School board approves new contract for superintendent

Sandy Trayer

The Henry County School Board unanimously voted this morning during its monthly board meeting to waive the 30-day notice requirement for votes related to the superintendent’s contract (VA Code 22.1-60(D)) and extend the contract of Division Superintendent Sandy Strayer. The new agreement extends Strayer’s tenure with the district through June 30, 2025. Mrs. Strayer began […]

May: ‘What we are learning’

what we are learning

As we progress through our strategic planning process, Harvest is assessing the impact of our current plan. And with our equity lens, we are looking deeper into who is benefiting from the progress in our community and who isn’t. There were three pieces of data that stood out to me and forced a deeper reflection. […]

Hodges to Be Patrick Henry Community College New President

Dr. Greg Hodges

RICHMOND – Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced today that Dr. James “Greg” Hodges has been selected to become the next president of Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC). Hodges’ selection ends a national search that attracted 64 applicants. “Greg is an impressive higher education leader who has earned a reputation for hard work […]

Martinsville Bulletin: New executive director wants to lift up Uptown Martinsville

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Pictured above: Kathy Deacon (Martinsville Bulletin Photo) By Holly Kozelsky A new executive director and funding are poised to bring Uptown Martinsville back as the destination people want to be. And it all starts with a survey that asks local residents what they want to see in uptown Martinsville. Kathy Deacon, the new and first […]

Harvest issues RFP for new website build

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The Harvest Foundation has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop a new website that is visually compelling, simple to navigate for end-users, and easy to update for system administrators. Inquiries concerning this RFP should be emailed to Latala Hodges, director of communications, at, no later than May 28, 2021. Proposals should be submitted […]

April: ‘We’re listening and we want to hear from you’

we're listening

We hold close our idea of creating a vibrant MHC for everyone, and the only way to make that happen is if we do it together.  Strategic planning is not the most exciting concept in the world, but if done right, it can bring about the excitement of opportunity. In our January newsletter, I shared […]

Section of Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail named for former Harvest president

Allyson Rothrock

Martinsville, Va. — A portion along the newest section of the Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail, known as 6B, was named for a former president and a founding employee of The Harvest Foundation. Allyson Rothrock, serving as president of the foundation from 2008 until her retirement in 2020, didn’t have a dry eye throughout […]

Apply now to join the Harvest Youth Board

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Pictured above: Members of the Harvest Youth Board are pictured at the 2020 Thanksgiving Eve Dinner box distribution event. Click here to apply Area students are invited to apply to join the Harvest Youth Board, a high-impact organization focused on issues that affect young people in Martinsville-Henry County. Applications are available online until Thursday, April […]

March: Our light at the end of the ‘COVID-19 tunnel’

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Pictured above: Kate Keller volunteers at a recent vaccination clinic held at Martinsville Speedway. This month marks the first anniversary of when our lives changed.  A year ago we went from going about our daily lives without a thought to a world where we reluctantly leave our homes and no longer have guests over.  We […]

Martinsville Bulletin: Marcus Stone new head of Coalition for Health and Wellness

marcus stone

Marcus Stone is the new executive director of the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, succeeding Barbara Jackman, the coalition’s founder, who is retiring. The coalition was founded in 2005 to promote health, reduce health risk factors and increase access to medical services, primarily for the uninsured and underserved in the MHC area. Initial […]