - Several years ago, Robert Boyd opposed the construction of the Philpott Marina, but now, he can’t quite remember why. Maybe he feared more traffic and congestion at the lake, or maybe he just didn’t want change, he said recently. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Kinkema files to run for Board of Supervisors

Apr 20, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–Brad Kinkema has been in several management roles during his life. Now he’s applying for one more. On Wednesday, Kinkema announced his plans to run for the Collinsville district seat on the Henry County Board of Supervisors. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Cassell honored as Martinsville's Teacher of the Year

Apr 20, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Her teams have competed and won all over, from Maryland to Washington D.C. On Thursday night, Martinsville High teacher Melissa Cassell won a competition of her own, taking home the award as the district’s Teacher of the Year. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville bands look for help to pay travel costs

Apr 20, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – The concert and jazz bands from Martinsville High School recently won big at a band festival in Tennessee's Dollywood theme park. - Read More

NCBA Returns to Martinsville-Henry County

Apr 20, 2017 - Martinsville, VA (April 20, 2017) – For the sixth consecutive year, Hooker Field in Martinsville, Virginia will host the Division I Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament for the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA). - Read More

PHCC named third in state for student success

Apr 20, 2017 - Martinsville, VA - Every year, hundreds of faculty and staff from Virginia’s community colleges gather for a week-long professional development conference called New Horizons. During this year’s conference, Patrick Henry Community College was honored as o - Read More

Drug Take Back event coming April 29

Apr 19, 2017 - A community Drug Take Back event is coming up on April 29th, 2017. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Earth Day celebration coming to Martinsville

Apr 19, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE-To those wishing to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, the Virginia Museum of Natural History has you covered. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Council asks school officials to justify funding request

Apr 19, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Do Martinsville schools need increased funding? During a budget hearing this week, school officials defended their request, without satisfying at least one council member’s desire for proof that they need it. - Read More

Henry County School Board Appoints Teddy Martin II to Reed Creek District Seat

Apr 18, 2017 - The School Board of Henry County appointed Teddy Martin II Tuesday as the interim board member to fill the Reed Creek District seat left vacant after the death of Betsy Mattox in March. - Read More

PHCC chosen to receive $179,000 National Science Foundation grant

Apr 18, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA- PHCC is starting a new program for high school juniors and seniors whose interest in robotics, engineering, or advanced manufacturing could be cultivated into a variety of applied engineering jobs. - Read More

Professional development opportunities are essential to the growth of local school systems

Apr 18, 2017 - At the heart of Martinsville and Henry County are its greatest assets: the community’s dedicated school systems. Magna Vista, Bassett, and Martinsville high schools are the stepping stones for instilling greatness in the youth of our community. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Should school district receive carryover funds?

Apr 18, 2017 - COLLINSVILLE -- Should money not used in last year’s budget for Henry County schools be returned to the district? That’s the question district officials want answered. - Read More

Memorial ride to honor fallen Marine and fund scholarship

Apr 17, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – The annual memorial motorcycle ride to remember fallen Marine Jonathan Williams Bowling is Saturday, April 29. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Student fees will rise at PHCC

Apr 17, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) students may have to pay more during the next academic year to be able to participate in clubs and organizations on campus. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Grant funding will help PHCC work with high school students

Apr 17, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–Any students interested in learning more about robotics, engineering or manufacturing got some help Monday from Patrick Henry Community College. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Retiring school district workers honored in Henry County

Apr 11, 2017 - CHATMOSS–They’ve worked in Henry County’s school system for decades, teaching classes, managing budgets and helping solve problems. Several teachers, principals and other staff members were honored Tuesday night. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville school board votes to release line by line budget

Apr 11, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – City Council members have a perception that the Martinsville School Board is not being entirely forthright with them about budgeting matters, according to board member Eric Hruza. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Region continues to struggle with drug problem

Apr 7, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–From 2007 to 2015, the city of Martinsville had a 330 percent increase in the opioid overdose death rate (from 6.9 to 29.7 per 100,000 population). - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Progress continues at Meadow View Elementary

Apr 7, 2017 - COLLINSVILLE–Meadow View Elementary continues to take shape. On Thursday, the Henry County School Board received an update on the project, which is scheduled to open in December. - Read More

Southside Area Tennis Association (SATA) will host Tennis Jamboree

Apr 5, 2017 - Southside Area Tennis Association (SATA) is hosting a Tennis Jamboree April 15 at 1 p.m. at Chatmoss Tennis Center in Martinsville. The community event is open to the public and you must RSVP. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Teaching Technology -- Fieldale-Collinsville teacher receives regional award

Apr 4, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE–She was shocked. Not just that she had been selected as a candidate, but Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School teacher Karen Adams was surprised that she won. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: A Creative Life -- Henry County art teacher's work highlighted in competiton

Apr 4, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE-The money wasn’t what interested her about the contest. Sure, winning hundreds of dollars would be nice, but that’s not why Mercedes Fleagle entered the art competition at Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Engaging New Voices: community asked to support rape victims

Apr 3, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE – “It’s happening in your home, in your neighborhood, down the street,” said Mary Jones, Southside Survivor Response Center (SSRC) sexual assault victim advocate. - Read More

Piedmont Governor’s School Will Return to PHCC Campus

Mar 31, 2017 - At its March 28 bimonthly meeting, the Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science & Technology Governing Board, voted to relocate from New College Institute to Patrick Henry Community College for the 2017-2018 school year. - Read More

Community Recovery Program to host documentary screening

Mar 31, 2017 - Educating the community about substance use issues and addiction is one more step to removing the stigma surrounding those in recovery, according to Lisa Smith of the Community Recovery Program (CRP). - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Henry County School Board to appoint interim member

Mar 27, 2017 - Following the death of Reed Creek district school board member Betsy Mattox, the Henry County School Board met on Monday to discuss the election of an interim member to fill the vacancy. - Read More

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

Hodges named EDC Director of Tourism

Feb 3, 2017 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – Martinsville native Sarah Hodges has been named Director of Tourism for the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC). - 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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