"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
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News Releases - 2010

NCI accepting summer internship applications

Dec 28, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: NCI is taking applications for its 2011 summer internship program, aimed at showing area college students -- especially those going to schools elsewhere -- that they can find rewarding careers close to home after they graduate. - Read More

Governor's school alumni praise program

Dec 22, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Several alumni of the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science & Technology agree that the program prepares students for life after high school, especially in college. - Read More

Long days, hard work at governor's school

Dec 21, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: A day in the life of a governor's school student starts early and ends late, but it is an experience that provides college credit, new friends and a lot to learn, students say. - Read More

Governor's school evolves

Dec 20, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: In 11 years, the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science & Technology has grown from an idea to a community of learners. - Read More

Dick & Willie off to running start

Dec 10, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Activate Martinsville Henry County, an organization that promotes walking and biking to remain healthy, is offering free use of bicycles to people using the trail on certain days. - Read More

Nonprofit network honors Nancy Bell

Dec 7, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Nancy Bell was named the Nonprofit Leader of the Year on Monday at the Nonprofit Leaders Network 2010 Annual Celebration Luncheon. - Read More

MARC program creates jobs

Dec 6, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: A grant-funded program managed by the MARC Workshop has created 15 full-time jobs in a year, and plans are under way to add more employees as the program expands into Patrick County. - Read More

TheatreWorks takes on 'Carol'

Dec 2, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The ghosts of Christmases past, present and future came to life Wednesday during TheatreWorks' performance of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." - Read More

Building projects outlined

Nov 25, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Phoenix envisions mixed uses for two uptown sites - Read More

Gibbs, Chamber mull uptown upgrades

Nov 12, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation helped establish Phoenix in 2009 to bring together public and private resources in redeveloping local properties as part of community revitalization efforts. - Read More

Council open to Baldwin ideas

Nov 11, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Several Martinsville City Council members are open to ideas about how the Baldwin Block in uptown Martinsville should be developed. - Read More

Area aids complex's success

Nov 10, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Last weekend's soccer tournament at the Smith River Sports Complex was deemed a success, in part because the community helped support the event. - Read More

HOPE Initiative to receive $179,846

Nov 8, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation has awarded a $179,846 grant to the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville for its HOPE Initiative. - Read More

Homeschooled students take advantage of VMNH

Nov 8, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Virginia Museum of Natural History, on Starling Avenue in Martinsville, has launched "Homeschool Wednesdays," a monthly program in which the staff provides hands-on learning activities to students taught at home. - Read More

Uptown projects funded

Nov 7, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville has received a one-year, $654,957 grant from the Harvest Foundation to enhance parts of uptown and consider uses for other areas there. - Read More

Business park gets $1.5 million grant

Nov 7, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Commonwealth Crossing Business Center has received $1.5 million for grading from Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission funds. - Read More

Harvest: Project couldn't survive without subsidies

Nov 7, 2010 - In a news release issued Friday, the foundation stated, "The Harvest board confirmed its decision of two years ago to not invest in the multi-use arena complex that was originally proposed for uptown." - Read More

Coalition receives $1.16 million Harvest grant

Nov 5, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness has been awarded a one-year, $1,166,000 grant from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Report: Align NCI with university

Nov 4, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: A commission of educators and business leaders is recommending that the New College Institute (NCI) evolve into a branch campus of a state-supported university. - Read More

NCI offers 'blank slate' as university branch

Nov 4, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: A university that becomes aligned with the New College Institute would have essentially a "blank slate" to create a new college campus, according to the executive director of the New College 2012 Commission. - Read More

SOL pass rates upped: Most students in city already meet them

Oct 29, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Most students in the Martinsville schools already are exceeding new annual pass rates for standardized reading and math tests that the Virginia Department of Education plans to implement for the next few years. - Read More

The Dick & Willie Passage opens

Oct 17, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: 4.5 mile trail follows old Danville and Western Railroad track - Read More

Dick & Willie Trail unveiled

Oct 12, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The trail uses a former stretch of the Danville & Western (dubbed the "Dick and Willie") rail line that runs through parts of the city and county. - Read More

NCI program costs detailed

Oct 5, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: It costs the New College Institute (NCI) a lot of money to bring academic degree programs to Martinsville, according to its chief administrator. - Read More

Report on NCI future due Oct. 21

Oct 4, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: On Oct. 21, NCI's board will receive a report from the New College 2012 Commission recommending one of three options for the institute's future, according to Bill Leighty, executive director of the commission. - Read More

Perriello: Funds for NCI clear hurdle in House

Sep 29, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: If approved, $1 million would fund four degrees - Read More

NCI opens courthouse office

Sep 7, 2010 - Martisnville Bulletin: NCI has a new office in the former Henry County courthouse in uptown Martinsville. The college hopes it will provide a central place for people to get information about NCI. - Read More

Report details county schools' performance

Sep 6, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: A new report by Henry County Public Schools examines how the school system and individual schools did on state and federal measures of student academic performance. - Read More

Building study sought: Phoenix wants to see potential

Aug 18, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: A local redevelopment organization aims to study the former social services building uptown to determine how it might be used in the future. - Read More

Smart Beginnings gets grant

Aug 12, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Smart Beginnings Martinsville-Henry County, a local coalition working to improve the quality of early education and care in the area, has received a $100,000 grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). - Read More

NCI group will recommend option in September report

Jul 23, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: A report being prepared by a commission studying the future of the New College Institute will recommend one of three options for the institute's future, the commission's director said Thursday. - Read More

NCI's enrollment at record level: More interest in bachelor's degrees now

Jul 23, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The New College Institute had record enrollment during the 2009-2010 school year, and officials said interest in undergraduate programs offered through the school is growing. - Read More

Gibbs brings experience

Jun 20, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Raymond Gibbs brings a stellar résumé to a new organization created to redevelop local properties to revitalize the community. - Read More

EDC gets full Harvest funding

Jun 20, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation board, in what it said was a vote of confidence for the work of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC), voted to give the EDC $1 million for the last year of a three-year grant to help - Read More

Coalition sponsors a healthy walk to celebrate its fifth anniversary

Jun 18, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Children chanting "Happy Feet Walking Club" led about 70 people along the Uptown Trail on Thursday as part of the fifth anniversary celebration of the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness. - Read More

Harvest assets: $194 million

Jun 13, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation had $194 million in net assets as of April 30, which is $30 million more than it had at the end of 2009 but $7 million less than its peak. - Read More

NCI commission speeds up work: Report on institutes future now set for August, not December

Jun 3, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: A commission helping to determine the future of the New College Institute (NCI) aims to have its work completed four months earlier than planned. - Read More

Webb sees value in NCI becoming four-year school

May 9, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Democratic U.S. Sen. Jim Webb on Friday said he sees the value of turning the New College Institute (NCI) in Martinsville into a university. - Read More

Phoenix given $249,500

Apr 27, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Uptown group receives grant from Harvest - Read More

NCI gets funds: Harvest is matching state money

Apr 26, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation has awarded more than $3 million to the New College Institute, once again matching state funding for NCI. - Read More

Harvest renews grant for local schools

Apr 25, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Pledges $4.3 million over five years for professional development - Read More

NCI key to revitalizing uptown, candidates say

Apr 19, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The New College Institute (NCI) has an important role in efforts to revitalize uptown, Martinsville City Council candidates in the May 4 election agree. - Read More

Perriello vows federal help for NCI's future, building

Apr 11, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Fifth District U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello pledged Friday that federal officials will try to persuade the state to let the New College Institute (NCI) evolve into a university. - Read More

Panel will assess NCI, mull its future course

Apr 2, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation, which matches state funds the institute receives, announced during the NCI Board of Directors' quarterly meeting that it has set up a commission of business, government and higher education leaders that will - Read More

Big names to lead commission

Apr 2, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The chairmen of a commission convened to assess the New College Institute (NCI) and recommend options for its future are giants in higher education in the state, institute board members said Thursday. - Read More

Ground is broken for trail

Apr 2, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: Area residents should have a new trail to walk on later this year. - Read More

Concert highlights regional music

Mar 31, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: More than 250 local students attended the performance at PHCC's Walker Fine Arts Center. - Read More

Harvest boosts funding for New College interns

Jan 17, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation is providing funds to help the New College Institute (NCI) expand its number of summer student internships. - Read More

Coalition getting residents moving into healthier lifestyles

Jan 10, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin: In 2009, nearly 2,000 area residents swam, jumped, stretched and jogged their way to better health. - Read More



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